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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

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2014

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevent in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design, Kitchens, Storage, Room Colors

10 Smart Walk-in Closet Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Think of your walk-in closet as a small personal room. You want it to be efficient and match your personal style and needs. This is why design is so important.

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Topics: Storage

An Invitation to Visit Neal’s Newly Updated Showroom

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 29, 2014

The Hendy family and the design team at Neal’s Design • Remodel are excited about recent changes in our showroom. We have added stunning new kitchen displays and products that will transform your cooking, dining and storage spaces. We would like to invite you to visit our showroom to discover some fresh and fabulous ideas for your own home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Storage, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Renovated Galley-Style Kitchen in a Historic Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jan 7, 2014

Many people are drawn to older homes because the style and craftsmanship can’t easily be replicated today. Renovation is often an adventure for both the homeowners and their contractor. If a house has been standing for over a hundred years, some of its history may be hidden by attempts to update the home by generations of owners. 

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Storage

Need More Living Space? Check Out These Lower Level Remodels

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 25, 2013

If you have a growing family, love to entertain, have a hobby that requires space or need a place to work or work out, you may be finding that there just isn’t enough space in your home. An unfinished basement may provide the extra living space you need. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Storage, Lower Level

6 Creative Storage Solutions for Bathrooms

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Bathrooms are generally smaller spaces that require careful planning to create functional storage. In addition to towels, storage is needed for cosmetics, toiletries, grooming supplies, hairdryers, curlers, medicines, tissues, cleaning supplies, dirty laundry and a waste basket. Organized storage is important to control clutter and optimize the space in these rooms. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Bathrooms, Storage

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