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Top 2018 Bath & Kitchen Trends

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Mar 13, 2018

Did you have a chance to attend the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show this year? Is your brain swimming with ideas to update your kitchen or bath? If you have a project planned for 2018, there are some exciting new trends emerging. We sent a handful of our designers to KBIS, to see and experience the most cutting edge kitchen and bath products, and technologies. Here are some of the trends they see emerging in 2018.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, National Kitchen and Bath Association

8 Questions to Ask a Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

When it's time to move your remodeling plan from just a vague idea to a real project, one of the first steps is to locate a trustworthy general contractor, or a full-service design/build contractor such as Neal's. Not all contractors are the same, and not all are going to provide the same level of project management, quality, and planning, for a variety of reasons. To make sure that the contractor you select has your and your project's best interests in mind, it's a good idea to ask every contractor you are considering a standard set of vetting questions. Read on for the eight questions you don't want to leave out.

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

How to Design a Kitchen Island That Works

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Orignal Post 12/18/2012 Updated 8/23/2016

The concept of the kitchen island evolved out of a need for a central working counter. In the earliest days of the formal kitchen space, a table fulfilled this role, and over the centuries this basic idea has shaped our concept of what a functional, working kitchen might look like. Today’s kitchen islands are designed to handle a variety of functions, including food prep,  informal dining, entertaining, as a station for cleanup after meals, or even a place for the kids to do their homework. If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, there are many options for designing an island that meets your needs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Neal's Wins 5 Local Contractor of the Year Awards for 2016

Posted by Leanne Matthews on Wed, Dec 9, 2015

Project Consultant Mike Hendy and Marketing Manager Leanne Matthews accepted the awards on behalf of Neal's.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Universal Design: A Hot Trend in Bathroom Remodeling

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 25, 2014

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish but have a purpose. The concept has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 60 percent of designers surveyed for its 2014 Design Trends Survey say they are including Universal Design features in their bathroom projects.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Aging-in-Place, Universal Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association

The Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Each year we look forward to the design trends report issued by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. NKBA conducts an annual survey of its members and publishes its findings in February. The trends revealed in the NKBA 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey come as no surprise to us. They reflect what many of our customers ask for in their kitchen remodeling projects.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Pets, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Tips for Selecting the Right Kitchen Sink Style for Your Home

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Aug 27, 2013

A kitchen sink is an essential element in any kitchen. We spend more time in front of a sink than in any other kitchen work area, therefore, it’s important to consider both its function and design. When selecting a kitchen sink style for your home, first and foremost consider the way you work in your kitchen. Take some time to answer the following questions:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, National Kitchen and Bath Association

6 Creative Storage Solutions for Bathrooms

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Bathrooms are generally smaller spaces that require careful planning to create functional storage. In addition to towels, storage is needed for cosmetics, toiletries, grooming supplies, hairdryers, curlers, medicines, tissues, cleaning supplies, dirty laundry and a waste basket. Organized storage is important to control clutter and optimize the space in these rooms. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Storage, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2013

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Apr 9, 2013

Do you remember the pink tubs, toilets and sinks from the 1960s? Powder blue 4-inch walls tiles from the 1970s? White laminate cabinets from the 1980s? Sliding door shower enclosures from the 1990s? Bathroom design trends seem to change every ten years or so. There are always new products arriving on the market and new ideas about how to create comfort in this personal space. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Lighting, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Room Colors, Countertops

Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Ideas for 2013

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Kitchen design has two main components, layout and choice of products. We are always looking for design trends that add function and beauty to homes. We talk with manufacturers and distributors, meet with other leading remodelers from around the country, follow industry changes, and talk with homeowners in our search for the best design ideas and trends that will endure over time.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Room Colors, Countertops

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