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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But, chances are, if your cabinets are outdated, your countertops are too.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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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.

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.

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