Monday, April 17, 2017

Outdoor entertainment - just in time for spring!

Not long after we finished their kitchen remodel, our clients in Mason called us back and let us know now that the inside was just as they wanted, it was time to focus the attention on the exterior.

It was a bit of a challenging space, for they had a steep back yard. In addition, there wasn't much room for the roof to marry with the existing house, so we had to be creative and precise in how we designed the space.

The client wanted to maintain views and light, so we kept the roof high to allow light into their windows, which also afforded them unobstructed views to their wooded backyard.

For the outdoor kitchen, his requirement was for a charcoal and gas grill combination, while she wanted a built-in cooler and storage.

In addition, the couple wanted a tv to watch the games and fireplace for staying warm in the cooler months.

Structurally the porch was a challenge because of the hillside and our desire to reduce cracking in the stamped concrete. Therefore, we did a monolithic slab with reinforced concrete beams between the piers. We also completely separated the fireplace from the slab in case of differential movement.

Monday, March 27, 2017

5 Most common compliments from our remodeling clientele

Here at Meyer Brothers and Sons, we service our clients to the best of our abilities. As I've read through past reviews and thank you notes from previous home remodeling clients, 5 themes emerged:

1) Cleanliness
"I loved that you cleaned up at the end of each day so that, although we were living in a work zone, it didn't feel quite as much like one at night"
We take great strides to ensure cleanliness during the construction process. A few ways this is accomplished are:

  • covering with plastic any existing furnishings that are in or close to the construction zone
  • using plastic zip walls to separate rooms from construction zones
  • using a negative air machine to create negative pressure within the work zone and directly venting any dust to the exterior

2) Communication
"I loved that you communicated with us throughout the project regarding schedule, who would be arriving next and when to expect them, and regarding changes to the budget as we made changes to the project."
Real-time communication is key to running a successful project. Here at Meyer Brothers and Sons, we've developed an online Project Information Document. This only document allows our clients to always have real-time access to the project schedule and project balance sheet:

3) Vision
"Each of you has a vision, and how to accomplish that vision. Each of you has craftsman as your middle name"
Having architects and designers on staff allows us to help make your family's construction dreams a reality. In addition, have a highly skilled set of craftsmen ensures that vision is executed to the highest possible quality.

4) Attention to Detail:

"You were all very patient and took a lot of attention to the little things, which means a lot to a person like me. Your work is impressive and I can't wait to show it off to all my friends!"
It's your home, and we care about the details. We strive to listen intently to your needs and provide creative, detailed solutions to those needs.

5) Professionalism

"I loved that you really new all of your subs and that they worked with the same standards and professionalism that you all do."
We've spent the last 39 years building our team of subcontractors, partnering with the most qualified and competent people around Cincinnati. As a family business, we understand the trust it takes to invite others into your home and we treat your place as a sacred space.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kitchen and Bath Remodel in Loveland Ohio

This project contained both a full custom kitchen & bathroom remodel. Both were total makeovers featuring new custom Stellar Cabinetry, new floors and new tile.

In the kitchen, the existing pantry was removed and the full-depth refrigerator was recessed into the wall in order to maximize refrigerator storage while maintaining the built-in appeal.

The cherry kitchen island, painted black finish with sand-through antiquing, was chosen to compliment the stained cherry of the rest of the perimeter cabinets. See more finish option like this on the Stellar Cabinetry website

The bathroom, located in Loveland Ohio, also received a new look by removing the old jetted tub and adding a large, open, curb-less shower and replaced the existing window


The bathroom remodel featured more Stellar cabinetry with a walnut vanity and storage cabinet, naturally finished.

In the shower we added recessed niches and a vertical feature strip, pulling together all the materials

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Another Year, Another Best of Houzz Award

Meyer Brothers and Sons of Cincinnati 
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, 
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Cincinnati, Oh, January 31, 2017 – Meyer Brothers and Sons of Cincinnati has won “Best Of Design & Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 39 year old design | build | remodel firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

"Another year and another award," says Rick Meyer with Meyer Brothers and Sons. "We are so thankful for our clients and friends who continue to support us and champion our cause to let our family help yours achieve your remodeling dreams!"

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Meyer Brothers and Sons,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

Friday, January 13, 2017

Decrepit porch becomes heart of the home...

These homeowners had been slowly updating other parts of their home in a hot area in Cincinnati, and now they were ready for the big show: the entertainment core. Families do life differently these days, and it's always a pleasure to see these transformations of small, dank, sectioned off kitchen/dining/living room areas to large open spaces suitable for their spooky Halloween party or a late night of studying for the 2 girls.



As seen in the below plan, we removed the exterior bearing wall and turned the existing screened porch into the enlarged kitchen/dining area. Also slightly moved and remodeled the existing bath & bedroom, as well as opened up the stairway and closed off a hallway in order to create a small mudroom area.



Above, rear wall was removed and kitchen opened to rear porch. Below is remodeled entry and opened up basement stairs. The transformation was so great it is hard to relate the before photos to the after.



Here is the remodeled bathroom


Below, the exterior decrepit screens were removed and rotting structure replaced in order to enclose this once useless space into the heart of the home.