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Before & After Fireplaces

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Now that the weather has finally remembered that it's winter in Cincinnati, thoughts turn to cozy evenings at home. Let's face it, though; not every home has a nice fireplace to curl up next to. A fireplace remodel is one of the best ways to improve your home interior, any time of year. Keep reading for before & after fireplaces we've redone in the area.

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Topics: Fireplaces

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Updated: 10/10/17 | Original Post: 6/14/16

Using stone as an accent inside the home is a popular design choice. That natural look and texture of stone juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not a one-size-fits-all option, however, and there are several ways to apply it that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are some interior stonework design ideas you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

8 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 16, 2017

Original post 5/7/2013 | Updated 05/16/2017

In our climate, summers are great! If you want to take full advantage of warm days, why not vacation at home by creating an outdoor living space for all the activities you enjoy? Add a patio for relaxing, a pool to cool down on a hot day or an outdoor kitchen for entertaining. An outdoor fireplace and hot tub can be a perfect setting for a romantic evening or a place where the family can roast marshmallows and warm up the kids after a swim. A screened porch is an ideal spot to read a book or enjoy a summer’s eve with family and friends.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

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: Lower Level, Design Trends and Ideas, Fireplaces

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

5 Outdoor Fireplace and Firepit Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jul 12, 2016

In a previous fireplace design blog post, we reported that outdoor fireplaces and firepits were in hot demand in Greater Cincinnati, and we can state now that this shows no signs of stopping. Having a fire element in your home's outdoor spaces allows you to extend to their use earlier in the spring and further into the summer (and depending on the type of winter we're having, even during the holidays).  Whether you opt for a wood-burning or natural gas option will largely depend on how you wish to use it (and whether obtaining and storing wood is a possibility for you), but either of these choices can be designed in such a way to fit the character of your landscape and the needs surrounding it.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces, Design Trends and Ideas

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Using stone as accents inside the home is a design option we've seen a fair amount of in our 40+ years of remodeling experience. That natural look and texture juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not, however, a one-size-fits-all option, and there are several ways you can go that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are the things you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

Fireplace Ideas for Your Home

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

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

Fireplace Design Ideas for Any Room

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 4, 2014

Today, a fireplace can be added to almost any room of the house where you want warmth, comfort and ambience. 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: Fireplaces

Outdoor Living: Creative Ideas for Enjoying Cool Days and Nights

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

The fall season is upon us. Leaves are changing color and we’re seeing changes in the gardens and landscapes of our homes. Fall is an exciting time and conjures up images of apples, pumpkins, warm food, hot beverages and, for many of us, football games. Cooler temperatures change the many ways we use outdoor living spaces. Here are several creative ideas to help you enjoy more outdoor living time during the cool days and nights that are ahead.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

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