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Pirouette® Window Shadings

Questions and Answers about Hunter Douglas: 

Lyla: What is the best window treatment on the market today?

Grant:  That’s a great question Lyla, There a lot of great window blinds, sheers, and shutter on the market, but my favorite are Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. That's why I became a Hunter Douglas retailer.

Lyla: Why exactly did you become a Hunter Douglas Dealer?

Grant:  To align Renowned Renovation with the premium, industry-leading window treatment brand. Hunter Douglas is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship and superior customer service.

Hunter Douglas Window Blinds, Shades, Shutters & Sheers are all designed and assembled in the U.S. and are built-to-size, with many options, fabrics, and colors to choose from

Lyla: What do you sell that is manufactured by Hunter Douglas?

Grant:  Custom Window Blinds, Shades, Shutters & Sheers.

Hunter Douglas has premier window treatments to enhance any home—turning everyday living into a luxury, sensory experience. They have the best options to create the right lighting, mood, ambiance while at the same time providing homeowners with privacy, security, energy-savings,  safety, smart-home automation options plus a lifetime limited warranty.

Lyla: What is your favorite Window Treatment?

Grant:  My favorite is the innovative Pirouette® Window Shadings. They feature soft horizontal fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing. This allows for enhanced views to the outside while maintaining privacy and the full beauty of the fabric on the inside.

Pirouette® Window Shadings have a bold and modern look and feel. They come with several options in the operating system including Powerview Motorization

Pirouette shadings feature softly contoured fabric vanes that magically open and close to giving you complete control over the desired degree of light filtration and privacy.

Pirouette Vanes can be flattened for complete privacy or opened to any position to let in light and provide a view to the outside.

Pirouette® Window Shadings block up to 81% of harmful UV rays with the vanes open, and 99% with vanes closed to help protect your furnishings and extend their life.

Pirouette shadings are available with both semi-opaque and room-darkening fabric opacities, two vane sizes and a wide variety of colors to perfectly complement a  room’s color palette. So no matter what your style or décor, there’s a striking Pirouette design that will work for you.

And Pirouette shadings are designed and custom-crafted in the U.S. with the highest level of quality. Best of all, every window treatment from Hunter Douglas is covered by our lifetime limited warranty.

Lyla: How do Hunter Douglas provide light control and privacy?

Grant:  Hunter Douglas products offer a range of light control and privacy options with a broad selection of fabrics and materials, in a range of opacities from sheer to room darkening to opaque.

Translucent fabrics are specially engineered to diffuse harsh sunlight and draw it deeper into the room—dispersing the light to help illuminate your home naturally and reduce the need for artificial light.

Certain Hunter Douglas products feature innovative slats and vanes that allow you to deflect and redirect sunlight precisely where you want.

Lyla:  how are Hunter Douglas window treatments energy efficient?

Grant:  There are air pockets to minimize heat transfer at the window to help regulate interior temperatures across all seasons,

In winter months, heating escapes to the outdoors through your windows while in the summertime, the outside heat flows into your home through these same windows. With window treatments that provide insulation, you can reduce energy consumption, save on heating and cooling costs, and create a more comfortable atmosphere.

Lighting rooms with natural light rather than artificial light. We can draw natural light into a room with Hunter Douglas Window treatments that reduce the need for other types of lighting, thereby reducing energy use


Lyla: Can you tell me a little bit more about smart-home shade automation?

Grant:  Hunter Douglas has a product called PowerView® Motorization. You can program PowerView to move your window treatments to the exact position you want and then control and schedule them using the Hunter DouglasPowerView App.

Or you can operate PowerView shades using the PowerView Pebble® Control. Voice activate your PowerView shades with Amazon Alexa, Siri on your Apple devices, or the Google Assistant.

Lyla: What is a Pebble Remote Control ?

Grant: The Pebble Remote Control is a remote control that allows you to preset and easily operate up to six different groupings of window treatments—individually or together—with just a press of a button.

Ergonomically designed and beautiful to look at, the Pebble is available in ten stylish colors to enhance any décor. The Pebble Scene Controller allows you to trigger your pre-programmed scenes on demand. Both are also available as Surface Controls that can be affixed to a wall.

Lyla: How many different options are there for fabrics and materials?

Grant: There are over 2,400 unique fabrics. Hunter Douglas has gorgeous fabrics superior energy efficiency, UV protection, privacy and light control.

Hunter Douglas uses a proprietary manufacturing process to make their custom fabrics. They have to meet strict quality controls in opacity, thickness, stiffness and shrink rates. It's why Hunter Douglas window treatments deliver unrivaled beauty, performance and long-term reliability.

Lyla: What are safety the options for Hunter Douglas Window Blinds, Shades, Shutters & Sheers.

Grant: We can install cordless operating systems that are pet- and child-friendly. There are cordless and motorized operating systems, retractable lift cords, cord tensioners, and wand controls, that offer a wide array of operating system options for enhanced child and pet safety.

Lyla: Do you have a showroom in Dallas?.

Grant: Yes, our showroom is located 4848 Lemmon, Highland Park in Dallas Texas.

We carry a wide selection of window coverings, including Hunter Douglas blinds, shades, and shutters. We also create custom draperies and offer a wide selection of fabrics. We invited anyone interested in updating their home to Come to our showroom where you can see working displays of our featured products, hand-picked by our staff.

Lyla: Do you offer free on-site in-home consultations?.

Grant: Yes, We offer free on-site consultations and estimates by appointment only.  appointments are easily set up by calling our 24-hour help desk on (877) 707-7606, visiting our website, or by sending an email to info@RrenownedRenovation.com

Renowned’s staff will custom tailor the perfect window treatments based on the owners style, light control, and privacy preferences, insulation, and child safety needs. Call call and setup an appointment.

Lyla: What is the cost for Hunter Douglas window treatments?.

Grant: We have options for all budgets, and we love to share creative ideas with our clients. Renowned Renovation staff are certified motorization experts, and are able to integrate motorized window treatments into clients' current home systems. All of our installers are in-house and highly trained professionals.

Lyla: Are there any online resources or brochures?

Grant: Absolutely. We have copies of “THE ART OF WINDOW DRESSING™. You can stop by our showroom and pick a copy up or you or you can go to RenownedWindowFashions.com and order a copy there.

Lyla: Thanks for all the information on window treatments and Hunter Douglas?

Grant:  My pleasure Lyla.  Thanks for the great questions

Best Countertop for Kitchen

What is the best countertop material for my kitchen?

Remodeling Questions Answered

 Host by Lyla Kappin & Grant Woodruff

Hello my name is Lyla Lappin and I am here today with Grant Woodruff to answer your questions. Today's question is ...  What's the best material for kitchen countertops?

That's a great question. We hear it every day from homeowners and in my opinion, the answer is quartz.

Quartz is the Best Material for Kitchen Countertops.

Why is quartz the best material for counter tops

Quartz in man-made and is engineered to combine breathtaking beauty, outstanding durability, and stain resistance with the convenience of food safety and maintenance-free cleanups to give you perfect surfaces for life.


Quartz is Easier to Maintain & MAINTENANCE FREE

Other surfaces like granite and marble require regular sealing and polishing.
Quartz is naturally stain resistant. Its Simple to clean. Just use warm water and a soft cloth


Quartz Lasts Longer

Quartz is much harder than granite or marble, making it more durable. That means Quartz is less likely to scratch or chip,  for more years of flawless performance. In addition, Quartz allows for longer countertop overhangs than granite or marble.


Quartz Resists Bacteria

Quartz is nonporous and nonabsorbent so it will not absorb moisture from raw or leftover food, which can have harmful bacteria. Quartz offers peace of mind with hygienic Kitchen countertop surfaces.


Quartz is Engineered

There is no mining, cutting, or transporting with Quartz and that's environmentally friendly. There is considerable waste generated in the quarrying process, especially as many slabs crack and are not use-able. Water that is used to polish surfaces can be recycled

What's the best kind of quartz for countertops?

Cambria. It's the only American company in the quartz surfaces business. Cambria offers the widest range of designs, colors, edges, and slab sizes.

Cambria’s uncompromising quality is their highest priority from start to finish. They check the quality at every step of the
manufacturing and fabrication process. 

And Cambria offers a Full Lifetime Warranty for peace of mind.


Entire House $250,000 to $500,000 - Region 5 South Central Award-Winner  Renowned Renovation Highland Park, Texas

2019 NARI Region 5 South Central Award-Winner


Highland Park, Texas, February 1, 2019 —The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Renowned Renovation in Highland Park, Texas, 2019 South Central Regional CotY winner in the "Entire House Remodel with a budget $250,000 to $500,000 Category." category of its annual awards competition.

Each year, NARI presents CotY awards to members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. This is the highest form of recognition by industry leaders and peers. The entries of this year’s competition totaled more than $97 million worth of remodeling projects.

Renowned Renovation is premium Dallas residential design, build and remodeling firm. The company offers interior design services, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, construction, custom cabinetry, countertops, and window blinds, shades, shutters, and fashions.

Renowned Renovation’s Highland Park showroom features Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Cambria Surfaces, Du Chateau Flooring. Renowned Renovation specializes in working with condominium, townhome, single-family homeowners and investors. Call (972) 232-7122 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate at their showroom located at 4848 Lemmon Ave,
Suite 106, Highland Park, Dallas, TX 75219.

Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards each year. Judging is based on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, and degree of difficulty by an impartial panel of industry experts. NARI named 154 Regional CotY™ Winners from the 2019 competition plus 24 team members. Regional CotY Winners will now advance as finalists at the National level.  

NARI’s Evening of ExcellenceSM reception will be held on Friday, April 12 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside, San Diego, CA. During this event, NARI will honor all regional winners and announce who will take home the National awards.  Visit https://www.nari.org/sbm19/ to register for the in-person event or for more information.

Renowned Renovation’s winning project was a Dallas high-rise condominium penthouse remodeling project located at The Travis at Katy Trail in Dallas. Remodeling 200 feet above ground is much more complex than a typical single-family home remodel and required meticulous planning, problem solving, and posed unique challenges. The project required gutting and renovating the entire interior of a two-bedroom, two bath, 15th-story penthouse.

NARI is a professional association whose members adhere to a strict code of ethics. To be considered for a CotY Award, a company must be a NARI member in good standing.


About Renowned Renovation: Renowned Renovation is premium Dallas residential design, build and remodeling firm. The company offers interior design services, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, construction, custom cabinetry, countertops, and window blinds, shades, shutters, and fashions. their showroom is located at 4848 Lemmon Ave, Suite 106, Highland Park, Dallas, TX 75219. For more information contact Grant Woodruff at (972) 232-7122. 

About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the source for homeowners seeking to hire a professional remodeling contractor. Members are full-time, dedicated, remodeling industry professionals who follow a strict code of ethics with high standards of honesty, integrity and responsibility. Remodeling Done Right™ is NARI’s promise to consumers as well as members and the industry. For more information, contact NARI at 847-298-9200 or www.nari.org

4-Bed 3-Bath Craftsman Home For Sale: Lower Greenville Dallas

Move-in Date Summer 2019

3D Rendering 5727 Velasco Ave For-Sale in Lower Greenville Dallas TX 75206
3D Rendering 5727 Velasco Ave Dallas TX 75206

This 1920’s home is being completely renovated with an additional second floor and new garage. The finished home will be a 2-Story Craftsman Bungalow with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.

Everything will be new and fully warrantied! New roof, floors, plumbing, electrical top-of-the-line appliances.

The home is currently under construction. There is still time for the new owner to make some selections such as finishes, countertops, flooring, and appliances.


Reclaimed Pine Wood Flooring from 1920’s home. This reclaimed wood flooring was reclaimed from a Lower Greenville – Dallas Neighborhood home we are renovating. We have approximately 3,000-3,500 square feet of pine wood that varies from 9.75 inch slats to 10′-12′ foot lengths.

Call (972) 232-7122 for more information.

Reclaimed Pine Wood Flooring for Sale.
Reclaimed Pine Wood Flooring for Sale. Located in Northeast Dallas

5 LifeStyle Design Trends in Dallas

4 LifeStyle-Treands-In-Remodeling

5 Life Style Design Trends in Dallas

Grant's His experience, training, work, and development have given him the experience it what it takes to deliver the best remodeling product. He only assembles teams that are reliable, experienced and proficient. All of his residential remodeling projects (High-Rise Condos, Townhouses, and Luxury Single Family Homes have had resounding success in North Texas from Dallas to Denton.

Grant Woodruff

My name is Grant Woodruff and I am the founder of Renowned Renovation. We were recently asked to speak at the Dallas Home and Garden Show about Lifestyle Remodeling Trends. Most of our clients are  homeowners who are relocating or moving back to Northeast Dallas to be closer to their work and to live in neighborhoods within walking distance of local eateries, parks and local stores.  

And we are seeing that that the 5 most in-demand design ideas for today's busy lifestyle are Open Floor Plans, Quartz Countertops, Backsplashes & Waterfalls, Personal Spas, Wine cellars, and Built-in Bars.

We were invited to speak because we are members in good standing of the our local Dallas Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

We started Renowned Renovation in 2012. Most people don't know this, but in Texas, general contractors are not required to be licensed. Literally anyone who wants to be a general contractor can be. All they have to do is fill out some paperwork.... But that doesn’t mean they have any qualifications. That's why we joined The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Not only did we have to through a screening process that included a background check we agreed to be held accountable to a higher standard - we also pledged to uphold the Association's Code of Ethics and dedicated ourselves to upholding professionalism and integrity of the remodeling industry to our business. The Renowned Renovation team are working on becoming NARI certified project managers.

NARI remodelers are experienced, trusted, qualified, ethical and dependable business owners who will get your project done right. 

To learn more about NARI
visit their website.

Must Have Design Ideas for Today’s Busy Lifestyle

Open Floor Plans
This is one of the most requested remodeling design request we receive.  Here is great example of a project that convert an original condo at the Travis at Katy Trail. The homeowner was trapped away from her guests and family when preparing meals in the kitchen as she had limited access to the living room.  Since the owner lives in a high-rise condo, she had a relatively small space and wanted to open it up as much as she could. So the we removed the wall separating the kitchen and the living room. 

Before and After Wall Removed to Create Open Floor Plan

Quartz Countertops, Backsplashes and Waterfalls
Quartz is in high demand.  There’s a lot of great quartz products out there and I’ve found Cambria to be one of the best. I particularly like it because it is made in America, is very durable, and has a lifetime warranty. We have been installing Cambria Quartz as countertops, backsplashes and waterfalls. A waterfall countertop is easily recognizable by the fact that it drops vertically down the sides instead of stopping abruptly at the edge of a cabinet or island. By doing that it creates a continuous flow and links the floor to the cabinetry in a fluid and natural manner. Really Beautiful

Waterfalls are very popular trend right now. And we bookmatched the waterfall, which means matched the veins of that countertop flowing so that two adjoining surfaces mirror each other, giving the impression of an opened book.

Zoom-Bed For-Sale: $14,000

Zoom Beds are refining the concepts of smart furniture and convertible spaces with smarter designs that transform any single-purpose room into a multi-use room. Come to our Highland Park showroom for a free estimate, to see the quality of cabinets, the German engineering, and comfort of the Zoom Bed. 

Entertainment Center by day ... and with a push of a button ... Converts in an amazingly comfortable bed at night. 
This space saving revolutionary remote controlled Zoom-Bed that is hidden in a beautiful custom made cabinet.


Zoom-Beds are German-engineered that with a push of a button on a remote control, gently glides an amazingly comfortable bed down behind an elegant cabinet instead of folding down like traditional Murphy Beds. With a Renowned custom cabinet, you can design a space for your TV, bookcases, or whatever you want to put in front, around or next to your Zoom Bed.


This is the space-saving revolutionary remote controlled Zoom-Bed hidden in beautiful custom cabinetry designed and built by Renowned. This example shows an entertainment center that was built in renown's Cabinet Factory for a queen size bed. Zoom beds come in the standard sizes and Renowned Cabinetry can design desks, entertainment centers, bookshelves, or any other type of cabinet for your zoom bed.

Craftsman Home Restoration Oak Cliff, Texas

The owners of the Oak Cliff Craftsman home wanted to restore and update the entire house while retaining design elements of the Arts and Crafts period, They saw their Craftsman home is a work of art and wanted a comfortable, functioning dwelling. A solid, beautiful, and simple house that will serve homeowners well.

To meet the owner's desire for a nice open look, the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room and the wall separating the dining room from the living room where all removed. The owner wanted to keep the original wood floors, remove all the linoleum from the kitchen floor, and have us refinish the floors throughout the home.

We completely gutted the kitchen and bathrooms, rewired the entire home and updated the plumbing throughout. To provide more room in the bathroom the hot water heater was replaced with a tank-less unit that was installed in the Attic.

After the floors were completed in the bathroom and kitchen, we installed hand-crafted custom cabinets and a vanity that was designed to provide more storage functionality and add unmatched beauty and style.

This Craftsman style home was built in the 1940s and was a part of a movement in American architectural design. Craftsman houses were built all over the nation between 1905 and 1940. The style is popular again, with owners restoring older homes while developers are building new replica homes. 

The Craftsman style home has its roots in the bungalow, a low slung, comfortable home that originated in India.

This Craftsman Home is a 1,134 square foot , 2-Bedroom, 1-Bath home's interior was completely remodeled. The project included new wiring, plumbing, re-texturing all walls and ceilings, sanding and refinishing the all the wood flooring, designing and installing new Renowned Cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom.

The new country kitchen featured a farm sink with an apron with MSI Surfaces for all the tile and countertops. The owners chose Shaker style cabinets for the kitchen,  which we was painted white.  As part of the renovation we also replaced all the windows and doors with new Milgard windows and doors.   

To add additional room in the homes' only bathroom, we removed the old water-heater and replaced it with a tank-less heater installed in the attic. New renovated bathroom had a new floor plan that was designed by our in-house team.

For the backsplash we used a MSI Surfaces' Subway Gray Glossy Inverted Ceramic Beveled Tile. The foggy gray tone that is accentuated by the unique indentation in the tile. The owners choose these tiles for classic and timeless backdrop in their kitchen. 


Our designer helped the owner pick Calacatta Vicenza Quartz countertops for a realistic look of fine natural marble in easy care and maintenance free quartz. This elegant white quartz with its subtle gray veins was ideal for their county kitchen style


The homeowner choose Classique White Carrara Glossy 4X16 Bev Subway Tile from MSI Surfaces ​for the shower walls 


The bathroom floors are MSI Surfaces's Arabescato Cararra With Black Marble Basket Weave Mosaic tiles are backed by mesh and feature the whites and grays of class Cararra with stunning black accents


Luxury Media Room Make Over

The media room needed an update
Renowned was hired to design and create a space that would serve this growing family for several years. As part of the media room makeover our designer, Melissa recommended a kitchenette with a beverage center and microwave. The custom cabinets were built by Renowned Cabinetry's factory with "soft-close" cabinet doors and drawers and were finished with Sherwin-Williams Ellie Gray.

media room makeover included a kitchenett

Kitchenette with a beverage center and microwave

The kitchenette cabinet is paired with a Cambria Quartz Blackpool Matte™ 3 cm Matte finish countertop and a Daltile Rainwater Mosaic backsplash. The cabinets have integrated LED puck lights and the finishing touch was Kane Lighthouse Glint carpeting.

This Lakewood luxury media room makeover project was managed by Renowned Renovation the 2019 Dallas NARI Award-Winning Contractor of the Year for whole house remodeling with a budget between $250,000 and $500,000.

The Backsplash tiles are Cascading Waters - They replicate the beauty of shimmering waterfalls with this unique glass mosaic. This linear style mosaic introduces an element of random with varying widths that can be oriented vertically or horizontally. Neutral colors including blue.  See More Collection Information


Bathroom Remodel Lakewood Dallas


This Lake Highlands upstairs bathroom was dated and primarily used by the owner's daughter. Renowned's designer, Melissa Blassinglie,  was hired to design the cabinetry and select the tile, new toilet, countertop, and paint colors. The cabinet was designed to work around the plumbing and all drawers are functional. The color is SW 6256 SERIOUS Gray and countertop is Cambria Delgatie. The floor, wall, and mosaic is from Daltile.

About the Mosaic Accent Tile: - This linear glass tile isn’t your run-of-the-mill accent tile. It commands attention with a spirited flair. Use it to create a trend-forward accent wall or kitchen backsplash. Wake up your design with the color and pencil-thin delicacy of Caprice.


Floor - Taking cues from different textures and colors, the Fabrique collection draws inspiration from the way fabric moves and allows you to bring a delicate elegance to everything from the living room to a well-appointed bathroom. More About P689 Noir Linen

P689 Noir Linen Floor Tile

Wall - This series of striking, 3" x 6", matte and semi-gloss finish subway tiles includes everything from neutrals to brightly colored solids - colors designed to complement our popular wall and mosaic tile lines. Create exciting walls and backsplashes. More About 0190 Arctic White

0190 Arctic White
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