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Project Spotlight: A Black & White Traditional Kitchen

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 3, 2015

Over time, things stopped working in this kitchen. First, there were small inconveniences in the layout and inefficiencies in the work triangle. Then the cabinets started to fall apart. Eventually, it became difficult to keep up with the maintenance – too many little things. Until the oven stopped working. That was the last straw. This kitchen remodel was faced with the task of tackling a wish list compiled from over a decade of dealing with a dysfunctional space. Read on to find out how we did it.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

5 Questions to Ask Before Creating a Home Gym

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

When planning for the inclusion of a gym in your home, there are some very important questions to ask to ensure that you create a space that is well-suited to your workout needs. While any space in the home can be set up for exercise, getting the details right can make a big difference in the success of your personal exercise goals.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Design-Build

Project Spotlight: Bathroom with a River View

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 1, 2015

While it was quite stylish 30 years ago, this master bathroom had become both dated and inefficient for the couple's changing tastes and needs. It was time to bring the bath into the 21st century with some panache.

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5 Ways to Design Spaces for Entertaining

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The ability to host a group is a trait that many Americans look for in a house. Having family and friends over for gatherings large or small plays an important role in the dynamic of many families, so it makes sense to ensure that remodeling projects in your home account for the need to accommodate the types of parties you like to hold. More than just knowing where to put your furniture, or making sure you have a stocked fridge, truly functional entertaining spaces that help to create traditions in the home start in the design and planning process.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build, Additions

Project Spotlight: Bedroom Addition for a Growing Family

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jul 7, 2015

Children can only share a room for so long. For this family of six, the time had come to carve out a new space for their son. The existing unique roof line provided the inspiration for a dormer-like addition over the study. Even with the single room addition, this project brought a number of individual challenges. The most important of these being to maintain the family’s routine by leaving the existing surrounding home as intact as possible. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Winner in the Residential Addition category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

6 Common Hard-Surface Flooring Materials

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

With all the other choices presented to you for a home remodel, flooring can sometimes take a back seat. However, the choice of material at your feet can have a dramatic impact on a room and the success of other improvements you make. There are several choices for flooring materials available on the market, some tried-and-true and others a bit edgy and new. Whatever you’re aiming for in your project, here are the basics on 6 common hard-surface flooring materials.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Flooring

Built-in Bookcases That Add Style and Function

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Built-in bookcases can be installed in any room of a home where handy storage is needed and can be customized for both fit and function. A bookcase recessed into a wall will optimize both storage and floor space. Custom bookcases can be installed directly onto a wall or be designed as a piece of furniture to serve as a focal point in a room. Bookcases can unify other elements in a room such as a fireplace or media equipment.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

4 Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 27, 2014

In the Greater Cincinnati area Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. It’s time to shake off “cabin fever” and enjoy spending time outside in mild temperatures and the sun. During summer months our idea of a great meal is one that we cook outdoors. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Backyard Poolside Pavilion

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 4, 2014


The owners of this home enjoy spending time entertaining family and friends. In summer, when the days are longer and the nights warmer, they wanted to bring some of the amenities they enjoy indoors to the outdoors. They needed a way to shelter an outdoor kitchen, bar, television, screened gas fireplace and seating area from the elements – including the sun on a hot afternoon. The solution was a tall, open-sided poolside pavilion.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight, Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Master Bath for a Vintage Home

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Feb 4, 2014

A second floor addition was built onto a vintage 1918 home in the late 1970’s to add more space for a master suite, but it didn’t match the original architecture or decor. The design of the bathroom addition failed to address both privacy and style. The re-design and remodel of this bath addressed both of these issues by creating a new floor plan within the long narrow space, restoring elements of a home built during the “American Progressive Era 1890-1920” and adding modern amenities to the renovated bathroom.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Additions

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