Below are some Before and After photos of recent kitchen remodeling projects. This is a great place to get ideas for planning your kitchen remodeling project.
Looking for Some Great Remodeling Ideas? Join us April 16th & 17th for the Remodelers Home Tour sponsored by the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association!
Don’t miss your chance to see first hand the difference a remodel can make in your home. Visit us in Preston Forest Subdivision in Cary to a home completely remodeled by TrendMark, including a rear 2-story addition to expand the kitchen and living room on the first floor and two additional bedrooms on the 2nd floor. You don’t want to miss this amazing transformation.
About the Tour Home:
After months of searching, these homeowners found a house in Preston that had a perfect large lot and location, but unfortunately the home was not large enough for their family and in desperate need of an update. After consulting with TrendMark to evaluate the possibilities for the house, they decided to purchase the home and move forward with an extensive whole house remodel and addition. TrendMark successfully implemented all of the necessary improvements to the home to create the perfect combination of a beautiful home, large yard, and convenient location.
The remodeling project included a two-story 1600-square foot rear addition to give their family the much needed additional space. The addition includes an enlarged kitchen and family room on the first floor and two additional bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom and an oversized playroom on the second floor. The new enlarged kitchen is a chef’s delight and features a coffered ceiling and custom furniture style cabinetry with an 8’ square island perfect for time with family and friends.
Location: 312 Schubauer Drive Cary, NC
Directions: From I-40 take US-1 S/US-64 W; Take exit 99 for Cary Pkwy; Turn right at SE Cary Pkwy (go 5.3 mi); Turn left at Cedarpost Dr; Take the 1st right onto Legault Dr; Turn left at Schubauer Dr; The house is on the left.
Saturday, April 16th – 10am to 5pm
Sunday, April 17th – 1pm to 5pm
This tour is sponsored by the Remodelers™ Council of the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County as a way to showcase how renovations can transform living space by blending old and new for the optimum in aesthetics and function. There are 20 homes on the tour and tickets are $5.00 per person. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit Builders of Home.
Great things are happening in the Triangle Area and TrendMark is very excited to take part! The Remodelers Council is teaming up with George to the Rescue and NBC’s Today Show to help a family in need. The outpouring of generosity is truly amazing and the results will be life changing for a very deserving couple. The NBC Today Show interviewed the couple last fall and after hearing their story they decided to team up with the local Remodelers Council to provide them with a much needed renovation to make their home wheelchair accessible.
This project will help Rachelle and Chris, an engaged couple in Knightdale. As part of her upcoming wedding, Rachelle was celebrating her bachelorette party when tragedy struck last summer. A close friend who was attending the party playfully pushed Rachelle into a shallow pool. Rachelle entered the pool and hit her head, suffering a C6 spinal cord injury. She can no longer move or feel anything below her collarbone.
This newly renovated home will be revealed to Chris and Rachelle LIVE on the February 22nd episode of the Today Show during the 8 am hour. George to the Rescue, a half hour show, will air on April 2nd.
2010 Gold STAR Winner Best Bathroom Remodel
This whole house remodel included the entire lower level of the home, including the living room and dining room, front staircase, family room, and kitchen as well as a new powder room for guests. The main show place of the remodel was the stunning new kitchen.
White oak hardwood floors flowing into the nearby living area begin the palette for this renewed gathering space. The wall between was shortened to provide floor-to-ceiling storage, with a new peninsula counter for beverage service, including a wine cooler and bar sink. Cherry wood custom cabinetry provides plenty of storage, and hammered glass inserts add interest here and there. Stainless steel appliances include a gourmet six burner stove with double ovens, a double door refrigerator, microwave, and oven.
TrendMark was awarded SIX Gold STAR Awards at the Home Builders Associations 18th Annual STAR Awards Gala at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel, making us the top awarded remodeling company! Below are the project photos and details:
To satisfy their need for year-round entertaining space, the homeowners wanted to create a sunroom where they could grill indoors. Their new fabulous light-filled room features a brick fireplace flanked by bookcases, stone flooring, cathedral wood ceilings, recessed lighting, and most importantly, a commercial-grade grill and hood. In any weather, the host can now barbecue in the comfort of this beautiful room while visiting with guests and enjoying a fire in the fireplace.
This whole house remodel included the entire lower level of the home, including the living room and dining room, front staircase, family room, and kitchen as well as a new powder room for guests. The main show place of the remodel was the stunning new kitchen. White oak hardwood floors flowing into the nearby living area begin the palette for this renewed gathering space. The wall between was shortened to provide floor-to-ceiling storage, with a new peninsula counter for beverage service, including a wine cooler and bar sink. Cherry wood custom cabinetry provides plenty of storage, and hammered glass inserts add interest here and there. Stainless steel appliances include a gourmet six burner stove with double ovens, a double door refrigerator, microwave, and oven.
Who says small spaces can’t be stunning? Take away outdated wallpaper, open up the room, rearrange the floor plan and, voilà, you have a new master bath! Make it elegant with travertine tile on the floor, wainscoted walls, and tub surround. Update the shower with frameless glass doors, rain and wand showerheads, a shelf for shampoo and a seat for comfort. Move the double sink vanity in front of the windows, put it in chic chest cabinetry, top it with granite and suspend a chandelier overhead. Fill an alcove with a chest-style vanity, crystal sconces and a decorative mirror. Add a wall-mounted flat screen TV and warm the floor with a Sun Touch Floor Heating System.
Without adding any footage you have created a spa-inspired master bath that invites you to come in and stay a while!
Nothing enhances watching a movie at home like a home theater, and today’s market provides many products to make this possible. The huge screen makes the film dramatic, and the surround sound system brings you right into the action. The comfortable leather recliners placed on two levels provide perfect viewing. The wall sconces give off subtle lighting. The custom crafted wainscoting is topped with sound absorbing wall covering, and burgundy carpeting muffles any foot noise. A built-in glass front custom made cabinet houses all of the electronics. This room is sure to be a popular space for family and friends!
Soothing but dramatic, this master bath remodel started with added floor footage and a redesigned skylight opening that now dominates the room. Bianco pietre travertine tiles in browns and creams cover the walls surrounding the soaker bath and oversized shower, as well as the tub surround and floor. The variations in size (tiny on the tub surround and shower floor as well as in the decorative inserts, horizontal and diagonal 12” tiles on the walls with a smaller 6” diagonal in a band at tub top height) add to the elegance of the room. Persian pearl granite covers the new double vanity with its undermounted sinks and bronze hardware. Cream glazed cabinetry, canned lighting and bronze fixtures over the sinks complete the look. The end result is roomy and inviting, but most of all, exquisite!
An outside wall of windows and dramatic beams set the tone for this home’s renovation. Taking advantage of the natural assets of the open floor plan, the interior brick walls and the great light coming through the windows, oak hardwood floors form the base for the update of this 1970’s house. The brick wall in the end of the living room was completely removed, including the existing hearth and a Crema Marfil marble surround on the fireplace was used to create a stunning background for the room’s furniture. A new stone gas set was added to set the tone for peaceful living room setting to watch birds over the lake. This beautifully renovated contemporary home is a perfect example of the value of updating an older home!
Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets are a major source of wasted water in many homes. Replacing these toilets with WaterSense labeled toilets (products that meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s criteria for water efficient usage) could save nearly 11 gallons per toilet in your home every day! EPA estimates that a family of four that replaces its home’s older toilets with WaterSense labeled models will, on average, save more than $90 per year in reduced water utility bills, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets.
The main thing to consider from both a cost-effective and eco-friendly point of view is the actual amount of water flow. Toilets preceding 1993 use between 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) up to 8 gpf. Since 1993 high-efficiency modes have been mandated to use 1.6 gpf. Low flow toilets generally have a 1-1.5 gallons gpf. Dual flush toilets utilize two buttons (one flush for liquid waste, another for solid waste) and are widely used in Australia where droughts bring serious concerns about water usage. However, this innovative alternative is making an appearance in the United States. WaterSense labeled toilets are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles. In many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled toilet.
You can choose between one- (combined) and two-piece (seat and tank) toilets. One piece toilets eliminate the seam between the tank and seat and are sleeker in appearance. The most popular among these are the models that feature a low-profile design. Two piece toilets are easier to install and more economical. Both operate on a gravity system, whereby the volume of water in the tank flushes waste and require a water pressure of 15 pounds per square inch to operate properly. The vacuum-assisted flush is another type, which creates a vacuum that draws the water with more force into the bowl using the rim holes in the upper toilet bowl. Pressure assist flush technology offers twice the power of gravity type toilets while being just as quiet.
There are some variations available among toilet products. Wall-mounted toilets provide a clean floor beneath them, but require back outlets. These would not be good candidates for remodeled bathrooms if the toilets are replacing floor-mounted models.
Different bowl heights can be found. While standard bowl height is 15”, some products feature “Comfort Height” or “Chair Height” which will be 16.5” or 17”, a difference you may find significant.
Limited color choices are available, and some decorative styles among the tanks can be found. There are a few variations in the placement of the flush handles. Most tanks feature front left mounted handles; others are on the right, some on the side (especially the low profile); the dual flush feature buttons on the top. You can choose between rounded or elongated seats, again a feature that can contribute significantly to one’s comfort.
When you are making your plans to remodel your bathroom, take time to research the possibilities. Talk about them with your contractor, who may have constructive advice about your choices. Your selection can save you money, use less water, and be more comfortable!
Check out this episode of HGTV’s Bang For Your Buck, which features a recent TrendMark kitchen remodeling project for Cammy and Fito Agraz (the first kitchen featured)! I don’t want to give away the results, but will say we are very happy.
To satisfy their need for year-round entertaining space, the homeowners wanted to convert their back porch into a room where they could grill indoors. Their new fabulous light-filled room features a brick fireplace flanked by bookcases, stone flooring, cathedral wood ceilings, recessed lighting, and most importantly, a commercial-grade grill and hood. In any weather, the host can now barbecue in the comfort of this beautiful room while visiting with guests and enjoying a fire in the fireplace.
Travertine tiles cover the terrace and the floors of the sunroom, providing both warmth and ambiance; year-round furniture invites family and guests to enjoy the setting – either inside or outside!
TrendMark worked as part of the team put together by the Remodelers Council of Raleigh-Wake County. ALL members responded with great enthusiasm, including vendors, who were quite generous with materials! During the first week of June, the facility closed while volunteers replaced 27 windows, removed walls, painted the exterior, repaired a plumbing leak, and repaired the front porch. Volunteers also worked to replace the gutters, replace the ramp in the back, and replace the back door, as well as paint the interior and replace the light fixtures and carpet.
Everyone who was part of this project was overwhelmed by the response of the volunteers and donating vendors. It just goes to show you that even during a difficult economic period such as this one, people are willing to lend a helping hand for a worthwhile cause in the community, whether it’s with their time, materials, some funding, or anything they can do to chip in!
The original scope of the work grew from repairs to a whole house renovation as members saw the needs of the facility and the results of their efforts to provide an emergency shelter to these youth in crisis. The project is a perfect match for the Council’s community service goals, due to the very limited budgets that organizations like Wrenn House are experiencing during the current sluggish economy.
Great job, everyone!