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!



Celebrating the New

One of the great joys for us is to see one of our remodeling projects finished and being enjoyed by the homeowners. Yesterday we saw this freshly renovated Cary kitchen that went from crowded to convenient. The new island is fabulous, featuring a farm table on one side for dining and excellent storage on the other. The homeowners are now enjoying daily life more – preparing meals and cleaning up is so much easier – and having friends over often.

Furniture style legs give this beautiful island the look of a farm table.

Changing Seasons

Does September get you thinking about autumn, the holidays, and cooler temps? Wise homeowners take care of their homes as seasons change. The items you address now can make your life more comfortable later.

Here are some ways to get your home ready for winter:

• Check gutters & downspouts: Standing water in debris-filled gutters can affect roofs and siding, causing rot and leaks. Clean them yourself if you can do so safely or call Triangle Exterior Solutions (252 885 2575) for help.

• Replace furnace filters: Clean filters can help your heating system run more efficiently and make the air you breathe cleaner, too.

• Inspect your chimney: A clean chimney makes those fireside chats safe by reducing chances of soot build-up from catching fire and spreading to other parts of your home.

• Carbon monoxide detector: Before you have that first fire in the fireplace, make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working correctly and has fresh batteries.

• Check for leaks around doors and windows: Keep your family more comfortable by eliminating drafts. Seal up leaks or replace old doors and windows as needed. Call Wood Wise for referrals.

• Declutter: Ok, this doesn’t really help to make your home warmer or drier but it will definitely help you enjoy your life more and get your home ready for holiday entertaining. Clean out that closet, junk drawer, or garage. Clear off that bookcase or shelf and put back only select items for a fresher look. Throw out old magazines and clear off the front of your refrigerator. Less clutter is pleasing to the eye and spirit.

Whole House Renovation

Small houses, even tiny houses, are gaining support. This older home had too many walls and a terrible floor plan so it was small but desperate for a fresh look and a smarter layout. Wood Wise was called in by the homeowners to do the design and remodel. Long sight lines and new doors now allow the home to feel larger than it is. These homeowners are enjoying an award-winning home that has been recognized by the Remodeling Council as the Best Whole House Renovation $100,000-$200,000.

































2017 STAR Awards

What a great night at the 2017 STAR Awards last night! Similar to the Academy Awards, the STAR awards presents winning local professionals with Gold in various categories. The competition is tough. Wood Wise walked away with three gold winners: Best Porch, Best Room Renovation, and Best Whole House Renovation. We’re excited! Thanks to all our great homeowners for trusting Wood Wise with their home renovations.

Wood Wise owner Hank Wall and designer Kathy Walker enjoying the well-deserved recognition.













Smart Living

Like many Raleigh homes this home had a rarely used front office/living room which became part of the enlarged living room. Walls to the oversized foyer were taken down so the entire lower level left side is new and open. Custom cabinetry accommodates the big TV and this room offers ample seating for a family with three boys.