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....

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,...
Seal your Granite counter tops – guaranteed for 15 years!

Seal your Granite counter tops – guaranteed for 15 years!

Everybody loves Granite! It’s the finishing touch to a classic kitchen along with Stainless steel appliances and an awesome backsplash. One of the natural factors about Granite Counter Tops though is that it is porous and has to be sealed before use. So how best to do this? Many installers will apply a locally bought product that does the job but only lasts a year and has to be reapplied. And we often find that people forget, therefore losing many of the qualities they invested in Granite for. At elite kitchens & bathrooms we have a professional solution that is a MUST-HAVE! How would you like your counter tops sealed and protected for 15 years – guaranteed! Introducing META-CREME from Dry-Treat! Only available from professional, certified installers such as Elite Kitchens & Bathrooms in Langley. META-CREME impregnating sealer is the ultimate permanent, environmentally responsible protection for natural stone, pavers, tiles, bricks, concrete and grout!   Here’s how we apply it – we just sealed one of our showroom counter tops   Here are the feature and benefits: Next generation environmentally responsible technology Super oil and water repellency for permanent stain protection Unique super penetrating, permanent bonding technology Permanent protection against efflorescence, salt spalling, freeze-thaw spalling, picture framing.  For softer materials in salt water or freeze thaw environments use DRY-TREAT 40SK consolidating sealer Retains natural surface colour and finish Low odour, non-drip water-based cream, easy single coat application Keeps surfaces looking new for longer, makes cleaning easier, controls mold and mildew growth Breathable: Water vapour escapes freely, avoiding moisture build-up inside the material For indoor/outdoor surfaces, including natural stone, tile,...

New Year…New Kitchen? Kitchen Trends for 2015

New Year New Kitchen? Here are some of the Kitchen Trends for 2015 If your resolution for 2015 is to update your home, I imagine you have a lot of questions about what is current and in fashion for kitchens for the upcoming year. Let’s take a walk through the new kitchen trends for 2015. I have sifted through what the designers are saying and have found which styles will last and which ones will simply fade away. Designers typically suggest maintaining a more timeless appearance and I agree. Here is what the designers are suggesting will be popular in 2015: White – when choosing a colour, this one is still quite popular. You can choose white for a traditional or contemporary kitchen. It is a great choice especially if you have a smaller kitchen and you chose white appliances that give the illusion of a larger space. You could also combine with dark or natural wood or stone elements to bring in more colour but keeping with the timelessness of white. Natural woods or finishes – Mixing different woods and finishes is also a trend that will be continuing in 2015. We have a large selection of different doors in a variety of different woods that can further be stained an even larger selection of different hues. The choice is yours and we have so much to choose from! We would love to have the opportunity to show you our selection in our showroom. In fact, our newest display kitchen is made entirely of birch-quite an unusual look! We invite you to come to check it out in...

Renovating Your Vancouver Home with Custom Cabinets

Think about how much time you and your family spend in the kitchen. This room is the heart of your Vancouver home, where nourishing meals are made, where guests gather, where every party seems to end up. When you are renovating your Vancouver home, you should give your kitchen the love it deserves with custom cabinets. Make it Work The ideal kitchen is one that works perfectly for you. The space is set up just right, meeting all of your needs for baking, cooking, food storage, and entertainment. The best way to accomplish this perfection is custom cabinetry. Whatever type of kitchen you envision in your dreams, custom cabinets bring it to life. A Kitchen Just for You Custom cabinets make your kitchen one of a kind. Whether you want a bright, modern look, or a more traditional aesthetic, going the custom route means every feature is designed specifically for your space. Appliances will fit perfectly, as every part of your kitchen will be measured and constructed to accommodate your kitchen. Even interior fittings can be customized, from pull out bins to wine racks. Quality Materials for Longer Life When considering the longevity of your Vancouver home, remember that custom cabinets are made of high quality materials and designed and crafted by experts. These beautiful custom cabinets are far superior to anything you could find in a big box store, and they will easily add value to your Vancouver home. Once you have installed custom cabinets into your Vancouver home’s kitchen, you will wonder how you ever got by with your previous kitchen set up. Having your kitchen designed...

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...

Tips For Cleaning Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to a kitchen. But when they’re dirty, they stand out for all of the wrong reasons. Fortunately, cleaning granite is not difficult. You do not need to have any special skills. You just need to follow a few tips and your granite counter tops will look as good as new on a daily basis. First, you need to dust the countertops to remove any dirt and dust. Do not use a paper towel since it will force the dust into the corners. Instead, use a microfiber cloth. The cloth will lift and remove the dust. Then, your granite countertops are ready for a wash. Don’t use acidic cleaners such as vinegar or ammonia. The acid in those cleaners can dull the countertops. You should also avoid powdered cleaners. Instead, use water or a stone cleaner. If you have a stubborn oil-based stain, mix the water with some baking soda. If it is a water-based stain from hard water, use a bit of hydrogen peroxide in water. Finally, you can polish your countertops with Armor All. While the product is normally used for vehicles, it can restore your granite’s luster and shine. Put some Armor All on a microfiber cloth and wipe it around the countertops. Spread it evenly so the entire surface will shine. Then, wipe the Armor All off with a clean microfiber cloth. Be sure you are thorough so it does not streak. When you are finished, your countertops should look shiny and new. Use these tips to make your granite countertops stand out for all of the right reasons. Once...

Most Commonly Used Custom Cabinet Inserts

Custom cabinet inserts are designed to make using your cabinets easier, more convenient, and more space efficient. Hard to reach corners can be fully utilized and items that are small and compact can be stored in small, compact spaces. Here the most commonly installed custom cabinet inserts. Base spice pull-outs A base spice pull-out cabinet in your kitchen can be installed where there’s no space for anything else, but just enough space for those small spice jars. Wall spice pull-outs Installing a spice pull-out cabinet right into the wall of your kitchen not only saves space, but also ensures the spices are kept cool and dry at all times. Wall pull-outs make it easy to see all your spices, too. Lazy Susan Although this term generally applies to round spinning trays for a table, it also refers to additions you put in the corner cabinets in the kitchen. It can be difficult to reach the far corner of a corner cabinet, but a lazy Susan makes all your cabinet space accessible. Rollout garbage and recycling Rollout or pullout garbage and recycling cans can be placed behind a cabinet door in your kitchen, keeping it looking neat, but making it easy to pull out the bins and discard waste and recyclables in an organized way. Tip out sink trays Tip out sink trays are the place you put your sponges, dish rags, and scrubbers. They hold everything you need at the sink, but are easy to clean. They come in various sizes, meaning you should measure your dimensions before ordering. Wine racks Besides serving their purpose of storing wine bottles,...

Holiday Decorations for the Kitchen

If you like having a festive feel in the kitchen over the holidays, you have probably been tempted by all kinds of decorations. It’s fun to brighten things up with lights or candles, a few festive accents here and there, and maybe you’ve even put the baking things somewhere handy because you’re expecting to use them more than you usually do. But the holiday season is also a time when things can be a bit chaotic and crowed, there’s a lot of cleaning up to do, and clutter is a big threat. How can you decorate your kitchen for the holidays without causing more trouble than the decorations are worth? Go Up High Decorations are not things you’ll be needing while you cook and bake in the kitchen over the holidays. So start with some touches up high where you can’t store anything useful anyway. This is a good opportunity to get out a ladder, dust cabinet tops or clean the top of the refrigerator, and then put pine boughs up high where they can be seen but won’t be in the way. You can even thread some lights through them for a really charming holiday look. Easy-to-Move Accents  If you do put smaller decor accents on counter tops or the table, use items that are easy to move. A centrepiece that is made up of many small pieces and will leave bits behind is just going to be frustrating, so choose something solid that can be picked up and put on another surface without a lot of fuss. Windows and Shades  Making a frame of lights around the...

5 Tips For Selecting Kitchen Cabinets

Selecting kitchen cabinets is an enjoyable part of a kitchen design or remodel. Kitchen cabinets take up significant space and serve a critical purpose, plus they’re the first thing that people see when they walk in the kitchen.. For anyone that wants a delightful kitchen that looks impressive to the eye, take a look at these 5 tips for selecting kitchen cabinets that will help you. 1. Which Material Works?  These days you can purchase kitchen cabinets made of many different materials. Each brings numerous pros and cons. Some of those choices include laminate cabinets, plywood, and natural woods like oak, pine and cherry. Choose the material that looks good with the existing features of the kitchen or meet your desired design aesthetic. Modern kitchens that feature stainless steel look great with colored laminate cabinets. Cottage chic styled kitchens look good with a light oak. 2. What Color Will You Enjoy in the Long Term?  Many people are branching out from traditional wood cabinets and opting for decorative colors to add the finishing touch to their kitchen. You must also consider the type of finish that you want your cabinets to have, which will also impact the colors chosen. Look at examples and remember that you’ll be looking at this every day. 3. About More Than Cost  Small things, like whether or not a kitchen cabinet is glazed, will have an effect on the cost. A simple glazed cabinet could cost as much as 25% more than a non-glazed cabinet. But maybe you’ll be so much happier that the extra expense is worth it. Don’t rush a decision or...

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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