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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!

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!

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.

Install Skylights to Brighten and Open Up Your Home

Installing skylights into your home is a very bright idea! Not only do they look beautiful, but they bring in natural lighting helping, conserve energy and brighten up any room.

The two main types of skylights that CQC Home installs are Fixed and Operable skylights. These skylights can be placed in any area of your home and help make spaces appear larger.

Adding a skylight to your kitchen or bathroom can create a different effect than a regular old window. In the winter, regular windows only catch low-angled rays from the sun. In the summer, regular windows prevent you from getting as much sunlight as possible, resulting in a dimly lit room.

If you decide to install skylights in your kitchen, there is a possibility that your cabinets can be exposed to too much sun causing your cabinets to get sun bleached. To prevent that, get a gray or bronze-tinted glass.

Let us help make your home feel bigger and look brighter today!

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.

Rain Glass Shower Door

“Rain, rain go away!” is definitely not what our clients are saying when it comes to their selection for shower glass. With the many beautiful qualities rain glass possesses, we are finding our skilled craftsmen installing them on a regular basis.

mater-bathroom-for-all-ages-8330Dreamy Quality

Rain glass looks exactly how it sounds, like a constant rainfall on your glass. The rivets have a textured feel that is ideal for complimenting modern spaces, adding a beautiful visual contrast to the smooth surfaces in your bathroom.

Concealment

Privacy is a must in the bathroom! Rain glass adds the decorative flair you desire while giving the perfect amount of concealment. From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to get a clear depiction of what’s on the other side of the glass. This is why people are cleverly using them all over their homes.

Whether you chose to use rain glass in your powder room, for your kitchen cabinets, adjacent to your front door or even in your stairwell — let CQC Home make it happen!

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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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.

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