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!


The Renovisions team returned home from another successful kitchen and bath conference – bringing back several fabulous trending design ideas and innovative product development. As always, we enjoy showing our wealth of expertise and knowledge with out clients. Attending this event provides a great opportunity for us to learn about new products on the market that fit the needs, wants and desires of our client base. Striving to stay relevant and current is top of mind at Renovisions – maintaining good vendor relationships allows us to support client’s products needs and warranties. Here are a few unique products that we loved and are happy to share with you!

1. Stainless Steel Black Appliances


2. Italian Made Unique Pulls


3. Slim Profile Angle Power Strips


4. Free Standing 100% Acrylic Tubs


5. Grey Textured Cabinets


We are grateful for the relationships we have built with our customers and vendors and we constantly strive, through ongoing training, educational seminars, conferences, and review of our alliances with vendors, to offer the best selections and valued products.

Transitional style kitchens are the most popular trend for 2016. This style blends both traditional and contemporary elements; modern stainless steel and other metal accents are incorporated in a more traditional interior design, thus a transitional look.


Shaker style cabinets in both a white painted and stained wood finish are a strong choice as they adapt with almost any style of kitchen. Colors: soft neutrals and light wood tones mix together nicely, creamy colored white tones with soft greys and black will continue as a trend. White works for cabinets and will continue to trend. Pops of soft blues and rose, pantones colors of 2016 will be seen as accent colors.


Clever and functional kitchen design strategies are being implemented using all available spaces for storage of pots, pans and cleaning accessories. Swing-out shelving is a big hit for those hard to reach in areas and tall blind corner cabinets.


Healthy living, ageing in place and digital integration are at the top of many minds when planning a kitchen remodel. Touch- free faucets and foot- operated trash pull-outs keep hands free and away from touching handles. Improved refrigeration keeps items fresher longer and new to the market is an under-counter appliance to grow your own herbs!


Connectivity is inevitable as more and more manufacturers feature technology in several products ranging from programmable lighting, heating, security, home automation and ventilation that can be controlled from a mobile device. Appliances are also included in smart kitchen management which continues to provide effectiveness, efficiency and convenience to a newly remodeled kitchen. Cooking tools interact with phones and tablets to start dinner remotely. GE introduced a refrigerator that dispenses coffee from Keurig K-cups. Dacor added voice commands to its IQ ovens and ranges.


Hardwood floors remain a strong option as well as porcelain “plank tiles” that looks like wood floors but are more durable and scratch resistant than real wood.


Farmhouse sinks (apron sinks) are trending as they tend to be the focal point of a space. Stainless steel sinks are equally as popular in a larger rectangular shape to accommodate pans and stacks of dishes.


Quartz may now be dominating the choice for countertops with its no-maintenance, high durability and healthy anti-microbial agent added by manufacturer.


The island is the most popular request and we implement them in the design if feasible. Other popular ‘must haves’ include wine refrigerators, TV connection and docking stations. Outdoor kitchens with bar-tender centers are gaining in popularity as they extend not only the grilling season but provide a great space to gather family and entertain with friends.


Overall, trends emphasize transitional style kitchens with cleaner lines and creative use of space to enhance the functionality, convenience and comfort in all life styles.


Larger showers are trending along with personalizing bath spaces, utilizing a variety of products and features.


            Baths with a spa-like feel incorporates ‘cozy spaces’ with warming floors with programmable thermostats, towel warmers, rain- shower heads, hand-held shower heads, free-standing tubs, shelving and niche cubbies for shampoos and shower seats create a more relaxing atmosphere.


            Barrier-free or curb-less showers with lineal style drains are gaining in popularity. They visually enhance the space as the floor slops in one direction and larger format tiles can be continued from the bath floor right into the shower. Grab bars in decorative styles, fold-down shower seats, humidity-sensing ventilation/light models are ideal for the aging in place sector.


            Baths have become more contemporary in style with the focus on simple lines, white fixtures, unique storage spaces and emphasis on larger format tiles growing in popularity. 12” x 24” retro-lineal look is defiantly trending as well as 12” x 35” larger plank-style porcelain tiles seen in several textures including a scraped look. Subway tiles in all sizes look great alone or blended with mosaics and glass decorative pieces to create a one-of-a-kind look. Chrome and nickel finishes continue to dominate.


            The impact of technology on the shower/bath is ever-changing with integrated sound, lights and temperature flows can enhance the multi-sensory experience.


            Toilet flushing is getting more automated, medicine cabinets more functional with internal outlets and lighting, storage and more unique with docking drawer outlets to store/conceal plug-in bath accessories.


            Comfort, personal health and wellness are top of the mind. Creating a bath with an open feel and clean lines contributes to the sense of serenity we strive for.


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Interested in learning which home upgrades score big with buyers?

Find out the results from the 2016 survey that tells us about today’s housing market.

For the latest information on the value of remodeling, check out the
2016 Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.

Boston Average:

Midrange Bath: $22,729
Upscale Bath: $66,735

Midrange Kitchen: $71,906
Upscale Kitchen: $133,618

New England Average:

Midrange Bath: $19,159
Upscale Bath: $59,606

Midrange Kitchen: $62,989
Upscale Kitchen: $123,381

2015 National Average:

Midrange Bath: $17,908
Upscale Bath: $57,411

Midrange Kitchen: $59,999
Upscale Kitchen: $119,909



A softer take on color, for the first time, the blending of two shades

– Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen.



Paint color is a great way to use of the Pantone Colors of the year. 

Money Saving Tips For Winterizing Your Home

Find drafts and seal them. Drafts can waste 5-30% of a homes energy usage according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Easy fix: roll up a towel or blanket to put under doors and apply weather stripping or caulking to drafty windows and doors. Hint: use a flashlight to see where light passes through.


Install an updated thermostat and save up to 12%. A smart thermostat can help conserve since you’ll be heating and cooling only when necessary.


Turn the dial down on your water heater. Check the temperature of your hot water first, many water heaters are set to 140 degrees  which can be dangerous and cause scalding! Lowering the temperature 20 degrees can save $36-61 per year. This will also slow mineral build up and corrosion in your pipes and heater, saving significant problems and cost associated with fixing them.


Check your faucets for any leaks. Consider installing a low-flow faucet to save on water.


1.Kitchens. Updating a tired old kitchen is one of the wisest methods, and a tried and true one, of increasing the value of your home. When planning a kitchen remodel, and making design decisions and selections for plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinets and countertop materials, you should determine whether you are prioritizing your own design aesthetic or the return on your investment.

Either priority is perfectly acceptable, but you should understand which is your priority, or strike a balance between the two that you can feel good about. 

For example, using the existing kitchen layout and affordable cosmetic materials is a sure way to keep the cost of your kitchen remodel manageable. When you start tearing out walls, bumping out the exterior home footprint to gain a few feet, and moving plumbing fixtures and appliances, the cost of the remodel will jump and your dollars will be less efficiently spent.


2. Adding living space. A straightforward addition of a new living room space is typically a very good investment.

Newly added square footage equals increases your home’s value. There are certain costs that will be associated with your addition regardless of the size. New square footage will require the demolition of existing exterior walls, a new foundation, a new roof, new exterior siding and probably new windows. If you are going to incur these expenses, it’s important to get some bang for your buck. It’s important that the added room is sized so that the space can be efficiently produced.


3. Curb appeal. You have heard not to judge a book by its cover, but smart money recognizes the cover’s value. Your front elevation is more than just a first impression. It’s the only impression available to just about all of your home’s potential buyers.

The good news is that there are a number of very affordable projects that can improve curb appeal, and some more extensive improvements that can likely pay off as well. Simply cleaning out overgrown brush and making a few new planting additions to your landscape can go a long way toward improving curb appeal at a very low cost.

Repainting is another low-cost, high-impact improvement. Costlier changes such as changing out old windows or an aged entry door are things that potential buyers will notice and value. Even more extensive front-elevation remodels, such as added dormers and front porches, can prove wise from an investment standpoint.


4. Master suites. Sorry, kids. Home buying decisions are in the hands of adults, and adults care about the environment where they sleep. Updating a master bedroom or remodeling and adding a new master suite is money well spent. The buyers will picture themselves living in their private space, and it’s of quantitative value when they like what they see.


5. Bathrooms. Home buyers notice bathrooms, and although all the bathrooms are important, a priority should be placed on the powder room and master bath, followed by a guest bathroom and any other secondary baths (the kids don’t need to know).

The same rules apply to a bathroom remodel as to the kitchen. Cosmetic changes are safer from an investment standpoint than modifications involving changed layouts or minor additions, which can result in inefficient expenses.



     The owners of this outdated1960’s kitchen were ready for a change and sought out Renovisions after seeing one of their eye-catching ads in South Shore Living Magazine. It was time to start fresh with a cleaner and brighter look with more functional storage. The professionals at Renovisions worked as a team to accommodate their wishes while being mindful of their existing traditional styled furnishings.

     Keeping a similar layout, the old cabinets, flooring, countertops, door, window and appliances were removed as well as the wall between the kitchen and dining room to accommodate additional cabinets while creating an L for more useful countertop space. Replacing the worn stained wooden door and double hung window with a new prairie-style window and breezeway door in white finish was the first order of business. By replacing the tired vinyl floor with new oak wood floors the space became warm & inviting. The beautiful new white painted shaker-style cabinets look fabulous with the natural ivory-tan blend granite countertops and sleek stainless steel appliances. Simple, yet elegant white subway tiles provide a serene and open feel to the space. Creating a small niche area behind the slide-in range was also at the top of our clients list to accommodate the spices they use daily, turning an ordinary look to extraordinary.

     Pesto change-o, as if by magic Renovisions transformed this dated tight-fit kitchen into a warm and inviting better functioning space that is definitely pleasing to the eyes of these homeowners who are thrilled with the end result and grateful for the high quality work along with the professional manner in which their project was completed.


What a great before and after! We think it came out terrific and are glad that the homeowner agrees.

“Thanks to you, Ed, Mike, and Liz for all your hard work. The kitchen is beautiful and I love the backsplash! The whole room looks beautiful, I’m so glad that we went with the white subway tiles in the end. They’re light and clean and really pretty. Thanks for everything, Cathy. Your team has done a wonderful job! We appreciate all your help and hard work.”  – Bea R.



Fridge Stove

Choosing your cabinet door style is important as it can dominate the look of the room. Consider the frame and color to suit your new kitchen and bath space.



Natural solid-wood cabinets have a light, transparent top coat for protection.









Stain is applied to add color to cabinetry. It also protects the wood.







A high-quality enamel paint in any desired color can be applied to wood cabinets.







A glaze applied over paint or stain will adhere to the natural nooks of the wood to provide a contrast & unique look.




Choose from these countertop edges to enhance your design and reflect your style.





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