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Happy Holidays From Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Today's blog post is a simple and sincere note of thanks for allowing our business to be part of your lives in 2013. It is our sincere wish that throughout the New Year you are surrounded by warmth, family, and friendship. May you and all you hold dear return from the Holiday season safe, rewarded, and rested. Sincere best regards to you all.


Benefits of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing – Boston, Cambridge, Belmont

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

There is no need to spend too much money on kitchen remodeling when all you need is a facelift and a fresh new look. Cabinet refacing is the better options. Refacing cabinets means replacing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and applying a new finish for all visible cabinet parts. Changing the hardware also gives a new, updated look. Rather than installing all new cabinets, refacing existing cabinets saves a lot of money, stress and time.

Cabinet refacing is becoming very popular because there are so many benefits.

1. Less Expensive

Refacing cabinets can save you up to 50% of the price of replacing your kitchen cabinets. This is money you can invest in new appliances, or keep in the bank.  This is definitely the right option if your kitchen layout is staying the same. Cabinet refacing is an ideal and economical way to get a new, fresh look in your kitchen.

2. Less Stressful

A full kitchen remodeling project involves removing all of your cabinets, and gutting your entire kitchen. It is a dusty, dirty, and very involved project that takes months. Living without a kitchen is extremely stressful and challenging.  Additionally, with cabinet refacing there is no waiting on the manufacturer for cabinet delivery. Refacing cabinets takes only 2-4 days.

3. Less waste

Cabinet refacing is a greener option for kitchen remodeling as well. Because you are using existing cabinets, your are saving space in landfills and saving energy in manufacturing and transporting.

4. Lots of Choices

Even though your are using the existing cabinets, you still have unlimited choices. You can choose stains or paints in any color. If you want glass doors, you can have those made to match your cabinets. The cabinet options are still unlimited, and the final result will look brand new.

For more information on cabinet refacing for your kitchen remodeling project, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.


Cabinet Refacing is an Eco-Friendly Kitchen remodeling Option – Wellesley, Cambridge, Brookine

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rather than buy new kitchen cabinets, cabinet refacing recycles your existing cabinets. This saves on energy, resources, waste and space in landfills. This is considered a green remodeling option for the environmentally conscious.

When you consider kitchen remodeling, most homeowners actually like and want to keep the existing layout. They just want a renewed and updated look. Why not, if your if your existing kitchen is well-designed, well-built and functional. In fact, in kitchen cabinet refacing the cabinet doors are completely new, so what your friends, guests, and family will see will be entirely new.

Also known as cabinet resurfacing, cabinet refacing lets you keep your kitchen intact through the remodeling process. Refacing saves you time, mess and stress, and it costs about half as much as replacing the kitchen cabinets for all new.  If you need more cabinet space, you can still choose cabinet refacing because you can also add matching cabinetry. Refacing cabinets is a "green" remodeling alternative. If your kitchen layout is perfect the way it is, there is no need to replace your cabinets, sending the old ones to a landfill.

If you are looking for an eco-friendly alternative to remodeling your kitchen, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.


Trendy Kitchen Ideas With Staying Power – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Nearly half of new homeowners who undertake a home improvement project within three months of buying a new home start in the kitchen. So what’s trendy, but also has some staying power?

Here’s what’s hot:

Eco-friendly features. Nearly half of those surveyed said using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchens is important. Eco-friendly can be done in the remodeling process too, by refacing kitchen cabinets rather than ripping out and buying new. Additionally, green paints can be used in kitchen cabinet refacing.

While a variety of Energy Star-recommended appliances and green-certified building products are on the market, eco-friendly changes also can be as simple as using cloth rather than paper towels, replacing plastic containers with glass, or using non-toxic cleaners.

Granite and quartz countertops. 94% of respondents said they’re changing their countertops. Granite countertops still top the list at 50%, but quartz is next. Marble only drew 10%.

Quartz countertops are resistant to stains and scratches and are easy to take care of, kitchen designers say.

Tile backsplashes. Tile was the top choice for backsplash accents. Half of respondents preferred it, with marble, stone slab and other materials trailing far behind. A lot of people are using the backsplash as sort of the jewelry of the kitchen. That’s where they’ll put that splash of color, because it won’t be overwhelming.

Floors. Hardwood floors led the list of choices, but here’s another area where tiles made a strong showing, coming in second.

Stainless steel. A majority of respondents favor stainless steel appliances. Some homeowners are combining appliance finishes or integrating stainless steel into cabinetry, this can be done with cabinet refacing.

Chef’s stoves. A professional-grade range — a stove with options such as a flat griddle or a cooktop to accommodate a searing pan or a wok — topped kitchen wish lists as a dream appliance.

Kitchen Islands. They’re popular but not a must. 61% said they’re incorporating an island. A kitchen has to be large enough for an island.

Transitional style.  This look,  traditional and contemporary, has grown in popularity.

White cabinets. Whites and off whites are the top choice for color schemes, at 73%. The popularity of white cabinetry jumped this year. Refinished cabinets can be done in white stains or paints.

Gray color schemes. Grays are coming on strong. Gray is really hot. It has been for the past couple of years and it’s still trending that way.

The takeaway from all this?

People really want easy, clean, unfussy kitchens. And remember, don’t get carried away. For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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