How we transformed a 1965 kitchen

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This was a beautiful kitchen transformation. We started with a kitchen that was originally built in 1965. It had damaged vinyl flooring, dated appliances, and it basically just looked like it was a kitchen from 1965. We literally removed everything from the kitchen, then started fresh.

Keller Before and AfterThis white kitchen has an 11 foot custom made walnut island. The white farm sink is complimented with an oil rubbed bronze bridge faucet. Tons of storage with white shaker style cabinets and two floor to ceiling pantries. The contractor couldn’t believe how many drawers we put in here, 35 total. A custom made hanging rack in the corner is perfect for storing cookware, and is also oil rubbed bronze to match the our bridge faucet and the cabinetry hardware. We did a classic, yet simple and clean white tile back splash. Which is also used under the island where the bar stools sit. The contractor left the right side of the sink open, with two shelves supported with simple white corbels. Then finished with a lovely traditional oak hard wood floor. Call us today and lets see what kind of transformation we can make for you!

Two shower heads, one shower

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We are absolutely loving the new shower trend! The style that everyone is asking for is a glass enclosure shower with a bench and TWO shower heads. Having two sources of water in the shower is so luxurious. The shower heads can be a rainfall shower head on the ceiling, and a traditional or handheld sprayer on a side wall, or any combination of the three. How boujee do you want your shower to be?

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Bathroom A, after

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Can I use hardwood floors in my bathroom?

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Can I Use Hardwood Floors in My Bathroom?

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A question we receive quite often is whether or not hardwood floors can–or should–be installed in a bathroom.  Many of our clients want to match the floors in their bathroom remodel to their hardwood in other areas of the house, but worry that the wet environment of a bathroom would damage their brand-new floors.  

 

While maintaining hardwood floors in a  bathroom can be tricky, it’s not impossible, and can even have its benefits.  Here are some pros and cons of installing hardwood floors in your bathroom, and a few tips for care and maintenance to make sure your new floors will shine for years to come.

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These days, many homeowners are taking a pass on tile and vinyl flooring in favor of hardwood.  Not only is hardwood a very attractive option for any room in the home, it can add significant value to the home if maintained properly.  However, solid hardwood has one major drawback: it’s porous, and therefore absorbs water and humidity. This forces the solid wood into a cycle of swelling and contracting, which can cause warping and cracking over time.  A high-quality sealant applied at installation can help to reduce this swelling, but eventually, any solid hardwood in a high-moisture environment will succumb to this problem. While solid hardwood might stand up well in a small, low-traffic bathroom like a half-bath, we don’t recommend using solid hardwoods in a high-traffic or humid environment, like a family bathroom with a tub or shower.

 

So what options do we have for those high-risk areas?  If you still have your heart set on wood floors, engineered hardwoods are the way to go.  Engineered hardwood flooring is made of a top layer of hardwood, joined to a base layer designed to increase stability and reduce moisture retention.  The result is a material that can be refinished, just like natural hardwood, but stands up well in wet and humid areas. These engineered floors come in a variety of premium hardwoods, including oak, maple, hickory, and dozens more.  This means you can find a similar match to the hardwoods in other areas of the house, right down to the finish.

 

But what can you do if you truly have your heart set on solid hardwoods?  Well, if you’re willing to take the risk, then proper care, maintenance, and a little risk prevention can extend the life of your bathroom hardwood floors.

 

Use a high-quality, moisture-repellent sealant at installation.  The harder it is for moisture to penetrate the sealant and reach the porous hardwood underneath, the longer your floors will last before beginning the cycle of swelling and contracting.  Also, check the warranty on your hardwoods to make sure they’re approved for humid areas.

 

Make sure your bathroom is well-ventilated.  If moisture can dissipate out of the room quickly, it will reduce the risk to your new floors.  Use bath mats around your sink, tub, and shower, and clean up spills immediately.

Finally, consider incorporating tile into the design.  Using tile around sinks, tubs, and showers will help prevent water from contacting your hardwoods, reducing the risk of water damage.

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We hope we’ve been able to answer some of your questions and concerns regarding using hardwood floors in your bathroom remodel.  As always, feel free to contact us at 336-644-5600 with any questions about your upcoming or ongoing remodels. Good luck, and take care!

 

Time for an outdoor space?

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Spring, once the rain has stopped, and summer are the perfect time to build a screened in porch or patio or deck.  Adding an outdoor space to your home can increase the value of your home, and provide an enjoyable space for spending time outside.  A screened in porch is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, without the bugs.  Or have dinner outside without uninvited guests landing on your food.

A Creative Solution

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Sometimes our clients come to us with a goal in mind, but aren’t sure how to make that goal happen. This was a project where Chris’s expertise and creativity really shined. Our client asked us to turn his attic into an office, but there wasn’t enough room for a conventional staircase. Chris’s solution was to build a spiral staircase, then finish the attic.

Bathroom Inspired by Peacock Feathers

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One of our long time clients came to us with a very specific request. She had come across peacock themed shower curtain that she loved so much, she wanted us to remodel her bathroom to match it.  We happily obliged her request.
She got a new kohler alcove tub with a tile surround.  New vanity and vanity top, new baseboards and stunning bright green paint. Additionally, we installed all new plumbing fixtures and a new vanity mirror to complete the fresh new look.

Kitchen renovation with a fireplace makeover

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For this kitchen renovation we kept the cabinet boxes, but refinished them and added new doors, drawer fronts and pulls for a new cabinet look without a new cabinet price.  We finished the look with new granite counter tops, fresh paint, pendant lighting and a new chandelier over the breakfast nook.

Originally the fireplace was too small for it’s nooks, so we extended the fireplace.  Then added new tile work, a new mantle, a new tile hearth and new built in cabinets to make the fireplace really stand out as the focal point of the room.  

Modern whole home renovation

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The home was cozy, but did not suite the new owners clean modern taste.

 

After photos

We took advantage of how much  natural light comes into this space.  Now giving it a very different feel.

What to know before you hire a contractor

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Spring is one of the busiest times of year for contractors and remodelers.  As Spring gets closer and the days get longer and warmer, many of our clients start to think seriously about the changes and improvements they’ve dreamed of making to their homes.  However, one of the most important parts of renovating and remodeling a home–and one that is sometimes overlooked–is finding the right contractor for the job.  Many unlicensed or predatory companies and individuals know that Spring is a busy time for the construction industry, and will try to take advantage of homeowners looking to hire someone to help them make their dreams a reality.  Before you sign on with a contractor, make sure to do your research to make sure you’re protected.
When searching for a contractor or remodeling company to help you with your home renovations, it’s important to check whether or not the company is properly licensed and insured.  All businesses and individuals performing construction work over $30,000 in North Carolina must be licensed with the North Carolina Licensing Board of General Contractors in order to operate legally.  To check whether or not a company or person is licensed, you can visit www.NCLBGC.org, and use the “Search” function to look them up by company or individual name.  Also, be sure to ask for proof of insurance before signing on with any contractor.  If they’re properly insured, they will be able to provide paperwork to prove it.
After you’ve made sure your potential contractor or remodeler is properly insured and licensed, you should also do some research into their business reputation.  Many contractors have some kind of online presence, including reviews or complaints on the Better Business Bureau, Yelp!, Angie’s List, or Google Business.  Many reviewers will also post pictures of the contractor’s previous work.  When checking out reviews, keep an eye out for contractors that respond to negative reviews, and what kind of response they gave.  Did they try to work with their customer and find a solution?  Did they give a dismissive answer, or not respond at all?  You should always prefer to work with contractors that value their customers, and good contractors will respond to both their positive and negative reviews.  As for the BBB, you may want to think twice about any company with a rating less than “A.”
When discussing the scope of the work with a potential contractor, take the time to ask them if they have a website.  Many contractors do, and they will often include examples of their work, testimonials from previous clients, and further information about themselves, their company, and their mission.  Also be sure to ask how long the contractor or company has been in business; while newer contractors aren’t necessarily bad, a company that’s been in business for ten or more years indicates a company that has been able to stick around due to quality work.  If the contractor doesn’t have their own website–which is getting rarer these days–ask if they have any pictures or examples of their work they can provide.
When looking for a quality contractor to help you realize the changes and improvements you’ve dreamed about making to your home this Spring, always research the company you’ll be working with beforehand.  You, as a homeowner, deserve the absolute best when signing on with a contractor, and should do everything you can to make sure you’re protected against scammers and sub-par craftsmanship.  We at Custom Construction and Renovations, Inc. take pride in our work, our reputation, and our wonderful client base, so feel free to call us with any questions.
Good luck with all of your projects this coming Spring!