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How To Budget For A KItchen Remodeling

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 02, 2010

If you are remodeling your kitchen, the first thing to do is to ensure you make a budget and an estimate. Secondly it is important that you stick to the budget. The way to do this would be to ensure you understand and do research on all major items that you plan to buy like granite counter tops and buy the right product at the right price.

If you have done your homework properly then you will not make mistakes like the others do and be able to choose the right type of granite in the right shade as well as the right size, so that you do not end up paying for wastage or overspending more than what you intended.

This is how you calculate the cost of the granite counter tops very efficiently and quickly.

First and foremost choose a right quality of the granite that you would want and fits into your budget. Next seek quotes from three to four suppliers for the particular specification that you are looking for and get comparative prices.

Next thing is to determine the quantity of tiles you would need depending upon the design of the counter top and the area that you wish to cover. Once you have made the calculations you will know how many tiles you would need. Add a small margin to that as wastage. Now multiply the unit price of the tile with the total quantity to arrive at the total amount. Once you know your budget the professionals at Kenneth C. Lewis can help install your counter tops and help remodel your kitchen at a low cost but with high quality. Contact us today should you have any questions about kitchen modeling.

Adding Decorative Cabinet Hardware To Your Cabinets

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 26, 2010

Adding or replacing decorative cabinet hardware is one of the easiest facelifts you could possibly do for your cabinets. If your cabinets are in pretty good shape, and not too dated, changing pulls or knobs is an easy thing to do. The investment is cheap to do and will be a big return as well.

If your cabinets look really old, brand new decorative cabinet hardware might stand out like a sore thumb. Depending on the situation, though, you could add rustic pulls or knobs to your cabinets, and they'd still look good. Your cabinets might also just need a good cleaning to get them sparkling again.

If you are starting fresh, and don't already have pull or knob holes in your doors or drawer fronts the choices are almost endless. You can get 3" center pulls, or knobs, or 96mm, or 128mm, or just about anything you want.

Keep in mind though, that handles with 3" centers are the most common decorative cabinet hardware that there is. If you ever want to change handles in the future, there will certainly be tons of choices. If you go with, say 128mm handles, your future choices for handles will be limited, because you'll have to get 128mm handles again. Also, these handles are larger than normal, so cost more. Finish is also a factor in your cost. Stainless steel will cost much more than a nickel finish, but will look almost identical. Contact us today if you want to add some cabinet hardware to your cabinets or if you need to have them refinished!

The Wide Variety of Kenneth C Lewis Cabinet Refinishing Service Offerings

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 18, 2010

More often that not, we perform multiple services for our clients.  While it is true that we usually arrive at a new customer's home to deliver a single service, inevitably our customers learn that we do so many things and indeed seek additional Kenneth C Lewis'  service offerings. 

Today we'd like to get back to basics and provide you a quick reference summary of the things we can do for you. 

We Custom Build, Modify, and Refinish Existing:

Kitchens & Cabinets
•High-end Mouldings
•Libraries & Studies
Entertainment Centers and Furniture

Home Remodeling Services Includes:
  • Dovetailed Drawer Boxes
  • New Drawer Fronts
  • High-end Mouldings
  • Islands & Countertops    
We Offer Multiple Hardware Options
  • Original Drawer Slides
  • Easy Slide Drawer Track (New Drawer boxes required)
  • European and Knife Handle Hinges
  • We install any style knobs supplied by customer
We Install Custom Countertops:
  • Cambria
  • Granite
  • Corian
  • Soapstone (Etc.)
If you have questions on any of the above listed service offerings, please feel free to contact us at anytime.  

Tips For Preventing Furniture Damage During Moves

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 11, 2010

This blog post offers simple common sense measures that you can take when moving your furniture.  Why would a guy who provides professional furniture repair and restoration services offer such advice?  The answer is simple.  We are a business rooted in integrity and believe that this is one way that Kenneth C. Lewis looks out for you while strengthening our already rock-solid business reputation.  

If you adhere to the following advice and never again suffer furniture damage, then congrats because you are the rare exception.   But when it comes time to repair damaged furniture, we hope you will turn to us.

You will have to spend money up front to protect your furniture during transit, but it’s worth every penny. Here’s what you’ll need:

Furniture Blankets

Wrap your furniture in furniture blankets and you’ll be able to stack them and maximize the use of your transit space.  You can use or rent furniture blankets.  Realize that they can be used for any number of household purposes (yard blankets, attic storage protection, future moves, etc).  

Quilted Chair and Sofa Covers
You can use chair covers instead of furniture blankets if you want to take extra precautions to protect heirloom quality sofas and chairs.  They are sewn to fit your chairs snug, as opposed to furniture blankets that you’ll have to manipulate to try to cover the entire surface area of your chair.

Moving Pads
You can use moving pads to protect large furniture, like your piano, from getting damaged. They won’t cover the entire furniture, like a furniture blanket, but they’re useful for loading and unloading different furniture items.

Mattress Covers
These are huge, durable plastic covers that fit your mattress. It will protect your mattress from water damage as well as from rips and tears. You’ll need to buy one for the mattress and another one of your box spring. Mattress covers come in all sizes, from crib mattresses to king sized beds.

Straps
When you use straps in the moving truck, you can keep furniture from sliding back and forth. You can also organize the move by strapping certain “rooms” towards the back of your truck, and others near the front. If your primary concern is making sure that your furniture stays in one place while the truck is on the move, buy furniture traps to keep things securely in one place. You can also use straps to lift heavy furniture. These fit comfortably around your shoulders and attach to the furniture for you to lift and carry to your truck.

Bubble Wrap
You’ll need bubble wrap for your fragile items, such as glass mirrors and antiques. Bubble wrap cushions the item wrapped inside, protecting it from damage during the move. You can also pack several items next to or on top of each other, if you use bubble wrap as a cushion between them. These are widely accessible and easy to use. An alternative to using bubble wrap is packing paper, but these may not work well for some of your heavier or more fragile items.
It’s risky business moving without the proper supplies to prevent furniture damage. You should do what you can to preserve your items, and to make sure that your furniture arrives in one piece.

Please realize that we also provide cabinet refinishing and repair services and countertops repair and replacement services.  Do your best to protect them.  When you need them repaired, restored, or replaced, contact us!

Refacing Your Cabinets Is The Affordable Solution

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Cabinet refacing enables you to get the look of new cabinetry for a fraction of the cost of installing all new cabinets.  Kitchen renovations don't have to cost and arm and a leg. If you're dreaming of remodeling your kitchen, but don't think you can afford it, you should consider cabinet refacing. A great way to stretch your remodeling budget without sacrificing on quality, kitchen cabinet refacing enables you to get the look of completely new cabinets for far less than installing all new cabinets. You don't have to overspend to achieve a great new look for your home!

Never heard of refacing cabinets? That's okay: not everyone has. Refacing cabinets involves utilizing your existing cabinetry as the basis for your new cabinets. Our professionals will remove your old door and drawer fronts while leaving the cupboards themselves in place as the framework for the new cabinets. We then adhere new side panels to the exterior of your cabinetry, add new solid-wood doors and drawer fronts, and leave you with a kitchen that looks completely new - without blowing your budget!

As long as the current layout of your kitchen cabinetry suits your needs and the cabinet boxes themselves are in good condition, cabinet refacing is the best option for creating a fresh new look for your home. Because the doors and drawers are replaced, you can take even the most outdated styles and make them look modern and sleek. And because the sides of the old cabinets will be covered as well, you can go from dark cabinetry to light or vice-versa. The sky's the limit when it comes to making over the appearance of your cabinets with professional refacing.

So if it's time to do something about your kitchen's outdated cabinets, don't feel like you have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars replacing all of your cupboards. You can save tons of money and still get the gorgeous appearance you want with professional kitchen cabinet refacing. Get the look you want at a fraction of the price: choose cabinet refacing and get the most bang for your buck. Contact us to learn more about cabinet refacing, great savings, and great quality.

Need A Countertop Replacement? Try Soapstone

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 29, 2010

Soapstone - a form of metamorphic rock containing magnesium, dolomite and talc. It actually is called soapstone because touching its surface produces a tactile sensation that is remarkably similar to that of a dry bar of soap. Geologically, it is related to marble, which has long been valued as a surface in homes and buildings dating back to the Hellenistic Period. Unlike marble however, soapstone countertops are easier to care for and cost less than marble surfaces.

Why should you consider soapstone countertops? If you know a great deal of cooking, you no doubt are aware of the kind of abuse that countertops must endure, especially when it comes to stains. And if you don’t have a chopping board, then that can put a lot of strain onto your countertops.  In fact, soapstone - unlike its geologic cousin, marble - is chemically inert, and will not react with acidic nor alkaline substances. What this means is that virtually nothing you spill on it will cause permanent staining - simply wipe it off or remove it from the surface with a bit of fine sandpaper, and it's good as new!

Soapstone countertops also offer great aesthetic value; it is what is known as schist, meaning it has a grained appearance like wood and marble. There are many different colors, types and treatments for soapstone countertops; a nice thing about soapstone is that you will have few problems finding a type that will blend in nicely with any color scheme or décor. Soapstone offers versatility, durability, ease of care and a unique kind of beauty. Soapstone countertops are one of the best and ultimately, most economical ways to upgrade your kitchen; check out the many options available today!

For Cabinet Renovations: Hire The Professionals

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Whether you are aspiring to renovate your kitchen for the purpose of attracting potential buyers to purchase your home or you have a kitchen that needs some work to become more user-friendly for your own ends, it can be well worth your while to hire a professional to assist you in your endeavor and that is where we can come in.

Doing kitchen renovations on your own may seem like a cheaper way to get the same result from your project, but it's likely that your experience in renovations isn't very extensive; even if you have done some renovations in the past, it's unlikely that you have much experiences with specifically renovating kitchens which often have specific issues that can need to be taken care of.

Working with the professionals can help you not only make a plan that encompasses all the elements that you'd like to have in your kitchen, but we can also help you realize what about your plan works or doesn't work in the amount of space that you have, the style of your home, and the amount of money that you want to work with. While hiring someone else to do a job for you does add an expense to your project it can help you create a much more polished end product as a result.

If you're planning on renovating your kitchen for the purpose of making your home more appealing to buyers and don't want to invest more than your return would be, make sure that you let us know; it is easy to make your kitchen stand out with its new-found awesomeness but you might not actually see as big a return on your investment unless you plan accordingly. Some upgrades to a home result in very little return even though they significantly improve a home.

Don't be afraid to be frank us about your likes and dislikes, what you can afford, and the purpose of your renovation. The more honest and upfront that you can be about the whole project, the happier you will be when it's all said and done. Feel free to contact us for more information on how you can improve your kitchen with just a little cabinet refinishing.

Damaged Countertops? Let The Professionals Take Care Of It

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 14, 2010

Anytime you spend a lot of money on something only to have it break down on you, it usually will send you into a tizzy. Well if it is a solid surface counter top then there is no reason to freak out. One of the big selling points for solid surface counter tops is the fact that they can be repaired if they are scratched, cracked, chipped, burnt or anything else. As long as your counter top has not been ground into a pile of powder or confetti, it can be repaired.

Now we have actually seen forums or other do-it-yourself repair things saying how you can fix a crack with super glue or some new fantastic resin that you can simply pour on the crack and then sand it down and then it's fixed. Well, coming from the professionals, that simply isn’t true.

Other than simple scratch removal and some stain removal, there is no such thing as a homeowner doing a real, legitimate, invisible, beautiful repair on their own solid surface counter top. It's just not going to happen. That is one big myth that can be busted in the blink of an eye. Just ask anyone who has been unfortunate enough to take this advice. Most of the time when sites try to sell a powerful resin or liquid to fill into the crack then sand it down, it feels as though it’s filled but looks unprofessional. Not only that but numerous times have the “sealant” been raised out after 6 months of being used.

In the event that it doesn't look awful at first, just hold on, it will. It will start to change colors, usually it goes darker. Your once beautiful counter tops now look like something that you salvaged from some old hotel or something. The good thing is, even if you are not qualified to repair your own counter top, we are. We specialize in refinishing and refurnishing and would be glad to repair your counter top to look brand new, guaranteed. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we'll be happy to help.

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.


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