A kitchen renovation has many advantages in a home and one of them is that it can make a better use of the space that you have.
Even if your kitchen isn’t outdated, its design and layout might not be making the most of the space.
Below, a wall removal opens up the space in this client’s home and makes it appear so much brighter and larger.
There are many considerations when it comes to good kitchen design, including the layout of the counter space, cabinet placement, and wall and floor use. So if your kitchen is driving you crazy– regardless of how old it is– it’s not you. It’s the layout.
Below, reorganization of wiring and plumbing and installation of a triple panel window transformed this space to a highly functioning kitchen.
Here’s what happens when you undergo a kitchen renovation with a functional redesign in mind:
-You’ll gain more storage space and cabinets (sometimes bigger cabinets, too!) that make your kitchen feel bigger, even if you don’t actually increase the square footage.
-You can incorporate new, sleeker appliances, making your kitchen “smart” and easier to use.
-The flow of your kitchen will change with the layout. You’ll free up counter, floor, and wall space, and shift from a cluttered feeling to a fresh, open, clean look.
-You can remove walls, and add windows and doors, to make the kitchen feel more spacious.
If you are ready to make the most of your home’s space and need a kitchen renovation, we welcome you to contact us at Today’s Designer Kitchen for an expert opinion and free estimate. One call does it all with our experienced team.
Here are the top five must have items that we include in kitchens that we build today.
A kitchen is a space that has a great deal of unique features for every household but there are some items that always seem to make the list. Here they are:
Where islands in a kitchen were once limited to large open concept kitchens, there are now many choices in styles and sizes.
Kitchens have become entertainment hubs as well as cooking centres which also make them ideal for installing in a kitchen renovation.
Functional kitchens are what people love and pantries keep everything organized and streamlined.
Walk in pantries are a very popular ask these days and make cooking a breeze while keeping the clutter out of the main kitchen space.
There is something timeless and desirable when it comes to white kitchens!
Our company carries many colours and styles and yet year after year it is the white kitchens that are always the most popular.
White keeps a kitchen light and bright and the good thing about the colour is that there are many shades of white to choose from as well as door styles, so it still is not a one size fits all.
White also pairs perfectly with almost every home’s décor as well as contrasting well with other cabinet colours for a mix and match look.
Double Door Fridge Freezers
An American style fridge freezer is different to most tall fridge freezers as they feature double doors that open from the middle outwards, rather than a single door. This is why they’re sometimes referred to as ‘side by side American fridge freezers’ or a ‘double door fridge freezer’. Whatever you call them, we call them the most popular and practical fridge style today in kitchens!
A Coffee MakerStation
Creating not only an area where your coffee maker will sit, but an actual station is a great idea that we add on to many renovation projects for coffee lovers.
Having everything in one area makes mornings hassle free and planning for a good amount of uncluttered counterspace in the area is a wonderful addition as well.
Thinking of a kitchen renovation and looking for some professional guidance? We specialize in just that. Please contact us for a free home estimate today!
About Today’s Designer Kitchens
Today’s Designer Kitchens is a family owned company located in St. Catharines, ON that can expertly and affordably bring your home remodeling dreams to reality.
We service the entire Niagara Region and specialize in the renovation, home improvements and kitchen and bath industries, providing top quality products and services at competitive prices.
We are committed to ensuring complete customer satisfaction with the service and quality we offer with a streamlined process and fast turnarounds times.
We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.
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We love watching kitchen design trends for 2022 and incorporating them into the renovation projects we do and here are some of our favourites!
Keep it Natural
The overall aesthetic of using natural elements has a lot of appeal. Natural elements such as wood-toned cabinetry, mixed metal hardware, and marble countertops pair together to bring this trend to life. With more and more people working from home permanently, it’s no surprise the choice of a design that will deliver a calm atmosphere is the go-to trend.
Below, this gorgeous Java kitchen is rich on style and oozes natural wood tones.
White and black kitchens have dominated the market for many years and still have their place, however, colour has emerged as a new favorites. We are seeing bold bright shades and even deep, dark moody kitchens.
Shades of blue is a perfect example as seen below in the Midnight Blue cabinet collection.
Sleek And Modern
Hidden pantries, integrated appliances, and sleek, clean countertops. The modern kitchen has been around for some time now but is leaning more towards the seamless and clean look for the new year. Accessorizing with clean hardware like this bronze single lever tap accentuates the clean style that many of our clients want in their kitchens!
Vintage and Retro Vibes
Many of the kitchens we do can have a dramatic transformation by the accessories chosen during the finishing touches of the renovation.
For example, handles and lighting are fantastic ways to add a vintage or retro look to your space and yet easily changed out if you get tired of them down the road. 🙂
Below the classic Globe Lighting adds amazing ambience to this kitchen island.
Below, these interesting gold tone handles put the wow factor in any cabinetry style.
At Today’s Designer Kitchens, whether you are looking for a traditional style or an up-and-coming style, our team is at the cutting edge of the trends, the classics and giving you great advice.
We are here to help you choose the design that will work best in your space, and help make your kitchen renovation dreams a reality.
Please contact us for a FREE in home consultation today by filling out the form below OR call us M-F at: 905-641-2284
Cabinets in a kitchen renovation are important as they set its design aesthetic and are key to its flawless functionality daily.
First and foremost, deciding on what type of design you are looking for in the cabinets is a great start in the renovation process.
Colour will make the room appear larger or more cozy, door styles can be classic or more simplistic giving a room a modern edge and hardware always affects the design sense of cabinetry in a kitchen.
Below Step Shaker White cabinets with glass inserts completely brighten the look of this kitchen and makes it appear larger.
Below, darker wood cabinetry such as the Step Charcoal Grey below, for example, can embody a more traditional feel.
Kitchen Space and Cabinets
As a designer kitchen supplier, we know a great deal about how cabinets affect a kitchen space. One of the biggest parts of good kitchen design is about how you use the space, and it’s your kitchen cabinetry that dictates how much of it you have.
Everyone is different in how they use a kitchen and cabinet selection will vary as a result. For example, if you are a person who cooks a lot you may need extra prepping space, storage and cabinets. If you have a large family or entertain a lot you may want an extra large array of cabinets structured in an island.
When it comes to choosing your kitchen cabinets, too, there might be far more options than you first thought. Will it be freestanding, or wall-mounted? Do you have room for it to be recessed, or have you got the space to extend it all the way up to the ceiling?
Below, wall mounted Midnight Blue cabinets set a warm vibe to this kitchen.A small island with oven insert adds great function for a family.
Whether it’s your floorspace or storage for your crockery and cutlery, the functionality of your kitchen is essentially based on the functionality of your cabinets, so it’s definitely not a quick decision.
Below, organization in this cabinetry keeps thing neat and easy to find in a kitchen.
WHAT DO YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS SAY ABOUT YOU?
If you’re thinking about redesigning your kitchen, your cabinetry is one of the first things you’ll need to think about.
If you are considering a renovation, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines would be pleased to offer you assistance in the design and creation of your new kitchen.
Please contact us for a no obligation quote at 905-641-2284 or contact us below and start the process of our full service peace of mind renovation process!
One of the most important – and often overlooked – benefits of renovating a kitchen is the improved workflow that can come from a new design.
Although a kitchen can be a great place to entertain, its primary function is to make meals and this is where a well-executed workflow will come in handy. Here are our top ideas to make that happen!
Make a Floor Plan
A spacious, well-thought out floor plan will help to create an ideal workspace for your kitchen. Some questions and things to consider when laying out your new kitchen floor plan include:
-How often do you plan to cook? -What types of meal do you plan to prepare? -Do the meals you cook the most require a lot of counter and prep space? -Do you cook alone or with someone helping you? -Are you short or do you struggle to reach items on high shelves? -In addition to preparing meals, do you use your kitchen for entertaining, or other family gatherings?
With the answers to the questions, and the right kitchen contractor on the job, you can begin to form a kitchen floor plan that is not only efficient and functional but will work for you in all aspects of your life.
Direct Traffic Away from the Work Area
One of the biggest problems in a kitchen workflow is foot traffic through the area where the primary work needs to be done. One of the most popular ways to help divert traffic is through the addition of an island or peninsula counter. Islands help to segregate the social areas of the kitchen from the work areas, while adding a decorative and functional element to the room.
A great option to consider for improving the workflow of a small kitchen is to add a mobile island (on casters) that can be moved into place when needed and stores away when not needed.
Designate Work Zones
Once your floor plan and traffic areas have been laid out, you can begin to determine the best places for your work zones to reside. Areas for food preparation, cooking, and cleanup should be placed where they make the most sense to you and work with your cooking habits. This “work triangle” should be the starting point for incorporating other aspects of room, including breakfast bars, microwave areas and coffee stations.
The first thing you should consider is where you want your sink to be. Most people spend twice the amount of time at the sink as they do in from of the stove while preparing food. Something else to consider is the addition of second prep sink located in an island. This can help out greatly if you are a family or more then one cook. Talk to your kitchen contractor about ways to maximize your counter space and where it makes the most sense for your appliances to fit in.
Regularly Used Items
Is your trashcan stored under your sink or against a wall in the line of traffic? If so, you may want to consider moving it.
Are your utensils and other kitchen items that you use regularly in an easy access space?
Consider adding dedicated pullout bins for trash and well placed drawers with compartments for other high use items in places that the workflow will not be interrupted.
Create Snack Centers Outside of the Work Area
Another thing to consider when setting up your floor plan is your family’s occasional before meal snacking. While you can do your best to keep traffic out of the kitchen, if your refrigerator is located within your work zone you are bound to have grazers wondering in. Try placing the refrigerator at the end of a set of cabinets or near a door to keep snackers and browsers out from underfoot. If that’s not possible, consider installing a beverage refrigerator in an island facing out from your work zone.
Select Multitasking Appliances
Most kitchens today contain at least half a dozen appliances designed to make your life easier, while still taking up more and more counter space. If you are looking to simplify your kitchen without loosing any of the functionality of your appliances, you may want to consider multitasking appliances. Steam/convection ovens and microwave/convection ovens are two examples that combine function while downsizing space. Also consider storing your less frequently used appliance in a pantry or storage area instead of on the counter.
Improved kitchen workflow can provide homeowners with a greater sense of happiness when it comes to preparing meals for themselves and their families. It creates an atmosphere of efficiency and can save time.
If you are considering a kitchen renovation, our build team will work with you to develop a highly efficient, functional and, of course, beautiful floor plan for your new kitchen. We design, supply and install everything for peace of mind renovations.
Contact us for a FREE home estimate today. Call 905-641-2284 or fill out a contact form online.
A kitchen remodel can be a big undertaking so it is important to ask yourself some questions before you begin.
What are my goals? What are you trying to accomplish with your kitchen renovation?
Are you looking to just update the look of your kitchen, or do you need to improve its functionality by perhaps altering the layout?
Thinking about what annoys you about your kitchen can be a good place to start, as well as how you wish to use the space. Most kitchen usage goals fall into one of three categories: Would you like to cook more, entertain more, or have areas designated for other use such as a desk for homework?
Also, be realistic: Do you truly need a full-on chef’s kitchen , or do you simply want a fresh look? Get laser-focused on your priorities, since this will affect how your entire kitchen renovation unfolds, including how much it costs.
What’s my budget? Before you dive in and fall head over heels in love with pricey appliances or a new layout, know how much you can afford, then figure out where to allocate those dollars.
To help you zero in on what kind of kitchen reno you can afford, share a ballpark budget with a kitchen remodeler.
This can give you a good sense of what to do now and what might have to wait until later and remember that sometimes you can do stages to a remodel to assure you achieve your dreams when you and your budget are ready.
Where can I save money? Many areas of a kitchen reno offer plenty of wiggle room, including the following:
Materials: Most of your material choices—such as cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and lighting—can vary greatly in price.
Layout: If you want to change your kitchen layout, you probably need a larger budget because electrical, water, and HVAC connections to support the appliances have to move, keeping the current layout is less costly.
Appliances: How important are brand new appliances to you in your renovation? They cost a lot for the most updated models so figure out if that is something that is worth it to you. Great appliances do not have to be the latest ones. Buy slightly older products that save you money or fix up the ones you have are options if your kitchen goals align with that.
Do I have a contractor I trust ? Before starting a kitchen remodel it is recommended that you get at least a couple of estimates in the research process.
In this way things like budget, strategies, time lines, etc can be reviewed and compared and you can have the confidence of moving forward with your project.
Having a contractor that you have good communication with from the beginning is also crucial to make sure things go smoothly. Renovating can be stressful but having a great contracting team will make all the difference.
A great local contractor will also have good supplier connections and ideas for your remodel which will not only save you money but decrease the stress level for your project.
If you are still in the thinking process of your kitchen renovation, our team at Today’s Designer Kitchens would be pleased to give you a no obligation in home estimate.
We specialize in full service kitchen renovations and service the entire Niagara Region.
Here are some tips that will make any kitchen look bigger, because we may not all have the luxury of a massive kitchen, but we can definitely maximize the appearance of the space!
Cleanliness Keep your kitchen clean. It sounds simple and it is with a little general tidying every day to keep on top of things.
When any room is dirty, it is hard to focus on anything else. Believe it or not, your kitchen will look bigger if it is really clean. And don’t forget the floor. No matter how clean the counters are, if the floor is dirty, then the whole kitchen looks dirty.
Clutter Get rid of clutter. Any kitchen looks cramped when it is cluttered. Clear off the countertops, have nothing in the sink, and put away whatever is in the drying rack. Making the kitchen look sleek and minimalist will help to make it appear larger.
Taking the time to put countertop appliances like kettles, cutlery and more away can also make a difference. Try creating some dedicated drawer space for these items so they are easy access but out of sight when not being used.
Design There are a few design ideas that will help your kitchen look bigger. For example, in general, lighter colors expand the space and darker colors contract the same space.
Another tip is not to make the kitchen too “busy.” Too many patterns and textures will make the kitchen look crowded. Make sure your components go well together and don’t clash or compete for the eye. Similarly, you will want one focal point that draws the eye. Too many focal points will make the kitchen look crowded.
If you are planning a new kitchen, definitely consider a kitchen professional to help you achieve harmony and rhythm in your design components. Once you have a good design, then keeping the kitchen clean and uncluttered will give you the polish that you want and the space will appear as large as possible.
Today’s Designer Kitchens in St. Catharines, is your source for everything kitchen when it comes to products, services and fantastic design. We take your project from start to finish including demolition, planning and installation.
Please contact us for a no-obligation quote and we will visit your home to provide you with a professional free estimate.
There are several popular kitchen trends to consider if you are renovating your kitchen that are functional and look amazing.
Concealing appliances within the cabinetry is a trick that has been around for years and now is on trend with many kitchen projects.
In most cases it involves using the same cabinetry fronts as the rest of the kitchen and concealing appliances like refrigerators, microwaves and more. The aesthetic result is more minimalistic and less cluttered which is preferable for some design tastes.
Sometimes this idea can be used for something called an “appliance garage” where all your appliances are concealed within the cupboards until you need to use them, thus minimizing the disorganized look.
Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets
These days, homeowners are open to taking more risks to make their kitchens more appealing.
There is a huge rise in two-toned painted cabinets or tuxedo. Homeowners are using different but matching colors for the top and bottom doors for kitchen cabinets.
Some common combinations include navy blue and beige, a rich cream and light brown or black and white (the classic).
Rather than matching all the handles, faucets, appliances and other accessories in the kitchen as usually done in the past, mixing different tones can look elegant, unique and ultimately beautiful when paired together.
Get inspired by your imagination and do not feel limited by trying to match every aspect of the kitchen.
Unique Cabinet Colours
Gone are the days of a small handful of traditional colours for cabinetry. Bold and beautiful options like Charcoal Grey or Midnight Blue are very popular now and actually blend beautifully with all colour palettes in a home.
Feeling inspired to renovate the kitchen with these fresh new ideas? Our local team of kitchen renovation experts would love to help you take the first step with a FREE in-home consultation.
Dark kitchen cabinets may be a great choice for your kitchen as they can offer coziness, elegance, drama and so much more so let’s discuss.
A dark cabinet will give a kitchen an immediate contemporary and cozy feel. Inky surfaces, like the ones in this elegant kitchen (main picture our newest Midnight Blue Collection), help enclose the space slightly to create an intimate feel.
A dark surface can be more forgiving than a light one and won’t instantly show scuffs and stains. This makes dark cabinetry especially useful in busy households and will minimize cleaning time on a daily basis.
Contrasts Perfectly with White
If you’re going for a white countertop or white cabinetry for accents, contrasting it with a dark shade will have the most striking effect and makes the style of this kitchen pop as pictured below.
(Midnight Blue Cabinetry paired with Bermuda White Cabinetry).
Luxury Finishes Blend well with Dark Cabinets
Dark colors look beautiful with metallic finishes, such as brass and copper, as this space by Today’s Designer Kitchens below illustrates. The dark blue cabinets complement, rather than clash with the brass and the two surfaces are wonderfully balanced, giving this room a feeling of understated luxury.
Overall Style Appeal
For a dose of sophistication, you can’t beat dark cabinetry. Moody colors give a grown-up feel that can make a space feel seriously chic and unique.
If you are considering a kitchen renovation and love the warmth that a dark cabinet can add to the space, why not consider this beautiful alternative to the usual go-to white?
If you need assistance in getting your dream kitchen in motion, please call our expert team at Today’s Designer Kitchens for a FREE home estimate. One call does it all: 905-641-2284 OR fill out a contact form online below for a quick response.
Kitchen décor trends come and go and the kitchen island is one trend that has remained popular over many years, so should you should get one if you’re renovating?
While they’re undeniably aesthetically pleasing, the kitchen island’s versatility has kept it front and center.
The kitchen island provides extra counter space and hidden storage, plus, thanks to its location in the center of your kitchen, islands offer a seamless convenience L-shaped layouts or peninsula countertops can’t match making working in a kitchen so much easier.
Below, a Step Charcoal Grey Island is paired with White Cabinets by Today’s Designer Kitchens.
The social function of an island is also an appealing aspect to consider as kids love to do homework on them, folks love to congregate around them and they add another eating space to your home which is never a bad thing.
Got a lot of kitchen gadgets? Any island with some power in it could be just the thing to add a little extra counter space for those.
Below, a Fog Grey Island with wine racks pairs beautifully with these Step Shaker White cabinets by Today’s Designer Kitchens.
Islands can also hold cabinets and drawers, tuck away small appliances from eye level, carry electrical outlets as mentioned, and hide a mini- or wine fridge.
Bottom Line: Whether you are looking to infuse the latest trends into your kitchen or simply want to make the most of your space, one thing’s for sure: A great kitchen island won’t go out of style and their enduring popularity will add value to your home.
Not sure where to start in your kitchen renovation? That is our specialty. We design, supply and install kitchens in Niagara Region from start to finish. For a complimentary estimate please call us at: 905-641-2284 or fill out the form for a quick response.