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6 Tips for Creating a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Updated 8/14/17 | Original Post 9/18/2012

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do, and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. In the past, the basements seemed to be the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer. The mechanical considerations were easily handled, but the inconvenience of dragging everything downstairs (and back up again) never quite made those considerations feel worth it. Today, homeowners are creating laundry spaces that better meet their needs on any floor of their home. Careful planning, prioritizing efficiency, and regular maintenance now allow for many more possibilities. Here are 6 tips for designing a functional laundry room.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Lighting, Storage

10 “Must Have” Accessories for Kitchen Cabinet Storage

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

http://info.neals.com/bid/291087/11-Must-Have-Accessories-for-Kitchen-Cabinet-Storage/Original Post 6/27/2014 Updated 1/13/2017

One of the goals for most kitchen remodels is to gain more storage space. Organization is very important to optimizing the way a kitchen functions. Custom cabinetry makers, such as Wood-Mode, have done their homework in researching the ways consumers work in their kitchens and have designed many accessories to solve their storage problems.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Storage

Home Office and Craft Room Design Ideas

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Oct 11, 2016

More and more people are finding that an office space at home is a modern convenience that's worth the investment. Not only is the work-from-home option available to more people, but our everyday digital lives often require some type of "base of operations" at home. The best thing about a home office is that, unlike your desk at a corporate office, you can dictate style and function. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Storage, Entryways and Mudrooms, Additions

Practical Laundry Room Design Ideas

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The laundry room could very well be the hub of the home. It's a space where efficiency and function call all the shots, but it can also be a welcoming and comfortable room that does more than handle the dirty work. Here we take a look at some of the ways the laundry room can be designed to run at full capacity.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Storage

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: Project Spotlight, Storage, Additions

Solutions for Awkward Spaces in Your Home

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Awkward rooms, weird hallways, odd spaces. We've all got them. From that out-of-the-blue angled wall, to the narrow room that isn't quite a room, but somehow doesn't qualify as a hallway either. In some homes, these spaces add character and charm, or possibly a sense of history or pedigree. But most of these types of spaces are throwbacks that don't quite mesh with the modern ways we live our lives and utilize our homes. Here, we've scoured our gallery of design work, and found four projects that tackled the design challenge of the awkward space in four very different ways.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Storage, Entryways and Mudrooms, Additions

3 Essential Elements in Home Bar Design

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Having a home bar sounds like a luxury, but most homes and most budgets have the potential to include a functional bar. Home beverage and bar stations have a few key, and very basic needs which can be achieved in a number of simple or complex ways. Adding a bar to your home is a great solution for those who entertain often, or anyone who likes having a selection of liquors, wines or beers on hand. Read on for our suggestions for a well-appointed, functional home bar.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Storage

What to Include in a Family Communication Center

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Unless you were born with the ability to remember every single detail about the schedules, committments and needs of each member of your family, the chances are high that you rely on shared calendars, and any number of other organizational tools to keep it all straight. These days, mobile apps go a long way to assisting us with the task of keeping up with the family, but there are plenty of bits and pieces in the physical world that should be tracked, displayed, or exchanged. This is the usefulness of a Family Communication Center in your home. The communication center or kitchen desk is a single dropping-point for all the various things your family needs to know and remember as you each go about your daily lives.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Storage

8 Must-Have Kitchen Storage Accessories

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 22, 2015

A functional kitchen is more that just one with a working layout and useful appliances. The modern concept of function also includes a wide variety of accessories installed behind cabinet and drawer doors to increase the kitchen's storage abilities. Long gone are the days when organizing your kitchen tools relies on make-shift custom solutions. We've compiled a list of the eight functional cabinet accessories we include in our remodels most often.

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Topics: Kitchens, Storage

2015 Designer Trends in Bars, Entertainment & Dining Room Displays

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 12, 2015

In 2015 while visiting The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, our designers have taken note of three exciting trends they believe are worth keeping an eye on. While these trends all fall under the category of "cabinetry", their applications extend into more than just a row of cupboards in the kitchen. Bar design, living room entertainment centers, dining room display, and more, are all areas of the home that these new designer trends might find a place.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Lighting, Storage

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