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5 Lower Level Design Features

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

When the temperature starts to drop, our thoughts inevitably move to thinking about living the next few months cozy inside. If your home has a basement, this is the perfect space inside the home for hanging out with family and friends. Here, we'll take a look at the five most common areas of lower levels for a well-rounded basement that will keep you entertained long into the dark of winter.

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Topics: Lower Level, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Chic Kitchen Update for a Loveland Family

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

The family of this Loveland remodel needed more than just a new kitchen. They needed a space to gather and connect as a family, while still gaining efficiency with their daily household routines. A brighter space with a rustic-chic style fit the family's taste, while special attention to layout, scale and storage addressed their functional needs. The new kitchen feels like a part of the first floor's family room, encouraging family togetherness through all hours of the day.

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Topics: Kitchens, Project Spotlight

5 Outdoor Fireplace and Firepit Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jul 12, 2016

In a previous fireplace design blog post, we reported that outdoor fireplaces and firepits were in hot demand in Greater Cincinnati, and we can state now that this shows no signs of stopping. Having a fire element in your home's outdoor spaces allows you to extend to their use earlier in the spring and further into the summer (and depending on the type of winter we're having, even during the holidays).  Whether you opt for a wood-burning or natural gas option will largely depend on how you wish to use it (and whether obtaining and storing wood is a possibility for you), but either of these choices can be designed in such a way to fit the character of your landscape and the needs surrounding it.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Rustic Pub Room Remodel

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

The homeowners were looking for a pub-inspired room, with casual, rustic finishes. They desired a space in which “peanut shells could fall on the floor, and they wouldn’t look out of place.” They wanted the room to feel masculine, and were looking to create a unique space within the home. A room at the corner of their home, originally an office space with no character, was the candidate for the transformation. They also wanted to convert the low ceiling to something with a grander design in keeping with the architecture of the house and the look they hoped to achieve in the new space. This project is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2016 Local & Regional Contractor of the Year Residential Interior Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

Fireplace Ideas for Your Home

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Today, a fireplace can be added to almost any room of the house where you want warmth, comfort and ambiance. Wood, gas or electric fueled fireplaces are versatile in size and structure and can make a design statement. Here are several fireplace design ideas from our portfolio of remodeling projects for homeowners in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Fireplaces

The Newest Home Design Trend: Reclaimed Wood

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

The age and character of an old piece of wood is like it's own piece of art. Adding reclaimed wood to your home is a style statement, and has become a trend in recent years. A browse through Houzz for reclaimed wood photos provides hundreds of clever and beautiful installations. Reclaimed wood is a huge category, from raw beams and boards to old architectural pieces, so there are plenty of options for just about every project you have in mind. Before jumping on this design trend, however, there are some considerations surrounding the choice to include used wood in your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

10 Smart Walk-in Closet Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Think of your walk-in closet as a small personal room. You want it to be efficient and match your personal style and needs. This is why design is so important.

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Topics: Storage

Fireplace Design Ideas for Any Room

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 4, 2014

Today, a fireplace can be added to almost any room of the house where you want warmth, comfort and ambience. Wood, gas or electric fueled fireplaces are versatile in size and structure and can make a design statement. Here are several fireplace design ideas from our portfolio of remodeling projects for homeowners in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Topics: Fireplaces

6 Great Laundry Room Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Most of us spend a considerable amount of time every week doing laundry. For some, it’s a daily task, especially for those with young children. If you’ve wanted to re-organize the laundry room in your home, or perhaps move the machines up from the basement to a more convenient location, we have six great remodeling design ideas for making laundry day more efficient, pleasant and less of a chore.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms

7 Design Ideas for Basement Kitchens

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Have you ever wished for a second kitchen to store items you use for entertaining along with extra appliances and a sink for preparing food? If you’re planning a basement remodel, you may find the extra space you need.  When designing a lower level living space, think of a basement kitchen, kitchenette or bar area the same way you would if you were remodeling the primary kitchen of a home. The elements include appliances, cabinet storage, a sink, counters, lighting, electrical outlets and flooring.

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Topics: Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops, Lower Level

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