Small Kitchen

How To Make The Most Of An Undersized Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It is the room in which you and your family get ready for the day ahead, or recharge and connect after the tasks at hand have been completed. This means that it is important to ensure that your kitchen is a beautiful space that has all of the amenities you need!

One of the most common limitations that homeowners face when it comes to ensuring their kitchen has all of the features they need, is size! If you’re looking to maximize the space you have available, take a look at our blog for a few tips!

Add A Breakfast Bar

If you’re looking to maximize the space you have available, one of the first things you should do is eliminate the need for a kitchen table by adding a breakfast bar! A kitchen table takes up a considerable amount of space, and getting rid of your table to replace it with more economical seating will help make the space feel much larger.

Make Use Of Wall Cabinets

Cabinets compose a large part of any kitchen. From housing dry goods, to pots & pans, you need plenty of cabinet space in your kitchen to ensure that you have easy access to everything you may need! However, having too many cabinets can also reduce the space you have for other ammenities, such as an island, dishwasher, or trash compactor. If you’re looking to maximize the space you have available, be sure to install as many wall cabinets as possible.

Use The Right Lighting

Another tip that will help make the space feel larger, even if you wish you had more square footage to work with, is ensuring that the kitchen has plenty of natural light. One of the easiest ways to add more lighting to your kitchen is to install a skylight! While it certainly won’t provide you with more space to use, a skylight will flood your kitchen with natural light, which is a great way to improve the feel of a space. If you’re looking for a way to make the space feel larger, even when you don’t have the ability to increase the size of the room, a skylight is a great option!

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Interested in remodeling your home’s kitchen this fall? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist with your kitchen remodeling needs! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your kitchen remodeling needs!

Vinyl Siding

Longest Lasting Siding Materials

Your home’s siding is one of the most important pieces of your home’s exterior. It offers a number of benefits for your home’s exterior, including protection from the elements & pests, curb appeal and resale value, and even insulation for your home’s exterior. It is also a major investment, which means every homeowner wants to get the most bang for their buck by installing a long-lasting siding material. That’s why our team has put together a blog examining which siding materials have the longest lifespans! Take a look below to learn more!

Vinyl Siding

To begin, let’s discuss the most popular siding material in North America, vinyl siding. Vinyl siding is renowned by homeowners and contractors alike for its durability, ease of installation, customization options, and economical price-point. But how long does it truly last?

Simply put, there is a reason that vinyl siding has become so popular; it lasts a long time! Budget vinyl siding has the tendency to fail relatively quickly, and on the low end, you can expect vinyl siding to last for 20 or 30 years. However, if you install a quality product and keep up with necessary maintenance, it is conceivable that your siding can last upwards of a half-century. This option is very durable and has a well-deserved reputation.

Fiber Cement

Next up, we have an option that has become increasingly popular over the last few decades; fiber cement. This siding material is beautiful, and many homeowners love the wide array of style and color options it provides. But the real question is how long does fiber cement siding last?

Homeowners will be happy to know that it is, at worst, comparable to vinyl siding. While vinyl siding is a fossil fuel product, fiber cement is organic, which means it is a bit more susceptible to weathering. However, with proper maintenance, fiber cement will last for 50 years at minimum, and potentially much longer under the right conditions.

Cedar Wood Siding

Lastly, let’s examine a siding option that many homeowners love for it’s aesthetic; cedar shake siding. While cedar siding looks fantastic, providing your home with a rustic, rugged exterior, many homeowners are often skeptical of its durability, as it is a wood product and it’s constantly exposed to the elements.

This concern is valid, as its beauty won’t protect it from weathering damage. Cedar siding is less durable than most siding options on the market, with an average lifespan of about 25 years. This, of course, entails proper maintenance along the way, and cleaning up any moldy shingles before they cause damage to your siding at large. If you’re looking for a siding material that will stand the test of time, you can certainly find more durable options!

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If you’re interested in replacing your home’s siding this fall, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! Our team looks forward to assisting with your siding replacement needs!

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Fall Home Maintenance

With fall just around the corner in Massachusett’s, it’s almost time to begin preparing your home’s exterior for the months ahead. Fall home maintenance is important to ensure that your home is properly protected all winter long, which is why our team at Quality Interior Finishing put together this blog to help inform you about the home maintenance that should be performing for your home this fall!

Clean Your Gutters

When it comes to exterior home maintenance, there’s perhaps nothing more important than cleaning out your gutter system. Your gutters are one of the most aspects of your home’s exterior, helping to direct water away from your home, and ensuring that your foundation, roof, and siding are well-protected. However, your gutters often become clogged with debris, which can cause the system to overflow and potentially cause damage to your home. If you want to ensure that your gutter system is properly protecting your home, be sure to clean it out of debris during the fall!

Check For Drafts

Another incredibly important piece of home maintenance you should do during the fall, particularly in cool New England, is check your windows and doors for drafts. Your windows and doors play an incredibly important role in keeping your home energy efficient. They keep the elements out of your home, while ensuring that your heat and AC stay indoors. That means that when they begin to leak, it can seriously impact the energy efficiency of your home, particularly during the winter. If you find that your windows are doors have significant drafts, see if you can address the issue with a bit of weather-proof stripping first. If the leak is more substantial, you may want to think about replacing the units entirely!

Attic Ventilation

Another important piece of home maintenance that is often forgotten by homeowners is attic ventilation. If your home is particularly susceptible for ice dams, this is especially important to consider because it has a significant impact on whether or not they form.

Ice dams are created when the heat from your attic warms your roof and melts the snow, allowing it to run down and refreeze in your gutters when it is no longer being heated. Over time this causes liquid water to back up onto your roof and cause moisture damage. However, there is a way to mitigate the amount of snow that melts, and that is properly ventilating your attic. The reason ice dams form is because your attic is warner than the outside air, which melts the snow on your roof. However, if you properly ventilate your attic with a variety of ventilation options, you can keep it protected by ensuring that the snow won’t melt since it won’t be heated enough to do so.

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If you have any exterior remodeling needs to address before the snow begins to fall, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your exterior remodeling needs!

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Signs Your Home’s Vinyl Siding Needs To Be Replaced

Your home’s siding is one of the most important aspects of your home’s exterior shell. It serves a number of beneficial purposes, including keeping your home protected from the elements and pests, as well as boosting your home’s insulation, and improving curb appeal & resale value! Considering how many benefits there are to gain from having well-installed and maintained siding, it is important to ensure that your home’s siding is kept in good repair! If you’re interested in learning more about identifying the signs that your home’s siding needs to be replaced, keep reading below for more information!

Warping & Bubbling

The first signs that you’ll need to replace your siding are when you begin to notice that your siding is bubbling and warping. This is a clear indication that something is going on below the surface. Your siding has likely malfunctioned in a particular area and moisture is finding its way into the system, which can quickly destroy the integrity of your walls. If you notice that your siding is warping, you will want to have it replaced as soon as possible!

Faded Siding

Another sign that your siding is aging is when it looks faded. UV light will cause your siding to lose its luster over time, which could mean it’s worth considering a replacement if your home doesn’t seem to pop like it used to.

Mold & Mildew

Another sign that your home may have moisture issues is mold & mildew build up. If your siding is accumulating a great deal of mildew, you will want to spray it down periodically to keep the siding clean, as mildew can deteriorate the siding over time. However, the most concerning issue with mildew & mold on your siding is that it indicates there is a moisture problem that could be lurking below the surface. If you find your siding is accumulating a great deal of mildew, you will want to examine the siding for any additional signs of damage to ensure moisture isn’t finding its way into your walls.

Broken Siding Boards

Lastly, if you see any damage to your siding, you will want to have it replaced. Even small cracks can allow water into your walls, which can quickly cause significant rot damage if left untreated. If you’re interested in saving yourself from costly repairs, be sure to examine the siding on your home and repair any problem areas as soon as possible.

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Interested in learning more about how to identify whether your home’s siding is in need of replacing? Our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form for more information! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement and installation needs!

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Benefits of Remodeling Your Bathroom

If you’re interested in breathing new life into your home, one of the best options to choose is remodeling your bathroom. Similarly to your kitchen, your bathroom is a room in which you spend a great deal of essential time, which means it is important to design the space in a way that both grounds you for the day, while still offering all of the amenities you need from the space. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of remodeling your bathroom, keep reading to get started!

Improve Your Home’s Value

One of the most common reasons homeowners choose to renovate their bathroom, and one of the greatest benefits of all, is that it increases your home’s value. Even a minor bathroom remodel, consisting of a tub, sink, and toilet replacement, can offer a 102% return on investment, meaning when it comes time to sell your home, your remodeled bathroom could actually make you money in the long run! Even if it doesn’t increase your home’s value that significantly, it is still a fantastic investment to improve your quality of life in your home!

Aesthetic Enhancement

Another benefit and common reason that homeowners consider remodeling their home’s exterior is that it simply improves the beauty of the space, making it more enjoyable to spend time in your bathroom, and helping improve the experience.

Energy Efficiency

Another major draw to remodeling your bathroom is that it can help to improve the energy efficiency of the space. If your toilet or shower use too much water, installing new fixtures can help improve your home’s efficiency and save you money on your bills. If you’ve find that your home’s bathroom uses far too much water, consider remodeling to help make the space more eco-friendly and friendly to your wallet!

Declutter The Room

A common issue that homeowners face after using a bathroom for a while and becoming more accustomed to the space is that it becomes cluttered as they bring more possessions into the room. Remodeling the bathroom can help you redesign your storage options, making the bathroom less cluttered and easier to navigate. If you find that when you’re using your bathroom, you’re sifting through drawers looking for your nail clippers or floss, remodeling the bathroom can make it much easier to find everything you’re searching for!

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If you’re interested in remodeling your home’s bathroom this summer, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with all of your interior remodeling needs!

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Vinyl Siding vs Fiber Cement

When it comes to replacing your home’s siding, it can often be overwhelming deciding which siding material to use for your replacement. There are so many options out there it can be tough to decide which one you should use. While vinyl siding has long reigned supreme as North America’s most popular siding option, there are other niche options that have been growing in popularity in recent years, such as fiber cement! Often considered to be the two most popular siding materials on the market today, it can be tough to decide between the two options are they both offer their own benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about which siding material you should use for your home’s exterior, our team at Quality Interior Finishing has put together a guide! Take a look below for more information!

Aesthetics

If you’re looking for a beautiful siding material for your home’s exterior, you can’t go wrong with either option. Vinyl siding is widely manufactured, meaning it is available in a wide array of color and style options. However, James Hardie’s fiber cement is available in an unmatched variety of color options, meaning if you have a particular color in mind for your home’s siding, there is no better option than fiber cement!

Durability

Next up, lets explore the durability of the two siding options. Both options are considered durable in their own right, as two of the best options on the market. However, fiber cement takes the crown here. While vinyl siding is built to withstand moisture issues, fiber cement is known to last longer when properly installed. However, it is more brittle than vinyl siding, making it more susceptible to breaking off when hit by a baseball or falling tree branch, which is important to keep in mind.

Cost

When it comes to which option is more economical, vinyl siding takes the crown everytime. Fiber cement is significantly more expensive, and it’s durability makes it worth the price, but if you don’t plan on living in your home for decades to come, vinyl siding can last for twenty or thirty years and can be installed for less than fiber cement.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in installing vinyl or fiber-cement siding on your home this spring, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your siding replacement needs! We can be contacted over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your team’s siding replacement needs!

Spring Gutter Maintenance

Exterior Spring Maintenance

With spring in full swing in New England, it is important to ensure that your home’s exterior is in good repair! If you’re interested in learning about the home maintenance you should be doing this spring, take a look at our blog for a few tips & tricks you should know about!

Check Your Gutters

One of the first things you should examine in the spring is your home’s gutter system. They are likely to be full of debris that from the fall, including broken twigs and fallen leaves, which, in combination with the snowmelt that has run into your gutters all winter, has likely left your gutter system full of grime that could potentially clog the system. You will want to check your home’s gutters to ensure that the system is draining properly to keep your home protected during those spring showers!

Examine Your Shingles

While you’re looking at your roofing system, it is also a good idea to check your roofing system to ensure that everything is still in good repair! Roofing damage can often be understated, as it is hard to figure out where a shingle may be leaking unless it has completely broken off from the roof. Shingle damage can present itself in a variety of ways, including being as obvious as broken shingles that have come flying off of your roof, but it could also be as understated as small cracks or loose granules. That’s why it is best to have a roofing professional come to examine the roof in the spring if you suspect it may be leaking or have accrued other damage during the winter.

Take A Look At Your Windows

Another area you should examine is your windows. If there was water or snow resting on your window sills all winter, they may have absorbed a bit of water and accumulated some moisture damage, which can affect the window’s ability to stay sealed. If your window is leaking air, it can end up being expensive, particularly during the dog days of the summer when many homeowners have their A/C units running. Check around the windows to ensure that they are both structurally sound, and that they are not leaking air and reducing the energy efficiency of your home!

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If you’re interested in learning more about our team’s interior & exterior remodeling services, reach out today for more information! Our team can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your remodeling needs!

Different Window Styles

Different Styles of Windows

As you start new construction or consider remodeling your home, one major choice you’ll need to make is what types of windows you’ll want. There are many different styles of windows – and quite a few factors that will help determine which type is right for you and your home. Keep reading to learn more about different types of windows and their most common uses.

Double-Hung Windows

A double-hung window has two components that slide vertically up and down in the frame. This allows them to open wide from the top or the bottom, but they stay in the frame so they don’t protrude out onto the exterior or into the interior of the house. Double-hung windows are one of the most common types of windows used in homes.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged windows that open with a crank. They can be hinged on either the left or the right and open outward. A lot of people use them in their kitchens. 

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and opened outward.  They can be installed above, below, or beside a stationary window to help increase air flow. 

Picture Windows

A picture window is a very large stationary window that allows for the maximum amount of light and views of the outdoors. These windows are great for any room in your home where you would have an incredible view. 

Transom Windows

Transom windows are the small windows you see mounted above doors or windows to allow for more light. They are usually stationary, but they can be operating to let more light in. 

Slider Windows

Slider windows glide along a track – giving them their name. They generally have one operating window that slides over or past the other windows in the arrangement. Slider windows are typically used in modern or contemporary-style houses. 

Stationary Windows

Similar to picture windows, stationary windows are smaller versions that do not open. These windows are highly customizable in various shapes and angles. These windows are often used in modern or contemporary-style homes alongside operating windows.

Bay Windows

When we’re discussing window shapes, bay windows are among the most iconic. A bay window offers more interior space and offers an architectural element to the home. Bay windows are created as a combination of windows with a stationary window in the middle, with either double-hung windows or casement windows on each side. 

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Hopefully this helped provide some insight into the various types of windows you could choose for your home as well as where you might use them in your home. If you have any questions about these options or want to get a quote, contact our team at Quality Interior Finishing today! We can be reached over the phone by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your window replacement needs!

Kitchen Cabinets in Different Woods

Choosing Wood For Your Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen is one of the most fun remodeling tasks a homeowner can tackle. Many people love breathing new life into the heart of their home with a beautiful update. However, when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there are a number of different factors to consider. One of the most important decisions you will need to make is choosing which cabinets to install in your kitchen. Many homeowners love using real wood cabinets, but there are such a wide variety of options to choose from that it can often be difficult to decide which ones to use. If you’re interested in replacing your kitchen cabinets this winter, take a look at our blog to learn which wood to use for your cabinet replacements!

Maple

One of the most common woods that homeowners use for their kitchen cabinet replacements is maple. Maple is a hardwood that is available in a wide array of colors, mostly between white & cream colored, although it is a fine grained wood which means it can be easily stained to any color of your choosing. Maple is relatively inexpensive due to its widespread availability, which makes it a great option for those remodeling on a budget!

Cherry

Cherry is also a hardwood, but it is softer than Maple. It generally has a deep red to brown color, with a wood grain that has pin knots & pitch marks, giving the wood more character. Cherry is generally easy to find because it is relatively common, but it is more expensive than maple.

Oak

Oak wood is very hard, with a brownish color and a coarse wood grain. Oak is generally stained, but the evolution of the paint industry has led to oak being painted quite frequently, providing it with an updated look. Oak has generally been considered to be an older, slightly outdated wood, but the emergence of new paints has led to a renewed interest in oak products! It is a readily available wood that is relatively inexpensive.

Walnut

Another hardwood that many homeowners trust for their kitchen cabinet replacements is walnut. Available in a wide variety of color variations, from white to dark brown, walnut is the perfect wood for any home’s kitchen. It can be finished to fit nearly any kitchens aesthetic, making it a fantastic option for any homeowner. However, when it comes to pricing, walnut is one of the most expensive options on the market.

Contact Us Today

If you’re interested in remodeling your home’s kitchen this winter, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (781) 344-2433 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your kitchen remodeling needs!

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Benefits of Adding an Island to Your Kitchen

If you’re considering remodeling your home’s kitchen, you’re probably interested in learning how you can improve the functionality and beauty of the heart of your home. One of the most common additions that homeowners choose to make in their kitchens is adding an island, and for good reason. Building an island in your kitchen can add a ton of resale value and improve the performance of the space. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of adding a kitchen island, keep reading below!

Storage Space

One of the most common reasons that homeowners like to add an island to their kitchens is that it provides the space with additional cabinetry space, in a convenient location. If you don’t have quite enough cabinet space in your kitchen for all of your pots, pans, and accessories, add an island to increase your cabinet space.

Aesthetics & Resale Value

Another reason that homeowners choose to add an island is simply that they look nice. A beautiful kitchen island can serve as the focal point of your kitchen, and it will increase the value of your home in the process! If you’re looking for an easy way to boost your home’s value and the beauty of the space, an island is a fantastic way to do so!

Breakfast Bar

If you have a small kitchen and lack the space for a traditional dining table, a kitchen island can provide you with communal eating space in a pinch. Adding a breakfast bar with stools is an easy addition to any kitchen island and can improve the functionality of your kitchen, giving you a space to eat with your family and friends regardless of whether you have a traditional dining room and table.

More Appliances Without Wasting Counterspace

Particularly in smaller kitchens, one of the limiting factors is the amount of space you have to work with. If you have a large variety of appliances taking up valuable kitchen space, remember that a number of them can be installed straight into your kitchen island. A microwave is a common example of an appliance that may otherwise be sitting on your counter that can easily be added to the side of a kitchen island. You can also add larger appliances such as your dishwasher or an additional stove!

Another Workstation

Finally, one of the most common reasons that homeowners choose to install a kitchen island is that it provides them with another workstation when they’re working on those large meals. With additional counter space, and the potential for another sink in their kitchen, adding an island can easily improve the functionality of your kitchen and allow more people to work on a meal at once!

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If you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen and adding an island this winter, our team at Quality Interior Finishing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today for more information, we look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your kitchen remodeling needs!