Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

5 Before & After Bathroom Remodels

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, May 30, 2017

Bathroom remodels are a popular home improvement project in large part because our ideas of what makes a comfortable and useful bathroom have changed considerably in the past several decades. Most homes are outfitted with a builder's idea of a good bathroom, which is often stunted by price limitations. In the projects below, we look at five bathroom projects that took a boring and basic space and turned it into a bathroom worthy of your dreams.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Trends in Pendant Light Fixtures

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, May 23, 2017

Pendant lighting is often used as the jewelry of a room. Since these types of lights come in a huge variety of styles, sizes, colors, and more, it's easy to use them as doses of personality in a room. This is especially useful in a kitchen, where cabinetry and counters tend to create a neutral foundation. Despite the wide variety of options available, pendant lights, like most items in design, do go through mild trends. Keep reading to find out the trends we've noticed in recent years.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting

8 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 16, 2017

Original post 5/7/2013 | Updated 05/16/2017

In our climate, summers are great! If you want to take full advantage of warm days, why not vacation at home by creating an outdoor living space for all the activities you enjoy? Add a patio for relaxing, a pool to cool down on a hot day or an outdoor kitchen for entertaining. An outdoor fireplace and hot tub can be a perfect setting for a romantic evening or a place where the family can roast marshmallows and warm up the kids after a swim. A screened porch is an ideal spot to read a book or enjoy a summer’s eve with family and friends.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

Designing the Perfect Home Bar

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, May 9, 2017

We've talked in the past about the elements that make for a functional home bar. Storage for beverages, a work surface, and storage for your barware. While these things can get you to either the most minimal of home bar solutions or the most decked out version, these pointers are really just the basics. In order to make your home bar the perfect solution for you, consider the basics, but also consider the style, the features, and the location. Keep reading to find out how our team of designers plan and design home bars.

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Topics: Lower Level, Home Bar

Project Spotlight: A Whole House Transformation in Western Hills

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 2, 2017

Sometimes a project comes along that we just can't pass up. In the case of this home remodel in Western Hills, the house in question had been built by Neal's back in the 80's. As our modern lives have changed, so too has the way the house needed to function, and so we were given the rare opportunity to improve our own past work to bring new function and beauty to the house for a new era.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

5 Ideas for Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Original Post 8/18/2015 Updated 4/25/2017

There are hundreds of factors that go into the curb appeal of any given home. Style of the neighborhood, look of the home, taste of the homeowner, size of the yard or home, color, budget, climate... the list goes on. While there's no easy "curb appeal formula" that can be applied across the board, there are some standard things that factor into curb appeal for any home.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Our Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

As kitchen design professionals, we like to pause each year to assess the recent trends in the Cincinnati area kitchens we created, and take note of those that look to have some staying power into the next several months. This year, we see a continuation of many of the design trends we've been seeing, as well as a few new trends that reflect the modern sensibilities of today's homeowners. We've selected the top five we expect to continue seeing this year.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Spring Seasonal Checklist

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Spring has now sprung, which means now is a good time to take care of the last-minute maintenance tasks that will help ensure that your home is prepared for what spring and summer have 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 blisteringly hot, or stormy, or in the middle of a vacation. Keep reading for a spring seasonal checklist of what to look into.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Hiring a Contractor

5 Outdoor Living Ideas used in West Chester Back Yard

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 4, 2017

When the owners of this West Chester home made the decision to stay put for the long-haul, they knew that would mean updates to nearly their entire home, including the outside. As a couple that loves to entertain throughout the year, many of the projects have focused on changing their home to accommodate various types of hosting arrangements. In the back yard, that meant seeking solutions to expand the usable space, while balancing how those spaces will be used when it's just them. The result is an outdoor living project with a bit of everything.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

5 Cincinnati Before & After Kitchen Transformations

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Sometimes the best way to appreciate the impact of a remodel is to compare the before and after photos. We enjoy taking a look back at the transformations we've made to kitchens throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are five favorites we hope you'll enjoy as well.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens