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.

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.

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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”.

Freestanding Tubs: A Showcase in Style and Versatility

While some say freestanding bathtubs look like they come from a previous era, they certainly are making a comeback! Here are a few reasons why love for freestanding tubs seems to be overflowing, and are being installed in all styles of bathrooms and homes:

Space Saver • Taking up less room than showers, freestanding tubs help achieve a more open-feeling bathroom space.

freestanding-bathtub-4926Versatility • Freestanding tubs come in a wide variety of materials, finishes, shapes and sizes, and can help transform any space. Their placement is versatile, as well. You can place yours in the middle of the bathroom, next to a wall or anywhere you have space.

Added Value • Such a powerful piece will surely add value to your home, whether you are remodeling before placing your home on the market or plan on moving in the future.

Showcase Your Tile • Opt for a freestanding tub with legs to make your tile choice pop! The uninterrupted stretch of tile creates extra dimension and pizazz.

I hope this has ignited your creativity and helped you brainstorm your upcoming bathroom renovation or remodel! And don’t think your space is too minuscule to integrate one of these beauties, either. Call us today and see how any bathroom can be turned into your own personal resort.

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Rack up the Spices and Convenience in Your Kitchen

Always on the lookout for better organization and increased storage space in the kitchen, I was smitten by this ingenious feature being used in every style of kitchen. Pullout spice racks are becoming a staple in most, if not all, of our kitchen remodels and renovations. Our clients are getting their creative juices flowing, finding other multiple uses for this kitchen feature.

a-kitchen-perfect-for-entertaining-36Obviously, using these babies to organize your spices and seasonings will make life a little bit sweeter — or spicier, depending on your taste buds’ preferences!

Storing canned vegetables and cooking oils can also work here depending on the width and depth of the pullout racks. You may want to carefully consider the exact placement of the racks to make this use even more convenient for you in the kitchen. Having us install them in an upper cabinet (as opposed to beside the stove/oven) can ease your mind when it comes to heat possibly ruining your spices and cooking oils. And there’s always the option of us installing one an the upper and lower cabinet!

Telling our designer and project coordinators how your everyday life works always helps us suggest these and other ingenious features. We have found that clients from busy moms to bachelors and even grandparents are loving and swear by their pullout spice racks! Get touch today and see how CQC Home can help you find ingenious ways to enjoy your new dream kitchen.

Top Rated Kitchen Faucets

Kitchen faucet designs have come a long way. When remodeling your kitchen, you want a faucet that fits your functionality needs and personal style. Here are some five star faucet faves that cover every kitchen necessity and design.

Best Pullout Spray Faucet

Miseno Cirillo Collection

Not only does this faucet appeal to the eye with a high-arc swivel spout design, but it’s rated the best pullout spray faucet on the market right now. The single-handle operation makes it super functional. Miseno engineers all their finishes to resist corrosion and tarnishing. And a cover plate is included with this lovely faucet for sinks with three faucet holes.

Best Touch Faucet

Delta Cassidy Collection

This faucet is a helping hand in high traffic kitchens! Touch technology (aka Touch20) is used to power this faucet on and off. The water automatically shuts off if left running after four minutes. Another popular feature is the LED light that changes colors with the water temperature. The pullout spray head has a magnetic snap-in element and a 62 inch hose.  A 360 degree spout swivel gives you access from every angle. The faucet and finish are covered under Delta’s lifetime warranty. Six AA batteries are required (and even are included). Your batteries last up to two years and covered under a five year warranty. < two year / five year?

Best Bridge Faucet

Kingston Brass Heritage Collection

This faucet is a great accent piece to any kitchen. The three-hole faucet is available in six different finishes including oil rubbed, polish chrome and satin nickel. An additional hole is required for the sprayer which has a five star rating.

Best Pre-Rinse Faucet

Brizo Artesso Collection

Whether you’re cooking for a big crowd or an intimate gathering, this faucet is a great aid for spraying cookware once your guests have devoured their meals. It combines the functionality of a commercial sprayer and a personal faucet. It features a dual-jointed articulating arm with semi-flexible hose, and a spray and stream wand with a magnetic docking system. By and large, a pre-rinser’s new best friend!

The number of holes on your sink are important factors when choosing a new faucet. We can guide you in determining which mount best suites your kitchen. Traditional faucets with hot and cold taps require three holes for the taps and spout, and a fourth for the sprayer. One-piece faucets, with integrated handle and spout require two holes. If you are starting fresh, select your faucet before your sink so you can purchase a sink with the appropriate number of holes. Or simply contact us today. We are always happy to help with your kitchen design and remodeling needs!

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Kitchen Counters: From Classic to Natural

Before making your countertop selections, ask yourself: “Does my choice in kitchen countertop accommodate my meal prep demands, as well as reflect my personal style?” There are so many options  available that trying to make this one decision can leave you perplexed, taking the fun out of designing your beautiful new kitchen! We’ve narrowed down the list of countertops for you, highlighting the best options we are seeing everywhere!

a-kitchen-perfect-for-entertaining-9Granite

This natural material has always taken the lead. The main reason being people’s desire for the having natural elegance of stone in their kitchens. Another big selling point is that the only natural stones harder than granite are sapphires, rubies, and (my personal favorite!) diamonds. That said, this material is pricey, but boy is it durable. A yearly resealing of its surface must be factored in as well to prevent bacteria growth and stains.

Quartz

We may as well call quartz the “sister” of granite. Most people who love the look of granite, but not its price, choose quartz because it possess that “stone look and feel”. Some other major advantages are that quartz countertops are virtually indestructible and are low maintenance. They come in a wide range of colors, from neutral to vibrant. And you can skip the yearly sealing as it’s not required here.

Classic Butcher Block and Wood

Normally you only see wood incorporated in the kitchen on flooring. Not anymore! Butcher block countertops are a must-have in a kitchen were lots of cooking goes down. This material is made for chopping and cutting. If you do manage to get any chips or burns on your new butcher block countertop, a quick sanding and application of mineral oil will do the trick. With all the modern and upscale kitchen trends we’re seeing, having a natural grain or patterned wood countertop really ties in a warm and sentimental touch that’s missing in many of today’s designs.

Laminate

Laminate countertops have come a long way! These days, laminates are looking just as opulent as the other contenders — at a fraction of the cost.The new and improved patterns are making it easier to incorporate in kitchens with both muted or bright color palettes. Sealing once a year doesn’t have to be added to your to-do list with this material either. They are, however, prone to scratches and chips, and heat resistance is a feature missing from this choice. The great news is there are laminate options on the market that allow you to re-coat or refinish them instead of replacing them entirely.

With the kitchen being one of the most important rooms in your home, it is always in high demand for us to revamp. We’ve got you covered from countertop to bottom!

Black & White Bathroom Design Trends in Historic Homes

Historic homes are found throughout the Triangle area of North Carolina. Are you looking to restore your historic home’s master or guest bath to its full glory? Want to modernize your bathrooms while keeping a classic and timeless historic feel?

eubanks-home-2016-08-10-86-hdrA design in black and white will do just that! It makes a daring statement without being overwhelming — if done properly. Here are some pointers to balance your new, bold bathroom look.

Bathroom Walls

If you go in the direction of black walls, consider wainscoting and/or decorative molding. These features will soften the look of your audacious new walls. Brushed bronze hardware and a white vanity with legs will add sophistication and elegance.

Bathroom Tiles

Whether you decide to cast your main floor or shower tile in a black and white pattern, include a wall mounted mirror, freestanding (or pedestal) sink and traditional style fixtures to focus the eye and create depth.

Don’t be afraid to add framed art or other decorative objects as finishing touches in your new powder room. A pop of color is very fitting and will bring together your new versatile look. This trend is timeless, so don’t be concerned about it fizzing out. We’ve had multiple CQC Home customers go with this beautiful look. And they tell us they fall in love with their new bathroom over and over again each time they enter it!

Have you been considering a bold bathroom remodel? We’d love to hear about it, answer any questions you might have, and advise you throughout the process. Contact us today! No detail is too big or small for us to assist you with.