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Tips for Decorating Your Kitchen for Christmas

During the holiday season, the kitchen tends to be the main center of the home – guests gravitate there to chat and snack, and to help out the host with cooking and serving delicious holiday food. While you are prepping and organizing a delicious feast for everyone,...

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet?

Updating or changing anything in your kitchen can be both and exciting and a daunting task. Every item in a kitchen has a huge amount of options to choose from – colors, materials, styles, and more! When it comes to changing your kitchen faucet, you should not only...

Storage ideas for small kitchens

One of the most common complaints that any home owner has is that their kitchen is too small. People want more and more things in their kitchen so they can prepare the favourite foods. In order to accommodate their needs, companies offering custom kitchen design are...

Choosing the right sink for your kitchen renovation

Much like choosing anything for your remodeling, selecting the perfect kitchen sink can be very time-consuming. The sink is usually the centrepiece of any kitchen and the place where most people spend a huge amount of time. What sink you choose will have a huge impact...

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,...

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...
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...
Our Closet Makeover

Our Closet Makeover

Hello and welcome to my closet! Something not many people probably say, but I wanted to show you what we have been up to…a closet renovation! Yes, we do kitchens and bathrooms, but we also do anything custom, such as theatre rooms, wine cellars, built-in...
Paleo Lemon Tart

Paleo Lemon Tart

This paleo lemon tart is a healthier way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Paleo Lemon Tart Crust: 1 1/2 c almond flour 2 Tbsp honey 1/4 c coconut oil, melted 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice Filling: 2 Tbsp lemon zest 1/4 c fresh squeezed lemon juice 3/4 c honey 1/4 c...
Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Our Mexican Stuffed Peppers make for an easy, satisfying weeknight dinner! Mexican Stuffed Peppers 5 red bell peppers 1 lb ground beef or turkey 1 onion, chopped 1 can black beans-drained and rinsed 1 Tbsp taco seasoning (I use Epicure) 1 c cooked rice 1 c corn (I use...

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....

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....

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...

Why the kitchen is the most important room of the home

“The kitchen is the heart of the home.” This saying has been handed down for generations and it’s something that most people agree with before thinking about the validity of the statement. When people think about their kitchens, they always equate it with comforting...
Amazing Super Smoothie

Amazing Super Smoothie

This healthy smoothie recipe will help you stay on track with your New Year’s Resolutions! Amazing Super Smoothie Handful ice ½ apple, cored and cut into chunks Handful pineapple, cut into chunks Handful cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks (if it has seeds,...
Kitchen Accessories: FAD or FIND?

Kitchen Accessories: FAD or FIND?

Happy New Year! Another page turned on the calendar and we are already a ways into 2018, it just goes so darn fast! I am hoping that your first taste of 2018 is good and that it is just a glimpse of better things coming your way! Thinking of this new year, I remember...
Consumer Choice Award Winners in 2017!

Consumer Choice Award Winners in 2017!

We won the Vancouver Consumer Choice Award for 2017! All of us at Elite Kitchens & Bathrooms are so honoured to have received Vancouver’s Consumer Choice award last night. Award-Winning Customer Service We were recognized for our excellence in customer...
Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

These instant pot chicken taco bowls will be your go-to dinner for busy weeknights! Serves 6-8 Instant Pot Chicken Taco Bowls Ingredients 4 uncooked boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cut in half 1-2 packets taco seasoning (I use Victorian Epicure spices and you...
Getting More out of Bathroom Space

Getting More out of Bathroom Space

Although the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in a home, it is a room that sees a preponderance of activity and traffic. The average family spends a great deal of time in the bathroom and often, argues and fights over the lack of usable space. Getting the most...
Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas Season

Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas Season

When you are the mom and it’s Christmas…it’s not the same as when you are the child at Christmas, now is it? My daughter was excited about the upcoming holidays and we dreamt of the future holidays with grandchildren and it occurred to me that she will one day...
Orange Pecan Salad

Orange Pecan Salad

Our Orange Pecan Salad is the perfect side dish to serve with your Christmas dinner! Orange Pecan Salad 2 heads romaine lettuce (or green leaf lettuce) 1 c pecan halves, toasted in oven 2 oranges, peeled and sectioned Dressing: ¼ c vinegar ½ c sugar 1 c vegetable oil...
White Chocolate Cranberry Cake

White Chocolate Cranberry Cake

White Chocolate Cranberry Cake This lovely cake is so simply elegant and not too sweet that it makes a perfect treat for morning, afternoon or evening! 1 c butter 1 c brown sugar ½ c granulated sugar 4 eggs 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice 1 Tbsp grated orange rind...

How to Care For and Clean Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are incredibly popular in kitchens all over Vancouver. This man-made surface, which is harder than glass, can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, or laundry areas inside the home. And since they are a uniform product, purchasing a quartz countertop can...

NOW HIRING: Trainee Cabinetry Installer 

We’re Hiring an Installer’s Helper NOW HIRING! Elite Kitchens & Bathrooms has been making and installing custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry in the Greater Vancouver, BC since 1990! Driven by referrals from our many satisfied customers, we value...
JOB POSTING: Cabinetry Maker

JOB POSTING: Cabinetry Maker

JOB POSTING: Cabinetry Maker JOB POSTING! Elite Kitchens & Bathrooms has been making and installing custom kitchen and bathroom cabinetry in the Greater Vancouver, BC since 1990! Driven by referrals from our many satisfied customers, we value integrity, teamwork...

Caring for Granite Countertops

Many people dream of having a beautiful granite countertop in their kitchen. It’s one of the most popular items purchased in any renovation. People are drawn to the look of the stone and having a custom countertop adds value to a home. But there are a lot of...
WIN Elite’s back2school Relaxation Package!

WIN Elite’s back2school Relaxation Package!

We are so excited to announce that our back2school contest is here! Take your chance to win the ultimate relaxation package!  We have partnered with Salt Wellness Centre in Surrey, BC and Flair Hair & Beauty in Langley, BC, and giving away an opportunity for...

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinet Finish

One decision that frequently gets ignored, even when building custom kitchen cabinetry, is the finish on the cabinets. People spend time matching colour, choosing the right design, and then are faced with the challenge of that final option. Here is a quick look at how...

Cabinet Inserts and Organizers for Space Maximization

Has this ever happened to you before? You’re cooking dinner, moving smoothly from stovetop to counter, mixing and stirring, chopping and dicing, and everything is coming along marvelously. The sauce you’re making looks beautiful but you know you need one more thing,...

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...

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...

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...
Pecan Tassies: The perfect holiday treat!

Pecan Tassies: The perfect holiday treat!

Get into the Christmas spirit with these festive cookies. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! One of my favourite things to do during this magical season is – you guessed it! –  baking. I always love to have tasty treats to give to friends and family....

Countertop Options: Granite Vs. Quartz

One of the most important decisions any homeowner will make regarding a new kitchen installation is regarding their countertops. Your kitchen counters will be utilized as much or more than your appliances, and therefore, the surface material you choose must be and in...
Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Kitchen Renovation on a Budget

Hello again! I am trying to accept the fact that summer is behind me and anticipating getting excited about the joys of fall. Looking back at the spring and summer, I’m sure you would agree that this year has been crazy with home sales and lots of people have decided...
One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce

The perfect family meal for those busy weeknights! One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce (Adapted from Little Spice Jar) Serves 4-5 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and pepper 1 ½ cup chicken broth 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1 ½ Tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp...
Grilled Veggie Foil Packs Recipe

Grilled Veggie Foil Packs Recipe

This easy & delicious recipe is perfect with Verona’s Favourite Salmon. For dessert, try our Key Lime Pie…it’s a refreshing summer treat! Hearty Tuscan Parmesan Grilled Veggie Foil Packs 4 zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/2 “ slices 3 each red and...
Key Lime Pie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Recipe

This delicious key lime pie is the perfect finish for Verona’s Favourite Salmon and Grilled Veggie Foil Packs. It tastes just like summer! Key Lime Pie Crust: 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup sugar 1/3 cup melted butter Mix crumbs and sugar together, then...
Kitchen Storage Solutions!

Kitchen Storage Solutions!

Unique Kitchen Storage Solutions for Summer Hello Summer! It sure has been a long time and I really missed you! Glad to have you back! I think I am speaking for a number of people when I say that! So what can I share with you this summer? I pondered and then I thought...
Verona’s Favourite Salmon Recipe

Verona’s Favourite Salmon Recipe

Serve Verona’s Favourite Salmon with Hearty Tuscan Parmesan Grilled Veggies (that you can also do on the BBQ) and a side salad and your summer meal is complete…well, once you add the Key Lime Pie for dessert! Bon appétit!   Verona’s Favourite Salmon 1...

4 Steps to Designing a Kitchen You will Love

Designing a kitchen that you will love for years to come can be a daunting task for homeowners. Determining the overall look you want for your kitchen requires some homework and often consultation with an expert. Our kitchen showroom in Langley has everything you need...

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...

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...

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...

Custom Cabinetry – Adding Detail to Any Decor

Custom cabinetry in a Vancouver home takes a kitchen or bathroom from basic to amazing! Whether you are thinking about the long term value of your home, or simply want to enjoy good looking, well-constructed cabinetry, custom cabinetry in Vancouver is the way to go....

Handy Cabinet Accessories to Update Your Kitchen

So, you are in the mood for a little kitchen makeover. You head over to your local home improvement center and almost fall over when faced with the price tag for a total kitchen re-do. There has to be a better way. Well, there is. You can update and organize your...

7 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

Are you happy with your kitchen, just the way it is? Most people aren’t, unless you’ve custom-built your dream kitchen or have recently remodeled. In many cases, people get the kitchen that comes with their house, which has its own set of issues specific to each...

Choosing the Right Wood for Your Cabinets

Wood cabinets, whether they are left natural or painted, add a classic, beautiful look to any room in your home. One of the first steps in bringing your wood cabinet dream to life is selecting what material will be used. There are pros and cons for various types of...

Reinvent Your Bathroom With a Custom Bathroom Upgrade

It happens sooner or later. You walk into your bathroom and notice how outdated it has become. Old sink, old tile, a bathtub that needs replacing, closet doors in need of an upgrade. Besides paint and a new shower curtain, there’s a lot there that may need to be...
Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Welcome Spring! I have waited for so long to feel that wonderful rush of hope for warmer weather, sunshine, green grass, flowers and all the excitement of the new season! And so, like many of you, my excitement turns to the desire to dust off the winter and get a...
Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Spring News: Luxe Laundry Rooms for 2015

Welcome Spring!

I have waited for so long to feel that wonderful rush of hope for warmer weather, sunshine, green grass, flowers and all the excitement of the new season! And so, like many of you, my excitement turns to the desire to dust off the winter and get a fresh start. If you are thinking this is an article on spring cleaning, well you are in for a surprise-it’s not!!! (I did that article last year!) This year I wanted to focus on a room that works hard to keep us clean, but can be overlooked and sometimes even put in a dark, dreary basement corner. I am speaking about the laundry room! If you guessed correctly, you win a chance to upgrade your laundry room to a new high! Of course, Ken and Sabrina at Elite would be very happy to help you design the perfect laundry room for you! After you are done, you may never want to leave, except to grab a latte and go back for another load of laundry! Enjoy your spring! -Verona Jungling

Some unique ideas for the laundry room are:


Room for Furry Friends

Pet washing station Elevate a tiled area and include a shower wand and you have the perfect place to wash your little four legged friend as soon as he/she comes in from a walk without straining your back! Brilliant! If only I had room for this idea-it would be in my own home faster than my dog! You could also incorporate a kennel or bed for fido to spend more time in here with you as you wash, dry, fold and repeat! If you have extra cupboard space, you can turn it into a comfortable dog bed. Additionally, by using stackable washer/dryer sets, you allow extra space for convenient dog showers. Let’s not forget the felines in your home. Why not incorporate the litter box into a pull out drawer! So easy to clean and accessible to your cat while “shut” and tucked out of sight! A pull-out litterbox in the laundry room ... notch allows cat easy entry, pullout makes cleaning staff happy.

Spaces to Care for Delicate Clothing

Extra drying racks

Saving money and keeping your clothes looking new two great reasons to hang up your clothes rather than throwing them in the dryer.

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Are you ready for spring? I think we all are. Why not get a jump on your spring cleaning by taking control of your kitchen. No matter how often you say you’ll do a major deep clean of the fridge, or organizing those cabinets, making the time and doing a thorough job...
Top 5 Benefits of Granite Countertops

Top 5 Benefits of Granite Countertops

You like the idea of granite countertops, but you haven’t yet justified the purchase to yourself or your spouse? Here’s a quick and easy way to think about the benefits of granite countertops which should help you make this decision with a minimum amount of stress....

Organize your Kitchen for Fall

Inspiring ideas to jump-start your kitchen and home organization As summer turns into fall, I find myself wanting to bring order back into my home. The carefree summer days are now turning into the days of a new routine. A routine that could use some new order. So,...
Ultimate Mother’s Day Contest

Ultimate Mother’s Day Contest

It’ll soon be Mother’s Day and we all want to express our gratitude for all the countless meals, and  laundry and making your house a home. So we thought we should honour all those Mom’s out there with our next contest. They say a picture speaks a...
How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation

How to Plan a Kitchen Renovation

Planning a New Kitchen: A Step-by-Step Guide to a kitchen renovation from Elite Kitchens and Bathrooms Okay, so you would like a new kitchen, but where to start? Let’s take a step by step look at starting a kitchen renovation. Beginning with an idea of what you would...
Spring Clean your Kitchen

Spring Clean your Kitchen

Deep-Clean Your Kitchen without Chemicals It’s finally here! Spring! Time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the glorious spring that only happens in Canada’s balmy west coast! And there it is-the sun! We have been waiting with anxious anticipation to see it again....
Twelve Steps to Spa Relaxation in a Custom Bathroom

Twelve Steps to Spa Relaxation in a Custom Bathroom

Custom Home Spa Baths provide a wonderful retreat right in your home. In December, there is just so much to do. The holidays require so much preparation: shopping, baking, planning, decorating, eating, visiting, Christmas concerts, school plays, writing Christmas...
Expand Your Kitchen with an Island

Expand Your Kitchen with an Island

Custom kitchen islands provide opportunities for added space and organization in your home. If an island getaway isn’t in the plans for you right now, there is another kind of island that may be exactly what you are looking for! Kitchen islands are very popular at the...
Kitchen Countertop Considerations

Kitchen Countertop Considerations

Verona’s Tips: What to Consider When it Comes to Countertops One of the most exciting choices you will make regarding your new custom kitchen is the countertop. The cabinets are usually more demure, staying with a natural wood, a stained wood or white, black or...
Summer Kitchen trends

Summer Kitchen trends

Verona’s tips: summer 2013 trends  I was a little concerned about commenting on trends because trends usually mean something that is popular one day and unpopular or out-of-date the next. Although this usually applies to fashion, kitchens also fall victim to trends....

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