2014 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards Announced

I am so proud to announce that Columbia CabinetWorks and Witt Construction won Luxury Home Best Kitchen at the 2014 Saratoga Showcase of Homes!


Skyfall was a very special project and is a very special home with a magnificent open floor plan and sweeping bucolic views of the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains. The spectacular showcase kitchen anchors the stunning great room and was designed with entertaining in mind. Floating shelves on the range wall, vertical grain match on all cabinet doors and drawer heads, and the rich matte eclipse finish on oak are just some of the details that add such sophistication to the space.

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Congratulations to CCW’s designer Justina Auer for her creativity and commitment to bringing the homeowners’ vision to life. The entire home defines modern elegance.

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Be sure to visit Skyfall at the Showcase of Homes, Sept 27-28 and October 4-5 106 Southard Road, Saratoga Springs

See you at the Showcase



2014 Saratoga Showcase of Homes

Mark your calendars to enjoy an early fall week-end touring the 15 beautiful homes featured in the 2014 Saratoga Showcase of Homes.


September 20-21, 27-28 and October 4-5
11 AM – 5 PM

Be sure to visit
106 Southard Road, Saratoga Springs

a stunning modern New England home with unobstructed views of the Mohawk Valley and Adirondack Mountains and a custom kitchen, pantry, dining hutch and mud room designed by CCW

For additional information on the Showcase of Homes visit http://www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com

See you at the Showcase,



Let me start with full disclosure: I love back-splash and I have strong opinions concerning what works and what doesn’t.

First let’s talk functionality. All the steam, heat and grease around a cook-top are not very friendly towards wallpaper or wall paint. It just makes sense to install something that withstands the humidity and is easy to clean. When considering materials, remember the more porous the tile, the more difficult it is to clean. This is one reason why solid glass back-splash has become so popular. It also looks amazing!


Now for design. In my mind, the most important determining factor for the color and style of your back-splash is your counter-top. For example, if you have any granite surface, other than solid black, I would never suggest a patterned tile. The vein texture and color variation in the granite is interesting enough on its own and will fight any pattern in the back-splash. Different fabric patterns, think paisley and stripes, can work well together as long as the colors blend…not so with tile and counter-top. In most cases, I suggest steering away from patterned tile full stop. It is trendy and can easily date your kitchen. But if it is something your creative juices are insisting on, be sure to pair it with a solid color counter-top.

Probably my favorite option is glazed subway tile. Timeless, easy to clean, classic…it works with just about any style, design and counter-top.

Glazed Subway Tile

For a more recent trend, consider metallic options. Go ahead and have fun with different shades and finishes from brushed stainless and oil-rubbed bronze, to antique brass and stamped tin.

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Back-splash plays an important functional role in your kitchen but also adds a great deal to the aesthetic and design. I just love a warm tiled niche behind the cooking area.

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Fall is in the Air: Time to gather around the fire pit

Fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces, date back thousands of years. Originally nothing more than pits in the ground to control flames, they were especially popular with nomadic cultures. Today fire pits range from simple metal bowls to elaborate, illuminated structures of stone or brick.

The American Society of Landscape Architects report that fire pits are the #1 requested design feature by far…and why not? They provide a hospitable, warm gathering place to enjoy conversation and a glass of wine well beyond Labor Day. In fact they can extend the use of your backyard to Thanksgiving…even in chilly Albany!

Constructing a fire pit into your landscape can be a simple, inexpensive addition or a more complex renovation…either way grab some s’mores fixings and offer a toast to the cool nights of autumn.

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A stunning curved rock wall frames the space, with natural boulders surrounding the flames



Uber cool fire table with extra warmth at additional seating


Interesting take on the traditional circular shape


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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