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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.

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.

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