Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

How to Select the Right Kitchen Appliances for Your Remodel

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Updated for 2017

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, finding the right fit of appliances is of key importance. The space of your kitchen will be the overriding factor. A typical kitchen is about 200-square-feet. In some kitchen remodels, physical barriers such as existing walls may dictate the size of appliances that can be accommodated. In other remodels where barriers aren’t an issue, you may have complete freedom in selecting appliances and adapt your kitchen design to the models you select.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

10 “Must Have” Accessories for Kitchen Cabinet Storage

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

http://info.neals.com/bid/291087/11-Must-Have-Accessories-for-Kitchen-Cabinet-Storage/Original Post 6/27/2014 Updated 1/13/2017

One of the goals for most kitchen remodels is to gain more storage space. Organization is very important to optimizing the way a kitchen functions. Custom cabinetry makers, such as Wood-Mode, have done their homework in researching the ways consumers work in their kitchens and have designed many accessories to solve their storage problems.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Storage

Hottest Interior Colors of 2017: Bold Neutrals

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Color trend predicting is a fairly important part of the design world. For interiors, having an idea of what is considered a "current" color helps to ensure that new designs in our homes feel well-suited to the present. Color trends look for shades that offer versatility, but also capture the mood or style that seems to be most popular in today's society. Last year's colors were fairly light. Whites and pastels dominated, reflecting the trend toward more unisex design (fewer overtly masculine or feminine spaces), and the continued embracing of a more minimalist lifestyle. This years colors, however, take a decidedly bolder turn. As we enter 2017, sophisticated, dramatic colors feel on-point.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

Project Spotlight: A Multi-Functional Laundry Room & Home Office Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jan 3, 2017

The homeowner was looking for a solution for a collection of working spaces on their first floor. Altogether, the two rooms and the closet hallway compromised a good amount of space, but in their existing usage the space was dramatically under performing. This project was initiated to create a better plan to use the space more effectively, and to pull it into line with the higher-end style of the rest of the first floor. The project involves four distinct areas: laundry, craft, office, and hall spaces.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Entryways and Mudrooms

Fireplace Ideas for Your Home

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Original Post 12/8/2015 Updated 12/20/2016

Today, a fireplace can be added to almost any room of the house where you want warmth, comfort and ambiance. Wood, gas or electric fueled fireplaces are versatile in size and structure and can make a design statement. Here are several fireplace design ideas from our portfolio of remodeling projects for homeowners in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Fireplaces

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kevin Dunn on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

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 checklist of what to look into.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

8 Questions to Ask a Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

When it's time to move your remodeling plan from just a vague idea to a real project, one of the first steps is to locate a trustworthy general contractor, or a full-service design/build contractor such as Neal's. Not all contractors are the same, and not all are going to provide the same level of project management, quality, and planning, for a variety of reasons. To make sure that the contractor you select has your and your project's best interests in mind, it's a good idea to ask every contractor you are considering a standard set of vetting questions. Read on for the eight questions you don't want to leave out.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association

7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Holiday Party-Ready

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Original Post 11/10/2015 Updated 11/22/2016

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens