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The Blog

Summer is Here: How to Stay Cool and Safe

Here in North Carolina, we’re already experiencing hot, humid days where the thermometer reads above 90 degrees. It’s only going to get hotter as the summer wears on, so we asked CQC Home’s Safety Manager, Justin Walker, for some tips on how he helps CQC staff keep their cool. He told us it’s important not only … Continued

In The News: CQC Aging in Place

From Durham Magazine, April 2016 (click to enlarge photo) Our very own Caroline Redding Crenshaw is a fabulous designer and colleague, but did you know she’s a certified expert in Aging in Place? If you’re like us, you’ve been hearing a lot about Aging in Place (AIP). The definition we like to use at CQC … Continued

What are the Six C’s of Our Business?

By Kenneth Combs, Founding Partner Those of you who have seen our signs in front of homes around town are probably familiar with our CQC logo. When I started this company eight years ago, I had a vision, and the three letters in our name—including the two C’s—helped me put plans into action to realize … Continued

How design-build saves time and money

An Interview with CQC Home’s CEO Kenneth Combs What is the biggest benefit of using a design-build company vs. finding your own architects and contractors? The design-build process saves time, money, and reduces much of the stress associated with residential remodeling. When you work with a design-build company, you’re able to design your project to … Continued

Kitchen Design Problems & Creative Remodeling Solutions

With full to the brim lives, it’s easy to grow accustomed to our homes. We have work, kid activities, endless chores, and somehow manage to fit in time with family and friends. We learn to love the homes we have and the way we use our homes becomes routine. It’s not easy to look at … Continued

Meet our Team: Justin Walker Safety Coordinator

Our goal at CQC Home is to break the mold of standard remodeling companies. We are constantly looking for ways to be the best company to work for. We encourage our employees to come to us with concerns and ideas. And we’re thrilled that Justin Walker saw a need and stepped up to fill it. Justin … Continued

Kenneth Combs Installed as Presidential Appointee for 2016

Kenneth Combs Installed to HBADOC Board of Directors as Presidential Appointee for 2016 December 3, 2015: The Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange & Chatham Counties (HBADOC) held their Holiday Party and Installation Banquet December 3rd at The Cotton Room in Durham, North Carolina. A new slate of Executive Officers and Board Members were elected, including new … Continued

Winner of 2 NCHBA STARS Awards!

Congratulations are in order for our CQC Team! We just won two of two North Carolina Home Builders Association STARS Awards! We won for best outdoor living space, and best billboard! We are shaking up the stereo type that remodelers need only rely on word of mouth for advertising. Michael Hayes, our co-owner and Chief Operating … Continued

How Our Team Building Translates to a Better Remodel for You

Our team got together for a company photo followed by a kickball game and picnic this past weekend. It was a fun day full of laughter (and a little healthy competition) and we all had an amazing time. But how does this translate to a better remodeling experience for you? We’re a team. Many other … Continued

Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 list for 2015!

August 27, 2015 We are very excited to have been chosen as one of Qualified Remodeler Magazine’s Top 500 list for 2015! We’ve been remodeling and transforming the fast-growing Durham, NC area for years and it’s an honor to get a national accolade. More than 30 years ago Qualified Remodeler Magazine founded the award to … Continued

The CQC Process


For most people, the thought of home remodeling brings two emotions: 1) joy at having your dream realized; 2) and anxiety about how painful the process might be with some remodeling contractors. We have all heard the horror stories that have indeed been painful. But at CQC, we have honed our process over nearly 17 … Continued

What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design?

  When the recession hit several years ago, homeowners began to spend less time eating out and more time in their home kitchens. As a result, the space has become more central to the hub of activity that goes on in a household instead of just the place for meal prep. Open concept living means … Continued