More to picking a cabinet than the color


Most of our clients begin their kitchen remodel with cabinets. There is almost an unlimited number of choices that can meet any aesthetic and budget need. You may have already encountered industry nomenclature that describes cabinet options as stock, semi-custom and custom.

Did you know that these terms refer to the different production methods employed to manufacture cabinets? The terminology has nothing to do with the quality of the cabinet.

• Stock

Stock cabinets are ready-made, pre-manufactured and ship when an order is received. They can't be altered or customized. What you see is what you get.

Pros: Price, and you don't have to wait for long lead times to have your cabinets delivered.

Cons: Typically you don't have a broad selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood type or finishes.

• Semi-custom

Semi-custom cabinets come in basic sizes similar to stock cabinets but give designers the flexibility to resize cabinet drawers and doors and modify the depth of the cabinets themselves.

Pros: The best of both worlds. A gentle price tag accompanied by some ability to have your cabinets your way to meet space requirements and design preferences.

Cons:  May not provide all of the flexibility you need to meet room requirements or aesthetics preferences.

• Custom

As the name suggest, custom cabinets provide a blank canvas to get whatever size, color and finish that you desire. Most custom cabinets are built to order on a case by case basis.

Pros: Clients can get the details and features that they want to make personal design statements in their home and outfit their new kitchen to exacting requirements.

Cons: Custom cabinets are labor intensive because they are built one at a time and can take a few weeks or even a couple of months to build. They also generally cost more than semi-custom and stock cabinets.

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Contemporary country saltbox

Built in 2005 this home, located at 116 Landsdown Lane in Conway, has the hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless appliances that will appeal to anyone. The rooms are all bright and overly spacious with a great flowing layout.

There is a master bedroom on the first floor with its own bath, access to the back deck and a washer and dryer to add super convenience.

Coming in from the outside, there is a covered porch and a bright, welcoming foyer to leave shoes and coats with a half bath nearby. The main level provides an open concept living room, kitchen, and dining area perfect for entertaining, yet the gas fireplace gives a cozy feel that will keep you toasty on the coldest days.

Off the living room is a spacious deck where you can relax and take in the fresh air and New Hampshire feel with the wooded scenery. The two bedrooms on the second floor are more than large and share a Jack and Jill bath. The basement is an unfinished walkout and would be easy to finish.

This home is on the edge of the Rockhouse Mountain area which, as a bonus, allows you to access the ponds in the Eidelweiss area of Madison and use of their great sandy beaches. Its location is incredibly convenient being only 3 miles to Route 16 in Conway, allowing you to feel that you are in the quiet of the country, while still being close to everything the Mount Washington Valley has to offer.

MLS # 4481188 being offered for $250,000. by Bonnie Hayes at Select Real Estate 603 447 3813


Home of the Week: Easy living at Old Mill Estates

As you approach this three bedroom, 2½ bath home located at 27B Sands Circle in Conway in Old Mill Estates, you'll immediately be impressed by the lovely woodland setting. Moving on down your paved driveway, the two-car garage and inviting farmer's porch are sure to impress.

While entering the home you will find yourself in a conveniently positioned mudroom (with access to both the garage and house) complete with washer and dryer area. Kick off your shoes and leave the sand and snow right here. When you step inside, you enter into the open-concept living space. The kitchen welcomes you with warm pine cabinets, tile floors, breakfast bar and generously sized built-in pantry. The living space feels comfortable and comes complete with a gas fireplace to keep you toasty. Great sliders open to a spacious private deck that overlooks a yard area with stunning forest views. Enjoy shaded outdoor dining and take in New Hampshire.

Off the living area is a foyer and hall which leads to the first floor master suite appointed with its own private ¾ bath. A second sizable bedroom with access to a full bath is also located on the main level. Upstairs is ready to satisfy the whims of your imagination. Yhis amply dimensioned finished space easily has the potential to add your third bedroom. As for the rest of this space — closed off or not — it could make for an ideal office, guest room, or game room; you decide. This large, bright area is serviced by a half bath.

The unfinished walkout basement offers even more potential with sliders that allow light in and easy yard access. The wood stove serves as an alternative heat source. You'll appreciate the efficient propane heat and wall A/C units. You will relish in low-maintenance living — plowing, shoveling and lawn care are included in the modest association fee. This truly is a perfect four-season home for vacation or full-time living. The property is located in Center Conway, just minutes from Conway Lake and is only a short drive to all North Conway has to offer.

Home is listed at $244,900, and is available with Ann Pinkham, Select Real Estate, (603) 447-3813, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The MLS number is 4466680.


Jason Robie: Tis the (springtime buying) season

By Jason Robie

Tis the season for a lot of things, but is it the best time to buy a home? Obviously, if you are already "in the market," you don't have much choice. Life, love, work, etc. can all play a role in our desire (or need) to purchase a home. If your situation is more flexible than that, you may be interested in a few ideas we have about springtime buying season. There are certainly distinct advantages to getting in the game this spring, but there are also a few frost heaves along the way. Let's explore.

Statistically, spring is the busiest time of year for real estate. Folks are starting to emerge from their hibernation and those who are selling are itching to get the process moving. All this leads to an increase in inventory and excitement. There are many reasons for this. Homes tend to show better in the spring. Flowers are blooming, muddy, snowy sidewalks are cleared and clean and open windows and fresh air can do wonders for a showing appointment.

Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty opens new office in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty has recently opened a new office in Wolfeboro, located downtown at 21 Central Avenue.

Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty has 20 offices and over 230 associates throughout New Hampshire and Vermont helping buyers and sellers navigate the world of real estate. The Wolfeboro office will be the company's seventh office in New Hampshire, which also includes offices in New London and Meredith to better service the entire New Hampshire Lakes Region.

Steve Patriquin, managing broker for the new Wolfeboro office as well as the existing Meredith office, said: "We can now provide Sotheby's International Realty's high level of service to sellers and buyers in the entire Central New Hampshire Lakes Region from our New London, Meredith and Wolfeboro locations."

Alan DiStasio, managing director for Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty, added: "We understand that to be able to truly service a town, we need to be have a local presence. Our new office in Wolfeboro illustrates our commitment to become a vital member of the local community. We do not take for granted this opportunity to connect with home sellers and buyers throughout the greater Wolfeboro area."

Founded in 1976, Sotheby's International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. For more information, visit