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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 remodelormove.com 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

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Do you want a low maintenance kitchen when you remodel?

Schrock Thermafoil White Cabinetry

Schrock Thermofoil White Cabinetry

An important consideration when planning to remodel your kitchen is how much time you plan to spend cleaning and maintaining the cabinetry. It will only look beautiful for years to come if you care for it on a regular basis. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few people want to spend their precious free time cleaning. Of course, if you can afford it, you could hire someone to do this work. But for the moment, let’s say that’s not an option.

White cabinetry is very popular, and one type of white cabinetry is particularly easy to clean. Thermofoil cabinets are an easily maintained product. Sleek and smooth-surfaced, Thermofoil cabinetry from Schrock offers a sophisticated appearance along with exceptional durability and ease of maintenance for today’s hard-working kitchen. You should be aware that White and Cashmere color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions.

Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel’s face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface – excellent for easy cleaning.

Cleaning guidelines from Schrock Cabinetry:
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth. Click here to read more, such as cleaning products to avoid.

Next time, we’ll talk about easy to clean and maintain countertop material.

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Why Remodel Now?

Spring is here and the remodeling season begins. If you’re thinking about remodeling, this indeed may be the best time, to both beautify your home and live healthier. Here are some reasons why.

From the Kitchen Views Fall 2009 Magazine:

“Deciding to remodel a kitchen is rarely a snap decision. In a tough economy the questions only multiply, whether the price tag is $2000 for a quick face-lift or $500,000 for a state-of-the-art makeover. But for many households, there’s no better time to embark on a process that will leave you with a home that’s more beautiful, easier to sell and most important of all, healthier for your entire family.


A functional, beautiful kitchen quickly becomes the focal point of home social life — and its benefits extend far beyond just aesthetics or making it easier for one person to chop onions while another is putting the finishing touches on a crème brulée.

The health benefits of upgrading your kitchen range from letting the cook offer more choices to inspiring the cook to forgo a trip to a restaurant in the first place…

And just cooking at home is a big improvement, public health researchers have found.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a study on dining habits, listed several advantages to eating in: restaurant food has more calories overall; restaurant food has more of the kinds of nutrients Americans should cut back on; and restaurant food has less of the nutrients Americans need more of.

The bottom line: Researchers determined eating out was one factor in the nationwide surge in obesity.

In contrast, a first-rate kitchen invites people to cook in and dine in…

In the final analysis, one thing to remember is that your kitchen is an investment that is used day in and day out, year after year…”

Welcome to Kitchen Views!

Welcome to the Kitchen Views designers’ brand-new blog!  Every week, our designers will share something interesting about cabinetry, countertops, finishes, appliances, green building or design tips.

With eight showrooms and an active work area spanning New England, our designers have the resources, experience and talent to tackle every type of cabinetry project. You will work with a designer who listens to your practical needs, understands your budget, knows the building process, and can fulfill your aesthetic vision for your home. Together you will create a living space that is beyond your expectations.

Whether you want to renovate your home, rejuvenate while complementing the existing historic architecture, or are building a new environmentally-friendly home, all your cabinetry solutions will be found with our designers. We also have a commercial division that works with builders, such as on the recently finished NewBridge on the Charles project in Dedham, MA. Whether your space is large or small, Kitchen Views is the place where the designers are pros and the views are yours.

Kitchen Views is a division of National Lumber, the largest building materials supplier in New England, with eight lumberyards and stores. Family owned and operated, National Lumber has been serving homeowners and builders since 1934. With specialty divisions and carefully chosen affiliates, the National Lumber Family of Companies has the quality products and professional services for every building project. Visit our websites www.kitchenviews.com and www.national-lumber.com for more information.


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