Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

Project Spotlight: Increase Space In Master Bathroom

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

Despite the unique and comfortable free-standing tub, which replaced an old whirlpool tub in this master bath, the real star of this remodel was a reworked floor plan. Removing a commode room and swapping that space with a walk-in shower allowed the shower to increase in size and utility. The overall feeling of the small space goes from claustrophobic to airy with attention to space details. White features allow the natural-tone tile to act as a style statement, rather than a background, and the chrome fixtures helped create a contemporary vibe. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Residential Bath winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: A Black & White Traditional Kitchen

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 3, 2015

Over time, things stopped working in this kitchen. First, there were small inconveniences in the layout and inefficiencies in the work triangle. Then the cabinets started to fall apart. Eventually, it became difficult to keep up with the maintenance – too many little things. Until the oven stopped working. That was the last straw. This kitchen remodel was faced with the task of tackling a wish list compiled from over a decade of dealing with a dysfunctional space. Read on to find out how we did it.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: A Rustic Lodge Room Addition

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Oct 6, 2015

With a large extended family and a penchant for entertaining, the clients felt limited with their relatively small, screened-in porch. They desired a larger space for the wide variety of family gatherings and entertaining they enjoy. The completed project included a spacious all-season room addition and an outdoor patio great for entertaining as well as daily usage. This project was recognized as a 2010 Local & Regional Winner in the NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Additions

Project Spotlight: A Basement Remodel Made for Both Adults and Teens

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

This lower level remodel was aimed at creating an updated space for entertaining and enjoying time with a more grown-up family. Walls and niches in the space, were rearranged in subtle ways within the basement’s existing areas to create a more open and streamlined living space. Finishes were updated throughout to create an exciting and rich palette without distracting from the room’s purpose. There is still plenty of space for the family to hang out and play.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Lower Level

Project Spotlight: Bedroom Addition for a Growing Family

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jul 7, 2015

Children can only share a room for so long. For this family of six, the time had come to carve out a new space for their son. The existing unique roof line provided the inspiration for a dormer-like addition over the study. Even with the single room addition, this project brought a number of individual challenges. The most important of these being to maintain the family’s routine by leaving the existing surrounding home as intact as possible. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Winner in the Residential Addition category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: Spacious Master Bath Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 2, 2015

With more than enough room, this master bath had the potential to be a showpiece space with luxury to spare. Upon living in the home, however, the existing space did not live up to our client’s original expectations. With inexpensive and now out-of-date materials throughout, and a disregard for the scale of the room, the master bath was less than ideal as the dream bath the homeowners desired. The remodel’s goals were to reevaluate the space usage and floor plan, better integrate the larger scale of the room into the design, and inject updated style into the space with timeless material choices, better suited to the luxurious and elegant bath the room could be for our client.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: Casual Cottage Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 5, 2015

High on the list of priorities for this 1800’s cottage-style home was a cozier kitchen with the feeling that the space had been added to over time. Furniture-style details and a carefully curated selection of colors and finishes create a casual living space with all the comforts of a modern kitchen.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens