How to Pick the Perfect Bathroom Vanity

If you are ready to make the big plunge and purchase a new bathroom vanity, you’re not alone. It is one of the easiest ways to update your bathroom. But this can be a tricky task if you are not prepared.

Here are few things to help you plan before you make your final purchase.

Who is the vanity for and how will they use it? A powder room and a master bathroom for two adults require different types of vanities. A single-sink vanity can range from 12 to 60 inches in width, while a double vanity can be as wide as 72 inches. Know your space and what limitations you are working with. If it’s too tight a space, go with a pedestal.

Shopping for a child’s bathroom? Look for vanities with built-in perks like pull-out step stools or open space to slide one in.

How much storage do you need? Be realistic. Even “low-maintenance” people require space for extra towels, toilet paper, soap and shampoo. Keep in mind the size of your items when hunting. The average toilet paper roll can be 5.5″, but if you shop at Costco… you will need 7″ depth to hide ‘em away.


Found the perfect faucet? Hold off on buying it until you’ve chosen the vanity. You’ll want to pick a faucet with a height and reach appropriate for the sink. See our blog all about making sure you have the right faucet.

Give us a call when you are ready and we can help you from design to build and making sure it fits the space just right!

How to Choose a Bathroom Faucet

There are a few things to remember when trying to decide what is going to best for your bathroom space.

1. Does your bathroom see heavy traffic? If it’s your only bathroom, opt for a function-first faucet.

2. Who uses the bathroom faucet in your home? You’ll want a faucet that’s easy to turn on and off, particularly if elderly family members or kids are regular users. Hands-free models make it a cinch. Or opt for a single-handle faucet, which makes adjusting the water temperature a snap. Imagine having to use both hands to make the water “warm” when you can barely see over the counter.

3. How deep is your sink? If you aren’t replacing the sink, this is important. We have had clients purchase a new “well-pump” style faucet only for it to shoot right off and onto the floor! A smaller bathroom sink needs smaller fixtures.

4. Picking out new countertops, too? When we are replacing your counters, knowing your faucet style ahead of time is crucial so the fabricators can drill the correct number of holes. A single hole faucet, a 4″ center, or an 8″ wide spread will all determine the final cuts made.

5. What two words describe your bathroom’s style? You’ll want to tell your salesperson at the store whether you’re aiming for industrial-chic or retro-glam. If that seems like just too much to keep up, come and see our showroom and we can help guide you through the design process!

Bathroom Shower Niche

By definition, a niche, is a hollow space in a wall.

Typically when we remodel a bathroom, we offer the idea of a shower niche. It is gaining in popularity and can be seen in nearly all of our designs. It’s purpose? To hold the many things that gather in our showers, but out of the way and not getting “rained” on. We design them to fit your style and needs. Have a lot of product? Not to worry – use the niche length wise and create the extra length needed. We have even used them in the lower section of the shower, as a “shaving niche” to store your razors and prop your foot on. How clever!

Finding You Design Style: Kitchen Trends of 2017

Whether you’re designing your kitchen to match the decor of other rooms, or planning your whole home’s look around the kitchen, you can make it a beautiful reflection of your personal style. Even if you aren’t interested in gutting your kitchen and starting from scratch with a new design and layout, there are a few options that have become increasingly popular in 2017.

Gray is the New White

Thanks to shows on HGTV like “Property Brothers” and “Rehab Addict”, our cabinet manufacturers say that white cabinets continue to be #1 selling cabinet. But gray is the new color they’re betting on to break white’s top spot. This kitchen using Cabico pairs soft gray cabinets with charcoal brush stroke and bronze stained upper cabinets, showcasing yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors is a trendy look, and it’s holding strong.

Maximizing Cabinet Storage

Kraftmaid cabinetry offers a wide variety of storage options. Upper cabinet options include spice racks, reverse-a-shelf kits and tiered shelving. Not to be forgotten, the ever growing number of options for base cabinets include trashcan pullouts, rollout trays, cutlery dividers, even an old fashioned bread box. By using cabinet inserts like these, it maximizes the storage capacity without compromising aesthetics.

Adding a Bit of Flair

Looking at 2017 as a whole (so far), it has been a year of accessories. We often recognize that people design with trends while maintaining something neutral enough for the masses to love, keeping in mind the “resale”.

But, this year, that is all out the window! Literally.

As seen here, modifying the window to be a pass through to the exterior living space it a bold move. But, boy does it pay off. It is both a functional piece with a hang over bar for holding refreshments, as well as dirty dishes that need to be sent back inside.

Whatever your style is, we are here to help pull it all together.

How Can a Design-Build Remodeling Company Help with My Kitchen?

Sometimes, when something seems too good to be true, it is. But, NOT in this case. At CQC Home it’s simple – we design it… and then… we build it.

But why? As one of the top home remodelers in the area, have come across several things over the past decade working with architects, outside design firms, house flippers, etc. But one thing is common with them all – the person designing the space was not privy to the real-world costs to actually build the design or new floor plan.

It’s a tale as old as time. The homeowner is frustrated that the designer is not able to give build cost pricing. Or the homeowner’s scope of work is way over budget and they can’t understand why or where to cut costs. This results in a lot of back and forth, and months of struggling to find where the money is being spent, and lots of redesigning and drafting. By hiring an in-house draftsperson and designer, we at CQC Home have eliminated that frustrating step.

We provide measurements for the existing layout, give new layout options and a 3D rendering of the new space. And our selections specialist will help you to pick out the items that work for your home and your budget.

Here is a recent kitchen we worked on together. In the photos you can see the “Before”, a “3D Render” that allows the homeowner to better visualize their new space and an “After” of the completed kitchen.

We look forward to working together with you! Give us a call to set up your design consultation today.

Beast Mode – Houzz 5 Star Review for CQC Home

We are a company that thrives on creativity, on sharing of skill sets, on being leaders when necessary and followers when the time calls for it. It’s an awesome thing to witness when a client recognizes not one or two members of the team, but when 8+ people are mentioned. What a true testament to the hard work and dedication to their careers, and to making their company the best. Yup, we can say the best! Thank you to Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake & Orange County for voting us Best Kitchen Designer, Contractor, and Business.


It is often said in our showroom “the rising tide raises all ships”or that “teamwork makes the dream work”. We are company that focuses on trust, training and education. We just happen to do a bang-up job at interior and exterior residential remodeling, as well. Thank you to all of our clients, now part of the CQC Home family for trusting us with your most valuable asset. We love what we do! Making our city great, one home at a time!

“Ken, from design to punch list, we could not be more pleased. The transformation in our home and how we live in our new space is what I envisioned. Creating an all-season sunroom that looks as if it was original to the house is truly great craftsmanship. Changes, re-considerations and recommendations were met with professionalism and responded to quickly. Communication was excellent. Kudos to George, Wesley, Matt, Mike, Justin, Kevin and Teague. Thanks also to Brad for the care to our stonework during the foundation building of the project. To a person, every friend or family member who as come through the door is momentarily at a loss for words as they take in the light and view that our new space reveals. Thank you!” — Anderson Family 2017

Retro Renovations – Antique Vintage Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

It’s not uncommon to hear “Modern Farmhouse” these days. Thanks to shows like “Fixer Upper” with Joanna Gaines, we all want shabby chic, farmhouse, shiplap everywhere!

A vintage farmhouse sink — it needed some love, but had great lines and was such a statement piece for the time period of this home from the 1920’s.

According to Forbes magazine, to decorate and design your older home you should do one of ten things. For us, we only needed #8 “Mix Traditional and Modern Pieces” using the old traditional style of the sink with the modern glass work in the upper cabinets. By incorporating dark countertops, we were able to design the kitchen around the sink, keeping it the focal point of the space. Not an easy task when kitchen counter tops these days are trying to steal the show!

To see a few more “After” photos of the space and some other rooms we worked on in the house, please follow us on Facebook, Houzz, Pinterest or right here on the CQC Home Blog!

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…. Who is the Fairest of Them All?

Choosing a bathroom vanity mirror can be a daunting task. After all, you have already picked out the vanity cabinets, hardware, faucets, shower head, lighting, toilet, towel bars, tile on the floors and walls… and now mirrors!

Bathroom mirrors come in all shapes, sizes, frames (or with no frames), can be beveled or tilting. Who has the time to think of all these details? We just want to see ourselves; get our perfect quaff and move on with the day!

That is where we at CQC Home comes in. We are a design-build company. Key word “design”. We offer an in-house selection specialists and designers who work together to match your style, the period of the home, and keep to our pre-set budget.

Let us help you with all of those selections, coordinating the details. During the design phase we put everything selected into our project management system for costing, and we share 3D renderings with you so that you can get a feel for your new bathroom (or kitchen), before we commit to the build.

Give us a call to schedule your design consultation today.

Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

Granite or Quartz? Get tips on how to find the right countertop for your kitchen remodel.

At CQC Home, our designers have noticed that about half our clients select a granite countertop, while the other half chooses a quartz countertop. Counters are one of the most hotly debated selection items. Don’t believe us? Just watch any episode on HGTV’s “Love It or List It”. The homeowners always LOVE a particular surface material, and they HATE the other. The key for our designers is to establish the wants vs. the needs, and keeping it all on budget.

So, is one really better than the other? Well, here are the facts. We’ll let you decide.

Granite Countertops

  • Granite is 100% natural. It is mined from quarries from all around the world, then cut and polished to a manageable size.
  • Granite can have so much movement and pattern, given that it was made from molten, pressurized rocks. So, no two granite slabs will ever be the exact same.
  • Granite is a more cost effective option, especially if the stone if from a local quarry.
  • Granite countertops should be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner.
  • To ensure the longevity of your investment, consider having your countertops resealed once a year.

Quartz Countertop

  • Quartz is a man-made product, using 95% ground natural quartz and 5% polymer resins.
  • Quartz can be made to look the same with much more consistency.
  • Quartz, because it is man-made, is more labor intensive than just polishing a natural stone and can cost up to twice as much as granite.
  • Quartz countertops should be cleaned daily with soap and water or a mild household cleaner.
  • The solid surface of quartz means there is no need to have your countertops resealed, resulting in less maintenance.

Countertops set the tone for your kitchen. Our in-house kitchen designer and our selections specialist is here to help you choose the materials and a look that not only reflect your style, but also are in line with how you use your kitchen. Did we mention they are the “Best of Durham” award winning designers? Give us a call to set up a design consultation today!

CQC Home Earns “Best of Durham” Award

The 7th Annual “Best of Durham” was recently announced, and we are honored to share that CQC Home won the top spot in not one but two categories – Best Kitchen Designer and Best Builder!

If you are new to the area, Durham Magazine is a great publication that highlights some great local spots that are a must-add to the bucket list. From Duke Gardens, to the Museum of Life and Science, to the many restaurants all area foodies need to experience, Durham is quickly becoming one of the top 10 towns in the country to live in.

And every year, Durham Magazine sends a ballot to its readers to vote for their “best of” in several categories. These include everything from gyms and flower shops, to law offices and coffee house – and, of course, contractors.

A saying often heard around our Kitchen & Bath Showroom is “the rising tide raises all ships”. We feel the CQC team is that tide – a strong force of trust, teamwork and integrity, who happen to remodel homes.

Thank you to all of the readers and online voters who nominated and voted for us to win the “Best of Durham”. And a very special thank you to our entire CQC Home team.