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Neil Kelly kicks off 2012 with home remodeling seminars

Neil Kelly Company's 2012 edition of free remodeling seminars for homeowners starts Jan. 7 at both its Lake Oswego and North Portland showrooms.

The popular seminars started in 1974 at Portland Community College campuses and local high schools as a way for area homeowners to learn more about their homes, understand the remodeling process and gather ideas.

The free Portland area classes are offered nine months out of the year. Award-winning Neil Kelly designers teach all sessions and share trends in design, information on new materials and techniques, as well as review the professional design/build process.

The free one-hour sessions are informal in style, allowing for plenty of questions and discussion.

Events scheduled for Neil Kelly's Lake Oswego showroom, located at 15573 S.W. Bangy Road, include:

* Universal Design and Remodeling: On Jan. 7 at 10 a.m., designer Barbara Murphy will present a seminar about learning how your house can become your 'forever' home. Murphy will showcase large and small home improvement projects that support independent living.

* A Dacor Appliance cooking demonstration: On Jan. 7 at 11:15 a.m., see the features of the appliances and enjoy complimentary brunch in the Neil Kelly showroom kitchen.

* Kitchen Design and Remodeling: On Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m., designer Joel Fraley will present a seminar about the latest in design trends, the creation of an efficient workspace and trends in cabinets and appliances. He will also show several recent projects to illustrate his topic.

On Jan. 8 at 12:30 p.m., Murphy will present an additional seminar on the same topic.

* Bath Design and Remodeling: On Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m., Murphy, who is also a certified bath designer, will present a seminar covering current design trends and information on fixture selection. She will showcase several recent award-winning bath projects.

On Jan. 8 at 1:30 p.m. and on Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m., certified bath designer Kristine LeVernois will present seminars on the same topic.

* Whole House Remodeling: On Jan. 7 at 1:30 p.m., Fraley will present a seminar about key elements of a major whole house remodel, covering every stage from planning to completion. He will showcase examples of major remodel projects.

Both Neil Kelly showrooms will remain open until 3 p.m. on Jan. 7 and until 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 so visitors can explore kitchen and bath exhibits.

For more information, visit www.neilkelly.com.