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Low Cost Holiday Gifts -- Your Restored Furniture

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 11, 2010

The holidays are quickly approaching and that means increased traffic into your home.  Our great team at Kenneth C Lewis can have your home upgraded in time for Thanksgiving.  All of us at Kenneth C. Lewis  pride ourselves not just on the quality of our results, but the speed and efficiency that we deliver along the way.  So if you are contemplating a home improvement project before the new year, call us now to get your work scheduled and prioritized.  

Now is also the time that you start giving serious thought of what Holiday gift to give your family and special friends.  Consider the array of furniture works that you have “hidden away” that serve little functional or aesthetic use to you. Even minor furniture restoration can turn your unused furniture into the perfect Holiday gift at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new.  And of course, your complete satisfaction is guaranteed!

So scan you attic, closets, and even your display items that make good candidates for furniture refinishing and restoration.  Your holiday shopping list may just get smaller.

Giving Your Old Furniture a Second Life

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kenneth C Lewis provides professional furniture restoration services....and we do it well!  If you have older furniture in your home and you are tired of it, you can revive it by giving it a new look and a new purpose in life. Frequently, these older pieces of furniture get stuck in closets and attics and are all but forgotten, however with just a little imagination, and help form us, you can put these well-built and sturdy pieces of furniture to work for you in other places in your home. If you have a contemporary home, re-purposing a single piece of vintage furniture and adding it to your space can create a beautiful focal point for your room. By re-purposing an old piece of furniture not only are you making your room beautiful, but you are also doing your part for reducing waste and living green.


If you are working with a piece of wooden furniture, you are probably working with a surface that is less than perfect. You can fill divots with wood putty before painting, or you can embrace the distressed look of the piece. Your imagination really is the only thing holding you back. For example, we can take a simple forgotten little dresser and turn it into an eye-catching vanity for your bathroom. With a multitude of  refinishing techniques (just one of the reasons to trust Kenneth C Lewis), we make your piece of furniture brand new. If you like the old antique look we can spruce it up a bit and return it to its glory, while still looking vintage.


Once we restore or refinish your furniture, move it to a new location.  (By the way, don't forget that we provide kitchen countertop refinishing services and kitchen cabinet refinishing services).  You will be surprised at how much change it can bring to your home if you just simply move pieces around. If you have an old dresser in your bedroom that you are no longer using, why not re-purpose it as a buffet in your dining room. Not only will it look great, but it will also add storage and function to your dining room. And, if you have a mismatched chair in your dining room, why not bring it into the bedroom and use it at your vanity table. You can also use old dining room chair to make interesting side tables for your bed. They can add symmetry and interest to your bedroom space, especially if you do not have a headboard.


Contact us today to find out what endless possibilities your old furniture can have in store for you. Take a look at our popular finishes and see which one would be best for you, we will gladly work with you to choose the perfect refinishing job for your home.

Consumers Are Going “Contemporary” For New Kitchen Cabinets

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 20, 2010

One of our most popular types of cabinets is the contemporary style. People choose contemporary kitchen cabinets because they are more aesthetically pleasing. It is that simple. Good looks matter and nothing can transform the appearance of a dated, worn-out kitchen than the installation of some attractive alternatives. Aesthetic appeal is not shallow or silly. It is natural. The quest for beauty in form is a part of human nature. If you have been considering an upgrade based on looks alone, you should not feel at all uncomfortable with your motivation. You are just doing what comes naturally.

Not only will the cabinets look good to you, but It will increase the overall value of your home. When you have a great looking kitchen, you have a more valuable property. Though some of us plan to stay in the same house indefinitely, most people do move and sell their homes at some point. Those who have made significant improvements and who have done their best to keep their homes up to date always generate high visitation and higher purchase prices than those who do not. You want to get the most from your house when it is time to sell. New cabinets whether contemporary or more traditional style cabinets  help you do just that.  Never forget that the first thing people look at when they are purchasing a new home is the kitchen, and the bathroom.

In fact, the installation of the right contemporary kitchen cabinets will increase the value of your home by more than the cost of the cabinets themselves.  They simply are a great investment and are an investment that you can enjoy on a daily basis.  You certainly can't say that about everything you buy these days.

Are you ready to create a more attractive and comfortable space in your home? Are you interested in maximizing your property's value when it is time to sell? If you answered either of those questions in the affirmative, check out our description and details of our cabinets. You are sure to find something that will increase your kitchen's overall appeal and that will make you happier with the way things look.

Cabinets are not just a place to stuff things. They are an integral part of your kitchen's appearance. That isn't something to overlook. Upgrading your kitchen can produce benefits on multiple levels.

Kitchen Countertop Replacement – The Value Home Renovation

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Most homeowners when queried about home renovation priorities will state their preference for either remodeling the kitchen or bathroom. The professionals at Kenneth C Lewis Cabinet Refinishing and real estate professionals alike know that the kitchen and the bathroom make the biggest impression on buyers.  House presenters also know that making simple changes to either area can add much needed value to a seller's price.

If you are going to modify the kitchen, and you cannot do it all, start with the countertops. This will give you the most valued return on investment.  Countertops come in a variety of materials, including laminate, solid surface, quartz, and natural stone. Make a simple and honest assessment of your kitchen.  If you think your countertops look old or drab, those who visit your home think the same thing.  Realize that replacing countertops does more than simply give a new look and feel to your counters.  Your new countertops will flow with the cupboards, floor, and appliances.
 
Countertop remodeling is a bigger chore than most people realize. Typically, this involves the removal of the existing surface, disposal of old items, plumbing disconnect and reconnection, electrical work, color selection, sink and faucet selection, and more depending on the scope of your project. Is the thought of leaving this to the pros a welcome one?

For most people, the idea of new kitchen countertops is an exciting idea. They can spruce up a home, giving it the attractive feel of a new dwelling. This does not even have to be an exotic material, since any change will bring about a sense of anticipation and newness.  Let's plan it together.

What It Means To Earn An "A+" Rating From The Better Business Bureau

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

We thought we'd take a moment to discuss how Kenneth C. Lewis is viewed in the eyes of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  Maybe you've noticed the new BBB logo on our home page. We are very proud to display that logo and the associated A+ evaluation of our business. Below we'll share with you what the BBB does, and what it means to earn their respect,  and why it leaves no doubt why you should choose us for your kitchen and other home renovation needs.

The BBB deals with a wide assortment of industries with cabinet and countertop refinishing being just one of many. They pride themselves on being an unbiased ethical agency and their long history of truly trusted business practices has empowered that pride. We carry that same pride in our quality of service in part due to our uninterrupted qualification for the BBB seal of approval. We are contractually obligated to uphold the BBB's "Standards for Trust" and we also agree to prioritize and resolve complaints that are filed against them with the BBB. This sets us apart from other businesses. Non-BBB business is not required to be ethical or resolve complaints. We have zero BBB complaints which is just one of the contributing circumstances to our achieving the highest rating from the BBB.

When evaluating a business, BBB looks at many different factors.   Being accredited doesn't guarantee that a business earns the top grade of "A+". In fact, there are many businesses out there that treat customers well but do not rate near the perfect grade. Good business often get "C" ratings and below.   You need to realize that "A+" earners have demonstrated to the BBB that we go above and beyond in quality and service. There are close to half-a-million accredited businesses in North America with a fraction of those rated A+.
 
When you contract with us for counter top, cabinets, or any other refinishing service, you will see the same quality of service reflected in our A+ rating from the BBB. If you'd like to see the exact factors we were judged against by the BBB, navigate to and read the BBB review ratings page and know that we guarantee you the same quality of service that we've demonstrated to earn their trust.  Of course, call anytime to learn more about what we can do for you.  

How Much Overhang Can You Design Into Your Counter-Tops

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In general, people seek the maximum amount of kitchen countertop overhang possible without the assist of additional support mechanisms.  How much overhang can I have without additional support? The answer is of course, "It depends".  It depends on a calculation that considers stone rigidity and the percentage of the total counter that is "cantilevered" or independently supported. In general, the maximum overhang length will vary between 12 and 16-inches.  Our kitchen countertop service is one of the most accomplished and most respected  across RI and MA.

For overhang, 12-inches is the general rule for overhang.  It could be less when using soft stone such as Onyx.  For Granite, the most popular choice in counter tops,  the answer is up to 12 inches providing 2/3 or more is cantilevered to offset the unsupported weight.  For the other materials (Corian, Cambria Quartz, etc) the considerations are many and too detailed to discuss here.  That is why it is critical for you to consult a professional kitchen design team like Kenneth C. Lewis.  You are embarking upon some complex design engineering decision making...don't do this alone. 
 
You can add significant overhang space by integrating a supported design.  The use of Corbels or legs to support additional overhangs of course have both pros and cons.  They are:

  • Corbels- Visible but decorative
  • Brackets- Inexpensive and effective, installed properly works better on wall tops than upon cabinets themselves.
  • Legs -Visible, decorative but in the way of chairs and peoples legs.
  • Support brackets- Hidden and concealed but offers great support. They must be installed before the granite and cut into the cabinet itself. They are specifically designed for this challenge.

Think about the worst case scenario such as someone deciding to jump up and sit on your counter-top. Then ask yourself, "would that be safe"?  Would you or your spouse forget about max supported weight and step up on the unsupported  counter to change a light bulb?  So your unsupported counter tops should be designed to support human weight.  Think of your heaviest relative...there's your target support weight.  You can trust Kenneth C. Lewis to make that happen for you.....no matter how big your husband's brother is.

Expert Counter-top Refinishing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 23, 2010
In this post we'd like to shed some light on counter-top refinishing, which some people may not even be aware of. Counter-top refinishing is a process of repairing and restoring an existing kitchen counter or bathroom vanity to extend its functional life, without replacement. The process involves the application of a very hard and durable acrylic coating to the existing counter. But counter-top refinishing isn't just for counter-tops, it works equally well on bathroom vanities, laminate breakfast bars, and even cultured marble sink vanities.

Most all tile, cultured marble, Corian and other laminate counter-tops can be refinished. We mention Corian because Corian has been a popular countertenor brand that we sell, and has been widely used for a lot of our clients. Counter-top refinishing has been popular for years, but recent technological advances have made counter-top refinishing more durable, affordable and attractive to homeowners. So it becomes a more attractive option over replacing your counter-tops. Counter-top refinishing is almost always more affordable than replacing old and worn counter-tops, and especially custom counter-tops or large counters with curves and unique angles. After crunching some numbers we found that counter-top refinishing will typically save homeowners 30% to 50% over total replacement costs.

Refinishing is a great advantage to the alternative mainly because of the sentence above; refinishing can be up to if not over 50% savings compared to replacement. Equally important is avoiding the demolition mess associated with counter-top replacement and the days waiting for the new counter-top installation. A refinished counter-top can usually be returned to light duty within 24 - 36 hours. With our expert and professionalism you’ll have the kitchen you want in days, not weeks.

A refinished counter-top is durable and can extend the useful life of your counters for 10-15 years with basic care and maintenance. Counter-top finishes are available in dozens of colors and textures to fit almost any decorating plan. Take a look at some of the textures we have to offer and see how we can help to refinish your kitchen counter-tops today. We use only the best materials and procedures to give you a durable and attractive counter-top that you can be proud of for many years to come.

Kitchen Islands Are Functional and Offer Great Return On Investment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do you need more preparation space in your kitchen? How about storage space? Strongly consider installing a kitchen island to increase property value, kitchen aesthetics, and functionality of your kitchen.

We specialize in kitchen island installation. Considering the fact that the kitchen ranks high in the most utilized space in any house, why not increase both the comfort and utility of that space?   Below is a compiled a list of the benefits of a kitchen island:

  • Even if you don’t have a kitchen the size of a basketball court, an island transforms transient space into workable and efficient areas. Storage areas for relevant appliance for each area will enhance the efficiency of the space.
  • If you need additional workspace, an island can provide it. You can choose a specialty top for the island (butcher block, stone or stainless steel) to make is especially useful for baking or chopping.
  • If you don't like the look of a traditional island, you can add extra space with a large table. Same concept, different form!
  • If members of your family like to eat in the kitchen, or if you love to talk to them while you cook, an island can add additional casual eating space.
  • If you need extra work surface in more than one area of the kitchen, an island can add flexibility and mobility with a movable space. An island on casters can be moved to whichever area you need - near the stove, near the sink, or out of the way!
  • If you lack a focal point or if you would like to take attention away from flaws elsewhere in your kitchen, an island is a perfect way to do so.
  • If your home has an open plan, an island can serve as the outside wall of the kitchen to give visual separation for the space.
  • If you need space for appliances or an extra sink, an island can be a perfect solution. You can add a small refrigerator, a cook top or an additional oven to enhance the usability of any island.
  • If you want to be able to keep an eye on the kids in the family room while you are preparing dinner, an island can separate rooms without blocking the view.
  • Of course, return on investment. Kitchen upgrades and remodeling consistently rank in the top 5 home improvement investments when measured by positive return on investment.
 
Contact Kenneth C. Lewis today for a professional assessment of what a new kitchen island can do for you.

Kenneth Lewis Is Ready To Roll For Northeast Cabinet Repair

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Today was one of those truly rewarding days when a customer celebrates your work almost as much we did. We love what we do and that passion translates to an every increasing professional satisfaction.  

Our most recent kitchen remodeling effort transformed (it seemed) not only the kitchen itself, but the owners of the property.  I would not label these customers "tired and boring" like their kitchen cabinets, but at the end of the project, their new kitchen brought forth an enthusiasm for their home that was clearly lacking just days ago. They seemed almost as proud of this work as we were. The experience of improving our client's pride of home ownership makes every job a self-motivating and passionate experience. And yes we do much more than kitchen cabinets.

We recently reviewed our customer feedback forms and uncovered common themes such as  "Attention to detail", "Quality Materials", and "Professional". One great customer wrote that even our van shouts "professional". Click to read more about what our customers are saying, and while your out there, be sure to view the picture of one of our rigs that represent our brand and a rolling example of the best the Northeast has to offer in cabinet and general home repair.  

Many Cambria Quartz styles to pick from for your countertop

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Many Cambria Quartz styles to pick from for your countertop - see the Qaurry collection choices below:


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