How Kitchen Renovations Make Better Use of Space

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A kitchen renovation has many advantages in a home and one of them is that it can make a better use of the space that you have.

Even if your kitchen isn’t outdated, its design and layout might not be making the most of the space.

Below, a wall removal opens up the space in this client’s home and makes it appear so much brighter and larger.

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There are many considerations when it comes to good kitchen design, including the layout of the counter space, cabinet placement, and wall and floor use. So if your kitchen is driving you crazy– regardless of how old it is– it’s not you. It’s the layout.

Below, reorganization of wiring and plumbing and installation of a triple panel window transformed this space to a highly functioning kitchen.

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Here’s what happens when you undergo a kitchen renovation with a functional redesign in mind:

-You’ll gain more storage space and cabinets (sometimes bigger cabinets, too!) that make your kitchen feel bigger, even if you don’t actually increase the square footage.

-You can incorporate new, sleeker appliances, making your kitchen “smart” and easier to use.

-The flow of your kitchen will change with the layout. You’ll free up counter, floor, and wall space, and shift from a cluttered feeling to a fresh, open, clean look.

-You can remove walls, and add windows and doors, to make the kitchen feel more spacious.

If you are ready to make the most of your home’s space and need a kitchen renovation, we welcome you to contact us at Today’s Designer Kitchen for an expert opinion and free estimate. One call does it all with our experienced team.

How to Design a Dream Kitchen

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A kitchen makeover that’s amazing is not only a renovation, but a careful pre plan that envisions what you want so here are our top recommendations on how to design a dream kitchen.

Function

Probably THE most important aspect to think about when planning a new kitchen is to determine what function you wish it to serve.

Cooking is likely the main function of a kitchen, however, over the years it has become so much more than that.

It has become the heart of the home, a place where we gather and spend most of our time inside. It’s become the single most important room in the house. Besides cooking and eating in the kitchen, many also work, watch tv, read the mail,  hang out with guests or sip on a glass (or two) of wine after a long day. While this may not be what you personally do, the point here is to narrow down exactly what you see yourself doing in this space, and how to make it work for your family.

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Here’s a few points to consider when thinking of the function of your kitchen:

How do you plan on using it everyday? Besides cooking, what other daily activities do you like to do in the kitchen? Do you like to entertain? How much seating do you need? Most kitchens nowadays are eat-in kitchens and have an area for an everyday family table, but if you are someone who likes to entertain, or want a more casual place to chat with your kids over an afternoon snack, you may wish to consider adding additional seating around an Island or peninsula.

The Work Triangle

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One thing to consider when planning your kitchen is the flow of your workspace, or what is also know as the work triangle. The work triangle is the distance between your stove, refrigerator and sink. A good triangle will result in an efficient workflow and allows you to move with ease between the 3 most used points. A poor work triangle will cause you to run all over your kitchen to access the most important aspects of your kitchen.

Below, an entertainer’s dream kitchen with an extra large island below.

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Light

Having the right amount of light in your kitchen is so important which includes electric and natural.

General Lighting. This is what lights up the entire space. We recommend recessed pot lights for general lighting as it’s the best way to evenly disperse light throughout the room with dimmers. Pendant lights over islands, or chandeliers over tables are also an example of general lighting but more personal in taste.

Task Lighting. Just as it sounds. Lighting that helps perform certain tasks. Under-cabinet lighting is an example of task lighting that a lot of people tend to skip, but it is really important for prep work. Integrating your lighting within your cabinet design will also lead to a seamless look.

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Accent lighting (pictured above on this island)

This is the lighting that’s not really necessary for function, but highlights the wonderful design of your kitchen, which you are going to want to show off! Uplighting, or lighting in glass cabinets are a great example of accent lights. Under cabinet lighting is necessary for tasks, but can also accent your upper cabinets and countertops beautifully.

Storage

One of the major requests we hear from our own clients is making sure there are storage solutions.

If you use small appliances regularly, think about where the easiest place would be to access them. Maybe create an appliance garage with doors that retract, or build a large pantry with pull-out drawers to easily lift out the instant-pot.

Other storage solutions that can make your kitchen function with ease could be pots and pans drawers, pantries with pull-out shelves, or walk-in pantries.

Also take advantage of spaces that might not be too easily accessible to house items you don’t use everyday, like adding hidden doors under the seating area of the Island to store them. They only come out when needed, so even though the location isn’t best for everyday use, it’s perfect for accessing every now and again.

Appliances

We recommend to figure out your appliances first so that you can figure out a proper layout with the room that is left.

(Below a Midnight Blue and Step Shaker White Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens with a built in microwave,  hood insert and fridge cabinet surround).

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Consider: If you love to cook, you may want to opt for a 6 burner stove or cooktop. Do you prefer gas or electric? When choosing your range or cooktop, there are stand alone options that usually have the controls at the back, or slide in options with the controls at the front. What kind of range hood do you prefer? An insert or a chimney hood? If you are a baker, double wall ovens may be the way to go. Refrigerators also widely vary in size and depth. You can get counter-depth options for a more built-in look, standard depth, or built-in appliances that can be covered with door fronts that match your cabinetry for a seamless look. Do you use your microwave a lot? You may want to invest in a built-in option. As you can see there are so many options available for appliances that factor into the overall design of your kitchen.

Materials 

The materials and finishes you select for your kitchen will ultimately dictate the look and feel of the room, but more importantly will determine the longevity of the space. You will want your new space to not only look good, but stand the test of time. Try to put in as many high quality materials as your budget allows.

(Below, quartz counters give the wow factor and are very durable)

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The vertical surfaces, or countertops, get the most wear and tear. We recommend splurging on stone or quartz countertops as they are the most durable option, HOWEVER laminate is still a great option that will keep the budget under control if you need to.

Also, choosing quality cabinets with high quality hinges will keep your kitchen looking fantastic and make it a joy to spend time in.

Wrap up: As you can see there are many factors involved in planning out your dream kitchen for your dream kitchen.

If you need help with a kitchen renovation, our highly experienced team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines would be pleased to assist.

Please fill out the form below for a free consultation and kitchen estimate today!

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2022

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We love watching kitchen design trends for 2022 and incorporating them into the renovation projects we do  and here are some of our favourites!

Keep it Natural

The overall aesthetic of using natural elements has a lot of appeal. Natural elements such as wood-toned cabinetry, mixed metal hardware, and marble countertops pair together to bring this trend to life. With more and more people working from home permanently, it’s no surprise the choice of a design that will deliver a calm atmosphere is the go-to trend.

Below, this gorgeous Java kitchen is rich on style and oozes natural wood tones.

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Colour

White and black kitchens have dominated the market for many years and still have their place, however, colour has emerged as a new favorites. We are seeing bold bright shades and even deep, dark moody kitchens.

Shades of blue is a perfect example as seen below in the Midnight Blue cabinet collection.

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Sleek And Modern

Hidden pantries, integrated appliances, and sleek, clean countertops. The modern kitchen has been around for some time now but is leaning more towards the seamless and clean look for the new year. Accessorizing with clean hardware like this bronze single lever tap accentuates the clean style that many of our clients want in their kitchens!

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Vintage and Retro Vibes

Many of the kitchens we do can have a dramatic transformation by the accessories chosen during the finishing touches of the renovation.

For example, handles and lighting are fantastic ways to add a vintage or retro look to your space and yet easily changed out if you get tired of them down the road. 🙂

Below the classic Globe Lighting adds amazing ambience to this kitchen island.

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Below, these interesting gold tone handles put the wow factor in any cabinetry style.

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At Today’s Designer Kitchens, whether you are looking for a traditional style or an up-and-coming style, our team is at the cutting edge of the trends, the classics and giving you great advice.

We are here to help you choose the design that will work best in your space, and help make your kitchen renovation dreams a reality.

Please contact us for a FREE in home consultation today by filling out the form below OR call us M-F at: 905-641-2284

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Why Choosing the Right Cabinetry is Important in a Kitchen Renovation

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Cabinets in a kitchen renovation are important as they set its design aesthetic and are key to its flawless functionality daily.

Design Aesthetic

First and foremost, deciding on what type of design you are looking for in the cabinets is a great start in the renovation process.

Colour will make the room appear larger or more cozy, door styles can be classic or more simplistic giving a room a modern edge and hardware always affects the design sense of cabinetry in a kitchen.

Below Step Shaker White cabinets with glass inserts completely brighten the look of this kitchen and makes it appear larger.

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Below, darker wood cabinetry such as the Step Charcoal Grey below, for example, can embody a more traditional feel.

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Kitchen Space and Cabinets

As a designer kitchen supplier, we know a great deal about how cabinets affect a kitchen space. One of the biggest parts of good kitchen design is about how you use the space, and it’s your kitchen cabinetry that dictates how much of it you have.

Everyone is different in how they use a kitchen and cabinet selection will vary as a result. For example, if you are a person who cooks a lot you may need extra prepping space, storage and cabinets. If you have a large family or entertain a lot you may want an extra large array of cabinets structured in an island.

When it comes to choosing your kitchen cabinets, too, there might be far more options than you first thought. Will it be freestanding, or wall-mounted? Do you have room for it to be recessed, or have you got the space to extend it all the way up to the ceiling?

Below, wall mounted Midnight Blue cabinets set a warm vibe to this kitchen. A small island with oven insert adds great function for a family.

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Whether it’s your floorspace or storage for your crockery and cutlery, the functionality of your kitchen is essentially based on the functionality of your cabinets, so it’s definitely not a quick decision.

Below, organization in this cabinetry keeps thing neat and easy to find in a kitchen.

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WHAT DO YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS SAY ABOUT YOU?

If you’re thinking about redesigning your kitchen, your cabinetry is one of the first things you’ll need to think about.

If you are considering a renovation, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines would be pleased to offer you assistance in the design and creation of your new kitchen.

Please contact us for a no obligation quote at 905-641-2284 or contact us below and start the process of our full service peace of mind renovation process!

Important Questions to Ask Before Your Remodel the Kitchen

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A kitchen remodel can be a big undertaking so it is important to ask yourself some questions before you begin.

What are my goals?
What are you trying to accomplish with your kitchen renovation?

Are you looking to just update the look of your kitchen, or do you need to improve its functionality by perhaps altering the layout?

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Thinking about what annoys you about your kitchen can be a good place to start, as well as how you wish to use the space. Most kitchen usage goals fall into one of three categories: Would you like to cook more, entertain more, or have areas designated for other use such as a desk for homework?

Also, be realistic: Do you truly need a full-on chef’s kitchen , or do you simply want a fresh look? Get laser-focused on your priorities, since this will affect how your entire kitchen renovation unfolds, including how much it costs.

What’s my budget?
Before you dive in and fall head over heels in love with pricey appliances or a new layout, know how much you can afford, then figure out where to allocate those dollars.

To help you zero in on what kind of kitchen reno you can afford, share a ballpark budget with a kitchen remodeler.

This can give you a good sense of what to do now and what might have to wait until later and remember that sometimes you can do stages to a remodel to assure you achieve your dreams when you and your budget are ready.

Where can I save money?
Many areas of a kitchen reno offer plenty of wiggle room, including the following:

Materials: Most of your material choices—such as cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and lighting—can vary greatly in price.

Layout: If you want to change your kitchen layout, you probably need a larger budget because electrical, water, and HVAC connections to support the appliances have to move, keeping the current layout is less costly.

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Appliances: How important are brand new appliances to you in your renovation? They cost a lot for the most updated models so figure out if that is something that is worth it to you. Great appliances do not have to be the latest ones. Buy slightly older products that save you money or fix up the ones you have are options if your kitchen goals align with that.

Do I have a contractor I trust ?
Before starting a kitchen remodel it is recommended that you get at least a couple of estimates in the research process.

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In this way things like budget, strategies, time lines, etc can be reviewed and compared and you can have the confidence of moving forward with your project.

Having a contractor that you have good communication with from the beginning is also crucial to make sure things go smoothly. Renovating can be stressful but having a great contracting team will make all the difference.

A great local contractor will also have good supplier connections and ideas for your remodel which will not only save you money but decrease the stress level for your project.

Final Thoughts

If you are still in the thinking process of your kitchen renovation, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to give you a no obligation in home estimate.

We specialize in full service kitchen renovations and service the entire Niagara Region.

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The team of professionals at Today’s Designer Kitchens are dedicated to bringing high quality full service kitchen renovations that are affordable beautiful and functional.

We undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges and provide  a full service kitchen solution from floor to ceiling.

Visit Our Showroom M-F 10 am-5 pm.

Address: 239 Carlton St Suite #1, St. Catharines, ON L2R 1S1

Phone: 905-641-2284

Tips to Keel Your Kitchen Remodel Budget Friendly

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It’s exciting to start a kitchen remodel, but there are important things to consider when you want it to be as budget friendly as possible.

Keep the Existing Layout

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If you are happy enough with your kitchen’s existing footprint, leave it as is. Keeping your layout is one of the most effective ways to save money.

One of the biggest ways to drive up spending is by tearing down walls and reconfiguring the space, which usually requires expensive professionals to move plumbing and electrical work. Keep outside labour costs low and don’t shift the sink, lighting, and appliances without good reason.

Consider Cabinets

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One of the biggest sticker shocks you can get with a kitchen renovation is selecting custom cabinets and in many cases they are unnecessary.

High quality Ready to Assemble (RTA) cabinetry in standard sizes, installed by a professional installer can look just as good as custom and save you lots of money.

Save on Appliances

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New appliances make a kitchen renovation complete, but you can break the bank on them if you don’t shop wisely.

By doing your research, finding sales, taking advantage of package deals, and being open to purchasing older models or even open box products you can have budget friendly results and great products for your new kitchen.

Buy Your Hardware Online

Those pulls and cabinet handles are a gorgeous finishing touch on the cabinets, but can cost a fortune if you let them.

Figure out the size and style that you like and shop online for the biggest bang for your buck. You’ll be surprised what a little leg work can do for savings.

Consider materials that are Less Expensive but Look Great

Countertops are another feature in a kitchen renovation that can greatly increase the overall cost of the project.

Consider less costly options like laminate that have come a long way in the variety of styles that they offer with great durability.

Hire Kitchen Professionals

By hiring professional kitchen renovators, you can save time and money by getting expert advice on how to save money and you will also benefit from their contacts with local suppliers that they deal with regularly.

Bottom Line – A great looking kitchen does ot have to be an expensive one. Need assistance? Our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist and start the process with a FREE in home estimate in the Niagara Region.

Space Efficient Kitchen Design

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All great kitchens designs share a common characteristic—they are space-efficient.

If your kitchen isn’t well designed, every task, from cooking to cleaning to socializing, can be frustrating. Space-saving kitchens maximize the space you have and will look and function well.

If you are considering renovating your kitchen, now is the time to plan ahead and consider these design tips to maximize every inch that you have.

Increase Vertical Space.

Instead of building out, try building up. Consider stacked cabinets and/or tall cabinets. Glass inserts in cabinets can also add an illusion of space in a kitchen.

Consider hanging utensils, or wall-mounted spice and knife racks which use wall space instead of counter space which eliminates clutter.

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Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can add extra cabinetry, countertop space, preparation and cooking surfaces, etc. They can even house a second sink, oven, dishwasher, or whatever else you need. If you don’t have room for an island and don’t want to expand the space, you can always use a mobile island.

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Two-tiered islands are also a consideration for a dining area option that could eliminate completely an extra dining table with chairs if desired, maximizing kitchen floor space.

Appliances

Buy quality appliances. More modern appliances tend to be more compact—not to mention more energy-efficient and attractive—and can help you save space in your kitchen.

Install a top-bottom fridge and freezer, not a side-by-side model. Side-by-side refrigerators and freezers not only are less energy-efficient, but they also take up more space.

Paint

Use light paint colours that will add airiness and space in perception of the room.

Whatever colour you do use, consider mimicking the cabinet colour from the top of the cabinet to the ceiling to create the illusion of height in the ceiling.

Lighting

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Install bright white potlights in the ceiling with dimmers. Potlights bring the ceiling height up visually, are great for task lighting and can create ambient lighting when dimmed.

Chairs

Use chairs without arms. You may not think it, but using chairs without arms can save a lot of room around the kitchen table. These are especially helpful in small kitchens where space is extra tight.

Wrap Up

If you are considering a kitchen renovation, our expert team would be pleased to give you a no obligation quote. We design, supply and install in the Niagara Region.

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We specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.

We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.

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Wall Removals and Kitchen Design

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Have you ever thought about removing a wall in your kitchen so that you could maximize its functionality and design?

You are not alone and that is why we are going to discuss one of the most popular aspects of a renovation that comes our way in kitchen projects and that is the removal of walls.

It may sound like a big deal, but it really is not when you consider all the benefits that a wall removal could bring to your every day life.

During a kitchen remodel, one of the most important areas you will think about is the floor plan. It influences everything from construction costs to how you spend time with your family. To build a larger kitchen design, where you have room to move and the family has room to move about the space freely, consider removing a wall between the kitchen and an adjoining living room or dining room.

This creates an open floor plan, which allows you keep everyone together, while giving yourself some extra space. Open floor plans produce a modern vibe, where each room flows into the next.

An open floor plan will:

MAKE YOUR SPACE LOOK AND FEEL LARGER.
While open floor plans work in any size home, it is particularly good for smaller houses, as removing a wall or two opens up the space. No matter the size of your home, removing a wall will give your space a more open, airy feel.

ALLOW YOU TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE KIDS.
In your new kitchen design, you can cook dinner and perform other household chores, while the kids are in the same room.

INCREASE NATURAL SUNLIGHT.
With fewer walls, the sun can now permeate through the house.

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MAKE YOU A BETTER ENTERTAINER!
Now, you can easily converse with your guests without tripping over them and without feeling like you’re missing interesting conversations.

INCREASE THE RESALE VALUE OF YOUR HOME.
Adding an open floor plan as part of a kitchen remodel is increasingly popular and can boost your home’s value when it’s time for you to sell.

Before you get going on your kitchen renovation, here are a few things you need to know before you remove a wall:

CONFIRM THE WALL ISN’T LOAD BEARING.
Walls always separate spaces, but sometimes they bear weight from above and are vital your house’s structural integrity. Load bearing walls can be removed, but a beam must be installed to support the load, which will add to your kitchen remodeling costs and construction time.

CERTAIN WALLS MAY BE THERE FOR A REASON.
Walls were created for other reasons than to bear loads. Before you take down all the walls, think about how sound and smell will travel in an open floor plan, and consider your energy and privacy needs.

SOMETIMES, WALLS HIDE THINGS.
All of your utilities run through the wall – electrical, plumbing, cable, and telephone. If the wall you’re looking to remove contains utilities, they will have to be contained somewhere else.

While constructing open floor plans comes with some obstacles, it is worth it to the overall value of your home and comfort level.

If you are planning a kitchen renovation of any kind, our expert team would be happy to provide you a free consultation. We design, supply and install for less with a quick turnaround.

Please call us: 905-641-2284 OR fill out the contact form for a quick response.

Top Kitchen Reno Tips to Try in Your Home!

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If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen, here are our top tips to try in your home that are guaranteed to give you the most bang for your buck.

There are certain details in your kitchen that you just need to get right. Simple mistakes can cost you hundreds of dollars and affect the ultimate look of your kitchen space so here are some very practical ideas to consider.

CONSIDER UPLIGHTING
If you are looking for suitable lighting solutions for your cabinetry, this is an excellent choice. With uplighting, you tend to create a source of ambient lighting that beautifies the space. This type of lighting works for kitchens that don’t have cabinetry that goes up the ceiling. It’s a nice way to give the kitchen a nice mood and warmth.

INSTALL ISLAND PENDANTS
Pendant lighting in kitchens will never go out of style. The reason why it works so beautifully in kitchen islands is because it is both practical and adds aesthetic value. For pendant lighting to work in your kitchen, you must ensure it is installed properly. The ideal height for the pendant lights is 30 to 40 inches above the island countertop. As a rule of thumb, try not to measure the height of pendant lights from the ceiling and instead measure it from the countertop. This is because ceiling heights vary considerably and this can make a huge difference on how the pendant lighting appears.

INSTALL THE MICROWAVE CORRECTLY
One major mistake that homeowners make when renovating their kitchens is placing the microwave too low or too high. A good height would be 48 inches above the floor. This will ensure the appliance is easy to reach and also complement the rest in the kitchen.

INSTALL A CEILING RANGE HOOD
You don’t have to go the traditional way and place a hood over the island. In fact, if you don’t want the range hood area near your cooktop to be the kitchen’s focal point, consider installing a ceiling hood. Ceiling hoods open up the space and give other elements like your beautiful backsplash an opportunity to stand out more.

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GET AN OVERSIZE HOOD
A larger range hood comes with two important advantages. For a start, it can help you to capture the odor and grease much better than a regularly sized hood. Secondly, it tends to open up the space visually by increasing the space between the hood and the cabinets. Simply choose a design you like for your range hood and go for a size that is larger than your range or cooktop.

CHOOSE A NEW BAR STOOL STYLE
The extra details such as your kitchen’s bar stools can make a big difference in its overall look. If you plan on sharing meals on the island, a bar stool with a back would do just fine. With proper back support, you should be able to comfortably enjoy a meal or do homework on the kitchen island.

With every kitchen renovation , consider details like these that count. Make sure you work out a budget beforehand and start planning for the renovation way in advance.

If you live in the Niagara Region and need assistance with your kitchen renovation be it big or small, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist in every way and it all starts with a FREE in home estimate by calling us at 289-641-2284 or filling out the form HERE.

About Today’s Designer Kitchens

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We are a full service kitchen design, supply and installation team located in St. Catharines, ON.

We specialize in high quality, low priced kitchen solutions with a fast turnaround time.

Our showroom is open 9-5 pm M-F located at 239 Carlton Street Unit#1, St. Catharines.

Phone: 905-641-2284

Email: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

Renovating a Kitchen for Resale – Top Tips to Sell Your Home

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The real estate market is still hot right now and renovating a dated kitchen properly will help sell your home for top dollar so here are our top tips.

Simplicity

Keep the style and color scheme very simple. Neutral countertops, cabinets, floors, backsplashes and appliances are the best way to go.

Soft colours including whites, greys and cream are ideal and will appeal to the largest population of buyers PLUS make the most of a space making it appear bright and spacious.

Avoid eclectic styling choices even if they are appealing to yourself personally. This includes accents like lighting, hardware and tile choices.

Keep Decent Appliances

If the foundation of your kitchen looks great , slightly dated but functional appliances can often be kept as buyers can see beyond them and ultimately are viewed as an easy fix to replace.

Keeping your existing appliances can save a great deal of money and ultimately if you do want to change them consider purchasing upgrades that are used which can save thousands of dollars.

Talk to Your Local Pros

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Ask a local real estate agent about kitchen must-haves in your neighborhood for kitchens according to the feedback that they have received from buyers. Find out what attracts buyers, and what repels them. A little research can go a long way to ensure you spend money only where you need to.

Get Economical Cabinetry

You can spend a lot on cabinetry and luxury features, but is it worth it for resale? Generally, no. Don’t cheap out, but avoid the highest end items and features.

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Open Concept Still Highly Desirable

Open up the space. If you have a larger budget for your kitchen renovation and your floor plan is one that doesn’t allow the kitchen to flow to other spaces in the home, it could be worth your while to knock out a wall because open concept kitchens are still highly desirable for most buyers.

Granite is a Hit

Go for granite if you can swing it. No matter the price range of your home, buyers want to see granite countertops and it sells kitchens as well as elevates the entire look of the room.

Wrap Up

If you are selling and you have a dated kitchen, any upgrades will see a positive return on your investment, but spending a bit more and doing it right will make your home stand out, attract more buyers and sell your property for top dollar.

At Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, we have assisted many sellers in upgrading their kitchen for resale purposes.

We welcome you to contact us for a free in home estimate to find out more about our economical beautiful kitchen solutions with speedy turnaround times.

About Today’s Designer Kitchens

We are a full service kitchen design, supply and installation team located in St. Catharines, ON.

We specialize in high quality, low priced kitchen solutions with a fast turnaround time.

Our showroom is open 9-5 pm M-F located at 239 Carlton Street Unit#1, St. Catharines.

Phone: 905-641-2284

Email: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca