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Top 10 Design Trends for 2013

Looking to make a major remodeling change this year? Or, maybe just a small ‘sprucing up’ project – then you’ll want to check out the latest and greatest ideas as recently reported by an award-winning remodeling firm.  And, don’t forget to call the Raleigh, NC based Blue Ribbon Residential Construction for projects both small and large.

10.  Kitchen Cabinets: The look is clean, simple and contemporary. For a more cost effective solution – consider re-facing or refinishing… you still get the ‘Wow’ factor but for a lot less money.

9.    Countertops: Move over granite… the new kid in town is quartz composite (i.e. Silestone, Zodiaq). Durable, low maintenance and endless color choices – it’s every homeowner’s dream!

8.    Hardwood Floors:  Pre-finished and engineered wood flooring is gaining popularity… get a hard durable finish that never needs sanding (no dust!) or refinishing.

7.    Glass Backsplashes:  Glass/stone/tile mosaic composites add more texture and visual interest and are ‘key’ to a contemporary, clean-looking kitchen.

6.    Stylishly Simple Sinks:  Say ‘hello’ to deep, single-bowl sinks that now come with accessories like fitted colanders and dish drains. Stainless is still diehard, but quartz composites (again) are quickly taking over.

5.    Color Palette: Charcoal is the new black.  2013 will find this silky color everywhere as it blends the right amount of chocolate, grey and a touch of green.

4.    Bathroom Countertops: Calacatta marble – a rarer stone than Carrara marble – is quarried in the same region and valued for a whiter background and bolder grey veins.

3.    Texture and Sparkle: For a fresh, new looksimply add pops of bold color and elements of sparkle…  glossy glass tile backsplashes and polished nickel fixtures do the trick!

2.    Living In Your Home Longer/Multi-Generational Living: A certified aging-in-place specialist (CAPS) can help aging baby boomers safely stay in their homes, for as long as possible. Watch for easy kitchen and bath upgrades to enhance functionality, comfort and safety.

1.    Healthy Home, Healthy Living: The number one trend for 2013 will be to create a healthy living environment, free of toxins and harsh chemicals.  Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation.

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Newly finished master bath BEFORE & AFTER

Hi Everyone,  We have just finished another master bathroom that turned out just awesome.  I think the owner is in love with us….  Maybe she could adopt me so I can use her shower, good idea, what do you think? The tile, granite, glass partition style, faucets & cabinets that the owner selected are just awesome.  There were many features incorporated in this bath that although not obvious are part of our accessible design concept.  A barrier free shower, blocking behind the drywall for future grab bars, lever handles on faucets, comfort height commode, turning space in the event someone uses this bath with a wheel chair are the main features.  Comment so I know if you like this bathroom AND if you like it, maybe you want one too.  Just saying.

Oh, I forgot we also changed the closet around and installed custom shelving.

Cary Bathroom Remodeling Project

We have begun another bathroom remodel, well actually two – in the same house.  They are being done together and fortunately the owners have another to use during construction.  The master bath is being rearranged for better use of space and includes the removal of the whirlpool tub that no one ever used.  This will make room for a larger shower and great storage with an “L” shaped vanity cabinet arrangement.  Right now it is hard to figure out what is happening because only the demo has been done.  Over the next week or so, I’ll post pics so you can see the progress and get a better feel for the project.

Cary Bath





Only one more inspection to pass all the others were signed off today. I know the owners won’t miss us much but I know someone who will.

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Raleigh many bathroom remodel house

We are in the inspection phase with this project and today began installing the new windows. The windows have LowE366 glass which qualifies for the Federal Energy Tax Credit and also the Progress Energy Home Improvement Program rebate. Here is a before of the master closet which is becoming the master bathroom also in process photo attached. See the blocking in the walls for any future grab bars. Nothing will be installed now but these photos will be available to the owner for any future installations.
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Cary Bath Project

Nearing the final stages. I know it was a long haul, but once you see the final project pics, you may be able to appreciate the complexity of this one. A great project and wonderful clients. I can’t wait until they can take it over, move their stuff back in, and try out this shower. I know they can’t wait either. In these views shower door, shower splash panel (yes the commode is in the shower), closet shelving.
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North Raleigh Bath

It’s really nearing completion and looking very good. Next week final cleaning, walk through with the owners and then they can move back into their master suite. I know they are very ready to have us out of their hair.
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Cary bath project moving ahead

The tile work will finish this week and I know the owners will be glad of that. This tile phase was very detailed and intricate. The final steps are to finish the glass block curved wall and then spend about a whole day grouting and detailing the tile. I can’t wait to see the block wall finished. The cabinet was installed last week and the counter top is scheduled for installation on Monday.
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