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Kitchen Remodeling Trends- Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

More and more homeowners are starting home remodeling projects. And, with the desire to improve our homes comes some new and exciting trends.

1. Modern Kitchens

In 2014, kitchen remodeling will be the most common project, more than any other room in the house. And, they will follow a new trend.

Not so long ago, remodeled kitchens had a rustic feel. Now, modern is in, with white or gray cabinetry, simple countertops, glossy finishes and minimalist designs. Appliances are more likely to be blended into the design or hidden away from view entirely to give the kitchen a sleeker appearance.

2. Brass Accents

Brass has made a comeback this year. While brass is nothing new, it has gotten a facelift. Highly polished, bright brass hardware and lighting is gone; rustic, dull and hammered brass is in. The new looks will be incorporated into kitchen and bathroom hardware as well as lighting and door hardware throughout the house.

3. Updated Bathrooms

Bathroom remodeling is second to the kitchen. As far as style, vintage bathrooms with wainscoting and claw-foot tubs won’t be as popular as resort-style bathrooms that feature amenities such as large walk-in showers with multiple shower heads, heated floors or towel racks, and jetted bathtubs. For coloring and style, glass tiles will be a popular feature as well as neutral and cool colors like ash gray, light blue and off-white.

4. Vibrant Colors

While the kitchen may be getting the modern single-shade treatment, there are different idea for other rooms. Bright accent colors such as turquoise, yellow and orange that were popular in 2013 have a new twist; in 2014, they’ll be more of a focal point and even more vibrant with colors.

5. Sustainable Materials

Going green is nothing new, but sustainability is popular in remodels. Manufacturers, builders and homeowners are constantly getting greener and greener in the way they source materials and put up homes. As a result, Energy efficiency is becoming an assumption, not an add-on. Reuse existing cabinets with cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing is a great way to go green.

For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.


Kitchen Remodel: Get Style But Save Money – Foxboro, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Home remodel projects don't have to have a huge budget nor do they have to look cheap when you don’t spend a fortune.  If want to update the look of your kitchen, you can use products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish kitchen without paying a fortune.

"Most homeowners are surprised by how reasonable kitchen redecorating can be when they use and reorganize existing furniture and cabinetry in new ways, or by taking a new look at how technology has improved the products their grandmothers had in their kitchens," says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV's Design on a Dime. "We can save money without skimping on style, using what is already there and bringing back what has worked for years with a new look."

When remodeling your kitchen, consider ways to use what already exists, but upgrade it with a fresh, new look. For example, if your kitchen countertops are faded, covered in stains and worn out, don't try to replace everything. Instead, consider replacing just the tops. You can also use existing cabinets, but change the color and look of the room with cabinet refacing.

Another way to give your kitchen a fresh new look is modernizing the style. Backsplashes by the sink are very trendy in restaurants and homes these days.

Switching out the fabrics in the kitchen will help you finalize the entire project within a reasonable budget. Keep the chairs, but add new seat cushions or replace the current seat cushions for a fresh style. Swap out the curtains in the window to enhance the new color scheme. Hang some new towels -- you may be surprised, but the room will look completely different.

As you begin to plan your kitchen remodel, keep an open mind and take a new look at those long-term products that have improved over the years. Consider how kitchen cabinet refacing, and reusing existing materials could drastically improve the look of your kitchen.

For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

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Remodeling a Kitchen Faster and on a Budget – Newton, Cambridge

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Remodeling a kitchen successfully within budget in a timely manner is no easy task. Turning the space into a family’s dream kitchen can also be an extremely stressful undertaking.

Set a budget for your project - Sometimes remodeling a kitchen turns into a snowball effect where it gets more and more expensive as a homeowner goes further into the construction process. Setting a budget at the beginning of the project can help alleviate some of these issues by limiting the possibility of going over in comparison to someone who never set a budget to begin with.

Start a plan from the most expensive material of the project - In kitchen remodeling, the kitchen cabinets should always be the starting point. The cabinets are generally the center of attention will be the item that shows off your style and taste. However, your cabinets don’t have to take the whole budget; in fact, they don’t even have to be new. However, they can look brand new and change the entire look and feel of your kitchen with cabinet refacing.

Cabinets should also be the starting point in the remodel process because they are the most difficult to change after installation as opposed to appliances and countertops which could be upgraded at a later time.

Cabinet refacing allows you to budget your kitchen remodel and complete it in a timely manner, so you can enjoy your new kitchen rather than get stressed-out about it.

For more information, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.


Increase Home Equity On a Limited Budget – Boston, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 06, 2014

If you are working on a limited budget and want to increase your home's equity fast, there are a few quick and easy renovations that can make this happen.

No need to spend thousands on new kitchen appliances or large remodeling projects. When you know what buyers are searching for, you can capitalize on the real estate market and end up with a healthy profit.

How to Sell Your Home at a Top-dollar Price

Cabinet refacing professionals emphasize the importance of revamping key rooms, namely the master bedroom, the kitchen and the bathrooms. These spaces get the most attention for obvious reasons, so be sure to allocate a good portion of your renovation budget on them. For kitchens, the cosmetics matter more than anything. Focus on the countertops, the backsplash and the cabinets. You don’t need to buy new kitchen cabinets. Cabinet refacing gives your kitchen a new look and feel at the fraction of the cost and in just 2-4 days.

You can save a lot of money that can be put to good use elsewhere by hiring Kenneth C. Lewis Refacing to refinish your home's existing cabinetry instead of replacing them.

Other places to invest money are in making your home energy-efficient by installing new doors and windows along with other interior upgrades. These will ultimately mean the most for buyer in the long-term.

For more information on cabinet refacing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis Cabinetry.



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