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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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Learning Services Kitchen project for disabled mens home

This project kicked off today and now the clock is ticking.  These guys will be getting take out for about 45 days.  We had quite an audience today during demolition of the old kitchen.  No turning back now even if they wanted to.  Absolutely can not wait to see this project finished, it’s going to be SO cool.
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Cary Kitchen Mini-make over

B4 and after of this minor makeover.  Just finished on Friday.  Homeowner loves it and told me that on Friday night they got carried away with Mexican food.  Salsa and such, sounded like a feast.  Wonder why they didn’t invite us?  Oh well, left overs for me.

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Cary minor kitchen makeover






Hi everyone, Just now getting some in process photos of the modified kitchen project in Cary. Adding a stack of glass door cabinets on top and converting pantry closets into pantry cabinets. Before and during photos attached. Once the cabinet work is finished they will all be re-painted white with new doors. The glass front cabinets on top will have low voltage lights in them. It should be killer when done in about two weeks. This type of project is green through and through. Total waste will be less than a pick up truck. Also note the dust protection keeping the bad stuff on our side.

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Kitchen cabinets anyone

I saw this today along side of the road, any takers here? Once again, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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Durham Kitchen update

The sheet rock installers are now finished with their work and several things are scheduled for this week, our guys (Mark and Phillip) will be converting the outside porch into a reading nook off the downstairs bedroom. Permission was granted by the HOA last week. See the photo of the porch. Later this week the cabinets will all be installed and next week ceramic tile and bath flooring are scheduled.
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Jim’s Kitchen Project


It seems that Murphy of Murphy’s Law fame resides with Jim as well as most other clients. The plumber was at Jim’s house today to finish up and install all the fixtures in the bath and kitchen. I rushed the kitchen sink to him which just came in today at eleven and low and behold the sink had a big dent right in the back. I immediately called the supplier who re-ordered the sink but it will not be here until Monday. I was really hoping that Jim could cook a real nice dinner for his girlfriend this weekend but that will need to wait a few more days.

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Jim’s kitchen project

There were some minor issues with the cabinet install and some buried wires (wonder where they went, Mark)? That should be resolved tomorrow which will allow the electrician and plumber to finish their work on Wednesday. With luck (Murphy stay away) Jim should have a working kitchen on Thursday – good bye Waffle House.

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Jim’s Kitchen

Jim will be seeing a big change in his kitchen project today. We’re hanging sheetrock. We did find just a few code issues when we took down all the old wall board but it wasn’t bad. The dryer vent was however disconnected and all the lint filled up the floor joist bay and was quite a mess.
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Jim’s new kitchen update

I met with Stephanie from Horizon Cabinetry yesterday morning and told her of the revisions that we wanted on Jim’s kitchen plan. Today the new plan arrived and we ordered the cabinets. Jim will love the new found storage and updated look that these custom cabinets will bring to his house.


Along with the floor plan came the elevations showing what the new kitchen will look like from each of three directions straight on.

These perspective drawings help to visualize the project and placement of all the components.

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