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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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Home building activity now vs. a year ago

Each month a report is issued to members of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh / Wake County.  This month’s report covered activity in June 2012 as well as a January through June comparison 2011 vs 2012.  Very nice progress on the home construction and renovation front.  Did you know that if all permits pulled in the first six months of this year approximately 6777 jobs will be added to the local employment situation.  That does not count the money added to the economy through increased spending at gas stations, convenience stores, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Front Porch Project Update

Hi Everyone,  Wanted to update you on the North Raleigh porch repair / renovation.  The project is nearly finished, one more coat of stain on the floor & the installation of the wrought iron hand railings which are being fabricated now.  The porch ceiling is painted light blue to repel insects.  The last photo is a reminder of where we started.

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Can’t quite visualize your new room?


FINISHED ROOM: top photo
ROOM RENDERING: bottom photo
You have recommendations to restage the room, paint the walls, buy some new furniture or add some window treatments … but you’re still unsure how the final room will look and just can’t seem to visualize it? Kathy Gariboldi of reInventedSpaces LLC utilizes interior design software to create 3D room renderings so that you “walk through” your new room, BEFORE anything is actually changed. The rooms are created using actual dimensions of the furnishings as well as room size, windows, doors and doorways. The drawing is then embellished with fabrics, color and finishes to represent the overall design scheme & color palette. Clients are thrilled with this process! Kathy’s advice: “Planning is key to any successful room makeover. Size and color are two of the major components, and this software program helps my clients visualize their space so that we make the right selections the FIRST time.”

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Durham Condo Project (s)

This is what our client was so excited about. This is her black counter-top on her white cabinets, ceramic tile – subway style in off white goes in tomorrow. Sheetrock in the bump out happens tomorrow as well. Pics of the bath counters tomorrow. Oh, did I mention that this is a total condo makeover? Two bathrooms, kitchen, bedroom bump out (onto a small balcony), smooth ceilings, full paint and all new floor coverings. It will be like new in a few more weeks. She doesn’t know it yet but the painters and flooring installers are scheduled.
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Durham Condo Project

I just get a thrill when a plan comes together. The condo project is moving ahead very well this week. The owner is absolutely in love with her home. A quote from today, “It all looks wonderful – counters, centered light and exterior shingles. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.” Pictures soon.

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