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Finish Out Your Basement With These Trendy Ideas!

Have you ever walked into a house and was instantly stunned by the beautiful décor in the home? Everything from the countertops to flooring, the wall colors and décor all play a huge part in making a home stand out from the rest. However, have you ever walked into a home and thought the opposite? That it looked unfinished?

It’s true. Most of us are guilty of this because we begin to design our homes starting with the rooms we use the most. After a while we get tired of the planning and execution and we set the other rooms to the wayside. A few years pass and you realize that you never got around to finishing your dream home because you just got caught up in the busy routine of your day-to-day life.

Well, now that we all have a little more time on our hands, it is the perfect opportunity to finish those design projects you have been procrastinating about! Maybe you can argue that your kitchen looks nice, the living room is perfect and the bedrooms, well, no one will see. But what about your basement? The guest room? Don’t you want to spruce these spaces up so your guests can come over and feel at ease?

We’ve laid out our favorite essentials from kitchen and bathroom countertops to flooring and lighting, that you can incorporate into your basement (or other space in your home) to fully-finish and furnish that empty space!

Add A Wet bar

Does your basement have excess space that you’re unsure how to fill? Adding a wet bar is a great addition to have for hosting friends and everyone will enjoy gathering around to watch football, enjoy game night or a girls night in!

Incorporate Quartz

Whether it’s the wet bar that you have decided to add into your space, or the guest bathroom countertops, it’s important to have a surface that is durable and can withstand the activity that will be happening nearby.

Quartz is a well-rounded material that is perfect for all occasions! We recommend installing quartz surfaces into your space, as they are extremely durable and can withstand chipping, scratching, staining, high temperatures and more!

Cambria recently launched 20 new beautiful designs for 2020, each one being exclusive and unique in their own way. Check out all of their stunning designs!

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT)

Haven’t decided on which flooring you will incorporate into the “hang out” room? We strongly suggest installing Luxury Vinyl Tile for your basement floors! Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) are created by using 3D printing technology to create a realistic, durable, and high-performance flooring product. It resembles the look of tile, natural stone, or hardwoods with realistic textures and patterns that offer unique design to suit your personal style!

You can view these flooring options in several of CR’s showrooms including Builders Floor Covering & Tile, CR Home, and Florida Bath & Surfaces. We also have more tile and flooring options available to browse at these locations and one of our showroom specialists will be able assist you with any questions you may have in order to find what floors will fit best in your home and lifestyle.

Let There Be Light

One of the most important features in a basement is simple: it’s lighting! Basements typically do not have any natural light coming in, so it is crucial to add a few light fixtures in order spruce up the space.

Although small, light fixtures can really enhance a room and reflect your personal style! There are many different options and styles to choose from such as simple ceiling lights or lamps, or more complex pieces such as modern farmhouse fixtures or LED lights.

When it comes to an entertainment space (like your new and improved basement), it’s always safe to go with something that gives a lot of light. CR offers large chandeliers and “game table” lighting that are perfect for the focal point of the room! If your space already has a ceiling light and fan, another favorite go-to of ours would be to incorporate pendant lighting near the bar area or bathroom.

Brass Hardware Bathroom

Construction Resources offers an extensive array of products for your home. To see our full product offering, visit our main website here. For more inspiration, check out our blog! If you are looking to begin your dream design project today, contact us to speak directly with a CR representative.

It’s Like Marble … But Better! It’s Cambria.

Countertops have come a long way due to its old, fragile contingencies. Marble is a stunning surface, don’t get us wrong, however it unfortunately is not recommended for a kitchen countertop that will be used day after day and wear down.

Marble is a rather soft stone that is prone to scratching, cracking, staining and chipping. Thus, making it a very unpractical surface for your kitchen or bathroom countertop. If you live a lavish life and often find that these damages will not occur, we root you on and say go after that beautiful marble stone you’ve always dreamt of! However, we definitely recommend to our customers who love the look of marble to opt for something more durable – marble-looking quartz!

Quartz is a manufactured stone that is extremely durable (more so than granite) and is resistant to heat damage, scratching, chipping, staining, etc. Therefore, it is a fantastic alternative for your kitchen countertops AND with the trend of time, quartz has now replicated the beautiful look of marble that we all love so you can now receive both beauty and practicality all in one!

This year, Cambria released 20 new designs for 2020 that each resemble a stunning and unique composition, a lot of which appears like the features you would find in marble materials. Here’s a few of our favorites:



What do you think of when you think of marble countertops? Let us guess … a white backdrop of high gloss and shine, with dainty and elegant marbling designs that vary from light grey to dark? Mhm, us too! And Cambria’s Colton is exactly that!

The Colton countertop offers that perfect marble surface you’ve always dreamt of. It can match with just about anything, so we’re sure it won’t disappoint!




The Clovelly is a breathtaking piece that portrays elegance and luxury with its gold shimmer and shine! This material reflects a perfect pattern of rich veining that captivates your attention. The gold embellishments add flare and personality with a luxurious feel that will instantly transform your kitchen into an elegant space in no time!



The Portrush is a unique material that reminds us of the East coast with its deep blue veining and white background. It also contains gold flakes throughout the piece, making it a perfect accent for not only your countertops, but your kitchen backsplash as well!

Pair this stone with metallic hardware to bring out the beautiful composition of this design!


These quartz countertops are a great option to incorporate into your next home renovation project to ensure a great surface that will withhold for years to come.

In addition to the marble-look, Cambria’s new product line also features unique designs such as the Brittanicca Block and Buxton that offer a different look and feel than the rest of the product offerings within this collection.

Brittanicca Block

Brittanicca Block

The Brittanicca Block is a rugged surface that appears both elegant and worn. Its light hue makes it sleek and classy, but the intriguing mosaic design adds spunk and diversity. The horizontal blocks provide a modern farmhouse vibe and feel, as it resembles a lot like a natural, man-made wooden table or countertop.




Buxton is a very creamy surface that entails faint design and speckles that resemble a concrete-like material. This surface is perfect for a contemporary style home that incorporates natural lighting, greenery, and brass accessories.

Love These Designs?

Take a look at Cambria’s Full Collection!

Want to start your home renovation project today? Contact us to get started! Looking for more inspiration? Check out our blog for informational and inspiring content!

The Top 3 Products to Include in Your Next Home Renovation

Thinking about building or remodeling a home this year? Consider adding the following 3 items to your new home to stay within the trends so your home remains up to date for years to come!

1. Smart Home Appliances

We have noticed that smart home appliances are becoming increasingly popular and we don’t see this trend slowing down anytime soon! Homebuyers are interested in smart, new features to make living easier and to accommodate with other technological advancements they obtain such as personal cell phones, computers, etc.

Construction Resources has several smart kitchen appliances to provide a smoother cooking process. Check them out to bring ease and efficiency into your lifestyle!

Upgrade Your Kitchen With Smart Appliances

2. Electronic Deadbolts

Continuing the trend of smart appliances in your home, electronic deadbolts have become the newest craze as they provide extra security and safety precautions to ensure that you keep your home, belongings, and other special items in safe hands.

What are electronic deadbolts?

Electronic deadbolts are simply that – a deadbolt lock for your home that functions electronically, allowing you to navigate the lock via your smart device.

Why upgrade my lock to an electronic deadbolt?

Electronic deadbolts are considerably safer in terms of functionality and convenience. Don’t worry about forgetting your keys, getting locked out, or letting a family member into the home when you’re away – you can manage who enters your home all through your smart phone with just one simple click!

Ensure Your Safety!

Shop all of our locks today.

3. Porcelain Surfaces

Like anything else, home design has evolved over time and has moved away from the darker, granite options to sleek and clean porcelain surfaces. Porcelain is a fantastic material for your kitchen and bathroom designs as it is extremely durable (more so than granite), resistant to heat, scratching, staining, and chipping, and can even withstand extreme temperatures and UV rays making it an indoor AND outdoor surface!

Because of all the benefits that porcelain has to offer, porcelain countertops thrive in the kitchen for its easy-to-clean advantage and its worry-free composition. It has also been popularly seen to install vertical porcelain tiles in your shower to reflect a luxurious bathroom design that requires little to no additional décor.

Modernize Your Home With Antolini Tech

Fully renovating your home? Check out all of our home product offerings at If you would like to speak directly with one of our representatives, please feel free to contact us today! Make sure to check out our blog for more design and creative inspiration!

CR CEO, Mitch Hires, Shares Industry Outlook For 2020

Construction Resources’ CEO, Mitch Hires, recently sat down with Monomoy Capital Partners in an interview to share his insight regarding opportunities and trends in the building and construction sector to look forward to in 2020.

Hires explains the company’s biggest opportunities for the year include “growth and expansion of our UMI Surfaces Distribution business, capitalizing on the synergistic CR product offerings, securing high margin growth opportunities in the expanding remodel market.” With UMI as the newest acquisition to the company in 2019, CR is able to expand geographically, as well as, source synergies for vertical integration into the already existing fabrication facilities.

Compared to 2019, CR has seen a lot of growth specifically in natural stone and quartz slab surfaces. Glass and mirror also saw an increase in sales in the Atlanta and South Carolina markets. These trends are expected to continue to rise, in addition to the appliance segment in Atlanta that already experienced substantial growth within the past year.

Construction Resources’ goal for 2020 is to focus on 10% plus revenue growth while maximizing earnings with a continued focus on safety. Consolidating the integration of United Materials (UMI) will be crucial for the ongoing success of the business but is one that [we] are excited to place our efforts in and push geographically.

Want The Whole Story?

Read The Full Interview!

For more information regarding Construction Resources and the products offered, visit our website. You can also check out our blog for inspiration or informational content. To get started on your next project, contact us today or visit a showroom near you.

Get Pet Friendly Tile For Your Next Flooring!

Our fur babies are just as much of a family member as anyone else, so let’s start considering them when we renovate our homes! If not trimmed regularly, pups and cats can have sharp nails that are at risk of damaging your floors. This isn’t there fault – it’s ours! It’s necessary for us to consider our lifestyles and the day-to-day activities that will be endured inside the home, and that includes the lives of our four-legged family members!


Tile is one of the best options when it comes to pet-friendly flooring. It is extremely durable, resistant to scratching and staining, and it is a breeze to clean up! Your pet’s nails simply don’t stand a chance! In addition to the natural benefits of tile, your animals will love the floor during the summer time, as it will maintain a cooler temperature for them to lay on and cool off!

Shop Pet-Friendly Tile


Stone ties with tile for first place regarding best flooring for animals! Stone is a naturally hard surface that will not stain, scratch or damage easily (or at all). However, there are various amounts of stones out there, so it is important that you choose one that is known to be durable. Marble and travertine are soft stones that look elegant in your home and are great for countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, however, we recommend staying away from these options for your flooring. Harder material, such as granite, make for the perfect pet-friendly surface! Granite comes in a variety of textures and designs and is a perfectly durable material that can withstand the typical harsh interactions of the day-to-day lifestyle.

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Luxury Vinyl

Luxury vinyl is a fanastic alternative to wood flooring for a pet-friendly environment. Wood, unfortunately, is more susceptible to scratching and damaging, however, luxury vinyl can mimic the rustic look of wooden panels and more! Vinyl flooring is easy on the wallet (budget friendly) and is very durable. It is resistant to scratch and tearing, and it holds up well against spills. You can even opt for waterproof vinyl to get the full, luxurious effect!

Get Pet-Friendly Wood Flooring

For more flooring options, you can check out Construction Resources’ offerings online or visit a local showroom today! Construction Resources offers an extensive collection from you to choose from including carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and stone. If you are in need of a little inspiration, make sure to check out our blog! For more information or to receive an answer to your inquiries, please contact us today!

Emerging Kitchen Trends of 2020

We’ve been on the lookout for the hottest trends that will emerge in 2020. With the new year comes a lot of fresh new ideas, designs, and styles and we want YOU to be in the know in order to keep your home up to date! Here’s what we found … Check out the scoop below!

1. Three-Toned Kitchens

Three-toned kitchens can vary by design, but you will typically find it composed of the upper cabinets as one color, the lower cabinets as another color, and the kitchen island cabinets as the third color. Sounds like a lot? Depending on the color variations that you opt for, this design can look extremely nice and versatile! The wavering tones actually help the eye move seamlessly across the room, making you browse the entire room almost uncontrollably!

2. Light Wood Flooring and Decor

It used to be that dark wood was the highly sought-after material in traditional homes, however, light wood is quickly taking its place as it becomes one of the most popular accents we see in homes today. Light wood is the perfect addition to make your space look airy and open. It pairs perfectly with an all-white interior and can be used in any design style such as traditional, modern or contemporary.

Update Your Kitchen With New, Hardwood Floors

3. Soft-Colored Kitchens

White, white, and more white! Okay, maybe not only white, but light colors such as a soft grey or tainted blue are finding their way to the top of the paint list. These colors make a room immediately feel airy, vibrant and clean. Soft-colored designs, like marble countertops, are also categorized in this trend. We find that individuals often love a look that is classic, timeless and elegant while remaining subtle – and marble is the premier surface for just that! Marble surfaces can be used for years to come, even if your design style changes!

Like The Look of A Marble Countertop?

Shop our full natural stone collection!

4. Full-Height Stone Backsplash

We love this design technique and we are so happy to see it become popular in today’s homes. Full-height stone backsplashes offer a one-of-a-kind look to your kitchen that is almost guaranteed to be unparalleled to any other home! Make it drastic or keep it simple – all designs look fantastic when showcased like a piece of art!

Get Inspired With Different Designs

View all of our stunning slabs.

5. Custom-Colored Appliances

This creative touch to a home may be our favorite one yet! Customizing appliances creates a uniquely YOU piece and addition to your home that is fun, vibrant, and playful. Unsure about where to find customizable options? Several appliance brands offer exclusive or specialty items throughout the year that replicate the tone of the season! Visit an appliance showroom near you to learn about availability in your region.

KitchenAid recently launched their Commercial-Style Free Range Oven available in red, black, cobalt blue, white, misty blue, and more! You can check it out here!

Like This Look?

Shop all of our appliances to find what suits your style best!

Follow along on our Instagram account @crhomedesign as we continue to share the hottest design trends of the year! For more inspiration or home renovation ideas, check out our blog. If you’re interested in starting a home or commercial project, contact us today!

What a year it has been!

2019 was an outstanding year filled with an abundance of business opportunities, ventures and success. All companies within Construction Resources, Ltd. performed remarkably and brought in wonderfully new (and remaining) clients that we were so privileged to meet. It has been a pleasure working with such a phenomenal team; each individual is hard-working and dedicated, and is responsible for the incredible upbringing and achievements that our company has endured in 2019.

We end this year on a fantastic note with Builder Specialties, CR Home, and Sewell Appliance being recognized for My Home Improvement’s various “Best of 2019” awards!

Builder Specialties

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CR Home

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Sewell Appliance

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Builder Specialties won “Best Fireplace Company: Exterior.” CR Home won “Best Countertop Store/ Company.” Sewell Appliance won “Best Appliance Store/Comany.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting process! We appreciate our generous and devoted customers.

Find A Showroom Nearest you

If you would like to learn more about our various services, visit our website today! You can also check out our blog for creative home inspiration and ideas. Interested in starting the home of your dreams this new year? Contact us to speak directly with a representative.

Holiday Gift Ideas For A Lover of Home Design & Decor

The holiday season is here! Where has the time gone?!

We know that the holidays can be the busiest time of the year. With completing last minute tasks, getting the house ready for the family to come into town, and having to do last minute gift shopping for the loved ones, we quickly lose sense of time – our days turn into a blurry blend that seem to go by way too fast!

That’s why we have thought ahead of time … just for you! Let us take a bit of stress off of your shoulders and check out our list of gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season!

1. Stunning Slabs

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That’s right! Something as simple as a stunning slab is a wonderful present for someone who loves to re-design a home or spruce up decor in a unique way. Slab material can be used for several different design projects such as kitchen or bathroom countertops, laundry sinks, wall cladding, and more! We love how a simple change in countertops can make a huge difference within the home. You can either keep it simple with timeless and elegant marble counters, or you can change the entire aesthetic of your home by installing bold and modern quartz countertops!

If interested in purchasing slabs for an affordable price, then you’re in the right place! This year we are offering an Overstock SALE on select surfaces including Natural Stone (granite, marble and quartzite), Cambria, and Silestone quartz. Hurry up and take advantage of the deal this holiday season and tackle the home renovation project you have been dreaming of! Or just surprise that special someone with a unique present to remodel your home – a little change is always a breath of fresh air.

Get Affordable Prices & Deals On Your Favorite Countertops!

available on select Natural Stones, Cambria quartz, and Silestone quartz colors.

2. Pizza Oven

Who doesn’t love pizza?! Get a pizza oven this cold season to warm you up (and fill your belly!) This is a perfect way to host guests without spending an exorbitant amount of money on catering or snack trays! Plus, everyone appreciates a nice, cheesy pizza!

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3. Fireplace

It may sound self-explanatory, but a fireplace is meant to keep you warm … anywhere you go! Get creative and consider installing a fireplace for your outdoor kitchen, your basement, or even updating the current unit in your living room! This is a wonderful and unique present to gift to that one friend that is “always cold!” We have several different types of fireplaces such as electric, wood, gas, inserts, and even specific outdoor units!

4. Outdoor Lighting

Highlight the landscaping that your loved one has worked so hard at maintaining! With Daylight Savings Time, the days are shorter and the nights are longer. By the time you get home from work, the sun has set and the dark has consumed the sky. It’s quite a shame to upkeep a front lawn when it is rarely seen!

Buy simple outdoor lighting to showcase your home’s exterior with wall mounts, gas lanterns, spot lights, and more!

5. Bar Cart

wine/bar carts

Holiday season means hosting, hosting, and more hosting! Make sure you are not only equipped with snacky foods, but get the bar fully stocked with your favorite festive beverages and aperitifs!

We have several stunning bar carts that are great for display during all times of the year! Find a stationary unit or a wine cart on wheels to serve your guests with style!

Need more inspiration on gift ideas or simple home decor tips and tricks? Visit our blog or contact us today to speak directly with a representative.

Decatur Based Construction Resources Expands Its Surfacing Distribution In The Southeast

Company expands its UMI division by acquiring Any Old Stone in Jacksonville, FL

On November 6, 2019, Construction Resources, otherwise known as CR, purchased Any Old Stone to expand its UMI distribution network into the Jacksonville market. Earlier this year CR acquired UMI with locations in Boynton Beach, Naples and Tampa. With the addition of this fourth UMI location, the company grows to be one of the largest surfacing distributors in the southeast, offering leading materials like Pompeii Quartz, Vetrazzo, Antolini, porcelain and exotic natural stone like quartzite, granite and marble.

“The addition of a Jacksonville facility is part of our strategic effort to grow and expand our surfacing division so we can better service both the residential and commercial segments in the Florida market,” Mitch Hires, CEO of Construction Resources stated. “We’ve grown sales year over year through our multiple locations, offering a wide range of products like countertops, appliances, glass and fireplaces, to name a few. Any Old Stone was a perfect fit to our UMI model, and with this acquisition we hope to see continued growth,” he concluded.

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Any Old Stone’s 15,000-square-foot indoor stone gallery was designed with the customer in mind, an important factor to UMI’s vision for an exceptional in-store surface buying experience. “Any Old Stone and UMI have been doing business together for the past five years and our business models are vertically aligned,” said Don DiNorcia, president of UMI. “We believe that with the addition of this location and the market knowledge and relationships built through our partnership thus far, we will be able to exceed our customers’ service expectations,” he added.

Ennio Marcantuono opened Any Old Stone in 2014 with the goal to provide a state-of-the-art facility where customers could come in and visualize how the company’s exclusive selection of stone would integrate into their own project. Ennio and his team will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility which will now operate under UMI – Jacksonville.

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“Our product assortment has been very beneficial to our customer base as it allows them to hand-select from natural stones and semi-precious, as well as high-performance materials like quartz and porcelain,” Marcantuono added. I am very happy to join the UMI team and to continue leading a group of dedicated individuals.”

For more information on product offerings, please visit UMIstone or ConstructionResourcesUSA. To gather further inspiration for your next residential or commercial project, check out our blog or contact us today! To find the nearest showroom, click here to view our showroom location finder.

CR CEO, Mitch Hires, Sits on Panel at 12th Annual Building and Infrastructure Conference

On Tuesday, October 29th, Construction Resources CEO, Mitch Hires, appeared as a panelist at the Lincoln International and L.E.K. Consulting’s 12th Annual Building and Infrastructure Conference in New York City.

The conference is hosted annually to introduce new and insightful information within the industry. This year’s conference offered a unique perspective on trends in construction activity, highlighting on strategic growth alternatives for investors, business owners and other industry leaders in the building products sector. The conference hosted noteworthy speakers such as John Burns (CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting), Todd Tomalak (SVP of John Burns Real Estate Consulting) and Lucas Pain (Managing Director and President of the Americas Region of L.E.K. Consulting). Hires sat alongside industry experts on the panel including Mark Ellenor (President of Bricksworks North America), Patrick Malarkey (Director of Strategy and Business Development for CertainTeed), and Margaret Whelan (Founder and CEO of Whelan Advisory).

The panel discussed hot topics and issues that are facing in the industry today, such as the slow down being experienced within construction activity and housing innovation trends on the forefront. Each professional dove deep into the given discussion with wonderful observations and a vision moving into the new year.

Mitch Hires CEO of Construction Resources

Mitch Hires – CEO of Construction Resources

Conference held at New York’s Time Square

How will our efforts pave the way for 2020? Stay tuned as we develop further into new trends and foreseen paths in the new year! If you’re in the industry, we encourage you to try to make an appearance at next year’s 13th Annual Building and Infrastructure Conference!

For more information on Construction Resources, or if you are interested in beginning a home renovation or commercial project, please contact us! You can also visit our blog for more inspiration and design trends!


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