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Fireplace Surround Idea: MSI Stacked Stone

Thinking about updating your fireplace? Here is a fireplace surround idea using MSI’s Stacked Stone Charcoal Pencil Stacked Stone that we installed in a Northeast Dallas. It features thin strips of slate for a contemporary twist. Suitable for a variety of projects including backsplashes and accent walls.

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Renowned Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Renowned Custom Furniture Grade Kitchen Cabinets installed as part of a modern-farmhouse renovation.

Renowned Custom Kitchen Cabinets with THEORY™ glazed porcelain tile floor

Kitchen Remodel Mountain Creek Dallas 75236

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The Owner wanted to change the cabinets, floors,  back-splash, and countertops

The owners of this Mountain Creek Dallas home wanted to remodel and open up the Kitchenfresh modern farmhouse style and decor.


After the owners of this Mountain Creek Dallas Neighborhood home engaged Renowned Renovation to remodel their kitchen, we immediately begin the pre-construction phase. The first thing we do is introduce the owners to BuilderTrend, which is the tool we will use to manage client's projects. All messaging, scheduling, deliveries, budgets and change orders are handled via the BuilderTrend App. It is accessed from any connected device. Watch the before, during and after videos or you click the Photo Galleries below for the Custom Cabinets. Floors, Counterparts, Backsplash, and Appliances.

The owners selected Theory™ by Emser, a glazed porcelain series inspired by the look of distressed wood for their floors, MSI Stone's Morning Fog Subway for the kitchen back splash,  Calacatta Gold, also by MSI Stone, for the face of the fireplace and Blanca Statuarietto Quartz for the  new Countertops. The project was finished early and under-budget.  It's time for the owner to sit back and relax knowing we are managing every step of the way.  Demolition, Haul-Off, Ordering. Installation, Punch Lists, Payments to Trades & Vendors, Final Walk-Thru, Labor & Product Warranties.

Custom Cabinets
Designed by Renowned Renovation, these custom kitchen cabinets are built with the highest furniture grade wood available. by master craftsmen, in our Pennsylvania cabinet factory (established in 1963). They are assembled by hand using only the finest environmentally friendly glues & joinery such as the dovetail join, then finished in a controlled environment to ensure the highest quality perfect finish.





Backsplash Ceramic Tile

From the MSI's Highland Park Collection, the Morning Fog Subway Tile is a handcrafted ceramic tile featuring soft, sophisticated gray tones. Use this beautiful subway tile to create a stunning wall tile kitchen backsplash.

About M S International, Inc. is a leading nationwide distributor of flooring, countertop, wall tile and hardscaping products. Headquartered in Orange, California, MSI maintains more than 25 distribution centers across the United States.

Tile Floor Installation: THEORY™ by Emser Tile

New Tile Floor Installation by Renowned Renovation in a Mountain Creek Neighborhood Home using Theory™ by Emser Tile. This is a glazed porcelain series inspired by the look of distressed wood, adding interest to any floor or wall application. Beautiful and durable!

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THEORY™ by Emser Tile Installed by Renowned Renovation in Mountain Creek Home

Glazed porcelain has a glass wear layer or hard finish usually colored, then applied to the surface of machine-made clay tiles. The term glaze refers to the material or mixture from which the coating is made. The advantages of glazed porcelain tiles are that they are strong, dense, and chemical resistant.

THEORY™ by Emser Tile Installed by Renowned Renovation in Mountain Creek Kitchen

THEORY™ by Emser Tile Installed by Renowned Renovation in Mountain Creek Kitchen

Advances in tile manufacturing technology make it possible to digitally print anything onto porcelain tile. In this case, Reclaimed wood images. A glaze must be applied to protect the finish.

Glazed vs Unglazed Porcelain Tiles

Unglazed porcelain tiles are full body porcelain. Full body porcelain means the entire tile is composed of natural clays. Full body is not the same as through color. Full body tiles may use different colored clays. During the firing process sintering occurs making the tile one. It’s similar to the way nature makes stone from sediment.

The design of the tile is created by refining natural clays mixed with natural pigments. Full body, unglazed porcelain tiles have higher slip resistance, higher abrasion resistance, and higher impact resistance than glazed porcelain tile. These characteristics are essential in choosing the right tile for heavy traffic commercial spaces. Surfaces made of pressed pigments are easy to clean and won’t wear down over time when compared to tiles with glazes (learn more here).


Established in 1968, Emser Tile, headquartered in Los Angeles, is the leading designer and producer of the world’s finest tile and natural stone. Emser is one Renowned Renovation’s most comprehensive sources for flooring products that include porcelain, ceramic, and custom manufactured products made to your specifications.

Renowned Tile Flooring Installation Service

Renowned Renovation’s team assists with the entire flooring process from design, materials specification, selection, scheduling, delivery, demolition, and the tile floor installation. We also provide complete remodeling, home improvement services, and product knowledge support to ensure the success of any residential construction project.

Other Enser Tile Installation Ideas: Ceramic & PorcelainCommercialCommercial FloorContemporaryFireplace FrontFloorOutdoor WallPorcelainResidential FloorRusticSeries, Shower FloorShower WallSteam ShowerStove AreaWallWall TileWoodWood Look

What is the best countertop material? Quartz, Marble or Granite?

When it comes to countertops, granite, marble and quartz all have their pros and cons. In fact, in many ways, they’re all pretty similar, which can make it difficult for homeowners to choose which material they’d like to use. 

What are Granite, Marble and Quartz?

Let’s start with granite. It’s a natural stone composed of a variety of different materials, including quartz, mica and more. It comes in a variety of colors and every slab is unique because it’s mined, not manufactured.

Marble, like granite, is a natural stone (limestone) and every slab is unique. In general, the coloration is more consistent with a more visible pattern than granite.

Quartz counters aren’t technically pure natural stone. While most slabs are at least 92 percent quartz, the rest is made up pigment and the resin used to bind the crushed quartz together. That’s why quartz is usually referred to as engineered stone.

Granite vs. Marble vs. Quartz


All three material options are known for their durability. Granite, marble and quartz can last up to 20 years or more with proper care. They’re also all heat-resistant.

Scratch & Chip Resistance

Marble is the softest of all three materials, which means that it can be scratched or chipped the most easily. Granite is the second softest, making quartz the most resistant to lasting damage.


All three materials are “natural” in the sense that they’re stone. But only granite and marble qualify as “natural stone” because they don’t go through a manufacturing process - they’re mined as-is. Quartz is “engineered” because it’s crushed and mixed with pigment.

To some, this difference doesn’t matter much. To others, “natural” is the main point of differentiation. They wouldn’t choose laminate floors over hardwood, so why would they choose engineered stone over natural stone?

Stains & Hygiene

Granite and marble are porous materials, which means that spilled liquids can potentially seep into the counter and stain it. Marble especially is more vulnerable to acidic liquids like wine and juice. Those pores can also potentially harbor hard-to-reach bacteria and germs.

Quartz, on the other end, is non-porous. It doesn’t stain or harbor bacteria nearly as easily. That also makes it easier to clean.


One of the major downsides of marble and granite: maintenance. Since both are porous, both need to be sealed at installation. They’ll also need to be resealed every one or two years. Because it isn’t porous, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed like this.

Unique Look

Every single slab of marble and granite is unique because it is mined, not manufactured. That means you’ll never have to worry about someone else having the same counters as you do.

Quartz, on the other hand, is engineered in a certain way, which means that many slabs might look similar and won’t look quite as “natural” as granite or marble.


While every granite and marble slab is unique, they often have a similar feel because they’re formed in a certain way. And while there are many different colors and types of granite and marble available, the variety isn’t endless.

Quartz, on the other hand, can be mixed with a huge number of different pigments, which means there’s a larger variety of more consistent colors available.


If you want quality counters, then there’s no good “cheap” option. Neither granite nor marble nor quartz are cheap, though some slabs are less expensive than others.

The most affordable slabs of granite and quartz start at around the same price point (around $75 - $80 per square foot). Marble starts at around $100 per square foot.

On the higher end, quartz is the least expensivee (around $140 per square foot) followed by granite ($175 per square foot) and then marble ($200 per square foot).

So what’s the best material for counters? Granite, marble or quartz?

There’s no one “best” material. It depends on what your major concerns are.

Quartz is often the most affordable option. It’s also easiest to maintain and often more durable than marble and granite. But it doesn’t have the same high-end, natural look that marble and granite do.

Granite is usually more expensive than quartz but less expensive than marble. It’s also more durable than marble. But the coloration might not be as consistent, and it can’t match the luxurious look of a marble slab.

In the end, marble is marble, and if you’re set on the look of of marble, there’s no substitute. It might be a bit more expensive, but if you’re set on marble and it matches your kitchen or bathroom, it’s worth it for your countertop.

If you don’t have time for the TLC necessary to keep natural stone in tip-top shape, then quartz is a lower-maintenance option. Busy homeowners who have kids or who don’t want to worry about damaging their surface often gravitate toward quartz. It is a non-porous, germ-free product that doesn’t require sealing or waxing, and cleaning is a breeze with hot water, soap, and a sponge. Quartz also stands up extremely well against cuts, heat, and abrasions, and is virtually stain-resistant.

Marble also does a moderate job when it comes to resisting heat, but remember that it can stain if acidic materials are left on its surface. Marble also requires regular sealing, so you should factor that into the overall, long-term costs.

Overall, quartz is a more affordable alternative that can mimic the look of marble without the hefty price tag or required upkeep, but marble is…well, it’s marble!

Whether you want low-maintenance countertops or a one-of-a-kind instant classic, when you’re ready to upgrade your countertops, visit MSI for a large variety of quartz and natural stone products to choose from. In the meantime, check out our huge selection of Countertops and Slabs online, and see if anything catches your eye.

The Best Durable Custom Cabinets use Dovetail Joints

Joinery is the part of woodworking that involves joining together pieces of lumber, to produce drawers. For the best durable custom cabinets Renowned Renovation uses Dovetail Joints. Dovetail joints are known for their strength and durability. Dovetail joints don’t require mechanical fasteners to stick together like other joinery techniques do. Rather, dovetail joints use pins and tails to interlock together, where one side has a pin that locks into the other side’s tail, and then glued together for a solid dovetail construction. The benefits of dovetail drawers are endless in addition to strength, flexibility, toughness, appearance, etc.

  • Butt joint – The end of a piece of wood is butted against another piece of wood. This is the simplest and weakest joint. Of those, there is the
    • a) T-butt, b) end-to-end butt, c) T-lap d) Miter butt and e) edge-to-edge butt.
  • Lap joint – The end of a piece of wood is laid over and connected to another piece of wood. This is the next simplest and weakest joint.
  • Bridle joint – Also known as open tenon, open mortise and tenon, or tongue and fork joints, this joint is where the through mortise is open on one side and forms a fork shape. The mate has a through tenon or necked joint. Bridle joints are commonly used to join rafter tops, also used in scarf joints and sometimes sill corner joints in timber framing.
  • Dowel joint – The end of a piece of wood is butted against another piece of wood. This is reinforced with dowel pins. This joint is quick to make with production line machinery and so is a very common joint in factory-made furniture.
  • Mitre joint – Similar to a butt joint, but both pieces have been bevelled (usually at a 45 degree angle).
  • Finger joint – Also known as a box joint, is a corner joint with interlocking fingers. Receives pressure from two directions.
  • Dovetail joint – A form of box joint where the fingers are locked together by diagonal cuts. More secure than a finger joint.[1]
  • Dado joint – Also called a housing joint or trench joint, a slot is cut across the grain in one piece for another piece to set into; shelves on a bookshelf having slots cut into the sides of the shelf, for example.
  • Groove joint Like the dado joint, except that the slot is cut with the grain.
  • Tongue and groove – Each piece has a groove cut all along one edge, and a thin, deep ridge (the tongue) on the opposite edge. If the tongue is unattached, it is considered a spline joint.
  • Mortise and tenon – A stub (the tenon) will fit tightly into a hole cut for it (the mortise). This is a hallmark of Mission Style furniture, and also the traditional method of jointing frame and panel members in doors, windows, and cabinets. This joint is a good strong joint to use.
  • Birdsmouth joint – Also called a bird’s beak cut, this joint used in roof construction. A V-shaped cut in the rafter connects the rafter to the wall-plate.[2]
  • Cross Lap – A joint in which the two members are joined by removing material from each at the point of intersection so that they overlap.
  • Splice joint – A joint used to attach two members end to end.
  • Pocket-hole joinery – A hidden screw is driven into the joint at an angle.
  • Biscuit – A wooden oval is glued into two crescent-shaped holes.
  • Floating tenon joint – See Mortise and tenon
  • Stitch and glue – Wood panels stitched together, usually with co

Installing Replacement Windows Dallas TX 75214

The owners of this Dallas home in the University Meadows neighborhood  wanted to update their home and replace the original aluminum windows. They were doing research on and found Renowned Renovation. Based on our project portfolio, reviews and rating on Houzz, the owners invited Renowned to visit with them for a free in-home consultation.

Prior to contacting us, the owner had extensively researched the market and identified several manufacturers  that he liked . After consulting with Renowned Renovation, the homeowners selected Milgard Replacement Windows. The homeowners had great confidence in Renowned Renovation to order and install the Milgard windows, because Renowned Renovation is a trusted Milgard certified dealer and is AAMA certified (completed Installation Masters® Training for replacing windows).

Working with  Renowned the owner selected the best Milgard Window Installation Company that suited their needs:Energy efficient windows that reduce outside noise (sound resistance), and tinted windows (for privacy and sun control). We not only discussed which Milgard  architectural style will provide these features but we be also have interior decorators to consult with our clients to ensure that the right color and style is selected for the home the homeowners chose the Tuscany® Series

Milgard Windows are available in 3 interior & 8 exterior color options. Made with premium, extruded vinyl for strong insulation & impact resistance. The Window Frame choices range from wood, fiberglass, vinyl or aluminum. You may click here to see the option. Milgard’s dual-pane windows are twice as effective at retaining heat and air conditioning as the single-paned units installed. After the replacement windows were chosen our window replacement team got to work. We take precise measurements to ensure all the windows we order can fit in the existing openings. Older homes have shifted through the years and may have taken the existing opening and the windows out of square. Inserting a square window in a out of square opening is impossible. To compensate for these situations, we order the replacement slightly smaller and use proprietary trim out techniques to hide the imperfection without compromising the integrity of the install. Once the replacement windows arrive in our warehouse, we carefully examine them for damage and check them against our measurements. The day of install, our team arrives with a team of skilled craftsman.

Step One: The existing glass is removed with suction cups and blazing. The window frames are cut down instead of prying out of the frame which compromises the building envelope. This antiquated methodology of ripping out the window frames or “collapsing the frame” caused internal leaks and damage behind the facade. As building envelope scientist aka forensic engineers began studying replacement windows and the damage and water intrusion issues related to them, a new design criteria was written and adopted by AAMA. The subsequent training from installers in this protocol is called the AAMA Installation Masters Window and Door Installer Certification. Any homeowner considering a window replacement should contract with a company that employs at least one person with this certification. Step 2: After the glass is removed to make space for the rockingham glass, the existing aluminum frame is cut down as close to the returns as possible.

Step 3: The opening is prepared for the new window by installing a pan sill and then applying Peel-and-stick flashing membrane on the side jambs, and then the head. Then we cover the window frame with break metal painted to match your window color to conceal any color difference, gaps, or compensate for out of square openings. This cosmetic feature is a proprietary to Renowned Renovation, and gives an upscale finish to the window frame.

Step 4: The new window is inserted into the frame with manufacturer recommended caulking applied to the window z bar. Center, level and screw. This install uses plastic fork-shaped shims (included with each window), that straddle both sides of the track attachment screws. Plumb and square. With the bottom level, plumb one side and secure it with a screw. Check that the window is square by measuring diagonally both ways; then screw the other side.

Step 5; Backer rod in gap on exterior and interior gaps followed by caulking on exterior and window return adjustments on interior if needed.

To ensure that the Bow windows are waterproofed and airtight, Renowned Renovation inserts a fully intact (one piece) Bow window. Many contractors will field mull several picture windows together while onsite but this leads to water leaks and air seepage. As you can see in the before and after photo, the new windows improves the overall appearance of the home.




Learn more About Milgard Windows – Request a Free In Home Consultation

Milgard Patio Door Anniversary Sale

In celebration of 50 Years of manufacturing quality patio doors

Patio Door Anniversary Sale

Purchase one or more patio doors from
January 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018 and you will receive:

$100 Gift Card*
for each Tuscany® Series, Montecito® Series, Aluminum Series or any Premium Exterior Vinyl Finish sliding patio door purchased**

$200 Gift Card*
for each Moving Glass Wall System purchased**

How to claim your Gift Card:
1.Purchase from participating Milgard Dealers and take delivery of your door(s).
2.Register your Full Lifetime Warranty online at
3.When registering, enter the Promo Code: DOOR50

1)Purchase must be made from Jan. 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2018 through participating Milgard Dealers only.
2)$100 Gift Cards will be issued on purchases of Tuscany® Series, Montecito® Series, and Aluminum Series sliding patio doors only (swing doors excluded) or any sliding door ordered with Premium Exterior Vinyl Finish (Style Line Series without Premium Exterior Vinyl Finish excluded).
$200 Gift Cards will be issued on purchases of Moving Glass Wall Systems. Limit of $1000 in gift cards per household.
3)To qualify, you must complete the Warranty Registration form at and provide Promo Code DOOR50. If qualified, you will receive your Gift Card via email in approximately 8-10 weeks.
4)Offer limited to homeowners only. Rights cannot be transferred. Not valid for dealers, contractors or builders.
5)Offer only available to owners of single-family homes and individual condo units. It is not applicable to multi-family homes, apartments, etc.
6)This offer is valid only when delivery of product is accepted. It is no longer valid if not fully redeemed by April 18, 2018.
* Restrictions apply, see
Milgard Manufacturing, Inc. | 1010 54th Avenue East | Tacoma WA 98424



What is the secret to an endearing kitchen or bath? Discover your own answer in the clean, classic, and exquisite white marble looks of Q Premium Natural Quartz. Our sophisticated collection runs subtle to bold, giving countertops, waterfall islands, and backsplashes a touch of timeless luxe. Budget-friendly and worry-free, there’s no easier way to achieve your dreamworthy aspirations.