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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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Home Renovations that Add Value to a Home

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Home renovations can add value to your home. Even if you do not plan to sell your home or take out a home equity loan, adding function through a few home renovations is something worth doing.
 
But remember that not all home renovations prove to be beneficial in the end. Consider two important factors before you take on any project.
 
1. Will this project add value to my home?
 
2. Will this home add function or improve my overall satisfaction with my home?
 
If you answer yes to either or both of these things, it may be time to tackle that renovation project.
 
Top 2 Projects for This Year
 
The following two projects are going to add value to your home from the view of an appraiser.
 
1. The Kitchen - It is the single most important area of the home and remodeling it, upgrading it and sprucing it up does both improve its function for your needs and add value to it in the long term. Your goal here should be to modernized - invest in energy efficient appliances, instead of replacing cabinets you can reface or refinish the cabinets, and add lighting.
 
2. Remodel the Bathroom - Add a bathroom or remodel the ones you have. This is one of the best ways to add value to a home especially if you do plan to sell. Master bathrooms add more value than others do, but any full bath (with a tub or shower) is also an important advantage. Modernize with new fixtures or reface or refinish the cabinetry.
 
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