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Our Most Popular Kitchen, Bath and Outdoor Living Design Blog Posts in 2016

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 27, 2016

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevant in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living Ideas for Sloped or Challenging Yards

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Depending on the local landscape of your neighborhood, you may have plenty of flat space to work with, or as in the case of the projects below, the space available to improve your yard poses some type of challenge. Whether you have a hill right off the back door or need to work inside an established footprint, there's a solution to any challenge.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Outdoor Living

6 Before & After Outdoor Living Projects

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Outdoor living extends the function of our home's property by providing useful areas to hang out, grill out, and chill out, outside of the house. While some homes come with great outdoor areas already in place when you move in, often time these lawns, porches and patios don't account for the specific ways you and your family want to interact with the outside. In the six examples below, we've highlighted before and afters that show what a bit of personalization can do to improve the usefulness and quality of your home's outdoor living areas.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

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, Fireplaces, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: A Backyard Transformation

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Faced with an expansive backyard with no character and a rolling slope, the homeowners had a very simple objective: make the yard a party space. Beyond this clear objective, the homeowners had a wish list of key elements, including a pool, an outdoor living room, and lots of comfortable space for a crowd. The result is a space that takes full advantage of the back yard while keeping scale, space and views at the forefront of the design. The resulting transformation is a 2016 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Exterior Winner.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Home Exterior Lighting Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Chances are good that when you dream about your home's ideal exterior, you aren't automatically thinking about lighting. It's not the most glamorous aspect, especially next to new landscaping and beautiful outdoor living spaces. When the sun goes down, however, without lighting on the outside of your home, all those wonderful exterior spaces (and all that effort to improve them) are lost to the darkness.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Covered Backyard Porch

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Almost immediately after moving into their newly-constructed house, the homeowners realized that the existing outdoor living space would not fulfill their needs. The focus of this remodel was to enlarge the existing space without completely starting over, as well as to correct some of the existing functionality issues. The new expanded porch offers lots of comfortable space for the family and looks as if it had been part of the original construction. This project is a 2016 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Residential Exterior Winner.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Planning Ahead for Your Outdoor Projects

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Making the decision to remodel the exterior spaces around your home takes a different type of planning and patience than interior remodels. Added to budget, style and material considerations are a host of unforeseeable's and variables that, if not accounted for, can quickly delay or derail your project. Even before the first shovel goes in the ground, it's important to assess all the aspects of your outdoor project, and to ask some very critical questions.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

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

Transform Your Backyard Into a Party Space

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, May 19, 2015

Grill-out, barbeque, picnic, or party - whatever you call it, inviting family and friends over for an afternoon or evening in the back yard is a staple of warm-weather life in Cincinnati. In many cases, these types of gatherings are casual and laid-back affairs, but that doesn't mean they aren't worthy of entertainment spaces designed to accommodate them. We've combed through our gallery of past projects, and have come up with several ideas for converting your backyard into the party space of your dreams.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

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