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Project Spotlight: Blue & White Kitchen in Clifton

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jan 8, 2019

An arrangement of small spaces, the original kitchen in this Clifton home lacked sufficient working areas and ample storage. The breakfast room was cramped and isolated. Combining the spaces allowed the kitchen to be more open and accommodating. The style of the kitchen was updated to a modern-minded transitional style suitable to the home’s character and age. This kitchen project is a NARI 2019 Local Contractor of the Year Award Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

6 Tips for Creating a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do, and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. In the past, the basement seemed to be the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer. The mechanical considerations were easily handled, but the inconvenience of dragging everything downstairs (and back up again) never quite made those considerations feel worth it. Today, homeowners are creating laundry spaces that better meet their needs on any floor of their home. Careful planning, prioritizing efficiency, and regular maintenance now allow for many more possibilities. Here are 6 tips for designing a functional laundry room.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Storage, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Master Bath Renovated into Two Baths

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 1, 2018

The second floor of this Terrace Park home had one bathroom, arranged like a typical master bathroom, but shared with the guest bedroom, via the hallway. This arrangement, while ample, was less than ideal for the couple. Instead, they were looking for a private bathroom, but also wanted the benefit of the hall bath for their guests. In this unique project, the master bath was renovated into two baths by rearranging and dividing the available space to create two functional bathrooms.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Project Spotlight

Transform Your Yard into an Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Many people enjoy spending time at home with family and friends, and when the weather turns warm, everyone often ends up outside to enjoy the fresh air and scenery. If you love the outdoors, you may be thinking about how to transform your yard into a living space for entertaining, relaxing, recreation and to extend the time you spend outdoors at home. An outdoor living space remodel can have a huge impact on your home. Here are some questions to consider and action steps to take that will help get your project started.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

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

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

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: Storage, Additions, Project Spotlight

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