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Countertop Replacement Using High Quality Granite Guarantees Beauty and Durability– Cambridge, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Countertop replacement in Cambridge, MA can have a huge impact on the overall appearance of your kitchen, whether you are considering a complete renovation or just want to update a few features. You may be surprised by the available countertop material choices when choosing new countertops for your home.

Smart homeowners know that replacing the countertops using high quality granite is a great choice as compared to choosing synthetic materials. New granite countertops will surely add value to your home by providing a beautiful and durable workspace for the entire family to enjoy. Granite is a highly durable natural stone and each slab has its own unique characteristics that allows any kitchen to stand out from the rest. Granite countertops come in various shades. Once it is properly installed and sealed, it will resists stains and discoloration especially with proper care. It is very heat resistant and does not crack easily, making it a perfect material for kitchen countertops.

Choosing granite for kitchen countertop replacement is an investment in your home which adds both style and value. With little maintenance and routine care, granite countertops will stay beautiful and useful for many years, significantly longer than other materials.

Take time to compare countertop materials and you may be surprised the great investment granite can be. For more details, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Trendy Kitchen Ideas With Staying Power – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Nearly half of new homeowners who undertake a home improvement project within three months of buying a new home start in the kitchen. So what’s trendy, but also has some staying power?

Here’s what’s hot:

Eco-friendly features. Nearly half of those surveyed said using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchens is important. Eco-friendly can be done in the remodeling process too, by refacing kitchen cabinets rather than ripping out and buying new. Additionally, green paints can be used in kitchen cabinet refacing.

While a variety of Energy Star-recommended appliances and green-certified building products are on the market, eco-friendly changes also can be as simple as using cloth rather than paper towels, replacing plastic containers with glass, or using non-toxic cleaners.

Granite and quartz countertops. 94% of respondents said they’re changing their countertops. Granite countertops still top the list at 50%, but quartz is next. Marble only drew 10%.

Quartz countertops are resistant to stains and scratches and are easy to take care of, kitchen designers say.

Tile backsplashes. Tile was the top choice for backsplash accents. Half of respondents preferred it, with marble, stone slab and other materials trailing far behind. A lot of people are using the backsplash as sort of the jewelry of the kitchen. That’s where they’ll put that splash of color, because it won’t be overwhelming.

Floors. Hardwood floors led the list of choices, but here’s another area where tiles made a strong showing, coming in second.

Stainless steel. A majority of respondents favor stainless steel appliances. Some homeowners are combining appliance finishes or integrating stainless steel into cabinetry, this can be done with cabinet refacing.

Chef’s stoves. A professional-grade range — a stove with options such as a flat griddle or a cooktop to accommodate a searing pan or a wok — topped kitchen wish lists as a dream appliance.

Kitchen Islands. They’re popular but not a must. 61% said they’re incorporating an island. A kitchen has to be large enough for an island.

Transitional style.  This look,  traditional and contemporary, has grown in popularity.

White cabinets. Whites and off whites are the top choice for color schemes, at 73%. The popularity of white cabinetry jumped this year. Refinished cabinets can be done in white stains or paints.

Gray color schemes. Grays are coming on strong. Gray is really hot. It has been for the past couple of years and it’s still trending that way.

The takeaway from all this?

People really want easy, clean, unfussy kitchens. And remember, don’t get carried away. For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Green Kitchen Remodeling with Cabinet Refacing

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

If you are considering a kitchen remodeling project, consider a green kitchen remodel which could be healthier for your home and the environment.

However, most people think that going green for their remodeling project will be more expensive. Well, you will be happy to hear that going green can actually be more cost effective than the alternative.

Here are some money saving green remodeling tips:

  • Keep the same kitchen layout rather than redesigning the entire floor plan. This saves, time money and space in landfills.
  • Rather than ripping out and replacing your kitchen cabinets, choose the green option. If you cabinets are dated, but in good shape or have good bones don’t replace them, reuse them. By refacing cabinets or refinishing cabinets you save money, transportation energy, landfill space and materials. You can even refinish or paint your cabinets with green paint. Best of all, they achieve a whole new look.
  • Energy efficient appliances is an expense at the outlay, however, they end up saving you money on electric bills.
  • Granite countertops as well as other stone, quartz and bamboo are all green materials because they are natural and sustainable with no VOC’s. Recycled materials can be used for countertops as well, such as stone, concrete, butcher block, stainless steel and glass tile.
  • LED lights can be added for efficient lighting. Compact fluorescent light bulbs should be used in your other lighting fixtures. Again LED and CFL lightbulbs will save you money in the long run because you will spend less on energy and spend less in replacement bulbs.

For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Replace Your Countertop for a New Look in Your Kitchen

Joseph Coupal - Friday, January 27, 2012

If you are deciding on whether or not to remodel your kitchen, remember you get the best bang your your buck if you choose to move forward. But you don’t need to spend a lot. That’s right, remodel your kitchen for less. How?

New countertops are often the best option when you want to change or remodel your kitchen. Replace your existing countertops with granite, corian, cambria quartz or other quality material and make big difference in your kitchen. If what your really need is a new look and feel, an update, new counters are the solution.

Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry can guide you in your selection of countertops. Contact us about replacing your existing countertop.

Need to Refresh your Kitchen? Replace your Countertop

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We all know that a kitchen make-over is money well spent. If you need a kitchen face lift, think about replacing your countertops. New counters can help revitalize an older kitchen, or give a kitchen a new look and feel.

Many homeowners just are not interested in a whole kitchen remodel because of the disruption to daily life. The solution is granite countertops. Kenneth Lewis spends an average of 3-4 days in your home.

Kenneth C. Lewis can offer alternative solutions to your kitchen remodeling project. Your entire kitchen can get a new look just by replacing the counters. If it is storage space or surface area that you need, add a kitchen island.

Countertop replacement is usually the best option when you want to totally change or remodel your kitchen. We can guide you in your selection of countertop including granite, corian, cambria quartz and other quality materials for replacing your existing countertops.
 
If you are interested in updating the look and feel of your kitchen with new countertops, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Granite Countertops Finish First in Consumer Reports Testing

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Countertop replacement is usually the best option when totally changing or remodeling your kitchen.

A beautiful countertop can really stand out in a kitchen. Consumer Reports tested 14 different countertop materials like granite and quartz, recycled glass, bamboo and soapstone. They applied things like tomato sauce and grape juice and let them sit overnight.

The bamboo surfaces stained badly.

They also tested the counters for heat, by placing a 400 degree pot on them: the bamboo counters scorched, and 2 recycled glass countertops cracked within 12 minutes.

When all the tests were done, quartz and granite countertops came out on top!

Kenneth C Lewis uses granite, corian, cambria quartz and other quality materials for replacing existing countertops.

Eye Catching Ideas for Kitchen Countertops

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Homeowners are moving away from tile countertops, which are difficult to maintain, in favor of natural stone, solid surfaces and environmentally friendly 'green' products.

Granite countertops are still the biggest thing out there, but less common materials like marble, limestone and soapstone are becoming more popular countertop choices.

These materials are much more durable than we have been led to believe especially with the advent of greatly improved sealers and a routine maintenance schedule.

For homeowners looking to jazz up their modern kitchens with bright, bold countertops, we suggest quartz.

Quartz counters may not be as durable as granite but it comes in colors not typically seen in natural stone, like lime green and electric blue. For those who may not appreciate stone's natural pigment variation, quartz offers consistent color from top to bottom and side to side.

Natural stone countertops that combine different textures are a new trend. For this look, installers use stone with two different finishes, one sandblasted to a matte finish, the other polished to a smooth gloss. Lindsay says that a typical application might be to use one finish for a kitchen island and the other for the rest of the kitchen countertops.

Wood adds a warmth and beauty to kitchens that no other material can match. So recently more homeowners have been opting for wood countertops over stone.

Another great kitchen island idea for homeowners is a beautiful butcher block island that you can actually cut on.

Perfect Countertop Material

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 27, 2011

If you are thinking of redoing your kitchen, you know you can spend thousands on new countertops. Kitchens are one of the biggest remodeling expenses, so how can you be sure that your counters will hold up over time?

You can double the price of a kitchen makeover by throwing in new countertops. So with that kind of money on the line it's important to get the right ones for your lifestyle.

A beautiful new kitchen countertop can really stand out. However, with so many different types to choose from, how do you know which is best? Consumer Reports tested 14 different countertop materials to find out.

"We checked out popular surfaces like granite and quartz. New to our tests we have recycled glass, bamboo, and soapstone," said Consumer Reports tester Chris Regan.

To see how well a countertop resists stains, Regan applied 20 common substances, like tomato sauce and grape juice, then let them sit overnight.

"We tested bamboo countertops with a mixture of a beeswax and mineral-oil finish. Both countertops looked great out of the box, but not so much after our tests," said Regan.

Both stained badly, even coffee and tea, which most other surfaces could handle - stained the bamboo.

Consumer Reports also tests to see if counters can take the heat - literally. Testers set a pot of 400-degree oil on the countertop for an hour. There were scorch marks left behind on each of these bamboo counters.

"We also found a problem with some of the recycled-glass countertops," said Regan.

One of the recycled glass countertops cracked within 12 minutes. But recycled-glass countertops from two other manufacturers did not crack. When all the tests were done, quartz countertops and as well as granite came out on top. And while either surface can chip, getting a rounded edge helps minimize this.

If you decide to go with natural stone, like granite or quartz, be aware their look can vary widely, even within the same slab. So pick out the sample you want and reserve it.

Original article on ABC local – Michael Finney

Avoid Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 20, 2011

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it's also the most popular room to renovate. The average kitchen redo costs about $15,000.

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen almost everyone has something they might have done differently.

When you're cooking up a kitchen renovation there are so many places where it's easy to goof. Storage space is one of them. Consumer reports says, don't skimp!

"Carefully plan how much storage you'll need and where to put it," said Bob Markovich with Consumer Reports.

For instance, dishes and glasses need four to six linear feet of cabinet space above or near the sink and dishwasher. Pots and pans need the same, and store them close to your cooktop. If you have kitchen cabinets that already provide enough storage space, consider refinishing them instead of replacing them.

Center islands can be tricky too. Make sure they are the right size, too big is a common mistake.

The countertop should be three feet wide to no more than ten feet. As for depth, you want one that measures at least 26 inches, and up to 48 inches.

As for countertops, choosing one that stains easily is another mistake people make. Skip oil-rubbed butcher block for kitchen counters - it's one of the surfaces that stains easily. Corian and Granite work nicely.

With careful planning and attention to detail you can sidestep these mistakes and get the kitchen you've always wanted.

Original article on ABC local

Kitchen Remodeling is the Number One Home Improvement Project

Joseph Coupal - Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer is the busiest time for home improvement projects and, after a few years of a down economy, it looks like more people will take the plunge in the summer of 2011.

Kitchen remodeling is the number one project that people take on.

It is also the best return for your investment.

You can get as much as an 85% return on your money and it can cost as little as a few thousand dollars for things like re-facing cabinets and a fresh coat of paint.

A good rule of thumb is never spend more than 20 percent of your home's value on any re-modeling job, especially if you are thinking about selling in the next few years.

"Understand exactly what the market is, do they have granite countertops, do they have stainless steel appliances, because the last thing you want to do is price yourself out of the market because that is going to cut into your return," Hicks, from Angies List, said.

In general, you can expect an 85% return on your kitchen re-model when you sell your home.

In the meantime, you get the benefits of a better kitchen, which for most families is the "heart of the home."

Kitchen remodeling on a budget
Just about everybody can make their kitchen their own dream kitchen space without breaking the bank or causing a divorce. Here are some suggestions to do kitchen remodeling on a budget.

1.   Add a fresh coat of paint  
2.   Order new doors or fronts for your appliances  
3.   Refacing your cabinets or replacing the doors  
4.   Replace the cabinet hardware with high end hardware  
5.   Replace your sink or just the faucet

Original article on 9news.com Written by Jack Maher


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