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5 Questions to Ask Before Creating a Home Gym

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

When planning for the inclusion of a gym in your home, there are some very important questions to ask to ensure that you create a space that is well-suited to your workout needs. While any space in the home can be set up for exercise, getting the details right can make a big difference in the success of your personal exercise goals.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, 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

Project Spotlight: A Basement Remodel Made for Both Adults and Teens

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

This lower level remodel was aimed at creating an updated space for entertaining and enjoying time with a more grown-up family. Walls and niches in the space, were rearranged in subtle ways within the basement’s existing areas to create a more open and streamlined living space. Finishes were updated throughout to create an exciting and rich palette without distracting from the room’s purpose. There is still plenty of space for the family to hang out and play.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Lower Level

4 Wine Storage Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

There are many great, functional ways to store and display your wine.  Wine storage ideas range from stand-alone temperature controlled units to convenient sliding cabinet storage. We’ve provided some ideas that Cincinnati locals have used in their own homes to inspire you.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Kitchens

5 Basement Home Theater Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Dec 17, 2013

With advances in media technology, time spent at home with family and friends often centers on watching a movie or sports event and “cocooning”, especially on a cold winter night. Basements can provide extra informal living space for TV viewing and relaxation, and have risen to a new level in today’s homes: The Basement Home Theater.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

7 Design Ideas for Basement Kitchens

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Have you ever wished for a second kitchen to store items you use for entertaining along with extra appliances and a sink for preparing food? If you’re planning a basement remodel, you may find the extra space you need.  When designing a lower level living space, think of a basement kitchen, kitchenette or bar area the same way you would if you were remodeling the primary kitchen of a home. The elements include appliances, cabinet storage, a sink, counters, lighting, electrical outlets and flooring.

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Topics: Lower Level, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

Project Spotlight: Basement Remodel Features an Authentic English Pub

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Many of us have collections of things that we love in our homes. Collections of art, sports memorabilia, travel souvenirs, wine, etc. can grow and may be worthy of display in a special place. An Anderson, Ohio couple embraced their British heritage with a vast collection of English pub artifacts and antiques which lead to a unique basement remodeling project that transformed the lower level of their home into an authentic English pub.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Lower Level

Expand Your Living Space with a Basement Multipurpose Room

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 22, 2013

Do you feel as though you need more living space in your home? The solution could be a basement multipurpose room.

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Topics: Walk-In Showers, Laundry Rooms, Lower Level

Need More Living Space? Check Out These Lower Level Remodels

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 25, 2013

If you have a growing family, love to entertain, have a hobby that requires space or need a place to work or work out, you may be finding that there just isn’t enough space in your home. An unfinished basement may provide the extra living space you need. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Storage

12 Great Ideas for Creating More Basement Storage

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jun 4, 2013

A basement can provide the room we need for things that can’t be accommodated in the primary living space of a home. For example, is your living room too small for a large flat screen television with surround-sound? Or is your sewing machine taking up space in your dining room or a guest bedroom? Are the kid’s toys everywhere? Has a special collection outgrown the space in your family room? The extra space you need may be just below your main floor.

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Topics: Lower Level, Storage

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