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How Much Overhang Can You Design Into Your Counter-Tops

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In general, people seek the maximum amount of kitchen countertop overhang possible without the assist of additional support mechanisms.  How much overhang can I have without additional support? The answer is of course, "It depends".  It depends on a calculation that considers stone rigidity and the percentage of the total counter that is "cantilevered" or independently supported. In general, the maximum overhang length will vary between 12 and 16-inches.  Our kitchen countertop service is one of the most accomplished and most respected  across RI and MA.

For overhang, 12-inches is the general rule for overhang.  It could be less when using soft stone such as Onyx.  For Granite, the most popular choice in counter tops,  the answer is up to 12 inches providing 2/3 or more is cantilevered to offset the unsupported weight.  For the other materials (Corian, Cambria Quartz, etc) the considerations are many and too detailed to discuss here.  That is why it is critical for you to consult a professional kitchen design team like Kenneth C. Lewis.  You are embarking upon some complex design engineering decision making...don't do this alone. 
 
You can add significant overhang space by integrating a supported design.  The use of Corbels or legs to support additional overhangs of course have both pros and cons.  They are:

  • Corbels- Visible but decorative
  • Brackets- Inexpensive and effective, installed properly works better on wall tops than upon cabinets themselves.
  • Legs -Visible, decorative but in the way of chairs and peoples legs.
  • Support brackets- Hidden and concealed but offers great support. They must be installed before the granite and cut into the cabinet itself. They are specifically designed for this challenge.

Think about the worst case scenario such as someone deciding to jump up and sit on your counter-top. Then ask yourself, "would that be safe"?  Would you or your spouse forget about max supported weight and step up on the unsupported  counter to change a light bulb?  So your unsupported counter tops should be designed to support human weight.  Think of your heaviest relative...there's your target support weight.  You can trust Kenneth C. Lewis to make that happen for you.....no matter how big your husband's brother is.


Expert Counter-top Refinishing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 23, 2010
In this post we'd like to shed some light on counter-top refinishing, which some people may not even be aware of. Counter-top refinishing is a process of repairing and restoring an existing kitchen counter or bathroom vanity to extend its functional life, without replacement. The process involves the application of a very hard and durable acrylic coating to the existing counter. But counter-top refinishing isn't just for counter-tops, it works equally well on bathroom vanities, laminate breakfast bars, and even cultured marble sink vanities.

Most all tile, cultured marble, Corian and other laminate counter-tops can be refinished. We mention Corian because Corian has been a popular countertenor brand that we sell, and has been widely used for a lot of our clients. Counter-top refinishing has been popular for years, but recent technological advances have made counter-top refinishing more durable, affordable and attractive to homeowners. So it becomes a more attractive option over replacing your counter-tops. Counter-top refinishing is almost always more affordable than replacing old and worn counter-tops, and especially custom counter-tops or large counters with curves and unique angles. After crunching some numbers we found that counter-top refinishing will typically save homeowners 30% to 50% over total replacement costs.

Refinishing is a great advantage to the alternative mainly because of the sentence above; refinishing can be up to if not over 50% savings compared to replacement. Equally important is avoiding the demolition mess associated with counter-top replacement and the days waiting for the new counter-top installation. A refinished counter-top can usually be returned to light duty within 24 - 36 hours. With our expert and professionalism you’ll have the kitchen you want in days, not weeks.

A refinished counter-top is durable and can extend the useful life of your counters for 10-15 years with basic care and maintenance. Counter-top finishes are available in dozens of colors and textures to fit almost any decorating plan. Take a look at some of the textures we have to offer and see how we can help to refinish your kitchen counter-tops today. We use only the best materials and procedures to give you a durable and attractive counter-top that you can be proud of for many years to come.

Kitchen Islands Are Functional and Offer Great Return On Investment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do you need more preparation space in your kitchen? How about storage space? Strongly consider installing a kitchen island to increase property value, kitchen aesthetics, and functionality of your kitchen.

We specialize in kitchen island installation. Considering the fact that the kitchen ranks high in the most utilized space in any house, why not increase both the comfort and utility of that space?   Below is a compiled a list of the benefits of a kitchen island:

  • Even if you don’t have a kitchen the size of a basketball court, an island transforms transient space into workable and efficient areas. Storage areas for relevant appliance for each area will enhance the efficiency of the space.
  • If you need additional workspace, an island can provide it. You can choose a specialty top for the island (butcher block, stone or stainless steel) to make is especially useful for baking or chopping.
  • If you don't like the look of a traditional island, you can add extra space with a large table. Same concept, different form!
  • If members of your family like to eat in the kitchen, or if you love to talk to them while you cook, an island can add additional casual eating space.
  • If you need extra work surface in more than one area of the kitchen, an island can add flexibility and mobility with a movable space. An island on casters can be moved to whichever area you need - near the stove, near the sink, or out of the way!
  • If you lack a focal point or if you would like to take attention away from flaws elsewhere in your kitchen, an island is a perfect way to do so.
  • If your home has an open plan, an island can serve as the outside wall of the kitchen to give visual separation for the space.
  • If you need space for appliances or an extra sink, an island can be a perfect solution. You can add a small refrigerator, a cook top or an additional oven to enhance the usability of any island.
  • If you want to be able to keep an eye on the kids in the family room while you are preparing dinner, an island can separate rooms without blocking the view.
  • Of course, return on investment. Kitchen upgrades and remodeling consistently rank in the top 5 home improvement investments when measured by positive return on investment.
 
Contact Kenneth C. Lewis today for a professional assessment of what a new kitchen island can do for you.


Kenneth Lewis Is Ready To Roll For Northeast Cabinet Repair

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Today was one of those truly rewarding days when a customer celebrates your work almost as much we did. We love what we do and that passion translates to an every increasing professional satisfaction.  

Our most recent kitchen remodeling effort transformed (it seemed) not only the kitchen itself, but the owners of the property.  I would not label these customers "tired and boring" like their kitchen cabinets, but at the end of the project, their new kitchen brought forth an enthusiasm for their home that was clearly lacking just days ago. They seemed almost as proud of this work as we were. The experience of improving our client's pride of home ownership makes every job a self-motivating and passionate experience. And yes we do much more than kitchen cabinets.

We recently reviewed our customer feedback forms and uncovered common themes such as  "Attention to detail", "Quality Materials", and "Professional". One great customer wrote that even our van shouts "professional". Click to read more about what our customers are saying, and while your out there, be sure to view the picture of one of our rigs that represent our brand and a rolling example of the best the Northeast has to offer in cabinet and general home repair.  


Many Cambria Quartz styles to pick from for your countertop

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Many Cambria Quartz styles to pick from for your countertop - see the Qaurry collection choices below:



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