Storage Ideas for your Bathroom

Has anyone ever walked into a bathroom and said, “Wow, I have too much storage space”? Bathrooms are notorious for being cramped, tight, and packed to the limit. As apartments in Greater Vancouver get smaller and smaller, the bathrooms are getting more and more cramped. Whether you’re trying to find space for that extra roll of toilet paper or another set of towels, most people struggle to get more storage space. The simplest and easiest way to crack the storage puzzle is to use the space in the most effective way possible. In most cases, the size and design of the cabinets is what determines just how much storage you have. A good design allows you to use every square inch to store what you need. One effective way to add storage is to think up. Although the basic bathroom cabinet takes care of a lot of storage, sitting underneath the sink or sinks, filled with drawers and doors, a higher cabinet, especially one that stretches to the ceiling, can handle even more storage. Instead of that gigantic mirror that stretches across the length of one wall, you can get a custom-built and designed cabinet that uses that space more effectively. At Elite Kitchen Centre, we’ve designed and built cabinets that run from countertop to ceiling, separating the two sinks while giving people a place to store lots of their stuff. A great way to inspire your creativity and just see what your bathroom is capable of holding is to come by our showroom and take a look at what we can do. We can specially design cabinets for...

Quartz vs Granite? Which Countertop is Best for You?

When it’s time to remodel the kitchen, the choice of countertop is always one that leaves most people struggling to make the best decision. Two popular choices in Vancouver are quartz and granite, and there are plusses and minuses to both. Before I take a look at these different materials, remember that the choice between quartz and granite, in the end, comes down to you. Which one do you like the best and which one fits your budget the best? There really isn’t a bad choice when it’s your preference. Both quartz and granite are very strong but are not indestructible. The quartz countertop is stain resistant and does not require sealing, while the granite countertop must be resealed every year. If you don’t seal the stone, it can be stained by different liquids. Both these countertops are really heavy and need to be installed professionally. But quartz is more flexible and easier to work with during the installation. Remember that a granite countertop is literally a piece of rock that’s been cut out of the earth, while quartz is a mix of crushed quartz and resin. Colour-wise, you will have to remember that a granite slab may not be the same, exact colour as the one you saw in the showroom. The quartz countertop, however, will be. But a quartz countertop may fade over time from the sun. The granite won’t. When you think about the appearance of your counter top, you have to decide what look is more important to you. If you want a countertop with no visible seams and a uniform appearance, you want quartz....

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink

Is there any item in your kitchen that you use more than the kitchen sink? It’s where you wash your dishes, clean off your food, wash your hands, fill up your pots, and many, many, many other things. It’s the centre of your work space and the one item that you know you’ll use, no matter what you’re doing. This is why choosing the right kitchen sink is so important. Most people spend a lot of time deciding on all the other kitchen fixtures but you really need to think about what sink will work best with your lifestyle and how you like to work. The first thing to consider is the number of basins in your sink. Do you like working in a simple, one basin sink or do you need to have your sink separated into two sections so you can do different tasks? By understanding how you like to use your sink, it will make it easier for you to decide what kind of sink you prefer to use. The second thing to think about is the shape of the sink. This is more of a design choice than a usage one. Take a look at the size and style of your kitchen and think about what sink will fit best with your decor and style. Don’t try to put a gigantic sink into a tiny, galley-style kitchen. Finally, think about the sink placement. Some people complain that if their sink is too deep, and they’re constantly leaning down to reach the bottom, their backs start to hurt. Make sure that your sink is in the...

Choosing a Timeless Look with your Kitchen Cabinets

If you are in the market for a new kitchen, you should always consider the age of your home when planning and designing your new space. Usually the colour of the kitchen cabinets can be the first clue to the age of the home, and when the kitchen was installed. Older homes that have been renovated with a newer-style kitchen, may still have created a space that is not quite right for the age of the home. How do you ensure that your new kitchen will compliment the age and style of your home? At Elite Kitchen Centre in Langley, we will work with you to find the right kitchen cabinet finish to work with your existing décor. If you are not sure of how to create a timeless kitchen that you will love for years to come or how to integrate a new custom kitchen with the rest of your home, we are here to help. Some tips on creating a timeless kitchen: –    Do your homework by reading design magazines, kitchen and décor blogs and visit websites like Houzz and Pinterest. The more that you see, the more you will see a pattern in the colours and finishes that you prefer. This will help you eliminate some possibilities and narrow it down to things that you like. –    Consult an expert. If you are making a large investment in a new kitchen, getting professional advice from a kitchen specialist or interior designer is money well spent. They can help walk you through the process and see what will work with your existing space. –    Choose trends wisely....

How To Tell If Your Bathroom Needs A Makeover

Your bathroom is one of the rooms you spend a fair amount of time in each day. Since you probably start and end your days there, you’ve most likely been noticing that your bathroom could really use a makeover. Something a little more than new towels and a rug are needed. Your bathroom space may be a little cramped and you want something that is pleasing to the eye and affordable at the same time. A Langley custom bathroom may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Your Bathroom Needs a Makeover If… You have missing or cracked tiles on the walls or floor The lighting is dim and outdated You feel overwhelmed by clutter and an unmanageable amount of general disorganization You really need more than just one sink Faucets are ugly, outdates, ready to fall off, or leaking You see mold It has been over 10 years since you last updated your bathroom You’ll find it easy to makeover your bathroom when you see all of the options on offer. There are so many bathroom options to choose from. Start with adding custom cabinetry in Langley, and beautiful modern handles and faucets. Look at all the sink options and visualize how great they will look in your bathroom. Need to add a touch of elegance with granite or quartz? Don’t worry. For those bigger jobs you can finance everything and make affordable payments that are right for your budget. Who said a bathroom makeover would be difficult? Take a look at all your options and do enjoy custom bathrooms available in Langley right now. Remodelling never looked...

Kitchen Renovations In Vancouver

A kitchen renovation can add a lot of style and value to your home. If you live in Vancouver and are considering a kitchen renovation, it is important to work with a qualified, experienced company to bring your kitchen dreams to life. By sourcing your renovations from an expert kitchen renovation supplier in Langley, you will be leveraging all of their hard earned skills. Instead of having to figure out how to design and install an amazing custom kitchen yourself, you can rely on your supplier to design, source, and install everything from custom kitchen cupboards to high class kitchen counters and lighting. A custom kitchen is ideal, as you can perfectly fit it to your home, your décor goals, and your lifestyle. If you like to cook a lot, you can add in custom cabinetry designed to house all of your food products. If you are a wine drinker, your kitchen renovation supplier in Langley can help you pick out the wine storage of your dreams. Whatever you can imagine, a qualified company can make it a reality. By customizing your kitchen, you will also be adding value to your home. A potential future buyer will surely be impressed by the care and detail put into your kitchen renovation, and a custom built kitchen with top notch cabinetry and counters is always worth more than a stock builder kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of your home, so do not skimp on this important room. If you are thinking about a kitchen renovation, step into the world of custom kitchen building and see how new cabinetry, counters, and...

Look, Touch, Dream – The Ultimate Showroom Experience

The best part of visiting the Langley showroom at Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms is all the colors and textures of the displays. You can come in to touch and try out samples of custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets, countertops and hardware. Find out how well the drawers close, how the look of the hardware can alter the style and appearance. Discover if you prefer a glossy sheen or matte finish, corian, quartz, marble or granite countertops. Ask about hood fans, faucets and sinks that work well for the space and style of your room. Explore custom cabinets and discover luxury bathroom features available. For new home construction and renovations, it is important to make sure you have the suitable surfaces to work on and there are many variables to explore when you have a chance to see them in person and explore the combinations together. Are the countertops easy to maintain? Can I put hot pots on them? Which counters are best for baking? It can be challenging to visualize a counter from a 2×2 square sample so why not view the full size version in our showroom where our customer service staff can answer you questions and show you just how amazing your dream kitchen or bathroom can be! The right hardware is not just a matter of style or cost. Perhaps you want to have hardware that is suitable for those with dexterity challenges such as severe arthritis. Or you may want hardware with no sharp edges due to young children in the home. Renovations that are keeping the old cabinets but looking for new cabinet doors...

Make Your Bathroom Your Sanctuary

How would you like to be able to visit a spa every day after a hard day’s work? Does that sound like an impossible dream? Well, it could be possible if you make your bathroom your sanctuary. You can transform your bathroom into your own personal at-home spa. It doesn’t have to be too difficult, all you have to do is let your imagination run wild – you could do anything from installing new bathroom sinks and custom vanities, or just change the lighting and have some new, fluffy towels. If you live in Vancouver, then you can take your bathroom to the next level by engaging the professionals at Elite Kitchens, who design and fit custom bathrooms. What are the best ways to make your bathroom your sanctuary? Here are some great ideas how you can turn your bathroom into your at-home spa. Revamp the Fittings Maybe some of your bathroom fittings could be changed, updating the overall look of your bathroom. Do all the fittings look modern? Do the faucets need upgrading to look classier? Sometimes installing a new bathroom sink can change the appearance of the whole bathroom. Lighting Try to have softer lighting available in your bathroom. If possible, lighting can be installed under cabinets, or you can install backlit mirrors. This can create a ‘soft light’ atmosphere which is instantly relaxing. Dimmers can also be used effectively to create a relaxing atmosphere. Clear the clutter It’s important to have plenty of free space to create your sanctuary. To do this, think about installing custom vanities. These can be measured and fitted to your exact...

Open Minds Open Designs – Working With A Design Consultant

You know what you want for your kitchen, whether it is more cabinet space, larger countertops, brighter lighting, or easier access to your appliances. But can you put it all together into a cohesive design? Many people get assistance from a design consultant when putting together their dream kitchen, for good reasons. A design consultant can take your wish list of kitchen features and turn it into reality, while ensuring that you maximize on the potential of your space. A trained, experienced design consultant knows where to find hidden space, when to add in extra features like specific shelving components or custom lighting, and how to best stretch your budget into an amazing kitchen design. Working with a design consultant will not mean that you have no say in how your kitchen turns out – instead, it is more like taking your own design skills and kicking them up a notch, with professional assistance. It is well worth working with an experienced consultant to make sure your kitchen is as perfect as it can be. If you have no idea where to start, a design consultant is that much more important. He or she can walk you through planning your space, from start to finish, and will ensure that it is up to code, within your budget, and designed expertly for your needs. If you are considering a kitchen upgrade or renovation, stop to speak with a design consultant. You’ll see the things you desire in a kitchen turn into a perfectly executed plan, which will come to life in the form of a kitchen that truly is custom...

Designs For Small Spaces (Kitchen and Bathroom Specific) – Less is More

Just because your kitchen and/or bathroom is small, does not mean you have to sacrifice on style or function! Small spaces actually have a lot to offer, if you are willing to dig deeper and implement a great design. Maximize on all the space you have, and you will love your small kitchen or bathroom. Storage is key for a small space. In a tiny kitchen or bathroom, you do not have the luxury of wall to wall cabinetry set up to store every single thing you own. This means you need to work with what you have to build in as much storage as possible. Install shelving, cabinetry, and other storage space in all areas possible. This could mean an extra shelf on top of a door, a medicine cabinet that opens up to reveal shelving, or kitchen cabinets that extend all the way up to the ceiling. Consider lighting when you are designing your small space. Often, smaller kitchens and bathrooms feel dark, as the walls are closer together and there are no huge windows. Make sure your room is well lit, with various lighting sources and angles. This will go a long way in making the room feel brighter and lighter. Curate your belongings that will remain in the kitchen or bath, and declutter regularly. When you do not have to store as many things, you will have more room and your shelves and surfaces will feel less cramped. Clearly label baskets and bins so that you can know exactly what is in each container without having to rifle through them all, and make sure you...

From Hoods to Handles – The Art of Accessorizing

Everyone loves a home makeover. If you’ve been thinking about re-doing rooms in your house, don’t forget your kitchen. It’s often the last place you think about when redecorating comes to mind, but there are so many inexpensive, subtle, and dazzling ways to give it that re-done wondrous look. Kitchens are often thought of as the heart of the home, where family loves to gather to eat, sip wine, and have good conversations. If this is where you find yourself more often than not, then all you need are a few well-placed details and accessories to give your kitchen a mini makeover. Here are a few tips to begin your art of accessorizing: What does your lighting say? In-cabinet, under-cabinet, or over cabinet lighting is so trendy now, as are smaller drop lights which you can adorn over sinks, islands or anywhere you like. Colorful little gems which make a room pop. Handles for drawers and cabinets. These come in a large array of styles, sizes and colors. You may find you can’t make up your mind with all you see. Match to your kitchen colors or be totally bold in your choices, it’s up to you. Range hoods. Once these all looked alike. Today, there is a range hood for every kitchen, big or small. Stylish never looked so good. This may be the perfect time to replace an old sink. There are so many beautiful varieties of kitchen sinks; double-sinks, singles, undermounts, or specialty sinks which look like no others. You’ll want to take advantage. Countertops now come in many different textures and styles. Look through the...
Celebrating 25 Years in business with a very special offer!

Celebrating 25 Years in business with a very special offer!

From Our Family to Yours! From our family to yours, we would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Whether you are celebrating with a turkey dinner, a vegan dinner or a spaghetti dinner, may you be able to look around the table and see the many things we can all be thankful for. We have something extra special to be thankful for this year – we are celebrating 25 years of helping our neighbours create their perfect kitchen! We also wanted to share with you something new from Elite Kitchens & Bathrooms: we now offer financing on approved credit! To celebrate our 25th anniversary with you, we are offering you 25 weeks of no payments! This means that if you have been wanting to upgrade to a new kitchen, you can now do so with an easier payment plan. All those things in your kitchen that you have been just “making do” with, like the outdated pearl oak cabinets with the handles that fall off or the horrible corner cabinet that takes up so much space when space is at such a premium, or that chipped countertop that you would love to replace, now you don’t have to live with them anymore! That beautiful new kitchen you have been imagining can now be your reality! Just imagine having a new kitchen to host your Christmas dinner or a holiday party.  We can help you make that dream come true! Special Offer: 25 Weeks of No Payments on approved credit!  Take Advantage of Our New Financing Program. Order by Halloween and you could be cooking in your dream kitchen by Christmas!...

Your Kitchen is a Masterpiece with Quartz and Stone Countertops

One of the best things about preserved kitchens in old houses is the combination of the curves of worn wooden butchers’ blocks with the elemental permanence that granite and quartz surfaces provide. Granite and quartz may be pricey but they last forever and are simply things of beauty that you and your family can enjoy on a daily basis. There are various treatment options available to preserve as new the smooth, luminous surfaces of granite and quartz, such as Dry-Treat sealer, or you may prefer to invite the classic patina of age as these natural surfaces respond to the way that you use them. A further advantage of granite and quartz countertops is that they bring a touch of the exotic to your Langley home. British Columbia may not be famous for the exotic stones in its hills, but your counter top was once part of a mountain, formed over the millennia, providing a huge variety of colour and texture to choose from depending on the mineral content. The minimalist lines of modern kitchen design are really brought out by a piece of stone, whose living history can be read from the geological formations it contains. For something more traditional seek out a wide range of granite surfaces. The light-flecked structures provide a depth to the surface, as well as the rougher grains of specialty granite. Be sure to feast your eyes upon Caesarstone Quartz Collections, as featured at Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms. If you are looking for Quartz Countertops in Vancouver, look no further. Here the colour is more uniform and can be closely matched, or clashed, with...

How to Choose the Perfect Granite Countertops for your Vancouver Kitchen

Your Vancouver kitchen is calling out for the perfect granite countertops! This upscale finish adds beauty and value to your home, something all homeowners want when they are working on their property. There are many types and finishes of granite countertops, however, so it can sometimes be hard to narrow down your choices. Here’s how to choose the perfect granite countertops for your Vancouver kitchen. Consider your budget — how much do you have to spend on your kitchen, and how much have you allocated toward countertops specifically? Regular granite is beautiful, of course, but the added beauty of specialty or exotic granite might be worth increasing your budget slightly. Either way, make sure your ideal countertops fit into your price range before you buy. Think about the colour and finish you would like. Your countertops should match the rest of your kitchen, while still standing out as a special feature. When making this decision factor in the entire look of your kitchen and any attached rooms, from paint to flooring to cabinet colours. You may be able to pick up small samples of your preferred granite countertops for your Vancouver kitchen. Seeing the granite in the room in which it will be installed, under the lighting in your home and surrounded by other finishes can help you decide which finish would look the best. Professional kitchen and bathroom services can always step in to help you make your final decision. Work with the experts to determine what you need — they have helped finish many Vancouver kitchens in the past and should be able to direct you to...

How to Find the Perfect Custom Kitchen Makeover Professionals

It seems that even in the year 2015, the kitchen is still the heart of the home. Our kitchen is still a place where everyone gathers, where good food is cooked and eaten, where all of our good ideas seem to take place. If your kitchen is in need of a serious makeover, that is definitely a project you do not want to tackle on your own. But, just the thought of trying to put it all together can be a daunting task indeed. How DO you find the perfect custom kitchen makeover professionals? You are looking for a kitchen design and remodeling from that can transform your dreams into reality. You will require designers to offer free in-home consultations to you, and sit with you and plan out the kitchen of your dreams. You will need to see your new kitchen in living 3-D color, to fully comprehend what you’ve been missing out on. You will also want to work with a kitchen design and remodeling company that guarantees the quality of the product and installation. When kitchens are built in-house by expert craftsmen, it means that the kitchen will be installed with 100% guarantees of smiles all around. Some of specific requirements you may wish to consider when choosing a kitchen design and remodeling company include:  Custom cabinets that can be purchased directly from the manufacturer to save you on costs. A wide variety of cabinets, inserts, hardware and handles. If you don’t see it, make sure what you want can be sourced for you. Make sure the company can provide range hoods and granite and quartz that are...

Top 5 Reasons to Install New Bathroom Cabinets This Year

Bathroom cabinets are both insanely practical and create a design focal point for your bathroom. This year, make your life easier, more organized, and have fun by putting in new bathroom cabinets. 1. Your Cabinets are Tired Vancouver bathroom cabinets are subjected to all sorts of conditions – heat, cold, and damp, often in a very short span of time – and stand up to soap scum, makeup, and toothpaste on a daily basis. Quite simply, they look worn and tired long before other furniture and there’s nothing wrong with replacing them with something fresh and new. 2. You Use This Every Day! The bathroom cabinet is one of the first stops you’ll make in the day, as well as your final one before your day is done. Why not make it just what you want and need? 3. Declutter and Get Organized Having new bathroom cabinets will give you a great opportunity to declutter – give up stuff you no longer need and choose a style that accommodates your present and future needs. 4. Update to a Cabinet That’s Easier to Keep Clean Modern style cabinets in Vancouver aren’t popular just because they look great. They’re in demand because they are also very easy to maintain, unlike older styles with decorative ridges that trap dust and dirt. If you’re storing medicines and other sensitive stuff in there, you’d want them as spotless as they can. 5. Create a Custom Solution A custom cabinet can help you use a tight space more efficiently. Of course, they’re a bit more pricey than a DIY or a ready-made, but if you...

Custom Kitchen Cabinets for a Remodel or New Home Construction

Kitchen cabinets are a key component of your kitchen and should be built with care and a design that reflects the personality of the homeowner. Often the sole visual focus of the kitchen, it’s important to remember that the attention put into them will pay off in the long run, in the enjoyment and pride you take in your home. Custom cabinetry is designed and installed by hand by skilled cabinet makers. While there may be the perception of an immediate price advantage in choosing a do-it-yourself cabinet set from a big box store, the drawbacks of this option outweigh the benefits. Quality vs. Price             Box store cabinets are often cheaply made, with glued particle board and cheap slide brackets taking the place of mortised plywood and artfully hidden under-mounts. Over time, the cheap cabinets will wear more quickly. Beyond avoiding heavily processed and weaker materials, choosing custom kitchen cabinetry gives you a larger choice of wood for your cabinets, allowing you to source local or sustainable lumber for the project. Customized Perfection             Ordering custom kitchen cabinetry allows you to select design options that work for you and your kitchen’s layout. If your kitchen has an unconventional floor plan, stock cabinets will leave unsightly gaps. Custom cabinets can be made to take advantage of every inch of usable space and give the kitchen a fitted look that is unmatchable. You’ll also be able to make the dimensions of the new cabinets match your height. If you are shorter or taller than average, you can ensure your countertops will be at a functional working height for your exact...

Care & Maintenance of Your Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Your custom kitchen cabinets are an investment that should extend the value of your home. To protect your investment, it’s a good idea to exercise some basic care and undergo some preventative maintenance to prolong the life of your cabinets. Clean your cabinets regularly. Countertops, cabinet doors, and shelves should be wiped down with a dampened cotton cloth and then wiped dry. If there is grease, oil, or food liquid, use mild soap and water and then promptly dry with a soft cotton cloth. Don’t use ammonia-based cleaners, soaps with dye, abrasive cleaners, or self-polishing waxes. For this reason, don’t use a dish sponge to clean cabinet surfaces, as it may contain residue of harsh detergents. Clean up spills. Cabinet surfaces must be kept dry. Spills should be cleaned up immediately, using a blotting motion to soak up the liquid. Avoid wiping the spill, as it may spread the liquid over more of your cabinet’s surface. Don’t allow water or spray-on detergents to “soak in” or dry onto the surfaces. Store kitchen items responsibly. Don’t place hot pans on the countertop. Don’t place wet or hot dishes back into cupboards. Avoid hanging wet towels from cabinet handles or over cabinet doors. Don’t place coffee makers, kettles, or other appliances that generate heat or steam where they will directly affect cabinet surfaces. Avoid abrasives. Don’t use steel wool, powdered cleaners, or scouring pads (including rough sponges). These methods may damage the surface and allow food or moisture to enter the finish. Wood is an organic substance and prone to degradation, wear, and tear. The care that it receives will impact...
Shopping for Bathroom Fixtures at a Kitchen & Bath Showroom

Shopping for Bathroom Fixtures at a Kitchen & Bath Showroom

Ready for new fixtures in your bathroom? Too often, bathroom fixture options at the local hardware or department store are limited, low quality and uninspired. You may see one or two options that are passable, but nothing that really stands out. A kitchen and bath showroom will give you many more options, some that inspire because of the way they look, others that inspire because of their functionality and all with guaranteed quality. Don’t limit yourself when adding new bathroom fixtures; check out your options at a kitchen and bath showroom. Sink: Details to Consider Bathroom fixtures get a lot of use. It’s easy to go with something utilitarian, like a simple, single sink spigot. But if you want your bathroom to have a specific, unique look you should consider the available options. Make sure that the water will be projected into the sink at a sufficient angle for proper hand cleaning. Often a short spigot causes the user to bump their hands against the side of the sink and the wrong angle can cause water to spray haphazardly. These are the little things that will make your bathroom fixtures look great and work properly. Shower Fixtures The real variety comes in the form of shower fixtures. Do you prefer an adjustable shower head with many options, like a massage option and a light, water-saving flow? What about water-saving options in general? Or are you someone who prefers to feel like you’re in a downpour and must have the rain effect shower head? Maybe you’ve never seen these options and don’t know what these things mean! If that’s the...
Reasons to Incorporate a Custom Kitchen into Your New Home or Remodel

Reasons to Incorporate a Custom Kitchen into Your New Home or Remodel

Building a custom home? Remodeling your home? Moving into a new home? While most people focus on how many bedrooms their home will have or what kind of storage space is available, the room that is going to make the most difference day in and day out is the kitchen. Let’s face it; you’ll be there at least twice and often three times per day. You’ll go in and out for drinks and snacks. In fact, you may even spend more time there than you do in a living room, depending on your dining area layout! So make your kitchen a custom kitchen that really works for your lifestyle. Create Ideal Cooking Space with a Custom Kitchen Custom kitchens are popular because everyone has a different idea of what the ideal kitchen will be like. Do you need lots of counter space for chopping, prepping, cooking, and baking? Or are you more concerned about having a large double sink? Maybe you’ll decide you don’t want a big sink, but you definitely want an extra large dishwasher. If you entertain a lot, you may want to plan for double refrigerators. Space allocation is critical in a kitchen. Where Will You Store it All Is storage a big issue for you because you’ve got more than one set of cutlery and dishes? Or are you someone who needs storage for food stuff like baking supplies as well as storage for canned and dried goods? Are there cupboards up high for the things you want up high? Create the storage space based on how you’re going to use the kitchen when you...

Tips for Childproofing Your Kitchen and Bathroom

First time parents learn very quickly that they have to make changes around the house as soon as their baby starts to move independently. Electrical cords are fun to pull and chew on, outlets seem to draw baby fingers magnetically, and every single cupboard and door is an invitation to open and explore. So you’ll use outlet covers and tape down or move any electrical cords. What can you do in the kitchen and bathroom to make sure your child is safe and your home is secure? Kitchen The most dangerous things in the kitchen are cleaners and chemicals, sharp objects, and heat. Put safety latches on the lower cabinets, especially where cleaners are stored, as well as drawers that hold sharp items and pantry or closet doors. Move dangerous and poisonous items to higher shelves and cabinets. Don’t leave the dishwasher open with sharp items at baby height. Never leave a hot stove unattended and make sure any pot and pan handles can’t be grabbed and pulled over. Bathroom In the bathroom, the biggest risks are water, medications, cleaning products, and water. Store hazardous cleaning items as well as any medications up high. Use safety latches on lower cabinets. Put a safety latch on the toilet seat. Use a safety cover on the hot water faucet handle. Lower overall hot water in your home so that you don’t risk burns from overly hot water from any tap. In order to keep small children safe, teach them about the things they need to avoid and how to use the things that they can safely learn to use. But babies...

Why Work with a Kitchen & Bathroom Showroom

The DIY craze has meant that a lot of people try to build or renovate their own kitchens or bathrooms with mixed results. While some projects may be fun and reasonable, others will take considerably longer if you do them yourself. In general, you can probably find what you need at local home stores and you can learn how to do things yourself. But is it really worth your time to learn what an expert can do quickly and correctly the first time? There are a number of reasons why working with a professional kitchen and bathroom showroom will be a better option than doing it yourself. Materials Choices  When you look at your materials options, you probably think about what looks best. This is important, but there are many other considerations. Which materials are appropriate for installation in your kitchen or bathroom? What are they like to maintain and clean? Are you getting the best products or will you be replacing certain materials much more quickly than others? Working with a showroom to make your decisions will ensure that you have the answers to all of these questions. Service and Guidance  Similarly, you won’t have to rely on someone to explain things quickly in order to get you to make your purchase in a hurry and move on to the next customer. Showroom professionals will spend as much time with you as you need in order to ensure you’re really making the right choices for your kitchen or bathroom project. Their primary focus won’t be on the sale, they’ll be focused on designing the kitchen or bathroom that...

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