Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

4 Outdoor Living Details to Consider

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

Turning your yard into an outdoor living space can bring both large and small changes. The large changes are what get the most attention and usually set the tone for the new exterior space. Pavilions, decks, patios and porches are all major additions to any home. Beyond these larger items, however, are a hundred details that make them work and make them yours. Based on the outdoor projects we have under our belt, here's four details we think you should consider.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: A Private Retreat

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Mar 3, 2015

A narrow, sloped swath between the brick home and a rustic forested area made up the whole of the homeowner’s back yard. While they loved the open view, they also desired to improve the livability of the area by introducing a covered structure for year-round outdoor living. The project offered a number of challenges, but for the homeowners, maintaining their view, improving their privacy, and creating a comfortable space were the goals that mattered the most.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Outdoor Living: Creative Ideas for Enjoying Cool Days and Nights

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

The fall season is upon us. Leaves are changing color and we’re seeing changes in the gardens and landscapes of our homes. Fall is an exciting time and conjures up images of apples, pumpkins, warm food, hot beverages and, for many of us, football games. Cooler temperatures change the many ways we use outdoor living spaces. Here are several creative ideas to help you enjoy more outdoor living time during the cool days and nights that are ahead.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

4 Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 27, 2014

In the Greater Cincinnati area Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. It’s time to shake off “cabin fever” and enjoy spending time outside in mild temperatures and the sun. During summer months our idea of a great meal is one that we cook outdoors. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Kitchens

Covered Entryways and Front Porches: Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 20, 2014

Curb appeal is important to any home. The exterior of your home sets the stage for welcoming guests and, if you’re planning to sell your home, attracting buyers. Entryways should be functional and practical. A covered entryway provides protection from the elements. A front porch can provide outdoor living space and a pleasant place to relax on warm summer evenings. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design-Build

Project Spotlight: An Award-Winning Two-Story Porch Addition

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 6, 2014

If you have a home in a beautiful setting how do you bring the outdoors in? Architecture can blend with nature. Our “Project Spotlight” showcases a two-story porch addition and deck that creates an outdoor living space with an unobstructed view of woodlands and a lake. The porch provides a sheltered place for cooking and entertaining, and augments the architecture of the home.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight, Design-Build, Additions

10 Hardscape Design Ideas for Gardens

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Hardscapes serve as the foundation for garden plantings and range from stone edging and pathways to architectural structures designed for shade, shelter and outdoor living.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Outdoor Living Room and Open Patio Cooking Area

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 1, 2014

As warm days approach, do you find yourself thinking about getting outside more and how you can enjoy your own backyard? This month’s “Project Spotlight” showcases an outdoor living room that provides a great place to relax and entertain with an adjacent open-air patio setup for cooking, dining and gathering by a fire on a cool evening.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space [Free Guide]

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Mar 11, 2014

Have you had enough of winter weather? Do you find yourself daydreaming about the warm sunny days of summer? You are not alone. During these cold, blustery days we compiled a new resource for homeowners, “How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space.” In this 16-page guide you will see some of the best outdoor design ideas for recreation, relaxation, entertaining, outdoor cooking and creating a backyard oasis. There are many photos of projects we’ve built for customers residing here in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Backyard Poolside Pavilion

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 4, 2014


The owners of this home enjoy spending time entertaining family and friends. In summer, when the days are longer and the nights warmer, they wanted to bring some of the amenities they enjoy indoors to the outdoors. They needed a way to shelter an outdoor kitchen, bar, television, screened gas fireplace and seating area from the elements – including the sun on a hot afternoon. The solution was a tall, open-sided poolside pavilion.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight, Fireplaces