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Kitchen & Bath Remodeling: Make them look special

The kitchen is special, but it doesn’t always look that way

A Kitchen Solvers refacing and remodel

Life happens in the kitchen. It is where memories are made.

It’s the room where we unfold dusty family recipes, passed down from generation-to-generation, and recreate a bit of who we are, where we’re from — and where we’re going.

How many of your fondest memories involve Thanksgiving meals and the scent of turkey wafting from the oven, or the smell of fresh-baked cookies, or of warm zucchini bread, or the scent of garden vegetables simmering into an aromatic soup on the stovetop?

Because the kitchen is the hub of activity for the entire house, it takes a beating. After a decade, cabinet doors sometimes no longer hang straight. Drawers may stick or not close properly.

Styles change, too. The fashions of the 1960s and 1970s can be jarring today. Most people no longer decorate their home to look like the 1970s, and walking from a modern living room into a 1970s-era kitchen can feel like walking through a time warp.

While most people relish their grandmother’s recipes, few want to cook in their grandmother’s kitchen.

Most people will only remodel a kitchen once in a lifetime, and people have a lot invested emotionally in their kitchens — it is the hub of the entire house — so when the time comes, they value a trusted advisor like Kitchen Solvers.

Kitchen remodeling allows you to deliver a beautiful room that people will treasure. It’s also a good business.

It’s no secret that the housing collapse created hardship in the construction industry. As equity disappeared and credit markets tightened, money for new construction almost completely vanished for a few years. Although new construction suffered, remodeling work held tight. — dropping from $326 billion in 2007 to $286 billion in 2009 before rebounding back to about $300 billion in 2010 according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The research institute singled out specialty contracting firms like Kitchen Solvers for their ability to navigate even the worst of the recession, thanks to streamlined operations, focus and efficiency.

Now we’ve turned the corner. The institute’s Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity projects remodeling spending to grow by double-digits throughout 2013, reaching nearly 20% growth by the end of the year — and the surge is not expected to be a short-term trend.

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Franchise in the U.S.

About 25 percent of remodeling dollars are spent on kitchen and baths, the report states. That’s out of total remodeling spending of about $300 billion a year, according to “A New Decade of Growth for Remodeling,” another report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies.

So the market for kitchen and bath remodeling in the U.S. sits at $75 billion a year — and growing. The Harvard researchers expect home improvement spending to climb 3.5 percent a year through 2015.