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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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“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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Trends in Kitchens 2016

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Mar 10, 2016
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Time Worn to Terrific

     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.

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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.

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Oct 20, 2015
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Designing a Beautiful Kitchen

1. Hide the clutter. Add a pantry and interior storage compartments.

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2. Invite gathering. Include a peninsula or island with overhang to accommodate stools for guests.

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3. Crete open flow. Design to allow good central connection from kitchen to family room and outside entertaining areas.

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4. Decorative Details. To ensure a beautiful, elegant kitchen, include architectural and decorative details that will make a difference.

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5. Don’t forget the lights. Add dimmers on each switch to create a change in atmosphere at night and use LED fixtures to save energy and dollars.

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Jun 11, 2015
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