Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

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