Custom Cabinets vs Stock Cabinets: What are the advantages?

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Your kitchen cabinets are like permanent furniture. They dominate the look and feel of the space, and you want them to last a long time. They are truly an investment. So as you shop for kitchen cabinets, you may wonder about the differences between custom cabinets vs stock cabinets. What’s the best option for your new kitchen or kitchen renovation? Custom Cabinets vs Stock Cabinets: 4 Key Considerations Cabinets are essentially boxes and doors with shelves and drawers. A cabinet seems like a simple thing, yet there are many factors that make the difference between a quality cabinet and one that’s basically disappointment in a box. The manufacturing process determines the design, style, functionality, cost, and quality of your kitchen cabinets. Let’s look at 4 key elements of a cabinet to compare custom cabinets with stock cabinets.  Materials Joints Hardware Selection Stock cabinets are mass produced, and therefore more affordable than custom cabinets, but they’re only available in predetermined sizes … Read more

How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Best Lighting for Your Kitchen

From early morning till late at night, your kitchen serves as a place to eat, socialize, and work. Light plays a key role in the functionality, ambience, and character of your kitchen. So how do you choose the best lighting for your kitchen? In this post, we’ll look at: 3 main types of kitchen lighting; 6 areas of your kitchen that need lighting; and Key components of perfect kitchen lighting. We’ll also give you some tips for choosing the best lighting for your kitchen. 3 Types of Lighting Your Kitchen Needs A well-lit kitchen is crucial considering all the ways you use the space. It’s a social hub in your home, a transit zone, a workspace, and a display area for decor.  A multi-purpose space requires multi-purpose lighting. A single light fixture simply cannot do it all in your kitchen.  Proper kitchen lighting uses a layered approach. Let’s look at the 3 layers of lighting your kitchen needs: Ambient lighting … Read more

10 Signs It’s Time to Renovate Your Kitchen

10 Signs It's Time to Renovate Your Kitchen

Want to renovate your kitchen but can’t seem to convince your spouse it’s time? Or maybe you’re the spouse that isn’t convinced! Or maybe your kitchen has been hinting and you’re in denial.  Let’s take the guesswork out of this huge decision. If the heart of your home shows these telltale signs, it’s time to renovate your kitchen! 1. Your needs have changed If you’ve lived in your home for a while, it’s likely the kitchen you loved at first no longer meets your needs. Adding children or older parents to your home might make your kitchen feel too small. Or if you’ve become empty nesters, maybe a smaller kitchen fits you better now.  Family size is an important factor in your kitchen needs, but lifestyle plays a part, too. Maybe you entertain a lot these days, or you prefer eating at your island instead of a full-size dining table. If you enjoy cooking with your spouse or kids, your … Read more

Should You Renovate Your Home During COVID-19?

Should You Renovate Your Home During COVID-19?

It’s been a roller coaster of a year. Jobs and spending plummeted with the first lockdown in the spring, but things have changed dramatically. As work from home becomes the new normal, people are spending more than ever on home renovations, furniture, and maintenance. The question is: Should you renovate your home during COVID-19? You need to be comfortable with whatever decision you make. Here we’ll simply explore the pros & cons of renovating during COVID-19. Benefits of Renovating During COVID-19 In a time of many challenges and disappointments, there can be a silver lining! There are actually benefits of renovating during COVID-19 that you would not have at any other time. You have more time to plan & prepare The first phase of any renovation involves time to plan and prepare. You get to dream and create a vision for how you want your space to look when the project is complete. Measurements are taken, research is done, and … Read more

Is a Kitchen Renovation Worth the Return on Investment?

Is a Kitchen Renovation Worth the Return on Investment?

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to renovate your kitchen, you’re probably wondering if a kitchen renovation is worth the return on investment. Do the benefits outweigh the costs, time, and energy? Let’s explore some points to ponder as you evaluate whether a kitchen remodel is right for you. Does a Kitchen Renovation Increase Home Value? A well-designed kitchen can elevate the appearance and functionality of your entire home. In contrast, an outdated and inefficient kitchen can really bring down the look and feel of the house. The kitchen is considered one of the top 3 most important spaces in your home according to homebuyers.  Here are some interesting statistics about kitchen renovations and home value: A kitchen renovation is the 3rd most popular type of home improvement. General kitchen upgrades are the 2nd. Of buyers who bought homes without certain features, 69% said they would have paid more for new appliances and 55% would have paid more … Read more

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