Important Questions to Ask Before Your Remodel the Kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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Make Your Kitchen Look Bigger With These Tips

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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!

Keep your kitchen clean. It sounds simple and it is with a little general tidying every day to keep on top of things.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Popular Kitchen Trends that Look Amazing

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There are several popular kitchen trends to consider if you are renovating your kitchen that are functional and look amazing.

Hidden Appliances

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.

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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).

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Mixed Hardware

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

We provide free home estimates and undertake work in all scopes and budget ranges.

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.

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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.


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!


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)

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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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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).

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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.


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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