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Kitchen Remodeling is the Number One Home Improvement Project

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer is the busiest time for home improvement projects and, after a few years of a down economy, it looks like more people will take the plunge in the summer of 2011.

Kitchen remodeling is the number one project that people take on.

It is also the best return for your investment.

You can get as much as an 85% return on your money and it can cost as little as a few thousand dollars for things like re-facing cabinets and a fresh coat of paint.

A good rule of thumb is never spend more than 20 percent of your home's value on any re-modeling job, especially if you are thinking about selling in the next few years.

"Understand exactly what the market is, do they have granite countertops, do they have stainless steel appliances, because the last thing you want to do is price yourself out of the market because that is going to cut into your return," Hicks, from Angies List, said.

In general, you can expect an 85% return on your kitchen re-model when you sell your home.

In the meantime, you get the benefits of a better kitchen, which for most families is the "heart of the home."

Kitchen remodeling on a budget
Just about everybody can make their kitchen their own dream kitchen space without breaking the bank or causing a divorce. Here are some suggestions to do kitchen remodeling on a budget.

1.   Add a fresh coat of paint  
2.   Order new doors or fronts for your appliances  
3.   Refacing your cabinets or replacing the doors  
4.   Replace the cabinet hardware with high end hardware  
5.   Replace your sink or just the faucet

Original article on 9news.com Written by Jack Maher

"Room Lifts" Are Replacing Major Home Remodeling Projects

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 06, 2011

A recession-wrought change in consumer spending is having a dramatic impact on kitchen and bath remodeling, according to a major new study conducted by sink, faucet and shower products supplier Moen.

“Given the current recession, it’s no surprise that consumers are saving rather than spending – and when they do spend, they’re doing so from cash on hand, rather than credit,” says Jack Suvak, senior director of OH-based Moen. “This change in spending behavior has had a dramatic impact on remodeling projects.”

According to Suvak, most homeowners are choosing to perform “room lifts” – small upgrades to personalize a room – rather than undertake the kind of major remodels that were commonplace prior to the recession. An example is choosing to refinish or reface existing cabinets to update a kitchen rather than remodel an entire kitchen. In addition, Suvak said, homeowners “are choosing to personalize renovations to fit their needs, rather than update a room for the next family that will be living in the house.

“For years, we’ve heard that if you want to sell your home, start by remodeling your kitchen because it has the highest return on investment,” he said.

Moen’s research found that families with children living in the home are more engaged in their kitchens than their counterparts without children – and are more likely to view the kitchen as a place where activities or conversations happen. With regard specifically to kitchen remodeling, respondents with children are significantly more likely than those without children to remodel or make improvements to their kitchen or spent more on kitchen improvements, Moen said.

Original article on Kitchen and Bath Design News

Kitchen Renovations are Affordable with Countertop Resurfacing

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

There is nothing stating that a kitchen remodeling project needs to be more than you can afford and let's face it; remodeling a kitchen can be an expensive endeavor. Appliances and paint to floors, cabinets and countertops, completely transforming a kitchen requires quite a bit of money and time. Often, doing the entire project at once is cost-prohibitive. But there are ways to transform your kitchen without spenging too much. How? Creative solutions to kitchen renovation, like countertop resurfacing. You can save a lot of money and hassle with countertop resurfacing as opposed to replacing them. Countertops are heavy and cling to everything, including the kitchen sink. By just resurfacing, you can avoid the labor and cost of completely removing them, let alone replacing them.

In resurfacing your countertop, one option is to remove the old laminate and replace it with new laminate. But, there are other options for countertop resurfacing as well. You can install ceramic tiles over the old countertops. You can also polish existing old stone or other solid material countertops to give them a brighter and fresher look. The countertops are a focal point for the eye when you enter a kitchen and they dramatically change the style of an area. Changing the countertop will allow you to carry through with the design you want while visually impacting the space with just one renovation. Countertop resurfacing can transform your kitchen into something cozier and more stylish without killing your home remodeling budget.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Is Faster and Easier than Remodeling the Kitchen

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.

A Reminder Why You Choose Kenneth C. Lewis for Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Services

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, May 15, 2011
I get asked this question all the time and it is easily answered both by us and by all those that we've ever served.

Why choose Kenneth C. Lewis?  The answer is that we love what we do, we do it better than anyone else in the industry, and your complete satisfaction is completely guaranteed.

The foundation of successful business is always built upon passion.  Our passion for improving the quality of life of those we serve has constantly increased over the years.  When we turn your vision into reality, we are both personally and professionally enriched.  Whether we beatifying the entry to your home with a new custom door, replacing your kitchen cabinets,  island and countertops, to repairing heirloom furniture, we do it with experience, passion, and skill.

Let Kenneth C Lewis put our passion to work for you. You'll be glad you did. Guaranteed! 

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas That Make a Big Difference

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 09, 2011

Kitchen renovations are among the most expensive home-improvement projects. However, it's possible to refresh a tired kitchen without feeling financial pain. For the most inexpensive yet still dramatic make over, walls can be painted, cabinets can be refinished and the cabinet hardware can be changed to freshen the look. An entirely new kitchen is possible with Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C Lewis. Kitchen cabinets can be dressed up, revitalizing an older kitchen, or giving a newer kitchen the look and feel you dreamed of.

The next level, still less expensive than a total remodel, but effective and dramatic, you can upgrade your appliances within the same footprint, which saves the expense and hassle of moving plumbing and electrical lines. Even investing in one great feature such as a granite countertop, a deep freeze refrigerator, or a pro grade range can have a big impact. A nice and well done cosmetic upgrade will more than pay for itself at resale time. So if changing styles or wear and tear has you in need of a kitchen face lift, consider a less expensive kitchen makeover through cabinet refinishing.

Furniture Refinishing and Repairing Will Restore Your Family Heirlooms

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 02, 2011

We all have that family heirloom, or antique table that needs to be enhanced, refinished or repaired. A beautiful dresser that needs the laminate replaced or a gorgeous end table with a damaged pedestal leg; but who can you trust to care for and restore your prized furniture? These pieces of furniture are special to you because they are either sentimental, sturdy, or in some way irreplaceable. They need to be returned to you in as new condition, with no sign of where the repair was made.

Our furniture repair and restoration services have established a reputation amongst our customers for excellence that is unmatched in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas. We specialize in furniture and wood repair and furniture structural repair, precision repair of wood and laminate surfaces, refinishing and polishing, and color matching for antiques, specialty items, offices, libraries and entertainment centers.

The craftsmen at Kenneth C. Lewis can restore and enhance wood’s natural beauty and strength virtually erasing scuffs, gouges, water rings, and dents. Trust Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C Lewis to care for your family’s heirlooms, your costly office furnishings, or the furniture you love.  Our expertise is unsurpassed and our workmanship is guaranteed.  Contact us today.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing is a Perfect Choice

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 25, 2011

You may have solidly constructed kitchen cabinets that just need a face lift. If you feel like your existing kitchen cabinets are "worn out" or have an "outdated" appearance, REFACING them may be the perfect choice. For a fresh, new look in your kitchen you may not need to buy new cabinets. Having your kitchen cabinets torn out and replaced with new kitchen cabinets can cost you a fortune and take a lot of time. Even if you have never done a large home remodeling project, you know that losing the right to your kitchen is stressful and certainly inconvenient. And you might not get the same quality cabinets as the ones that you have right now.  At Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinets, we regularly save our customers over half the cost of new replacement cabinetry, and we are only in your kitchen for 3-4 days!  Our approach and process allows for the least disruption possible when it comes to using your kitchen.

More importantly, the quality of our work always ends up surpassing the highest of expectations from our customers. With cabinet refacing by Kenneth C Lewis your satisfaction is more important than anything else.  

Kitchen Remodeling Will Get You the Biggest ROI

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 18, 2011

When it comes to renovating your home for re-sale there are a few major renovations that top the list but Kitchen remodels top them all. For the largest return on your investment when reselling your home, consider a kitchen remodel.

Buyers want to envision themselves in a gorgeous newly renovated kitchen where they can see themselves entertaining friends and family, where the kids do their homework, and guests can gather around a gorgeous kitchen island. This is what buyers look for.

Kitchen Remodels give you a ROI of 75-85%. The function of the kitchen has evolved over the years, and now more than ever the kitchen must meet those needs.

  • A major kitchen remodel may need to include a new floor plan to improve on a poorly designed work triangle.
  • If the kitchen is completely dated, refinishing or resurfacing the cabinets will update the look and save you money to spend on replacing the appliances and countertops.
  • If at all possible add a kitchen island into the plans. Everyone loves them!
  • Replacing appliances, lighting, flooring, finishes and fixtures and adding new doors and windows will grab the buyers' attention. Refinishing or resurfacing the cabinetry is easier and more efficient than replacing it. 
Since kitchens and baths are the costliest rooms to renovate, the buyer will be thrilled that the work is already done for them.

Budget for your Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 11, 2011

It is important to prepare a budget for your kitchen remodeling plan before you start implementing it. Without a complete and detailed budget prepared before the kitchen renovation begins, you may get swept into a spending spiral of un-budgeted extras.

Limit spending on the kitchen remodeling to about 15-percent of your home's value.

The cost of appliances, countertops, cabinets, flooring, and so on, will add up to one-half to two-thirds of the total cost of remodeling. Find out the prices for these items and plug those figures into the budget. Similarly, make provisions for the cost of labor, design, contracting services, and permit fees.

Consider cabinet refinishing or refacing rather than purchasing brand new cabinets. This will dramatically cut down on the expense, but even better, it will dramatically cut down on the mess, stress, and length of time of the project. Cabinet refinishing is perfect if your cabinets are in good shape but they have an out of date look. Cabinet refacing is a great option when you have custom built cabinets that were well made, but perhaps have damaged or out of date fronts. The door and drawer fronts will be remade and replaced, entirely changing the look of your kitchen in much less time, for much less money and much less stress.


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