5 Compelling Reasons to Choose a Custom Pantry Cabinet for Your New Kitchen

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As the hub of your home, your kitchen impacts most aspects of your life. A well-designed kitchen maximizes functionality and organization as it facilitates the care and feeding of your household. It also provides a space to foster social connection, contributes to the aesthetic appeal of your home, and increases your property value. But a pantry can make or break your kitchen design.  In this blog post, we’ll address the common challenges with standard pantry cabinets and look at the benefits of a custom pantry cabinet. We’ll also give you our top tips for designing a custom pantry cabinet that serves your needs best.  Common Challenges with Standard Pantry Cabinets The pantry provides storage for food, cookware, and household essentials, contributing to your kitchen’s functionality and user experience. But not all pantries are created equal—some hinder more than help. Here are some common challenges households experience with standard pantry cabinets. Limited Storage Space Have you ever come home from a … Read more

Effortless Entertaining: The Best Kitchen Design for Hosting Unforgettable Events

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home—the epicentre of connection, conversation, and celebration. Whether you’re an avid host or someone who simply loves the idea of bringing people together around culinary delights—even if it’s just your own family—your kitchen can be a space that effortlessly transforms into the backdrop for memorable moments and unforgettable events.  In this guide, we’ll explore the essentials behind the perfect kitchen for hosting intimate dinner parties, lively social gatherings, and everything in between. You’ll learn about the key elements that elevate your kitchen from a functional space to a haven of entertainment.  Far more than a design philosophy, this is an invitation to explore the possibilities of creating a space where the joy of cooking and the pleasure of hosting seamlessly intertwine, to envision a kitchen that caters to your culinary needs and sets the stage for gatherings that linger in the hearts and memories of your guests. Assess Your Needs Before you design … Read more

How to Enhance Your Cabinet Design With Crown Molding: A Complete Guide

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Custom cabinetry in any room of your home provides ideal storage solutions, upgraded value, and personalized design. You can elevate your cabinet design with crown molding, an elegant and increasingly popular custom cabinet feature.  In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the benefits of crown molding and how it can transform your space into a stunning visual masterpiece.  What is Crown Molding? Crown molding is a decorative trim typically installed along the top edge of cabinets. It serves two purposes: Crown molding adds visual appeal to your cabinet design, and  It creates a seamless transition between the cabinets and the ceiling. Crown molding can be traced back to classical architecture and has evolved over time to become a staple in modern cabinet design. 3 Benefits of Crown Molding in Cabinet Design Whether you’re renovating a fixer-upper, designing a brand new home, or simply wanting to elevate your home’s look, crown molding offers multiple benefits.       1. Enhance visual appeal and add elegance … Read more

5 Easy Ways Your Kitchen Can Save You Time & Money

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Inflation is a topic we hear about constantly these days. When they reach their limit on financial frugality, some people work more hours to make up the difference. So, Canadians are looking for ways to save both time and money. Surprisingly, your kitchen design can help! 5 Tips for a Kitchen That Saves You Time & Money By incorporating a few strategic kitchen features and practicing a couple of helpful habits, your kitchen can lower your grocery costs and make efficient time management possible.  Here’s how to use your kitchen to help you save time and money.  1. Set up an information center to prevent impulse purchases The rising cost of groceries has significantly reduced the number of unplanned items Canadians buy, a recent study found. Impulse buying has become a luxury since sticking to our budgets is more difficult.  An information center—sometimes called a command center—in your kitchen can minimize the temptation to buy on impulse. Set it up … Read more

Top 10 Kitchen Upgrades to Add Value to Your Home

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The kitchen is one of the top 3 most important rooms of your home. It can significantly elevate the design, functionality, and value of your property. But an inefficient or outdated kitchen can actually diminish the look, feel, functionality, and value of your home. But which kitchen upgrades add the most value to your home?  10 Kitchen Upgrades to Add Value to Your Home A kitchen renovation is a big investment. (See How much does a kitchen renovation cost?) If you want to get the best bang for your buck, you must be strategic in choosing which elements of your kitchen to upgrade. These 10 kitchen upgrades will get you the best return on your investment. 1. Put in new countertops Durable countertops are crucial because they undergo a lot of wear and tear—chopping, hot cookware, and more. The countertop is also one of the largest surfaces in your kitchen, so it greatly affects the visual appearance of the space.  … Read more

3 Helpful Ways to Reset Your Kitchen for the New Year

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The holidays are a busy time of year, and even the most prepared household experiences a disruption in routines. There’s a general sense of disorder when the festivities are over. So, as the new year approaches, we long for a fresh start. Taking some time to reset your kitchen will help you step back into normal (or new) routines with ease.  3 Quick Tips to Help Prepare Your Kitchen for a New Year These three simple tips are all you need to get your kitchen in order and help you set up for a successful start to the new year with less stress. 1. Plan Some Meals You need to eat. Period. After turkey feasts, limitless chocolate, and way too much of our traditional holiday goodies, we’re stuffed to the brim. So we sink into our easy chairs and declare, “I won’t need to eat till next year!”  But the reality is, you’ll wake up tomorrow and your body will … Read more

Improve Rental ROI With These Top 5 Kitchen Upgrades for Rental Properties

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Kitchen upgrades lead to plenty of valuable benefits for you as a landlord—increased property value, less maintenance, and attracting a better pool of applicants, to name a few. Statistics show that there is always value in a kitchen renovation.  3 Important Considerations Before Upgrading the Kitchen in Your Rental Property Your inclination might be to renovate your rental property kitchen with the lowest possible budget. But it’s important to consider the kind of renters you want to attract and the value of durability. You don’t want to be renovating after every tenant; you want something that can withstand the test of time.  Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you need to put in a high-end custom kitchen. There is a happy medium that maximizes your investment.  Here are three other things to think about when upgrading your rental property kitchen. 1. Simplicity is key Your tenants want to customize the home as much as possible. They also have a monthly budget. … Read more

Is a u-shaped kitchen layout right for me?

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What kitchen design layout is right for you? Many factors determine the answer to this question. This post focuses on the u-shaped kitchen layout to help you decide if it’s right for you. We’ll look at the pros and cons of a u-shaped kitchen layout and give you some tips to make a u-shaped kitchen work for you.  What is a U-Shaped Kitchen Design Layout? A u-shaped kitchen layout has 3 connected sides that form a “u” or horseshoe shape. This layout provides an open feel, allowing you easy access from the wide open end and plenty of freedom to move around and work in the middle space. 5 Advantages of a U-Shaped Kitchen Layout Why would someone choose a u-shaped kitchen layout? What are the benefits? Let’s look at 5 pros.  1. Abundant Counter Space Because a u-shaped kitchen has 3 connected walls, this layout provides plenty of counter space. This allows multiple work areas and can accommodate more … Read more

9 Simple Ways to Design a Timeless Family-Friendly Kitchen

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Traditionally, we consider the kitchen the heart of the home, and for good reason. In the kitchen, you nourish your family with food, meaningful conversation, and homework help. The design of your kitchen should support these connections. So how can you create a family-friendly kitchen? How to Design a Family-Friendly Kitchen Every family is unique, so the kitchen design that works best for someone else might not work best for you. That said, there are a few universal tips to make sure you optimize your kitchen for your family.  1. Evaluate your needs What’s important to your family? How do you want to use your kitchen? Think about your needs and make a list to understand your kitchen design goals. Here are a few things to consider: Do you want your children involved in preparing meals? How many people do you expect to be in the kitchen at the same time? Do you want your children to ‌prepare some foods … Read more

Knobs & Pulls: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

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You complete the perfect outfit with coordinating accessories—jewelry, a belt, and shoes. Pick the wrong accessories, and your outfit doesn’t look right—classy clothing appears awkward, the colour combination doesn’t jive, or the outfit just doesn’t feel “finished”. Kitchen cabinet hardware is the accessory that can make or break your kitchen style. The knobs and pulls you choose can either perfectly complete your kitchen design, or disrupt the flow and create style confusion. Select the Right Kitchen Hardware How do you choose the right hardware for your kitchen cabinets? It’s more than looking at a catalogue and picking out the one you like best. Selecting the right hardware for your kitchen involves considering several factors: Knobs vs. pulls Style Finish Feel Cost Let’s look at these factors more closely. Knobs vs Pulls You can use a combination of knobs and pulls in your kitchen. It’s common to use one type of hardware for your kitchen drawers and another type for the … Read more

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