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.

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.

Safely Renovating During COVID-19

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As COVID-19 has a lot of us spending time at home on a regular basis, you may have been considering the value of updating your surroundings but are unsure about the safety of renovating in these times.

Most of our area is in a current lockdown, however renovations have been proceeding prior to this and will likely resume shortly when things open up so we will discuss this topic today as it is one that is on the minds of many of our customers.

A Step Shaker White and Charcoal Grey Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

The “Safety First” approach to remodeling
You are like many other homeowners who wonder if it is safe to remodel your home during a pandemic. Just the way other businesses are evolving to address the security needs of their clients, the remodeling industry is no exception. Once the pandemic was declared, Today’s Designer Kitchens put a process in place to improve the safety measures to ensure the health of clients, employees, and contractors. This policy took into account local and national governmental guidelines for safe business practices.

Here are a few of the options we offer to keep it safe for our clients:

-limiting the number of contractors on site at one time

-wearing masks on the job

-disinfecting the work area

-creating barriers between the renovation area and the rest of the home space

-dedicating entrances to the work crew when possible

-maintaining social distancing to ensure the homeowner and crew are safe.

-offering virtual options for communication and estimates

Is now the right time to remodel your kitchen or another part of your home?
You have to be comfortable in your own home. A renovation in “normal” times is challenging enough. The good news is that innovative design/build companies that want to serve their clients are taking precautions and creating new ways to ensure families have peace of mind to proceed with a renovation and are safe during these times.

A laundry renovation by Today’s

All of this being said, now is a perfect time to line up a professional design/build company for that kitchen renovation if you are comfortable with a project going on with safety protocols in place.

We can’t stress enough that if you are considering a renovation in the near future, making plans to start now by contacting us by email or phone is a great way to get ahead of the line ups that always occur when the pandemic restrictions subside.

Final Thoughts

There are opportunities to make a kitchen renovation (or any renovation) happen during the coronavirus. Doing so can improve your living environment so it is more enjoyable for you and your family, which is vital these days when you are spending more time at home. Mitigating health risk is something that the best renovation companies are taking seriously. Understanding the company’s health and safety policies is crucial to the health and well-being as you move forward with a renovation project to achieve the kitchen of your dreams.

Please contact us to find out more by calling: 905-641-2284 or filling out a form online.

Classic Kitchens are Back

Picture above: an Antique White Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

The classic or traditional style kitchen is a popular trend we are seeing in renovations now so we are going to explore what that is and why it may be a good choice for your household.

In the last few years, modern, all-white kitchens were a thing, but their popularity has shifted to classic kitchens that give off more of an inviting feel with a timeless appeal.

A Step Shaker White and Fog Grey Cabinet Combo by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Given that the kitchen tends to be the focal point of one’s home, it should be functional but also warm and homey. With classic-style kitchens, it’s all about details which can include things like built in wine racks, unique handles, shaker style cabinets and glass-pane cabinet panels.

Integrating the trend: Opting for shaker style cabinets is a great starting point. You can also consider brass handles or knobs for the cabinetry.

With classic kitchens, we typically see rich colours as well like a classic walnut or if you like the brightness of white, choosing a shade that is off white or creamy white.

Walnut Glaze
Walnut Kitchen by Today’s

Classic kitchens also look great with traditional countertop choices. Marble is a great choice on the higher end of the price point spectrum, however we also install a lot of laminate that is made to look like a classic marble, but comes in at a much lower price point. White is the go-to for a classic look.

A laminate counter top (Calcutta Marble)

Other Accessories

Tile: When it comes to a backsplash tile in a classic kitchen, a simple white subway tile looks fantastic, but also comes in many shades if you prefer and ultimately is a great budget choice.

Lighting: Warm lighting and pendants give off a great glow to a classic kitchen’s ambience.

Paint Colour: Soft neutral tones do best in a classic style. We do a lot of off white, but pale greens and greige (beige and grey combined) are also a very popular choice right now.

Floors: Porcelain tile is a very durable kitchen floor choice and also comes in a great deal of styles that will complement a traditional kitchen and leave you with years of long lasting beauty. Wood floors are less durable, but also a classic and gorgeous choice.

Personal Details: A traditional kitchen can be a great backdrop to showcase your favourite dishes, vases, ornaments, you get the idea.

A classic Step Shaker White Kitchen with Glass Panels by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Flexibility

Traditional kitchens are ultimately a great choice because they are chameleons. You can take the same kitchen and completely change its look by mixing in modern bar stools or lighting, or industrial bar stools and lighting, or traditional — you get the idea.

Final Thoughts

The traditional kitchen is a fantastic choice of style for most households and will never go out of style.

At Today’s Designer Kitchens we have a kitchen for every taste and budget and would love to assist you in making your kitchen an amazing space in your home.

It all starts with a no obligation quote by filling out a form online.

We look forward to hearing from you and making 2021 the year of your dream kitchen!

Corian, Quartz or Granite? Which is the Best for Your Kitchen?

Corian, Quartz and Granite have become three of the most popular countertops for our customers lately, but which is the best for you and your kitchen?

Comparing Kitchen Countertop Options
Quartz, granite and Corian® solid surfaces can be transformed into a range of countertop shapes and sizes to accommodate almost any kitchen space.

In terms of functionality and style, each one offers slightly different benefits including appearance, durability, maintenance and overall value.

Seamless Corian solid surface, made from an advanced mixture of natural minerals and pure acrylic polymer can be installed with no visible seams which looks amazing.

Natural Granite is the top contender for style in terms of organic color and pattern. As a naturally occurring stone, minerals settle into each beautifully unique slab of granite, so every countertop is an original work of art.

Colours All three countertop material options offer a variety in colour. If you prefer a wider range of colours, corian solid surface and quartz are great options since they are both manufactured using man-made pigments and recycled materials.

Durability

Quartz is virtually indestructible and requires no sealing or special cleaning. Both quartz and Corian solid surfaces are non-porous, stain-resistant and extremely sanitary. Granite is also durable, but can still be prone to cracking, fissures and staining. And granite requires simple, but regular, sealing to maintain.

Eco-Friendly

If eco-friendly materials and design in your home is important to you, here’s how each countertop material stacks up:

Quartz countertops are ultra-durable and slabs contain one of earth’s most prolific minerals, as well as pre- and post-consumer recycled content. They last pretty much forever.

Corian is not only durable, but repairable too. Because they are man-made, solid surfaces are don’t require the level of mining to produce, They also are easier to maintain than a lot of other materials too.

Granite is a natural product, and must be carefully mined and transported to avoid damage, which makes granite the lowest-tier option in terms of sustainability.

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Budget

In terms of overall price in today’s market, here is how these materials compare:

Quartz is usually the more expensive option, per square foot.

Corian is usually the in between price point and granite tends to be the least expensive material of the three, (with the exception of standard, solid-color Corian).


Wrap Up: Don’t forget, these three countertop surfaces are not your only options. Many of our customers love laminate which is very durable, cost effect and absolutely gorgeous with many style options available.

If you need a new countertop, kitchen cabinets or anything in between, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens are experienced professionals with all aspects of a renovation and would be happy to give you a FREE in home estimate for your kitchen in the Niagara Region.

Call us at 905-641-2284 or filll out the contact form for a quick response.

Stay safe and well everyone!

Top Kitchen Reno Tips to Try in Your Home!

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.

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

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

UNDERMOUNT SINKS – Pros and Cons

If you are remodeling the kitchen you will need to choose a sink and an undermount style is a popular choice so today we will examine its pros and cons.

Traditional kitchen sinks drop in and rest on top of the counter. However, undermount sinks — a growing trend in the last few years — sit under the countertop’s surface, creating a continuous flow from countertop to sink.

Pro: Undermount Sinks Are Clean

Seamless looks are in and look sleek and modern. Undermount sinks attach to the underside of the countertop. Because of this, there’s no raised edge or lip on the top of the counter, where food and debris might collect so they are easier to clean and keep clean.

Con: Undermount Sinks Can Fail if Installed Incorrectly

Professional installation is vital in an undermount sink. That means clips or straps need to be part of the process not just silicone.

The proper way to install an undermount sink involves screwing it into the countertop to properly secure the sink. Failure to mount the kitchen sink properly could result in it dropping. An effect that can happen gradually over time.

Pro: Undermount Sinks are Desirable for Resale

The undermount style has surged in popularity and are often seen as a premium to homebuyers . If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, an undermount sink is a good investment for resale.

Con: Undermount Price

Undermount sinks can be more expensive than drop ins. That being said there are a wide variety of price options that are available.

Pro: Undermount Faucet Placement

Faucets can be conveniently placed in any location with undermount sinks. Many don’t come with pre-drilled holes like overmount sinks usually do, which allows you to place the faucet in the most convenient location.

Wrap Up

Undermount sinks are all the rage right now, but they also are very practical for a kitchen no matter what your budget.

If you are in need of a kitchen makeover and need some expert advice our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to give you a free in-home estimate.

We specialize in kitchen solutions from floor to ceiling for every homeowner and every budget with a fast turnaround.

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

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.

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

Fall is the BEST Time to Renovate the Kitchen – Here’s Why…

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Fall Renovation

Many homeowners believe that summer is the best time of the year for a renovation project, but, the reality is that fall is actually the best time to remodel the kitchen. Here’s why:

The Weather is Ideal

While you may find it a little chilly, most contractors prefer to undertake kitchen renovation projects in the autumn due to its optimal weather conditions. Summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and spring is too rainy – fall is just right! In fact, fall conditions are ideal for installing wood or tile flooring which are affected by temperature.

The temperature also is ideal for cabinetry and any materials that are affected by expansion and contraction due to the climate.

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CLASSIC STYLE – An Antique White Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Contractor Demand is Generally Less

Because many renovate in the warmer months, demand for products and contractor services is generally less meaning a faster turnaround for most projects. Your renovation time will likely be cut in half by renovating in the fall.

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Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

You’re Spending More Time At Home

With colder temperatures comes more time indoors and dinners around the kitchen table. Getting a project completed during the fall means your home is ready to enjoy during the season ahead when you will be spending more time inside.

SIMPLE MINIMALIST STYLE – A Bermuda White Kitchen by Today’s Designer Kitchens

The Holidays Are Approaching

If your kitchen is no longer pulling its’ weight and isn’t as functional as it once was, fall is the perfect season to remodel your kitchen and get you ready for the holiday season and entertaining. PLUS, you’ll get to start the new year off with a fresh new kitchen space.

Wrap Up

If you are considering renovating the kitchen, now is an excellent time to take advantage of the fall season.

The team at Today’s Designer Kitchens located in St. Catharines will be happy to guide you during all the steps of your project to ease your mind throughout the project. Do not hesitate to contact our team and get a quote for your renovation work.

We specialize in beautiful and affordable kitchens with a one call does it all approach . From floor to ceiling we’ve got you covered in your kitchen renovation! For inspiration check out our collections HERE.

It all starts with a FREE in home consultation. Please call us at 905-641-2284 or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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8 Reasons To Redo Your Kitchen

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Step Shaker White Kitchen – Today’s Designer Kitchens

If your kitchen isn’t working for you consider these 8 factors that may be reason for you to consider a redo in this important space once and for all.

SMALL FIXES HAVEN’T WORKED OUT

Maybe you’ve tried repainting cabinets, replacing hardware, or switching up appliances. Or, you could have tried smaller jobs like painting the walls or buying new window treatments. If whatever you have tried isn’t doing the trick, considering putting an end to spending on the little things and instead making an investment that will cost more but in the long run give you so much more back.

WORKFLOW

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GOOD WORKFLOW – A Step Charcoal Grey Galley Kitchen – Today’s Designer Kitchens

Tripping over yourself or others in the kitchen space? Not able to easily access what you need while cooking or entertaining? Your kitchen may not be set up ideally for you — time to consider a refresh when the layout is not working for your needs.

OUTDATED AND OUT OF OPTIONS

At some point a kitchen not only looks dated, but because of its age it does not function optimally. Think cupboards that don’t open and close effectively, appliances that have issues, lighting that is dim and dated in appearance. All these aspects may indicate that a renovation would be a wise choice aesthetically and functionally.

VALUE

A well-done kitchen renovation will add value to your home if you sell AND add value to your everyday life as long as you live there. Think about it, you are in your kitchen every day, that alone means there’s a lot of value to you personally in investing in a renovation.

SPACE

SMALL CAN BE BEAUTIFUL – Bermuda White Kitchen Install by Today’s Designer Kitchens

Even if you’re keeping the same square footage, a renovation can add more space! Through improved cabinetry, better appliances, and careful planning, you will find you have much more room.

CHANGE IS IN THE WIND

Kids leaving home? Parent moving in? If you’re experiencing a life change your house may need to change too, and that includes your kitchen.

TECHNOLOGY

There have been countless improvements and innovations in kitchen technology from appliances to lighting to cabinetry.

LED lights mean no more replacing lightbulbs plus energy efficiency.

5 Star Energy Rated Appliances also mean more energy efficiency.

Taps with water flow technology mean less water can be used.

Cupboards with soft close hinges and durable HDF materials will look amazing and last for longer than ever in a kitchen.

A NEW KITCHEN IS MORE ECONOMICAL THAN IT EVER WAS

Kitchen Cabinetry which was once extremely cost prohibitive is now mass manufactured and made of a variety of materials that brings the cost down significantly while maintaining a high end look and functionality.

When you work with an experienced kitchen renovation company your costs will be further minimized because they are able to buy in bulk, know how to customize stock cabinetry for any space and have access to surplus materials on hand which will save time and money on a renovation project.

Overall there are lots of reasons why remodeling a kitchen is something to consider. If you need assistance our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be happy to answer your questions or even come to your home for a free in home consultation and quote.

We design, supply and install everything for less. Call 905-641-2284 or fill out the form below.

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Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen – The Right Choice for You?

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If you are renovating a kitchen, you may be considering the popular choice of hardwood floors, but are they right for you?

Hardwood flooring has become increasingly a popular choice in a kitchen remodel and creates a gorgeous look but there are some key considerations before choosing it over other flooring products so let’s explore.

The Pros of Hardwood:

-looks great

-can be refinished

-increases home value

-softer, warmer than tile

-can be reasonably priced

-can usually be installed quicker than traditional flooring like tiles

The Cons of Hardwood:

-susceptible to water damage, scratches, dents

-higher maintenance

-hard for DIYers to install

-can be expensive

Not all Hardwoods are Created Equal

If you have decided to install hardwood, note that oak, maple, and cherry, are the most durable. Softwoods, such as pine, will dent—even if treated with a penetrating finish.

Also, lighter colours will often be more forgiving than darker colours when it comes to dirt. Patterns in the wood also help naturally camoflauge daily use.

Tough Enough?

When treated right, hardwood floors last a lifetime. But beware of pets’ claws and high heels, never leave standing water, and consider window treatments to limit sunlight.

How to Clean:

Wipe up spills immediately. Sweep, dust, or vacuum regularly and occasionally wipe the surface with a damp mop or cloth. Avoid oil-based sprays, waxes, and polishes, as well as abrasive cleansers.

Good Alternatives

Luxury Vinyl Planks are one of our top products that we sell to our customers that want the look of a hardwood floor but need something that is water-moisture-mold-and mildew resistant, as well as impervious to stains and more cost effective.

Tarkett Cerused Oak Powder Luxury Planks / Today’s Designer Kitchens

Final Thoughts

Hardwood flooring is a good choice for your kitchen if you can afford it, are willing to be diligent about caring for it, and want the appeal of a natural flooring material.

It will be a less successful choice if you have a busy, messy family and are on a tight budget in which case an alternative like luxury vinyl may be worth considering.

If you need help renovating your kitchen from floor to ceiling in the Niagara Region please fill out the form below for a fast free in-home quote from the experts at Today’s Designer Kitchens. We design, supply and install for less.

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3 Types of Lighting Every Kitchen Needs

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Grey Kitchen By Today’s with 3 Lighting Features

We will examine the 3 most important types of lighting every kitchen needs because proper lighting is crucial for not only function but beauty!

  1. Ambient (pot lights in picture above): This will be your main source of light—whether in addition to natural light, or to fill in for lack of it. You want to cast as much of it as evenly as possible from your ceiling. You can do so with a combination of different lights that suit your taste.
  2. Task (under cabinet lights in picture above) : While ambient lighting is used to illuminate the entire kitchen, it often leaves shadows in areas that require more focus. With the help of task lighting, work surfaces and cabinetry are properly illuminated so you can safely prepare meals, read recipes, and easily spot ingredients on a shelf. Common kitchen task lighting options include strip lights and puck lights.
  3. Accent (hanging pendant lights in picture above) : Consider these flourishes the cherry on top of your well-designed kitchen: toe kick lights, cabinet lights and any other light that might accentuate your favorite elements. They also might cross over into ambient and task lighting as well.

Get Expert Advice on Your Kitchen Lighting and Design

If you are considering a remodel on your kitchen, the good news is that fantastic lighting is one of the most inexpensive yet rewarding aspects of the project.

Need assistance planning your new kitchen? Our expert renovators cans assist you in the design, supply and installation of everything. From floor to ceiling we do it all with just one call. It all starts with a free in home estimate.

Please fill out the form below or call us at 906-641-2284 to find out more about our affordable, beautiful solutions and get your project started!

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Countertops – The Best Surfaces for Minimizing Germs in Your Kitchen

Your kitchen countertops get a lot of use and with the right surface you can minimize germs and keep the space clean and safe for everyone.

Many beautiful materials, including wood and natural stone that are used for counters are porous which mean bacteria can flourish. It is for this reason we recommend a non-porous countertop surface for your kitchen. Beyond being free of naturally occuring cracks or fissures, these surfaces not prone to etching, staining or divots (all signs of softer, more porous surfaces). So let’s explore:

QUARTZ

A Classic Calacatta Quartz Counter – Today’s Designer Kitchens

Quartz is one of the most durable and hygienic countertop surfaces made from a mixture of natural minerals held together using polymers and resin. It’s non-porous and easy to maintain with a non-abrasive cleaning cloth with soap and water.

SOLID SURFACE

Corian – Solid Surface Counters – Today’s Designer Kitchens

Corian® a solid surface counter, was developed by DuPont™ over 40 years ago by blending pure acrylic resin with natural minerals. It’s grout-free design make cleaning and maintenance easy plus it’s non-porous and stain resistant. All that is required for cleaning is a soft, cotton cloth and warm, soapy water. They are also ultra-durable, repairable and heat and blade resistant.

LAMINATE

Laminates have come a long way and offer a high-end look at an affordable price and although they can be disinfected easily to decrease germs it must be remembered that there are seams. If excessive amounts of water are left on laminate countertops, especially near any seams, the countertop may swell and create more opportunities for bacteria, fungus or mold. So, a great economical choice that can be kept super clean IF you are careful with maintenance.

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Laminate Counters – Today’s Designer Kitchens

GRANITE

Granite is a very popular counter choice and is a good germ free selection ONLY if it is properly sealed to reduce porousness. Professional sealing does more than maintain granite countertops’ natural beauty; it helps prevent harmful bacteria and other germs. Granite must also be cleaned with care and harsh chemicals will ruin it.

Granite – Today’s Designer Kitchens

Wrap Up – No matter what countertop material you currently have in your kitchen or are looking to install, we always recommend that you follow the appropriate proper care and maintenance guidelines and hope this overview has been helpful.

For all your kitchen renovation needs, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines would be pleased to answer your questions, make suggestions, or even visit you home for a free consultation if you are looking to remodel.

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About Today’s Designer Kitchens

Today’s Designer Kitchen was created with a vision to give customers: high quality full service kitchen renovations that are affordable and stress free.

Today’s Designer Kitchens and Twoday’s Bathrooms have been providing quality home renovations to the Niagara Region for over 10 years and guaranteed their customers the best renovation experience at the most competitive prices in the market.

We undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

Today’s Designer Kitchens Showroom

239 Carlton St Suite #1

St. Catharines, ON

 L2R 1S1

905-641-2284

www.todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

Kitchen Renovation: The Four Most Important Things

If you’ve been dreaming of remodeling your kitchen, here are four key things you need to consider to make your project a success.

  1. Layout

The layout of your kitchen is the most important part of your kitchen remodel.

Since kitchens are used a lot, it is important that the workflow is efficient and works for your needs. A key element here is to use the “work triangle” which takes into consideration the the efficiency between the three major kitchen appliances: the refrigerator, the sink, and the stove. The “work triangle” is a great tool to use when planning your kitchen layout. (see below)

  1. Materials and Finishes

Budget comes into play with the materials and finishes you use, but remember spending more is not always necessary to get the look you want.

Major decisions that need to be made for a kitchen remodel include: countertop material, cabinetry, and flooring. Material options can dramatically range in prices, so it is important to do your research on each option.

Some popular countertop materials include granite, quartz, laminate, concrete, and marble. Flooring options range from ceramic tile, hardwood, linoleum, vinyl, among many others. Cabinets are also available in a wide range of materials including: solid wood, plywood panel, aluminum, wood veneer, and polyethylene.

(Below a galley style kitchen finished in economical Step Shaker White Cabinets made of durable High Density Fibreboard.

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Step Shaker White Galley Kitchen
  1. Lighting

We can’t always have ideal window lighting in a kitchen but we can add brightness with proper light installation.

Kitchens require lots of light for safety when cooking and lighting can set the tone for the entire space (making it important from a design perspective).

There are many lighting options for your kitchen including can lights, pendant lights over a bar/breakfast bar area, and under-cabinet lighting. Lighting is also a good way to make some energy-efficient choices through choosing LED or fluorescent bulbs.

  1. The Small Things Make a Big Impact

The smaller things, ie. finishing touches can make or break a space.

Some finishing touches to keep in mind are: paint colour, seating options, backsplash, as well as other decorative items like pictures, shelving or plants.

A good rule of thumb is to contrast your cabinet colour with your paint colour to add some dimension to your space.

Your backsplash should contrast with your cabinet and countertop, as well as to add visual interest to the space. Of course if you prefer muted tones, you can switch this up.

The finishing touches of the space are a great place to let your personality shine through.

(Below a traditional white subway tile is inexpensive yet packs a punch when set against the dark Step Charcoal Grey Cabinets. The mix and match countertops add visual interest and personality to the kitchen space).

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Step Charcoal Grey Galley Kitchen

There are many factors that have to be considered in a kitchen remodel, including: layout, materials, lighting, and the finishing touches.

FINAL THOUGHTS: A kitchen remodel can be an overwhelming and stressful project if it is not planned out, which is why it is important to consider getting a professional’s opinion and guidance.

At Today’s Designer Kitchens, we specialize in the design, supply and installation processes of kitchens across the Niagara Region at unbeatable prices with a fast turnaround.

If you’d like to find out more, or get a free in-home quote from one of our renovation experts, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you promptly.

CONTACT US

About Today’s Designer Kitchens

Today’s Designer Kitchen was created with a vision to give customers: high quality full service kitchen renovations that are affordable and stress free.

Today’s Designer Kitchens and Twoday’s Bathrooms have been providing quality home renovations to the Niagara Region for over 10 years and guarantee their customers the best renovation experience at the most competitive prices in the market.

We undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

Today’s Designer Kitchens Showroom

239 Carlton St Suite #1

St. Catharines, ON

 L2R 1S1

905-641-2284www.todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

5 Tips to Renovate Your Kitchen on a Budget

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Try these 5 tips to get more bang out of your kitchen renovation buck!

LAMINATE COUNTERS

Everybody is crazy about granite, stone, and marble counter tops these days, but did you know LAMINATE is not only much more cost effective but it looks amazing with the advances in designs it has seen.

Other advantages to laminate are that it is long lasting and a solid surface, so it's not porous, and therefore doesn't absorb bacteria and food spills as some natural stone surfaces do making it very family friendly. (below a white ice laminate counter)

KITCHEN ISLANDS

A custom kitchen island is every kitchen renovator’s dream, but, did you know you can save thousands by selecting a stock island system and then customizing it to your space?

You can design it to have all the storage and counter space you like and you'll be the only one who knows it wasn't custom made!

(below an Off White Kitchen Island by Today's Designer Kitchens)

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SWAP OUT ACCESSORIES

Replacing lighting, the faucet, the sink and cabinet hardware with fresh new accessories is cost effective and gives a huge lift to any kitchen space for very little money.

To give your kitchen "flow" try to choose complementary pieces that will give a clean aesthetic.

(below, this American Standard faucet features 3 spray options and a soap dispenser and goes great with Stainless Steel Appliances).

GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A NEW PAINT JOB

Easy and obvious, a new coat of paint is the cheapest and simplest way to upgrade your kitchen and give it a fresh start.

There are so many options when it comes to paint, however we usually recommend keeping it light and bright for a kitchen which never goes out of style, and if you like a bold colour consider an accent wall (red is a popular kitchen choice) rather than doing all the walls in a dramatic shade.

NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE BRAND NEW

One person’s junk is another person’s treasure – that’s why yard sales exist. And, that’s why you should go out on a Saturday morning and see if you get lucky enough to find a table, or a chair for $50 or $100 that you can make your own and add to your new home renovation. Mirrors and old art are also great thrift finds.

Final Thoughts: Creativity and ingenuity are key to your kitchen remodeling budget.

If you decide that you would rather outsource this big undertaking to the professionals, please give the team at Today's Designer Kitchens a call at: 905-641-2284 or fill out the form below for a free quote.

We serve the Niagara Region and specialize in beautiful budget friendly kitchen solutions.

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7 Things to Consider BEFORE a Kitchen Renovation.

Before getting into a kitchen renovation, there are seven important considerations that we will discuss today.

Lifestyle

How do you want your kitchen to function? Do you want to use your kitchen to entertain guests? Do you prefer natural light? Can you make room for an island? What works for you now?

Considering your lifestyle and how your family personally will use the kitchen is key to choosing a design and materials that will work successfully in your renovation.

Design

Design is both function and beauty. That being said, because the kitchen is often the focal point of the house, consider your home’s current design and what will blend and work with it in the new kitchen. A modern white cabinet collection or a warm toned wood can all be fantastic choices but they should blend with the current décor for flow and be placed in a way that works for you.

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A Step Shaker White Kitchen

Also, now is the time to consider the layout and think about what you may want to change with the current setup.  New plumbing or electrical must be sorted at the beginning to avoid over spending later.

Appliances

As a rule of thumb, appliances are important so get the best you can afford. If you want built in appliances they need to be planned for from the beginning. Steam ovens, built-in coffee makers and wine fridges are finding their way into the mainstream market and if your kitchen is your entertainment space, you’ll want to consider incorporating them into the plan.

Budget

Next to the bathroom, the kitchen can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate. With the variety of labourers (plumbers, electricians, etc), materials and time, there are many things going on in a small space. A rule of thumb is to invest approximately 10 per cent of the home’s overall value so that you can maximum value for your investment.

Timeframe

A contractor or designer (if you have one), will always give you a timeframe for the project, BUT always be prepared for the job to take longer than you planned for. This means planning your kitchen renovation at a time that is not so tight in your schedule that if it takes longer you will cause unnecessary stress.

Don’t cut costs!

You may think you can save money by keeping the existing plumbing, lighting, etc. and that may be true BUT, let your contractor determine what, if anything is worth keeping. It may cost more money to work around older pieces or infrastructure. Sometimes cutting costs leads to more expensive, unnecessary issues in the future.

Pay it forward

Consider donating your used cabinetry, appliances and fixtures like faucets and sinks if they are in good condition. Places like, Habitat For Humanity’s ReStore will pick up at your location with notice.

Wrap Up

A new kitchen adds value to your asset, your investment, your home and is an amazing way to improve your everyday life.

Consider these points before you embark on creating your new kitchen, don’t lose your sense of humour in the process and if you need assistance, kitchens are our specialty at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, so please CONTACT US for a FREE in-home estimate.

We not only will fully renovate your kitchen but have a full complement of services to assist you with design and our large supply chain means you will get the best price in town.

A special note with COVID-19, that our business is open and we are undertaking all of the safety measures outlined within the governmental regulations for your peace of mind.

About Today’s Designer Kitchens

Today’s Designer Kitchens located in St. Catharines, ON is a full service design, supply and install team for kitchen renovations.

Our speciality is high quality, prompt renovations that are budget friendly.

We undertake projects of all scopes and welcome your inquiries.

239 Carlton St Suite #1, St. Catharines, ON L2R 1S1
Phone: (905) 641-2284 www.todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

 

 

How to Clean Your Kitchen – COVID 19

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Right now it is important more than ever to ensure your kitchen workspace and your foods are cleaned properly for the safety of your household as we go through this COVID-19 health crisis.

Here are some of our top recommended tips that we have put together with information gathered from expert sources and as the situation evolves we remind you that these are just guidelines but we hope you find them useful.

Clean the Kitchen More

More people are at home right now for long periods of time and this means extra cleaning is important as  surfaces get touched more frequently.

When we also consider scientific studies published that indicate the coronavirus may remain on some surfaces like plastic or stainless steel for up to 72 hours an accelerated cleaning schedule is the best plan.

Particularly focus on high traffic areas like: counters, tables, refrigerator door handles, knobs, sink handles and cabinets.

What Cleaning Products Can Be Used?

If a surface is visibly dirty, clean it with soap and water first, then use a disinfectant.  For a guidelines on effective cleansers visit the link HERE and always check label instructions to make sure you use them properly and wash your hands when done.

Bleach diluted is another good alternative, although make sure you have good ventilation and gloves are recommended. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diluted bleach, hydrogen peroxide or 70% isopropyl alcohol kill coronavirus.  The CDC suggests mixing 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. Let it sit for one minute on the surface until you dry it off.

Be Careful of Surfaces You Treat

Not all surfaces are tolerant of all products, like bleach for example (read the label).For example countertops of engineered quartz can tolerate the diluted bleach solutions recommended, but laminate, Formica and older countertops with a sealant that has degraded may be damaged. Most butcher block counters have no sealant and it’s safe to use diluted bleach on them.

Do I Need Gloves?

No, just wash your hands after cleaning with soap and water.

Dishwasher Sanitation

Some machines have a sanitation feature that uses an extended hot-water rinse to kill germs.  According to The National Sanitation Foundation dishwashers bearing this certification kill 99.99 percent of bacteria when operated on the "sanitize" setting.

Food Containers

Consider transferring dry food in containers that have been sitting (like cereal or pasta for example) to fresh containers to eliminate possibilities of lurking contamination.

Produce

Experts say there are no known instances of produce or food itself transferring the virus. Rinsing is sufficient not soaking to clean.

Wash Hands and Repeat

After cleaning or handling food items wash for 20 seconds and clean hands with a fresh towel.

Final Thoughts:

The good news is that the coronavirus is vulnerable to soap and disinfectants so be vigilant and feel good that it is an effective measure to clean for your household's safety! For updates on COVID-19 please reference the website HERE.

We hope you found this information useful and are looking forward to seeing everyone again soon for all their kitchen renovation needs.

Although our retail showroom is closed the team at Today's Designer Kitchens are still responding to all of your phone calls and emails and welcome you to contact us if you need to!

Alternatively you can fill out the form below for a quick response.

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Serving the entire Niagara Region, Today's Designer Kitchens is a full service kitchen design, supply and installation company dedicated to the highest quality renovation at the best price.  We undertake projects of all scopes and budgets.
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Granite Counters – Top Trends Now

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Granite is a gorgeous choice for a countertop in a kitchen and there are several trending types that seem to resonate with many homeowners.

Granite is special in that its naturally occurring variations make each slab a unique piece of art, plus it is very practical in that it is easy to clean and requires little maintenance.

Here are some of the most popular granite colours on the market now.

Kashmir White

This warm white stone has just a bit of texturing and a salt and pepper pattern, making it easily matchable with dark or light cabinets.

It also is great for adding brightness to the room and minimizes the appearances of messes on the countertops.

Steel Grey

A cooler toned granite,  light grey highlights the other shades of darker grays, creating a beautiful, neutral canvas.

White Primata

A classic granite choice with a simple, yet elegant pattern. The black and gray crystals create a beautiful contrast against its white base making it a colour palette that works with pretty much all kitchen design styles.

Black Pearl

With its gold, silver, brown, gray and even blueish mineral deposits this countertop is a lot more than just your basic black.

Black Pearl is a great countertop choice for anyone seeking to incorporate luxurious contrast in their kitchen design.

Desert Brown

Perfect for warmer palettes and with darker kitchen cabinets.

This neutral counter colour has specs of brown with burgundy accents and has a rich feel to it.

Things to Think About

As you search for countertop surface materials for your kitchen project, keep in mind that any granite used for countertops occurs naturally and each one will look a little different.

TIP: The best way to view and select granite countertop samples is in the lighting of your own home to see what works for you!

ALSO: Remember that granite is just one of many types of great countertops that are available on the market today.

Need a bit of help with your kitchen plans?

The team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines welcomes you to contact us at: (905) 641-2284 or fill out the form below for a prompt response on all your kitchen project needs!

3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Sink

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Whenever you undertake a kitchen improvement project, you will be faced with many choices including what is the best sink for my needs. Here are a few things to think about.

Material

Cast iron or stainless steel? Composite or porcelain? There are pros and cons to each.

Stainless steel is a popular choice. It fits in nearly every style of kitchen, and is durable to boot. While the metal can be scratched, it can also be buffed out. Newer stainless steel sinks aren't as noisy as you might remember, and they're generally easy to clean.

Porcelain sinks are beautiful, and come in many color choices. They work well in traditional-style kitchens. However, they need to be treated gently, as they can chip or scuff easily.

Composite sinks are resistant to scratches and chips, and they don't even show water marks. They're easy to take care of, but some can be expensive.

Cast iron sinks are durable and less noisy than some other sinks. They also come in several different colors.

 

A Double Sink by Today's Designer Kitchens.

Configuration

The two-bowl sink is what we all grew up with, and it made sense. It used to be that dishes were washed by hand, so people needed a washing sink and a rinsing sink. With dishwashers, that need is no longer so there are more options.

One single kitchen sink basin is gaining popularity. It's attractive and offers a streamlined look. Plus, it's versatile, and it allows for a lot to go on at once. You can also buy add-ons to make food prep easier.

Two basin sinks are still an option, but you also have the choice of choosing between two equal-sized basins or two basins of differing sizes. Dual basins with a smaller sink allow for food prep to happen at the same time as cleanup. But the smaller basin isn't ideal for soaking large pots or pans. Two basins of equal size give you a symmetrical design, and allow for soaking while prepping or washing.

Triple-bowl sinks give you two large bowls, with a small basin in the middle for food prep.

Style

Rounded corners. Farmhouse. Self-rimming sinks. And more. You'll want to spend some time on Google and Pinterest to discover the many styles available to you. Here are some popular ones:

  • The farmhouse sink. This sink is beautiful and makes a statement.

  • Self-rimming sinks are durable and affordable

  • Undermount sinks are gaining popularity because they create a seamless look from countertop to sink. They're also easy to clean.

  • Integrated quartz sinks. If you're opting for quartz countertops, see if your manufacturer offers integrated sinks. They offer a unique, seamless look.

  • Prep sinks. These are secondary sinks that are often installed in the island. Accessories make them very utilitarian.

Whatever sink you choose, make sure you select a remodeling company who will treat your home with care, use only the best techniques, and will help you make the best decisions for the way you cook and live.

Today's Designer Kitchens proudly serves happy homeowners throughout the Niagara Region.   Give us a call at (905) 641-2284, or request your free consultation online.

How to Design a Social Kitchen

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The kitchen transforms into whatever you need it to be. It’s got many practical uses, but with a few design hints it can also become a great social space.

If you have a kitchen with a layout that doesn’t easily permit groups and activity, consider these design ideas to transform it into a more social space.

Kitchen Islands and Carts

A stationary island or a rolling cart can instantly create a more social kitchen and  gathering spot for all your friends and family.  They come in a wide variety of sizes, price points and styles and can add more storage and counter space as well.

Open Plan Ideas

The open floor plan is the ultimate in creating a social environment making it easy for traffic to flow in and out of every area.

But, if you’re not into having all that open space, or want more distinction between rooms you could incorporate half-walls with shelves into the design or consider a glass cabinet or wall which gives the impression of open space but still allows for division of space.

Durable Materials

A social kitchen means you’re getting a lot of use out of the space. To be sure you can entertain for years to come, you’ll want to select materials that are durable with crowd proof features like hard wearing Quartz counters, soft close hinges and even stainless steel appliances.

Seating Options

Sit-down furniture, such as chairs, stools and benches can create social zones.

For example,  banquette seating in the kitchen makes a convenient spot for everyone that prompts discussions and conversations, or a breakfast nook adds a welcoming spot for smaller groups.

Thinking about how you could make your kitchen more entertainment-friendly? For additional social kitchen design ideas, schedule a FREE appointment with a Today's Designer Kitchens expert today.

About Today's Designer Kitchens

Today’s Designer Kitchen is a full service kitchen design company located in St. Catharines, ON that offers high quality kitchen renovations at affordable prices.

Utilizing the vast resources of professional relationships we have acquired over the years with suppliers and professional renovators and plumbing and electric service professionals and then adding to that a team of in house designers, Today’s Designer Kitchens has a mission to give clients the best renovation experience at the most competitive price in the market.

We undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

www.todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

Is it True that WINTER is a Great Time to Renovate a KITCHEN?

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Summer is the most common time to take on a kitchen renovation project, but are their advantages to doing it in the winter instead?

There are actually some key advantages to renovating in the winter, like availability, cost, and timing.

Contractor availability
Less competition in the market in getting a contractor for a renovation is a huge plus for the winter season.

Spring and summer are the busiest times of year for home renovations, and contractors’ plates will be full once renovation season is in full swing, which could leave you competing for the best builders.

A renovation project in the winter months may also get you more time and attention from your contractor.

Off-season discounts
When business slows, contractors may decrease their prices a bit to keep their crews busy.

Because there a fewer projects to be had in winter, you’re more likely to score a discount from a contractor.

Also, big time discounts in stores (think Boxing Day) are great times to get deals on things like new appliances.

Timing advantages
For those with children in the home during summer months, it may be difficult to vacate the house for renovations.

Many people travel in the cold winter months as well making it potentially a great time for a contractor to renovate when they have less activity in the home.

So when is the best time for a renovation?
Ultimately, the best time for a renovation is when you’ve fully defined the scope of your project and you're ready to move forward with a contractor you can trust.

How to choose a contractor
Choosing a contractor is a kind of matchmaking process. You’ll want to make sure your contractor has the same standards of quality, experience in the type of work you need, and can work within the timeframe you have.

When reviewing contractors, start by looking for someone with experience in your neighborhood and who has done similar work. This can help you narrow down the field from thousands of general contractors to just a selection of experienced professionals.

Once you’ve found someone you think would be a good fit for your project, take it one step further and make sure they’re a good fit for you. You’ll be working with this contractor for the duration of your project, so you should like them and feel both of your communication styles are a good match.

One of the tougher jobs will be ensuring that the contractor can truly deliver on your vision for the project. Good contractors have good ideas. Spend some time bouncing ideas around to make sure they understand what you’re after.

If you are considering a kitchen renovation, our team at Today's Designer Kitchens are you local professionals and are just an email or phone call away for a free in home consultation to get the process started.

You can call us directly at: 905-641-2284 or email us at: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca.

Exploring HDF Kitchen Cabinets

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HDF Cabinet Doors or High Density Fiberboard Cabinet Doors are everywhere these days in kitchen and bath design. Why? Because they provide the best look for the price and hold up exceptionally well to daily use.

A high density furniture grade core is a quality material made from real hard and soft wood fibers pressed together by high pressure and temperature. This process renders the boards much more durable and resistant to cracking and warping than even solid woods.

This makes HDF a fantastic choice for busy families as well as people who want a long lasting hard wearing kitchen for many years to come.

At Today's Designer Kitchens, we have many customers who prefer the look and price point of this type of kitchen cabinet ( a Step Shaker White Kitchen is pictured above).

Add complementary hardware to the doors and one would be hard pressed to tell the difference between HDF and expensive alternatives.

As each customer prefers their own unique style, we work with a variety of suppliers to ensure we have cabinets that suit everyone from modern to traditional to solid wood and more.

If you are considering a renovation and are looking for a complete kitchen design supply and install solution, we would be happy to come to your home to give you a free estimate.

Please call us directly at 905-641-2284 or fill out the contact form HERE.

The Pros and Cons of Stainless Steel Appliances

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We do many kitchen renovations and although there are many choices of finishes on the market when it comes to appliances, stainless steel is the most popular.

Today we will examine some of the pros and cons of stainless steel and explore whether or not it may be a good choice for your home.

The Pros of Stainless Steel Appliances

  • It looks fantastic. Stainless steel is the go-to option if you want your kitchen to look modern, sleek and shiny. There’s a reason it’s still the top choice of many kitchen designers.
  • It’s resistant.  Because of its elemental makeup, stainless steel is very durable. It fights off rust, fire and heat which makes it top-choice for those who want an appliance that will last and not show wear and tear.
  • Long wearing. If your goal is to have an appliance that lasts as long as possible on the inside and out, then choose stainless.

The Cons of Stainless Steel Appliances

  • It shows smudges. It’s well-known that stainless steel appliances leave marks from handling.  Luckily, there are tricks to assist (a light coat of car wax to the appliance, dried and buffed will ward off most prints). However if you have kids the smudging will be an issue that will need to be cleaned regularly.
  • Expensive. Stainless is often the most expensive option for appliances in the kitchen.
  • (Sometimes) It’s non-magnetized. Some stainless appliances aren’t magnetic which can be a pest if you like to post things on the fridge.

Bottom Line - Stainless steel is a beautiful choice that will last a long time if you don't mind cleaning it and investing in a more expensive appliance finish!

Not sure where to begin? We assist our customers in all steps of the renovation process including design, supply and installation.

Start the process with a FREE in-home consultation in the Niagara Region by contacting our team at: 905-641-2284 M-F 10 AM-5 PM, email us at info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca .

We look forward to helping you make the sound decisions that will increase your home’s value and make it all that it can be!

Kitchen Cabinets: Reface vs. Replace

There is a lot of information buzzing out there about refacing cabinets instead of replacing them when a kitchen remodel is in the horizon.

The main argument is that by refacing, money will be saved. So let’s take a look at the options.

Refacing your cabinets is basically replacing the doors and drawers, leaving the cabinet box as is, and sometimes refinishing the exterior. By downsizing the amount of new materials and labour involved, yes there will be some money saved. But is it worth it?

A refaced room means everything must stay where it is and you have no room to change the layout.

By replacing your existing cabinetry on the other hand, you can play around with your floor plan. Maybe moving a few cabinets around to change the look completely and making it more functional to your needs.

Also, if you are refacing old cabinetry in your home, consider this: Cabinetry over 20 years old will have inferior drawers, tracks, and hinges. This is true even for older expensive custom cabinets. Yes your cabinets will look better, but will they work well?

Also consider that refacing a kitchen with design and functionality issues and then proceeding to purchase expensive countertops, appliances, flooring, and fixtures will cost nearly as much as a new kitchen and leave an elephant in the middle of your renovated room.

Today’s Cabinetry has Revolutionized Renovations

In the last few years inexpensive well made cabinetry has become available at a fraction of the cost it once was. These less expensive cabinet lines use the top of the line drawer boxes, tracks, and hinges.

Bottom Line:

If you go to the expense of refacing and still end up with a nonfunctional kitchen, you’ve wasted your money.

If you are interested in exploring economical options for new kitchen cabinetry, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens specialize in  high quality low priced products that will give you a brand new functional kitchen inside and out.

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Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen

Not sure where to begin? We assist our customers in all steps of the renovation process including design, supply and installation.

Start the process with a FREE in-home consultation in the Niagara Region by contacting our team at: 905-641-2284 M-F 10 AM-5 PM, email us at info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca .

We look forward to helping you make the sound decisions that will increase your home’s value and make it all that it can be!

Design Tips for Kitchen Cabinets

 

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The kitchen is the heart of any home and cabinets are the focal point of the kitchen!

The cabinet style and color establish the look of the entire kitchen space.  They also represent a large portion of your renovation budget, making them an important  consideration in the remodel process.

So, with that in mind here are some top tips from Today's Designer Kitchens to assist you in your cabinet selection:

Quality

Purchase good quality cabinets that will last over time with daily wear and tear.  Solid wood and High Density Fiberboard are two excellent choices that we offer and both ensure you will have great looking cabinets for years to come.

Function

How do you use your kitchen? The design of your kitchen cabinets should accommodate your cooking habits and needs.

Think about a design plan that will make it easy to reach all the areas of the kitchen you use most.  Cabinet designs can include handy pull-out drawers, trash pull outs, spice cabinets, wine racks and the list goes on.  So why not incorporate that into your plan as you design your new space?

Size

It is important to have sufficient space inside the kitchen so make sure not to overdo it and get too many cabinets that will limit your area. Measure your kitchen carefully, and make sure your kitchen cabinets go in accordance with the dimensions of the room.

Consider tall cabinets only if you have high ceilings and even think about the counter tops colors and the visual impact of the designs.  Too busy can sometimes make a room feel small.

Storage Space

The perfect kitchen cabinets design should be functional with lots of storage nooks that use all the space wisely.

For example, you can utilize dead corners with Blind corners cabinets or Lazy Susan cabinets to give life to these hidden, unused places. Also, utilize your drawers to its fullest potentials by separating and dividing it into compartments. This will create more space and keep your drawers organized.

Cabinet Handles

When selecting handles, knobs and hinges make sure they are good quality and can stand up to the continuous opening and closing motion.  Good quality will also look better over time.

Glass

You can opt for glass cabinets in certain spaces just to make a beautiful contrast and create an airy and open feeling in the place. Glass cabinets can also make a  beautiful display area where you place all your unique items.

In conclusion, remember that choosing the right kitchen cabinets take time, effort and money, so take your time, study the available options, figure out your needs and then establish the styles that you like that will blend in well with your home’s decor.

For total peace of mind, consider hiring a full service design, supply and install company like Today's Designer Kitchens.  We are experts in all kitchen projects in all price points!

Start the process with a FREE IN HOME CONSULTATION today in the Niagara Region.  Call: 905-641-2284, email us at info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

OR fill out the form HERE for a quick response.

How to Create a Traditional Style Kitchen

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A traditional kitchen is a beautiful and sought after kitchen style.

First off it’s important to not confuse a traditional kitchen with Old World or country style. Although, like the other two, the traditional kitchen design style is warm and classic, with elements of English and French taste, the colour palettes are different.

Antique White Kitchen
Antique White Kitchen by Today's Designer Kitchens

For example, instead of the brighter blues and golds you'd find in an Old World design, the traditional kitchen has soft, muted colors: creams, whites, taupes, light grays or greens.

Part of its charm, like country, is that it brings the outdoors in, so patterns can include things like plants or birds for example and the shades of nature. Natural materials on the cupboards and floors also complement the look of a traditional kitchen as do materials like marble, brick, stone and even wood on the back splash giving the kitchen a “handcrafted “ look.

Walnut Glaze
Walnut Glaze Kitchen by Today's Designer Kitchens

To create the traditional look, here are a few top tips:

  • Clear the kitchen space of furniture that has no defined period style or ornamentation, and get rid of contemporary or modern pieces that have simple, straight lines. Replace this with a few period pieces that you love and build a design around those by adding molding and cabinet door trim that fit this particular style. Then mix that with compatible pieces from other periods for an eclectic blend.
  • Consider using a pattern when designing the flooring, such as a basket weave or random pattern with wood. If it's stone, such as limestone, the irregular shapes of the natural stone itself can help create a more natural look and feel to the room.
  • Look for furnishings with carved legs, columns and turnings.
  • Use fabric to bring color into the room. Pick nature scenes for curtains and cushions and mix them with stripes, not geometric shapes or designs, which do not fit well with this style.
  • To create focal points wherever you look in the traditional kitchen, have fun with the knobs on cupboards by choosing different designs, shapes and colors for each door panel. Mix and match wood stains or paints.
  • Avoid streamlined hardware. Choose faucet fixtures and other hardware, such as light fixtures, that have shape and detail.
  • If you can afford to leave these out, skip anything made of lacquer, veneer or laminate.

The team at Today’s Designer Kitchens are experts in creating the kitchen of your dreams no matter what the style.

If you are thinking of starting a renovation project, why not start the process off with a FREE in-home consultation.  We help our customers through the entire process of their project with design, supply and full installation and work with all scales of projects and budgets.

Call us M-F 905-641-2284 or email us for an appointment at: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Kitchen Renos – When Should I Take Out a Wall?

Wall Removal
Wall Removal

You Want More Kitchen Space

Larger sized kitchens are desirable for many reasons including a chef in the house who enjoys the extra space for cooking, to a larger sized family that needs to access it regularly.

Walnut Glaze
A Walnut Glaze Kitchen from Today's Designer Kitchens

 

Removing a wall is sometime the best solution in cases like these when there are no other options in the current layout to increase kitchen functionality.

You Want to Combine the Dining/Kitchen Space

Depending on your home's layout, the dining and kitchen areas may naturally flow better with an open space and make day to day activities easier and more enjoyable.

You are OK with a More Involved Renovation Process

Removing a wall an be very gratifying in your kitchen renovation outcome , but keep in mind it will take more time to complete the job .  Issues like whether or not it is load bearing and also if it contains wiring, plumbing etc., in the wall you want to remove means professionals need to take time to ensure the perfect result.

You Would Love a Kitchen Island

An Off White Kitchen from Today's Designer Kitchens

An island has become a wonderful family gathering place for eating and sharing time in the modern kitchen layout.  Sometimes the only way to gain enough space for this is to remove a wall.

You Have Considered How it May Affect Resale of Your Home

Open kitchens usually sell homes hands down.  However, every market is different.  If selling your home in the not too distant future is something you have thought about, make sure an open kitchen plan is something that is desirable in your neighbourhood.

A local realtor can definitely steer you in the right direction if you ask them!

Final Thoughts - A kitchen wall removal can be a great way to renovate your kitchen and give you lots of added features, but it is not necessary or desirable for every project.

Make sure to have a professional consultation on your plans to make sure it's the right choice for your home!

The team at Today's Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines provide full service design, supply and installations of gorgeous kitchens on a budget.  Please contact us for a free in-home consultation and we will help you figure out the ideal layout for your home!

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The L-Shaped Kitchen – What is It?

L Shape Kitchen
L-Shaped Step Shaker White Kitchen by Today's Designer Kitchens.

The popular L-shaped kitchen layout is a standard design for many home kitchens.

The L-Shape Design has been around for a long time and its stylish functionality continue to make it a popular choice.

What makes the L-shaped kitchen design so functional is that it has a sensible work triangle to the preparation, cleanup and cooking areas.

The shape simply refers to the floor plan layout and does not constitute any additional restrictions or requirements passed that.

To get a proper L-shaped design, the kitchen must be built at a corner where two walls form a perpendicular angle and where one wall is twice the length of the other.

The L-shape is often used in smaller kitchens that cannot incorporate an island or G-shape.

Below, a diagram that shows the layout of a L Shape kitchen and its work space flow.

L SHAPE diagram

An L-shaped kitchen also provides a lot design flexibility. Cooks love this basic layout, as it reduces the walking time between kitchen stations.

It makes it very easy to create an ergonomically efficient kitchen triangle, with the refrigerator, stove, and sink arranged in the classic three-point shape.

At Today's Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, we have had the pleasure of installing many L-Shaped Kitchen layouts as shown in Step Shaker White Cabinets in the main picture.

If you are ready to create a gorgeous, budget friendly, functional kitchen, why not start the process with a free in-home estimate today.

We design, supply and fully install with our one stop shop service.

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Farmhouse Sinks – Things You Might Not Know!

farmhouse sink on charcoal grey kitchen
farmhouse sink on charcoal grey kitchen

A classic farmhouse sink is a very popular choice with our customers right now (as seen in one of our Step Charcoal Grey Kitchens here)

Farmhouse sinks are beautiful, but before you make the choice on this pricey kitchen feature, there are a few factors you should consider that a lot of folks don't know so let's explore.

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Dishes Will Break More Easily

The deep basin of a farmhouse sink—the same reason this style sink is ideal for washing dishes—makes it more likely you'll accidentally break glasses and dishes knocked over into the porcelain bowl.

2
It Will Get Stained (And Potentially Chip) 

If you opt for a classic white porcelain farmhouse sink, it's very likely to get stained, and it will require regular cleaning to keep it sparkling. Scrubbing the sink with baking soda will help remove sauce stains, yet this mild abrasive won't scratch the surface. If you don't want to commit to cleaning your sink often, you may want to consider getting a farmhouse-style sink in another material besides porcelain, such as stainless steel.

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There Are Other Options Besides Porcelain

When you think of a farmhouse sink, it's likely a pristine white porcelain one that comes to mind. But there are many other options available, so be sure to pick one that best matches your kitchen design and lifestyle.

For example, stainless steel is durable and won't chip like porcelain. Copper is another popular option for its beautiful colour. If you want the look of porcelain but at a slightly lower cost and with less maintenance, fireclay could be your best bet. A polished marble farmhouse sink adds a luxurious look to a kitchen, but it comes at a higher price and will need to be resealed every few years.

A Fire clay Sink below in a Off White Cabinet is stunning and functional.

 

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Consider Your Kitchen Habits Before Choosing Single vs. Double Basin

As with many types of sinks, farmhouse sinks come in both single- and double-bowl designs. This choice should be considered as carefully as the sink material. Think about the way you cook and dish wash. Do you do a lot of food prep in your sink? A large single-bowl sink could be the right choice. Do you like to tackle some of the dishes while dinner is cooking? A double-basin sink that lets you wash dishes on one side without disturbing the rinsed salad greens on the other side could be for you.

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Counter tops

If you're planning to upgrade to a farmhouse sink in your current kitchen, you may have to change your counter tops. Because farmhouse sinks are wider and deeper than standard sinks, your counter top (and potentially the cabinets below) will need to be adjusted to make room. And if you're installing a heavy porcelain or stone option, you'll need to check that the cabinets below can handle the weight, or else they may need to be reinforced.

Still on the fence with your sink renovation?

At Today's Designer Kitchens we assist folks all the time to make sure they get the right products that fit their lifestyle.

Now is a great time to consider a kitchen renovation if you have been thinking about it.

We guarantee the best price and service in the Niagara Region for design, supply and full installation of quality kitchens.

We would be pleased to give you an estimate to get things going.

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The Galley Kitchen

Galley Kitchen Style
Step Charcoal Grey Galley Kitchen

If you have small kitchen and want to maximize the space, then a galley design might be right for you.

Below, a diagram of the basic galley kitchen layout.

What Is a Galley Kitchen? A galley kitchen consists of a single wide lane with appliances and cabinets on either side. It helps maximize efficiency and control the flow of traffic through the kitchen. It follows the design idea of the work triangle where the three most used appliances (stove, fridge and sink) form a triangle in the kitchen. Often, the stove is on one side and the sink and refrigerator on the other.

Timeless Design If you have a galley kitchen, then you’ll probably have a mix of open and traditional shelving. Vertical shelving is most often used because if makes use of the space better than horizontal shelving. The open shelves are used for easily grabbed items. Sometimes glass can be used to open up the space visually as well.

Organization Is Key When you have a galley kitchen, organization is an important part of keeping the kitchen functional and efficient. The vertical cabinets often have baskets that hold necessary utensils and cooking tools. Since space is at a premium, get rid of any appliances that you don’t use much.

The goal of a galley kitchen is to have as much functionality as possible while maximizing the space available. It’s important that counter tops and cabinets don’t have clutter, or you’re defeating the whole purpose of having this style of kitchen.

 

Step Shaker White Galley Kitchen
Step Shaker White Galley Kitchen

Top Reasons To Consider a Galley Style Kitchen:

– appliances will be within close range of each other, ensuring it is easy to reach everything without needing to travel much.

-due to the smaller footprint of a galley kitchen, the kitchen triangle will often fit naturally into the design – meaning your fridge, sink and oven are conveniently close to each other

-galley kitchens tend to be cheaper, because they usually require fewer cabinets and do not require any corner cabinets or specialized accessories – like wire work.

-fewer areas grouped closely together also means that they are easy and quick to clean.

-large  homes as well as smaller ones can look great with a galley style kitchen

If you are considering a kitchen makeover and need assistance with layout ideas, call the team at Today's Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines and we would be happy to assist.

Call: 905-684-5484 M-F 10-5 pm.

Email: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

Great Ideas for LIGHT in the Kitchen

light in kitchen
U Shape Shaker White Kitchen

The days are getting shorter, and darker faster. Is there any way to change things in the kitchen to compensate for this loss for the next 5 or 6 months?

Yes!  Here are a few tips from our designers at Today's Designer Kitchens.

WINDOW TREATMENTS

Remove them entirely to allow more natural light into the kitchen. Even a few inches of a valance extending into the window will have a noticeable difference.

The removal of the fabric will add a clean, spacious look and will reflect more light into the kitchen immediately.

light in kitchen

DECLUTTER

The change of seasons is always a good time to reassess what is clutter and what is needed, especially on the counter tops.

By de-cluttering you are opening up your space and visually making it lighter and brighter.

LIGHT COLOURS

Light colours enhance a feeling of spaciousness in a room that has lots of visually heavy design elements.

This time of year, why not try to incorporate light colored accessories, dinnerware,  placements, even rugs  into the kitchen in the "dark months".

Finding the light by using light colors and whites will collectively add more light into the kitchen and will lift your spirits. Think spring and summer style - really!

LIGHTING

While it's not so easy to add light fixtures into the kitchen for seasonal reasons, make sure that adequate natural and artificial lighting is seriously considered in the kitchen planning stage.

CLEAN

Making your kitchen sparkling clean and fresh smelling (think citrusy scents like lemon) is an incredible way to enhance the feeling of a light and airy kitchen.

Overall, there are many things that can be done in your kitchen for brightness during the darker months so we hope this has been helpful in giving you some ideas.

If a bright NEW kitchen is on your mind, now is a fantastic time to renovate and the team at Today's Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist.

Call 905-641-2284 (M-F 10-5 pm) or email: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

About Today's Designer Kitchens

Located at 239 Carleton Street in St. Catharines, ON., we are a full service design, supply and install kitchen renovation company that specializes in budget conscious projects whether small or large in the Niagara Region.

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The Advantages of a 4-Inch Backsplash

4 inch backsplash

The 4-inch backsplash had been a standard in general construction installations for many years (as shown in the picture above) and many people love it.

Just to be clear the 4 inches refers to the length of the extension of the countertop itself that runs flush with the wall.

Here are a few things to consider about this style for your project.

Budget Friendly

A 4-inch backsplash is cost effective. It is made of less material than a half- or full-height backsplash and as a result, costs less to fabricate and install.

Simple

It has a clean straight line design that complements many different types of kitchen themes and design tastes.

Blends Well

When this backsplash is made from material that matches the countertop itself, it creates a pleasing and uniform look.

Keeps Wall Clean

The 4-inch backsplash does provide protection for the walls, from splatters and other kitchen activities.

Cozy

It can also make a large kitchen feel cozier. By covering part of the wall, its height alters perception and makes walls seem shorter and a ceiling seem lower.

Are Their Drawbacks to this Counter Style?

As the saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and with this said, some people do not like this counter style as they consider it a dated look for a counter (other's love it though)!

The other main drawback of this counter is that it is limited in the amount of wall protection it gives as it is lower than some other styles.

As with all design choices in a kitchen, it is really up to you as to what you like and what works with your daily kitchen regime.

There are many styles and materials available when it comes to choosing a good counter.

If you need assistance with this, or perhaps you need a full scale renovation of your kitchen space, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, ON are pros at designing, supplying and installing beautiful kitchens on budget and on time.

Call or email us for an in-home estimate today.

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Exploring The U Shaped Kitchen

U Shape Shaker White Kitchen
U Shape Shaker White Kitchen

U-shaped Kitchen:

The U-Shape Kitchen is a popular layout that has stood the test of time.

Space and storage can be maximized in this layout, it is ideal for the 2 cook household with its counter space and it even can be a place to eat with an island addition.

Essentially, the U-shaped kitchen can offer the best of all worlds. You will have all the space you need to make sure that you can use the kitchen to its full potential – perhaps separating the cooking and preparation areas and giving yourself ample storage space, but the space in the middle is yours to play with.

This is ideal for the home owner that likes to not only spent lots of time in the kitchen making meals and baking but also sees it as a communal family room where everyone can get together.

 

U Shape layout
U Shape Layout

U-shaped kitchen advantages

-Counter space

-Easy for two or more cooks to operate at once.

-U-shaped design helps to keep traffic out…

-Incorporating a kitchen island keeps cooking social

-can work in various space restrictions

Now sure about the kitchen layout that works for your home?  The team at Today's Designer Kitchens are highly experienced in assisting our customers design a layout that works for their unique needs.

There are many other layouts that can be considered as well.

For all your kitchen renovation needs in the Niagara Region, we are a full service design, supply and installation company that work in all project scopes and budgets and would be pleased to assist in your remodel.

Please contact us M-F 10-5 pm: 905-641-2284 or email us directly for an in home consultation: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

About Today's Designer Kitchens

We are a full service design, supply and installation company with a dedication to keep projects on time and on budget.

Serving the Niagara Region, our showroom is at 239 Carleton Street in St. Catharines.

www.todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

Making Open Concept Kitchens Work

Step Shaker Brilliant White Kitchen
Step Shaker Brilliant White Kitchen

Popular and gorgeous, there are a few key things to consider in an open-plan kitchen:

Materials can be used to create connections; the dining table or chairs could be in the same wood as a solid wood breakfast bar on an island, for example.

Colour is also a crucial element to think about when linking separate areas and can also be used to define the space. For example, colour used in a back splash in the kitchen might be picked up in the dining area on a feature wall.

Function: Think about how you use your kitchen and make sure your design matches your needs. For example; are you a serious cook with a need for lots of prep space; do you do a lot of entertaining and need a dedicated dining area; do the family often congregate in the kitchen – a large island may provide a perfect solution.

Focal Point: If your kitchen is to be at the centre of your family activities in an open plan room then make sure the kitchen cabinetry looks as good as possible, as it is part of your general living space.

A good design team will help you think through all your options at the planning stage and will come up with creative ideas and solutions to help you make your open-plan space as cohesive as possible.

At Today's Designer Kitchens, we make the process simple by giving our customers an in home consultation.

Then we design a kitchen that works perfectly for your unique tastes and needs, supply all the materials to make it happen and install it from start to finish at a price point that will leave you smiling.

Serving Niagara Region, please call us today to start the process: 905-641-2284, or email us at: info@todaysdesignerkitchens.ca

 

Off White Kitchen

Top Tips for Creating Kid Friendly Kitchens

White Shaker Kitchen

If you're considering remodeling your kitchen and there are children in the family you may want to consider these kid friendly features:

  1. Round edge details. When you choose your counter top surface, you'll have plenty of options for the counter top slab edge details. We recommend using a style with a rounded edge, which is much more forgiving on heads that bump against them.
  2. Hygienic options. Kids spill and drop- and in a busy family kitchen, Quartz and Corian are excellent counter top solutions because they're virtually indestructible, easy to clean, maintain and are hygienic.
  3. Lowered countertop heights. Consider lowering a section of countertop to a child-friendly height. By having a kitchen surface well within their reach, children can safely prepare their own food without stretching or standing on other furniture - making them more accident prone.
  4. Touch-free faucets. Kids have a hard time turning faucets on and off, and can accidentally kick on water hot enough to scald. Touch-free faucets are the solution and can be pre-set to a safe "start temperature" that can be changed once the faucet is on and running.
  5. Kid-friendly storage. Dedicate a drawer and/or cabinet in the under-cabinet section and organize it with kid's plates, bowls, cups, and utensils, as well as some of their favorite snack items. Refrigerator drawers can be great for this too. That way, kids have everything they need at a safe level.
kid friendly kitchen

If you are looking to remodel the kitchen and you need some kid friendly features, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens have lots of experience finding the perfect balance of form and function for any busy family.

Contact us in the Niagara Region M-F 10 am-5 pm: 905-641-2284 OR

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Will a New Kitchen Increase the Value of My Home?

kitchen from todays designer kitchens
kitchen from todays designer kitchens

According to a new survey by real estate firm Royal LePage, homeowners looking to increase the value of their property will get the biggest bang for their buck if they renovate the kitchen.

That makes a kitchen renovation a great investment in your property if it is something you have been considering.

According to website homeownership.ca:

"Kitchens are the single most important room in the home relating to valuation. As such, it is crucial that you invest in having a modern, fresh and desirable kitchen. Modern cabinetry, under cabinet lighting and new appliances will all significantly increase the value of your home on the market."

If you live in the Niagara Region and are interested in renovating but are concerned about the cost and stress of a kitchen remodel, the team at Today's Designer Kitchens offer a one call does it all solution.

We design, supply and install beautiful kitchens for less for our customers that they can enjoy for years to come and then profit from when they sell their home.

We welcome you to contact us for a kitchen renovation estimate today by email or phone.

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6 Things To Consider Before a Kitchen Renovation

Off White Kitchen
Off White Kitchen
WHAT CABINET HARDWARE IS BEST FOR MY KITCHEN?

For you to achieve a good flow visually, you must choose the right cabinet hardware and ensure that it is properly installed. You may want to pay attention to the minor details such as how the cabinet drawers and doors open. When you decide to change the knobs of your existing cabinets or put on knobs on new cabinetry for the first time, make sure you coordinate the styles.

WHAT SHAPE SHOULD I CONSIDER FOR THE EDGES OF MY COUNTER TOP?

While this may seem like a small detail, it can make a significant difference in the way the kitchen counter top looks and functions. Most modern kitchens are designed with counters that have an eased edge to give them a modern and elegant appeal. Though you can always think outside the box and create a design that gives your kitchen a unique personality.

WHAT FINISHES AND MATERIALS ARE BEST FOR KITCHEN FIXTURES?

Kitchen fixtures, which are usually metals, come in different kinds of finishes. You need to choose a finish that is practical and fits in beautifully in your kitchen. You don’t have to choose a single finish for all kitchen fixtures. A little mix and match is allowed. For instance, stainless steel and brushed glass fixtures go really well together.

WHAT STYLE OF SINK SHOULD I CHOOSE?

Sinks come in different style options and what you choose will affect the type of materials that are available to you. Under mount sinks are very popular in modern kitchens because they make it easier to keep the counter area clean. However, they cannot be installed in laminate counters since the cutout will make the finishing look unappealing.

WHAT FINISH SHOULD MY COUNTERS, BACK SPLASH AND FLOORING HAVE?

When you’ve settled for counters, back splash and flooring for your kitchen, the next important thing is to choose a suitable finish. Granite and quartz can look really well with a polished finish. A good finish can protect the surface, prevent scratches and make it last longer. With each stone sample you review, be sure to ask about the different kinds of finishes available. A good finish will enhance the appearance of your kitchen.

WILL THE KITCHEN DESIGN BE UP TO CODE?

There’s no harm in breaking the rules in your next remodeling project. Just ensure that the new design will still be up to building code. For instance, your choice of hood fan may be dictated by what’s laid out by your local building code. Additionally, your kitchen design should facilitate proper ventilation. Make sure you consult an expert in this department.

The professional team at Today's Designer Kitchens are here to assist you with your new kitchen and our years of experience will be at your fingertips to ensure a successful and budget friendly, beautiful kitchen.

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Antique White Kitchens

Antique White is one of the most popular kitchen cabinet colours on the market. It's bright and airy, appealing to homeowners with both small and large kitchens. Plus, white is a timeless finish.

The beauty of Antique White, is that it has a warmth to it with its yellow based undertone which makes it less sterile than the look of a pure white kitchen with its blue based undertones.

Add to that a solid wood raised panel door style and options for ornate detailing and homeowners can achieve a luxurious feel to their kitchen space effortlessly.

If you like the feel of a traditional take on modern design, the Antique White collection delivers.

Are you thinking of white cabinets in your home but are not sure what white would work in your space?

Our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to assist.

Visit our showroom to see all our cabinet selections in person, or simply give us a call at: 905-641-2284, or email us for an in home consultation.

Do Dark Cabinets Work in Small Kitchens?

Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen
Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen
Step Charcoal Grey Kitchen

Many of our clients love the trend of rich dark cabinetry, but are not sure if it can work in their smaller scale kitchen space.

Today we will talk about how dark colours can be a great choice, with a few considerations to keep in mind...

Light Accents

As seen in the main Step Charocoal Grey Kitchen above,  a fabulous beige based light granite counter top coupled with a matching tan wall paint make these dark cabinets stand out.

Add to that a creamy tiled floor and a neutral window dressing around the natural light source and you have a tight kitchen space that appears airy and light.

Espressp

Glass Doors and Open Shelves

Combining a solid wood cabinet with either glass inserts, shelves, or both adds dimension and interest to compact space and gives the illusion of space once again as seen in the Espresso Kitchen above.

Glass or open shelving further, allow the eye to see all the way back into the cabinet boxes - which adds at least a foot of extra "visual" space in cabinetry.

2 tone

Create Contrast with a Two Tone Concept

Consider using light cabinets on top and the dark cabinets on the bottom.

This popular design trend leads the eye up, gives the illusion of height and still gives you a rich dark cabinetry that grounds your space on the bottom.

A stunning combination as seen above in our Step Charcoal Grey and Step Shaker White Collection above.

Thinking about renovating your small kitchen space?  We specialize in bringing your dream kitchen to life, on budget and on time.

Please contact our design centre for an estimate today!