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Window Blinds, Shades, Shutters, Oh My!: Which Option Is Best for Your Home?

window blinds shades shutters and treatments

While a home full of natural light is desirable, the UV rays can cause damage to furniture such as fading over time. That’s why window blinds shades, shutters, and treatments are so essential for a home. They allow you the ability to choose how much light you let in while also protecting the integrity of your fixtures and furniture.

They allow you the ability to choose how much light you let in while also protecting the integrity of your fixtures and furniture.

They also have become an essential part of interior design. Their ability to add a new dimension, color, and shape to a room makes them a lot of fun to work with when redesigning. 

But what are the main differences and which one is right for you?

Choosing Between Window Blinds, Shutters, and Shades

Every time you consider re-doing a room, it’s important to look into three main things for the window treatments:

  1. Aesthetic
  2. Functionality
  3. Longevity

Sure, you want to have something that makes the room look good. But, if you hate working with strings or pulleys then you’ll get annoyed with your choice pretty quickly if it has them. 

You also want to ensure you buy high-quality products that can withstand all those harsh tugs to open and close every day. Even if you spend a little more now, it will often always be less money than paying for cheap products every few years after they break. 

Since we spend over 85% of our time indoors, the best thing to do is look for strong positive reviews to ensure you’ll get a professional service and trusted products. 

With this in mind, it helps to know the specific differences that will help you make the decision that is right for you.

Window Blinds 

There are many ways that you can use blinds to adjust the amount of light in your home depending on the style you opt for. 

The slats used in blinds can be long, short, thick, thin, and can be hung to work across the window or from the top. These variations change the aesthetic of the blind as well as the view you get when they are open. 

Whereas shades are simply up or down, blinds swivel to change how sunlight enters the room. On a traditional blind where the slats are horizontal, you can block direct light from above while still letting it into the room.

Another alternative to this is using blinds with slats that hang vertically. They are great for adding a sense of shape to your windows and height to the room. For example, if you have a large window that takes up a whole wall, horizontal blinds would make the room feel squat and compressed. Long blinds draw the eye upward creating more space aesthetically.

Blinds can also be made of wood and faux wood to help elevate your home’s aesthetic. The real wood blinds work for larger, more open spaces where you have guests. For private rooms such as your bedroom or where guests don’t go, faux wood is a good alternative. You can get it to match the real wood blinds for a fraction of the cost. 

Window Shades

When you’re looking to give yourself complete privacy and block out all light or filter, intensity shades are an excellent choice. From pleated styles to motorized, solar, and cellular, the way the shade folds and unfolds can be a design feature all in itself.

In terms of functionality, these you raise up or lower to adjust how much light you let into your room. 

For a room like a bathroom, you will want to allow some light in through the window without having to be completely exposed. If you get shades which are made from a thin material then you can enjoy the best of both worlds. This way, some light will still come through but you will be obscured from view.

There are also styles of shades which open from the top down. So you can still enjoy a lot of light while managing what anyone outside may and may not see.

Window Shutters

When you look at classical architecture and homes with historic style and sophistication, shutters are often there.

Thicker and more robust, shutters are the most expensive option out of these three. However, their longevity and design make it a choice that many believe is worth taking.

One style of a shutter is called the ‘plantation shutter’ which features slats that are a little further apart than typical designs. The advantage of this is that they add a good deal of style but also plenty of light making them ideal for living areas and kitchens. 

You can also try ‘shaker’ shutters if you want to block light completely and enjoy privacy. These essentially work like doors but you can get versions with slats on the top or bottom depending on where you’d like to direct light. 

Another good style for shutters is the ‘cafe’ which prevent direct sunlight from shining down into the room. This is ideal for any areas of the home where you or a guest will be sat down near a window. The angle of the slats is great for allowing light into the room while still blocking views like a neighbors house or an alleyway. 

The good news is that technology now allows you to get very customized shutters which will go perfectly with your home’s decor.

Picture the Different Styles

Between window blinds shutters shades, the right choice will add to the overall look rather than distract from it.

When designing your room, think about where furniture will be, where the light comes from, and how easy it will be to access for adjustments. 

Try our free interior design consultation services for professional advice on what could work for your home.

RENOWNED RENOVATION Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

RENOWNED RENOVATION Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

Dallas, TexasJanuary 24, 2019 – Renowned Renovation of Highland Park has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The design, build and remodeling company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

RENOWNED RENOVATION Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro's overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Renowned Renovation is pleased to be selected for Houzz’s 2019 Best of Customer Service Award and happy to add it to our 2019 Dallas NARI Contractor of the Year Award.”  

"Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app."

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About Renowned Renovation2019 Dallas NARI Contractor of the Year Award for Entire House Remodeling with a budget between $250,000 - $500,000. The company is renowned for premium Dallas residential interior design, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, construction, custom cabinets, countertops, and window fashions. Renowned Renovation’s Highland Park showroom features Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Cambria Surfaces, DuChateau 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

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Renowned wins Dallas Contractor of the Year Award

Renowned Renovation Official 2019 Dallas NARI Contractor of the Year for Entire House $250,000 - $500,000 Remodel

Renowned Renovation Official 2019 Dallas NARI Contractor of the Year for Whole House $250,000 - $500,000 Remodel

The owners wanted to update this penthouse condo to have an open floor plan, raised ceilings, new kitchen, new bathrooms with tile floors, new hardwood floors throughout the entire home and lots of storage space. Renowned Cabinetry custom designed all the cabinets including the entertainment center that converts the living room into a guest room with the push of a button the Zoom-Room Remote Control.   

This NARI award-winning remodeling project involved innovative use of materials: Exposed Concrete Beams/Columns, Waterfall Countertops, Floating Shelves matched to the Hardwood Flooring, multiple flooring transitions, intricate Tile Work, and Custom Cabinetry. The finished home features Cambria Surfaces, DuChateau Hardwoods, fixtures by WaterWorks, TruStile Doors, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Zoom-Room, and Renowned Custom Cabinetry.

Renowned specializes in high-quality Kitchen and Bathrooms renovations, Cabinetry and Hunter Douglas Window Fashions. Please call to schedule a free in-home estimate or an appointment at our Highland Park showroom or email info@RenownedRenovation.com for more information.

The floors are DuChâteau's The Riverstone Collection™, which is an evolution of hand-sculpted hardwood flooring that blends beautifully with interiors old and new. The natural distressing and raised knots give the floors a raw and organic contour that feels comforting beneath the feet. The DuChâteau®, The Riverstone Collection™ effortlessly merges modern and rustic design to create a truly original and inspiring floor.

Living Room After Remodeling


Zoom-Room Remote Controlled Murphy Bed


Kitchen After Remodeling


Master Bathroom


Laundry Room


Du Chateau Danbe Hardwood Floors


Tile Floors

The owners wanted to update their condo with an open floor plan, raised ceilings, new kitchen, new bathrooms and tile floors, and a new multi-use living room with hardwood floors.

The client engaged SHM Architects to take their vision, design a new layout, and create the permit-ready plans .

Working closely with the owners, the city, the Homeowners Association (HOA) and the property management team Renowned Renovation ensured all the plans, permits, and work complied with rules and regulations to deliver a well-built home with meticulous detailing and high-end materials. Our project management app, BuilderTrend keep everyone in the loop and help create little or no stress for the owners. We completed the condo remodeling project on schedule and in the budget.

In compliance with the Condo HOA rules, remodeling work could only occur on weekdays, between 9 o’clock in the morning and 5 o’clock in the evenings. Everything that had to be removed or installed had to be scheduled and highly coordinated because there were limited street-only parking and there was no storage area. Everything had to be moved in and out using a 6′-by-6′ elevator 15 stories each way. We took many elevator rides during this high rise condo remodeling project on schedule and in the budget.

In compliance with the Condo HOA rules, remodeling work could only occur on weekdays, between 9 o’clock in the morning and 5 o’clock in the evenings. Everything that had to be removed or installed had to be scheduled and highly coordinated because there were limited street-only parking and there was no storage area. Everything had to be moved in and out using a 6′-by-6′ elevator 15 stories each way. We took many elevator rides during this high rise condo remodeling project!

One challenging element of remodeling this high-rise condo was that the owners wanted to raise the ceilings as high as was possible which required that we replace most of the legacy wiring, fixtures, and the air conditioner ducts needed for the new HVAC system to effectively heat and cool the home. One challenge we discovered after the demo was to achieve the open kitchen concept it was necessary to move a roof drain.To obtain approval we needed an engineering assessment, code compliance expert, variance from the City of Dallas, approval from the HOA, coordination with HOA’s roofers, coring a new hole in the roof deck, and finally plumbing the new roof drain location.

The owners’ selection of materials, fixtures, appliances, furniture-grade custom cabinets, and the remote-controlled hideaway Murphy bed reflected their desire for function, luxury, durability, and style.

It was a pleasure working with and installing leading-edge products like Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Cambria Surfaces, DuChateau Wood Flooring,
Fixtures by WaterWorks, TruStile Doors, and Renowned Cabinetry

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

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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

Lyla: 
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?

Grant
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.

Lyla
Why is quartz the best material for counter tops

Grant
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.

MAINTENANCE FREE

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

STRENGTH & DURABILITY

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.

A HEALTHY HOME

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.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

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

Lyla: 
What's the best kind of quartz for countertops?

Grant
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.

RENOWNED RENOVATION NAMED NARI 2019 REGIONAL CotY™ WINNER

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

RENOWNED RENOVATION NAMED NARI 2019 REGIONAL CotY™ 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.

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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.

ANTIQUE RECLAIMED DALLAS PINE FLOORING FOR-SALE @ $0.69/SqFt

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

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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.

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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.

Dallas-Murphy-Bed-and-Entertainment-Bookshelf-Zoom-Bed-For-Sale

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. 

.https://www.msisurfaces.com/domino/gray-glossy-3x6-inverted-beveled/

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

msisurfaces.com/quartz-countertops/calacatta-vicenza-quartz/

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

https://www.msisurfaces.com/ceramic-mosaics/classique-white-carrara-glossy-4x16-bev/

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

https://www.msisurfaces.com/arabescato-carrara/basket-weave-pattern/

Inspiration Board: 9 Elegant Window Treatment Ideas for Your Next Home Project

Natural sunlight can benefit you in a lot of ways, including improving your sleep, warding off depression, keeping you physically healthy, and improving your mood. 

But we don’t always want that sunlight glaring through our living rooms. 

That’s why window treatments are an important part of any household. But before you buy them you have to pick the right style, function, and color you want them to be. 

Need some inspiration?

Make sure you take a look at these elegant window treatment ideas for your next home project.

1. Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb shades, or cellular shades, are made of a soft, cloth-like material that’s pleated on both sides. These pleats face different directions, creating small, diamond-shaped cells. 

The cells are filled with air, which helps the blinds insulate your window. Because of this, honeycomb shades are a good choice for homes with single pane windows or poor insulation. 

These shades can also help you save money. 

How?

Since they insulate your windows, you won’t lose as much energy to the outside. That means your energy bill can go down. 

You can find honeycomb shades that are single cell, double cell, or even triple cell in some cases. 

2. Roller Shades 

Roller shades are simple, modern, and minimalistic. They can control the heat and light that gets through your windows without taking up too much space or making the window look bulky. 

Here’s how they work. 

Roller shades are mounted inside your window, rather than hanging on the wall above your window. The shades roll up around a tube at the top of the window. When you want to close the shades, you just pull the bottom down over the window. 

These shades also have an internal ratchet. This allows you to lock the blinds in place at different levels. 

3. Roman Shades

Roman shades are made of simple fabric (you can find them in almost any shade you prefer), but they don’t make your home look simple. 

Instead, roman shades give any room they’re in a more elegant feel. The pleats that form when you open the shades make your windows look longer. 

And color isn’t your only choice. 

You can also pick fabrics that have different textures. This adds an extra layer of dimension to your space. 

4. Soft Shades

Soft shades are like a mix between honeycomb shades and Roman shades. 

The construct of the shades is the same as honeycomb shades. The shades contain empty cells of air that provide a layer of insulation to your windows. 

But the outside of the shades is made with fabric. When you open them, they still have the classic folds of Roman shades. 

If you don’t like the look at honeycomb shades but want the extra insulation, you can choose soft shades instead. This will also allow you to choose fabric colors and textures normal honeycomb shades wouldn’t have. 

5. Woven Wood Shades 

Woven wood shades have a similar appearance to Roman shades as well. However, the offer a completely different aesthetic. 

These blinds are made from different types of wood, such as natural woods, grasses, reeds, or bamboo. Because of this, these blinds are made with 100% organic material. 

So how do they look like Roman shades?

When you open the shades, many woven wood shades will form pleats similar to the pleats in Roman shades. But it depends on the style. Some woven wood shades roll up rather than pleat. 

It’s important to remember these shades are made with thin woods and grasses. Although they will block both heat and light, they may not do it as well as fabric shades. 

6. Motorized Shades 

Motorized shades make a statement in any modern living space. They’re also more convenient than other types of window treatments for two main reasons. 

Number one: you can close the blinds without actually touching them. That means you can close them while sitting on the couch if the sun starts glaring off your TV. 

Number two: since motorized blinds don’t have any cords, they’re safer for young children and animals. You can enjoy beautiful window shades without all the baby proofing. 

7. Screen Shades

Screen shades are made of a thin, often see-through material. This allows you to still look through your windows while keeping the sun and heat out of your home. 

Here’s how it works. 

The screen shades filter the amount of light that gets into the house. While you can still see through the material, your home isn’t glowing with natural sunlight.

Screen shades also block UV rays from getting inside. This will keep the heat down and prevent glare from reflecting off your devices. 

But if privacy is a priority, these might not be the best shades for your living room, bedrooms, or kitchen. Consider hanging them in your patio or sunroom instead. 

Inspirational Window Treatment Ideas for Your Next Home Project 

The number one rule to remember when buying window treatments is to let in the light. 

Isn’t that the opposite of what you want? 

Not really. While you want your shades to block the light and provide you with privacy, you don’t want them to do this all the time. If you get bulky shades that don’t let in the natural light, you’ll be left with a gloomy home. 

Still not sure what the best window treatment ideas will work for you?

Make sure you click here to take a look at some of our options. If you need some help deciding which one to choose, go ahead and give us a call!

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