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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

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, Design Trends and Ideas, Fireplaces

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

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