Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

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