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6 Tips for Creating a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 11, 2018

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do, and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. In the past, the basement seemed to be the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer. The mechanical considerations were easily handled, but the inconvenience of dragging everything downstairs (and back up again) never quite made those considerations feel worth it. Today, homeowners are creating laundry spaces that better meet their needs on any floor of their home. Careful planning, prioritizing efficiency, and regular maintenance now allow for many more possibilities. Here are 6 tips for designing a functional laundry room.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Storage, Lighting

Project Spotlight: An Open Traditional Kitchen in Williamsburg

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Dec 4, 2018

The homeowners of this Williamsburg home were experiencing several “pinch-points” in their kitchen where space and flow were disrupted. They desired a new space with an open and roomy design that would eliminate these restrictions and make better use of the available space. Creating a home with ease of use and natural flow was a priority.

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Topics: Kitchens

3 Ways to Collect Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

When you're in the process of planning a remodeling project for your home, it’s useful to have a few different methods of collecting the ideas you have for easy reference later. These ideas can be shared with your designer to help them get a better sense of what you would like to see in your home. We recommend a combination of online and offline methods.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Bath Design Ideas for Daily Life

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Nov 20, 2018

When we think of new bathrooms, our minds wander into the "spa-like retreat" category that fills us with the sort of calm and quiet comfort we'd like to enjoy at home. While it's possible to create a bathroom that feels like an oasis from the world, there is also a need to account for how you'll use the bathroom in your regular, daily life. Soaking tubs and steam showers aside, here are 6 practical bath design ideas.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kevin Dunn on Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Original Post: 10/13/2016 | Updated: 11/6/18

As we head into the coldest months of the year, now is a good time to take care of the last-minute maintenance tasks that will help ensure that your home is prepared for all that winter has in store for it. The biggest priority for your home is to make sure that you don't find yourself needing to handle major repairs or problems when the weather is at its worst. Keep reading for a winter home maintenance checklist of what to look into.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Project Spotlight: Kitchen in West Chester

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

This casual kitchen in West Chester provides a lesson in thinking outside the box to get the most out of the available space. It's also an example of how to temper the bold character of rustic style with the straight-forward simplicity of transitional design. The result is a comfortable space that can host the family just as easily as a gathering of friends.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

4 Stand-Out Kitchen Flooring Ideas

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Oct 23, 2018

Design statements can be made in the simplest ways. For kitchens, which are already layered with elements, textures, colors, and a mixture of materials, often times the floor gets overlooked as a surface that can add drama or a "wow" factor. Here are some ideas for eye-catching kitchen flooring designs.

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Topics: Kitchens, Design Trends and Ideas

5 Projects to Inspire Your Basement Remodel

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Oct 16, 2018

The lower level of your home can often times feel like a jackpot of extra square footage. When finished properly and put to functional use, the basement can become an essential element of your daily life, idea for entertaining, or provide space for the things you love. Here are 5 lower level remodels to inspire your project:

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Topics: Lower Level

6 Bathroom Mirror & Light Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 9, 2018

While the tub, shower and vanity cabinets tend to get all the props for making a bathroom great, the functional practicality of mirrors and lighting can't be overlooked. Here are 6 things to look for when deciding on the mirrors and lights for your bathroom vanity.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Outdoor Living in Mason

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Oct 2, 2018

It happens on occasion that you come across an image of a home, and it perfectly aligns with not only your taste, but also the arrangement of your home. While the particular details might need to be adjusted to your needs, budget, and location, being able to recreate an idea you love is a great way to bring more personal value to your home. This was the case for this outdoor living project in Mason.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

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