Kitchen Trends for 2013 Include Refacing Cabinets, Hardwood Floors

Kitchen Solvers already on top of kitchen trends for 2013 with cabinet refacing expertise

2013 is shaping up to be an excellent time to be a Kitchen Solvers franchise owner. According to Yahoo! Homes, refacing cabinets — ones of Kitchen Solvers’ specialties — is the No. 1 kitchen remodeling trend for this year.

For homeowners, the reasons are simple: Refacing kitchen cabinets is a tremendous time-saver and money-saver. Cabinet refacing gives well-built old cabinets a major facelift — doors and drawer fronts, hinges and handles are removed, and the exposed cabinet face-frame is refaced with a factory finished and stained furniture-grade plywood. New cabinet doors and drawer fronts, self-closing hinges, and decorative handles are installed to complete the project. The process transforms the look of a kitchen in just a few days.

Here’s what else Yahoo! Homes sees in store for the upcoming year in kitchen design:

A Tampa Bay area kitchen transformed by Kitchen Solvers cabinet refacing and new countertops.

A Tampa Bay area kitchen transformed by Kitchen Solvers cabinet refacing and new countertops.

•  Quartz countertops. Experts say its durability and simpler patterning is making it a popular choice with homeowners. It comes in a rainbow of colors to fit virtually any style of décor. Of course, no one is pushing granite out of the way, either. Andrea Chapman of Kitchen Solvers in Louisville, Ky., says granite countertops are still her biggest hot-button choice among customers.

Hardwood floors. Designers envision wider planks and lighter finishes among the most popular choices. There are also updated choices in hardwood flooring, including composite and engineered finishes that offer easy maintenance and lower costs.

Deep-bowl stainless steel sinks. Deep to accommodate larger pots and pans, stainless because it’s an inexpensive, long-lasting option.

Mixed cabinetry. It’s never been so chic to be indecisive. Kitchen designers are starting to see homeowners mix it up when it comes to colors and finishes – maybe a light-washed facing on cabinet doors but a darker island, for instance.

Of course, Kitchen Solvers franchise owners see micro-trends in their own areas, too. For instance, Eric Mueller, who owns the Kitchen Solvers franchise in the Madison, Wis., area, says he sees a lot of Shaker-style cabinet doors and white kitchens. “The appeal is clean lines,” he says. “You can do anything with the countertops and floor and not have to worry about your cabinets clashing. You can get a little crazy with your backsplash then.”

And the popularity of white kitchens in his area is really no surprise. “It reflects a lot of light, which is especially nice during the long winters here in Wisconsin — anything to brighten up those long winter days.”

Kitchen Solvers has been helping entrepreneurs start kitchen remodeling businesses for 30 years. Franchisees receive extensive training which gives them the skills and knowledge they need to guide customers through the kitchen remodeling process. To read about the advantages Kitchen Solvers offers business owners and customers, check out our research pages at


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