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Five places to visit in Cincinnati for design inspiration 

Cincinnati Design Inspiration
Sometimes the best ideas for home design and décor aren’t found in magazines, books, or shows on HGTV, but in your own backyard. In fact, if you’re looking for design inspiration, all you have to do is visit some of Cincinnati’s cultural gems.  When it comes to design, Cincinnati is nationally recognized for everything from art deco architecture to horticulture. From Indian Hill to Over-the-Rhine, and plenty of places in between, you can find buildings, landscapes, and views to fuel your imagination and creativity as you plan the home of your dreams.  Ready to get started? Here’s our list of five must-visit places in Cincinnati that are sure to inspire you as you design your custom home.  Cincinnati’s art museums We’re going to start with a trio of our favorite places for design inspiration: The Cincinnati Art Museum , the Taft Museum of Fine Art , and the Cincinnati Conte...
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Custom appliances - a better fit for numerous reasons

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So, what do custom homes and custom appliances have in common? A lot. Both are tailored to the needs of you and your family. Both are designed with ease of living in mind, and both are exceptionally well-crafted.  At Classic Living Homes, we partner with Cincinnati’s Custom Distributors customdistributors.com , which is among the region’s finest custom appliance companies. Not only are their products second-to-none, but their customer service is too.  So, why choose custom appliances for your home? The reasons are extensive, but we’ve narrowed it down to six important ones below.  High performance When you invest in custom appliances, you can be confident they’ll work incredibly well. For example, if you are a home chef (or even if your culinary prowess stops at PB&J sandwiches), you’ll appreciate never having to worry about the gas stove lighting or oven temps that ar...
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A furnace, is a furnace. Right? Not quite. Make yours a custom fit.

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As temperatures plummet in Cincinnati, it seems inevitable that your home’s heating costs will soar. But is it really inevitable? Maybe not. If you’ve already taken investing in a new HVAC system off the table, there are still ways to reduce your energy bills during winter. You could insulate your windows, for example.  But what if you’re in the process of building a custom home? Well, then it’s definitely possible to lower your future home heating costs by working with your builder to choose the most efficient heating system possible.  Of course, there are other factors besides energy bills that come into play when choosing a heating system. Some heat sources are quieter than others, and some may work better with your home’s design than others. Additionally, if you’re working with a LEED certified builder like Classic Living Homes, you can choose a heating system that’s good f...
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8 online design tools to get you started on your custom home

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If you’re thinking seriously about building a custom home and are ready to take the first big step to bring that dream to life, start by taking advantage of online home design tools like SketchUp and Floorplanner that let you “see” your ideal home without ever leaving the house.  No matter what stage of design you’re in, there’s guaranteed to be an online tool (or several) to help you create your perfect home. To help you get started, we came up with a list of our favorites.  We only had two requirements for the list: the online tools had to be easy to use, and they had to be free (Oh, and they had to be fun!) So, if you’re ready to be an architect or designer for the day and get the ball really rolling on your custom home, take a look at our list of online design tools below.  SketchUp This design software is easy to learn and extremely comprehensive, making it a great op...
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