About Us

Our Roots

We want to be your remodeler for life. To be that kind of company, we wake up every day recommitted to our mission: Vision. Imagination. Excellence.

It’s precisely that vision, imagination, and excellence that drives our clients to refer us to their friends and family and—when they have new remodeling projects in the works—to hire us again. While Distinctive Remodeling didn’t exist before 2002, let’s go back to the early 80’s to learn how Eddie Casanave got to where he is today.

As the youngest of nine children, working was always part of the family way of living. Everyone had to pull their own weight. In his Junior High summers, Eddie would travel from WV to Newport News, VA to work for his brother in law’s company, Anchor Builders.

In 1984, Eddie graduated from high school and enrolled in NC State to become a Civil Engineer in the Construction curriculum. He contracted deck projects to make enough money to pay for school, and in 1987 he got his General Contractors license and started Outdoor Creations, to work full time and go to school full time. He got his engineering degree and EIT certificate in 1989, and incorporated his company as Casanave Construction Co., Inc. in 1990.

Eddie started the Remodelers Council in 1993 and was chairman for the first three years. He became President of the local Home Builders Association in 2001 – the first remodeler to do so. In 1996 he started another company, Horizon Cabinetry, Inc., to better serve customers needing custom cabinetry.

Distinctive Remodeling History


Eddie Casanave and Jon Rufty started Distinctive Remodeling with the merger of two highly- respected companies in the remodeling market: Casanave Construction Company, Inc. and the remodeling division of Rufty Homes, Inc.


Eddie Casanave bought out his partner of two years and became the sole owner of Distinctive Remodeling. He also started a closet company, Distinctive Space of NC, importing European closet systems.


Eddie Casanave changed the name of Horizon Cabinetry, Inc. to Cabinets by Horizon, LLC, a custom cabinet shop, to better meet the increasing need for quality custom cabinets, countertops, and millwork.


Despite a nationwide slowdown in the building industry, Distinctive Remodeling was able to survive the slowdown, due to past customers that called to have projects done. Distinctive Remodeling continues to serve the kitchen, bath, and renovation needs of the greater Triangle area.


Distinctive Remodeling was named to the Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50 Remodelers


Distinctive Remodeling grows to a stronger than ever company with 19 employees and over $3 million of remodeling and renovation work.


The Triangle Business Journal named Distinctive Remodeling its Top Remodeling Firm for 2017 and the company projects record sales for 2017.

We Stand Behind Our Work

Your ultimate satisfaction is important to us and we stand behind our work with a full 24-month warranty. Once your project is complete, we’re only a phone call or email away, ready to respond to your maintenance concerns, repair needs, or to discuss your next remodel!

After all, we’re in the business of building more than just beautiful homes-we’re also in the business of building satisfied customers.

Distinctive Remodeling is proud to be a part of these industry associations:

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  • We absolutely LOVE the kitchen - it has transformed the house and now finally feels like the heart of our home. I have to get used to cooking in less time now that the appliances actually work properly and the flow of the kitchen is so much more efficient! Thanks again! I have already spoken to Stephanie but I have 3 bathrooms to remodel next so you’re not rid of us yet! - Beth M.
  • We are very happy with our decision to hire Distinctive Remodeling to renovate our 3 bedroom, 1960s house into a stylish, modern and functional home! They consistently went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied. The results are breathtaking! We love our house! - Deanna R.
  • Eddie did a fantastic job on our kitchen remodel. He did exactly what I wanted, and the craftsmanship is superb. The subs were great, and I felt very comfortable with them in my home. They even put up with my four dogs! When the project was done, Eddie and his wife Betsy cooked a delicious meal for 10 of our friends. I highly recommend Distinctive Remodeling. - Shauna E.
  • 5 stars’ truly does describe Distinctive Remodeling! We continue to recommend Distinctive Remodeling to anyone interested in completing a home remodeling or addition project. - S. Miller
  • Eddie and his team were a pleasure to work with, especially for a first-time renovation experience. He came out to our home on a weeknight to accommodate our work schedules and followed up immediately with a very reasonable quote. He communicated exactly what was needed for the job and completed the job on-time even with unexpected snow days! He captured what we had envisioned for the space and well exceeded our expectations. We are very happy with our 3-seasons room, the quality of craftsmanship and the level of knowledge and professionalism of the Distinctive Remodeling Team. - Sean G.
  • We love the porch. The quality is excellent. The painters were great… as were the framers… We are very pleased. - Richard & Stephanie S.
  • Thanks so much for our beautiful room you finished for us. The process was very organized and professional. We enjoyed working with you and Mike, and your quality subcontractors. - Crystal G.