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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.

Excerpts - Daily Herald

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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