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Cabinet Refacing for an Easy Kitchen Facelift

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Does your kitchen look dated? If so, you may not need an entire kitchen renovation. You may just need some updating. If you like the layout of your kitchen, but you just want a facelift, consider kitchen cabinet refacing.  If your kitchen is in dire need of a facelift, there is no better way to quickly and easily give it an updated more modern look than by refacing your cabinets.

You kitchen cabinets are the centerpiece of your kitchen.  You could go with custom cabinets, if you want to spend tens of thousands. Or you can achieve a similar look with kitchen cabinet refacing for a fraction of the cost and in a fraction of the time.

What style you are looking to create? You can choose modern, contemporary, traditional, or anything in between. If you want a really new look, you can even upgrade some of your traditional wood cabinets to glass door wall cabinets for a visual appeal. Cabinets and countertops are major design elements, and can be costly to replace completely. It’s easier and less costly to refresh cabinets with cabinet refacing. Swapping out old, dated hardware for newer more modern styles is also a simple, low-cost way to give cabinets a facelift.

With cabinet refacing you can even take advantage of the trend of combining contrasting colors. Combining colors and textures creates visual interest and can make your kitchen look custom. If you feel bold, when refacing kitchen cabinets, try adding some color by varying cabinetry finishes.
 
For more information or ideas on kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Replace or Reface the Cabinets?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Of all the equipment in your kitchen, the cabinets are the most distinct. They take up the most space in your kitchen and are generally what you really see first. If you want a kitchen makeover, the cabinets are a good place to start. But do you replace them or reface them?

Basically this comes down to budget and patience.  If you have little of both, cabinet refacing may be the best option. Cabinet refacing is a more economical way of renovating your kitchen. It is an easier, less time consuming process that costs far less than brand new cabinets.  Many homeowners are opting to remain in their homes and update them.  Cabinet refacing is a great way to help you feel like your kitchen is brand new.
 
With kitchen cabinet refacing, you can get a whole new look. Choose from a wide variety of cabinet finishes, antique to sleek and modern. This is a great option for those who want to change the look and feel of their kitchen without changing its layout.

Updating your cabinets is a very effective way of changing and updating your kitchen. Before you spend too much money on new cabinets, remember that cabinet refacing has many benefits. It is more cost effective than replacing, the installation takes just a few days, and your kitchen will have a totally new look. If your cabinets are in good condition, cabinet refacing may be the right choice. And just think, after your kitchen remodeling project is over, you’ll have money left over to do the bath!
    
For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Save Money with Cabinet Refacing

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

When remodeling the kitchen,  new cabinets are the majority of the cost. In fact, the cost of new cabinets is usually what puts kitchen remodeling out of reach.
 
No longer. You can save money by using your old cabinets. Kitchen cabinet refacing can give you a brand new kitchen at a portion of the cost and in just a few days.  You can significantly cut the cost down on your kitchen project by using your existing cabinets. No matter what style you are looking for, cabinet refacing can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen, making it look brand new.

Cabinet refacing is a great way to get the look and feel in your kitchen that you want, in less time and for less money. Contact Cabinet Refinishing by Kenneth C. Lewis.  

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.

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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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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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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.

Stats from Morning Sentinel

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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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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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.

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