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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.

Excerpts SF  Gate

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.

Gayopolis

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.

US News - Money

Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Kitchen and bathroom renovations top the list of improvements for increasing the value of a home. But this labor-intensive remodeling can get expensive.

Budget-minded homeowners are finding cheaper solutions in the $10,000 to $20,000 range by making do with existing appliances and fixtures, refinishing kitchen cabinets and shopping for bargains.

The cheapest and easiest part of a kitchen overhaul  is changing the countertops.

To reduce costs, you can replace the kitchen cabinet doors with more contemporary designs in a white oak veneer. It is far less expensive to refinish or reface old cabinets.

If the cabinets are in good shape except for their hinges and faded color reface or refinsih. Buying all new cabinets costs three times as much as buying new doors.

For refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

Excerpts - Nashua Telegraph

Tips for a Green Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Use the existing cabinets - New cabinets increase worldwide demand for wood, contributing to deforestation and global warming.  A more eco-friendly option is to use your existing kitchen cabinets. By refacing or refinishing  kitchen cabinets that you already have you save money, conserve resources,  and save landfill space. You can achieve an entirely new look through  refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets. Not only can you cabinets be used to add some incredibly unique vintage style to your kitchen, you’ll be helping the environment by using recycled materials.

Use energy efficient appliances - Replace old inefficient refrigerators and dishwashers with energy saving models that will help save the environment and money.  Look for ENERGY STAR products and you may even be eligible for rebates.

Install energy efficient lighting - There a more energy efficient options you could be using to light your kitchen.  These greener options will give beautiful and effective lighting at a lesser cost to the environment.

Install Corian countertops- Use environmentally friendly materials for your kitchen countersCorian countertops use 6-20% pre-consumer recycled materials. These countertops are also extremely durable, reducing the need for replacements and further waste.

Don’t do an entire kitchen remodel - Perhaps the most important question you need to ask is whether or not a full remodel is really necessary.  Will refinishing or refacing cabinets or new countertops give you the same level of satisfaction?  If so, it might be best to skip the hassle and costs (financial and environmental) of remodeling your kitchen.

For information on how we can do a green kitchen remodel in your home, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Excerpts from Sustainablog

An Easier Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 04, 2012

Only a small minority of homeowners undertake a massive kitchen remodel that entails gutting the room and starting from scratch. Since the kitchen is the most expensive and inconvenient room to renovate, it’s commonly tackled bit-by-bit. With careful planning and organization it’s possible to transform your space and budget costs and achieve that dream kitchen you envisioned.

Cabinetry: New cabinets are often the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling project. However, they don’t need to be. If your cabinets are in good condition and are made of solid hardwood, then you should consider cabinet refacing or cabinet refinishing.

By stripping and refinishing your old cabinets or replacing the cabinet doors with new, your cabinets will have a brand new look. It is very possible to combine new doors and drawer fronts with refinishing cabinets for a totally new design.

Replace the countertops: Countertops can really change a kitchen. Granite countertops is an investment that will not be wasted. If you can't afford granite slab, consider granite tiles for your countertop instead. Instead of replacing the sink, consider changing the faucet for an updated look.

Flooring should be the last step: The most common mistake homeowners make in the planning process is prematurely replacing flooring. Resist the urge to replace flooring until the other renovations are complete.

Local10.com

Home Remodeling Trends Lean Toward Smaller Kitchen and Bath Projects

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 11, 2012

As the weather starts to warm and flowers start to bloom, so does the desire of homeowners to get to their home remodeling to-do lists and projects.
 
The top trends in home remodeling based on industry statistics and customer requests indicate that people are choosing to do a series of smaller upgrades around the house rather than tackle larger renovation projects.

The most popular home remodeling job remains a kitchen makeover. Kitchens are the most popular room in the house to remodel. Homeowners in the market to sell their home recoup an average of 81% from their investment in a kitchen remodel. But smaller kitchen upgrades are what are becoming more and more popular. Cabinet refacing and refinishing are the perfect solution to a kitchen that has good layout and just needs upgrading.

Kitchen upgrades offer convenience for those homeowners wishing to stay in their home. Granite countertops, farmhouse sinks, and newly refinished kitchen cabinets are all popular choices.

Bathroom remodels are always a must-do project. Usually costing less than a kitchen remodel, many homeowners are turning their bathrooms into a spa. Updating a bathroom with new tile, vanities with granite or quartz countertops and dual rain shower set the tone for relaxation after a long day at the office.

A large amount of homeowners are doing remodeling projects that enhance their living space. For information on your kitchen or bath remodeling project, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinet Refinishing.

NJ.com

Tips for Homeowners on Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Spring is the time that many homeowners start to consider kitchen and bathroom renovations, but right now is the perfect time to consider these renovations.  Plumbers have better availability after the winter heating season and skilled workers are still available before the busy summer season. So when spring cleaning reveals older and worn cabinetry and vanities, call Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

A full kitchen renovation can cost quite a bit of money based on a variety of details along with the condition of the existing plumbing and electric.  Kitchen upgrades and smaller renovations with a big effect can be done for much less.  Great ways to change the look of your kitchen on a tight budget could include replacing cabinet doors, counter-tops, hardware, flooring and painting to name a few.

Likewise, partial bathroom projects or smaller bathroom renovations with a "WOW" factor can be completed for much less than a full make-over.  Vanity refacing or refinishing, a new toilet and sink, or just a new faucet, and painting are a few suggestions.

For more cost effective kitchen and bath renovations, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

Does Your Kitchen Look The Way you Want it to?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Forget about the living room; the kitchen is the social hub of a home. Today's homeowners want their kitchens to reflect their personal tastes and accommodate their daily lives.

A dream kitchen is one that reflects the way you live. The best advice for anyone looking to remodel their kitchen is to think about how you use it, and how it affects your lifestyle. Do you need a new kitchen layout, or will newly refinished cabinets and countertops suit you fine?

Everyone uses the kitchen to prepare food, but many homeowners use their kitchen for entertaining, crafting, or just spending time with their families.  Often the existing kitchen cabinets are fine, just in need of a face lift with cabinet refinishing or cabinet refacing. This changes the whole look without a whole remodel.

Home Chefs
Food preparation and cooking are the primary functions of a kitchen, but creating an environment for gourmet cooking is a special treat for homeowners who consider themselves "at-home chefs."

Entertainers
For Most parties, everyone ends up in the kitchen. Homeowners who like to entertain should consider whether or not their kitchen is attractive for entertaining. There are several features that can help make the party successful.

A kitchen island helps make entertaining easier. Not only can an island provide extra seating and serving space, it can include great storage.

Open shelving  and glass doors on your cabinets also adds a great design element for a kitchen used for entertaining. These shelves allow the homeowner to display beautiful dishware and glasses; and guests can help themselves to a plate for appetizers or a glass for wine.

Moms
Moms know that having young children can make the kitchen a challenging space, but there are features to make this room more kid friendly. Soft-closing drawers and doors can protect against hurt hands.

Original article RSI Media

Stay Put, Just Fix up the Kitchen

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 20, 2012

These days with the home market the way it is, more and more homeowners are staying put rather than selling with these low home prices.

But staying put doesn’t mean they are not upgrading. Homeowners are remodeling their homes to make them what they want them to be.

Upgrading and redecorating a house can be done in small steps, or in one overhaul, depending on your available time and finances, and the upgrades you want to do.

For example, redesigning your kitchen with new appliances, cabinetry, flooring and wall color will require a lot more time, money and decision making on your part than refinishing or refacing your cabinets and putting in new countertops. However, the effect is the same.

If you have a kitchen where you love the layout, and what you really need is a face lift, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry.


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