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The Kitchen Remodeling Project For Less Money

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 26, 2011

At the time you bought the house, you thought it was a great idea. “The kitchen needs remodeling, but we can do that after we move in”.

Well months or years later, you are still in that outdated kitchen, and the economy has slipped, and you are not sure if you want to use your “rainy day money” on a whole kitchen upgrade. Well, you don’t need to.

Kitchen cabinets can be the most expensive part of a kitchen remodel. Don’t waste your money or your time on cabinets. With Cabinet Refacing and Cabinet Refinishing you can have brand new “looking” cabinets at a fraction of the cost. For the most part, cabinets are structurally fine, it is the color, or the hardware, or they are scratched and worn out, that has them looking so dated.

Cabinet refinishing - this is a great way to save some money and still have a beautiful or elite looking kitchen. The cost can be lower if your cabinets and doors are in good shape.  Decorative possibilities for your cabinets are almost endless.

New Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts - It is very possible to combine new doors and drawer fronts with refinishing cabinets for a truly new design. This will bridge the gap between a full refinish and refacing, saving you money and still giving you a new look.

Refacing Cabinets - An alternative to refinishing is refacing. Although cabinet refacing is cheaper than all new cabinets, it is still considerably more expensive than cabinet refinishing. Cabinet refacing involves the replacement of the door and drawer fronts plus installing a veneer of new wood over the existing cabinets.


Eye Catching Ideas for Kitchen Countertops

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Homeowners are moving away from tile countertops, which are difficult to maintain, in favor of natural stone, solid surfaces and environmentally friendly 'green' products.

Granite countertops are still the biggest thing out there, but less common materials like marble, limestone and soapstone are becoming more popular countertop choices.

These materials are much more durable than we have been led to believe especially with the advent of greatly improved sealers and a routine maintenance schedule.

For homeowners looking to jazz up their modern kitchens with bright, bold countertops, we suggest quartz.

Quartz counters may not be as durable as granite but it comes in colors not typically seen in natural stone, like lime green and electric blue. For those who may not appreciate stone's natural pigment variation, quartz offers consistent color from top to bottom and side to side.

Natural stone countertops that combine different textures are a new trend. For this look, installers use stone with two different finishes, one sandblasted to a matte finish, the other polished to a smooth gloss. Lindsay says that a typical application might be to use one finish for a kitchen island and the other for the rest of the kitchen countertops.

Wood adds a warmth and beauty to kitchens that no other material can match. So recently more homeowners have been opting for wood countertops over stone.

Another great kitchen island idea for homeowners is a beautiful butcher block island that you can actually cut on.


What to Consider when Hiring a Kitchen Contractor

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The kitchen is your home's nucleus. It the place where you gather to eat, talk, and enjoy. Remodeling your kitchen can be a complicated endeavor. One of the ways to make this task less complicated is to ensure you hire the right kitchen company. This means hiring someone who is reliable, knowledgeable, credible, and easy to work with.

Prior to hiring a kitchen contractor, think about how you would like your kitchen to look. Create a budget for yourself and be sure you can accomplish these ideas within your budget. When remodeling, it is often very easy to get off track resulting in a project which is way over budget.

Be sure you can be involved in the process and that the contractor is fully insured. Avoid contractors that only want cash or that are eager to jump into the deal without asking questions.

Do your research on various kitchen companies and ask for references or referrals. Talk to the contractor about cost saving or time saving ideas. Remodeling a kitchen can be stressful and time consuming.

Consider refacing or refinishing your cabinets instead of replacing them. Replacing kitchen cabinets that are merely dark or worn, but in otherwise fine shape, is a costly pursuit and can be the brunt of the budget. Refacing or refinishing them is surprisingly less expensive and only takes 3-4 days!

Ken Lewis, the owner, of Cabinet Refinishing, is personally involved in all phases of every project.  Our crew follows the same values Ken founded the business on. We are eager to turn your vision into reality. Contact us today.


Refinishing or Refacing Kitchen Cabinets is Less Expensive

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Refinishing or refacing kitchen cabinets, instead of cabinet replacement, lets you upgrade your kitchen at a price you can afford while getting the new custom look you want. If you looked into remodeling your kitchen you have found that it is not cheap and a significant portion of that cost is for cabinets. They are also costly and time consuming to install. However, if your cabinets are in decent shape, the alternatives of refacing or refinishing your cabinets can give your kitchen a fresh new look quickly, without busting your budget.

The kitchen cabinets are the most visible and abused parts of your kitchen. So when they look tired and worn, so does your kitchen. But, most kitchen cabinets are in good shape structurally and only need a facelift. With many colors, stains and wood veneers, refinishing or refacing kitchen cabinets is the perfect way to transform your kitchen from old and worn to fresh and new.

The least expensive solution between refinishing and refacing your cabinets is refinishing. Kitchen cabinet refinishing is done by painting or staining the cabinets and cabinet doors.

Refacing kitchen cabinets is more expensive than refinishing but still a fraction of the cost to replace them. The old cabinet doors and drawers are removed, stripped, and the door and drawer fronts are replaced with new surfaces, either new wood veneer or laminate. The cabinet frames and exterior surfaces are covered or refaced to match and the inside is cleaned and painted.

The time required for refacing or refinishing kitchen cabinets depends on the size of the kitchen but usually can be completed within 3-5 days. This means that your kitchen will not be unusable for weeks or months as with cabinet replacement.



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