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Cabinet Refacing is a Popular Home Improvement Project- Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 03, 2014

Two-thirds of consumers are planning home renovations! If you want to start a home improvement project consider cabinet refacing and visit us at the New England Home Show & Home Show at Patriot Place.

Consumers are spending more money to improve their homes, a new survey says. A fast and inexpensive way to accomplish this is with a minor kitchen remodel, or cabinet refinishing and refacing along with new countertops.

There is a lot more consumer confidence out there and this is a great direction for the real estate market. Whether you want to sell your home in the future, or just make it more comfortable, home improvements are a great idea.

Some 32% of respondents cited improving the home's appearance as the reason for renovating, while 22% linked the renovations to preparing the home for a future sale. Only 11% said the renovations were to improve the property's value.

For those looking to upgrade their living situation, consumers have long grappled with staying in their current home and renovating or buying a different property.

This choice may be easier to make for some homeowners, especially if they have the credit standards required to obtain a mortgage to purchase a more expensive home. For other consumers who have been shut out of the mortgage market on the heels of tighter lending standards by banks, the renovation option becomes front and center.

For more information on cabinet refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Cabinet Refinishing can Bring Back the Luster of Your Kitchen Cabinets for Less - Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 05, 2014

The kitchen industry is forever changing. And in order to keep up with the trends, you can easily modify your kitchen. Changes are usually done to cabinets to spruce up your favorite place at home. Refinishing cabinets is generally less expensive than doing a full kitchen remodeling project.

What you do with old wooden cabinets is up to you. But your cabinets may have their own distinct characteristic that you can highlight through cabinets. Your old worn cabinets may have lost their luster but they are still functional and in good shape.  When you want to revamp and update the look and feel of your kitchen, older cabinets can be a source of inspiration for creative home accents.

You can update the look of your kitchen by refinishing kitchen cabinets. Cabinet refinishing in Providence, RI can be an ideal alternative for kitchen remodeling because it is cost-effective. A refinishing expert should do the job, so it looks professional and is done right. The use of the most durable commercial grade lacquer guarantees that your good old cabinets will be put back to beautiful condition. No need to throw them away or take on the expense of purchasing replacements.

For  a cabinet refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends and Ideas- Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Home remodeling is back in style and this year has a bunch of new trends.

1. Modern Kitchens

Not so long ago, remodeled kitchens had a rustic feel with warm paint colors and cabinetry, and wrought iron hardware and lighting. Now, modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs.  Appliances are more likely to be blended into the design or hidden away from view entirely to give the kitchen a sleeker appearance.

2. Brass Accents

Brass is making a comeback this year. It’s not the highly polished, bright brass hardware and lighting; it is the rustic, dull and hammered brass that is in. The new looks will be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom hardware as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the house.

3. Updated Bathrooms

Bathrooms came in second to kitchen remodeling. As far as style, vintage bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms that feature amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs. For coloring and style, glass tiles will be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.

4. Vibrant Colors

The kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment next year, but other rooms will have color. Bright accent colors such as turquoise, yellow and orange that were popular in 2013 have a new twist; in 2014, they’ll be more of a focal point and even more vibrant with colors such as Green Flash, Lemon Zest, Nectarine and Rouge Red. Vibrant accent walls, main paint colors and flooring throughout bedrooms and main living spaces will be featured.

5. Sustainable Materials

Going green is nothing new, but sustainability may get easier in 2014 remodels. Manufacturers and builders are constantly getting greener and greener in the way they source materials and put up homes. As a result, energy efficiency is becoming an assumption. Remodels will include more renewable materials such as bamboo, energy-efficient appliances and additional designs that incorporate the local climate as well as repurposed materials. Kitchen cabinet refacing is a green solution and a less expensive solution to new cabinets.

For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Gives Your Kitchen New Life - Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 09, 2014

If your kitchen cabinets are still good but the doors are looking old, tired and outdated, consider refacing them. Replacing a kitchen can be a very expensive remodel, but if you like the layout of your kitchen and just want to give it a face-lift, cabinet refacing may be an option.

The old doors and drawers are removed and replaced with new ones. There are many different styles and material to choose from. The brand new doors come with "hidden" European-style hinges. Your cabinets will get a fresh cover to match the doors, and it looks like you have purchased all new cabinets.

On the increase

There is a rise in refacing kitchen cabinets because of the variety of materials, styles and colors to choose from. Wood doors are available in maple, hickory, oak, cherry and alder. Are you partial to a solid raised-panel frame, or do you like more of the "Shaker" beaded look? Maybe door frames for glass doors? The color can match your décor from champagne, natural, cider, espresso or something in-between. There is so much to choose. Glaze can be added to the door profile for that "extra touch.”

A very convenient aspect of cabinet refacing is the lack of disruption to your home and your life. In just a few days the work is completed, and you will have a beautiful, updated kitchen.

Going beyond cabinetry

You can improve beyond the face of the cabinetry. Other considerations while cabinet refacing: crown molding for an elegant look, new knobs and hardware for the doors and drawers, adding a new cabinet or creating a new island. You can add new hardwood drawer boxes or roll trays, with top-quality glides and add other interior accessories.

Don't stop updating at the cabinet face; now is a good time to replace your outdated countertop and add new tiled backsplash to go with your new kitchen. For more information contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Remodeling Ideas that Save Money – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Remodeling an outdated kitchen can be overwhelming especially when you start calculating the expenses against your budget. When you finally decide to move forward with the remodeling process, there are some budget-friendly avenues you can take.  Here are some ideas that allow you to remodel the kitchen without spending a fortune.

Keep within the same layout. One large cost saving factor to a kitchen remodel is to keep the same layout. When plumbing and electrical doesn't have to be moved, you can save money by not hiring additional contractors and knocking down walls.

Refinish or paint the existing cabinets. If cabinets are in good shape and are good quality, having the existing cabinets painted will be most cost effective compared to purchasing new cabinets. This option will also provide you with a wide variety of colors to choose from.

Remove upper cabinets. Making your kitchen look bigger without knocking down walls and staying within the same footprint is easy. Most times an overabundance of unnecessary kitchen items are stored in cabinets. These items are rarely used or at one time may have seen more usage. Purge kitchen items that take up space. By removing upper cabinets the kitchen space will now visually appear larger.

Remove or Replace cabinet doors. If removing upper cabinets from the space isn't an option, remove upper cabinet doors instead. This avenue will allow for glasses and dishware to be easily accessible and will ensure that unnecessary clutter won't be seen. Or, on the upper cabinets, you can replace cabinet doors with glass doors.

Countertop replacement. If choosing to replace the kitchen counter top, consider granite countertops. Granite can be expensive especially if a larger kitchen is being remodeled. Keeping to a grade 1 compared to a grade 4 or 5 exotic stone will still give you an updated new kitchen look.

Replace Sink and faucet. Change out the sink and faucet if the decision is made to keep the existing counter top, replace the sink and update the faucet hardware. These small changes will make a large impact on the new kitchen look.

Change out cabinet hardware and hinges. This is an easy update that will have tremendous impact on the cabinets. Using a newer fresher style cabinet or bin pull depending on the style of the kitchen is a change worth implementing. So many new styles are available to choose from.

Update lighting. A quick and updated look can also happen by making a lighting change. Remove that old florescent light over the sink and replace it with a funky stylish pendant light. Most times the florescent light is hidden behind a cornice bridge that joins cabinets over the sink. This board is usually only decorative. Remove this cornice and expose the newly installed pendant light.

Exploring some of these options when budgeting for your kitchen remodeling project will give you a newly updated kitchen without spending a fortune. For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Remodeling Trends- Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More and more homeowners are starting home remodeling projects. And, with the desire to improve our homes comes some new and exciting trends.

1. Modern Kitchens

In 2014, kitchen remodeling will be the most common project, more than any other room in the house. And, they will follow a new trend.

Not so long ago, remodeled kitchens had a rustic feel. Now, modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs. Appliances are more likely to be blended into the design or hidden away from view entirely to give the kitchen a sleeker appearance.

2. Brass Accents

Brass has made a comeback this year. While brass is nothing new, it has gotten a facelift. Highly polished, bright brass hardware and lighting is gone; rustic, dull and hammered brass is in. The new looks will be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom hardware as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the house.

3. Updated Bathrooms

Bathroom remodeling is second to the kitchen. As far as style, vintage bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms that feature amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs. For coloring and style, glass tiles will be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.

4. Vibrant Colors

While the kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment, there are different idea for other rooms. Bright accent colors such as turquoise, yellow and orange that were popular in 2013 have a new twist; in 2014, they’ll be more of a focal point and even more vibrant with colors.

5. Sustainable Materials

Going green is nothing new, but sustainability is popular in remodels. Manufacturers, builders and homeowners are constantly getting greener and greener in the way they source materials and put up homes. As a result, Energy efficiency is becoming an assumption, not an add-on. Reuse existing cabinets with cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing is a great way to go green.

For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Remodeling With No VOCs – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A kitchen remodel can do more than just improve the look and feel of your kitchen, when done right, it also can improve your indoor air quality. Air quality is an important factor, especially during the winter months when homes are sealed up tight against the cold outdoor air.

Carpeting, paint and even the materials used in your shower might contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

New technology has helped home improvement with products that don’t contain VOCs. So, as you plan your remodeling project, be sure to use these products to help keep the air in your home cleaner.

The kitchen: You may never have thought your kitchen cabinets have the potential to pollute the air inside your home. But if you are looking at new cabinets that are made from a plastic-based material, or painted or varnished, there’s a chance the cabinets are producing VOCs. Wood cabinets look great in kitchens, and you can choose cabinet refinishing or cabinet refacing as a better, greener option that uses finishes without VOCs. Older cabinets are more likely to be made from wood as well.

The walls: A fresh coat of paint is the first element when planning a room design. Choosing the perfect color and knowing if a primer coat is needed are just two decisions that need to be made when picking a brand.

The bathroom: Usually one of the smallest rooms in the home, it’s more important to make certain the airspace has good quality. Upgrade your shower with a unit made of modular panels that are lightweight and interlock securely.

For more information on cabinet refacing or refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets Gives you a “New” Kitchen for Less – Newton, Weston, Brookline

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Many homeowners dream of giving their kitchens a full-scale remodel. Though such a project can give a kitchen an entirely new look, that look does not come cheap. On a major kitchen remodel, homeowners can expect to spend more than $53,000. So while the idea of a full-scale kitchen remodel might be a dream project, the cost of such an undertaking is beyond many homeowners' budgets.

But homeowners who cannot afford a full kitchen remodel can still give their kitchens a new look and can do so for relatively little money. Refinishing kitchen cabinets in a new color, by giving fading cabinets a fresh face can instantly add life to a kitchen, giving the room an entirely different feel without breaking the bank.

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. Many decorative effects can be achieved during any cabinet refinishing project with paint or stain.

Refinishing kitchen cabinets significantly increases the value of your home. But best of all the process is painless. The average actual time spent in your kitchen is 3 - 4 days with minimal interruption to your normal home life. And, at Kenneth C. Lewis, we use the most durable commercial grade lacquer on the market.

For more information, contact us.

Cabinet Refacing: Less Time and Money for a Whole New Look – Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 30, 2014

Regardless of if you want to remodel your kitchen for resale of for your own enjoyment, kitchen home improvements are a great investment. If your kitchen is dated or just needs a facelift from overuse, cabinet refacing may be the right place to start.

Outdated cabinets are one of the easiest ways to deter potential home buyers. Even if you're not preparing to put your home on the market, updating your kitchen can make a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your home. A family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, anyone making use of  the home needs it to feel light, airy and inviting as well as modern.

There are many ways to remodel a kitchen, it certainly does not need to be expensive A budget-friendly approach to kitchen remodeling is cabinet refacing. New cabinet doors and drawers can transform the kitchen, giving it a lighter, more modern style.

For a budget friendly kitchen makeover you can have your cabinets refaced.  If you just want a new look in your kitchen, there is no need to spend your money on replacing your cabinets. Less time, mess and stress is involved in kitchen cabinet refacing.

With cabinet refacing, your existing cabinet doors and drawers are removed and replaced. Next, either a wood veneer, made from real maple, oak or walnut, is applied to the wood portions of your cabinets. The entire process generally takes only two to four days.

Cabinet refacing costs much less than cabinet replacement and it's better for the environment as well. For more information on cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2014 - Newton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A new year brings new kitchen design trends. There are plenty of new kitchen remodeling ideas that people are excited to put into their kitchens in 2014. Here are the kitchen trends that are popular this year:

1. Engineered stone countertops; they don’t chip or stain like granite and the other natural stones can, and are gaining popularity in homes with children.

2. Open Concepts; homeowners want to create a space that allows more people to gather in and around the kitchen instead of compartmentalized areas.

3. Gray; either gray stained cabinetry or gray painted walls, gray is definitely the new beige.

4. Stainless steel hoods with beautiful backsplashes; instead of just the hood being a focal point, it allows the whole area to become a focal point.

5. Open shelving; it draws the eye upward and breaks up a space that’s heavy with cabinetry. Refacing cabinets is a great way to speed up the job, save time and money, and save on resources. With cabinet refacing, shelves or glass doors can be added as well.

6. Glass tile backsplash; it adds beautiful texture to a kitchen and isn’t found in every kitchen you walk into.

7. Large kitchen islands with seating; as the kitchen becomes more of an entertaining space, homeowners like to incorporate seating around the island to make the kitchen even more inviting for guests.

8. Prep sinks in addition to main sinks; this is ideal for families who typically have two cooks in the kitchen, allowing both people to work without bumping into one another.

9. Beverage centers; they help the traffic flow in a kitchen, especially while entertaining.

10. Quality products; people want to remodel their kitchen with quality materials and products that won’t need repairs or replacing in a few years.

For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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