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5 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer Before You Build or Remodel

Working with an experienced interior designer teamed with your contractor can help control costs while upgrading creativity so you end up with a distinctive home that flows beautifully throughout. Why hire an interior designer? 1. Couples don’t always agree. Designers can reconcile conflicting styles and make unlike things work together in surprising ways. 2. Designers keep up with the latest trends and techniques in building construction. We come up with beautiful creative ideas and solutions that you would never think […]

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Tips for Hiring a Contractor

An interior designer’s advice for remodeling or building. Are you considering working with a contractor for remodeling or building a new home? Here are some things to consider. Get at least three estimates that include everything from repairs, warranties to clean-up. The unforeseen things can get you, and you don’t want to be gotten! Don’t be too quick to jump at the lowest bid. A Consumer Reports survey showed that people who used the lowest bidder got poorer quality work. […]

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News & Observer: Pro Tips When Designing a New Home

Plus Lisa’s “must haves” for building and remodeling your Raleigh home. And why should you hire an interior designer? Hiring an interior designer can give you that divine dwelling you’ve dreamed of and provide more value for your money. And there’s no need to stress about cost: consulting fees are typically 1 to 1.5 percent of the total project cost. By engaging an interior designer before construction starts, as my client did in this project, you’ll end up with a […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: A Lighting Expert

Design your home with lighting to brighten your life! When building or remodeling a home take time to learn the latest in lighting from lighting expert, Deb Dorn of Capitol Lighting Gallery. She always keeps me up to date on the innovative and high-tech options available in the market today! Together we can design lighting plans for you that will add comfort and luster to your life.   Here are just a few radiant ideas. Light stairways for safety. Place […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Kitchen Countertop Continues as the Backsplash

Design a clutter free look by continuing the countertop material right up the wall. This kitchen feels open and airy because the granite countertop and backsplash visually enlarges the space. Notice also how the backsplash has no unsightly outlets and switches. They are hidden by using products that install under the upper cabinets. There are also USB ports and device holders for the homeowners’ phones, tablets and other devices. For more information on these products read more here. See more photos […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: A Beautiful Sink

Move over stainless. There’s a new sink in town! The heart and soul of the kitchen belongs to the kitchen sink and I’m drawn to the beautiful, granite-like composite sinks that come in many neutral colors. They are rock-hard durable and heat, scratch, and stain-resistant. Being made of porous natural stone, they do require a little regular maintenance: cleaning with a mild cleanser and protecting them with mineral oil keeps them looking like new. Whether you’re preparing food, cleaning up […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Kitchen Drawers Designs are Making Life Easier!

Kitchens often function better with drawers instead of doors. Making decisions about kitchen cabinetry is one of the biggest investments a homeowner makes when it comes to designing or renovating their kitchen. The “drawers versus door” debate continues. But I’m sold on drawers; here’s why! 1. Ease of use: Access to your kitchen supplies is one of the great benefits of designing with drawers. No more items hidden in the very back. Drawers make everything easily accessible without reaching, stretching, […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Barrier Free Showers with No Threshold

Luxury Universal Design showers are the trend! Luxury design walk-in showers with NO cumbersome curbs to step over are becoming popular because they are safe and easy to use. Sometimes the shower doors can be eliminated too. Beautiful additions like boutique tiles, versatile shower sprays, glamorous grab bars, and benches for reclining are touches that everyone loves. The movement is catching on! The latest Universal Design bathrooms work for everyone, regardless of age, size, and ability. Your new shower will […]

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Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Decorative Ceiling Molding and Trim

Design decorative ceiling details for maximum impact! When building or remodeling a home, interior designers will tell you to remember to look up! Ceilings are reaching new heights. I designed these stunning overhead canopies for a new home using standard 1-inch-by-6-inch lumber. It’s a great money-saving alternative to coffered ceilings. These details can be added aloft to any home and even used on walls. So start gazing upward! The possibilities are as endless as the sky. See more photos from […]

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Questions for Your Kitchen and Bath Remodeler

Now that we’ve designed your dream kitchen and bath, you need answers from the contractor before you remodel. This interior designer wants you to ask these questions before the construction starts. Is the contractor licensed to complete a project of your scope? Ask for the license number and confirm it is in good standing with the NC Licensing Board of General Contractors. Does that contractor carry general liability insurance? Request that a certificate of insurance be issued for your address […]

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