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Interior Barn Door Ideas

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Adding quirky or unexpected elements to interior spaces is one easy way to bring interest and character into your home. One option that suits homes in the Greater Cincinnati area well is the use of barn-style doors. There are a variety of interior barn door ideas and installations that can be used throughout your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Creating an Outdoor Living Space for Year-Round Use

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

When you invest in an outdoor living space, one large consideration is the bang you'll get for your buck throughout the year and the changing weather. Southwestern Ohio and the surrounding areas experience a wide range of seasonal weather patterns, and the thought of putting your budget into something you'll only get to use 4 months out the year can turn many homeowners off. The good news is that there are ways around that with some clever designs and helpful products.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

5 Outdoor Living Ideas used in West Chester Back Yard

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 4, 2017

When the owners of this West Chester home made the decision to stay put for the long-haul, they knew that would mean updates to nearly their entire home, including the outside. As a couple that loves to entertain throughout the year, many of the projects have focused on changing their home to accommodate various types of hosting arrangements. In the back yard, that meant seeking solutions to expand the usable space, while balancing how those spaces will be used when it's just them. The result is an outdoor living project with a bit of everything.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: A Multi-Functional Laundry Room & Home Office Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jan 3, 2017

The homeowner was looking for a solution for a collection of working spaces on their first floor. Altogether, the two rooms and the closet hallway compromised a good amount of space, but in their existing usage the space was dramatically under performing. This project was initiated to create a better plan to use the space more effectively, and to pull it into line with the higher-end style of the rest of the first floor. The project involves four distinct areas: laundry, craft, office, and hall spaces.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Entryways and Mudrooms

Our Most Popular Kitchen, Bath and Outdoor Living Design Blog Posts in 2016

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 27, 2016

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevant in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Carriage House in a Historic Neighborhood

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 2, 2016

To maximize the features of their urban lot in one of Cincinnati's most scenic and historic neighborhoods, the homeowners of this project were looking to convert a one-car garage into a new two-story, two-car garage in line with the carriage houses of old. This project was directed by several challenges, including retaining existing landscaping, figuring out how to get the most out of the structure, and working with both the local zoning authority and the neighborhood historical board for approval of the design. This project is a 2016 Local NARI Contractor of the Year Award Winner in the Detached Structure category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Storage, Additions

6 Before & After Outdoor Living Projects

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Outdoor living extends the function of our home's property by providing useful areas to hang out, grill out, and chill out, outside of the house. While some homes come with great outdoor areas already in place when you move in, often time these lawns, porches and patios don't account for the specific ways you and your family want to interact with the outside. In the six examples below, we've highlighted before and afters that show what a bit of personalization can do to improve the usefulness and quality of your home's outdoor living areas.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: A Kitchen Addition Adds Much Needed Space

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 3, 2016

For this West Chester, OH project, the homeowners were looking for a seamless addition to the back of their home to increase the square footage in their kitchen and laundry room. The primary purpose was to provide more space for entertaining in the kitchen, and to improve function and space in the laundry room. The project also provided a chance to update and improve finishes in the kitchen. The resulting addition is a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens, Additions

Project Spotlight: Covered Backyard Porch

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Almost immediately after moving into their newly-constructed house, the homeowners realized that the existing outdoor living space would not fulfill their needs. The focus of this remodel was to enlarge the existing space without completely starting over, as well as to correct some of the existing functionality issues. The new expanded porch offers lots of comfortable space for the family and looks as if it had been part of the original construction. This project is a 2016 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Residential Exterior Winner.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: Gothic-Inspired Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Gothic-revival design dominates in this 1925 home, but the kitchen space was lacking in similar character. The kitchen was awkwardly arranged and felt like it belonged with a different house. That section of the house was divided up into four individual rooms, the main kitchen, a narrow butler’s pantry, a mudroom, and a second pantry. The kitchen renovation sought to combine these four spaces into a new space that matched the scale and character of the rest of the first floor. This project is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2016 Local & Regional Contractor of the Year Residential Kitchen Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens


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