Nicole Amaral

Nicole Amaral

With a lifelong interest in the building industry, Nicole tenaciously pursued the education needed to qualify her as a kitchen designer. Enthusiasm and technical skills have driven her rise through various areas of our company, to her current position as a designer with Kitchen Views in Mansfield for the past two years. Her strong design skills are shown in her portfolio of work, from custom country kitchen design specifically to meet the needs and aesthetic of homeowners, to showroom vignettes in Mansfield, MA and East Hartford, CT.

Currently, Nicole is enrolled in Architectural and Civil Technology at Bristol Community College. Her education and work experience have provided an understanding of house structure, not only in relation to kitchen building and renovation but for the entire home. With an understanding of the whole process, from pouring the foundation to the interior finishing details, Nicole understands the big picture and how each part of the structure works together.

Nicole Amaral
Sales & Design
Based in Mansfield, MA
With Kitchen Views Since: 2018
Phone: 508-844-HOME [4663]

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Tennyson Kitchen Vignette
Mansfield, MA

Designed by Nicole Amaral

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Cabinetry: HomeCrest
Door Style: Tennyson
Wood/Finish: Maple/Buckboard
Hardware: Schaub
Countertop: Caesarstone, Excava
Sink: Nantucket, Apron Style

 

Best Options Within Your Budget

Most homeowners are unfamiliar with the cost of a kitchen renovation, which is not surprising since every project is different and has unique circumstances. If you know you must stay within a certain budgeted amount, that information will help your designer recommend the best options available.

Cabinetry is a foundational element, but is available at different price points, based on the construction of the box, wood type, and finishes. This is where the help of a professional designer is invaluable, helping you select the best options for your needs and budget. Our showrooms have displays of many brands, which show you examples of cabinetry for a range of price points.

Our Getting Started section is a good place to begin, and then call for a personal appointment so we can discuss your specific needs and goals.

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Country Kitchen
North Attleboro, MA

Private Residence, Renovation

Designed by Nicole Amaral

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Cabinetry: Omega
Door Style: Plainfield
Wood/Finish: Maple with Natural Finish

Nicole's Tips for Homeowners

If you’re planning to enjoy living in your home for many years, then don’t focus on current trends. A wide range of styles are available. Think about which style gets you excited, the style that makes you happy. The homeowners whose kitchen is shown above wanted a country style kitchen with lots of storage and work space.

When you're looking to find a designer, you need to feel you connect with them, that the designer understands your heart’s desire. Give them as much information as possible – about your daily routine, what you need help organizing and storing.

Include what you like about your current kitchen, and what you know you want to change. Be certain to tell them what is most important to you. The designer’s goal is to design a kitchen you’ll enjoy every day for years to come, making your dreams become a reality.

I'd be excited to work with you on whatever style kitchen you have in mind.

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Do-it-yourself demolition of an existing wall isn't a good idea

Nicole's Advice to Homeowners

Read Nicole Amaral's first article for the Kitchen Views Designer Blog: Understanding the Design Journey

Pitfalls to Avoid

You can’t learn all there is to know about demolition from watching a remodeling show on television. A kitchen designer can help you avoid costly mistakes, especially if you contact the designer BEFORE starting any demolition. Surprisingly, many homeowners demolish first and bring in the expert later. That can be an expensive mistake. After making a plan with the designer, if you still want to do your own demolition to save money, that can be discussed as an option.

Understanding the Timeline

Another pitfall to avoid is underestimating how long the project will take to complete. Frustrations happen when expectations are not met, so it’s important to have a realistic understanding of the process. For example, there are different lead times for delivery and installation of different products, which is important to plan for in the timeline. Working with a professional designer means you’ll have a plan, someone to coordinate various aspects of the project, and a timeline that will be realistic, barring any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the experts.

Map of Europe with compass, notebooks, eyeglasses, on a stone countertop

Some of Nicole's Favorite Things

FAVORITE ADVENTURE: My passion is traveling. I have visited many countries around the world. I’m driven to see as much of the world as possible by my love for culture and architecture.

FAVORITE ACTIVITY: On a regular basis, I love anything that has to do with the outdoors. I’m big on hiking, kayaking and playing various sports.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Anything family owned. New Boston Bakery in Fall River has become my most recent favorite. The atmosphere is calming and comforting and has an inviting aroma that you can smell from the outside. The staff is very friendly and always helps me with my selections as I can be very indecisive. You truly cannot go wrong there.

FAVORITE THING TO COOK: I do love to cook, mostly recipes that have been passed down in my family throughout many generations. For me that is mostly Portuguese-based food and Spanish-based food. I think it’s important to never forget where you came from and this is part of my way of doing that.

Nicole Amaral wearing eyeglasses graduating from Diman VoTech
Nicole Amaral (4th from left) with classmates after graduation ceremony

More About Nicole

Inspiration, Education and Training

Nicole's interest started developing at a young age, as her father’s career inspired her to follow in his footsteps. In fact, she comes from a family of contractors and construction workers. With a career in the building industry as her goal, she attended Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School and selected Carpentry and Cabinetmaking as her focus. Many teachers mentored her in developing her natural abilities, building her skill set to excel with state competitions in the categories of hands-on projects and public speaking. Nicole also participated in community service projects, such as re-siding and shingling nursing homes and senior centers and re‐finishing the cabins at Camp Welch through the Boys & Girls Club.

In her senior year, Nicole was one of the first students to start in the Co‐Op Program and chose to work for National Lumber at the Reliable Truss and Components manufacturing location. She used her carpentry skills and worked for multiple departments. Nicole started in the Custom Fabrication Department as an apprentice and worked her way up through the company gaining experience. During her time at Reliable Truss, she met Brandy Souza, Vice President of Kitchen Views. Brandy took an interest in her cabinetmaking and carpentry experience and encouraged Nicole to further her education in Interior Design. That led to earning a certificate at MassBay.

Nicole has been with Kitchen Views for over two years and plans to grow her career here. She’s also a member of the Diman Regional Advisory Board for the Carpentry and Cabinetmaking Shop to give back to the community that helped her become the person she is today. Her involvement includes helping to keep the shop current and encouraging the students to look further to the future and explore the potential opportunities that their vocational training gives them.