Category Archives: Kitchen Remodeling

Raised Ranch Retreat

My first home just before I was married was a raised ranch. It was a nice, versatile home with an economical cost of living. The kitchen in these homes are pretty much the same layout and counter space is always at a premium. Like this month’s feature kitchen, I changed the design around to gain counter and cabinet space. The layout matters, and depends on the size of the home. This one was a good sized home with a cathedral ceiling, so it made it easier, and fun, to create the new space. I find that I love to put…

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Raynham Farmhouse Renovation

This month’s story is one of my favorite home cabinet renovations. It was for two good friends who completely renovated their old colonial farmhouse home. We designed and installed for the kitchen, pantry, bar and master bath. The theme was to stay with the old farmhouse feel but bring in today’s modern conveniences. After going through the process at the Boston Design Center with various businesses and designers, they came to me to help them out. Their frustration with the other places was the lack of anyone listening to them, even though it was a home that they have lived…

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Get A Big Rustic, Coastal Look in This Affordable Priced Kitchen

Timeless white maple cabinetry, leather textured granite counters and plenty of storage makes this affordable priced kitchen look anything but affordable.  One of the 5 new designs in the Wood Palace Kitchen’s Showroom, this beautiful rustic coastal kitchen is proof positive that you can get the look you want in an affordable priced kitchen. The secret?  Working with a kitchen design company that listens to what you want and helps translate your ideas into a design you can afford that doesn’t skimp on quality, details and high end finishes.  Take these countertops as an example.  Steel grey granite that has…

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Flip or Flop

I am sure you probably have seen HGTV’s show, Flip or Flop? I watch it a lot. It’s about a couple that flips homes for a living. I have been flipping homes here and there since 2007 as a hobby. I love taking ugly homes that need a lot of work and changing them into a show home. This month’s feature is one that I completed last year in Raynham. When I first looked at this foreclosed home, I was glad that I had taken the time that day to go see the home. It was a wreck and had…

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Bringing Yesterday into Today

I ran across this wonderful couple that lived in a condo here in East Bridgewater. Their original goal was to fix the finish problem that they were experiencing on their existing kitchen. The finish was wearing away on a lot of the doors that were used most often. I presented the problem to our detail finish man and his thought was that there was too much to re-finish. So we moved on to option B with having a painter come in and paint the cabinets. It costs a lot less than replacing the cabinetry, but my concern is always, will…

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Getting Ready For Your Kitchen Installation

A kitchen installation requires a lot of coordination to get the right materials and the right people in your home at the right time.  You can help to ensure a successful kitchen installation by making sure your home is ready to receive the boxes and boxes of cabinetry and ready for the professional installation team to build your dream kitchen. Here is a list of the important things you need to do as the homeowner to make sure your home is kitchen installation ready. Make sure that the area where your kitchen will be installed is completely clear of all…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 3

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel – Part 3 Choosing the Right Contractor In most cases, you will be hiring a contractor to do some of the work on your kitchen remodel.   If you are not familiar with any contractors Angie’s List or Home Advisor as well as referrals from friends and neighbors are a good place to start. Make sure your contractor has a written contract that specifies what he/she will and will not do.  It is imperative that they are licensed, insured and skilled in the type of work you are going to have them do.  Check their…

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Facade Makeover

What does a person do when the Foil cabinets that they have in their kitchen yellow and the cabinets themselves are in good shape? In this case with Tim’s cousin, Leslie, we just replaced the door and drawer fronts and added quartz counter tops. As you will see in the before and after photos, the transformation is nothing short of spectacular. This is not one of the things that we normally do, but in certain situations, we are able to accomplish it for a client that is in need. Sometimes when someone is looking to sell their home, and the…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2

How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel – Part 2 Plan for Inconvenience A kitchen remodel is inconvenient so you need to plan to be inconvenienced.  Make sure all of the activities your family usually does in the kitchen are accounted for and a place is set up to do those activities when the kitchen is under construction.  For example, beyond cooking and eating are there other activities that the kitchen is used for such as homework or a computer station for paying bills?   Make a space for those activities. Set Up A Temporary Kitchen Set up a temporary kitchen in…

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How To Survive A Kitchen Remodel

How To Survive a Kitchen Remodel, Part 1  Your kitchen is the heart of your home, the place where your family gathers for meals, conversation, homework and connection.  Remodeling any room is a project that impacts the family in a big way, but that impact is likely magnified when the room being remodeled is the kitchen.  Here are some tips to help you through your kitchen remodel. Be Realistic Remodeling is stressful.  There are no two ways about it.  The more realistic you are, the less stressful your remodel will be.  Thinking about the things you will need to account…

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