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.

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.

Year-Round Sunroom Oasis

Love the outdoors but not the North Carolina humidity? If so, then adding a sunroom to your home will be perfect!

Decor

When furnishing your sunroom keep in mind that the sun will be beaming down on your brand new furniture. This can result in your furniture being damaged. To avoid this, consider purchasing outdoor furniture which is designed to better withstand the effects of the sun.

Climate

Contrary to popular belief, sunrooms can be used year-round. During the colder seasons, you can use any type of portable electric heating device to keep the room nice and warm.

Personalize It

Whether it is vaulting the ceilings in your new space or adding custom curtains, don’t be shy about sprucing it up! After all, you are going to be spending lots of time in this room.

Use of Space

Whether you use the sunroom as a book nook, a TV room or your second living room, it is sure to become the favorite room in your home!

Contact CQC Home today and let’s explore the many options for designing the perfect sunroom for your home.

Epic Backyard Cookout and Party Decks

It’s about that time of the year when we start throwing epic backyard parties and cookouts again. But before you do any party throwing, you’ll need one important thing — a deck! Instead of having your guests sit or stand on the grass, have them sit on the beautiful outdoor furniture you purchased for your brand new deck. Here are some tips to consider than can help CQC Home create the perfect deck for you:

  • Have an idea of how you’ll want your deck to built. Do you want your new deck attached to your door? Or do you want your deck to be freestanding (built separately from your house wall), or have you considered having a second-story deck?
  • Providing us with plans/blueprints can give us something to build off of, no pun intended.
  • To make your deck the talk of the town, add screening to protect you and your guests from pesky insects and other outdoor elements.

CQC Home will make sure your deck is built to local codes and will have the correct permits, so call us today!

Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse sinks are an amazing way to add a sort of rustic charm to any kitchen.

  • Farmhouse sinks are deeper than typical stainless steel undermount or topmount sinks. This makes washing larger pots, bowls and cookware easier. There are also two different options when it comes to sectioning off your sink. You can have one large bowl, or two large bowls that are sectioned off.
  • White farmhouse sinks are typically made from fire clay, porcelain or stainless steel. Fireclay is more durable and easier to clean than porcelain, but definitely more expensive. The cost effective alternative would be to choose stainless steel. This option puts a modern twist on the traditional, country-styled sink.
  • Do keep in mind that this is not only a large sink on top. It will limit your storage space below the sink as well, so having extra storage space in another area of your kitchen would be ideal.
  • The average width of a farmhouse sink is twenty to thirty-six inches.

Let CQC Home help you add a little southern charm to your kitchen by installing one of these fashionable, yet functional sinks!

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!