Why the Showroom Matters in Remodeling

Seeing is believing, and that’s certainly the case with the showroom at C&H Design Center, in Belvidere. Specializing in cabinets, countertops, flooring and remodeling services this store is a one-stop-shop for any remodeling project.

The flooring section is filled with samples of hardwood, carpet, luxury vinyl and ceramic tile. There are rows of countertop and cabinet samples. Vignettes pull everything together. Owner Tod Chapman leads the design process.

“We have everything here, so when we’re designing a room we can go right to the floor and see the countertop, the cabinet style, the hardware,” he says. “And, we have all of the sub materials, like waterproofing board and shower pans.”

C&H Design Center carries products at many price points, from cost-effective to high-end, and lots of things in between. The store covers more than 30 well-known brands, such as Pella windows, Amerock hardware and Cambria countertops. What’s not directly in stock can typically arrive within a few days.

“If you walk into Menard’s there are 10 wood-looking tiles. Well, we have 10 racks of wood-looking tiles, and the same goes for our other products,” says Chapman. “That’s a big difference.”

So is the experience. Since 2002, Chapman and his team have been designing and building kitchens and bathrooms. There’s a team of in-house remodelers, and most subcontractors have been working with the team for 15 years or longer. Throughout the design and construction process, there’s one person coordinating things and communicating with clients.

The team’s deep experience is also apparent inside the showroom, where customers can receive one-on-one attention. Even someone who wants to do the installation themselves can stock up on quality products and professional advice in one visit. So, even if it feels like a bit of a drive to Belvidere, the savings add up, Chapman says.

“The items we’re selling here have been carefully considered,” he adds. “If we’ve had issues with something, we won’t sell it. So, we know which brands will give you the best bang for your dollar. We know what’s going to be cost-effective and get the job done.” ❚

C&H Design Center is located at 6506 Logan Ave., Belvidere, (815) 547-8453.