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Bud Matthews Before & After

Posted on: September 30, 2021

When Bud opened Bud Matthews Services 40 years ago, he focused on repairs and installations. He wanted to help make people’s homes look, feel, and work better—and he succeeded. Today, Bud Matthews Services is still doing the great work that Bud set out to do in 1981: appliance repair and installation, HVAC repair & installation, and plumbing. But with Bud’s son Noah at the helm, the Bud Matthews Design/Build crew is also working to create beautiful new spaces for families throughout Chapel Hill and the surrounding area.

Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite Design/Build transformations from the past year. Check out these before & after shots:

Whole Home Renovation in Chapel Hill
This 1950’s Chapel Hill home on a lovely, wooded lot has great bones. However, its interior and exterior definitely needed a few modern upgrades. Here’s how Bud Matthews Services helped this homeowner bring his home into the new millennium.

Entryway Upgrade
The Bud Matthews Design/Build team started by adding a front porch to the existing home. The additional patio and partial wall create an inviting outdoor space that also functions as an entryway and outdoor mudroom. This makes it much easier on the homeowner when guests visit.

In the process of renovating a home, we sometimes encounter secondary issues that need solving. In the case of this Chapel Home home, we discovered stormwater drainage issues that we were able to resolve through the process of adding the porch.

Before                                                            After

Entryway Upgrade






Re-envisioning the Living Room
Next, Bud Matthews lightened up and modernized the home’s living room. To start, we repaired several aspects of the fireplace: the flu liner, the brick & mortar, and the damper. Adding a functional damper is essential for lowering energy bills and preventing heat loss in the home.

Once we got the fireplace working correctly, we removed its dated brass surround and dressed it up by painting the brick and adding attractive open shelving along the wall. We also lightened up the living space with the addition of an overhead light fixture and new front windows that allow for an expansive view of the wooded lot.

Before                                                            After

before living room remodel

after living room remodel






Kitchen Renovation
Finally, the Bud Matthews Services Design/Build team gave this tired kitchen a new life. First, we opened up the kitchen to the dining space (which we, in turn, opened up to the new living room, creating a more natural flow within the home). Then we adjusted the footprint of the kitchen even further by removing the peninsula countertop and replacing it with an island that doubles as a breakfast bar. After all that heavy lifting, we got to the fun part: installing all new appliances, adding modern lighting, and building in spacious cabinetry!

The end result of this multi-faceted Design/Build project is a more efficient and modern home. With better lighting, gleaming floors, and inviting, open spaces, the home is now a warm and spacious gathering place for the homeowner’s friends and family.

Before                                                            After

before kitchen remodel

after kitchen remodel






Start Your Own Renovation Project
If you’ve been dreaming of a home renovation, it could be time to take the next step. Maybe you’ve been thinking about adding a screened-in porch, redoing a bathroom, or jumping into a whole-house renovation. No matter the scope of your project, Bud Matthews Services can walk you through every step of the process, from initial quote to design to beautiful finished product. So, get in touch with Bud Matthews and we’ll help you jump right into that next big project. We can’t wait to hear from you!


The Bud Matthews Services Team

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“Many heartfelt thanks to the people I talked with on the phone late this afternoon who were concerned enough to send Pat over to check on our frozen pipes and dripping shower. Pat was so kind and professional and fixed...”

– Rindi

“Bud, I want to send my thanks to your company and especially to Scott. He got into more than he bargained for on our project yesterday. He went out and got different parts and went the extra mile to make...”

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“They were professional, honest, and cleaned-up after their work, and even took the shop-vacuum around the living room for good measure (we have a GSD - say no more)! Nice folks.”

– Judith A. – Pittsboro, NC

“Bud Mathew responded to our call even though it was made during the weekend. Plumber came to the house, identified the problem, gave us a temporary fix and suggested we wait until Monday to fix it. (That saved us some...”

– Gloria C. – Carrboro, NC

“They replaced a number of parts in my old Maytag dryer. It has been very reliable for 26 years and I want to keep it rather than buy a new one. Works great now!”

– Jane S. – Chapel Hill, NC

“Repair people were punctual and cordial. They troubleshot a problem, trying different approaches when the first try didn't work to clear the line. They explained everything they were doing as they did it while we watched. They were very efficient...”

– Diana B. – Efland, NC

“We were very happy with the process and outcome. Noah was very responsive. If he couldn't answer his phone when I called, he quickly returned calls. Everyone was very polite and respectful. They did a great job. Noah made good...”

– Jeffrey H. – Durham, NC

“They fixed my LG Front Load Washing Machine, which was leaking. They also helped me level it properly. They were on time, they provided clear estimates, they were professional, and they clearly explained every step of the process to me...”

– Lindsey S. – Chapel Hill, NC
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We recognize that our services are of a special and often emergency nature, and we remain fully committed to fulfilling the needs of our community even as potential demand for our services may increase with more families either choosing to or being required to remain home for extended periods of time. More importantly, the safety of our employees and customers is always our highest priority, and we recognize that heightened diligence and focus on health and safety is required during these challenging times. We are actively monitoring updates from the CDC, WHO and local health officials; and we have been proactively and continually implementing measures and developing plans to prioritize the health and well-being of our employees and customers. Including:

  • Equipping all technicians with masks, gloves, and disinfectants.
  • Social distancing – Avoid handshakes and limit direct contact with customers during their visit.
  • Requiring technicians to clean all surfaces with disinfectants before and after performing work.
  • Requiring all employees to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing or fever.