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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Give Your Bathroom A Spa-Like Feel With These Tips And Tricks

It’s always nice to feel pampered, but why wait to enter a luxurious spa when you can be pampered right at home? Renovate your bathroom with these simple tips and tricks and make your bathroom your new favorite spot to unwind (without spending a fortune)!


modern farmhouse master bathroom

First things first, a spa isn’t complete without a bathtub. Tubs are essential for full relaxation! Imagine sitting in the suds, drinking your wine and listening to your favorite music. What more could you ask for? There are several bath tubs to choose from including corner tubs, drop-in tubs, freestanding tubs, and more!

New Towels

This is a simple (and might we add lighter on the wallet) option to make your bathroom feel luxurious. Soft towels can make a huge difference in making your space (and YOU) feel comfortable. It’s time to toss the old, rough towels for something lavish and lush!

Warm Colors

Have you considered changing the paint in your bathroom to replicate a warm and sensational hue? Tans and white are the most popular selections when creating a luxurious feel to a space. Grey has also become a trending color within fashionable rooms. Vary these shades of neutral colors to create a warm and welcoming space!


Marble’s design is luxurious in nature. Its unique veining exhibits an art within itself and requires little help to show off its shine. Marble is very versatile and can be used for several things – countertops, backsplash, art, and more! Add it to your bathroom to create a posh and expensive design (but without the loft price tag).


Brass Hardware Bathroom

What’s an elegant room without a statement chandelier? You can’t see your beautiful decor without a spotlight. Shop our extensive collection of lighting to get the style that you’re looking for!

For more inspiration, visit our blog! Contact us today to get started on your spa bathroom or visit a showroom near you to browse our extensive collection!

3 Simple Ways to Modernize Your Home

Looking for a way to spruce up your home? Have you seen the design craze that modern style has become within the design industry? If so, you’re in luck! It is so easy to “modernize” your home with these 3 simple tips!

1. Incorporate Fun Lighting

Modern homes tend to always have unique lighting fixtures. Although small, fun lighting fixtures make a big difference within a space and brings more personality to your room. Whether you’re wanting to cast light down over the kitchen or just create a stylish focal point, pendant lights are perfect for any room with high ceilings. Try these polished nickel One Light Pendants by Elk Lighting from our Chadwick collection to brighten the room!

pendant lighting

2. Add A Stunning Surface

natural stone atlanta kitchen countertops

A simple way to change the look of your home is to renovate your countertops! It’s interesting how a simple surface change can redefine a whole space! Kitchen countertops are often the focal point within the room, so make sure you select an elegant design that you will enjoy for years to come! Our natural stones are one of our hottest picks, as we carry an extensive amount of colors, styles, patterns and more!

3. Consider New Appliances

If you are re-furbishing your entire kitchen, why not spice it up with new kitchen appliances, as well? There are so many unique features out there and you won’t want to miss the cool, innovative technology that has derived from the 21st century! Plus, if you are in the midst of modernizing your home, there is no better way to stay with the times than to update your kitchens everyday tools! Check out a few of our brands, such as Wolf, Dacor, KitchenAid and more, who offer a ton of appliances that will assist you in making everyday life a little bit easier.

New and modern kitchen appliances

Looking for more inspiration? Visit our blog or contact us to get started on your home project today!

How to Budget for A Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodels are exciting but are often highly anticipated. The weight of the total cost worries you just from the thought of beginning the month(s)-long project. Our customers often hesitate to begin creating their dream home due to the financial stress and not knowing where to begin. Well, ease your mind and let us do the planning for your home renovation! Follow these easy steps on how to budget for your next kitchen remodel to alleviate the stress.

1. Create the budget

The first step in creating a budget is … to simply do that! You need to set a foundation and structure of how much you, not only, would like to spend but how much you are eligible to spend. Here’s a few tips we suggest considering to reach your end goal of creating a well-planned budget:

  • Consider how you are going to shop for your remodel
    • Are you contracting your own remodel? In other words, will you have someone hired to do the labor, purchase materials and plan the design of your space?
  • Consider a contingency fund
    • If you plan to hire a respective party to assist in the remodel, we suggest you plan to spend an additional 20 percent on a contingency fund. This is a safe bet to take to secure your project and the actions taken during the process. Often times, many surprises arise during renovations and you will highly appreciate when you have this security under your belt!

2. Decide what takes priority

Is your kitchen in desperate need of a remodel? Are your renovations planned around the fact that your kitchen is worn out and is simply limited to functioning properly? If so, then functionality needs to precede over style! Visit our showroom to discuss with a highly experienced professional regarding what materials you should incorporate into your new home.

If your goal is to modernize your home and re-arrange the whole aesthetic and feel of your place, it is important to do your research! Find the colors, patterns and materials that speak to you and your design preference. Remember – sometimes the more expensive items resemble high quality upgrades that may be beneficial in the long run! Consider spending a few extra bucks on durable and valuable pieces.

3. Break it down

The next step is to break down the budget into categories. How much will be spent on what? We like to suggest following The National Kitchen & Bath Association‘s budget break down list. Here it is below:

  • 30 % for cabinets
  • 14% for appliances
  • 10% for countertops
  • 5% for lighting
  • 4% for plumbing fixtures
  • 2% for paint
  • 1-2% for tiles

The remainder of the budget will need to be allocated towards contractors and disposal costs.

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4. Find the best supplies

This is our favorite part! We love browsing through the collections of sinks, countertops, mirrors and flooring to find unique styles that speak to us. It is important when re-designing a home that you find pieces that you will like for years to come. If you are overwhelmed by the various options provided, speak to a showroom representative to better assist and organize your thoughts. Our trained professionals are eligible to narrow down your options that best fit in line with your budget, priorities and design style.

5. Don’t forget hidden costs

Last but not least, don’t forget about the hidden costs! These costs include things such as removing the food, appliances, furniture, and other items within your household prior to the renovation process. Most people like to be assisted with this to get the ball moving on the exciting remodel.

We hope this list helps better prepare you for your long-awaited kitchen remodel! If you are looking for more inspiration, visit our blog or contact us today to get started on the beginning of your renovation project.


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