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Project Spotlight: Old World Rustic Kitchen in Middletown

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 6, 2018

The primary goal of this Middletown kitchen remodel was to create a space that was more open and packed full of function. The homeowner's old world rustic tastes called for a complete style overhaul, which provided opportunities to create a unique kitchen with the personality to match the style of the home.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

3 Ways to Collect Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Updated: 11/28/17 | Original Post: 11/1/16

Any home remodeling project begins with ideas. Before you sit down with a contractor or designer it helps to have some idea of what you want to do. There was a time when you could put together a list and some simple rough sketches to initiate a meeting with a building professional, but today there is a wealth of information available to use in your planning process to more clearly define your objectives and plan a budget. Here are three ways to collect and organize remodeling design ideas for your project:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Project Spotlight: Stylish Dual Master Baths & Walk-In Closet

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Mixing traditional style with a rock-n-roll attitude, this Indian Hill remodel brought a cohesive and eye-catching design to four separate spaces, turning the master suite into an enviable destination in the home. Bold but curated selections in tile, counters, and hardware work in tandem with the classic and traditional bones of the cabinetry. This project encompasses dual master baths, a walk-in closet & dressing room, an a hallway that connects the spaces and adds additional closet storage.

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Topics: Bathrooms

4 Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Updated 6/20/17 | Originally published 6/27/14

Summer is upon us. It’s time to shake off “cabin fever” and enjoy spending time outside in the warmer temperatures and sun. Of course, during the summer months, our idea of a great meal is one that we cook outdoors. New appliances and concepts for outdoor kitchens are changing the way we cook in our backyards. The standard grill for hotdogs and burgers is now morphing into a the ultimate outdoor gourmet experience. If you’ve thought about spending more time grilling and dining “alfresco,” we have four design ideas for creating an awesome outdoor kitchen.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Kitchens

5 Before & After Lower Level Transformations

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Even if your home came with a finished lower level, the chances are good that it wasn't much to celebrate. The basement is typically a last thought on the builder's mind, so the finishes, layout, and function all tend to be just lackluster enough to have any personality. Which makes remodeling the lower level a great project for customizing and upgrading your home for the needs of your family. Here are 5 lower level transformations from Neal's.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

3 Ways to Collect Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 1, 2016

Any home remodeling project begins with ideas. Before you sit down with a contractor or designer it helps to have some idea of what you want to do. There was a time when you could put together a list and some simple rough sketches to initiate a meeting with a building professional, but today there is a wealth of information available to use in your planning process to more clearly define your objectives and plan a budget.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Project Spotlight: A Seamless Sitting Room Addition

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 6, 2016

For this sitting room addition, the clients envisioned a space with the feel of a sunroom, a classic stone fireplace with large hearth, and a ceiling that showcases colorful, architectural artistry. They also desired an update to the areas of the original home that would flow into the addition. This project was a Local NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition winner.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

Project Spotlight: A Backyard Transformation

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Faced with an expansive backyard with no character and a rolling slope, the homeowners had a very simple objective: make the yard a party space. Beyond this clear objective, the homeowners had a wish list of key elements, including a pool, an outdoor living room, and lots of comfortable space for a crowd. The result is a space that takes full advantage of the back yard while keeping scale, space and views at the forefront of the design. The resulting transformation is a 2016 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Exterior Winner.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Smart Technology for Your Home

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 24, 2016

We might still be a few decades away from the types of high-tech, futuristic home technology portrayed in the movies these days, but the smart home concept has certainly come into its own in the past few years. With "always-on" mobile technology already helping us organize our time and entertain ourselves, it makes sense that we should look to our homes to provide the same kind of on-demand possibilities. But what exactly is a "smart home", and how can it make our lives better? Keep reading for a look at the three primary areas that modern smart technology is improving the home experience.

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3 Essential Elements in Home Bar Design

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Having a home bar sounds like a luxury, but most homes and most budgets have the potential to include a functional bar. Home beverage and bar stations have a few key, and very basic needs which can be achieved in a number of simple or complex ways. Adding a bar to your home is a great solution for those who entertain often, or anyone who likes having a selection of liquors, wines or beers on hand. Read on for our suggestions for a well-appointed, functional home bar.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Storage

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