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Interior Barn Door Ideas

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Adding quirky or unexpected elements to interior spaces is one easy way to bring interest and character into your home. One option that suits homes in the Greater Cincinnati area well is the use of barn-style doors. There are a variety of interior barn door ideas and installations that can be used throughout your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Integrated Interior Cabinet Lighting

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Feb 20, 2018

A trend captivating homeowners this year is integrated interior cabinet lighting. While in-cabinet lighting isn't new, it used to take special electrical work (with the added cost) to install, and therefore hasn't been on the radar of most homeowners until recent years. Now, cabinet makers are designing with interior lighting in mind from the start. With this advancement, the benefits of integrated lighting make it something worth considering for the modern remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

Before & After Kitchens

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

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 of our favorite before & after kitchens that we hope you'll enjoy as well.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Our Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 30, 2018

As kitchen design professionals, each year we assess the recent trends in the Cincinnati area kitchens we created, and take note of what looks 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

Bathroom Vanity Ideas to Consider

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Original Post: 8/26/15 | Updated: 1/23/18

The bathroom vanity is an important element in the design of a bathroom. The style, scale, placement, size, and storage of the vanity in your bathroom are all key to the room's function and feel. In many cases, the vanity is a crucial visual focal point, and may even be the only thing really making your bathroom unique or interesting. With so much resting on the vanity, it deserves a good amount of thought and planning in any bathroom remodel. Here are some bathroom vanity ideas to consider when designing a bathroom vanity.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

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

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

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

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