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Jan 31, 2024

Revive Your Kitchen Vibe

Cheryl Ricer

Photography By

M.Kat
Enhance with N-Hance, the cabinet makeover experts.

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“I don’t want a whole new kitchen layout – just a spruce up.”

“My paint colors and hardware are dated.”

“I love my wood cabinets, but they are scuffed and faded.”

“I want a new look for my cabinets, but I can’t afford new ones.”

If you’ve uttered any (or all) of the statements above, take heart! A kitchen whose vibe is so fresh and so clean is just a phone call (and less than a week) away when you select N-Hance, your Lowcountry cabinet makeover experts. 

“You don’t need an expensive kitchen renovation to enjoy a whole new look,” said Andrew Ambler, owner of N-Hance. “We can update your cabinets to solve all of those problems at a fraction of the cost of installing new cabinets.”

The local franchise specializes in cabinet makeovers, offering their clients less expensive, less time-consuming, and all-around easier alternatives to purchasing and installing new cabinets. 

Before…..and After.

And what are the options for performing this kind of kitchen makeover? N-Hance solutions include:

• New color using paint products designed specifically for cabinets

• New style by adding new doors and drawer fronts

• New functionality with the addition of kitchen organizational accessories

• New finish that is rock-hard and durable with our UV light technology

Kitchen cabinet refacing is a three-day process in which N-Hance will put new doors and drawer faces on the existing framework of the cabinetry and change the color of the cabinets. 

A re-door is a one-day process, where N-Hance removes your old Thermofoil cabinet doors and replaces them with new wood doors that are the same color as the frame. 

“This has become a huge part of our business because many of the cabinet doors in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island were made with a white vinyl wrap called Thermofoil, which has proven to peel off the door over time,” Ambler said.

Andrew Ambler, owner of N’Hance with his son Asher. 

N-Hance also offers a five-day kitchen cabinet refinish or color change, where they either do a full refinish or change the color of your existing doors and cabinets. While most professional cabinet painters will simply apply a couple of layers of paint, N-Hance’s painters will first thoroughly clean and prime the cabinets, which makes the surface more adhesive. Then, they use a proven Lightspeed Nano instant-cure commercial finish with a result that is far different from a simple cabinet painting service.  

Finally, N-Hance offers a five-day classic refinish, where they clean, sand and recoat your cherry wood cabinets to make them look new again, requiring no color shift or color change, and it has minimal wear on the wood surface – providing full kitchen cabinet restoration without damaging your cabinets. There is no dust, mess, or odor. Craftsmen remove the grease and dirt build-up, remove old coatings, repair damaged areas, and apply an elegant finish. Customers are ecstatic with their results.

Aside from the stellar services customers can choose from, there are other advantages to working with N-Hance. Their crews get the job done quickly, clean up after themselves, and can have your cabinets looking like new at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new ones.

The old rule of thumb was that a refinish should cost a fifth of the cost of new cabinets. Like most projects in the industry, the cost of new cabinets has increased 30% to 40% in the past three years, yet N-Hance’s prices have not. Ambler said refinishing now costs closer to one-sixth the cost of new cabinets. 

“Let’s just say kitchen cabinets are $30,000 new,” Ambler said. “Ours will cost you $5,000.”

Another plus is the experience N-Hance Bluffton offers customers. Ambler began working in historic restoration about 18 years ago, right after college. While he enjoyed the work, he didn’t enjoy all the travel, so after a few years, he made the change to the kitchen and bathroom business and opened an N-Hance franchise.

 

Before….and After.

“Now, 12 years later, we’ve mastered our craft and are just trying to get better every day,” Ambler said. “We see each job through from start to finish, and then we start over on Monday. Everything is so efficient, and people love what we do. Plus, they know if there’s ever an issue, we can come out and fix it.”

N-Hance operates with a “family first” mindset – not just yours, but their own families. Ambler is taking a new approach in 2024, accepting fewer jobs to give his team of professionals a little more breathing room.

“We plowed through the past four years without really taking a breath,” Ambler said. “The approach this year is quality of life, and focusing on ourselves, as well as the client.”

Ambler tries his best to ensure his crew doesn’t work past 6 p.m. because – like him and his wife Morgan (who handles the company marketing) – they all have kids at home. 

He also knows that life can change at any moment. Seven years ago, Ambler was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer. Thankfully, he made it through that and is now cancer free. 

“No one can go through an experience like that without being changed forever,” Ambler said. “And, while I love my work, I now realize that family is the most important thing in life.”  

Ambler believes this new “quality of life” approach will help his team continue to provide the best service to their clients.

“Hopefully it’s something that can stick for years to come,” Ambler said. 

While N-Hance Bluffton has many satisfied customers, homeowner Jim Schiff was so impressed that he wrote Ambler a letter of thanks. “I have dealt with builders and contractors in the Lowcountry since 2012 when we built our home in Bluffton,” Schiff wrote. “Through the years, my wife and I both agree that you were the best contractor we have had the pleasure of working with since we moved to South Carolina.” 

To give your cabinets some love, visit NHance.com, call (843) 715-8420, or email lchomerenewal@gmail.com to schedule a consultation. Ambler or someone on his team will meet with you at your home with a few door styles and Benjamin Moore color samples to help you get started.

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