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Remodeling Projects for the Best ROI – Newton, Wellesley, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

As a homeowner, there are always home improvement projects on your ‘to-do’ list. But which of these home improvements will deliver the best return on investment. Plenty, but two of the best improvements are kitchens and baths. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms for potential buyers and therefore deserve attention when it comes to remodeling and upgrades.

Invest in Kitchen Remodeling - Kitchen renovations are a costly home improvement project. But they have the potential to significantly increase your resale value. However, not all kitchen remodeling projects need to be expensive. It is all in the approach. Are you cabinets in good shape, just outdated and unattractive? If so, then cabinet refacing is an easier less expensive way to get the look and feel of new cabinets without spending the money. In fact, not only will refaced cabinets increase the value of your home, we cause minimal interruption to your normal home life because we will only spend 3 - 4 days in your home. We can even can replace or repair damages to existing cabinets.

  • For new kitchen counters that may cost $5,000 , the resale value is $8,600
  • For new kitchen cabinets  that cost $870, the resale value could be $1,496
  • New appliances like stove, dishwasher and refrigerator could cost $4,000 but the resale value could be $6,640

Bathroom Remodeling - If your bathroom fixtures and cabinets are a bit older, you still don’t have to spend too much. Refacing bathroom cabinets and  updating fixtures and tile will give your bathroom a bright, clean finish. If you would like to do a more complete bathroom remodel, consider upgrading your guest bathroom. Guest bathrooms are usually smaller than master baths, and so require a smaller investment. Replacing a guest bathroom's counter and vanity gives an average resale value of $1,620.

For more information, contact Cabinetry by Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Bathroom Renovations that are Cost Effective – Foxboro, North Attlebor, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 19, 2013

If you are considering which home improvement projects to move to the top of the list, bathrooms and kitchens will give you the best ROI. Bathroom renovations are second to kitchen renovations when it comes to increasing your home value. Bathroom renovations are very popular because can transform a space, instantly updating the look and feel of your home.
 
Of course, no renovation is easy, but there are ways that homeowners can keep the work and cost of the renovation to a minimum. Especially when you can use what you already have.

Resurface

When possible, covering up what you have in the bathroom is much less expensive and less labor-intensive than tearing out existing cabinets, fixtures and floors and replacing them anew.  Resurfacing can extend to refinishing bathtubs to installing shower liners. But it can also extend to cabinets and vanities. Refacing bathroom vanities and cabinets is less expensive, faster and more efficient than replacing everything.

If you have ugly walls or wallpaper that you don’t want to- or can’t remove, consider using wainscoting to cover a portion of the room or even tiling entire walls.

Scale back on materials

Do not underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint on any room in the house, including the bathroom. Dark, small spaces can be made to look more expansive with lighter colors.
Cavernous bathrooms that look empty may prove more inviting with darker hues. Pick a paint that is designed for bathroom application so that mold and mildew cannot grow.

Update hardware

A new faucet or some new cabinet pulls can make the room look new and fresh without breaking the bank. Match finishes throughout the bathroom so everything will match. When shopping for a new showerhead, choose a model that also conserves water. This way you will be making cosmetic and energy saving renovations at the same time.

For more information on renovating your bathroom, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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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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Green Kitchen Remodeling is the New Trend – Wellesley, Lexington, Belmont

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of planning and research. There are three reasons one might want to remodel their kitchen; improve the flow, update or improve the room, or add value to the home. Kitchen remodeling is the one remodeling project that will surely increase home value.

While kitchen trends abound, so go into and out of style faster than others. Consumers look online, at social sites, and in magazines for ideas, but one caution, be careful not to be too trendy with a new kitchen design, too much customization, quirks, or fast fading fads can cost more and give you less ROI than you had planned.

But there are five new trends that are must have items for any kitchen remodeling project, and these kitchen trends will always be up to date.

You can never go wrong being more green with your remodeling. Consumers and homeowners today are looking for easy ways to save and recycle. Refacing cabinets with green paints and stains are a twofold way to be green in your remodel. Refacing kitchen cabinets saves on waste and using green stains and paints is healthier for your and the environment.

A double trash pullout is a definite must, one of the most popular items added to a kitchen remodeling project. One bin is for trash and one bin is for recycling, making it easy to separate the recycle and easy to put them out for recycle pick up. When cabinet refacing, your contractor can design this cabinet for you with cabinet space you already have.

Create a simple style. Clean line cabinet doors with recessed center panels instead of raised doors that are less “ornate” and more “comfortable casual”.

Large drawers are a very popular selection. These drawers are for pots and pans. The more drawers the better and the bigger the better. People are going away from the roll out shelves to drawers for ease of function.

Kitchen islands are getting larger and larger and better functioning with the entire family having a space for every need including homework, prep space, clean up, and cooking.

For the countertops, quartz is growing in popularity over granite countertops, the colors are more uniform and simple looking. The main difference between granite and quartz; granite is natural rock from the earth and will have pitting that requires a sealer every 1-3 years. Quartz is natural rock ground up and repoured to make the counter top. It is also maintenance free. Some will choose the type of countertop based on the look and others will choose the counter top based on the amount of maintenance.

For more information on a green kitchen remodel, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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