Spring has Sprung!

Spring is a great time to think about remodeling! Whether you have an out-of-date kitchen, nonfunctional bathroom, unorganized closet, or a boring backyard CHW is here to work with you! We have products that will fit almost anyone's budget and tastes. Our designers can create 3-D renderings that will help you visualize your space before you purchase. Here are a few examples of of just how realistic our renderings are which helps our clients visualize their space before they purchase...
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Where Does Your Money Go
in a Kitchen Remodel?
Work Triangles aren't always the best solution in a kitchen when it leaves the homeowner with no counter space to work at. Also, downdrafts aren't always the best solution for those who cook a lot.
If you've ever attempted a kitchen renovation—or even attempted to research a kitchen renovation—then you know it's no small task. So it's no big surprise that last year the national average cost for a minor remodel of the heart of the home was $21,198, according to Remodeling’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report. Keep in mind, that doesn't even include layout changes, or moving plumbing or electrical. The report goes on to add that a more major, mid-level materials kitchen renovation averaged $63,829, and an upscale kitchen renovation's average cost came in at $125,721.

Kitchens and baths are by far the most expensive rooms in the house because they are not only material-intensive (full of countertops, tile, and cabinets), but also carry additional budgetary demands due to plumbing, electric, and mechanical requirements. On top of that, there are the appliances and plumbing fixtures. With the ever-increasing options available now in terms of finishes, functions, and styles, it can be extremely challenging to stick to a moderate budget. However, we are firm believers that knowledge is power. Go into your remodel aware of the costs and you'll be less likely to collapse into a fit of stress-induced tears later.

Here's a breakdown of where your money will go in a typical kitchen renovation. The necessary plumbing, mechanical, electrical, framing, and plaster takes up about one third of the project budget, another third goes to materials, and the last third to the installation of those materials.

  • Cabinets + installation: 20 to 40 percent of budget
  • Countertop & Backsplash + installation: 10 to 30 percent
  • Flooring/Framing/Drywall/Paint: 10 to 20 percent
  • Appliances: 10 to 20 percent
  • Electrical work: 10 percent
  • Plumbing & Appliance installation: 5 to 10 percent
  • HVAC & Ducting work: Less than 5 percent
  • Plumbing fixtures: Less than 5 percent

No matter where you decide to allocate your funds, all our experts agreed on one thing: Plan for the unexpected. The challenge in estimating an 'average' is that cost swings wildly based on what you do and how large your kitchen is. Bottom line is that a national 'average' doesn't tell you much about what your particular project should cost. The only way to know is to get an estimate on the work you're thinking about doing. Then add 10 to 15 percent for all the things you forgot about (and all the upgrades you'll want to make along the way). Call us today to schedule your free consultation and start the process!
Product Spotlight!
Textured Melamine is the newest trend in cabinet materials, and all of our manufacturers offer them from our most budget friendly all the way up to our full custom line. As with regular melamine, textured melamine or Thermo Structured melamine boards are made by heat and pressure fusing a textured resin melamine paper onto a substrate to create the textured quality or three-dimensional effect. It's an extremely green product for those who are worried about the environment. T he surfaces are easily cleaned, tough and decoratively pleasing, as well as being available in a wide range of colors and wood grain patterns. Contact us today to schedule your design consultation and to view all the colors available!
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with any Textured Melamine Cabinet Order over 12 Cabinets
Expires April 26, 2019
Mention the code TEXTURE when you order!
This Month's Feature Recipe
Avocado Crab Boats
These boats are wonderful with tortilla chips, beans or rice. You can also cover them, pack them on ice, and take them to a picnic or potluck. Straight from the oven or cold, they’re always delicious.
  • 5 medium ripe avocados, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) lump crabmeat, drained
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Lemon wedges

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Place two avocado halves in a large bowl; mash lightly with a fork.
  3. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice; mix until well blended.
  4. Stir in crab, 3 tablespoons cilantro, chives, serrano pepper, capers and pepper.
  5. Spoon into remaining avocado halves.
  6. Transfer to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
  7. Broil 4-5 in. from heat until cheese is melted, 3-5 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro; serve with lemon wedges.
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Lexington, SC 29073
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