27
Jan

Brampton, Ontario homeowners thinking of renovating their Brampton kitchen, would save time, money, and speed their project to completion by first reviewing and implementing our 10 Step Plan to a successful kitchen renovation.

A kitchen renovation project is challenging, but on completion, very rewarding. For success, it’s important to stick to guidelines and rules that the pros use.

Renovating a kitchen is a multi-step project. You need to understand what’s involved, and be ready to meet with a kitchen designer and or a contractor in preparing the schedule, choosing materials, finishes and agreeing to the budget. This all takes time, but it’s the key to a getting the kitchen of your dreams. By planning, you’ll avoid costly mistakes.

Simplify the process by creating a basic 10 step plan, which you can than break down into more detailed sections. Breaking down your kitchen renovation into manageable smaller bites makes it easier to coordinate your project as well as spot omissions that might otherwise occur.

How To Avoid Making Costly Renovation Mistakes

(1) Start with a budget (with a contingency for extra costs). Without a budget, it’s likely you’ll occur additional expenses. Everything from countertops, to cabinets, lighting and fixtures come in a wide range or prices. Having a budget will keep you focused on what you can afford.

(2) Plan on how you will use the kitchen. Is your kitchen a purely functional food prep area or is it an extension of the family room? If it’s a place where family and friends congregate then your decisions on how to design the space will be quite different than if you cook alone.

(3) Kitchen cabinets often take up to half your budget. Decide on what you want to spend and build everything around this. Choose the best you can afford since it will make the end result much more pleasing.

(4) Don’t forget the flooring. Your choices include: hardwood, linoleum, ceramic, laminate, stone and carpet. Evaluate what you like and dislike about each, before choosing a material. When deciding on a floor color and texture, make sure it complements your new kitchen cabinets, countertop and paint color.

(5) Sticking to a theme will make all your decision making easier. This is where you’ll find a kitchen designer helpful. Avoid buying components without a plan and hoping (or thinking) they’ll work together.

(6) Renovating a kitchen doesn’t happen very often, so choose a design that you could easily live with for the next 15 to 20 years. Even if you plan on moving, you’ll want to have a design that doesn’t date itself to quickly.

(7) Add mood and ambiance to your kitchen design by choosing the right lights. Paying attention to the details here will pay off big time, and one that you’ll notice every time you turn on the lights. There are numerous fixtures, lighting styles and bulbs available, many of which will fit your budget.

(8) If you’re hands on, technically minded and are creative you may want to try your hand at designing your new kitchen using kitchen design software. Make sure you select the package that fits your needs. Just beware that you’ll likely be spending a great deal of time “tweaking” your design.

(9) The current dimensions and shape of your kitchen will dictate what you can or cannot do with your new kitchen renovation project so you’ll have to use what you have unless you make major structural changes.

(10) Your kitchen update will likely be completed by a contractor. To avoid a horror story, select your contractor with care. Make sure you ask for and check out the contractor’s references. Don’t be rushed into making a quick decision. At Kitchen Cabinets Brampton, we believe you’ll find we can provide you with the best design, service, components and overall project experience. We invite you to call, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your plans.

That’s it. Follow each step. Fill in the details for each step and you’ll be on your way to building your dream kitchen.

Category : Kitchen Renovation Project
21
Dec

We’ve all lived with the standard kitchen drain for so long, it seemed as if there was no room for improvement. Well, there’s a new design from Blanco, that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of this before.

“The Blanco 3-in-1 offers a deep strainer basket with engineered holes on the sides and bottom that keeps water flowing while it collects waste. An exaggerated lip makes it easy to pull up and empty without coming in contact with any of the gunk caught in the strainer. It’s made from stainless steel and it’s dishwasher-safe to boot. The third part of this wonder product is a one-touch, secure lid that will allow you to fill a sink with water and hold it there without having twist or turn a thing. Even better, these strainers will fit any standard new sink or retrofit into an existing sink.”

See additional photos and a description of the new Blanco drain at:

http://www.kitchenandresidentialdesign.com/2010/12/blanco-re-thought-sink-drain.html

 

Category : Uncategorized
19
Oct

You’ve chosen the perfect cabinets for your kitchen. It’s now time to select the kitchen cabinet hardware that will personalize your kitchen. You may have already experienced and seen the huge number of cabinet hinges, hardware pulls and cabinet hardware drawer slides available. Faced with this overwhelming choice, choosing kitchen cabinet hardware can seem like a daunting task. Here’s how to simplify the process.



Knobs and Pulls – are readily visible so you’ll want to choose ones that help define and enhance the look of the cabinets. Knobs are easy to install with just a bolt and screw although some knobs are even easier to install with built in screws. Knobs range in size from ¾” to 2” diameter. Pulls work the same way as knobs but they take up more space than knobs.

Back plates – Back plates are placed between the drawer and knob or pull. Back plates are optional. They can be used to protect the cabinet surface or to create a different look for the hardware and cabinets.

Hinges- Cabinet hinges are a bit trickier to choose. You first need to know what type of cabinets you have. Most cabinets are either European or face-frame. For European cabinets, the doors will be full overlay, half overlay or inset. If the cabinets are face frame, the doors are either flush, lipped or overlay. European hinges are mostly used for full-overlay and inset doors. European overlay hinges work for half-overlay doors. Face frame cabinets have more hinge options available. For example, H-style hinges are used with flush doors. Other options available are T-style hinges, butterfly hinges and partial wrap around hinges.

Door Catches- Door catches can be used on doors that don’t have self closing hinges. Magnetic door catches are mainly used for glass doors. Spring roller touch catches don’t have the clicking sounds that most magnetic catches have. Friction catches provide a secure grasp of the door.

Drawer slides can be light, medium or heavy duty. Before you choose a drawer slide, you need to know the slide and drawer lengths. If you want access to every inch of the drawer, choose a full extension drawer slide.

Choosing the best hardware for your new kitchen cabinets can be time consuming. It’s worth the effort to evaluate several designs that appeal to you and scheduling the time necessary to make the right decision, before the hardware is installed. It’s just one additional step that you’ll appreciate when you start to use you renovated kitchen.

Category : Kitchen Cabinets