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.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Over the years we have worked with thousands of homeowners in designing and remodeling kitchens. We understand that a kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place not only for meals, but it’s also the place where family and guests tend to gather to enjoy each other’s company and conversation. Since kitchens hold such a place of honor in the home, it makes sense to want them to work their best for you, your family, and your needs.
Despite the unique and comfortable free-standing tub, which replaced an old whirlpool tub in this master bath, the real star of this remodel was a reworked floor plan. Removing a commode room and swapping that space with a walk-in shower allowed the shower to increase in size and utility. The overall feeling of the small space goes from claustrophobic to airy with attention to space details. White features allow the natural-tone tile to act as a style statement, rather than a background, and the chrome fixtures helped create a contemporary vibe. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Residential Bath winner.Read More
This lower level remodel was aimed at creating an updated space for entertaining and enjoying time with a more grown-up family. Walls and niches in the space, were rearranged in subtle ways within the basement’s existing areas to create a more open and streamlined living space. Finishes were updated throughout to create an exciting and rich palette without distracting from the room’s purpose. There is still plenty of space for the family to hang out and play.Read More
Ceilings are an often neglected component in home remodeling and design. Sure there's nothing wrong with a nice flat expanse overhead, but it's nice to know that you do have some ceiling options. The first important step to determining if a unique or special ceiling is feasible for your project is to make sure your home is structurally capable of accomplishing it. If the ideas below have got you thinking about your ceiling, we recommend setting up an appointment for a consultation to speak with a professional. If you're still looking for inspiration after reading this post, follow Neal's on Pinterest, and check out our Ceiling Inspiration board.Read More
Topics: Design Trends and Ideas
With more than enough room, this master bath had the potential to be a showpiece space with luxury to spare. Upon living in the home, however, the existing space did not live up to our client’s original expectations. With inexpensive and now out-of-date materials throughout, and a disregard for the scale of the room, the master bath was less than ideal as the dream bath the homeowners desired. The remodel’s goals were to reevaluate the space usage and floor plan, better integrate the larger scale of the room into the design, and inject updated style into the space with timeless material choices, better suited to the luxurious and elegant bath the room could be for our client.Read More
Topics: Project Spotlight
Over the course of a lifetime we change and so do our homes. Our homes reflect our lifestyles. There are times when we have active lifestyles and times when we slow down. “Universal Design” is a concept that has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use.
Universal Design features are subtle and stylish. You would never know that a house is purposely designed for use by anyone, at any age and with any ability. Many of these features add both function and value to a home. We are seeing a growing trend in the home building and remodeling industry where Universal Design principles and products are being used more frequently in project planning.Read More