Make a Statement With Tile Patterns

A statement tile floor in a historic home bathroom has taken my breath away a time or two before. But that statement floor could also easily be a disaster discussion amongst the neighborhood gals. Less is more, though a clique is one I do find to be true in certain aspects.

Choosing a tile you absolutely love can be spiced up just by the way you have our skilled craftsmen lay it. Here I chose to focus on the top two tile pattern layouts we have been installing and are unquestionably here to stay!

Herringbone Tile Pattern

We are seeing a lot of this pattern being showcased on our clients bathroom backsplash and shower walls. This innovative pattern gives your tile choice flare. The kitchen backsplash is another location where it’s a big hit!

Hexagon Tile Pattern

Kitchen and bathroom floors are being hexed by the minute. It may have something to do with the compatibility it seems to have with all styles of interiors. Whether it’s classic, urban, modern, or even contemporary.

Call on CQC Home to help you decide how to make a statement with your tile patterns today!

Kohler Smart Divide Apron Front Sink

Want a kitchen sink that is elegant yet warm, functional yet durable? Consider the Kohler Whitehaven Self-Trimming Smart Divide apron front sink. With your sink being one of the most visible and used items in your kitchen, requiring that it be tenacious but stylish is a request we hear a lot from our homeowners during design phase. When we suggest this particular sink, this is where the search usually ends.

Style

With it’s farmhouse style, this sink is the finishing touch to any color scheme. The self-trimming design allows a single rough cut to lap over the face of the cabinet, resulting in a streamlined look. The crafted enameled cast iron is another remarkably appealing feature.

Versatility

The larger basin on one side allows for easy cleaning of larger pots and pans. It has been constructed to fit in most standard 36-inch apron-front cabinetry.

Durability

Resistance to chipping, burning and cracking can all be checked off your list with this beauty. The cast iron is not only aesthetically pleasing, it gives years of dependable performance.

Touch base with CQC Home to get this basin implemented into your kitchen renovation now!

Kitchen Range Hoods

The purpose of a range hood in your kitchen is to increase the air quality throughout the home that is otherwise filled with smoke, grease, scents and steam from cooking. Yes, having a carbon monoxide detector is great to warn you of a problem, but a range hood actually prevents the issue by giving your kitchen range the proper ventilation needed. Did I mention they also increase your resale value? So now just how do you decide which type of appliance hood to select…

Duct/Vented Hoods

Duct hoods are connected to your home’s existing air duct system, hence the name. The air is filtered to the outside and the most effective and efficient. Though preferred, they are not always feasible – something we would be able to determine during design phase. Another factor is the style of range you desire. If you opt for a gas range, a vented hood is required in order to be up to code.

Ductless Hoods

A ductless hood filters the air through carbon filters, returning the air back into your kitchen. These systems tend to be more affordable as they don’t require being hooked up to your home’s duct system. Some maintenance is required with this hood – the filters must be cleaned regularly, but are often dishwasher safe.

Downdraft Hoods

Downdraft range hood systems are necessary if you wish to place a cooktop or a range in an island or peninsula. We are equipped and qualified to handle the specialized HVAC and designing needs for such appliances.

Call CQC Home to help you select from the many range hood options that enhance the attractiveness of your kitchen while protecting your family. With the endless array of styles, colors, and textures to select from, we are sure to find one suited for your kitchen’s style and color scheme!

Don’t Let These Important Projects Fall Through the Cracks

Fall is officially here! Your friends at CQC Home wanted to remind you of the preventative maintenance you should start gearing up for to prevent damages that may occur during the upcoming winter weather. Contact us to get these following projects completed sooner than later!

 

Exterior Paint

We all know that North Carolina weather is highly unpredictable. It can be 85 degrees on a Monday and a high of 60 degrees two days later until sometime in November. One good thing about that, besides not storing away your summer clothes until late November, is you have some time to fit in painting the exterior of your home. This will help preserve the longevity of your home’s appearance!

Deck Protection

Sadly, the summer barbecues are over! Help sustain your deck until next year’s Memorial Day weekend party by pressure washing and sealing it for the winter months. This will help with stains from mildew, algae, rust spots, and tannin bleed.

Insulate Plumbing

Not insulating your plumbing will result in your water heater working twice as hard to heat your water. And that means a higher electricity bill, which is probably already the case in the winter months. What would make matters worse is that bursting or freezing could ever occur!

Let CQC Home identify plumbing lines inside and out that may be exposed so we can winterize your plumbing.

We know that this time of year you are focusing more on the approaching holidays. Call CQC Home so we can take care of these preventative projects for you!

Kitchen Double Islands

Tired are the days of the dead end kitchen layouts. You know, the “once you’re in you are stuck there”, “one way in one way out”. So what are you to do with all that space once you have decided to bring the walls down? Double kitchen islands have been our suggestion to clients, and they have been happy to oblige!

With the kitchen being the heart of your home, it only makes sense to want to incorporate more opportunities for your family and friends to be together in that space. A double island does just that by serving as a dining room within the kitchen itself.

The functionality, as well as the design element are equal. Just think of how much easier it’ll be to “set the table” in the same room you are preparing your family’s meal in! You will also increase your amenity choices by having two islands with access on all four sides. Just think of the possibilities – built-in spice racks, a stand mixer built-in, and tip-out trays are all options available to you.

Spending more time by your new kitchen double island when guests are over will bring up all the elements of your new renovation. CQC Home loves creating beautiful kitchens with lots of amenities and functionality. Give us a call us today to get the process started!

Explore the Doors

Renovating and or remodeling spaces in your home is a very exciting time! More so when the project is completed and your vision is revealed before you. The first thing many of us want to do is to invite everyone over to check out our home transformation. Not long after the paint dries, a Facebook event, Save the Date, and an Evites are created to coordinate the showing! Generally, your doors aren’t a focal point, but we say why not make them, even if they are only the warm-up to the big reveal?

Going Dutch

For a more relaxed approach, dutch doors have been prevailing. This unique architecture dates back to the 1700s and has withstood the test of time. There are many reasons this door style is appealing. Dutch doors are a great option whether your focus is allowing the sunlight and a cool breeze to pour into your home, to cook while watching the kids play outside, or greet your guests as they arrive.

 

Crystal Clear

Full light doors are a great choice for patios, workshops, even home offices. These doors give you the opportunity to enjoy natural light and nature, but avoid the pesky elements and insects!

Pick Pocket

Pocket doors are favored and very functional in multi-entry, back-to-back areas or small spaces like a guest bedroom that leads into a bathroom. We can’t forget to mention they save space and give you more usage options. Opting for a pocket door can give you the freedom to mount cabinets on the wall or place a bed or dresser where you couldn’t before.

Some good questions to ask yourself are how much privacy versus natural light do you want? How can you maximize this space? Also consider doors facing south or west take a lot of weather beating. Call CQC Home and rely on our knowledge or to ask any questions about the various door styles out there. As always, we are here to help!

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.

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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.