Roof Inspections and Roof Maintenance

Let’s raise the roof on the importance of regular roof maintenance! The average lifespan of a roof is fifteen to thirty years. Lack of maintenance can cut your roof’s lifespan in half. Here are some tips on how to keep your roof in tip top shape.

Create a regular cleaning schedule with CQC Home

We not only renovate homes, we can also help maintain your home. Your roof can become easily stained or damaged by dirt, the elements, mold and black streaks (a form of algae and bacteria that develops on a roof and eats away at the structure of your roof). You should have your roof inspected for damage annually. But if any severe weather, such as a windstorm occurs before then, let us take a look at is as soon as possible to check for any possible damage.

Roof Boots

One thing that is commonly  overlooked when it comes to roof maintenance are the vents, most commonly called “roof boots” (they operate like exhaust pipes do on your car) which often go bad before the actual roof does.  A good thing to keep in mind is that anything going through your shingles is typically going to give way first.

Chimney and Skylight Flashing

These are the last elements that anyone would think of that could cause an issue with your roof. Surprisingly, they are more than likely the cause of a roof “leak” versus the shingles themselves.

Not caring for your roof can cause a domino effect of issues resulting in costly invoices compared to a roof inspection visit! Call CQC Home today for more details on how to keep your roof in check and to schedule your inspection today!

Ferguson Spotlight: Kitchen

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lightening Gallery is the place to get the newest, and most ground breaking products and features. Quite naturally, we at CQC Home have joined forces with them, making our selection process and jobs so much easier with the outstanding products available for our clients. Over the next few weeks, I will highlight some of the Ferguson products we are noticing in our kitchen and bathroom renovations and remodels.

Strive Collection Smart Divide Double Bowl Kitchen Sink; 32″ X 18-5/16″ ; Undermount with Strainer are beneficial and beautiful, so it is no wonder we are installing so many of these sinks. One of the appealing factors is the Smart Divide lower bowl that boosts versatility and workspace. The sound-absorption technology called SilentShield gives a quieter performance. A rear drain enhances storage underneath the sink. And who doesn’t appreciate a sink bridge utility shelf with a dishcloth bar and bottom sink rack? These are included! Why not include the Pro 750 Evolution Food Waste Disposer in your new kitchen, which is a perfect space-saving garbage disposal that is 40% quieter than standard disposers. There are five-star reviews everywhere for this particular disposer, all mentioning the extreme power it possesses. Round off your kitchen sink with an Essa Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet. This well built faucet gives you up to five million uses. Pull-down sprayer faucets are popular, yet consumers often hesitate on selecting them since they tend to dangle over time. Delta has solved that with MagnaTite, a magnet embedded in the spout which pulls the wand accurately into place every time!

Contact us at CQC Home, where we create upscale, functional and exquisite kitchens!

Brass Hardware Making a Comeback Against Navy

A few years ago brass hardware was nearly impossible to obtain. Not so these days! Brass is making a radical comeback in kitchen and bathrooms far and wide!

Navy cabinetry, whether paired with floating cabinets or a furniture piece, looks regal matched with a white countertop and polished off with brass fixtures. Add an abstract vanity mirror to tie in your personality, leaving your bathroom a topic of discussion for days, maybe even weeks!

A decade ago mixing metals was considered unstylish, even tacky. The look has come full circle and its modern appeal has been restored. Just as mismatching cabinetry in the kitchen has.

If you are not sold because brass was so prominent in the 70s, limit your brass selections to pulls or knobs. Or perhaps just your faucet. Let’s figure out this hardware together and create a bathroom or kitchen to wow you and your friends and family!

Appliance Lifts Make Cooking and Baking a Breeze

Stand mixers are exceptionally useful in the kitchen. But how often have you given it a second thought when you remembered how much of a hassle it is to pull out your mixer? (Not to mention how heavy and how much space these heavy duty appliances take up.)

Good news! There’s a mechanically-balanced contraption that makes getting your stand mixer out a breeze. An appliance lift easily raises your mixer out of a base cabinet, locking it into place while you perform your culinary magic! When you’re done, tuck it away in a snap and that’s all there is to it.

An adjustable spring-tension mechanism helps ease the effort of lifting and lowering your stand mixer. Built-in shock dampers allow for a smooth movement when going up or down. And mixer lifts can accommodate different weights ranges — up to 20 pounds, 20 to 30 pounds, and even 30 to 60 pounds.

The inventor clearly kept design flexibility in mind. An otherwise bulky and heavy mixer now becomes an incognito fixture that can be whipped up or out of the way in a jiffy. It can be attached to any custom-made shelf and therefore fit all cabinet sizes allowing for a perfect match to your countertop or interior cabinet.

Contact the pros at CQC Home today and see how we can help transform your kitchen with thoughtful and beautiful design touches that help make cooking a delight.

Stylishly Mismatched Cabinets

As a mom of a teenage daughter, I have to keep up with so many trends. One I have quickly learned of is the art of mismatching. My stylish daughter can somehow make a powder blue sock on one foot and a tangerine orange sock on the other look good! I no longer think twice in the morning when I can’t find a matching black sock! This is also true for your kitchen. I know you are saying to yourself, I’ll believe it when I see it! This beautiful modern farmhouse kitchen we designed really sells the trend of mismatching. Especially for those who ordinarily go for the classic look.

Cabinets

The beautiful upper cabinets are bronze stained, while the base cabinets are a light gray with a brush stroke finish. Look how the dark cabinets make the light ones look fresh and crisp. The handles have been left matching, so that there is still an element of visual cohesion and aesthetic appeal.

Countertops

The black walnut butcher block island contrasts against the ocean shell countertops selected for the perimeter, adding a bold look that really appeals to me.

Storage

The pull out shelves and spice racks implemented in this feature-packed kitchen helps keep the clutter at bay.

I hope I’ve made you a believer in mismatching! The distinct ​contrast adds lovely depth to ​your overall scheme, no matter what style of kitchen you are having us create for you!

2017 Electrical Fixtures: USB Wall Charger Plate Covers

Looking for ways to declutter? Installing a USB wall plate is a swanky feature that can help you do just that. This small electrical fixture provides additional plug-in features while removing the need for multiple adapters dangling off your wall. If you are like me and have multiple devices, from cellphones, to iPads, laptops and Kindles, this is music to your ears! These outlets will also help eliminate the many power strips that may be cluttering your floor space, as well.

USB PostSeveral of these state of the art outlets even have an energy efficient feature. Electricity is regulated by sensors to output only the energy needed for the specific device that is plugged in. Also, spring-loaded safety shutters helps prevent any harm to the little ones with exploring hands or by incorrectly trying to plug in the wrong device. These safety shutters also eliminate wasted standby power when nothing is plugged in. A night light is not standard, but can be found on some of the USB wall plates.

Our craftsmen are skilled in installing these wall plates and can inform you of any rewiring that may be needed. A deeper space is required to install these wall plates that may not be present in some older homes, but a benefit is that you will have a smoother finish against the wall. (Older model wall plates tend to stick out a bit further.) Let us know your interest in these during your walk-through and we can check to see if this is an option for your home and have this quick update modernize your home.

Sliding Barn Doors for Added Charm, Functionality and Value

Craftsmen meets farmhouse design. Sliding barn doors are being displayed in homes more and more, both for their distinctive look as well as their functionality.

a-master-bathroom-thats-rustic-modern-and-warm-8272Based on a two year study, research showed that keywords like “barn door” highly affected the sale of a home — selling as many as fifty-seven days faster and at a higher price point. You get added character in your home and money back. What beats that?

Let’s explore the functionality of installing a barn door. When you have a bi-fold door that swings open inside your space, it reduces your available space. With barn doors installed, you instantly gain more available space since the door glides open, parallel with the wall. Instead of doing a “door waltz”, you now have the luxury of walking in a room and having instant gratification!

See how one of our recent clients added a contemporary yet rustic feel to their home by having us install a sliding barn door for his bathroom entryway.

Rain Glass Shower Door

“Rain, rain go away!” is definitely not what our clients are saying when it comes to their selection for shower glass. With the many beautiful qualities rain glass possesses, we are finding our skilled craftsmen installing them on a regular basis.

mater-bathroom-for-all-ages-8330Dreamy Quality

Rain glass looks exactly how it sounds, like a constant rainfall on your glass. The rivets have a textured feel that is ideal for complimenting modern spaces, adding a beautiful visual contrast to the smooth surfaces in your bathroom.

Concealment

Privacy is a must in the bathroom! Rain glass adds the decorative flair you desire while giving the perfect amount of concealment. From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to get a clear depiction of what’s on the other side of the glass. This is why people are cleverly using them all over their homes.

Whether you chose to use rain glass in your powder room, for your kitchen cabinets, adjacent to your front door or even in your stairwell — let CQC Home make it happen!

Why Install a Nest Learning Thermostat

There’s an app for any and everything, nowadays. And the Nest Learning Thermostat is definitely a leader of the pack. Here are some of the futuristic features this innovative thermostat puts at your fingertips.

cqchome-durham-4737Energy Tracker

This thermostat is the definition of app savvy! Simply download the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why. Out and about on a blistering hot day or super chilly night? Change your home temperature from the car on your way back home. How cool is that?

Senses

The Nest Learning Thermostat is always aware. It even senses when you enter the room and instantly lights up to inform you of the time, room temperature and even the weather.

Auto Schedule

It also learns what temperature you like in your room — or rooms! Within a week’s time, it programs itself to be at your ideal temp comfort level.

Techy

Connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi and have the luxury of controlling the temperature at your fingertips — from your phone, laptop or tablet.

Home/Away Assistance

Always helping to conserve energy, a leaf icon appears when you’ve chosen a temperature that saves energy.

Have us install one of these ground breaking thermostats in one or all of your rooms. Beware of showcasing one of them in the kid’s rooms, though. They may be all to happy to continuously test out the new “toy”.

Countertop Corbels

When envisioning your dream kitchen, one of the first things that comes to mind is “what type of countertop will I select to showcase my personal style and wow my guests?” and “what type of lighting will I use to spotlight it?”

But don’t stop there! Many details are often overlooked when selecting countertops — including how countertop overhangs are supported. Let’s look at how countertop corbels function, both practically and aesthetically.

Heavy-Duty Countertop Support

Supporting heavy countertops found in modern kitchens are the main function of countertop corbels. Favorite countertop materials, including granite, quartz, marble, butcher block and concrete are heavier and require strong supports. Even well-made solid wood cupboards underneath some countertops aren’t enough. Countertop corbels provide the necessary support, and their design (not to mention what color they’re painted) can add great flair.

Floating Countertop Overhangs

thompson-home-2016-08-10-56-hdr-edit“Hidden” corbels are nearly invisible and are appearing in more kitchens, providing a streamlined appearance. High-traffic kitchens can make use of this clever design which makes the space under counters more efficient for seating and open shelving. This is because the corbel is not in the way; whereas a series of large, noticeable corbels make legs and knees clear targets for injury.

All in all, you can achieve the spacious, elegant look you want while incorporating the high-quality materials you desire. Give the team at CQC Home a call today. We are here to support your every effort to create a beautiful kitchen that is sure to become the true heart of your home.