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.Read More
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If you’re thinking about a home remodeling project you may want to consider the advantages of using a design-build remodeling contractor.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Topics: Project Spotlight
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.Read More
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.Read More
Topics: Design Trends and Ideas
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.