Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Right now, everyone is looking for a way to increase their home value, and kitchen remodeling is a surefire way to significantly do that. However it can also get extremely expensive. But simple kitchen fix-ups can add value and comfort to your space while giving it a whole new look.
There are ways to spruce up your kitchen without breaking the bank. Try these tips:
• Fix the countertops: Changing the material of kitchen countertops is a simple way to make an impact in the room. Materials such as ceramic, laminate, granite and siltstone are all great options. Laminate is the most cost effective and granite is the most popular.
• Refinish kitchen cabinets: Even though cabinet replacement can be pricey, giving your existing cabinets a new look can come at an affordable price tag. Refinishing cabinets removes the original finish and replaces it with a new stain. Or it can involve painting the cabinets a bold color.
• Redo lighting: Altering the lighting in your kitchen can give it a different look and feel. Track lighting is a good aesthetic choice with many different options. Add a few task lamps to improve the functionality of the work space area. Dimmers are easy to install and can make the atmosphere of the room more versatile.
• Upgrade appliances: Buying even just one or two new appliances can significantly increase the kitchen’s value. Large appliances, such as the refrigerator, oven and stove, should be upgraded first.
• Restyle the floor: Laying a new floor doesn’t have to be a costly project. Materials such as peel-and-stick vinyl tiles are inexpensive and can be easy to install. Other excellent options include linoleum, porcelain, cork and stained concrete.
You don’t need to start from scratch to give your kitchen a makeover. With small improvements, you can get a great return on your investment. For more information on refinishing kitchen cabinets
, contact Kenneth C. Lewis
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Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 15, 2013
A lower cost alternative to replacing kitchen cabinets or to refresh a kitchen look is cabinet refacing. Here are some common questions we are often asked by customers who are considering kitchen cabinet refacing.
What is Cabinet Refacing?
Cabinet Refacing means replacing the doors, drawer fronts and hardware, and covering the sides and framework with veneer or plywood, without replacing the old cabinet boxes.
What are benefits for clients of cabinet refacing vs. new kitchen remodeling?
You get a new looking kitchen with an average of one-third the cost of a new kitchen. Refacing can be completed in 2-4 days, and there is no coordinating sub-contractors because the kitchen footprint does not change. The kitchen is also still functional during renovation.
There are no additional costs in repainting, plastering, or redecorating, and countertops can stay in place. Refacing is environmentally friendly (less materials go to landfills), and updated kitchens increase home value instantly.
How do I know if my kitchen qualifies for kitchen refacing?
If you like the layout of your current kitchen, refacing works well, but if you plan on knocking down walls, it may not be the best option. Existing cabinets must also be structurally sound.
For more information on cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 01, 2013
With spring remodeling season upon us, many homeowners are considering remodeling the kitchen. The kitchen is universally the most important room in the home. Depending on your taste, the kitchen can be the most expensive room to renovate. Matching your budget with what you want can be challenging.
In fact, the potential cost of a kitchen redo is why many choose to live with what they have instead of remodeling. Generally kitchen cabinets make up the bulk of the remodeling cost accounting for 35% of the total cost while labor only accounts for 20%.
But there are other options:
First, if your cabinets are dated but in good condition consider having the cabinets refaced for a fraction of the cost of replacing them. A professional can clean and prep the kitchen cabinets in one day. Then they are refaced or refinished and the job can be completed in just a few days, rather than weeks when with replacement.
When you refinish or reface kitchen cabinets you can also reconfigure the space they give you, with some limitations. Trade a cabinet for drawers, or trade an appliance for more drawers, recycle bins or wine rack.
Also replace the drawer glides. Full extension glides allow you to utilize the full drawer and reach items in the very back. Self-closing glides close themselves quietly.
New countertops will add the finishing touch to those upgraded refinished or refaced cabinets.
For more information on refacing kitchen cabinets or refinishing kitchen cabinets, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Kitchen renovation costs can be very shocking once you get the price for replacing the kitchen cabinets. Cabinet refacing is a cost effective get the look of new kitchen cabinets and get a kitchen renovation for a significantly lower price tag.
If the cabinets you have are in good shape, but look dated, cabinet refacing is an easier, more economical and greener option. If you like the layout of your kitchen and your cabinets are in good shape, cabinet refacing may be the fastest, easiest and most practical option.
With a full kitchen renovation, your kitchen becomes a construction site which disrupts your home and your life for too long. The easy solution to living through a kitchen renovation is refacing kitchen cabinet doors.
In fact, often the kitchen cabinets you have now are better than new replacement cabinets because older cabinets were made with solid wood and today, many are made with particle board.
Cabinet refacing also cuts down on the amount of time spent on a kitchen renovation. The process generally takes between two to four days to complete.
For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 20, 2013
When remodeling the kitchen, new cabinets are the majority of the cost. In fact, the cost of new cabinets is usually what puts kitchen remodeling out of reach.
No longer. You can save money by using your old cabinets. Kitchen cabinet refacing can give you a brand new kitchen at a portion of the cost and in just a few days. You can significantly cut the cost down on your kitchen project by using your existing cabinets. No matter what style you are looking for, cabinet refacing can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen, making it look brand new.
Cabinet refacing is a great way to get the look and feel in your kitchen that you want, in less time and for less money. Contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Does your home need a little updating? Many homeowners who have put off home improvement projects have decided to start giving kitchen and bathrooms a facelift.
Bathroom remodels have moved into the top spot as the most common remodeling project. What are most homeowners looking to accomplish first? According to a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, adding a linen closet, marble or granite double vanity and a shower with multiple showerheads top the list.
Homeowners want to create a luxurious and relaxing retreat.
To add a bit of beauty and bliss in the bath, start with the countertop. Updating to granite countertops will make an instant visual update. Next, choose a stylish new faucet to accentuate the area.
Next, think storage. While a linen closet tops the "wanted" list, bath accessories are an easier and more affordable way to add additional storage and organization. While your refacing or refinishing the bathroom vanity, add pull out shelves or a glass door to a corner cabinet.
Finally, update your shower to create a relaxing and spa-like environment. Depending on your budget, you can create the ultimate retreat or simply upgrade your current showerhead.
For information on a bathroom makeover, contact Kenneth C Lewis.
Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Forget about the living room; the kitchen is the social hub of a home. Today's homeowners want their kitchens to reflect their personal tastes and accommodate their daily lives.
A dream kitchen is one that reflects the way you live. The best advice for anyone looking to remodel their kitchen is to think about how you use it, and how it affects your lifestyle. Do you need a new kitchen layout, or will newly refinished cabinets and countertops suit you fine?
Everyone uses the kitchen to prepare food, but many homeowners use their kitchen for entertaining, crafting, or just spending time with their families. Often the existing kitchen cabinets are fine, just in need of a face lift with cabinet refinishing or cabinet refacing. This changes the whole look without a whole remodel.
Food preparation and cooking are the primary functions of a kitchen, but creating an environment for gourmet cooking is a special treat for homeowners who consider themselves "at-home chefs."
For Most parties, everyone ends up in the kitchen. Homeowners who like to entertain should consider whether or not their kitchen is attractive for entertaining. There are several features that can help make the party successful.
A kitchen island helps make entertaining easier. Not only can an island provide extra seating and serving space, it can include great storage.
Open shelving and glass doors on your cabinets also adds a great design element for a kitchen used for entertaining. These shelves allow the homeowner to display beautiful dishware and glasses; and guests can help themselves to a plate for appetizers or a glass for wine.
Moms know that having young children can make the kitchen a challenging space, but there are features to make this room more kid friendly. Soft-closing drawers and doors can protect against hurt hands.
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Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 01, 2011
At Cabinetry Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis, we take what our customers say about us very seriously. To everyone who has taken the time to comment and recommend us, we appreciate it very much. Customer satisfaction is a big part of what we do.
Kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing is an easier, faster and much more economical solution to an entire kitchen remodel.
Here is what some of our customers are saying:
Thank you so much Ken for revitalizing our kitchen. Before you came and made our kitchen beautiful it was extremely dark and dreary. My husband and I were thinking of putting in a new kitchen and then we found out how much it would cost and how much time it would take for all the contractors to complete it.
You saved our kitchen and our sanity. – From Julie in Newton, MA
Our kitchen has never looked so good, my wife raves over how easy our cabinets are to clean and says the finish is so durable! You're very talented and we are glad we chose Kenneth C. Lewis over all the other options. – From Sam in Newton, MA
Simply put: I love my kitchen! – From Fran in Sharon, MA
We've had problems since the day we installed our kitchen. We live on the ocean and the cabinet manufacturer said that the reason for the finish failure was the environment. You completed our kitchen in days instead of months and it looks better than it ever did. – From Joe & Kathy in Duxbury, MA
Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The kitchen is no longer just where you eat and store food. The kitchen is mom’s command center, the kitchen is where you gather with family and friends.
If you kitchen is feeling a little dated, but a total remodel is out of the budget, try a cabinet upgrade by refinishing, refacing, painting, or installing a kitchen island.
Cabinet refinishing is a great way to save some money and still have a beautiful or elite looking kitchen. The cost can be lower if your cabinets and doors are in good shape. Decorative Possibilities for Your Cabinets are almost endless due to the fact that Kenneth C Lewis we use the most durable commercial grade lacquer on the market. Many decorative effects can be achieved during any cabinet refinishing project with paint or stain.
You could also add lazy susan or pull-out shelves to your existing kitchen cabinets. Replace a door or two with a glass front or some other more modern style and change the entire look of your cabinets. New hardware is also changes the look of your cabinets and drawers.
Refacing Cabinets - An alternative to refinishing is refacing. Although cabinet refacing is cheaper than all new cabinets, it is still considerably more expensive than cabinet refinishing. Cabinet refacing involves the replacement of the door and drawer fronts (with new) plus installing a veneer of new wood over the existing cabinets. This is usually done with your existing countertops in place if they are in good shape.
Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 23, 2011
Need to remodel your kitchen
but think it will be too high priced? Then think about kitchen cabinet refacing
. The cost of kitchen cabinet refacing is considerably less than the price of gutting your kitchen and the job is done in a much shorter amount of time.
If you want a whole new kitchen without breaking the budget
, contemplate cabinet refacing. Kitchen cabinet refacing usually involves the replacement of the door and drawer fronts (with new) plus installing a veneer of new wood over the existing cabinets. But refacing could also mean anything from repainting the current cabinets and drawer fronts and updating the hardware to stripping cabinet doorways and applying veneer or other decorative elements. Refacing could also include completely changing cabinet doors.
Most home owners intend to keep the layout of their kitchen area the same
especially when it is functional and designed well. In these cases, there really is no reason to tear out the cabinets.
By having kitchen cabinets refaced
rather than replaced you will be getting the benefits of a major custom kitchen remodel at a more cost-effective value