Plenty of Storage

Pantries are a great addition to any kitchen. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker carefully customizes the pantry design for every kitchen remodel. She often replaces the typical existing home pantry that looks like a small coat closet with a cabinet style pantry that provides more and better storage space. If the space is available, a walk-in pantry can be the answer. Custom-shelving is arranged for convenience, often with specific items to be stored in mind. From docking stations to 2nd refrigerators, pantries offer a wide range of storage options for items that are best hidden from view.

Here are some examples of hard-working pantries from recent Wood Wise kitchen renovations:



Making A Wish List Reality

When homeowners come to Wood Wise for a complete kitchen remodel, they usually have a wish list of desired items. We listen to our clients, look at the space, and give several options on a better layout to achieve those goals, along with additional improvements.

In this kitchen remodel, the homeowners wanted a larger kitchen and a better layout for a smoother traffic flow. Incorporating space from surrounding rooms was not a possibility so an addition of 8 feet across the back of the kitchen was built to provide the needed room. A new large island that doubles as a place for food prep and dining has the look of a farm table. Plenty of room behind the island allows multiple cooks to move freely. The wish list has become a reality.

The homeowners have this to say about their Wood Wise remodeling experience:

“(Wood Wise designer) Kathy’s knowledge and guidance were very helpful. She thought of things we didn’t consider or had little experience with. She also brought ideas from other projects but was open to incorporating our needs and style.”














Open and Easy

Remodeling a new kitchen requires lots of decisions, with cabinets being one of the biggest. Wood Wise is a dealer for KraftMaid and Waypoint cabinets, both semi-custom solid wood lines that offer many styles and finishes. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker starts the selections process with our clients in our own beautiful cabinet showroom. There are many door styles and finish samples to touch and see, as well as many ways to arrange them.

Here are three examples of how one option, open shelving, can add character to a new kitchen:



Giving Thanks

During this season of counting our blessings, we are grateful for all our clients, friends, and trade partners who contribute to our success.  Levi Walker, son of WW designer Kathy Walker and star of the 2017 Wood Wise Thanksgiving card, is helping us wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.


Backsplash Statement

The backsplash in a kitchen can be a beautiful focal point. Making a statement in the backsplash tile over the cooktop can add pizzazz. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker understands the importance of making this decision and has years of experience to know what works and what doesn’t. She accompanies and advises all our clients in the selection process for their kitchen remodels, including tile. Here are several Wood Wise kitchens with backsplashes that add the perfect style statement. All tile is from Byrd Tile and is installed by our master tiler, Raul Banegas.



Tub or No Tub

When redesigning a master bathroom, we are most often asked to remove the tub. In this North Raleigh home, we were asked to replace the old tub with a new soaking tub along with enlarging the shower. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker presented the homeowners with several options to accomplish their goals. The final plan gives them everything they asked for and more: a beautiful, updated luxurious spa-like space with abundant storage.

BEFORE: The small shower with a dated gold frame was cramped and unattractive.

AFTER: Large dual vanities with floor-to-ceiling storage give this master bathroom a distinguished look.

The new enlarged shower features a rain-head shower and porcelain tile in warm shades of brown.


Past and Present

Barn doors are all the rage now and for a good reason. If made with reclaimed wood, they have an instant feel of nostalgia. They bring the past into the here and now with great style. The hardware to hold the doors adds an industrial look which is also popular. Barn doors appeal both aesthetically and to our sense of history and return to simpler times.

Wood Wise has installed barn doors using reclaimed wood in several remodeling projects . Here are a couple that really transformed their spaces:

This barn door opens to a combination guest room-study off the living room.


The master bathroom entrance exudes texture and character.



Personally Yours

Master bathrooms are personal spaces. We prepare for our days and nights in them. How this space looks and functions can influence our attitudes. That’s why Wood Wise takes the time to carefully design and build master bathrooms that will improve our homeowners’ lives. Here’s an example of a tired bathroom becoming the perfect place to kick off the day.



Great show!

Thanks to all who came out to the Downtown Home Show this past weekend. We saw old friends and made lots of new ones. It was great to see past clients whose project photos are the ones we display to inspire others. Plus it was wonderful to see current clients who are experiencing remodeling in their homes by Wood Wise right now. We loved hearing all the great comments and feedback on the company. And thank you to all the homeowners who are thinking about a project who stopped by our booth. We look forward to you calling or emailing to set up your free first visit.

Wood Wise completed a whole house renovation for Glen Matthews and Gary Williams which won Best Whole House Renovation in the 2017 STAR awards. Glen and Gary stopped by the booth to see us. Here they are with the winning award. Well done!

2017 Downtown Raleigh Fall Home Show

Make plans now to come downtown to the 2017 Raleigh Fall Home Show! You will see lots of great ideas for your home including a large Kohler display of the latest in plumbing fixtures for the kitchen and bathroom. The Tiny Home Village will feature the latest trends in small space living. HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins will be the celebrity speakers. We will also be there with the Wood Wise display full of photos of our latest projects. We look forward to seeing you!