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Choosing between traditional or modern kitchen cabinet styles

When redesigning your kitchen, one very important question to answer before beginning is whether you want a traditional or modern style. There is no right answer. Like most style choices, choose one that fits your tastes and lifestyle the best. By defining the styles, we find that it becomes much easier for people to choose. Here is a brief explanation of the two cabinet styles. Modern With a focus on functionality, these cabinets tend to be designed with user-friendliness in mind. Lots of storage space is included and cabinets are designed with a specific function. Many people would say that modern cabinets are minimalist in design, with a variety of materials used, such as glass, wood, and steel. Consider this style function over form, and with a clean, simple aesthetic. Traditional With a focus on feelings and nostalgia, a traditional cabinet design uses both old and new styles to create a functional kitchen that appeals to a person who loves the classics. When designing a traditional cabinet, many people use dark, rich woods such as mahogany or cherry and tend to use curves and slopes instead of the sharp, straight edges of a modern kitchen. Some people may consider a farm-style kitchen as a perfect example of a traditional design. When choosing for your home, consider your home first. Which style works best with the other rooms in the house? It would be rather jarring to place a modern kitchen inside a heritage home. Ensure that your new design fits with the other rooms. Many designers recommend a modern kitchen if it is a busier kitchen with more traffic....

Choosing the right bathroom vanity

With any bathroom renovation, one of the biggest choices is to decide on what is the right bathroom vanity. Some people want classic styles and others modern. Some bright bathrooms and others dark. But these are style choices, and each is correct for the person choosing. Here are some other things to consider when choosing your new bathroom vanity. Bathroom limitations Before starting to choose a vanity, consider these things: How much space do you have? Where is the plumbing? Are there any obstacles, such as the door, shower, tub, or toilet? What is the traffic flow? By answering these questions first, you can help make your decision much easier. Bathroom usage Depending on who’s using the bathroom, you will figure out how much storage space you’ll need and how many sinks. If this is a vanity for a half bathroom, or a guest room, then you’ll need a smaller vanity and probably only one sink. If this is the main bathroom for a larger family, the more storage and sinks you can get, the better. What kind of storage? The simplest question to answer is whether you prefer shelves or doors. But your space limitations may make one work better than the other. One of the best things about coming to see Elite Kitchens is that we’ll customize your vanity to offer you the exact type of storage you want and make it work in your space. Sinks and Fixtures Now it’s time to start thinking about the personal style of the vanity. You get to choose what kind of sink you want – undermount, self-rimming, or vessel....
Kitchen Cupboards Aren’t What They Used To Be

Kitchen Cupboards Aren’t What They Used To Be

Walking into an old home, or a heritage home, can be a real eye opener to how things have changed from then to now. Rooms are designed very differently these days and nowhere is that more evident than the kitchen. In the past, kitchens were designed to be used by either the housewife or the maid and no one else ever set foot into it. Aesthetics weren’t as important as functionality, but yet there was very little consideration given to what the user actually needed to properly produce a meal. Kitchen cupboards were designed as if they were cabinets attached to a wall. It was common to see heavy wood used, turning the simple act of opening the door into a workout. Instead of finding out what would go in the cupboards and then designing around that, the homeowner had to figure out how they could fit their possessions into the cupboards. Owners of older homes in Vancouver also know the problem of space in a kitchen. Many cupboards were built to be as deep as possible so they could store everything needed. The upside is that they can shove every appliance away. The downside is that there’s no way more than one person can cook at one time. That might not have been a problem in the past, but it really doesn’t work today. At Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms, we do things in the opposite way. Instead of trying to force you to fit your life into your kitchen, we fit your kitchen to your life. With our custom designed and built cabinetry, you will have a kitchen...

How to make your kitchen entertainment friendly

A kitchen is now the centre of our homes, the place where everyone gathers and guests come to visit. People spend more time in the kitchen than almost anywhere else. Instead of hiding the kitchen, modern designers want to make it the place to entertain and socialize. So how can you make your kitchen entertainment friendly? Here are a few ideas: Open it up Open kitchen designs are becoming more and more popular with every passing day and being able to entertain there is one of the benefits. The more the kitchen feels like it’s part of the house, the more accessible it is. Bigger countertops mean more seating Kitchens are getting bigger and now an island is no longer about having more cooking space. Many families are using their countertops as seating for guests as well. Bar seating is still incredibly popular, with a raised countertop used as a place for people to sit and eat. Another common custom kitchen design is to build the island with space underneath to store chairs needed for seating. Cabinets that entertain Custom-built cabinets can be designed to fit whatever entertainment plans your family may have. If you are always having people over for coffee, why not have a cabinet that can store everything you need to make the perfect latte in the morning? If evening entertainment is more your style, then create a drink station with a mini-fridge, glass racks, and wine storage. Cabinets don’t have to be the china cabinets of old. They can be whatever you choose. Take a look at the Kitchen designs that Elite Kitchens have created...

Types of kitchen cabinet hinges

In previous blogs, we’ve talked about the cabinet hardware you have to think about when deciding how you want your new kitchen to look. From knobs and handles to colours and finishes, there are multiple choices that you need to make when designing a kitchen remodel. One other choice that often gets overlooked is the type of hinge used. There are many types of cabinet door hinges on the market and, although they are basic is design, they do require some thinking before making that decision. Depending on the style, the material, the size, and the colour, you may be looking at numerous options. Here are the five basic hinges to think about: Flush These hinges are inset into the cabinet, which means that the installer has used a router or chisel to create a ‘hole’ in the wood to place the hinge. The only part of this hinge you’ll see is the knuckle (the place where the hinge ‘bends’). Wrap Around These hinges are placed on the outside of the cabinet, each part of it visible. Often they are inset into the door and frame. Side This is probably the most common, sitting on the outside of the cabinet. These are usually very decorative and provide an extra bit of style to the remodel. Full Extension If you need the doors of the cabinet to open wider, in an almost 300 degree arc, these are the hinges to use. European This is most commonly used with an unframed cabinet and is entirely concealed within the wood on the inside of the door. These hinges often are self closing,...

Which stone countertop is best for me?

Choosing the right countertop can be a very difficult decision. There are many factors to consider, such as price, look, resale value, aesthetic, and installation. For each family, each home, the choice may be different. Remember that the final decision is yours – so the choice that’s best for one person may not be right for another. Here are a few things to help you decide which counter is right for you: Quartz Counters Quartz counters are non-porous and never require any sealing. Spilling liquids will not result in staining and they just require a quick cleanup. They are almost completely no-maintenance and are very durable. Quartz usually has more colour options and the colour can be more consistent. Since a quartz countertop is made from crushed quartz that is mixed together, the manufacturer can control the patterns and colours. They can, however, be discoloured by sunlight. If one part of the counter is exposed to a lot of sunlight, it may change colour over time. Quartz is usually the cheaper option, but not always, depending on the countertop you have chosen. Granite Counters Granite kitchen counters offer a more natural look, since they are basically a piece of rock that has been dug out of the ground and cut into the shape of a counter. Many people love that “back to nature” style, which accounts for its popularity. With that natural look comes some aspects that some may consider drawbacks while others consider advantages. Granite counters are not uniform in colour. There will be variations throughout the rock. In fact, the sample you see in the store may...

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