Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

5 Lower Level Design Features

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

When the temperature starts to drop, our thoughts inevitably move to thinking about living the next few months cozy inside. If your home has a basement, this is the perfect space inside the home for hanging out with family and friends. Here, we'll take a look at the five most common areas of lower levels for a well-rounded basement that will keep you entertained long into the dark of winter.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

Project Spotlight: A Master Bath Suite in Morrow

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

The homeowners had this house built while they were still living in England. Much of the finished master suite design, therefore, did not turn out as well as they had hoped. For starters, the bathroom, a long, awkward space, felt empty, lifeless, and most of all lacking in function. The bathroom remodel focused on solving the issue of using the space to its fullest potential without crowding it up with unnecessary features.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

3 Ways to Collect Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 1, 2016

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

9 Great Half Baths and Powder Room Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Original Post 110/30/2012 Updated 10/25/2016

Half baths or “powder rooms” are places in our homes where we can be creative. We often refer to half baths as jewel boxes of a home because these are small spaces where home homeowners may add high end products without incurring huge costs. Since a half bath is often located off the central area of a home, it is also a great space to add a splash of color or to display artwork.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Painted Kitchen Cabinetry Design Ideas

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

While nothing beats the timelessness of mixing neutrals in your home, the unexpected use of painted cabinetry is a design trend that adds a unique character to your home. In the kitchen, when a cabinet is a different color than the rest of the space, it can highlight a certain feature or element, or can help visually distinguish a work zone. Painted cabinets in particular add the interest of an additional color to the space. This can steer the style in a certain direction, or play up the homeowner's style. In either case, the use of painted cabinets is a hot trend that's worth considering.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens