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The Newest Home Design Trend: Reclaimed Wood

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

The age and character of an old piece of wood is like it's own piece of art. Adding reclaimed wood to your home is a style statement, and has become a trend in recent years. A browse through Houzz for reclaimed wood photos provides hundreds of clever and beautiful installations. Reclaimed wood is a huge category, from raw beams and boards to old architectural pieces, so there are plenty of options for just about every project you have in mind. Before jumping on this design trend, however, there are some considerations surrounding the choice to include used wood in your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

5 Ideas for Improving Curb Appeal

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 18, 2015

There are hundreds of factors that go into the curb appeal of any given home. Style of the neighborhood, look of the home, taste of the homeowner, size, color, budget, climate... the list goes on. While there's no easy "curb appeal formula" that can be applied across the board, there are some standard things that factor into curb appeal for any home.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Home Remodeling, Design-Build

5 Ways to Design Spaces for Entertaining

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The ability to host a group is a trait that many Americans look for in a house. Having family and friends over for gatherings large or small plays an important role in the dynamic of many families, so it makes sense to ensure that remodeling projects in your home account for the need to accommodate the types of parties you like to hold. More than just knowing where to put your furniture, or making sure you have a stocked fridge, truly functional entertaining spaces that help to create traditions in the home start in the design and planning process.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build, Additions

2015 Designer Trends in Bars, Entertainment & Dining Room Displays

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 12, 2015

In 2015 while visiting The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, our designers have taken note of three exciting trends they believe are worth keeping an eye on. While these trends all fall under the category of "cabinetry", their applications extend into more than just a row of cupboards in the kitchen. Bar design, living room entertainment centers, dining room display, and more, are all areas of the home that these new designer trends might find a place.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Lighting, Storage

Dream Remodeling Projects Become Reality

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

We all have dreams for remodeling our homes. Whether it’s just repurposing a room, taking advantage of otherwise wasted space, or starting from scratch and redoing an entire floor, the possibilities of remodeling are endless. Which is perfect when you have something very specific in mind, like in the case of these four "dream room" projects.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling

Project Spotlight: Renovated Galley-Style Kitchen in a Historic Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jan 7, 2014

Many people are drawn to older homes because the style and craftsmanship can’t easily be replicated today. Renovation is often an adventure for both the homeowners and their contractor. If a house has been standing for over a hundred years, some of its history may be hidden by attempts to update the home by generations of owners. 

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Storage

3 Great Ways to Collect and Organize Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jan 15, 2013

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

5 Practical Ideas for Remodeling or Adding a Family Room

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 4, 2012

A family room can be an asset in any home. Family rooms are casual living spaces designed around the social and recreational needs of homeowners.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Storage, Lighting, Lower Level

10 Remodeling & Interior Design Ideas to Make a Small Home Seem Larger

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Small homes are gaining renewed popularity in the housing market. Many “Baby Boomers” are downsizing to simplify their lifestyles and reduce the costs and time required to maintain a large home. First time home buyers are finding that small homes are a good initial investment. There are also certain design styles of small homes that have withstood the test of time such as craftsman bungalows, cottages, capes, cabins, ranch and prairie style homes that have unique architecture and appeal to buyers. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

How Long Will My Home Remodeling Project Take?

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

When planning home remodeling projects, homeowners often ask us “How long will it take?” While they are often referring to just the actual construction phase of a project, it’s also important to factor in the time it takes to plan the project. Planning is central to the success of every remodeling project. It’s where ideas are converted into designs and budgets are used to select the best materials for the job.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor

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