Neil Kelly
Dec 31, 2014

We generally shy away from gadgets. As a long-time, respected remodeling contractor we avoid the fly-by-night faddish do-dads that heat up shaving cream and cook Chinese food at the same time. We side-step late-night TV Hawkers pushing the latest Dump…

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Neil Kelly
Nov 20, 2014

Carol doesn’t like to see anything go to waste. “It’s a good feeling when you can reuse something and know that it’s continuing to serve a purpose, and it’s not going into a landfill,” says Carol. “I’m on a mission…

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Neil Kelly
Oct 30, 2014

Disco. Platform shoes. Bell bottoms. The 1970's may have been fabulous for fashion but the decade was disastrous for some homes.  Neil Kelly Design Consultant, Kathleen Donohue, recently tackled a funky 70's kitchen renovation, and took some rather creative routes…

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Neil Kelly
Jul 15, 2014

Downsizing your space doesn't mean you have to downsize your lifestyle, and Neil Kelly recently had a Lake Oswego project that proved you can have it all...in a smaller space. Lynn and Roger had lived in the same 4000+ square…

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Neil Kelly
Jul 02, 2014

[caption id="attachment_6353" align="aligncenter" width="1400"] Photo Courtesy of Oregon Tile and Marble[/caption] One of the challenging aspects of being a designer is keeping up with new products, materials, and services for the home.  One crucial venue for checking out the latest…

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Neil Kelly
Jun 06, 2014

[caption id="attachment_5579" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Gus is lucky to be alive after proving that curiosity can kill the cat.[/caption] Safe pet remodeling may not be something you think about before the start of a new remodeling project.  But if your dog…

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Neil Kelly
May 01, 2014

"Kitchens! Kitchens! Kitchens!" is all about--you guessed it--bathrooms! Okay, sorry--but we had to have a little fun. The second annual Kitchens event drew over 100 people to the Neil Kelly West-side location last weekend.  It's an entire day dedicated to…

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Neil Kelly
Apr 24, 2014

One of the first home design concepts our designers investigate when starting a design/remodel job is where the design is “trendy” or trend-setting.  “Trendy” designs come and go, and are often outdated shortly after they’re done.  Trend-setting design expresses the…

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Neil Kelly
Apr 14, 2014

Shelly was trapped. [caption id="attachment_1378" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Shelly's Kitchen BEFORE the Wall Came Down[/caption] She is a gourmet cook who was trapped inside her own, non-gourmet kitchen design. There seemed to be no room to move.  Another contractor had already…

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Neil Kelly
Apr 08, 2014

Kitchen cabinets are usually the first target of a kitchen remodeling project, and for good reason:  In many cases the cabinet styles were so faddish (remember—a fad is not a trend) that they are stylistically out of date.  And in…

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