Outdoor Kitchens in Raleigh, NC

Distinctive Outdoor Kitchens is a tradename of Distinctive Remodeling’s Outdoor Living division. With more and more homeowners spending time at home entertaining, outdoor living spaces have become where people are spending more of their time. Just like the indoor kitchen is the heart of the home, an outdoor kitchen is where people will gather when spending time in the back yard. North Carolina’s humidity and wetness always made it tough to have a durable set of outdoor cabinets. Distinctive Remodeling’s cabinet division, Cabinets By Horizon, had numerous requests over the years, to build cabinets that can withstand the elements. In July 2015, Eddie Casanave went to Connecticut for Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens training. Two summers later, Distinctive Outdoor Kitchens is Danver’s largest dealer in NC for Stainless Steel cabinetry. Eddie’s love of food and cooking has driven his desire to design and build the best kitchens in the heart of North Carolina, whether they are inside or outdoors.

Eddie Casanave, CGR, EIT, CAPS started his company in 1987, when he was at NCSU studying Civil Engineering – with a specialization in Construction. Working full time, and going to school full time kept him busy through his graduation in 1989. He incorporated as Casanave Construction Co., Inc. in 1990, and started Distinctive Remodeling, LLC in 2002 by joining forces with Rufty Home’s remodeling division. In 2004, Eddie bought out Rufty’s portion to become sole owner.

In 2013, Distinctive Remodeling was named to Remodeling Magazine’s Big 50. In 2016, the company exceeded $3 million in revenue and employed 19 people. In 2017, the Triangle Business Journal named Distinctive Remodeling the Top Remodeling Firm in the Triangle. Eddie continues to entertain and reward kitchen remodeling clients with his Kitchen Casanova service where he comes to cook dinner for them in their new kitchen.

Thirty years of experience in the remodeling business has allowed Eddie to assemble an outstanding team of designers, craftsmen, subs and suppliers. This team has specializations in Professional Design, Professional Remodeling, Outdoor Kitchens, Custom Cabinetry, & Custom Wine Cellars. With multiple century’s worth of combined experience, the Distinctive team’s ability to create outstanding projects that exceed our owner’s expectations is excellent. Hence, our tagline –

Vision. Imagination. Excellence



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  • We absolutely LOVE the kitchen - it has become such our favorite spot to entertain. We actually prefer it over our indoor kitchen! - Beth M.
  • We began only with the idea that "we need to update our kitchen." From there, Eddie & his team provided ideas and options beyond our expectations. We love our new outdoor kitchen and would highly recommend Distinctive Remodeling to our friends. - Karin S.
  • Everything was handled in a prompt, courteous, efficient, and professional manner. I was hoping for the job to be done by the time the weather got nice, and they did it! - Tim H.
  • Thanks for the great remodel. Everyone involved did a wonderful job and were so nice to us in the process. You are lucky to have so many talented and professional people working for you. - Jane R.