The Remodeling Roller Coaster

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can be fun, creative and exciting. It also has its ups and downs as we term it the ’emotional roller coaster’. This roller coaster could have dramatic highs and lows or it can be a fairly smooth ride.

Typical remodel roller coaster.

Renovisions roller coaster.
Below is our version of the roller coaster illustrated through
a recent design/build kitchen Renovision.

We believe what makes a difference is how our team approaches the project from design and selections to final completion.

If you are in a first time kitchen or bath remodeling project and you’re feeling a little nervous, you are not alone. An investment of this size comes with a lot of questions and the desire to make sure your ROI is great. The feelings, thoughts and emotions of a homeowner experiences is often translated into the common metaphor of “the remodeling roller coaster” and it could not be more accurate. Like any disruption to your routine, the process of remodeling requires patience and flexibility. We recommend that you try to keep your eye on the prize, a room you will enjoy for years to come!

People ask “why the big dips?” we can explain.

Just like buying a car, you may need to review the bells and whistles to reach your ideal cost for your remodeling project. When you work with our design-build team, we are able to give realistic pricing as we design for you. We also present options that fall within a Good-Better-Best cost basis with various product choices.

After design you’ll be signing a contract. We try to make ours as simple as possible, while protecting the rights of our company and the homeowner. After making your deposit payment, your project is scheduled on our calendar and deconstruction of your home will begin soon.

During the demo, its possible unforeseen issues are uncovered that will increase cost to the overall project (rot, repairs, re-routing electric, plumbing lines), subcontractor, shipping and inspection scheduling are complex and there are bound to be a few delays, sometimes longer which can add frustration.

As work proceeds, the emotional curve starts high and heads downhill. Installation of electrical, plumbing, heating and plastering seems tedious.

Drywall installation is often a low point because it closes in previously wide-open spaces and it is a dusty procedure.

After the drywall goes up, your mood will improve dramatically. As we continue to install the items you’ve selected (tiles, cabinetry, fixtures, hardware..) your design comes together a little more each day and that is exciting!

At the end of the job, it is typical to feel like “we love you but please get out of our house!” It can take a little time to recover from the stress of the effort, activity and disruption.

Maintaining trust in your contractor is key as we are trying to get the right parts to keep your project going forward and working diligently on your behalf to keep the job running as smoothly as possible. Effective communication is always appreciated between contractor and customer.

Upon completion, you’re going to feel like the lows were absolutely worth the highs. It is our job as a contractor to prepare you for these moments and be a consistent source of support. Hopefully, knowing this natural ebb and flow ahead of time will help you through your own remodel.

Jun 27, 2019
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An Award Winning Night for Renovisions

Cathy, Ed and Liz were thrilled to receive an award at the Annual EM NARI COTY (Contractor of the Year) event  held on Wednesday, May 1st at the Clark Subzero/Wolf Showroom in Millbury.

It was a great night of networking, food, drink and celebrating with our fellow industry professionals.

We got lots of inspiration from the beautiful Clark Showroom.


As Vice President, Cathy presented the Hero Award.

And Renovisions won a Silver Award in the Residential Kitchens under $50,000 category.

Here is a closer look at our award winning kitchen Renovision.

This client needed a complete refresh in this dark, drab, outdated 1960’s kitchen with non-functional coat closet that instead closed off the space. The new layout created a better flow and a bright open feel with a transitional look which incorporated an island for seating and entertaining guests.

May 09, 2019
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KBIS 2018

We’re back from KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show)! With lots of new products and trends for 2018.

Here are a few of our favorites…

Beautiful white painted wood cabinetry with glass doors and walnut interior – a nice look. We just love it!

Free standing tubs with whirlpool jets which create a relaxing spa-feel for your next bath Renovision!

Kohler fixtures in all finishes from chrome to brushed nickel to new matte black and soft gold tones. With so many colors to choose from, what’s your favorite?

Useful Vanity Storage Options

NEW PRODUCT! ‘Berry Soft’ sprays from KOHLER.
A light spray that gently washes fruits and vegetables, the perfect way to prep without bruising produce!

Trending! White cabinetry with soft gold hardware, classic Carrera marble subway tiles and lighted glass cabinets – looks awesome!

Looking to be unique? Red and black are trending.

Quartz sinks for your next kitchen. Plenty of color options available.

Fabuwood, new product options with neutral grey tones.

Gold trends seen in all bathroom fixture manufacturers.

Beautiful bath trend, clean Carrera-look marble countertops, white under mount sink and soft gold faucet.

Awww, shower heads that feel like real rain!

We use Schluter engineered products for our bathroom Renovisions… and I selected the drain style!

What a beautiful and practical fireplace design.

Feb 13, 2018
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Renovisions 4th Annual Fall Fling
Last Thursday we hosted our 4th Annual Renovisions Fall Fling at our
Kitchen and Bath Showroom.
It was a night filled with yummy food, wonderful drinks and great conversations.
A Renovisions team effort was exemplified ensuring a successful night enjoyed by all.
Delicious food with an autumnal flair was served.
The delectable Pound Cake Bar with hot fudge, warmed apples and caramel was a big hit with all of the guests.
 A delightful array of scent-sational holiday candles are on display.
Feel free to stop in anytime to purchase some and keep in mind, we gift wrap!

We are grateful for the support our business receives from the local Hanover Chamber of Commerce community,
as well as from our clients, friends and family.
We enjoy giving and find that this warm and inviting time of the year is perfect to open our Showroom in gratitude.
Congratulations to our raffle winners! Our client Eileen St. Onge and Erik Burns from Dream Realty.

A big thank you to the very talented Moira at Ivy & Olive’s for this uniquely beautiful centerpiece for our Fall Fling. We love it!
Looking forward to next year’s 5th Annual Fall Fling!
Nov 07, 2017
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Power-Up Powder Room
These South Shore of Boston Homeowners approached the Team at Renovisions to power-up their powder room.
Their half bath, located on the first floor, is used by several guests particularly over the holidays.  When considering the
heavy traffic and the daily use from two toddlers in the household, it was smart to go with a stylish, yet practical design.
Wainscot made a nice change to this room, adding an architectural interest and an overall classic feel to this cape-style traditional
home. Installing custom wainscoting may be a challenge for most DIY’s, however in this case the homeowners knew they needed
a professional and felt they were in great hands with Renovisions.  Details certainly made a difference in this project;
adding crown molding, careful attention to baseboards and trims had a big hand in creating a finished look.
The painted wood vanity in color, sage reflects the trend toward using furniture-like pieces for cabinets.
The smart configuration of drawers and door, allows for plenty of storage, a true luxury for a powder room.  The quartz
countertop was a stunning choice with veining of sage, black and white creating a Wow response when you enter the room.
The dark stained wood trims and wainscoting were painted a bright white finish and allowed the selected green/beige
hue to pop. Decorative black framed family pictures produced a dramatic statement and were appealing to all guests.
The attractive glass mirror is outfitted with sconce light fixtures on either side, ensuring minimal shadows.
The homeowners are thrilled with their new look and proud to boast what was
once a simple bathroom into a showcase of their personal style and taste.
“We are very happy with our new bathroom. We received many compliments on it from
guests that have come to visit recently. Thanks for all of your hard work on this project!” 
– Doug & Lisa M. (Hanover) 
May 05, 2017
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KBIS 2017

Ed and Cathy recently attended KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) 2017.

They constantly strive through on going educational conferences
to offer you the best selections and valued products.

Fabulous faucet finishes. (left)
Innovative faucet design. Can you guess how this works? (right)

Shower Power – from standard to hand-held to rain shower heads, you choose! (top left)
Water technology making a difference for your new bathroom experience. (top right)
Wider shower head designs with magnetic hand held that works great. (bottom left)
Yes, it actually feels like real rain. Go ahead, splurge on your next shower head! (bottom right)

Do you want to be unique? Do something unique… a copper free-standing tub!
Or, perhaps an all cedar wood tub will do?

Renovisions now offers beautiful teak products. Stop in to see the fine quality
and compare with less expensive versions. You’ll be impressed!

Making vanities that work for us, a smart design idea!
Smart storage ideas. (bottom left)
We connected with this: de-clutter your vanity countertop. (bottom right)

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, whose the smartest of them all… Kohler introduced a re-positional magnifying mirror built into their medicine cabinet.


Check out the beautiful new finish on this rectangular sink. (left)
And for those who strive for a most interesting look for their bathroom sink. (right)

Let us ‘Choreograph’ your next bathroom renovation.
Check out Kohler’s choreograph products. (left)
Tune into your sensational shower experience and connect to your
MP3 for music played through this shower head. (right)

Rose colored fixtures and accessories; not just for jewelry anymore. (left)
Matte black is also an option for your bath. (right)

Introducing: self cleaning toilets by American Standard! (left)
Washlet toilet seats that work great and not cost you an arm and a leg. (right)


Creative look; your guests will line up for your bathroom.

Ship lap barn board is trending; mixed with metal accessories – outstanding!

This is one HOT idea!

We design for our furry friends too.

Push button attic storage. Working smarter, not harder! (left)
Ingenious! Jet your laundry to your laundry room, kids will love it. (right)

What a bright idea… so many colors to choose from for the right look in the right spot.

 Taupe and soft wood textures are trending in shaker door styles
for both the bath and kitchen. (left)
Cool idea! A back-lit cabinet. (right)

New tile designs to make your backSPLASH. (left)
Cathy loves the smart storage solutions. (right)

Want to wow your friends, concicer an under the floor wine cellar.

Coming to a home near you in July, 2017…
A new transitional style kitchen faucet you’ll love. (top left)
LIGHT THE WAY to a smart faucet idea. (top right)
New faucet design to be released in November, 2017. (bottom left)
Beautiful transitional faucet. (bottom right)

Rubber grids – a smart idea for your stainless steel sink. (left)
Cathy loved this wine glass drying rack from Kohler and… it doesn’t break the bank. (right)

Ed’s a WINNER! He spun the wheel and it all lined up for him.
Lowes booth presented with these super nice head phones.

Mar 16, 2017
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Suburban Boston Home Show 2017

 The Suburban Boston Home Show returned to the
University Sports Complex last weekend January 27-29
and Renovisions was a proud exhibitor

Cathy, Ed and Liz enjoyed meeting new prospective clients and glad many past customers stopped by our booth to say hello.

And of course, making friends with out Neighboring booths! Thanks for the laughs
Mass Save, Sungevity, Unfinished Business and Mosquito Shield!

Anyone who signed up for our monthly informational newsletter was entered
for a chance to win this beautiful teak bath/shower mat.

And the winner is…. Ginny Gilmartin! Congratulations!

Of course Renee Visions was the center of attention. That martini looks pretty good!

The most popular display in our booth was the transitional bathroom
display including this beautiful furniture piece vanity in a dark grey painted finish, free-standing deep soaking tub, heated towel bar / heated flooring samples and teak accessories.

Our Outdoor kitchen display featured powder coated stainless steel cabinetry,
Dekton ultra compact countertop surface, a bartenders station and smoker grill. (our big red egg)

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth! We had a great time and
hope we provided you with some useful information. If you missed the show,
be sure to look out for it next year, the last weekend in January, 2018!

Monday: Appointments Only
Tuesday: 10:00 – 5:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 5:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 5:00
Friday: 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday: Appointments Only
Sunday: Closed

Our next Informational Mini Presentations will be held on:

Friday, February 24th 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Saturday, February 25th 10:00am – 12:00pm

Kitchen & Bath Design Showroom
150 Broadway
Hanover, MA

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Jan 30, 2017
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Hanover Four Corners Winter Festival

Renovisions enjoyed our First 
Four Corners Winter Festival
held on December 2nd & 3rd 2016.


Lights, Camera, Action…
The historic retail area of Hanover called “The Four Corners” was
the place to be this past Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Fabulous fun and merriment was enjoyed by all who attended this first of its kind
Winter Festival hostel by the Four Corners Businesses and the Hanover Cultural Council.


The Renovisions Showroom was decked out with holly and good cheer!


Our Holiday Candles (with no black soot) were on display,
perfect for the holidays, hostess and teacher gifts and more!

Available for purchase at our showroom and online!


Renovisions also proudly displayed a fine array of stunningly beautifully decorated
Holiday and Winter wreaths by Boston Wreath and Door.

Adorn your entrance or wall with a fabulous, homemade winter wreath made by a local company.

Available to purchase or by custom order; prices range from $15.99 and up.


Overall, it was a great event!
Thank you to everyone who came out and
we cannot wait for next year!

Dec 07, 2016
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Re-Discover the Joys of the Kitchen
Our latest kitchen Renovision.

These Hanover, MA clients came to Renovisions as they wanted a local design-build company to rework and expand their small and outdated 1980’s colonial kitchen.

We collaborated and created an expanded 12’x15’ addition space to accommodate a newly designed kitchen which is now 21’x15’. Before we began with the construction process, proper structural engineering presented a challenge as the property was built on ledge. As expected, we determined that several concrete supports were necessary and needed to be built to support the expanded structure.


Our plan included both creative aesthetic and functional layout modifications to transform this ordinary kitchen into a spacious, well-lit, highly functional, stylish and welcoming space to cook, gather and entertain. The bump-out allowed for more functional cabinetry and a dining table which before was placed in a corner of the previous cramped kitchen. Now, there is a wide open space from the adjacent living room and a clear path to a 5’ French door opening to the pool deck. The homeowners also elected for us to extend a new roof over their existing deck creating a nice shaded space to entertain guests.


The island, which serves as the central gathering spot. is eye catching with contrasting dark cocoa colored cabinets and stunning natural looking Cambria quartz countertops. Large, easily accessible deep drawers provide much needed storage for pots, pans and lids as well as expansive countertop space for everyday prep and family get-togethers.


Overall, the clients were thrilled with their Renovision and cannot wait to throw a party to show off their stunning kitchen.


“Dear Cathy and Ed, We are abundantly grateful for the entire Renovisions Team that have provided us with a beautiful kitchen and porch to enjoy.  We will continue to make family memories for many years to come with this new addition. From the first time we met with you at the showroom, we were confident that high quality workmanship would go into our new construction. Mike, Brad, and Tom were very trustworthy and worked very hard every day they were on the job site.  They were very flexible and always put the homeowners safety first. They even offered a bit of comic relief! Every night the site was cleaned meticulously, never leaving tools or sharp edges of any sort in the open space. We were also very pleased with the help offered when designing and choosing cabinets, tile and other finishes. Liz was always very helpful and patient to answer questions when we came by the showroom. We are extremely pleased with all the choices and on a daily basis we enjoy the warmth and amazing space it provides.

We recently hosted a retirement party for 70 people and it never felt crowed! We relax under the covered porch in the morning for coffee, the afternoon for lunch and to watch the grandkids in the pool. And of course in the evening while we read or catch up on emails. It is an amazing space! Thank you all again, for your hard work and passion for your craftsmanship. We will be in touch soon to set up a date for you all to drop by to see the finishing touches and to enjoy refreshments.”

 – Paul & Beth H. (Hanover)

Nov 17, 2016
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Outdoor Kitchens Focus on Flexibility


Entertaining at home is fueling the growth of the outdoor kitchen market, with more homeowners looking to extend the “heart of the home” outdoors. These outdoor living spaces that are enjoyed by all ages include stainless steel cabinetry, stone and ultra-compact, ‘Dekton’ countertops, outdoor rated refrigerators, wine units, water stations, ice bins, unique LED lighting applications and warming units allow the spaces to be used year round.

The whole idea is to create a personalized space that works for the way the homeowner cooks, entertains and uses the space.

Here are some of the hottest trends in Outdoor Kitchens right now:

There are a variety of grills on the market today including infrared cooking grills. There are other specialized items available such as pizza ovens, multi-use power burners, teppanyaki grills and the wood-fired egg to really wow your guests.


Outdoor islands and peninsulas are requested the most with designs that incorporate pull-out trash receptacles, bartender’s stations with storage for ice and drinks along with compartments for condiments & cabinet storage for outdoor dishware.


While stainless steel remains the classic outdoor finish for cabinets, there are beautiful powder-coat finishes in a wide array of colors in many different styles including the popular shaker look, as well as weather-resistant wood tones that look authentic!


Jun 28, 2016
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