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Planning Ahead for Your Outdoor Projects

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Making the decision to remodel the exterior spaces around your home takes a different type of planning and patience than interior remodels. Added to budget, style and material considerations are a host of unforeseeable's and variables that, if not accounted for, can quickly delay or derail your project. Even before the first shovel goes in the ground, it's important to assess all the aspects of your outdoor project, and to ask some very critical questions.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

5 Ideas for Improving Curb Appeal

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 18, 2015

There are hundreds of factors that go into the curb appeal of any given home. Style of the neighborhood, look of the home, taste of the homeowner, size, color, budget, climate... the list goes on. While there's no easy "curb appeal formula" that can be applied across the board, there are some standard things that factor into curb appeal for any home.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Home Remodeling, Design-Build

Project Spotlight: Casual Cottage Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 5, 2015

High on the list of priorities for this 1800’s cottage-style home was a cozier kitchen with the feeling that the space had been added to over time. Furniture-style details and a carefully curated selection of colors and finishes create a casual living space with all the comforts of a modern kitchen.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Apr 7, 2015

For this Tuscan-inspired space functionality was the top priority, but Neal's Designer Connie Hampton, CKD, was challenged to create function without sacrifying aesthetics. The result is a beautiful space that works naturally with the homeowners habits and needs. This kitchen took home second place in the Southern Ohio/Kentucky chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen Design Competition.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Japanese-Inspired Contemporary Bathroom

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 9, 2014

This Project Spotlight master bathroom had the advantage of size, but excelled at little else. The original space felt dark, dreary and dated. The shower was difficult to keep clean, and the whole space needed an injection of style and function. The solution came in seeing the space transformed into a contemporary bathroom inspired by the fusion of modern and traditional Japanese design.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms

4 Wine Storage Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

There are many great, functional ways to store and display your wine.  Wine storage ideas range from stand-alone temperature controlled units to convenient sliding cabinet storage. We’ve provided some ideas that Cincinnati locals have used in their own homes to inspire you.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: A Major Home Addition

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jul 1, 2014

This month’s Project Spotlight features a major home addition for an active family of five. They enjoy the neighborhood where they live but it was time to add more space to their home. They needed an area for gathering and entertaining, and they wanted to expand the kitchen, garage and an entryway.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens, Additions

Covered Entryways and Front Porches: Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 20, 2014

Curb appeal is important to any home. The exterior of your home sets the stage for welcoming guests and, if you’re planning to sell your home, attracting buyers. Entryways should be functional and practical. A covered entryway provides protection from the elements. A front porch can provide outdoor living space and a pleasant place to relax on warm summer evenings. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design-Build

How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space [Free Guide]

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Have you had enough of winter weather? Do you find yourself daydreaming about the warm sunny days of summer? You are not alone. During these cold, blustery days we compiled a new resource for homeowners, “How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space.” In this 16-page guide you will see some of the best outdoor design ideas for recreation, relaxation, entertaining, outdoor cooking and creating a backyard oasis. There are many photos of projects we’ve built for customers residing here in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Renovated Galley-Style Kitchen in a Historic Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jan 7, 2014

Many people are drawn to older homes because the style and craftsmanship can’t easily be replicated today. Renovation is often an adventure for both the homeowners and their contractor. If a house has been standing for over a hundred years, some of its history may be hidden by attempts to update the home by generations of owners. 

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Storage

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