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Cabinets: Replace or Reface?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 30, 2012

You have been thinking about fixing up your kitchen for a while now. Well, now is the time. You don’t need a huge budget and you don’t need to invest months of time to give your kitchen a facelift. Change the entire look and feel of your kitchen by kitchen cabinet refacing.

Replace or Reface?

Your kitchen is a good candidate for a refacing job if:

  • The cabinets were built before 1980. This means they were most likely built from real 3/4-inch plywood and solid particle board.
  • The size, height, and design of your kitchen cabinets now meet your needs.
  • The layout of your kitchen and your kitchen cabinets works. 
  • You don't have a huge budget.
  • You don't want to be, or can't be without the use of your kitchen for more than a few days.

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


No Need to Replace Kitchen Cabinets, Reface Kitchen Cabinets

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Now is the season that home remodeling and home improvement projects start. This spring, if you’d like to replace your kitchen cabinets but are worried about busting your budget, try refacing them instead of replacing them. Refacing kitchen cabinets with new doors and drawer fronts, rather than replacing all of the cabinetry, can save about 50% on cost.

Save Money and Time

As a very general rule, if replacing the cabinets will cost you $5,000, refacing cabinets them will cost $2,500. If you are on a budget, this is a way to save money.

Most of what you see in a kitchen is cabinet doors and drawers, so this makes up the bulk of a remodeling job. The money you save can be used for replacing the flooring or countertops, buying new appliances or adding new lighting.

Cabinet refacing is also much faster than totally replacing cabinets, taking only three to five days. In most cases, the appliances do not need to be moved and the homeowner can still use the kitchen.

How It Works

Refacing cabinets does not mean you have to use the same color that is there now.

Most kitchen cabinets have good ‘bones,’ with cabinets that are furniture-quality construction.

At Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis, cabinet refacing is not a cheesy, peel-and-stick product and process. This is real wood or laminate veneer being adhered to your existing cabinets. If you do it this way, the new veneer becomes one with the cabinet box. It is there for life.

Because the outsides of the cabinets are redone, you also can take this opportunity to add a few more cabinets or an island. These can be built to match your refaced cabinets.

If you want to add a pantry or a kitchen island, it can be matched seamlessly.

The kitchen is the most-used room in the house, it should reflect the homeowner. All of the elements that you can add while refacing give it more character.

For kitchen cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Beginning a Kitchen Remodeling Project

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Now is an excellent time to remodel your kitchen.  With summer about to start, the economy starting to pick up, now is the perfect time to start planning the kitchen project.  Kitchens are one of the most used spaces in the home, the “heart of the home”; used for homework, dinner parties, and coffee breaks.  How we use them plays a role in how we update them.

Before you begin your kitchen remodel project, ask yourself some questions:

  • What do you want from the kitchen remodeling project? What is your budget in both time and money?
  • To determine the scope of work think about the following:
  • How many people work in the kitchen regularly?
  • What condition are your cabinets in behind the old paint or ugly knobs and pulls?
  • What is your cooking style?
  • Who uses the kitchen and what do they do there?
  • How important is easy cleanup?
  • If you could splurge on one luxury, what would it be?
Don’t forget that you have options when it comes to cabinets. If you don’t need an entirely new kitchen layout, you may not need new kitchen cabinets. Cabinet refacing and refinishing are the perfect option for you. This dramatically cuts down on both the time you spend on the remodel and the amount of money you spend on the remodel.

When deciding to begin the project, remember that your home is still your biggest investment.  And you want to have the highest return possible on that investment, especially if are selling sometime in the near future.
 
Fortunately a kitchen remodeling project is something that recaptures nearly 100% return if you stay within the maximum 15% of the home's current market value.  

The entire kitchen project (including cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting) should cost no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home with approximately 50% of the total cost allocated for kitchen cabinets if you are buying new.

If you go through this exercise and determine that you either don’t have a large budget, or you don’t need to redesign the layout of the kitchen, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Kitchen Remodels are Easier than Moving

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 10, 2012

Over the last couple years, remodeling projects have risen, implying that homeowners are staying put. Homeowners are finding it’s much more economical to upgrade their existing home rather than buy a new home. Many homeowners find remodeling to be an easier investment than moving in a housing market that hasn’t quite bounced back yet.

Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects are still the most popular undertakings.  However, more homeowners who are remodeling kitchens are making the projects smaller in scale: Instead of a $70,000 to $80,000 kitchen remodel, they are remodeling on a smaller scale.

There are ways to do a kitchen remodel without spending all the money in the bank, or taking out a loan; especially if you don’t have to buy new kitchen cabinets. How do you remodel a kitchen and keep the same old cabinets? By refacing or refinishing cabinets, you use your old cabinets, but make them look like brand new.

Kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing changes the entire look of your kitchen because you are changing the look of your cabinets. While accomplishing your kitchen remodeling goal, you are spending significantly less money and getting the results much faster too.

If you are one of those who is contemplating remodeling contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.


An Easier Kitchen Remodel

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 04, 2012

Only a small minority of homeowners undertake a massive kitchen remodel that entails gutting the room and starting from scratch. Since the kitchen is the most expensive and inconvenient room to renovate, it’s commonly tackled bit-by-bit. With careful planning and organization it’s possible to transform your space and budget costs and achieve that dream kitchen you envisioned.

Cabinetry: New cabinets are often the most expensive part of a kitchen remodeling project. However, they don’t need to be. If your cabinets are in good condition and are made of solid hardwood, then you should consider cabinet refacing or cabinet refinishing.

By stripping and refinishing your old cabinets or replacing the cabinet doors with new, your cabinets will have a brand new look. It is very possible to combine new doors and drawer fronts with refinishing cabinets for a totally new design.

Replace the countertops: Countertops can really change a kitchen. Granite countertops is an investment that will not be wasted. If you can't afford granite slab, consider granite tiles for your countertop instead. Instead of replacing the sink, consider changing the faucet for an updated look.

Flooring should be the last step: The most common mistake homeowners make in the planning process is prematurely replacing flooring. Resist the urge to replace flooring until the other renovations are complete.

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