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Keep Kitchen Remodeling Costs Down

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

A kitchen remodel is one of the more common home upgrades. Styles change, new technologies improve old appliances and your kitchen gets a lot of use.
For an inexpensive kitchen remodel you'll have questions to answer.

  1. How big is your budget?
  2. How much remodeling will your budget allow?
  3. How much (if any) of it will you do yourself?

Find out how much you can afford to spend. Then work within that budget. In fact, you probably should only plan on spending about 90% of your budget. Kitchen remodeling projects tend to uncover a surprise or two.

Once you have a budget number, decide how much remodeling you can fit within that budget.

There are a lot of less-expensive options available. You might want to refinish cabinet doors. Or if the underlying cabinets are sturdy and in good shape, cabinet refacing could be a good choice.

Make the little things count. People tend to notice things such as drawer pulls and handles. You might get more impact by spending an extra dollar on each of the 18 drawer pulls and handles instead of spending hundreds more on the cabinet doors.

Choose your contractor carefully. Get three bids on any work that a professional will do. And check contractors' references. Make sure they're bonded and insured. Agree in advance on how you'll be billed for unexpected problems that add to the labor.

For more information on cabinet refinishing and refacing, contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.


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.


Home Renovations Spending Tops New Construction

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 20, 2012

Home makeovers have never been more popular. Spending on remodeling has topped new construction for the first time nationwide.

Many people are buying homes for the first time that have older kitchens. These homes need renovation work. The home is in the right price range, and the layout works, so new homeowners are doing the work to make the home right.

This is not uncommon. More people are opting for home remodeling rather than building new than ever before.

A lot of people love where they live, and they don't want to build, they don't want to move. So, it gives you that option of staying in the school district, getting that fresh new look, and working with the space that you have.

Remodeling can give a home an updated feeling, and keeps the resale value up. And an easier, less expensive way to update a kitchen is by using the old cabinets rather than buying new. Kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing is a better, greener way to rehab an old kitchen.

With a new kitchen and new flooring and paint, homeowners can have the home they were looking for.

Contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis for more information.

WSAY News 6

Get a "Magazine" Kitchen for Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Empty Nesters who were considering downsizing, opted to stay and upgrade their home instead because they loved their location.
They decided instead to give their colonial a new look by updating the kitchen (keeping resale in mind).

They wanted to get the most for their remodeling dollars, so they had to decide what was worth the splurge and where they could save money. They learned that when it comes to kitchen remodeling, you can get the magazine look without breaking the bank.

They knew how they wanted the kitchen to look as far as light and color. But, to save money, they decided to keep most of their cabinetry.

But to get the kitchen they wanted, they removed some of the cabinets and refinished the cabinets with the lighter finish they had been looking at. The cabinet refinishing only took 3 days. For two of the cabinets they had the doors replaced with glass doors.

They also added a kitchen island of the same color.

One of the keys to saving on a kitchen remodel is to keep the existing cabinetry, spending money on countertops and hardware, and lighting.

They also splurged on an iridescent backsplash. Backsplashes give kitchens a high-end look at a variety of price points.

Getting started on building the kitchen of your dreams within a budget requires research, contact Kenneth C Lewis for details.

Excerpts Democrat and Chronicle

Outstanding Kitchen Remodeling That can Fit Your Budget

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A Harvard University study predicts remodeling activity will grow quickly as Baby Boomers sell their homes and downsize.

The study singled out specialty kitchen and bath remodeling companies that do solid-wood kitchen cabinet refacing, which can transform the look of a kitchen without all of the mess and expense of a full remodel.

By offering quality cabinet refacing and refinishing, Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry can deliver an outstanding kitchen to people regardless of their budget.

As people hit retirement age, they often downsize, selling homes they haven't upgraded in decades to younger buyers eager to remodel. The huge Baby Boom generation is just beginning to retire and unload houses in massive numbers and many of them need kitchen remodeling.
Many baby boomers will remodel their homes to continue living in them long into retirement, or to increase the home's value before it is put on the market, but many more will sell to younger families who are looking for an inexpensive kitchen remodel that suits their needs.

To learn more about easier and effective kitchen remodeling, contact us.

Excerpts from Wall Street Journal Market Watch

Cabinet Refinishing and Refacing Reduces Kitchen Remodel Time

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You have been thinking about giving your kitchen a face lift for some time. But the expense and the time of a kitchen remodeling project make it difficult to decide "this is the right time to start”.

Kitchen cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing allows you a kitchen face lift in less time for less money. Many homeowners forget to consider all of their options: Cabinet refinishing and refacing. Think outside the box!

Usually you want an updated kitchen because your cabinets are old and dingy. New kitchen cabinets would give your kitchen the look you are after. But why take on the extra expense and the added inconvenience?

Refinishing or refacing your kitchen cabinets takes our company only about 3-4 days in your home, a minimal interruption to your normal life. The doors and drawer fronts work is done at the facility, not in your home. Cabinetry by Kenneth C Lewis can also replace or repair damages to existing cabinets.

Give your kitchen the well deserved face lift with cabinet refinishing and refacing and reduce the time and cost of a traditional kitchen remodeling project.  Contact us.

Kitchen Remodels are Easier than Moving

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Over the last couple years, remodeling projects have risen, implying that homeowners are staying put. Homeowners are finding it’s much more economical to upgrade their existing home rather than buy a new home. Many homeowners find remodeling to be an easier investment than moving in a housing market that hasn’t quite bounced back yet.

Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects are still the most popular undertakings.  However, more homeowners who are remodeling kitchens are making the projects smaller in scale: Instead of a $70,000 to $80,000 kitchen remodel, they are remodeling on a smaller scale.

There are ways to do a kitchen remodel without spending all the money in the bank, or taking out a loan; especially if you don’t have to buy new kitchen cabinets. How do you remodel a kitchen and keep the same old cabinets? By refacing or refinishing cabinets, you use your old cabinets, but make them look like brand new.

Kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing changes the entire look of your kitchen because you are changing the look of your cabinets. While accomplishing your kitchen remodeling goal, you are spending significantly less money and getting the results much faster too.

If you are one of those who is contemplating remodeling contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

Home Renovation Season Has Begun

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Usually in Massachusetts, home repairs and renovations season usually doesn’t start until May. This year is different. Homeowners already are beginning their home renovations and repair projects.

The early start to the renovation season has lots to do with the unseasonably mild weather and early start to spring. But there is another reasons for it too.

Staying put

It may be a buyer’s market for house hunters, but not everyone is in a position to take advantage of the low prices and low interest rates. As a result, some homeowners are staying put and putting their money into their existing homes. Many homeowners are choosing to reinvest in their kitchens and the exterior of their homes.

Homeowners most often opt for kitchen remodeling, decks, exteriors and outdoor living spaces.

Kitchens are the center of a home. It’s not just a place to prepare food. It’s where a house becomes a home. But more and more homeowners are doing kitchen face lifts, rather than an entire, expensive remodel.

For a more economical solution, when the size and foot print of the kitchen are fine, replace the countertops and spruce up the cabinets with cabinet refacing and refinishing.

For information on kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry.


A "Greener" Way to Remodel the Kitchen

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 04, 2012

In this day of living green and trying to “reduce, reuse and recycle” consider a green kitchen remodel. Really your kitchen cabinets are in fine condition, they just show the years and the knobs are outdated. That does not mean you need to rip them out and throw them away.

Reuse and recycle. With kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing you are using your existing kitchen cabinets in your kitchen remodel. No need to use the time or energy or materials to replace them.

Kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing means that you can “fix up” your old cabinets and stain them with green finishes or paints as well.

At Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis we are an expert in kitchen cabinet refacing and remodeling. We will use your cabinets and turn them into “like new.” Additionally, we will only be in your house for a few days, no stress or mess. Your new looking cabinets will be so beautiful  no one will know they aren’t. Best of all, you can be comfortable and confident that your kitchen remodeling project reduced, reused and recycled. Contact us.

Save Money and Remodel your Kitchen

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 14, 2012

You spent quite a bit of money on your home. Your home is where your heart is, but even more important your kitchen is the heart of your home. Maybe you want an updated kitchen, or at least you want to give it a face-lift. But in these uncertain economic times it doesn’t make sense to spend as much money as it would take for a whole kitchen remodeling project. The good news is, spending that money is not necessary.

With cabinet refinishing or cabinet refacing and new countertops, you can give your kitchen the new look you are looking for with far less money in far less time. As a matter of fact, when you reface or refinish your kitchen cabinets with Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis, your kitchen make-over can be completed in just a few days.

What is cabinet refinishing? We strip and refinish your existing kitchen cabinets and replace all the hardware. It is a great way to save some money and still have a beautiful or elite looking kitchen. Many decorative effects can be achieved during any cabinet refinishing project with paint or stain. It is very possible to combine new doors and drawer fronts with refinishing cabinets for a truly new design.

What is cabinet refacing? An alternative to refinishing is refacing. Cabinet refacing involves the replacement of the door and drawer fronts (with new) plus installing a veneer of new wood over the existing cabinets.

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

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