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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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Tips for a Green Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Use the existing cabinets - New cabinets increase worldwide demand for wood, contributing to deforestation and global warming.  A more eco-friendly option is to use your existing kitchen cabinets. By refacing or refinishing  kitchen cabinets that you already have you save money, conserve resources,  and save landfill space. You can achieve an entirely new look through  refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets. Not only can you cabinets be used to add some incredibly unique vintage style to your kitchen, you’ll be helping the environment by using recycled materials.

Use energy efficient appliances - Replace old inefficient refrigerators and dishwashers with energy saving models that will help save the environment and money.  Look for ENERGY STAR products and you may even be eligible for rebates.

Install energy efficient lighting - There a more energy efficient options you could be using to light your kitchen.  These greener options will give beautiful and effective lighting at a lesser cost to the environment.

Install Corian countertops- Use environmentally friendly materials for your kitchen countersCorian countertops use 6-20% pre-consumer recycled materials. These countertops are also extremely durable, reducing the need for replacements and further waste.

Don’t do an entire kitchen remodel - Perhaps the most important question you need to ask is whether or not a full remodel is really necessary.  Will refinishing or refacing cabinets or new countertops give you the same level of satisfaction?  If so, it might be best to skip the hassle and costs (financial and environmental) of remodeling your kitchen.

For information on how we can do a green kitchen remodel in your home, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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