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Inexpensive Bathroom Upgrades for Boston and Rhode Island Homes

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Every time you walk into your bathroom, you are reminded of what you never wanted your bathroom to look like.  Instead of getting frustrated, you could invest in an inexpensive bathroom renovation that can actually boost your home's value.

The national average for a bathroom renovation is $16,552, so a low cost bathroom facelift is a great solution for your bathroom and your wallet.

By updating a few areas of your bathroom without spending a lot of money, your bathroom can feel brand new and add value to your home.

Here are some ideas for a low-cost bathroom renovation that can pay you back.

Project No. 1: Reface Cabinets
Your bathroom cabinets can take a beating throughout the years. You might think that the best option is to replace it entirely, but a more budget-friendly option is to achieve a brand new look by refacing bathroom cabinets, which maintains the structure of your cabinets while replacing the doors and drawers.

Refacing the bathroom vanity can change the entire feel of the bathroom, updating the old cabinet doors and drawers can give your bathroom a modern, fresh look that can increase the value of your home with a dollar for dollar investment.

And speaking of finances, cabinet refacing will cost significantly less than replacing your entire vanity and cabinets. Before you decide to replace your bathroom cabinets entirely, if your cabinets are structurally sound they may simply need a facelift.

Project No. 2: Update Your Floors
Project No. 3: Install a Stylish Sink
Project No. 4: Update the Lighting
Project No. 5: Get a Stylish Shower Head

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


Cabinet Refacing for an Easy Kitchen Facelift

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Does your kitchen look dated? If so, you may not need an entire kitchen renovation. You may just need some updating. If you like the layout of your kitchen, but you just want a facelift, consider kitchen cabinet refacing.  If your kitchen is in dire need of a facelift, there is no better way to quickly and easily give it an updated more modern look than by refacing your cabinets.

You kitchen cabinets are the centerpiece of your kitchen.  You could go with custom cabinets, if you want to spend tens of thousands. Or you can achieve a similar look with kitchen cabinet refacing for a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time.

What style you are looking to create? You can choose modern, contemporary, traditional, or anything in between. If you want a really new look, you can even upgrade some of your traditional wood cabinets to glass door wall cabinets for a visual appeal. Cabinets and countertops are major design elements, and can be costly to replace completely. It’s easier and less costly to refresh cabinets with cabinet refacing. Swapping out old, dated hardware for newer more modern styles is also a simple, low-cost way to give cabinets a facelift.

With cabinet refacing you can even take advantage of the trend of combining contrasting colors. Combining colors and textures creates visual interest and can make your kitchen look custom. If you feel bold, when refacing kitchen cabinets, try adding some color by varying cabinetry finishes.
For more information or ideas on kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Replace or Reface the Cabinets?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Of all the equipment in your kitchen, the cabinets are the most distinct. They take up the most space in your kitchen and are generally what you really see first. If you want a kitchen makeover, the cabinets are a good place to start. But do you replace them or reface them?

Basically this comes down to budget and patience.  If you have little of both, cabinet refacing may be the best option. Cabinet refacing is a more economical way of renovating your kitchen. It is an easier, less time consuming process that costs far less than brand new cabinets.  Many homeowners are opting to remain in their homes and update them.  Cabinet refacing is a great way to help you feel like your kitchen is brand new.
With kitchen cabinet refacing, you can get a whole new look. Choose from a wide variety of cabinet finishes, antique to sleek and modern. This is a great option for those who want to change the look and feel of their kitchen without changing its layout.

Updating your cabinets is a very effective way of changing and updating your kitchen. Before you spend too much money on new cabinets, remember that cabinet refacing has many benefits. It is more cost effective than replacing, the installation takes just a few days, and your kitchen will have a totally new look. If your cabinets are in good condition, cabinet refacing may be the right choice. And just think, after your kitchen remodeling project is over, you’ll have money left over to do the bath!
For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Save Money with Cabinet Refacing

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

When remodeling the kitchen,  new cabinets are the majority of the cost. In fact, the cost of new cabinets is usually what puts kitchen remodeling out of reach.
No longer. You can save money by using your old cabinets. Kitchen cabinet refacing can give you a brand new kitchen at a portion of the cost and in just a few days.  You can significantly cut the cost down on your kitchen project by using your existing cabinets. No matter what style you are looking for, cabinet refacing can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen, making it look brand new.

Cabinet refacing is a great way to get the look and feel in your kitchen that you want, in less time and for less money. Contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.  

Mini Kitchen Remodels

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Do you cringe at the very thought of how much money you could potentially shell out for an entire kitchen remodel project?

According to a Remodeling magazine survey, the average price of a major kitchen remodel is estimated to cost more than $67,000-with a resale value of just over $50,000. And you can underestimate the makeover's cost by as much as 40% percent.

A newest trend in home remodeling is the mini-remodel keeping the focus on separate updates one at a time rather than doing everything at once. So, instead of gutting your entire kitchen and starting from scratch, consider the smaller projects that can breathe new life into this space without breaking the bank-or your spirit.


This is arguably your home's most used plumbing fixture and a simple update can yield wonders for the entire kitchen. A pullout faucet simplifies prep and cleanup, hot and cold dispensers provide instantaneous water and a bar faucet provides an additional option.


Refacing Cabinets - Cabinet refacing is cheaper than all new cabinets. Kitchen cabinet refacing involves the replacement of the door and drawer fronts (with new) plus installing a veneer of new wood over the existing cabinets. This is usually done with your existing countertops in place if they are in good shape.

For something of a bit higher quality - Reface your cabinets without using veneers. You can get a brand-new kitchen in an affordable price,  by replacing cabinet doors and drawers that are custom-built with soft close slides and high-end quality lacquer finish moldings.


An updated light or lighting system can change the way you look at things in your kitchen-literally.

From an ENERGY STAR-rated ceiling fixture and track lighting to a mini chandelier or pendant lighting over the kitchen table, never underestimate the power of proper lighting anywhere in your home-particularly in the kitchen.

The kitchen remodel doesn't have to be as daunting an event as it sounds. Even a small update can work wonders for your home's favorite meeting place and most popular room.

For more information on a mini-remodel, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C Lewis.

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Keep Your Cabinets

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? If so, there are ways to keep the costs down but still achieve the effect of a brand new kitchen. One of the most recommended ways to cut costs in kitchen remodeling is to keep the cabinets.

High-end, custom cabinetry quickly sends a kitchen remodeling budget into the red zone. Keep the cabinets you already have -- or keep just their shells and reface them -- and you'll knock thousands of dollars off your renovation. Refinishing or refacing cabinets takes some time and effort, so be prepared to put in a weekend on the job. Even seriously unsightly cabinets can look current and expensive with a fresh coat of paint or stain and new knobs.

For information on cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing, feel free to contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Financial Return of Home Remodeling

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Home remodeling is still a very common desire for homeowners. Most everybody wants to have a beautiful home with all of the modern conveniences that are available. The upgrades and improvements that you can do to your home today are almost endless. From the inside of the home to the outside, you can remodel every inch from floor to ceiling and the entire yard. So if you are planning on doing some remodeling to your home, you should consider the following.

Always take into consideration the financial return you will get on the remodel when you go to sell your home. There are many things that you can do to remodel your home that will, or will not add value to it. You want to try to do things that will add good value, so when you go to sell your home, you can usually get your money out that you put into it.

Kitchen remodeling is always a safe bet, however, you don’t have to spend too much. By refacing or refinishing cabinets, you don’t spend too much money (or time) and you get the whole new look in and feel in your kitchen that you were looking for.

The two most typical improvements that add true value to your home are remodeling your kitchen and bathrooms. These are two areas that will usually add good value to your home.

For more information, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.


Will The Kitchen Remodel Pay Off?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Will this renovation pay off? That's the question homeowners who want to increase their home's resale value ask. And in today's tight housing market, the answer to that question may determine whether the house will sell.

Fortunately, a few remodeling projects offer the potential for a high return on investment (ROI). Some of the best renovations are those done on the exterior of the home because they immediately improve a home's curb appeal.

Beyond curb appeal, certain projects will provide higher returns than others.

Kitchens. A kitchen remodel returns an average of 66%, kitchens are one of the first things homebuyers look at. If you have a house that doesn't have an updated kitchen but you have a remodeled attic, that's not what people are looking for.

The cost of a major kitchen remodel varies widely. Nonetheless, it's important not to go overboard. You don't want to price your home out of the local market in Portsmouth, RI and in other areas of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

A major kitchen redesign may not be a good decision if the space only requires a facelift. You don't have to completely gut your kitchen if it's in good working shape. In many cases, less-drastic updates like refinishing kitchen cabinets, upgrading appliances, granite countertops and installing new light fixtures will cut it.

Baths. Investing in a bathroom remodel yields a 62% return, on average, but you've got to do it right. Many homebuyers are looking for a master bathroom with two sinks, custom showers, and great lighting. You'll turn off buyers if you only put in the minimal amount of work. Since bathrooms are especially prone to looking dated, pick neutral colors and finishings.

For information on cabinet refacing and refinishing as well as new countertops, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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When Doing Kitchen Remodeling Evaluate the Return

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kitchens are still the heart of the home. It's is where we cook and eat, where friends and family gather, and where children do homework. It's good news that kitchen remodels can retain a significant portion of their value.

Before you begin a kitchen remodeling project, it's imperative to select the correct level of remodeling for what you need now, with an eye on your home's future resale value. Critical factors to assess include the overall budget, how long you expect to stay in your home and what type of kitchens are in other houses in your neighborhood.
Midrange minor kitchen remodels or "cosmetic" changes -- new countertops, new cabinet fronts, a few new appliances, light fixtures and hardware -- have an average national cost of $20,000 and get 72% percent return on investment.

Midrange major remodels, which include all new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting, have an average cost of $58,000 and a 66% return. High-end renovations, which can include structural work or relocating to another area in the home, installing larger windows and replacing all kitchen components, can easily cost $100,000 or more. With a more extensive and expensive renovation, returns fall to the 50% to 60% range.
Tips in planning your remodel:

Assess your needs and wants. How do you use your kitchen? How many cooks are there? How many daily meals do you cook? What kind of appliances and equipment do you need? Do you eat there? What other activities occur in the kitchen? What are the storage requirements? Is there plenty of natural lighting? Do you want to display any kitchen items?

List all items you would like to replace and establish priorities.

  • Develop an initial itemized budget.
  • Research the latest in kitchen design on the Internet, blogs, decorating magazines and even local show houses or model homes.
  • Organize your inspirations and thoughts.
  • Finalize budget and determine the extent of the renovation.

 Ways to maximize your budget

Cabinetry: Most people today are drawn to a sleeker kitchen, which means flat-panel doors such as Shaker-style. Cabinet refacing and refinishing cuts down on costs and remodeling time significantly.

Countertops: Stone countertops are most attractive to prospective buyers. Quartz, such as Silestone or Caesarstone, is a cost-effective material that adds a great look yet has easy maintenance properties. Granite countertops remain another popular choice, with level 1 being the least expensive.

Appliances: If you are a serious cook, it will be worthwhile to invest in nicer-grade appliances.

Flooring: Prefinished hardwood floors, porcelain tile or natural stone remain popular selections. These floors attract prospective buyers.

Backsplash tile: There are wonderful glass and/or stone mosaics on the market that are affordable and eye catching. Stay away from decorative accent pieces that are priced per single piece. Subway tile, a classic with enduring appeal, provides a crisp look.

For more information, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Angie's List of Kitchen Renovations

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Not only is an outdated kitchen unattractive, but it can also make cooking challenging. Unfortunately, kitchen remodeling is one of the most expensive home improvement projects.

There are some ways that homeowners can update their kitchens without breaking the bank. These updates can lead to a more attractive kitchen that is also more pleasant for cooking and entertaining:

Angie's List tips: Simple kitchen updates

Remodel kitchen cabinets and shelves: Obtaining a completely new set of cabinets can be very expensive, but homeowners can hire a kitchen remodeling contractor to update, not replace, the cabinets inexpensively. Some common updates include adding slide-out shelves, lazy susans, drawers and new hardware, refinishing or refacing the cabinets. Painting or refacing cabinets is an aesthetically pleasing idea.

Install a new countertop: new countertop installation can take place in a single day, so homeowners may be able to find a contractor who will charge a reasonable rate for this upgrade. Corian or Granite countertops or some other material change the entire look and feel of your kitchen.

Update the faucets: A new kitchen faucet is a small addition, but it can change the look of a kitchen, making it appear more modern or refined.

Install new lighting: Lights that are too bright can give the kitchen a glaring, unfriendly look. Light that is too soft can make it hard to work. However, homeowners may want to consider installing several types of lights, in various places.

Add a garbage disposal or trash compactor: These appliances are relatively inexpensive and can be installed by most home builders. However, they can go a long way in making a kitchen more modern and practical.

Contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis for information on refacing and refinishing kitchen cabinets and for new counter tops.


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