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Are you planning a kitchen renovation once the pandemic protocols ease up? Renovating a kitchen can bring a lot of disruption to your life, but remember, the pros outweigh the cons. From enhancing functionality to increasing the value of your home, an updated kitchen is a worthy investment. With so many options out there, you may be wondering where to begin. Here are four suggestions to keep in mind.

The overview

The best place to start is with a clear budget. Having a specific budget will dictate how much money you can spend on the design, finishes and appliances. You can pay as little as $25,000 for kitchen cabinetry and as much as $80,000. A good rule of thumb is to set a budget in relation to your home’s value and ensure at least a 20-percent contingency for your unknowns and your must-haves. If the average Toronto home value is in the $1-million range, a newly renovated kitchen would cost between $40,000 and $60,000.

Sink with a view

Do we put the sink by the window or on the island? It’s a question I am asked a lot as a designer. Cleaning is often a tedious task. Since it’s always a chore and never a pleasure, make it into as much of a good experience as you can. It does not cost more to place your sink well, so consider it and do what works for you. If you put it at the window, a great feature at a small premium of about 10 per cent is to cover the windowsill in the countertop material instead of the standard wood casing. This allows you to forget about water splashes and offers a great base for small planting pots.

Hide those gadgets

Bakers and cooks alike love their mixers on the counter, and for a good reason. Many are sleek and beautiful and make for fantastic decor. Add to that, the coffee maker, toaster, grinder, juice maker, and soon enough, what you end up with is a small appliance store right there on your beautifully renovated kitchen counter. One way to avoid this scenario is to put in an appliance garage – one that looks sleek and is completely integrated with your kitchen. And guess what? It costs very little because the only add-on is the door. Inside, extend the counter to avoid unpleasant splash accidents and make sure your electrical plugs, if any, are all to code.

Team prep area

We often think of meal prep as an individual activity or as areas split up per task, per person. While this works well in a restaurant, home kitchens should be more social. Kitchens are social spaces for everything else, why not meal prep? Historically speaking, we had this and lost it somewhere on the way. The Victorians had it figured out when the table in the middle was the only prep area. Nowadays, instead of placing everyone on the perimeter, you can group the people around the island. Sizing the island becomes crucial. An easy way is to take a standard table of seven-by-three ft. and make that the island size. You can go a little bigger, but really, you don’t have to. Team prep areas, for obvious reasons, can often double up as serving areas too.

Adriana Mot is a multiple award-winning designer and founder of Dochia Interior Design in Toronto.

She is known for her practical creativity and a unique talent that builds refined and beautiful connections between people and their surroundings.

Contact her at 416.492.7451. info@dochia.com


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KBC Expo 2021 offering new pre-show benefits

KBC Expo 2021 offering new pre-show benefits

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KBC Expo 2021 offering new pre-show benefits

Kitchen+Bath Canada, KBC Expo 2021 Canada’s Only B2B Trade Show dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry, is set to be on Oct. 27-28 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Fully supported by National Kitchen+Bath Association (NKBA), Kitchen+Bath Canada – KBC Expo 2021 promises to be the largest gathering in Canada for the kitchen and bath and stone suppliers with more than 5,000 attendees, 250 domestic and international manufacturers and suppliers including countries such as Canada, USA, Italy, Spain, China, India and Turkey.

Unique platform

This is the first unique platform of its kind in Canada that will cater to the fast-growing kitchen and bath Industry. KBC Expo 2021 will showcase the latest products and trends ranging from kitchen and bath fixtures, materials and systems/maintenance, business and design services, cabinets flooring/floor covering, home automation to plumbing fixtures, vanities, ventilation, water filtration, lighting, lighting fixtures, commercial lighting, natural stones, tiles, tools, adhesives and so much more. The entire kitchen and bath industry will gather under one roof, providing traders and buyers with the ideal platform to conduct business, network and share market insights.

The show will feature two unique pavilions (Illuminate Canada & Stone Technology) in addition the conference program will include rich content that will address critical matters and trends that impact the kitchen and bath industry here in Canada and from global perspectives.

As part of KBC Expo 2021, organizers continuous efforts to keep the momentum going through these challenging times, we have been monitoring the situation and working on developing incentives for our committed exhibitors. The KBC will continue to promote the show and their existing exhibitors without encountering any additional investment for the ongoing promotions and the upcoming live event activities scheduled for later this year.

Exclusive offers

The Expo’s initiative and joint efforts will allow exhibitors and buyers to leverage the multiple in-person and digital channels Kitchen+Bath Canada has to offer in 2021, allowing you to connect with the kitchen and bath industry buyers and attendees from Canada, U.S. and the rest of the world.

Besides the special advance rate offered, the added value incentives for designed exclusively for our confirmed exhibitors, include:

  • A series of online marketing promotions (such as email and social media) in addition to the live event, giving you more time to engage with and convert valuable contacts.
  • Tailored B2BTrade Matchmaking webinar (KBCconnect), and targeted opportunities to showcase, present, connect and transact.
  • The in-person event to help you strengthen relationships, showcase your products, and solidify partners

The date planned for the virtual matchmaking (KBCconnect) is the second week of June 2021

You don’t want to miss this opportunity. Book Your Space Today!

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Bimbrok Marble

Bimbrok Marble offers top quality marble and tile design

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Bimbrok Marble offers top quality marble and tile design

Photography: Angelo Distefano

Combine a family business with more than 30 years experience with quality craftsmanship, and top quality marble and tile design, and you get Bimbrok Marble & Granite, a Vaughan-based business that has been providing quality to personal and commercial clients since 1986. Bimbrok’s team of skilled craftsmen provides more than 100 years of combined experience, resulting in a professional, hassle-free installation.

Thirty years ago, this family-run business began with an idea of meeting and exceeding the demand for top quality marble and tile designs. It is now one of the industry leaders in manufacturing and installing any type of natural stone in the world. Marble, granite, quartz and exotics, thousands of custom and highrise jobs continue to be produced on location, each done with the very same skill, dedication and care designed to meet and exceed your expectations.

Bimbrok provides the knowledge, experience and quality to meet your needs. The confidence and trust when choosing Bimbrok as your natural stone provider and project manufacturer is a relationship that this family-owned business takes to heart. Quality materials, crafstmanship and installation means having your project perfectly delivered by Bimbrok on budget and on time.

Equality quartz/engineered stone provides some of the industry-leading materials, providing a beautiful white canvas with a gorgeous grey vein running through the slab to give it a natural look.

The featured photos show the beautiful characteristic of materials being book matched from a profile or even a waterfall, giving an eccentric look to the flowing pattern to the countertop. The featured photos show engineered quartz, natural granite stone and exotic natural quartzite.

Bimbrok Marble Importing Ltd.

965 Creditstone Rd., Vaughan

905.738.7222

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Caesarstone Dark Collection

Embrace the beauty of the new Dark Collection from Caesarstone

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Embrace the beauty of the new Dark Collection from Caesarstone

5810 Black Tempal
5810 Black Tempal

In the kitchen, a countertop is the place where meals are lovingly prepared, where gatherings gather, and where finished dishes are featured for consumption. Not only is durability a concern, but the visual impact of such a large area sets the tone of the room – it’s the backdrop to all that is served.

As part of its Dark Collection, Caesarstone introduces deep, bold colours, as well as tantalizing textures to its newest line.

A counterintuitive approach

For a look that will stand the test of time, complement and offset a myriad of appliance and cabinet finishes, Caesarstone’s Dark Collection adds a touch of drama and contrasting shades, while inspiring a sense of warmth and comfort. A homeowner’s choices of decor, art, furniture and colour help identify a room’s personality, and Caesarstone’s Dark Collection is just one more way to help them create a look all their own.

Form and function

Deep veined variances and fluctuating tonal shades of mined products upgrade the look of any well-designed room. Darker colours can also be more forgiving, and possess an imperishable quality that elevates natural attributes.

Caesarstone countertops are made from composite quartz, which is a non-porous product. Because this material is low maintenance to stains, its appearance will never be altered or require extra maintenance. This outstanding feature, combined with the bold tones of the Dark Collection, have given new meaning to enduring beauty.

Deeper shades of dark

The Dark Collection consists of four extra-deep shades, enhanced by Caesarstone’s new Natural Finish, which adds extra depth to the textural darks. The look and feel of this collection is set by the beautiful grain that runs throughout, adding a tactile warmth and a pleasing emotive response. A satin sheen emphasizes the natural veining and textures, while intensifying the depth of colour. These saturated features take this collection to next level of desirability.

5101 - Empira Black
5101 – Empira Black

The deep black base of 5101 Empira Black is augmented by fine white veins to emulate authentic characteristics of real marble, and is available in a matte or a gloss finish.

3101 Platto Black
3101 Platto Black

3101 Platto Black intensifies any statement look. A fine granular appearance enhances the textured finish.

4735 Oxidian
4735 Oxidian

The oxidized russet effect of the tarnished 4735 Oxidian finish warms a dark grey base, with a slightly textured grain.

5810 Black Tempal
5810 Black Tempal

A light veil of white streaks emulates a galaxy of stars on the charcoal base of 5810 Black Tempal. This complex composition is reminiscent of an industrial travertine.

Caesarstone products combine the look and feel of natural surfaces with advanced technology, which ultimately intensifies the hardness and durability, and guarantees surfaces that are non-porous, scratch-resistent and low maintenance.

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Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

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Kitchen reno on a budget? We show you how!

I was consulted to help figure out how to best spend a client’s modest budget, wisely, on a kitchen reno, while accomplishing a new look. She wanted to replace her cupboards for more efficient storage. After an honest appraisal and a critical eye, I could see that it wasn’t, entirely, necessary. We didn’t even need to paint them. What was needed was far less expensive and easier to do. We needed to lighten the space up and be creative with functionality. The overall footprint of the kitchen was good, so just a few adjustments to the cupboards were necessary. By adding gliding shelf solutions within the cabinets, we were able to solve the efficiency issue and added extra storage on a budget. Not having to do a full demolition of the existing kitchen put money back into the budget for what needed doing, and splurging on the key elements.

Changing out the countertops was mandatory. We needed to lighten up the space to make it feel more open, and to balance off the darkness of the cabinet colour. We chose Caesarstone‘s Empira White marble quartz, because of its classical white base with deep grey (almost black) veins to accent and tie in with the cabinet colour. This countertop modernized the kitchen, plus it’s durable and easy to clean.

This kitchen also needed a new backsplash. We chose a simple, white bevelled edged subway tile for its elegance and simplicity. Because it’s timeless and classic, it won’t go out of style. By using larger tiles, we maintained clean lines, but the tapered edge offered deluxe detailing.

The custom range hood became the focal point of this space. We removed the small (useless) cabinet above the metal range hood. By making it white, it pulled the colour scheme together. And, in keeping with the white of the backsplash and countertops, it added to the openness of the space as soon as the valance was removed.

A Whirlpool, black stainless-steel kitchen suite provided continuity in this kitchen. I love to match cabinet colours and appliances whenever I can. By making your appliances blend into the colours of the kitchen gives the illusion of a larger space, because your eye doesn’t bounce to the contrast of the cabinets and appliances. Plus, the appliances are fingerprint resistant, which helps keep things looking sleek and fresh with minimal upkeep.

A counter-depth refrigerator made the space more open and accessible. On top of that, the French door option allowed for more clearance when the door was open, which made it easier to have two people in the kitchen at once.

While the kitchen used to have a microwave stand to the right of the range, replacing it with a custom wine rack to the cupboards, was more visually appealing. The microwave was tucked out of sight and utilized a wasted corner.

Having new appliances instantly updated the kitchen. The bells and whistles on these appliances are amazing, and so functional The refrigerator is one of my favourites. Its pantry-inspired layout, with an infinity slide shelf, which allows for extra room for tall items. The range has a touchscreen. It learns, adapts and suggests customized presets based on your family’s routine – perfect for my client and her family of four. Finally, the dishwasher has a third level rack space, so that they can make extra room for those hard-to-fit items and large kitchen utensils.

Wanting to maintain the visual continuity, I selected an under-mount sink. Coupled with a black faucet, the visual ascetics are modern and clean, and is in keeping with the colour scheme.

I removed the closed cabinets to modernize the look. By tiling that whole wall, and adding the natural wood tone of the shelving, it created an up-to-date, open look. We wanted to replace the tan floor tiles, but the cost, timing and mess didn’t warrant it. Instead, I used the shelves, chairs and accessories to tie in the colour, making the floor seem more purposeful. The addition of natural wood helped to ground the space and add an organic feel to the design.

While we were able to use the cupboards, the hardware had to go. The new brass handles were the perfect accents, along with a matching pendant light over the sink. I would have liked to include pendant lighting all around the kitchen, but the light locations didn’t align with the table.

An ultra-useful stand mixer in blue was perfect for this busy family, and I added accent pieces, including the dishware and a vase in a coordinating blue. Floor runners keep feet warm on cool days, add softness to a space, and can tie in colours. It’s important to buy ones that are machine washable.

This basic kitchen has been transformed into one that suits the family’s modern lifestyle. It’s great that we didn’t have to scrap the old cupboards, and could give them a new lease on life. Don’t be too quick to replace items. Sometimes a strategic update is the better way – and it can save a bundle.

Refrigerator
36-inch Wide Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator – 24 cu. ft.

Range
5.8 cu. ft. Smart Front Control Gas Range with EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Cast-Iron Grates

Dishwasher
Stainless Steel Tub Dishwasher with Third Level Rack

HGTV Jo Alcorn is an interior and product designer for Alcorn Home, she has a full home furnishing and pet line collection displayed and sold across Canada and the U.S. She is known for her clean line savvy design concepts.


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Remnant Warehouse

How to Save on Smaller Projects!

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How to Save on Smaller Projects!

How you can save money – and help the environment by reducing construction waste.

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Introducing a new program by Latitude Countertops for significant cost saving when renovating smaller surface projects like a small kitchen, island, fireplace or bathroom.

The Remnant Warehouse was born out of the countertop fabrication firm’s goal to reduce waste. The company created an online inventory with easily searchable remnant pieces of stone and quartz for small project needs.

Today, just more than a year later, the Remnant Warehouse (qrw.ca) boasts more than 2,000 pieces of popular quartz brands such as Caesarstone, Silestone and HanStone, as well as natural stone in all shapes and sizes. Hundreds more pieces are added each week.

What exactly is a remnant?

When a typical kitchen countertop is fabricated, it comes from a full slab of either quartz or natural stone ranging in size from 46 to 50 sq. ft. Since all of Latitude’s countertops are made to custom sizes and lengths, there are always leftover pieces of full slabs which can be used in other smaller projects. These remnants then become available for significantly discounted prices.

Searching the Remnant Warehouse is easy. You can search by colour name, size or brand name, and of course purchasing online is easy. You can also get estimates on fabrication projects using Latitude’s fast and easy Webquotes.

To register for designer and contractor pricing, visit qrw.ca

Features and benefits

The benefits of using qrw.ca include:

  • Saves money and helps environment
  • Fast and easy online searching and secure purchasing
  • Instant online project quoting for designer and contractor customers
  • Remnants are ideal for small surfaces such as vanity and island tops and galley kitchens, fireplace surrounds, table tops, furniture accents, shower walls and surrounds

416-638-8586 | 800-435-9083


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