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Project Spotlight: Wine Cellar and Bar for Entertaining

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

The existing space in the lower level of this Indian Hill home was an odd room that was originally intented to be used as an exercise room. With outdated materials and a footprint that was significantly more than the homeowners required for their home gym needs, the space was repurposed to house a new bar area and wine cellar. The project focused on creating a solution that would allow this space to handle a range of hosting options. The remodel also focused on aesthetic choices that would update the look, and tie it into the updated style of the rest of the home.

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Topics: Lower Level, Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: A Master Bath Suite in Morrow

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

The homeowners had this house built while they were still living in England. Much of the finished master suite design, therefore, did not turn out as well as they had hoped. For starters, the bathroom, a long, awkward space, felt empty, lifeless, and most of all lacking in function. The bathroom remodel focused on solving the issue of using the space to its fullest potential without crowding it up with unnecessary features.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: Chic Kitchen Update for a Loveland Family

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

The family of this Loveland remodel needed more than just a new kitchen. They needed a space to gather and connect as a family, while still gaining efficiency with their daily household routines. A brighter space with a rustic-chic style fit the family's taste, while special attention to layout, scale and storage addressed their functional needs. The new kitchen feels like a part of the first floor's family room, encouraging family togetherness through all hours of the day.

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Topics: Kitchens, Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: Carriage House in a Historic Neighborhood

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 2, 2016

To maximize the features of their urban lot in one of Cincinnati's most scenic and historic neighborhoods, the homeowners of this project were looking to convert a one-car garage into a new two-story, two-car garage in line with the carriage houses of old. This project was directed by several challenges, including retaining existing landscaping, figuring out how to get the most out of the structure, and working with both the local zoning authority and the neighborhood historical board for approval of the design. This project is a 2016 Local NARI Contractor of the Year Award Winner in the Detached Structure category.

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Topics: Storage, Additions, Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: A Tailored Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Sometimes a kitchen can look like it is working just fine, but under the surface there are issues that the homeowner can easily detail for you. This was one such project. Under-utilized spaces, inefficient details, and dark cabinetry with no personality were just a few of the issues.

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Topics: Kitchens, Design Trends and Ideas, Project Spotlight

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

Project Spotlight: A Kitchen Addition Adds Much Needed Space

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 3, 2016

For this West Chester, OH project, the homeowners were looking for a seamless addition to the back of their home to increase the square footage in their kitchen and laundry room. The primary purpose was to provide more space for entertaining in the kitchen, and to improve function and space in the laundry room. The project also provided a chance to update and improve finishes in the kitchen. The resulting addition is a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens, Additions

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

Project Spotlight: Gothic-Inspired Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Gothic-revival design dominates in this 1925 home, but the kitchen space was lacking in similar character. The kitchen was awkwardly arranged and felt like it belonged with a different house. That section of the house was divided up into four individual rooms, the main kitchen, a narrow butler’s pantry, a mudroom, and a second pantry. The kitchen renovation sought to combine these four spaces into a new space that matched the scale and character of the rest of the first floor. This project is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2016 Local & Regional Contractor of the Year Residential Kitchen Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Rustic Pub Room Remodel

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

The homeowners were looking for a pub-inspired room, with casual, rustic finishes. They desired a space in which “peanut shells could fall on the floor, and they wouldn’t look out of place.” They wanted the room to feel masculine, and were looking to create a unique space within the home. A room at the corner of their home, originally an office space with no character, was the candidate for the transformation. They also wanted to convert the low ceiling to something with a grander design in keeping with the architecture of the house and the look they hoped to achieve in the new space. This project is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2016 Local & Regional Contractor of the Year Residential Interior Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

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