December 2019

New Look for Less: Ready for a beautiful new kitchen but dreading an extensive renovation? Check out how NHance is redefining renovation.

Author: Barry Kaufman | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

The kitchen as we know it has undergone a drastic change in the last few decades. Modern home designs have put the kitchen front and center as a vital part of the main living space, and as such, it’s one of the first things people see when they walk in. If you ask the experts, they’ll tell you that a kitchen renovation is the quickest way to add value and beauty to your home.

If you ask someone who has dealt with an extensive kitchen renovation, they’ll tell you that they’re happy with the way it turned out, but they’ll also more than likely volunteer horror stories—weeks spent washing dishes in the guest bathroom, microwaving dinners in the living room and basically going without one of the most important rooms in their house during the entire project.

Unless, that is, they’re one of the countless homeowners who have transformed their kitchens with NHance. The unique way this company approaches beautifying kitchens is decidedly different from most, narrowing in on key changes to the cabinetry that can have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of your kitchen.

Essentially, NHance offers two different ways to change your space: restoration and refacing. The simplest way to change your kitchen, restoration is typically a five-day process that gives your cabinets new life by upgrading a dated stained finish to an opaque painted look.

“Truly the end goal of a restoration is to give the cabinets the look of a factory finish, as if you’d bought them that way,” NHance owner Andrew Ambler said. “It’s the most cost-effective way to upgrade cabinets.”

You can see the transformative effects of a restoration job in the Skidaway Island home pictured, where cabinet upgrades completed a more thorough renovation to the counters and backsplash.

“The customer went from granite to a leather countertop and changed the backsplash to a light gray tile,” Ambler said.She felt that with her new upgrades, the color of her cabinets made the space seem smaller than it actually was. In five days, we transformed her walnut cabinets into a beautiful Benjamin Moore white dove satin, which really opened up the space to the rest of the house.”


Reface
In this Hilton Head Plantation kitchen project, the customer didn’t like the color of her cabinets or the arches on the top cabinets. NHance added glass doors to the upper cabinets and open shelving in the corner. The company matched the recessed panel doors from the bottom cabinets and made the upper cabinets uniform with the lower. NHance transformed the main set of cabinets with pure white, which complements the backsplash and medium toned granite and contrasts with the monorail gray island.

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But sometimes a new finish isn’t enough. For refacing jobs, NHance changes the look of your cabinetry with entirely new doors and door faces. Beyond color, this process updates your cabinets to a more modern look. “The advantage of a new face is that while older cabinets leave a gap, newer cabinets cover the frames with doors and drawers,” Ambler said. “Part of the appeal of new faces is that you not only match your cabinets to your updated décor, you also bring them up to date with kitchen design trends.”

You can also create something entirely new, as in the Hilton Head Plantation project pictured. In this case, the howeowner didn’t like the color of the cabinets or their design. NHance imbued the space with a sense of openness, adding glass doors to the upper cabinets and open shelving in the corner. They also created a sense of uniformity by matching the recessed panel doors between the upper and lower cabinets and complemented the new granite counters with a pure white finish. That’s on top of the small details that make the NHance difference: soft-close drawer slides and molding to truly drive home the updated feel.

The result, in both cases, was a complete transformation of the kitchen, accomplished quickly and easily. Modern home design has made the kitchen more visible than ever, meaning your overall home’s beauty hinges on the design of your kitchen. If you want to keep it looking modern and beautiful but don’t want the headache of a full kitchen renovation, you know where to go. 

For more information, visit www.nhance.com/lowcountry or call (843) 310-5522.

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