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Remodeling Kitchens to Show Your Personality - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 11, 2013

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen there are a lot of things to think about. You want your newly remodeled kitchen to show your personality and style, and you want to enjoy it for years. Whether you’re remodeling for your enjoyment or for resale, your kitchen needs to embrace timelessness while not being bland.

Here are five creative, thrifty and helpful tips for a kitchen design that looks great and reflects your personality.

1. Know your style.
Design your kitchen around colors and objects that make you feel great. This is the room you probably spend most of your time in whether you’re cooking, entertaining or just helping with homework. Loving the look is important. Look for inspiration from a pottery collection, a piece of artwork, or even the food you love.

2. Get creative on a budget.
A great way to save money is to repurpose items. Refacing cabinets is a great way to save rather than buying new. Cabinet refacing allows you to totally create a new look while cutting the cost by a third to a half.

Other repurposing ideas can be using inexpensive flower pots or mason jars to store utensils and cutlery, repurpose an old console table as a center island. You can paint the old dining table and give it a new life. This approach not only saves you money, but also makes your kitchen enviably unique.

3. Develop your vision.
Keep your ideas on track by collecting pictures that can become your own personal design board. They should just let you start to envision what you want your kitchen to look like.

4. Create timeless beauty.
Take a look at the items that have been relevant for more than a decade. If you’re designing a kitchen for a home you plan on living in for the next 20 years, buy what you want. But if you plan on moving look to classic color combinations like white, black or gray cabinets; stone countertops with white or walnut cabinets; or butcher block with just about any cabinet color you can imagine.

5. Start with simplicity.
Keep the lines clean and simple. To add style and versatility, get creative with your accents. For instance, try going Shaker with your cabinets. By keeping your appliances and more permanent items simple, and using your accents to create a sense of style, you’ll open up tons of design doors for yourself, creating a kitchen that transitions easily, keeps up with your style and has staying power.

With this timeless know-how and creative inspiration, you’re ready to create a kitchen you’ll love both now and a decade down the road. For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Remodeling for Less with Cabinet Refacing - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 17, 2013

The kitchen is the gathering spot where family and friends gather. You want it to look its best. Your cabinets may be out-of-date, or looking tired. A kitchen make-over would be wonderful, but do you want to spend the money, take the time, and add the stress and inconvenience to your life? The cost of kitchen cabinet refacing is considerably less than the cost of completely gutting your kitchen and it gets completed in a much shorter amount of time.

You can achieve a whole new look in your kitchen for far less money, in just a couple days, with no stress. You can do by having your kitchen cabinets refaced. This is a very cost effective and fast way to address ugly, tired cabinets.

With cabinet refacing you will get a kitchen makeover that will add the brightness and welcoming feel you want in your kitchen. You will be able to choose the look that you want, your existing cabinets will be completely different. The cabinet doors are easily replaced along with new drawer knobs and pulls. Without a full kitchen remodel, you can change and improve the look of your kitchen dramatically.

With kitchen cabinet refacing you don’t have to worry about what you spend because it is so much less than kitchen remodeling and cabinet refacing adds value to your home with a large return on investment.

For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing in Boston, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Less Money on Kitchen Remodeling - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 01, 2013

With spring remodeling season upon us, many homeowners are considering remodeling the kitchen.  The kitchen is universally the most important room in the home. Depending on your taste, the kitchen can be the most expensive room to renovate. Matching your budget with what you want can be challenging.

In fact, the potential cost of a kitchen redo is why many choose to live with what they have instead of remodeling. Generally kitchen cabinets make up the bulk of the remodeling cost accounting for 35% of the total cost while labor only accounts for 20%.

But there are other options:

First, if your cabinets are dated but in good condition consider having the cabinets refaced for a fraction of the cost of replacing them. A professional can clean and prep the kitchen cabinets in one day. Then they are refaced or refinished and the job can be completed in just a few days, rather than weeks when with replacement.

When you refinish or reface kitchen cabinets you can also reconfigure the space they give you, with some limitations. Trade a cabinet for drawers, or trade an appliance for more drawers, recycle bins or wine rack.

Also replace the drawer glides. Full extension glides allow you to utilize the full drawer and reach items in the very back. Self-closing glides close themselves quietly.

New countertops will add the finishing touch to those upgraded refinished or refaced cabinets.

For more information on refacing kitchen cabinets or refinishing kitchen cabinets, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 19, 2013

Are you considering remodeling your kitchen the eco-friendly way? Going green is the perfect way to create a healthier, eco-friendly gathering space for your family.

After your remodeling project is done, your kitchen will be energy efficient and it can increase the resale value of your home.

Incorporate some of these tips for an Earth-friendly remodeling project:

  • Make purchases that will last for years to come. Don’t be fooled by cheap, poor quality items. You’ll have to replace them often, which is definitely not green and ends up costing you more money in the long run.
  • Your old kitchen can actually be recycled. Your existing kitchen cabinets may be unattractive and out-of-date, but you can use your existing cabinets in your new kitchen! Reface cabinets or refinish cabinets to give them a whole new look. This is the greener option. No trash going to the landfill, no waste from demolition or installation, and of course, no energy used in transporting the new cabinets to your home. Using green paint or finish add to the eco-friendly décor.
  • Opt for sustainable flooring and countertops. Materials, such as wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, recycled glass and paper, cork, granite and quartz are among the many eco-friendly options.
  • Energy Star appliances are the most efficient in their product categories. An Energy Star-rated dishwasher and refrigerator will consume less energy and help you save on utility costs.
  • Paint is the simplest, most cost-effective way to transform a room. Most paint lines carry eco-friendly paint with low or zero VOCs.
  • Update a piece of furniture that you already own with a coat of zero VOC paint or wood stain.


A green kitchen remodeling project can suit your lifestyle and taste. With so many green choices, you can protect the environment and still create a sophisticated kitchen.

For more information on refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets in Boston, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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.

Kitchen Remodeling with Soul - Boston and RI

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry has seen smarter kitchen remodeling projects reign over the last few years. As wallets have tightened and people have become more conscious of how they spend money, add to this the attempt to live more green. We have seen more and more homeowners opt for kitchen cabinet refacing rather than replacing. This is a smarter, less expensive, faster and greener option all around.

But then we found this article, and it confirmed what we already knew, so we thought we would share some excerpts from it so you don’t have to just take our word for it.

The reign of the trophy kitchen is officially over. The dream kitchens of today aren't about the sexiest six-burner range or the most exotic countertop material. As cooking has returned to center stage and remodeling budgets have sobered, the kitchen island is nurturing family togetherness and reviving casual entertaining.

In kitchens with a small footprint, glass tiles, quartz counters and dish drawers are adding sparkle and practicality. The kitchen of 2013 has soul. People are spending all their time in the kitchen, and they want it warm and inviting, as well as low-maintenance, not industrial feeling.

Clients are choosing more modern touches such as white or gray cabinets when refacing cabinets and gray walls and neutral quartz counters, individualized with different textures and touches of color.

The kitchen is still the most obsessed-about room in the house, but homeowners want more than just trends. Lately it's been less the kind of over-the-top approach and a bit more practical with a simplified aesthetic. People have a wide portfolio of things they want, and not just what their neighbor has.

The 2013 survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association identified some of today's top style choices in kitchens.
 
1. White Painted Cabinets
The cabinets are arguably the most important decision when redoing a kitchen. The kitchen cabinets set the look. In the National Kitchen & Bath Association survey, 67% of respondents said that white was their first choice for cabinetry, a jump of 20% in the past two years.
 
2. Quarts Countertops
Consumers are demanding products that are easy to care for, including quartz countertops which require no special maintenance.

3. Add Shades of Gray
Gray seems to be the color of the moment. Although white and off-white are still the top colors, grays are showing up on cabinets, counters and walls. Gray is another neutral that can be paired with many accent colors and looks chic and modern, whether a driftwood gray wood finish or glossy gray coating.

4. LED Lighting
More and more remodeled kitchens now have LED lighting, especially below cabinets. LED bulbs are more efficient and generate little heat.

For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing in Boston and RI, feel free to contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Reface Cabinets for Increased Home Value- Boston and RI

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

There are great ways to fix up your home while adding value to it. With the housing market picking up in Boston and Rhode Island, homeowners are trying to do just that.

If you want to increase the resale value of your home to put in on the market now, or in a few years, you can spend less money on the project and still reap the benefits.

The first remodeling project you start should always be the kitchen, it is the most important room in the house to upgrade if increased value is what you are looking for. Almost all potential buyers are attracted to the kitchen and it’s details like granite countertops, kitchen cabinets and appliances.

If you don’t want to partake in an entire kitchen remodeling project, which involves replacing the kitchen cabinets, and which eats up most of your budget, reface kitchen cabinets instead. Replacing kitchen cabinets can cost you 10’s of thousands of dollars and take several weeks to complete. Refacing kitchen cabinets costs a small fraction of that amount and will take from 2-4 DAYS to complete.

By refacing cabinets your kitchen project will be completed faster, and the results will be stunning. Add new granite countertops and you have a brand new kitchen that buyers will love. And of course, you can enjoy it too while you are still in your home.

For more information on increasing your home’s value through kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.


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