Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

New Trends in Kitchen Products 2017

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The newest and best design trends in kitchen products in 2017 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We've picked some of our favorite products from this year's show for you to consider for your kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2017

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 14, 2017

The bathroom design trends we expect to see in 2017 focus on the details. Instead of design components that have limited application, the newest trends are straight-forward design principles that can be applied in different ways according to individual taste, style and budget. The best thing about trend cycles like this is that the results remain stylish and interesting for many years. Keep reading for the 5 trends you can expect to see in bath design this year.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Classic & Refined Kitchen Renovation In Indian Hill

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Mar 7, 2017

While perfectly serviceable, the original kitchen in this kitchen renovation in Indian Hill lacked one important thing- the homeowners’ taste. Looking to create a kitchen that would then inform the design of the rest of their home, this project focused on reworking the space into a modernly-design traditional kitchen that was as beautiful as it was efficient. This project is a 2017 NARI Contractor of the Year Local and Regional Residential Kitchen winner.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

5 Show-Stopping Kitchen Backsplash Designs

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In kitchen design, the backsplash provides an opportunity to inject added style and character into the space. Often times, a simple backsplash in a classic, time-tested style does the trick effectively. Other times, homeowners are interested in a backsplash with a bit more visual impact. Keep reading for 5 things to consider for a show-stopping backsplash in your kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Islands and Peninsulas in the Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Original Post 3/31/2015 Updated 2/21/2017

The addition of an island or peninsula to your kitchen is a great way to maximize space. Additional storage space, work surface, and space for seating are all welcome enhancements that can come with the inclusion of either feature. The possibilities for design, function and layout are nearly endless, including the potential for universal design considerations, making it easy to find an island or peninsula that perfectly suits your needs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Remodeling Older Homes with Contemporary or Traditional Designs

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

When it comes to remodeling older homes (those older the 75 years), there's often more to the process than simple swapping out old for new. Since our home construction methods have changed, both for safety reasons and because we've generally improved materials and techniques, starting a renovation on an older home has the potential of opening a can of worms. Even if everyone is prepared for the chance that the remodel will reveal major issues, the challenges of remodeling an older home continue in the design phase.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

5 Before & After Lower Level Transformations

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Even if your home came with a finished lower level, the chances are good that it wasn't much to celebrate. The basement is typically a last thought on the builder's mind, so the finishes, layout, and function all tend to be just lackluster enough to have any personality. Which makes remodeling the lower level a great project for customizing and upgrading your home for the needs of your family. Here are 5 lower level transformations from Neal's.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces