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Kitchen Remodeling Done in 4 Days or Less

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 23, 2013

There is a way to remodel your kitchen without spending far too much money:  kitchen cabinet refacing. Kenneth C. Lewis can add new doors to your kitchen cabinets and change all the cabinet hardware.

The effect is beautiful, but the cost savings is dramatic. You can get a new look and feel in your kitchen at least 1/3 of the cost in just 2-4 days.

But, chances are, if your cabinets are outdated, your countertops are too. That can add a pretty penny to the budget's bottom line. But not if you use Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth c. Lewis.

If we do your kitchen cabinets for you, we will provide your granite, cambria or soapstone countertops at wholesale price. Your kitchen remodel will involve custom made doors and drawer fronts, custom molding, dovetail drawer boxes with easy close slides and we will move the hinges from the outside to the inside. Plus, new countertops at wholesale pricing.

What's stopping you from starting your kitchen remodeling project now? Contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.

Kitchen Renovations Can Help You Sell Your Home

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, January 17, 2013

Many homeowners have considered home renovations over the past year. The types and costs of such projects vary greatly.  The most affordable renovation is usually the one that provides the biggest benefit, fresh paint.
 
The most popular renovation plans are usually the most expensive, and include redoing kitchens and bathrooms.  Kitchen and bath remodels can add value to your home, but if you plan to “get back” what you spent on those projects when you sell the house, it is unlikely that you will see a dollar-to-dollar return.  It is important to decide whether you are doing the remodeling just to increase sale price, or whether you are doing to improve your quality of life.  It is also important to carefully budget the costs.

1. Calculate the costs of your kitchen renovation project.

Estimating how much you will spend on countertops or appliances is fairly easy to do. However, calculating cost can become difficult if you don’t consider the full scope of the project. Before committing to a kitchen renovation, consider the size, the materials needed, and the length of the project. Only after you’ve calculated the total cost can you assess whether renovating is a savvy investment.

2. Ask for professional assistance.

Refusing to hire a professional contractor is another mistake that many home owners make. While it’s possible to successfully complete simple projects on your own, more complex projects should be left to a reputable contractor.

3. Determine how much value the renovations will add to your home.

Only after you determine the cost of the renovation should you estimate how much added value it will bring to your home. If you’re spending thousands of dollars to upgrade your home with features like hardwood flooring and granite countertops, you need to be able to justify the investment.

Select which renovation projects offer a greater return. According to HGTV, kitchen remodels will help you recoup between 60 and 120 percent of your investment depending on what you renovate, while a bathroom addition can recoup 80 to 130 percent.

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

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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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Time to Remodel the Kitchen

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The past few months have shown plenty of signs the housing market is recovering, but spending on home remodeling projects is accelerating as well.

Strong growth in sales of existing homes and housing starts, along with historically low financing costs, make for an upturn in home remodeling activity.  

Not only is this good news for the economy, it's great news for those with outdated kitchen cabinets, sub-par countertops and linoleum floors. Consider this news your green light to finally upgrade your kitchen.
Consider the Costs

When determining whether to start kitchen remodeling, make sure you're scaling it to your budget and your available time. There's nothing fun about a partially completed remodel because you ran out of time or money, unless you're looking for an excuse to microwave all your meals.

If you choose to remodel the kitchen, know that many experts say a modest kitchen remodel offers a higher level of return on investment than most other home improvement projects.  According to Remodeling Magazine's 2011-2022 Cost vs. Value Report, a kitchen remodel has an average of 65.7-72.1% return on investment when you sell your home.

If the increased popularity of cooking programs and home improvement television shows is any indicator, the kitchen is rapidly becoming the focal point of not only homebuyers, but also homeowners. It seems an increasing number of homes hitting the market have more cash sunk into the kitchen than other rooms in the house.

For help in creating your kitchen remodeling project, contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Renovation Q&A

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Have you put off that kitchen renovation project long enough? Here are some questions and answers concerning a budget wise kitchen remodel.

Q: What are some ways to improve a kitchen, without a huge remodel?

A: Your kitchen is still functional, just unattractive or out-of-date. Everything still works, but is ugly and old. To brighten up a kitchen, paint it and change the light fixtures. Or consider under cabinet lighting and a backsplash. Refinishing or refacing cabinets is another economical idea that rejuvenates the kitchen and takes much less time and money than replacing the cabinets.

Q: Is it possible to replace the kitchen cabinets without replacing the countertop?

A: Refacing cabinets doesn’t result in big changes to size or layout. If you like your countertop, refacing the cabinets may be the way to go. You will get new doors and drawers installed and a matching veneer on the exposed sides of cabinets.

Q: Do you have tips to make a kitchen eco-friendly without denting the budget too badly?

A: Eco-friendly kitchen remodeling does not have to be more expensive. In fact, reusing the same cabinets is a greener alternative than replacing them, and it is far less expensive. When refinishing cabinets, using a green certified paint or stain is also an alternative. With countertops – granite is a stone, which is a green material.

For information on a green, economical and timely kitchen remodel, contact Cabinets by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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5 Easy Kitchen Updates From Angie's List

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 01, 2012

November is here and now you are planning the holiday parties. This means you'll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Maybe you are wishing that did the kitchen remodeling project. But a large scale kitchen remodel can be wildly expensive. You can have a kitchen facelift before the holidays. How?

Angie’s List has five simple kitchen updates to help cut down on those remodeling costs.

1. Remodel kitchen cabinets and shelves: Obtaining a completely new set of cabinets can be very expensive, but a good way to save money is to remodel the cabinets and shelves, and paint or reface the cabinets. Homeowners can hire a kitchen remodeling contractor to update, not replace, cabinets and shelves inexpensively. Painting or refacing the outside of the cabinets is an aesthetically pleasing idea.

2. Install new countertops: installing a new granite countertop, or some other updated counter top really changes the look and feel of a kitchen.

3. 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.

4. 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. You may want to consider installing several types of lights, including a light over the sink, over the stove, and perhaps a chandelier or wall sconce.

5. 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.

For more information on your before-the-holidays kitchen makeover, 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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Granite Countertops for a Whole New Look

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Most homeowners understand that you get the most bang for your buck out of a kitchen remodel. With regards to home value and resale value, with a new and updated kitchen you get the most return on your investment.

Perhaps you don’t want to tackle an entire remodeling project, but you want an updated kitchen. Or perhaps a kitchen remodeling project is too costly.  There are alternative solutions that won’t break the bank.  Your entire kitchen can get a new look when you replace the countertops. If you have the space, add a  kitchen island. Kitchen islands also increase work space and home value. This type of project only takes a couple days, with minimal interruption to your everyday life.

Granite countertops are a great option when you want to change the look of your kitchen without an entire remodel. Kenneth C Lewis can guide you in your choices of new countertops such as granite, corian, cambria quartz and other materials.  For replacing your existing countertops, contact us.

What will You Spend on Your Kitchen Remodeling Project?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kitchen remodeling is popular with homeowners who want to invest in their homes and create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient kitchen. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold great resale value.
 
According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, mid-range minor kitchen remodels – new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and hardware – have an average national cost just shy of $20,000 and get 72% return on investment. Midrange major remodels, which include new appliances, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and lighting, have a mid-range average of $57,824 and a nearly 66% return.
 
Refacing or refinishing the kitchen cabinets is the perfect time to stop the clutter. Now is your chance to take inventory of everything you need to store; then plan accordingly. Shelves can be added, as can turn styles.
 
If you need more work area in your kitchen and space allows, consider adding a kitchen island as well.

In all likelihood, you’ll need to make some choices on where to save and where to splurge. “Keep your priorities front and center,” advises the NKBA Kitchen Planner. "What’s important to you?”

As for budget breakdown, the NKBA Kitchen Planner notes that regardless of the size and style of your remodeling project, you can expect cabinetry and hardware to run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14%, countertops typically run 10%. Set aside 10 percent or 20% of your budget for contingencies.

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

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Beginning a Kitchen Remodeling Project

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now is an excellent time to remodel your kitchen.  With summer about to start, the economy starting to pick up, now is the perfect time to start planning the kitchen project.  Kitchens are one of the most used spaces in the home, the “heart of the home”; used for homework, dinner parties, and coffee breaks.  How we use them plays a role in how we update them.

Before you begin your kitchen remodel project, ask yourself some questions:

  • What do you want from the kitchen remodeling project? What is your budget in both time and money?
  • To determine the scope of work think about the following:
  • How many people work in the kitchen regularly?
  • What condition are your cabinets in behind the old paint or ugly knobs and pulls?
  • What is your cooking style?
  • Who uses the kitchen and what do they do there?
  • How important is easy cleanup?
  • If you could splurge on one luxury, what would it be?
Don’t forget that you have options when it comes to cabinets. If you don’t need an entirely new kitchen layout, you may not need new kitchen cabinets. Cabinet refacing and refinishing are the perfect option for you. This dramatically cuts down on both the time you spend on the remodel and the amount of money you spend on the remodel.

When deciding to begin the project, remember that your home is still your biggest investment.  And you want to have the highest return possible on that investment, especially if are selling sometime in the near future.
 
Fortunately a kitchen remodeling project is something that recaptures nearly 100% return if you stay within the maximum 15% of the home's current market value.  

The entire kitchen project (including cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting) should cost no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home with approximately 50% of the total cost allocated for kitchen cabinets if you are buying new.

If you go through this exercise and determine that you either don’t have a large budget, or you don’t need to redesign the layout of the kitchen, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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