2014 Parade of Homes

CCW recently celebrated winning Pinnacle Home – Best Kitchen at the 2014 Parade of Homes and I just wanted to share some additional images of this amazing home on Saratoga Lake. I could not be more proud of our involvement in helping create such a stunning residence!



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Wood-Mode Plays to Rave Reviews at KBIS

The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is always an exciting time for Wood-Mode to introduce new ideas, products and manufacturing capabilities.

Check out this review on the blog: Simplified Bee:


Happy Summer,


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2014 Parade of Homes Awards Announced

Last night, the CRBRA hosted the awards dinner for the 2014 Parade of Homes and I am very proud that CCW and Witt Construction won for Pinnacle Home Best Kitchen!

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This was a very special project and a very special home with a magnificent open floor plan and sweeping view of Saratoga Lake. Natural stone and reclaimed wood were used to bring the beauty of the surroundings into the home and the heartwood maple of the cabinets was finished with a lightly distressed matte brown with black glaze. This spectacular kitchen/great room truly defines the casual elegance of modern family living.

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It’s Time to Grill

To me, summer means many things but one of my favorites is taking the cooking outdoors! Nothing could be finer than a fresh piece of fish, burgers and steaks or farm fresh veggies on the grill.

Check out these “best of” lists from the BBQ Guys

For best gas grills:



For best charcoal grills:



Finally, I leave you with a scrumptious and healthy BBQ recipe from the sublime Tree Restaurant at The Lodge at Woodloch. So pour a glass of white wine, fire up the grill and enjoy!

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Garden Herb Chimichurri

Ingredients for Mahi Mahi (two servings)
2 mahi mahi fillets
3 tablespoons lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Chimichurri Sauce (makes about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup of parsley, large stems removed
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup cilantro
1/4 cup oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

In a blender or food processor combine all ingredients for chimichurri. Puree until finely blended.

Pour lemon juice over fillets and season with salt and pepper. Grill fillets for 10- 15 minutes, or until fish is pearly white and flakes easily with a fork.

Remove and top with chimichurri sauce.

Happy grilling, happy summer!



2014 Parade of Homes

Mark your calendars to enjoy an early summer week-end touring the beautiful homes featured in the 2014 Parade of Homes. First Two Weekends in June–May 31, June 1, 7 and 8th from 11 am to 5 pm parade-of-homes-banner Be sure to stop by Witt Construction’s gorgeous home overlooking beautiful Saratoga Lake at 83 Brown Road, Stillwater and BCI Construction’s Loudon House Condominiums, Unit 1E at 6 Schuyler Road, Loudonville.

CCW is proud to have partnered with these builders and designed the mill-work throughout both these residences.

For additional information on the Parade of Homes:


See you at the Parade!


8 Must-Haves for Today’s Kitchen Renovation

#1 One big room. Open floor plans to broaden the kitchen into the hub of the home. Go ahead, knock down some walls!

#2 Gray is the new white. Warm gray hues are the new neutral of choice.


#3 Man-made quartz is the new granite. It isn’t natural and it may be a bit more expensive but it looks great and is easier to care for.

#4 Revamped triangle. Once considered the only way to lay out appliances with the sink, refrigerator and range on the triangle points, kitchen designs have evolved beyond three standard directions.

#5 Wood is still the engine of the WOW factor. Painted, stained, glazed or natural, you just can’t beat it.


#6 Green is key. Green materials, energy saving appliances, manufacturers with green factories, LED lighting….do your part. It matters.

#7 Charging Stations. Desks consume too much real estate and seem like dinosaurs with all the mobile devices. Have your designer figure out a cool looking charging station instead.

#8 Destination Islands. They are becoming bigger, prettier and more functional. The anchor of the kitchen/great room.


Happy renovating,


CRBRA Best in Building Awards

Last Thursday, the CRBRA (Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association) hosted their annual Best in Building Awards at the EMPAC Theater at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). I was so proud that two of CCW’s designers won awards!

Ray’s grand château inspired kitchen won for Best Kitchen Design Over $75.000. This special project was the subject of one of my previous blogs: http://ccabinet.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/baronial-splendor/


Justina’s serene, Zen-like spa master bath won for Best Bathroom Design. The light maple stained cabinets with storage drawers seem to just float on a beam of light against the main wall. A beautiful bubble pendant hangs between the two vanity sinks and their mirrors give the impression of raindrops. The Kohler sink sits right on top of the Pental Quartz counters, leaving more storage in the cabinets below. A full glass shower is parallel to the vanities and has minimal detail besides an accent strip of soft gray glass tiles. A serene oasis indeed!

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Congratulations to Ray and Justina and thank you CRBRA for hosting such an enjoyable evening!