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Project Spotlight: Increase Space In Master Bathroom

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

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.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: A Basement Remodel Made for Both Adults and Teens

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

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.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Lower Level

7 Ceiling Ideas for All Types of Projects

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 23, 2015

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Spacious Master Bath Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 2, 2015

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.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

Universal Design [Free Guide]

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

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.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

Dream Remodeling Projects Become Reality

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

We all have dreams for remodeling our homes. Whether it’s just repurposing a room, taking advantage of otherwise wasted space, or starting from scratch and redoing an entire floor, the possibilities of remodeling are endless. Which is perfect when you have something very specific in mind, like in the case of these four "dream room" projects.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling

Project Spotlight: Updated 1910's Kitchen

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Housed in a stunning 1910 brick 2-story, this Project Spotlight kitchen had meticulously-detailed woodwork, but was last remodeled in the 1970’s. The existing kitchen design provided unique details that the homeowner enjoyed, but it was time for an update. Of the items to keep, a copper range hood and wood coffered ceiling were first on the list. The challenge? Maintain the character of these details while reviving and renewing the balance of the kitchen space.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Master Bath With a Walk-in Shower

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Oct 7, 2014

This month’s Project Spotlight features a home built during the 1950s with an outdated master bathroom that no longer met the homeowners’ needs. The existing space was modified to include a walk-in shower and more efficient storage. The space was also made to feel larger by removing soffits. New cabinets, a redesigned vanity, complementing tile patterns and task lighting transform the room into an exquisite and functional master bath with a walk-in shower.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: A Second-Floor Master Bedroom Suite Addition

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Sep 2, 2014

This month's Project Spotlight is a second floor master bedroom suite addition built over a garage. The addition transformed and updated the exterior of a classic raised ranch home and provided the interior space needed for a stylish and relaxing master bedroom suite with a walk-in shower and walk-in closet.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design-Build, Additions

Project Spotlight: Kitchen With an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 5, 2014

This month’s “Project Spotlight” shows how a 1980’s kitchen was transformed into a modern family friendly space. The new kitchen has an open floor plan, commercial grade appliances, transitional-style Brookhaven cabinets, granite counters, an island and an inviting eat-in area. Here’s how this transformation took place.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens