Laundry Room Shuffle

As part of a kitchen and first floor renovation, this laundry room was relocated. Design options included one that shifted the location of the kitchen which allowed the old kitchen’s breakfast nook to become home to the new laundry room. Now the combination mudroom-laundry room is full of natural light from the bay window. Stylish storage is provided by KraftMaid cherry Putnam cabinets in Honey Spice that are topped with Lennon granite. The cool floor is rustic blue-gray porcelain plank tiles. The cubbies were custom built on site to fit the family’s needs.


Southern Porch Living

This Raleigh home near Cameron Village is in a great location. To make it even better, the homeowners needed more room plus outdoor living space for their growing family. Wood Wise designer Kathy Walker offered design options for their consideration. They chose an addition with a bonus room, bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room on the second floor with a large open porch on the first floor. The wide center steps on the porch lead to the back yard for easy access. Board and batten siding with black metal railings and hardwood flooring on the porch below give this addition its southern flavor.














Fabulous Makeover

When these homeowners asked Wood Wise to help with their kitchen/family room/laundry room renovation, they needed a new vision. After years of standing in the space and trying to imagine how it could be rearranged, their ideas had stalled. WW designer Kathy Walker came to the rescue, providing several options that radically changed the existing floorplan. The final plan is brilliant in the use of existing space and family-friendly layout. Stylish selections make it the kitchen we all want to be in.













Winning Remarks

Guild Quality is a third-party company Wood Wise employs to take end of project surveys of homeowner satisfaction. Here’s what the owners of the 2019 Remodeling Awards winning projects (kitchen & bathroom) had to say about working with WW designer Kathy Walker on improving their home:

“Kathy was incredibly patient and helpful throughout the process. She is an ace at narrowing the selections so that it is not overwhelming. Also, Kathy is wonderful at listening to our wishes – even when we didn’t agree! We could not be happier with the design work that Wood Wise provided to us.”

Remodeling Awards Celebration

We are still celebrating our wins in the Best Kitchen and Best Bathroom categories of the 2019 Remodeling Awards! Here are a couple of photos from the Awards Gala last Thursday evening at the Embassy Suites in Brier Creek. There was an Academy Awards-like atmosphere of secrecy and lots of suspense until the names were announced. Hank Wall, president, walked on stage to receive both trophies for Wood Wise. They are now proudly displayed in our office.

Wood Wise president Hank Wall receives the award from the MC Sean Maroney.

Hank gives a thumbs up while the “before” and “after” photos of the winning entry are flashed on the big screen.

The coveted trophies in our showroom.

2019 Remodeling Awards Winners!

Last night was the long-awaited HBA Remodeling Awards Gala. The area’s top remodelers got dressed up for an evening that celebrates the best in the remodeling industry. With much suspense over who would win in the various categories, the announcements were made. Wood Wise won for Best Bathroom (half bath – under $20,000) and Best Kitchen ($85,000 – $110,000)! We are thrilled and honored. The competition was the stiffest this year that we have ever seen, with lots of entries competing for the coveted awards. A special “thank you” goes out to our homeowners, Mike & Susan Howard, for choosing Wood Wise to remodel their home.


We’re celebrating!

New hardwoods set off this spectacular kitchen featuring KraftMaid two-toned gray cabinets.

Every inch of space is used creatively such as the command center on the side of the refrigerator.



The under-cabinet lighting “wows” everyone who enters this special powder room.

Last Look Back

This is the last in our series of looking back at our past Remodeling Awards’ entries. Here are our 2018 entries, each one oozing with good design and character.

The 2019 Remodeling Awards Gala is this Thursday evening with announcements of this year’s winners. Fingers crossed, we hope to be posting our winners here soon!

Tew kitchen

Phillip master bathroom


Norwood porch & aviary

McIntire kitchen

Matson-Ehrman whole house

Burge-Stafford kitchen

Acree kitchen

Looking Back 5

Our Remodeling Awards (STAR awards) entries for 2016-2017 were a beautiful mix of spaces, styles, and finishes. These enjoyable master bathrooms, comfortable porches, and elegant kitchens are timeless:

Mercer master bathroom

Davis porch

Roy interiors

Povse outdoor living

Roussin kitchen

Bellew master bathroom

Williams-Matthews whole house renovation



Looking Back 4

A treetop-level porch, an elegant master bathroom, a dreamy kitchen, and an outstanding whole house renovation were Wood Wise’s entries in the 2015 STAR Awards. Enjoy the view!


Boney porch

Stephano kitchen

Boney whole house renovation

Seamen master bathroom

Looking Back 3

Continuing a look back at our past remodeling award entries:

Wood Wise was once again well represented at the 2014 STAR Awards.  Here are our beautiful award-worthy entries:

Zielinski porch


Ellington master bathroom


Anderson outdoor living


Sinden porch