Duke Park Whole Home Renovation

A “Tudor” style home that was designed with an “English” feel was not looking too sharp. CQC home’s owners, Ken and Ericka, pride themselves on working hard and improving the city of Durham that both love dearly. Finding this home was perfect timing. The original owner of this beautiful post-medieval style home, was no longer able to keep up with the home’s maintenance. A few key elements to improving a home, but not losing it’s true character and charm is to improve what “good bones” the home has.

New Design Layout Ideas Ahead

Starting with the home’s exterior and transforming the existing backyard entry, into a more formal entry. CQC home added a deck with a wide landing space, perfect for a morning coffee. We updated the exterior door to a more fitting style entryway. It was solid mahogany with leaded glass. For the front entry we updated the original door to a matching mahogany door as well. On the front of the house, we kept the decorative half-timbering and painted them the same color as the rest of the exterior trim. This helped to accentuate the detail and tie the different siding materials together.

On the interior of the home, the rooms were small and separated from the rest of the home’s entertaining areas with multiple doors. CQC home designed a new floor plan that was more fitting for the needs of family lifestyles today. We swapped the existing kitchen with the dining room. Opening the main wall from the dinging room and the living area. By removing the walls, this allowed for a very large multi-functional island in the new space. We remodeled the upstairs with a new floor plan as well. Originally, the home had 3 bedrooms and one bathroom. By today’s standards, a home of this size was missing a master suite. We moved some of the rooms around and ended with a final design showing us 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms upstairs.

Since we were gutting everything down to the studs, for the new layout, we were able to update all of the mechanical in the home. You know, the stuff inside the walls, that costs the most, but nobody ever gets to see! Ken and Ericka wanted to be sure that the home was safe for the new buyers and they everything was in tip top shape. Using the new “Nest” HVAC system with a dual zone, the house will be at optimal temperatures all day.

Project Specs


  • Sherwin Williams “Alabaster” and “Ripe Olive” Trim
  • Allen + Roth “Castine” 13.78-in H Rubbed Bronze Motion Lights for the Garage Doors
  • Allen + Roth “Castine” 16.25-in H Rubbed Bronze Sconces for the Front Door
  • Harbor Breeze Waveport 52-in Weathered Bronze for the Screen Porch


  • Diamond Distinction Cabinetry in “White” and “Maritime” for the Island with Champagne Bronze Hardware
  • Quartz Countertops in “Frosty Carrina” with Eased Edge
  • Delta Cassidy Single Handle Faucet Champagne Bronze with Side Sprayer & Soap Dispenser
  • Delta Faucet Pot Filler Faucet in Champagne Bronze
  • Yarnell 4-Light Square Pendant Lighting over the Island
  • Wightman Drum Chandelier in Champagne Bronze over the Dining Table
  • Hardwood Flooring in “Provincial” Stain Coloring
  • Sherwin Williams “Crushed Ice”

Master Bathroom:

  • Deborah 72 in. W x 22 in. D Vanity in White
  • Marble Vanity Top in Carrara White with White Basin Rectangular Sinks
  • 12×24 Statuario Bianco Main Floor Tiles with 1″ Carrara Hexagon Honed in the Shower Floor and 4.25×10 White Ice Subway in the Shower Walls
  • Vero Monitor 17 Series Dual Function Pressure Balanced Shower Trim Package with Touch Clean Shower Head and Integrated Volume Control in Champagne Bronze
  • Vero Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Champagne Bronze
  • Toto Drake II Toilet in White
  • Sherwin Williams “Crushed Ice”

Guest Bathroom:

  • JK Shaker White Vanity Cabinet with Brushed Nickel Hardware
  • “River White” Granite Vanity Top
  • 12×24 Statuario Bianco for the Main Floor Tile with 8×8 Tiffany Black for the Tub Surround
  • Delta Flynn Stainless 1-Handle Bathtub and Shower Faucet with Valve
  • Delta Flynn Brushed Nickel 2-handle 4-in Centerset WaterSense Bathroom Sink Faucet with Drain
  • Briggs Enameled Steel Rectangular Alcove Bathtub with Right-Hand Drain
  • Progress Lighting 2-Light with Frosted Glass Shades in Brushed Nickel
  • Toto Drake II Toilet in White
  • Sherwin Williams “Crushed Ice”
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