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6 Traditional Design Elements for Kitchens

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

Updated 9/19/2017 | Original Post: 10/21/2014

Traditional-style kitchens are sophisticated and classic. Traditional design incorporates architectural features from the European Old World countries, Mexico and colonial America. Elegant craftsmanship, embellishments and refined details are important. If you love the look of a traditional home, here are six traditional design elements for kitchens to consider in planning a kitchen remodeling project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Trends in Smart Home Automation

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 12, 2017

With all the technology already integrated into our daily lives and routines, it's no wonder that smart home systems are rapidly becoming a wish list item for many homeowners. The ability to control the way our homes operate through intuitive and innovative apps or interfaces can have a positive impact on many areas of our lives and the ways in which we use our houses. Keep reading for some of the ways smart home automation can be added to your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Lower Level Remodel for Entertaining

Posted by Leanne Matthews on Tue, Aug 1, 2017

The existing lower level in this Indian Hill home was a mix of odd rooms with vague purposes, including outdated materials throughout. This remodeling project focused on pulling these spaces together to form a cohesive space that offered different types of areas to handle a range of hosting options. The lower level remodel also focused on aesthetic choices that would update the look of the lower level, and tie it into the style of the rest of the home. The resulting transformation is a 2017 Local and Regional NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Interior Winner.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

6 Trends in Kitchen Flooring

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Trends in home design can be helpful for determining the current and consistent tastes of homeowners. While some trends can be very specific to style, region, or budget range, other trends can be used as a starting point for planning your home remodel. While trends in other areas, such as fashion, revolve fairly quickly, home design trends have sticking power simply due to their very nature. Trends, particularly in the "background" materials like flooring, can provide great inspiration and still not end up being a "trendy" choice in the long-run. Keep reading for six trends in kitchen flooring we've been seeing in our Greater Cincinnati projects.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

8 Awesome Basement Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Updated: 7/11/17 | Original Post: 4/16/2013

Gone are the days of paneled walls, suspended ceilings, glaring florescent lights, remnants of linoleum and felted rugs. The basement has become an extension of the home's livable space. Homeowners now get creative with their basement remodeling by adding features that reflect their interests and lifestyles in ways that may be too difficult (or simply "too much") on the main floors of the house. If you’re looking for basement remodeling design ideas to transform your lower level into prime living space with character, here are a few we recommend considering.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

The 4 Basic Kitchen Floor Plan Designs

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Functional kitchens are based on the relationship of the sink, cooktop and refrigerator- the three components that make the kitchen a useful space. Designers refer to this as the "working triangle". In order to create a working triangle it's important to think about the layout of the entire kitchen, and explore the possible locations for each of the three elements. What we find is that the majority of kitchens with a triangle that works out well for the space end up falling into one of four basic kitchen floor plan designs. Every home is different, so the details and exact arrangement will always be a bit unique, but starting with the basics is a great way to see the potential for your kitchen remodel. Here, we take a look at each.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Remodel Projects with a View

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The Greater Cincinnati region has several neighborhoods with scenic views. Not every home was built to capture them, however. As we've remodeled around the area, we've had the chance to maximize how much a home takes advantage of the landscape around them. Here are a few photos and design ideas of our favorite remodel projects with a view.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

Project Spotlight: Outdoor Living Room Addition

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jun 6, 2017

With an open and spacious back yard, the original outdoor space behind this White Oak home seemed disproportionately small and close to the home. With no real room to do much more than grill out, the homeowners wanted to take advantage of their space by creating a sheltered area that would work for a variety of outdoor activities, and expand the landscaping outward to ensure that their outdoor entertaining didn't feel stuck to the side of the house. The new outdoor living room and patio combination is a spacious addition that's ready for anything.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

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

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