Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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: Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Lighting, Storage

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

8 Questions to Ask a General Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Aug 7, 2012

1. Is your company insured?

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

Creative Remodeling Solutions for Pet Spaces

Posted by Kevin Dunn on Tue, Jul 31, 2012

When it comes time to remodel your living spaces, you take a lot of time thinking about the needs of your family, and how you’d like to use the space. Often overlooked, however, are the needs of your pets, who often times use the space just as much as you do. There are several ways to integrate the daily needs of your family pet that only require a bit of advanced planning in the designing phase. Here are some creative solutions for pet spaces:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Pets

10 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jul 24, 2012

If you’re looking for ways to increase the “green” in your home, there are several upgrades or changes you can make that make both large and small impacts. Here are ten eco-friendly home improvemements to consider:

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Green Products and Projects

8 Things to Consider about Aging-in-Place

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

More and more older adults are choosing to stay in their homes past retirement, a decision typically known as “aging-in-place”. This choice often comes with a certain degree of attention to the home environment, and while it doesn’t always mean a large renovation, adding senior-oriented features can be a great opportunity to update the design of the home.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Aging-in-Place, Universal Design