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Hottest Interior Colors of 2018 Making Bold Statements

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jan 9, 2018

Every year, we get the excitement of discovering various "color of the year" choices from just about every corner of the color world. Pantone, the world's leading color expert, has selected the rich and vibrant Ultra Violet as the color for 2018. While there's a lot that goes into the color choice, by looking at current trends and making statements about the state of things possibly to come, Color of the Year choices are meant primarily to inspire and inform choices in decor, fashion, advertising, and the visual world around us. This doesn't always translate to the best color choice for your home, however. That's where the paint companies come in. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

Project Spotlight: Kitchen Remodel in Morrow

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jan 2, 2018

The homeowners’ goals with this remodel were to update the look of the kitchen to better reflect the style of the home and their personal style preferences. Creating better flow and improving the functionality of the working triangle were important considerations as well. The new kitchen needed to handle the homeowners’ needs in daily life, and their entertaining needs. The remodeled space needed to accommodate parties, particularly focused on cooking. The homeowners also desired more closed storage to alleviate the cluttered look of glass-fronted cabinets. This project is a 2018 Local Contractor of the Year Residential Kitchen winner.

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Topics: Kitchens

4 Kitchens to Inspire Your Remodel for Holiday Hosting Next Year

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Dec 26, 2017

The holidays are a time to gather with friends and family for celebrating, usually around food. Perhaps this year, you found yourself in a relative's stunning new home, or maybe it was your turn to host, and your kitchen was barely up for the task. As we head into the New Year, we'd like to fuel your imagination for the possibilities for your kitchen next year. Here, we'll take a look at four amazing kitchens designed with entertaining in mind.

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Topics: Kitchens

Our Most Popular Kitchen, Bath and Outdoor Living Design Blogs in 2017

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

As the year begins drawing to a close, it's good to take stock of where we've been. For our part, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 most popular design blogs in 2017.  In your journeys to remodel your home you found these kitchen, bath and outdoor living design blogs relevant.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Before & After Fireplaces

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Now that the weather has finally remembered that it's winter in Cincinnati, thoughts turn to cozy evenings at home. Let's face it, though; not every home has a nice fireplace to curl up next to. A fireplace remodel is one of the best ways to improve your home interior, any time of year. Keep reading for before & after fireplaces we've redone in the area.

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Topics: Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Western Hills Lower Level Remodel

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Dec 5, 2017

For this Western Hills lower level remodel, the homeowners were looking to create a multi-functional basement that allowed for various types of leisure and entertaining. Their goal was to have pockets of rooms that functioned well together, but for each to have a specific purpose, maximizing the usability of the existing square footage. The homeowners’ wish list included space for a game room with a pool table, den, wet bar, home office, and a full bathroom. The blank slate of the basement provided an opportunity to explore a mix of traditional design to match the homeowners’ furnishings, and a transitional feel that would capture a more casual, relaxed feel in the areas their guests would gather.

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Topics: Lower Level

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

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kevin Dunn on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Original Post: 10/13/2016 | Updated: 11/21/17

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

7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Holiday Party-Ready

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Original Post 11/10/2015 | Updated 11/14/2017

Time and again we see that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So as we near the holiday party season, you may be looking at your kitchen and wondering how it can work better when you're the host. Entertaining comes with its own set of challenges and needs, and if you have guests over often, it may be worth while to adjust the form and function of your kitchen to account for a crowd rather than simply for your immediate family. The seven ideas below are some great things to consider to make your kitchen holiday party ready.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Shaker Style Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Nov 7, 2017

The goal of this Western Hills residential kitchen remodel was to create an open flow between the kitchen and the living areas beyond. The homeowners were also ready to get away from the white cabinetry to a design with a richer color and texture. A better working triangle was also a goal, in addition to making a kitchen that felt welcoming while still providing ample space for completing tasks.

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Topics: Kitchens


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