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What is the right countertop material for your kitchen?

When designing or remodeling your dream kitchen, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of decisions you must make. These individual decisions all impact each other and can ultimately make the entire process overwhelming!

Many find it easy to start the kitchen design process with countertop selection, but unfortunately that can raise even more questions! What material interests you? What is the best material for your lifestyle? Do you need an easy-to-maintain stain-resistant surface? What kind of designs are you loving? What is your style type? The questions seem endless and essentially the primary question is this: what material is going to give you the best balance between beauty, style and maintenance?

You are in luck! Construction Resources offers a vast range of countertop options including natural stone, quartz, porcelain, etc. in our Atlanta Design Showrooms. The industry professionals at CR will be able to walk you through the durability and maintenance of each product while keeping your aesthetic and style in mind. The Design Consultants and Project Managers have ironed out the differences of each surface and will be able to give you knowledgeable answers and advice.

For more questions about countertops in the Atlanta area contact Construction Resources to speak with an industry professional.

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Granite countertops

Granite has been the number one kitchen countertop option for homeowners for several years. While it has more competition than in the past, granite remains to be a top choice among homeowners because of its natural composition, exquisite looks, and designs that cannot be replicated. Each slab appears to be different than the next, making every piece one of a kind.

Granite is a hard, unique natural surface that can withstand heat, making it very appealing to busy families for their day to day interactions. While it does not chip or scratch easily, if nicked just right there is the possibility of etching or other damage. To keep your granite tops in the best condition it is recommended to seal it yearly, depending on frequency of use.

The cost of granite can range by country of origin, slab size and rarity.

Quartz countertops

Quartz is a man-made, extremely durable, low-maintenance, tough surface option. Unlike natural stone countertops, quartz countertops are non-porous (meaning it will not stain or scratch and does not require sealant). However durable, it is not completely resistant to heat and can be damaged if boiling pots or pans are placed directly on the surface. Always remember to be aware of the temperature and protect your surfaces while cooking or entertaining!

Quartz countertops can mimic the look of almost any design including various natural textures and patterns. Slabs come in a variety of different color variations and thickness, making them a beautiful option for any style home.

Construction Resources offers a wide selection of top-selling quartz brands like Silestone and Cambria. stop by their Design Center to see their extraordinary display of unique designs.

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Ultra Compact/ Porcelain countertops

Porcelain is a manufactured material that is made up of ceramic clay that contains various minerals such as kaolinite and silica. Similarly, ultra-compact surfaces are composed of raw materials that include marble, quartz, porcelain and glass. Both surfaces are one of, if not the most durable countertop in the market today. Porcelain surfaces are resistant to heat, scratching, stains and are UV resistant. These tops can be in direct sunlight without fade or sun damage, making them perfect for an outdoor space.

Another reason why porcelain has become a top choice for homeowners in recent months is due to its ability to fight against bacteria and unwanted germs. As a non-porous material, porcelain will not absorb leftover foods or liquids, making it a highly hygienic surface that will leave you feeling confident about your clean kitchen counters.

To keep a cohesive look throughout your home, consider using porcelain for both indoor and outdoor applications. Designs are offered in a wide range of colors and patters and can even replicate textures of other popular materials like concrete, marble and wood.

Infinity and Dekton are a few brands that offer top-of-the-line, high quality material and their collections will enhance your next project!

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops are a non-porous, low maintenance material that is made up of alumina trihydrate, acrylic, epoxy or polyester resins and pigments. It is an affordable countertop option that provides a seamless look and feel.

Although it may lack the depth of detail that natural stone portrays, solid surface countertops can mimic the appearance of granite, marble and other naturally made materials.

Honed Marble Countertops

Marble countertops

Marble is a soft, natural stone that offers a timeless appeal with its delicate detailing and sophisticated hues. Available in both a polished and honed finish, marble countertops are often a homeowner’s desired choice while trying to achieve a high end look.

Marble countertops are a tedious surface for your kitchen or bath, as they are soft and susceptible to damages including stains, scratches, and heat. In order to maintain these tops, it is highly recommended to seal the surface yearly and continue daily care by cleaning with soap and water.

Wood countertops

A butcher block style countertop can bring a warm, cottage style look to any home! When properly sealed, wood countertops are ideal for food prep because they do not harbor any unwanted bacteria on the surface.

There are many species of wood including teak, acacia, cherry and American walnut that can accommodate various looks and feels for your surface. Wood countertops are also commonly used alongside other countertop surfaces as a complementary asset to enhance the other designs in the room. Incorporating wood tops in an all-white kitchen can help bring warmth while providing contrasting colors and textures.

Comparison of Each Countertop

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Natural Stone

  • Granite countertops
  • Marble countertops

Quartz countertops

Other bathroom surfaces

  • Piedrifina
  • Cultured marble

For more information about countertops in Atlanta/ Decatur, contact us at Construction Resources or visit a showroom nearest you today!

Sewell Appliance Hosts Chef David Rose For Good Morning America’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Special

Earlier this month, Sewell Appliance happily hosted Chef David Rose in its Monogram showroom to promote his magnificent Cinnamon Eggnog Heath Crunch Cookies for Good Morning America’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies special.

Chef David Rose was born and raised in New Jersey, surrounded by chef parents who sparked his interest for exquisite and diverse cuisine. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College, Chef Rose moved to Atlanta and has developed a more southern cooking style as he took inspiration from his surroundings. Since then, he has appeared on the Food Network, befitted Omaha Steaks Executive Chef/ Spokesperson and serves as a national brand ambassador for Nissan USA and Big Green Egg.

Known for his signature bold flavors and the occasional flair from his family’s Jamaican recipes, Good Morning America invited Chef Rose onto their special Christmas minisode, 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, for Day 8: “Eight Maids-A-Milking.”


The “Eight Maids-A-Milking” episode with David Rose was filmed in the Monogram display at the Sewell Appliance showroom located just north of Atlanta in Sandy Springs, GA. Using the best countertops in Atlanta, alongside GE Monogram’s high-quality kitchen appliances, Chef Rose worked up a tasty cinnamon eggnog Heath crunch cookie, which is the perfect sweet treat to add to any holiday table spread!

Watch the minisode below!

Get the Recipe!

Cookie ingredients:

2 ¼ cups all-purpose four

1 t baking powder
1 1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 t kosher salt
1 1/4cups granulated white sugar
6 oz salted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup eggnog
1 t molasses
3 oz coarsely chopped Heath candy bar
2 large egg yolks
**Garnish/optional colorful sprinkles


Eggnog glaze ingredients:

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
6 T eggnog
1 T water


Cookie directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, sift and whisk all dry ingredients together.
  3. In a large separate e bowl, use an electric mixer to combine and cream the sugar, molasses and butter together.
  4. Slowly add the eggnog and egg yolks to the butter/sugar mixture, then slowly add the dry ingredients; beat at low speed just until blended and smooth.
  5. Fold chopped Heath candy into cookie batter with a spatula. Drop about a tablespoon each per cookie, onto an ungreased baking sheet; about 1 inch apart.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until cookie bottoms turn light brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
  7. Once cooled *optional* glaze with eggnog glaze, and garnish with colorful sprinkles.


Eggnog glaze directions:

  1. Sift confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon together.
  2. Gradually whisk in eggnog and water until smooth glaze consistency.
  3. Use to glaze top of cookies; *optional* then garnish with colored sprinkles.


Recipe reprinted with permission from chef David Rose.

Your Trusted Atlanta Appliance Showroom

Looking to upgrade the appliances in your home in 2021? Come visit Sewell Appliance, Atlanta’s award-winning showroom for “Best Appliance Store in 2020.” Sewell has everything you need from cooktops and grills, to refrigerators, dishwashers, laundry machines, and more. Our Sandy Springs showroom is equipped with the latest products and features new and improved technology that will make your life easier.

Stop By Sewell Appliance Today!

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What a year it has been!

Despite the tumultuous year of 2020, Construction Resources has experienced measures of small victories and unique business opportunities that have helped the company overcome obstacles during the pandemic and garner two of the best showrooms in Atlanta, GA.

As our team of hard-working individuals put forth the effort every day, CR’s family of businesses was able to surpass expectations that COVID-19 preceded, and as a result, was able to continue serving customers, homeowners, builders, and remodelers with their design projects throughout the year.

With all of the ups and downs that this notorious year has brought, we are proud to have been recognized by My Home Improvement’s Best Of 2020 Contest with winning the titles of “Best Countertop Company in Atlanta” and “Best Appliance Store/ Company in Atlanta.”

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the voting for CR as the best appliance and countertop companies in Atlanta! We appreciate our generous and devoted customers.

What you can find at these showrooms:

CR Home

CR Home provides residential and commercial builders, remodelers and homeowners with a one-stop shop home resource center. With an extensive line of home products including kitchen countertops, glass and mirror, appliances, lighting, and more, our design showroom in Decatur has everything you are looking for to get your project done right.

Stop by the best design showroom in Atlanta to experience an unmatched line of products and industry expertise, along with best-in-class installation and aftermarket services!

Products offered at CR Home

Sewell Appliance

Sewell appliance is the best appliance showroom in Atlanta, known for its extensive line of products, high-end appliances and other inter and exterior home goods. Offering over 40 top brand name appliances from well-known manufacturers such as Thermador appliances, Wolf appliances, Dacor, KitchenAid, and more, Sewell has exceeded expectations by providing customers with a truly top-notch shopping experience. From our elaborate displays to our friendly and knowledgeable staff, we are dedicated to helping you find the perfect appliance package for your home.

Come visit us today!

Products offered at Sewell Appliance

Be sure to stop by our Decatur Design Campus today to find your favorite home products!

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.

Construction Resources Gives Back With SOARD

For the past 5 years, Construction Resources has been a proud sponsor of Sunshine On A Ranney Day. This organizations contribution to the Atlantan community has made a huge impact on children’s lives and has changed the way we look at home renovation projects.

About Sunshine On A Ranney Day

Sunshine On A Ranney Day is a non-profit organization that remodels homes in the Atlanta area for children with special needs. With the help of partnerships and donors, Sunshine On A Ranney Day is able to give to the community and provide a no-cost wheelchair accessible bathroom, bedroom makeover or in-home therapy rooms that will forever change the lives of these children and their families.

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Construction Resources Gives Back

quartz countertops

Construction Resources has partnered with Sunshine On A Ranney Day and Cambria to donate quartz material to be used as new bathroom countertops. Quartz is a fabulous option for these home makeovers because of its durability and various styles to showcase each individual’s personality and preferences. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community with this incredible organization and their inspiring mission.

If you are interested in our Cambria quartz collection, you can view our full inventory here!

Sunny & Ranney Now Open

SOARD recently opened Sunny & Ranney, their new storefront, on November 7th, 2020. The brick & morter will offer high-end furniture and home décor at a marked down price with all proceeds benefitting SOARD makeovers that help better the lives of children in need. Be sure to stop by and shop in person!

Sunny & Raney’s interior design features unparalleled designs that are bold, colorful and full of life. Upon entering, you will be immersed by creative art and unique furnishings that you will want in your own home. We are proud to have been a part of the donation and fabrication of Cambria’s Britannica Pol and Carrick Matte quartz countertops throughout the space.


Watch Their Grand Opening Video!

To see more renovations we have worked on with SOARD, check out our CR Celebrates 5 Years With Sunshine On A Ranney Day” blog!

Are you in Atlanta and know someone that deserves a wheelchair accessible home renovation?

Apply for a makeover!

Our Atlanta lighting showrooms have condensed into one to provide you with a true one-stop-shopping experience for all your home lighting needs. Visit CR Home Lighting, located conveniently off of Rio Circle in Decatur for the best selection of light fixtures, garage doors, and fireplaces in town!

Interior lighting is an important part of your home and as lighting design evolves, the variety of options continue to grow. That’s why, at CR Lighting showroom in Atlanta, we offer the best light fixtures equipped with fun and unique styles to provide you with various looks that are certain to appeal to your specific taste and preference. We keep a variety of interior and exterior lighting options such as modern, contemporary, and traditional on display in Decatur. Stop by our consolidated Decatur Lighting showroom to see for yourself!

Our Showroom

CR Home Lighting Intown

Located only two doors down from our Design Center, you can find our state-of-the-art lighting showroom at 252 Rio Circle in Decatur, GA. With endless options from top lighting brands such as Capital Lighting, Hinkley and Feiss on display, you can browse a variety of trending, traditional and modern fixtures, for both your indoor and outdoor needs. Our knowledgeable team can assist you in the decision-making process so that you can shop with confidence knowing you’re getting the perfect lights for your home. If your project is more than a lighting update, you can also browse our variety of garage doors, fireplaces and home decor, making this a one-stop shop for many of your home improvement needs.

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Looking For Colonial Lighting in Sugar Hill?

Don’t worry – You’re in the right place! Although Colonial Lighting is officially closed, all inventory from our lighting showroom in Sugar Hill has made its way to CR Home Lighting. Please visit us at 252 Rio Circle for all of your lighting, garage door and fireplace needs.

Visit Our Atlanta Lighting Store to Shop

At our CR Home lighting showroom, you can find:


  • Chandeliers
  • Wall Mounted
  • Lamps
  • Fans
  • Exterior


  • Wood, Gas, Electric & Outdoor
  • Insert and Gas Logs
  • Mantels and Surroundings
  • Decorative Chimneys

Garage Doors

  • Traditional, Modern and Carriage
  • Openers
  • Commercial Garage Doors
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Top Trending Light Fixtures

We strive to keep the latest designs on display for you. When visiting our lighting showroom in Atlanta, you can easily imagine some of the top trending light fixtures in your home.

Modern farmhouse lighting is here to stay, so we have the perfect lanterns with open sides and exposed bulbs to shine out across any space. Or if you want to make a statement, we have charming iron chandeliers that give off a warm, even light with its multiple bulbs to complete your design.

Pendant lighting is also a popular choice that has found its way to often being the focal point of a room. Similar to chandeliers, these fixtures are perfect for the dining room or over a kitchen island. Due to the popularity of pendant lighting, we carry a variety of styles, colors and sizes.

Vintage Edison Bulbs have won the hearts of many with the nostalgic design this style of lighting offers. With its original shape and classic touch, these light bulbs are sure to make a. statement in any room.

Tip: Vintage Edison Bulbs are a great asset to any industrial style home. Add it to your bathroom vanity for an antiquated design.

No matter what current trend has caught your eye, CR Home Lighting is the lighting store for you! With our large inventory and plethora of styles, we are confident that you will find a light fixture that will shine throughout your home. Get ready for the home of your dreams and visit us today to shop the best lighting in Atlanta.

Looking for more information on home lighting? Check out our Kitchen Design Guide: Lighting 101 blog!

The State of The Industry:

How COVID-19 Has Affected Your Home Remodel

After a long year of unforeseen events, it seems as though the Coronavirus continues to persist. Majority of companies have been forced to undergo changes to adapt to the “new norm” in order for business to carry on.

Appliances have drastically changed over the past decade and have become one of the most evolved products within the home industry today. Household appliances have transformed from ordinary, single-purpose products to high-quality goods with innovative technology. These upgraded features have attributed to rapid urbanization, improved living standards, a decrease in household chores, changes in lifestyle and growth within the housing sector.

See if your question is answered in our FAQ below!

Q: When can I expect to receive my appliances?

A: We cannot guarantee the delivery time of your appliances at this moment. Some appliances will arrive within the week, other appliances may arrive in 3 weeks due to delayed production times and shipments.

Q: How much lead time is required when purchasing an appliance package for my kitchen renovation project?

A: We recommend purchasing appliances 6-8 weeks prior your installation date. This will help ensure that your products arrive in a timely manner. Please note that Sewell cannot guarantee that your appliances will arrive on time due to COVID-19.

Sewell provides an extensive array of appliances from refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, laundry machines, grills and more. Our team is specialized in the installation of your new appliances for both indoor and outdoors. Despite the given circumstance of the Coronavirus, we continue to operate! Our doors are open, and we are willing to assist all customers to help you get your project, done right. Appointments are encouraged so we can best serve you. Please click here to view our hours of operation.

How COVID-19 Has Affected the Appliance Industry

Sewell Appliance continues to be one of the leading appliance showrooms in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 40 top brands, our showroom displays the latest kitchen designs and the best appliances for your home renovation or new build project.

Specifically, within the home industry, we have unfortunately experienced a delay in the production times and shipments of many appliances. As a result, many homeowners have had to postpone or completely reschedule their home renovation projects. Despite the inconvenience this may have caused, our stock of appliances continues to evolve as we receive various product deliveries week-by-week and updates on the timeline for new shipments from appliance manufacturers almost daily.

Don’t let the given circumstances discourage you from starting your dream project!

During this time of social distancing and staying at home, it is the perfect time to start planning and executing the home remodel project that you have been dreaming of! With modern day technology and new trends emerging daily, more state-of-the-art home appliances are being released that you won’t want to miss out on. Check it out:

The Fridge Revolution

Refrigerators have gotten a huge upgrade in 2020 compared to previous years. Refrigerators are now offering unique and customizable styles such as black matte finishes and chrome detailing, as well as bright colored door faces or glass screens. Smart features are also now available to help you streamline your kitchen processes.

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Smart Features & Bluetooth Sync

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Everything is becoming a “smart device” nowadays, so it was inevitable to see this trend translate to the kitchen. Appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and more are now available with smart technology that connects straight to your smartphone for easy handling. Adjust the time, temperature, lights and more while remaining seated on your comfy couch!

Some smart products also include a wireless Bluetooth device that syncs all of your smart appliances together. This cool addition makes cooking a breeze, as you can connect your oven and microwave together and set a designated time for your meals to finish. Thanksgiving dinner prep never looked so easy!

Dishes Made Easy

Dishwashers have come a long way with upgraded features and advanced technology. Miele’s new G7000 Dishwasher offers extensive benefits that makes cleaning dishes a little more enjoyable. It is designed to dispense the perfect amount of detergent during each wash with its detergent-filled disk that only has to be replaced every so often. So, all you have to do is press START or click a button on your smartphone to start your next wash cycle!

Smart Appliances

Our inventory of appliances is ever-changing, so stop by our showroom today to see what's in stock!

Our team of experts will be happy to assist you in finding the appliance package that suits you best.

Enjoy the Fall Season with These

Top-Of-The-Line Grills and Tasty Recipes!

It’s the best time of the year! The scorching heat of Summer is beginning to fade and Fall is upon us.

Now is the perfect time to enjoy the crisp, cool autumn air in your very own backyard oasis. Upgrade your outdoor entertainment area to make the most of this season by hosting a friendly cookout or family backyard flag football game.

Construction Resources offers top-of-the-line outdoor living products including outdoor grills, accessories, fireplaces, lighting and more to fully equip your outdoor kitchen area, making it the go-to spot in the neighborhood.

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your space with these new and innovative outdoor grills and cook up some tasty recipes that are sure to WOW your guests during your next event or upcoming holiday gathering.

Check Out Our Top 3 Grill Recommendations

Artisan: Professional Outdoor Grill

Your dream outdoor kitchen may be more affordable than you think. At Artisan, you are offered affordable luxury with quality features that are normally high- or over-priced. These grills are made with functional design and meticulous craftsmanship that is built to withstand the rigors of living outdoors. Artisan Professional Grills create extreme high-heat that many restaurants utilize to produce the finest meals.

Coyote: Outdoor Packages


Coyote offers outdoor packages including a grill, drawer storage, trash-pull out and refrigerator to help you build your dream outdoor kitchen. With this great deal, you can efficiently complete an outdoor living space at an affordable price!

Alfresco: Outdoor Grills

Alfresco Outdoor Grills

Create the Alfresco outdoor kitchen of your dreams, and luxuriate in the lifestyle.

Alfresco appliances was initially launched to offer a whole new level of quality in luxury residential appliances. These grills have surpassed expectations and are often found in luxury restaurants and luxury outdoor kitchens and actually utilize the same manufacturing methodologies used in commercial restaurant equipment.

Alfresco appliances will make any professional chef feel right at home, and will inspire anyone who wishes to produce culinary creations like a pro.

Try This Recipe!


Sear Zone™ Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri

Alfresco Original Recipe by Skylar Thomson

Yield: 6 servings


2 large garlic cloves peeled

1 small bunch of fresh mint

1 small red Thai chili (2 if you are feeling brave)

Zest and juice of one lemon

2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 lamb chops, about 3/4″ to 1″ thick

2 bunches of rosemary for V-grate

6 cloves of garlic, peeled for V-grate


Add the garlic, mint, Thai chili, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt into a food processor. Pulse until combined, then pour in olive oil and pulse until a thick paste forms. Set aside.

Drizzle both sides of the lamb chops with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Line the V-grate section of your Alfresco grill with rosemary and garlic cloves, and turn to high heat until the herbs begin to smoke. Now add the chops on top of the smoking herbs and sear for about 3 minutes. Flip the chops over and cook for another 2 minutes for medium-rare and 3 1/2 minutes for medium.

Remove the chops from the grill and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Serve on a platter or board with the mint Chimichurri spooned over the top.

Interested in upgrading your outdoor living space this Fall?

Add an outdoor fireplace to give your backyard the perfect aesthetic!

When Is the Best Time to Remodel Your Kitchen?

2020 has been a whirlwind year.

COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into all of our lives, but one thing is for sure…a healthy and sanitary environment is crucial at your home, your workspace and other frequently trafficked areas.

Interior designers are taking safety precautions and our “new normal” priorities into consideration by recreating homes to be a more clean and hygienic space. Home renovation projects such as countertop upgrades to a new, modern and sanitary surface (such as porcelain countertops) are trending right now, and it’s time you upgrade yours as well!

Kitchen renovations help provide your family with a new working area that is equipped with not only the latest design styles, but the most advanced technology. However, deciding on the best time to renovate your kitchen can be overwhelming. Inevitably, it all comes down to you – your lifestyle, your schedule and your habits. Here are a few things to consider before remodeling your kitchen.

Family Schedule

How would you define your lifestyle? Do you have young kids in school or are you empty nesters? Most homeowners choose to take on home renovations during the least busy season of the year. For some it’s summertime while for others it’s during the school year.

As we head into September and the kids are getting used to a new routine, now may be a perfect time to call on designers and contractors to start creating your dream kitchen. If you’re interested in starting a renovation project today, contact Construction Resources to talk with a design expert.

Eating Habits

Are you an at-home chef or a take out connoisseur? If you’re the latter, then this should be a piece of cake! While your kitchen is under construction it could be hard to navigate through the space or use appliances to cook up tasty meals. Ordering food to-go is a great idea, however, the cost adds up quick.

If you’d rather not increase the bill with ordering food each day, utilizing an outdoor kitchen is a wonderful idea! Store your food items in an outdoor fridge and become a grill master by hosting outdoor barbecues to help you save money while maintaining your normal, at-home cooking routine.

CR offers an entire line of outdoor living products to help you build an outdoor kitchen. Check it out here!


Weather tends to be a bigger concern for those who live in colder climates. If you live further north you’ll want to consider a time of the year where the temperature isn’t freezing. However, if you’re home renovation project is all indoors, then this shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll just want to ensure that you have an extra space inside to cook and store your food.

If you live in the Greater Atlanta area, we have no doubt that your indoor and outdoor renovation projects can take place all year round!

Deals & Discounts

Deals and discounts are a perfect excuse to act on your renovation project. You can typically find price savings during the holidays from Black Friday to New Years Day and again in April and May. These seasonal promotions will help you stay within budget while getting the home products that you love.

A great way to stay on top of your project timeline is to begin buying products during these promotional periods. That way, when the renovation process begins, you already have the additions picked out, purchased, and ready to go.

Product Lead Times

If you’re like us, you want the coolest designs and additions to your new home. Some kitchen products require special ordering resulting in longer lead times. Start shopping for your favorite hygienic countertops, modern lighting, sinks and faucets, appliances, and more to get a head start on your design project! When your project starts, you’ll be so thankful that you have these additions purchased and ready to be installed.

Holidays and Special Events

Don’t forget about your favorite family gatherings and yearly events! If you want your kitchen to be fully functional and re-designed by the holidays or a special party, make sure to begin your remodel no less than 6 months prior! This time frame will account for any delays and unexpected occurrences that could arise during the process.

Start Shopping For Your Home Essentials In Atlanta!

CR offers several showrooms for you to find your favorite home products for your next design project! Stop by a local design center near you to begin shopping for countertops, lighting, appliances, flooring and more!

Ultimately, it’s up to you to determine the best time to remodel your kitchen! It all factors into your lifestyle and plans for the year. It’s also a great technique to take time to fully plan and budget your project before beginning. If you’re not quite sure how to plan for a kitchen renovation project, we have a blog on How To Budget For A Kitchen Remodel that can help you get started.

If you’re looking for more insights on residential and commercial design projects, or design inspiration overall, check out our blog for further details. If you would like to get started on a project today, contact us and speak with one of our experienced staff members!

Get Creative with Shower Doors & Mirrors Applications!

Interior design is more than a preference of style, it’s an expression of ideas, creativity and personality that should combine effortlessly to create a one-of-a-kind space that inevitably represents YOU.

In modern homes, minimalistic design is becoming increasingly popular with limited art pieces and home additions that are simple, functional and not too boisterous.

Incorporating glass shower doors and mirrors is a perfect way to emphasize the minimalistic look that many love and aspire to create. Not only does it fashion a cool, unpretentious design to your space, glass shower doors and mirrors can also help to expand a room, making it feel larger and not as closed off.

We’ve done some brainstorming and found several cool ideas of how designers are incorporating glass and mirror into their design projects.

At-Home Wine Cellar

For all of you wine-lovers out there, we think a wine cellar NEEDS to be included in your next home renovation plan! A wine cellar is a great way for those neglected nooks and crannies to become functional (because who wouldn’t use this every day?)!

The beautiful glass walls showcasing your wine display will transcend your home into a posh and luxurious place to be.

Open Shower Walls

Bathroom space is precious and most of the time there’s not a lot of wiggle room … literally! One of our favorite and practical design trends are master and secondary shower renovations.

Tear down the extra wall space in your bathroom (you don’t need it!) and open it up by utilizing glass walls and shower doors. This will help make the room feel larger and it will show off your chic design and newfound bathroom space and sanctuary.

Mirror Wall Décor

Mirrors are commonly used in a simplistic way, in the hallway of a home, or draped over the powder room’s vanity. When decorating a new space many people don’t think of using mirrors as a piece of art! Sometimes, with too many designs, colors and art pieces, your home or commercial space can start to look crowded and busy. Adding mirrors is a great way to cover up a bland wall while avoiding a clash in design.

Construction Resources offers an extensive array of mirror options from classic mirror styles to specialty or backlit mirrors! Pictured on the right is a type of plate mirror that is commonly used in bathrooms to add a unique touch to a space. We offer variations of styles from clear, bronze, grey or antique styles.

Decorative Cabinet Glass

Differentiate the heart of the home by bringing something diverse to the table, like decorative cabinet glass! Cabinet glass is a great way to add depth in your kitchen, making the overall room feel more spacious and breathable. Adding decoration to the cabinets will give your kitchen that extra oomph.

Have a kitchen style in mind but it isn’t coming together as flawlessly as you hoped? Picking the right colors, designs and patterns can help further emphasize the design style you’re going for. Check out CR’s decorative cabinet glass offerings and add a decoration that accentuates your kitchen’s style.

Express your innovative imagination with these unique glass and mirror style ideas! We hope you feel inspired to break boundaries on your next design project by incorporating a new twist to your usual style. If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our blog for other creative ideas! Want to start incorporating glass and mirrors to your design project now?! Contact us to get started!

Looking For A Glass & Mirror Showroom?

We have several glass & mirror showrooms in Atlanta, GA, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, and Greenville, SC, and two distribution warehouses in Charleston (Summerville) and Columbia (Lexington), SC to help you find the perfect application for your next design project! Atlanta Glass & Mirror, CR Home Design Center, and Florida Bath & Surfaces all offer a large variety of products to suit your design preferences and project vision! Stop by one of our showrooms or give us a call and set up an appointment to come see our inventory in person!

Construction Resources has several showrooms across the nation to assist you in providing top-notch home supplies and decor for your design projects. We service the following areas:

The Greater Atlanta Area, Atlanta, Decatur, Clarkston, Avondale Estates, Tucker, Druid Hills, Stone Mountain, Pine Lake, Sunnyside, Seaside, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, Sandestin, Grayton Beach, Miramar, Rosemary Beach.

Tips & Tricks: How Lighting Can Affect Your Bedtime

Have you ever wondered, “Does lighting actually affect my bedtime?” or “Does leaving the light on during the night ruin my sleep routine and REM cycle?”

So many times a light is left on during the night and you wake up feeling groggy no matter how many hours you slept! It’s time we find out about lighting’s effect on people’s sleep schedules and how you can improve your nightly routine to ensure a good night’s sleep, every night!

How Your Body Prepares for Sleep

Have you ever woken up in a panic thinking that you missed your alarm? Or maybe you woke up just a few minutes before your alarm set off (and wished you could’ve slept those extra few minutes)?

This happens because our bodies have natural, internal alarm clocks that mirror nature’s cycle of day and night and regulate feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness 24 hours a day!

The cells within the retina of your eye detect light exposure and send signals to your brain to wake up. Your brain then triggers several different chemicals that cause your body to change behavior and awaken from a deep sleep.

When the sun begins to rise and your eyelids sense the sunlight coming in, the level of melatonin in your body decreases and your body temperature begins to rise, activating your body and making you feel alert and ready to start your day. Alternatively, in the evening when the sun starts to set, your melatonin rises and your body temperature drops, making you feel cozy, snug, and ready for bed.

Why Light Affects Your Sleep

So, how does light affect your sleep? As we just discussed, the biological clock that your body naturally depends on could be disrupted from extended light exposure. Too much light before bed may cause you from getting a good night’s sleep, as the nerve pathway from your eyes to your brain may continue to send signals in an effort to keep yourself awake.

More specifically, blue light that is emitted from the tv or your phone actually delays the release of melatonin in your body, signaling your brain to stay awake for a longer period of time. This is why it’s important to reduce screen time for yourself and the kids before bed. Instead, try reading a book or practice mind-body exercises like meditation or yoga!

The Best Kind of Lighting for Nighttime Use

Sleep specialists recommend utilizing red, amber, or orange light before bed to preserve your body’s natural melatonin levels. These lights do not have the same effects as blue and white lights and help our body’s circadian rhythms stay in check.

Tips And Tricks For A Good Night Sleep

So, what’s the best way to ensure a good night’s sleep AND a day feeling rested and “ready-to-go”? Here’s our best tips:

  • Regularly expose yourself to sunlight throughout the day to keep your circadian rhythms in check
  • During the night, keep your sleep environment dark by utilizing black-out curtains, drapes, or an eye mask
  • Before bedtime, limit your screen time. Put away your phone and computer, and turn off the television.
  • Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time each day (even on the weekends!)
  • Avoid heavy or large meals before bed
  • Limit daytime naps
  • Incorporate physical activity in your daily routine

Looking for A Lighting Showroom in the Greater Atlanta Area?

We've got you covered!

CR Home Lighting is located on Rio Circle, adjacent to Laredo Drive. Our lighting showroom is one building over from our Design Center and slab gallery. We offer a large variety of lighting from chandeliers, lamps, fans, outdoor lighting, and more!


196 Rio Circle
Decatur, GA 30030

(404) 378-3132