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Kitchen Design & Home Improvement Go Hand in Hand. Survey results show 55% of consumers plan to do a kitchen remodel.

Amy Mood of Kitchen Views works with a client and her daughter on a kitchen remodeling project

A recent online survey done by shows that American consumers are feeling more confident in spending money toward home improvement projects.  The survey had 5,000 participants who answered a range of approximately 70 questions to determine if the majority would rather move or remodel. Every participant showed interest in making some sort of improvement to their current home.  The results show consumers are willing to spend around 30% of their home’s value for the home improvements.

With long-term value being a factor in remodeling, homeowners are willing to use more expensive materials in their projects. A majority, 74% responded that they plan to hire a general contractor to do the work, rather than undertaking projects themselves. Along with hiring construction professionals, more than half of the respondents plan to hire an architect. Homeowners are planning their projects on a larger scale and are including multiple rooms, and will be better served having professionals to oversee the project.

The percentage of homeowners planning to do a kitchen remodel is right above the halfway mark at 55%. Kitchen remodels are taking precedence over baths, according to the survey, and this is where consumers are willing to invest more of their budget. Since the contemporary kitchen is the hub of family activities, this is really an investment in improving family life.

Kitchen Views at National Lumber has experienced designers to serve you through every phase of your remodeling projects. We can supply you with the building supplies you need and the services you deserve. Those services include getting to know the unique needs of your family. Your particular tastes and lifestyle are factored into the design. We strive to exceed your expectations. One of our designers will follow the project from concept to completion. Kitchen Views at National Lumber, where the designers are pros and the views are yours!

Resource: Americans Willing to Spend More to Remodel, Survey Says

Cambria Countertops & Benjamin Moore Paints

Cambria & Benjamin Moore - A perfect match

Click the image above for this PDF flyer

Complement Your Cambria Countertops with Coordinated Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

Your kitchen is a major investment, and you want everything to come together perfectly. With so many important decisions to be made, color choices can be a major challenge. Kitchen Views strives to provide you with all the information you need to make educated choices.

Cambria, makers of beautiful quartz countertops, has recently announced that their palette is now paired with designer selected Benjamin Moore paint colors and it’s available online! Knowing that color professionals have provided this guidance will give you peace of mind in completing your kitchen design. Check out the new tool here.

Cambria is a natural stone surface that is elegant and practical. There is no safer surface for food preparation. If you are building or remodeling your kitchen or bath, you will appreciate the beautiful collection of colors and the exceptional performance that Cambria offers. Simply select your Cambria choice and the online tool will automatically generate compatible Benjamin Moore paint colors from pre-selected palettes.  Because they were created by color professionals and designers, you can feel confident when choosing a paint color to complement your countertops.

National Lumber, parent company of Kitchen Views, is a proud Benjamin Moore paints retailer. Learn more about Benjamin Moore products and where to buy them on National Lumber’s dealer website.

Whether you select Cambria or another countertop material, a Kitchen Views designer will help you to sort through the wide array of choices to find the material that works best for you and your lifestyle.

Amy Mood
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: 508-339-8020

Where Do I Begin?

This week’s featured designer is Amy Mood. You may have seen her work featured in a Kitchen Views ad featured earlier in 2010 in Boston Home Magazine. Click on the picture above for a PDF of the ad.

View Amy Mood’s online portfolio here.

Amy Mood, Kitchen Views Designer

Where Do I Begin?

If you are considering a kitchen renovation project but aren’t really sure what the “first step” is, you are not alone. Many people are just unsure of what the “process” is and find it a bit overwhelming. A Kitchen Designer can be a great resource to help you sort through all the details of your specific project as a whole, whether you have a clear idea of what you want, but just need to know if will all work, or if you are starting from scratch and need guidance on what products are available in the market today. Find someone that you are comfortable working with through the creative process. In the end, you want a kitchen that suits your needs and wants in both form and function to enjoy for years to come!

Amy Mood, AKBD
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
71 Maple St. Mansfield, MA 02048
Tel: 508-339-8020 x5735

Stretch Your Money with Careful Renovation Planning


With all the home renovation shows getting our imaginations running wild, we have more options to consider than ever before. However, your budget might not match your wish list. For those of us who can better afford a less elaborate renovation, our designers can help you to make your dream kitchen fit within your budget, with some careful choices and wise substitutions. Click here for a series of before and after pictures of the new kitchen shown above.

When planning your dream kitchen, include every option you think you might like to have: cherry wood instead of maple, roll-out trays, trash bin, glass-front cabinets, etc. Once the design is completed, if the cost is above of your budget, then you can decide which elements you can or can’t live without. Your designer can recommend which selections will be most cost-effective. It’s easier for the designer to take out options depending on their importance rather than add more elements after you have received a base price. While the design cost is included in your cabinetry purchase, if there is an unusual amount of re-work design time involved you may be charged for the extra time required.

One element that varies greatly in price depending on brand and style is decorative hardware. You might select a lower cost brand to help the budget right now. The most important choice in the original planning stage is whether to use a knob or a pull since the contractor will need to drill either one or two holes. Deciding now which works better for your situation will avoid problems later. Many economical brand choices are available that complement a wide selection of cabinetry styles. Later, once you’ve had time to consider an upgrade that would make you happier, you can easily change the decorative hardware yourself as an afternoon project one weekend.

Wilsonart Laminate Countertop

Wilsonart Laminate Countertop

Another way to save money during your renovation would be to install laminate counter tops. They come in a wide variety of patterns, including many that mimic various stone. Laminate is durable and will serve you well. Then, a year or two down the road when you can afford to make a change, arrange to swap them out with granite or quartz.  It’s also helpful to keep in mind that once a granite countertop is installed you cannot easily change cabinetry underneath it, since most likely the granite will not survive such a change without cracking. So if you expect to renovate in stages over time, planning ahead will save you from some problems and reduce overall costs.

Kitchen Views designers are skilled at exceeding your expectations, no matter what your budget.

Kitchen Views at National Lumber

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