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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: Lower Level, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

5 Tips for Selecting the Best Toilet for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jul 2, 2013

If you’re planning to remodel a bathroom chances are you’ll be replacing an older, inefficient toilet. In recent years, manufacturers have introduced many new product features and designs. Consumers now have a wide range of options. 

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Topics: Bathrooms, Green Products and Projects

Our Favorite Resources for Bathroom Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jan 8, 2013

People are devoting more attention to creating personal spaces in their homes. Bathrooms have become private retreats designed for both function and comfort. A bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in a house and that is why a well conceived design is essential to fully optimize the space. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, National Kitchen and Bath Association


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