Creating A Presence

An important task for Wood Wise when working with clients is to help determine the scope of work. This brick ranch underwent a full interior renovation along with adding a porch and addition to the rear of the home. Such a major transformation on the inside called for a change in the front exterior. Solution: paint the brick a handsome cream with white trim and add a new roof. These changes take this house from plain and ordinary to having a stately presence.


A Delicious Solution

This small kitchen was original to the home and in need of a new layout. The homeowners are very social and host parties regularly. A large island for entertaining was a must. To get the adequate space, Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker provided design options that included having the existing living room become the new formal dining room. This allowed the existing dining room to become part of the new kitchen layout. The wall between the kitchen and family room was removed to open up the rooms. Two solar tubes give bright natural light to this interior kitchen.   

Removing the walls between the family room, dining room, and kitchen makes this brick ranch live large.


Certain elements of this existing kitchen were nice such as the wood ceiling and multiple windows. But the overall design and cabinet layout did not function well for these homeowners. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker brought her expertise in cabinets to create a kitchen that not only looks fabulous but is convenient. The laundry room and pantry were originally two awkward spaces with separate doors off the kitchen that made the room feel cluttered. Kathy combined them to make one entrance off the kitchen. The KraftMaid cabinets, used in both the kitchen and new combined laundry/pantry room, provide lots of specialized storage along with being more easily accessed. Impressive.


Design Rescue

These Raleigh homeowners knew that Wood Wise was the best company with the experience to tackle this master bathroom remodel. The space was large but awkwardly arranged. WW designer Kathy Walker replaced the low existing windows with one large transom to allow lots of light while providing privacy. The large double-bowl vanity is spacious and full of easy-access storage. The new smaller tub is perfect for the occasional soak without taking up so much space. The doorless shower with tile and no glass makes for easy maintenance.


The results of this master bathroom renovation?  These homeowners get to enjoy beauty and convenience every day.


From Ok… to Wow!

These homeowners had a kitchen that was, well, just ok. They had cabinets, a sink, and appliances that got the basic jobs done but were uninspiring. Wood Wise designed and built the new kitchen that includes high-quality KraftMaid cabinets, granite countertops, subway tile, and new hardwood floors. WW designer Kathy Walker designed the cabinets inch-by-inch for maximum convenience of storage and access. The cooktop features a pot-filler and a good-looking stainless steel hood. The designer tile backsplash makes it pop. This kitchen definitely inspires the homeowners now.


Stepping Up

Two-story colonial homes have always been popular in Raleigh. As these older homes turn over to younger owners, popular styles change, too. The younger homeowners of this traditional home wanted to update the look to fit their fresh approach to life. Along with completely remodeling the kitchen and the outdoor living space, Wood Wise updated the family room. Now beautiful stone covers the fireplace surround and hearth. Additional lighting brightens the space. The shelves flanking the fireplace were replaced with sleek KraftMaid cabinets, providing the perfect place to display art work. This renovation has moved this 1980s era home firmly into today’s lifestyle.


2018 Wood Wise Tour Home

This newly remodeled kitchen was part of the Wood Wise feature home on the 2018 Remodelers Home Tour. The homeowners’ goal was to improve their kitchen layout and open up to connect the family room on the back of the house to the dining room on the front. Walls came down and layout options were considered. The winning plan features two large islands with seating for 6. White KraftMaid cabinets, white granite countertops and plenty of recessed lights make this kitchen bright even though it is an interior space. Creative storage abounds while the convection/microwave and oven are neatly tucked in one of the islands. The  homeowners are delighted. This kitchen does it all.


Refresh and Renew

These homeowners loved their large lot and architect-designed home. But the kitchen lacked good food prep areas and was tired after many years of noble service to the family. The homeowners turned to Wood Wise to breathe some fresh air into the soul of this kitchen. WW designed Kathy Walker worked with the homeowners to design an updated kitchen by changing the door and pass- through to the family room, add hardwood floors, and a cool farm sink. The KraftMaid cabinets were designed inch-by-inch to organize and have kitchen utensils handy. The result is a beautiful better-functioning kitchen the family will enjoy for years to come.


2018 Remodelers Home Tour

You are invited to attend the 2018 Remodelers Home Tour this weekend, April 21 and 22. Members of the Remodelers Council will have recently renovated homes open to the public. The tour is free and is a great way to see the latest in remodeling ideas. The hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Wood Wise home is a recently finished whole house renovation. The kitchen and porch will be open for viewing. We hope to see you there!

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Lifting Your Spirits

This freshly remodeled master bathroom went through quite the transformation. The existing bathroom served its purpose but was dark, dated, and poorly arranged. Wood Wise developed options that included moving the vanity and creating a new large shower. The new layout allows plenty of light to fill the room and makes the smaller sized master bathroom live larger, lifting the spirits of these homeowners every day.