Kitchens are the heart of the home

Kitchen Upgrade
Kitchens are a great place to spend time with your family and friends. These days, people are doing more together in the kitchen than ever before including cooking, baking, (show me the sourdough bread!), zoom calls and more. It’s a place where we are making memories.

Happy Kitchen, Happy Home!

Our kitchens have become our coffee shops and juice bars, and our entertainment areas. With an open concept kitchen we are connecting the eating/dining area to serve as the ultimate hub. 

The kitchen is a personal space for anyone who loves to cook, so it is important to focus on your wish list including what are your priorities when renovating or designing a brand new kitchen. Think of flow with the flooring, repeating finishes, paint colours,(not everything has to be the same, but there has to be consistency so that it flows). Function is important to consider so that the floor plan works for the purposes of what you want the kitchen to do. For example, eating area, cooking space for more than one, and food prep area. Should you consider an island that can allow for more seating?

Stylish Kitchen with large Breakfast Bar

Top Six Kitchen Styles to Consider

  • Transitional

    Clean lines, no fussy detailing. Simplicity is key.

  • Traditional

    Classic details such as crown mouldings and decorative trims, a balance between formal and casual.

  • Contemporary

    Sleek lines and a pared-down look.

  • Shaker Style

    Clean lines with raised panels on cabinets and warm hues in flooring and fixtures.

  • Farmhouse Nostalgic

    a collected look often featuring an apron-front sink.

  • Cottage

    Board paneling and antiques to make this old style new again.

Farmhouse Kitchen Sink

Ways to update your Kitchen


Your Kitchen Faucet

A faucet with a pull-down feature simplifies clean-up making it easy to clear away debris. This is a good option for busy kitchens. Faucets are available in multiple finishes such as chrome, stainless steel, black, bronze, gold, nickel. Consider it going with your hardware for your cabinets.

Upgrade Your Dishwasher

A Dishwasher is important if you have an open floor plan, and you’ll want a very quiet one. A 45-50 decibels is considered quiet, 45 decibels and under is considered whisper-quiet.
Stovetop Range

Switch Up Your Range

Cooking Range tops can be gas, electric or induction. The induction cooktop uses electromagnetic coils under glass (the burner does not get hot, but the magnetic pan does. Induction technology has been long used in commercial kitchens but it is newer for homes.

Upscale Your Kitchen Countertop

Counters are easy to change. Upscale look of granite or quartz countertops is one of the quickest ways to transform your kitchen.
Choose the right kitchen sink

Choose the Right Sink

Sinks have many choices available. The size, deep, single, double, single and half plus the style has to be considered. The farm style apron-front handle oversized pots and pans easily and are under-mounted, so your countertops keep more space. Sinks range is quality and finishes.

Add Some Interest To Your Kitchen

Details such as reclaimed wood for ceilings, such as barn boards and beams also can be used as seats on bar stools. Brick on walls, interesting back splashes that help with the flow of all the other choices. Walls that are white paired with black, or navy blue, dark grey or moody green will contrast and make the room stand out.
Colored Cupboards

Kitchen Color Pop

Cabinets can be painted, refaced or replaced. Dramatic light and dark cabinets with mix in touches of wood for warmth are very stylish and trendy. Kitchen cabinets done in white (or off white) stand the test of time. White cabinets are most beautiful when contrasting details that are not white will allow the cabinets to stand out.

Statement Lighting

Lighting is critical. Choose lighting carefully for the island so that it flows with the balance of lighting in the kitchen and surrounding areas.
Kitchen Tiles

Finish with The Right Floor

Flooring should flow with the rest of the house in style, and colour. Many choices are available that include vinyl planking, wood, cork, ceramic, concrete and stone.

Kitchen Accessorize

Accessories that compliment the entire kitchen and surrounding rooms. Keep the counters uncluttered. Clocks, art, plants, add to personalize the space.

Ready to update your kitchen?

Hiring a design consultant who is passionate about what they do and is an expert in their field has a tremendous benefit to helping you to achieve YOUR DREAM KITCHEN.

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