HGTV Designer Vern Yip & Renee HillmanA TrendMark kitchen remodel for a Cary couple was recently featured on HGTV’s Bang For Your Buck, a reality-based program comparing recent home renovations within a designated market. Each episode features one room from three different households in the same city at the same remodel price point. An HGTV Design Expert and a local Real Estate Expert evaluate them to determine each homeowner’s return on investment.

TrendMark was delighted to be contacted by the show’s producer in October, saying that they would like to include one of their kitchen remodel projects on the show. Catherine Baker chose the home of Cammy and Fito Agraz, and a flurry of paperwork and photos were put together to set up the photo shoot.

“We were very excited to be selected,” stated Cammy Agraz. “The application process was long but the people from High Noon Entertainment (who produce the show for HGTV) were really nice to deal with and very friendly.”

The shoot was scheduled for two days in December. At 6:55 am the doorbell rang and there stood Vern Yip, renowned interior designer, host of HGTV’s inspirational makeover series Deserving Design, a judge on HGTV Design Star, and frequent guest designer on HGTV Showdown, Bang For Your Buck and First Time Designer. Accompanied by local realtor Renee Hillman of Concept Realty & Associates, Yip toured the Agraz kitchen, commenting on the quality and choices of the elements in the kitchen remodel as well as the overall appeal of the renovation.

“They were very complimentary,” stated Agraz. “We got a kick out of being photographed, and it was a lot of fun. Overall, it was a great experience, and we loved every minute of it.”

Filming of Bang For Your BuckWhat advice would she give to homeowners who are faced with remodel projects like this? “Plan, plan, plan,” stated Agraz. “I have worked on this project for years, collecting pictures from magazines, going to home shows, getting ideas from show homes. TrendMark did a great job of taking all my ideas and creating this dream kitchen.”

The Raleigh episode of Bang For Your Buck debuted on Friday, February 19 – but it will be on again soon; see HGTV’s Bang for Your Buck Website for listings!

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