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Wood Wise Design & Remodeling
25 years - over 500 projects
www.woodwisedesign.com

919.783.9330

Granite Sinks
The most durable sink on the market today is granite composite. Thanks to an extremely high density of rock particles at the sink's surface, these sinks offer superior scratch, chip and heat resistance. They come in single or double bowls and the popular undermount styles. The colors range from white,creams,and browns to black and resist staining. Several companies offer granite composite sinks such as Blanco, Moen, Elkay, and others. Here are two Blanco sinks that were used in recent Wood Wise kitchen remodels:
Blanco Silgranite sink"mocha" color
Blanco Silgranite sink"biscotti" color

2015 STAR Awards
We're celebrating! All four of Wood Wise's entries for the STAR awards won first place in their categories:
  • Best Bathroom over $80,000
  • Best Deck/Gazebo/Porch $30,000-$40,000
  • Best Whole House Remodel under $150,000
  • Best Kitchen $100,000 - $150,000
Each year the Remodelers Council of the Wake County Home Builders Association brings architects, builders, and designers from other states to judge the entries (there were over 75 entries this year).It takes a dedicated team to design and build award-winning projects. We thank our homeowners for trusting us to improve their homes.
Hank and Kathy with the STAR awards
 
To see photos of our winning projects:
http://www.woodwisedesign.com/2015-star-awards-winners/

Kitchen & Bath Design Class:
What You Need to Know Before You Remodel

September 11, 12, and 13
Downtown Raleigh Home Show
Raleigh Convention Cente
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Hank Wall and Kathy Walker are taking their popular remodeling class on the road! They will be featured speakers at the Downtown Home Show this year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, sharing lots of valuable remodeling tips. Topics covered will be mportant items to include in your remodeling project as well as remodeling pitfalls to avoid, all gleaned from Hank's and Kathy's years of experience remodeling homes in the Raleigh area. Participants will be led through the remodel design process that offers several options and discuss how to arrive at the best design. All attendees will receive 50% off custom design. Get ready for your remodeling project by attending the class and getting inspired by the new products and ideas at the home show.
For class times:
http://www.raleighfallshow.com/
RHSF/AtTheShow/416.aspx 

Get to know Kathy Walker,
Wood Wise's Designer
Kathy Walker has been with Wood Wise Design & Remodeling for over 9 years, managing over 15 projects each year. She creates the floor plan options, elevations using AutoCAD, and cabinet drawings for each project. She orders all cabinets using 20-20 Design. Once the contract is signed, Kathy manages all selections meetings at various showrooms so that homeowners have a trusted ally helping them make good design decisions on plumbing, tile, granite and much more. She supports our Project Manager throughout the renovation by managing all selections, materials, and orders. This is exemplary performance in the remodeling industry. 
Kathy is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). She attended the KBIS and IBS annual conference in Las Vegas where she participated in classes and panel discussions. She has been to the KraftMaid training facility in Ohio for advanced cabinet design classes. She is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, a member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as well as the Remodelers Council of Wake County, and is a licensed North Carolina Residential General Contractor.
Kathy and her husband Adam enjoy living in Raleigh with their dog Rocky. Her passions include running, traveling, exploring Raleigh’s great restaurant scene of Indian and authentic Mexican restaurants, supporting local craft breweries, and spending time with family in Greensboro. The older sister of four brothers, she knows how to get things done and is a good decision maker. She is exceptional in many areas and does it all with a smile.

Fall Raleigh Home Show
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
September 11-13th
Raleigh Convention Center


Find fresh ideas and helpful tips at this year's Downtown Home show. If you are thinking of a remodeling project, big or small, come and meet lots of experts,
all under one roof. In addition to our own Hank Wall and Kathy Walker leading a remodeling class, there will be guest appearances byKevin O'Connor with  This Old House and Leanne Lee
the Diva of DIY. We look forward to seeing you at our booth #719 and showing you some of our beautiful projects. Make plans to come and take the first step towards your remodeled home.
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Remodeler Becomes
the Overwhelmed Client

by Hank Wall
    When you remodel your kitchen what are the decisions, the product selections? How much does each aspect cost? How long will you be without a sink or stove? I am finding out. My project is still just lines on paper and design conversations but it will be real in a few weeks. On Day 1 our cabinets will be removed and appliances set aside. No cooking and no sink for two months.
    Being a professional remodeler you might think I have a perfect house, everything up to date. Not so. My wife Beth and I bought and remodeled our house in 2001 but we only put new doors and new trim on old cabinets. Now it is time for the full Monty, taking it down to the studs. 

    What decisions are first? Cabinets take 4-5 weeks so they need to be the primary decision and first order placed. Of course, new windows to let in more light also take four weeks so getting the Pella order placed early is critical. Framing comes right after demolition so new windows will be installed the first week.
    Telling clients about life without a kitchen and living it are quite different. My wife has been asking where we will set up our temporary kitchen. Where will we park our refrigerator and microwave and paper plates during the renovation? This set of small decisions added to the BIG decisions: granite, sink & faucet, cabinet finish and door style. And, the really big decisions about appliances. Should we switch from electric cooktop to gas? Should we reuse our KitchenAid wall oven? It still works fine.
    Our designer at Wood Wise, Kathy, was busy last week so my wife and I jumped into the showroom visits ahead of schedule. Kathy leads each of our clients through the selection process step by step but I got an inclination to go looking when my wife got two hours off work at lunch.
    Beth and I went to Ferguson’s showroom last week to look at appliances, kitchen sinks and kitchen faucets. We have the benefit of a professional kitchen designer to help us with cabinets, countertops and tile for the backsplash but we needed to get on the same page regarding gas vs. electric, double oven or just one, and stainless steel vs. white cast iron vs. Silgranite for the sink. We are still undecided.
    Some companies that remodel kitchens offer design support. Some just give you a long list of every decision you must commit to, right away, and then threaten you with spells and curses if you delay the project. The list is long and the sense that you will live with these decisions forever makes remodeling hard before the house is even torn up.
    Choosing how your kitchen will function and look is a mixed blessing. Any one key decision can create relationship disarray. Giving up your dreamed-of cherry cabinets because your wife wants white cabinets is the shadow side of the new cabinet blessing.

    I am on board with the white cabinets now. I am not OK going to induction cooking where magnetic resonance replaces a hot burner. Neither of us wanted to switch to gas cooking which is good for the relationship. Our current appliances are black which looks good with our wood cabinets. My wife doubts they will look so good with the new white cabinets. Do we want all new stainless appliances with the fingerprints on the refrigerator door? 
    Mostly we agree on these decisions. Shaky relationships will be tested when a kitchen renovation is being planned. Between the big expense and the big decisions it is easy to imagine heated conversations. Beth liked the tan and gray Silgranite sinks that Blanco introduced recently. She had no input on the faucet, saying, “You pick whatever you like.” Now I am second-guessing my preference for the Grohe brushed nickel. I just don’t know.

    After realizing that we need a professional designer we got back on Kathy’s schedule. Her step-by-step method of selections has already made my wife and me feel more in control and better organized. It has worked well for Wood Wise’s homeowners and now it is working well for us.
    Next week we need to nail some of these things down. In a month we will be eating out most nights.
 
To follow Hank & Beth in their kitchen remodel, check for updates on the Wood Wise news & events: http://www.woodwisedesign.com/news-events/  or facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/WoodWiseDesign

Ready to get started remodeling your home? Email me at: hank@woodwisedesign.com
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