Blog1: Ways to Upgrade Basic Kitchen Cabinets
If you are looking to revamp your kitchen without breaking the bank, then a great option is to redo your kitchen cabinets. There are tons of basic upgrades that you can do on your cabinets that will completely change the way your kitchen looks and feels. Cosmetic changes are a great way to help a more substantial, time-consuming, and costly kitchen renovation hold its value and can take a kitchen that appears to be from the last century and update it to a modern masterpiece. Here are some examples of things you can do to your cabinets to completely change your kitchen.
If your kitchen feels too cave-like and closed off, it can easily be thanks to dark cabinets in a space that is too small for them. There is no need to take these cabinets down and replace them, a paint job or new stain is all you need. If you go the staining route, you will have to strip the old stain to replace it with a lighter one, while if you paint your kitchen cabinets white or another light colour, then you will merely have to clean them and paint them. While a bit labour intensive, painting is inexpensive.
If your kitchen is particularly old or has been home to a heavy load or full of kids, then the cabinets may be coated in grease and scratched. You do not have to throw these cabinets out, especially if they are good quality wood. You can instead have the cabinets professionally resurfaced. The cost of this is five times less than installing all new cabinets, and you can end up saving beautiful cabinetry that is otherwise still functional.
Cabinet Under Lighting
You can install under lighting on your cabinets for a meagre price depending on how you do it. Simple stick on pop lights is one method that is very inexpensive but can offer a lot of extra light. You can also go with an LED strip to really light the area up or get an electrician to install something more heavy duty than a battery-powered addition to your kitchen.
Install Cabinet Features
To make your cabinets more functional, you can install pull out cabinet shelves and lazy susans. Pull out shelves resemble shallow drawers and make it easy to access things buried deep inside bottom shelves. It also will help keep you from shoving too much inside of a cabinet and having a cascade down upon you when you open your cabinets up. Lazy susans can go in spice cabinets to make it easy to access everything or in corner cabinets to give you better access to otherwise underutilized space.
Add a Plate Rack
A plate rack is a great way to store your dishes, cut down on breaks when you're trying to pull a plate down, and display the beautiful dishes you paid so much to enjoy. It also helps spare storage space for other essential things. A simple slotted storage system can be built from a kit or by a professional.
If you are looking to make upgrades to your kitchen cabinets or do some custom cabinet design, then contact us at Woodhaven Kitchens. Our kitchen design team does everything, including kitchen countertops or laminate countertops. Just tell us what you need, and we'll make your kitchen look brand new.
Blog 2: How to Renovate Your Kitchen Under Budget
Are you about to start a big kitchen renovation and worried about going over budget? Adding new style and functionality to your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and both legs. These are some tips to help you stay on budget during your kitchen reno.
Add More Lighting
Help brighten up your kitchen with new lighting fixtures, whether its a modern chandelier, pendant lighting over an island or just LED lighting strips underneath the cabinets. These features are much cheaper than opening up an exterior wall to add an extra window or two.
Hire a Professional
The contractor or designer knows best. By creating a kitchen design plan ahead of time, before any walls start coming down, you know exactly where your money’s going and how things will play out. This will save you from making expensive changes in the middle of construction that end up costing more than you’d anticipated.
Don’t Move the Plumbing
Use the existing piping layout for your new kitchen to save you major cash. The same goes for the utilities. Even if you replace everything with new appliances and fixtures, you’ll save thousands by keeping them where they are.
Go to a granite supply yard and pick up a remnant stone slab, which is a leftover stone slab that was apart of a larger slab. You’re still getting high-quality kitchen countertops while also saving money to put towards other aspects of your kitchen.
Save the Scraps
On average, about 5-15% of renovation materials are leftover after the job’s done. Instead of throwing away the materials you paid for, use them to create little decor pieces, like cutting boards from pieces of granite.
Even if you’ve already knocked down a few walls, patching up an existing wood floor before sanding it down and refinishing it can save you from replacing it entirely. Or, if you desperately need to replace that cracked tile or old vinyl, choose a less expensive flooring option like natural bamboo, porcelain or sealed cork.
Painting kitchen cabinets instead of outright replacing them will help transform the atmosphere while saving a few dollars. You can mix up the paint for the upper and lower cabinets, or between the cabinets and the island if you’re planning on installing one. Add some new hardware and you have yourselves a new kitchen.
If painting isn’t enough of a change, try replacing some of the door inserts with clear or frosted glass. Refacing cabinets is much cheaper than replacing them, and it's a do-it-yourself project that won't take weeks to finish. You can even get fancy and choose a textured, coloured or patterned glass to really customize your kitchen cabinets.
At Woodhaven Kitchens, we offer a variety of products that include door, drawers and cabinet shells, constructed using the finest woods. Located in Newmarket, Ontario, our experienced craftsmen work with kitchens, bathroom vanities, wall units and custom built-ins. We strongly believe that our products will meet your expectations, as we strive to satisfy our clients by providing the highest standards of craftsmanship with quality service. We’ll cater to your needs and bring your ideas to life as we take care of the entire process, from construction to installation. Call or email us today.
Blog3: Colour Schemes to Brighten Your Kitchen
Having a bright and airy kitchen can make anyone feel welcome in the space. There are several ways to make you and your family feel warm in your kitchen, any time of the day. Here are a few colour palettes that will help you achieve that if you feel like your cooking space is a bit too dreary.
Bright and White
White with a bright accent colour will freshen up any kitchen. Whether it's your walls you choose to paint one of the hundreds of shades of white available, or your cabinets (or both), choose whatever accent colour you please. Just make sure it’s something you love, or you may get tired of it fast. Yellows or greens bring balance and happiness to any room, but especially in a kitchen when you're working hard to make a delicious dinner for your family or guests. This accent colour doesn’t have to be incorporated through paint, it can be used in dish towels, plates and cups, small kitchen appliances, whatever you desire.
Brighter pastel shades can do surprisingly well in a kitchen. Much like yellow and green, pastel pinks, blues, peaches and more can add a feeling of joy that makes you want to stay in there all day long. No one wants a kitchen that feels dark and depressing, one you wouldn’t want to step foot in for more than a few minutes. Use these colours in addition to white details to avoid having your kitchen feel more like a giant children’s playset. Either paint or have pastel decorations but don't forget to add a light neutral for balance.
All the Colours
If you want a bright kitchen with personality, but don't think just white will do it, then trying going outside the box with a rainbow of colours. Use brighter neutrals, or even darker ones, for flooring and cabinets while going wild everywhere else. You can choose multiple tints and shades of one colour, or mix and match several through dishware, small appliances, artwork, towels, whatever you want. If you want the most colour possible but start to feel overwhelmed, try sticking with colours in a warm palette, such as reds, oranges and yellows, or cooler tones like blues, greens and purples.
Who said neutrals have to be boring? If you have a kitchen with darker cabinets or flooring, stick with warmer, yellow or orange based colours to brighten the space up. Or for even more contrast, go lighter with a warm, creamy shade of white paint. If you have light neutrals throughout your cabinets, then do the reverse. Darker tones on your walls will make your custom cabinets pops, the detail in them on display for all to admire. Pick decor and accessories that are slightly darker or lighter than your walls or cabinets.
To aid in your newly painted kitchen, Woodhaven Kitchens offers custom build cabinets, wall units and built-in shelving. Located in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, we know our products, which also include doors, drawers and cabinet shells, will meet your expectations because we strive to make your our clients are satisfied. Woodhaven Kitchen provides the highest standard of craftsmanship with quality service. Call or email us, as we take care of the entire building process. From construction to installation, we’re passionate about bringing your ideas to life.
Blog4: Kitchen design tips for the elderly
Whether you are looking to move your parents into a new home or are yourself looking for more accessible options, redesigning a kitchen can significantly improve most people's' lives. A few tweaks here and thoughtful planning there can make everyday tasks quick and simple. Here are some useful tips to make your kitchen more efficient:
Ensure floors are slip resistant
Choose flooring that does not get slick when spilled on to reduce the chances of a fall. Porcelain tile is a good option because it absorbs less moisture than ceramic and other flooring materials, and is easy to clean and maintain. Vinyl is another good option because it too is slip resistant and feels softer on feet. Floor tiling should have enough texture and grout to grip feet reliably.
Install a pull out pantry
These are useful for people of all ages. It allows you to see everything without shuffling around for items. Easy access drawers also give you access to cereal boxes and canned food without straining your knees or back. You can even put heavy portable appliances like slow cookers and blenders in it.
Remember clearance space
The standard clearance space between, appliances, walls, and cabinets is 36 inches. This amount of space is enough to move comfortably in a walkway and access doors and drawers. Although, if the kitchen needs to accommodate a wheelchair, this space will need to be bigger. U-shaped kitchen should have at least 60 inches of clearance space between opposing appliances, walls, and cabinets. Pass through, or galley kitchens should have at least 40 inches of space between opposing surfaces.
Pick open shelves and countertops with round edges. A kitchen filled with 90-degree angles will increase the likelihood of bruises and bumps.
Make corners accessible
While avoiding outward corners, make inward corners easier to access. Look for corner cabinet options that do not require someone to get on all fours to reach for items. Opt for a three-drawer base or a traditional Lazy Susan. Corner cabinets can provide ample space, but make that space easy to utilize as well.
Keep the stove and sink close together
It is difficult to carry big pots of water between the sink and stove as we get older. If any water spills on the way, it also becomes a slipping hazard. It is also best to leave some counter space between the sink and stove so that you have somewhere to set the pot down. You could also have the sink and stove across from each other if that works better in your kitchen.
Choose a shallow sink
Buy one that is only six to eight inches deep as it would be much easier to wash dishes and rinse vegetables in a shallow basin.
Pick drawers over doors
Drawers can easily display all of your utensils and flatware while being accessible. No need to get on your hands and knees to peer into the back of a cabinet. Deep set drawers can stow plenty of pans and pots.
Pick traditional over trendy
If you want to design an accessible kitchen, skip the ornate refrigerator panels, angled counter, and decorative legs. These accents are eye-catching, but can also turn your kitchen into an obstacle course. People will be more likely to bumps their knees and hips against cabinetry and appliances.
Put the microwave at or below counter height
Having this appliance at counter height will eliminate the need to bend or reach above your shoulders. If you want to save counter space, you could put the microwave under the counter instead. It is easier to place a heavy plate down than it is to lift it above your shoulders. Spills are also more likely if you have to reach up to remove a hot plate - having a microwave under prevents burns. Using a microwave drawer is the best option, you can see the control panel better and access is from the top, not the front.
Blog 5: Tips for Planning a gallery kitchen
Fitting for many kitchen styles, the double run that creates a galley kitchen is preferred by professional chefs and homeowners alike. It’s safe and efficient while cooking and can be customized to fit any and all of your needs. Are you thinking of installing a galley kitchen in your home? Then here’s what you need to know when planning it out.
Evaluate Your Space
Galley kitchens are best suited for small spaces but can look gorgeous is medium-sized kitchens as well. If the runs are placed too far apart, as they would be in a large space, then the efficiency of having a galley kitchen is lost. This kitchen style is ideal for professional use and enclosed areas without a dining space. With the right configuration, it can work to become a sociable room as well as a functional room, which can be accomplished in an open floor plan.
Symmetrical or Asymmetrical?
With a symmetrical galley kitchen, the countertops, cabinet design and appliances mirror one another as much as possible. An asymmetrical galley kitchen, on the other hand, allows for a variety of design approaches, including having a full wall of cabinets on one side or mixing tall and short units with a single running countertop on the other. You have a lot more options when it comes to designing an asymmetrical galley kitchen.
Work With the Corridor Space
While some galley corridors are closed off on one side, others link two rooms together, creating a functional hallway. If this is the case, then you’ll be looking at very high traffic space. This may not be a problem if you have one or two other people living with you, but it becomes progressively difficult to function in a kitchen constantly packed with people. If this is the only option for you, then consider implicating the safest layout possible, which includes having the sink and stove installed along the same side. This significantly reduces the chance of bumping into someone while turning about in the narrow space. You can also look at widening the corridor space if possible.
If you have a galley kitchen that’s closed off on one end, don’t let that wall go to waste! There’s so much you can do to the wall to help it become a functional feature of the kitchen. You could turn it into a chalkboard wall for dinner suggestions or quick recipes you just threw together, or install shelving for more storage. Or even install a giant mirror to make the small space look twice the size.
Galley with an Island
Including an island into your galley kitchen will add the entertainment space you need. The island would sit where the opposite runner would be and be free of appliances like a sink or stove. This will reduce the amount of turning going on as well as providing a safe area for your guests to admire your cooking skills.Added Seating
Whether it’s at the island, a small peninsula or breakfast bar, you don’t have to worry about giving up seating space with this design choice. But don’t have your breakfast bar pushed out too much, or else the distance between both runs will be too great, affecting the efficiency of the kitchen as a whole.
Located in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Woodhaven Kitchens offers a wide variety of kitchen products which include custom cabinet designs, bathroom vanities and custom wall units. Manufactured using the finest materials with quality craftsmanship, we work to make sure our customers are fully satisfied with their purchase. From construction to installation, call us today to start designing your perfect kitchen with us!
Blog 6: Guide to Kitchen Countertops
When renovating your kitchen, it’s hard to choose between the large variety of kitchen countertops that are on the market. Even looking within a certain price range or specific functionality can leave you with a handful of choices. Hopefully, this guide on the most common and unique countertops will help you to narrow down your search.
There are little to no limitations when it comes to installing a tile countertop. Choosing from a variety of colours, sizes, textures and more, these counters are completely customizable. It’s easily repaired and resistant to heat, although the grout needs to be cleaned often to keep the counters looking pristine. Tiles are also vulnerable to scratching, chipping or cracking.
Whether it’s made from solid or environmentally friendly reclaimed wood, these countertops are a bit high maintenance for the convenient material. They need to be properly sealed on a regular basis and are vulnerable to stains, moisture and heat. However, it’ll make your kitchen feel cozy and warm.
Granite countertops are long lasting and extremely durable. It’s non-porous when properly sealed, making the natural stone resistant to staining, heat and scratches. This allows it to keep its shine. Granite comes in a variety of earthy tones, and as it’s a natural product, each slab is completely unique.
High maintenance and expensive, marble is a porous material that needs to be sealed or staining, scratches, chipping and other damages are guaranteed. However, it’s a beautiful material that goes with any kitchen decor and has excellent heat resistance.
An engineered stone countertop that’s non-porous and one of the most durable countertop options. It’s easy to clean and resistant to heat, staining, scratches and bacterial growth. Being man-made means there’s an endless variety of colours, textures and finishes to choose from. It’s great for any kitchen style and doesn’t need to be sealed.
A great option if you have an oddly shaped kitchen or countertop area, concrete counters are poured directly in your home. With different colours available, as well as the option to add other decor pieces, concrete allows for complete personalization. It also requires a sealant and regular maintenance.
The most hygienic, sterile option on this list, stainless steel is very durable, stain and heat resistant and non-absorbent. Unfortunately, scratches, dents and fingerprints are easily visible, but the easy to clean surface can be installed in a variety of kitchen designs.
Laminate countertops are the cheapest material available, but that doesn’t make them lesser than its competitors. It’s resistant to staining and is easily cleaned. This durable material comes in a variety of colours and patterns but can be vulnerable to scratches.
These countertops can easily resemble stone or concrete options thanks to the wide variety of colours, textures and finishes available. Practically maintenance free, solid surface countertops are resistant to staining, moisture damage and heat. Any damage can be easily repaired.
At Woodhaven Kitchens, we provide our customers with a variety of wood-crafted products, including doors, custom units and cabinet shells. Made from the quality materials, any area of your home is sure to benefit from one of our products. With high-quality service and customer satisfaction guaranteed, call or email us for more information.
Blog 7: Tips to make your kitchen look luxurious
You do not have to shell out a lot of money to make your kitchen look luxurious and high-end. With a bit of creativity and effort, you can turn a modest, plain kitchen into something out of a home decor magazine. Here are some simple tricks to make the most of your kitchen renovation.
Lighting is everything, not only in film production but also when it comes to producing the perfect kitchen. Changing out the builders standard light fixtures for ones that are fancier can change the whole vibe of your kitchen. You do not even have to pick the most expensive lights either. Choose one that is a globe style made of silver or brass for a modern and hip look. Consider under cab lighting. Add dimmers switches to lighting.
Showcase Your Best Glassware
After all, you did pay quite a bit for it so you may as well feature your best stem and glassware front and centre. Guests will be so focused on it that they will not even notice your less exciting, practical dishware in the back.
Change the Backsplash
Show off your style by personalizing your backsplash to suit your taste. It is less of an expensive endeavour than most kitchen upgrades, and it marks your kitchen as much as cabinets do. Updating backsplash can even make older fixtures look more modern.
Add Real Fruit
It may seem cliched, but it really works to bring life to your kitchen. Fake fruit as props to decorate a kitchen looks obvious. Using real fruit in a basket as a centre piece adds a touch of much-needed colour in a neutral kitchen.
Use a Diffuser
Burning incense or candles adds a pleasant scent to your kitchen and can quickly eliminate strong cooking odours. Choose scents associated with luxury like clove or lavender to fill your kitchen. It will not set you back too much money, but people will notice.
Get a Rug
Adding texture and colour to your kitchen with a rug is an easy way to liven up the area without sacrificing space. You could try placing an oriental-styled runner between your counter and island with a contrasting colour. It will also feel nice on your feet when you spend hours prepping food in the kitchen.
Wall art can brighten up any room, but big wall art can do it better. Over-the-top and luxury go hand in hand. Consider investing in a print or painting that fills an entire wall for a statement-making piece.
Optimize the natural light in your kitchen to its fullest extent. Sunlight can make a room appear larger than it is. Use sheer and light-coloured curtain or blinds for your kitchen windows and keep them open during the day. A kitchen filled with natural light will look and feel inviting and expensive.
You do not have to spend a lot of money to upgrade your kitchen. For help with your kitchen project, call Woodhaven Kitchens and let us help guide you with our years of experience.
Blog 8: Ideal Countertop materials for your Kitchen
Whether you’re completely renovating your kitchen or simply replacing the countertops, making a decision on which material you want to be installed can be overwhelming. There are a variety of options on the market that hit different price points and offer their own pros and cons. To help make your decision a bit easier, here are seven of the more popular countertop materials and what you need to know about them.
By far one of the most popular countertop materials around, granite is a natural stone that has stood the test of time. Highly durable, heavy duty and non-porous when sealed, this countertop will last for decades. The variety of earthy colour options allow it to fit beautifully into several different kitchen aesthetics.
When you choose a quartz countertop, you’ll have a variety of colour and texture options to choose from. This engineered product made of recycled stone, pigments and resin is highly durable, non-absorbent and eco-friendly.
Another new engineered counter. There is a variety of colour and texture options to choose from. This engineered product is basically a large tile cut & mounted on plywood is highly durable, non-absorbent and eco-friendly.
The number of tile designs, colours and sizes available on the market seem to be endless, making it the perfect option to suit any kitchen aesthetic. The most popular tile options are ceramic and stone, both very durable and easy to install or repair. The only thing you’ll have to watch out for is keeping the grout clean.
This is an incredibly affordable countertop option that can imitate any material on this list. Easy to clean and available in a wide range of colours, textures and patterns, you’ll be able to customize the look of your kitchen even more with this choice.
If you want a classic and modern look for your kitchen, you can’t go wrong with marble countertops. Particularly in all white kitchens, marble adds character without taking away from the simplicity of the overall design. These kitchen countertops need to be sealed and maintained regularly to keep them looking brand new.
Installing solid wood kitchen countertops in your house will create a warm and cozy aesthetic that will consistently bring people together. While not a common countertop option, high-quality wood can be installed and sealed in no time. Butcher block counters can be a bit high maintenance at times but the beauty of them is worth it.
These countertops bring in a superior aesthetic that will add interest to any kitchen design. While a bit pricey depending on where you go, it’s an environmentally friendly choice that allows you to customize the look to create a unique kitchen of your own.
These countertops are acrylic, can be easily machined into unique shapes if required, with invisible seams. This is not a stone, is still non porous, does not need sealing and can be repaired if damaged. Also a large selection available
AtWoodhaven Kitchens, we provide our customers with a variety of products, which include drawers, doors and custom cabinets all made from quality materials, as well as bathroom vanities, custom built-ins and more. We strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with our craftsmanship, as we work to meet your expectations to the fullest. Our experienced tradesmen will take you through the entire process, from construction to installation, so give us a call to get started on your project today.
Blog 9: How to Make Your Kitchen Look like a Professional Space
It’s the little things that can separate your kitchen from a professional, high-end space. Whether it’s the paint colour, the decor or the mass of appliances, there are simple fixes to change that. Here are eight things you can do today to make your kitchen look more professional.Update Cabinet Hardware
A simple fix that will make all the difference, change out the hardware on your cabinet doors to give them an updated feel. Match accent finishes from other rooms or buy something completely unique to your style.Use Lighter Colours
Repainting your kitchen will always be an affordable and impactful way of taking your kitchen to the professional level. Use lighter colours to brighten up the space, making it feel much larger than it actually is. Lighter colours will reflect more light and minimize the look of scratches or dents.Hang Artwork
Hanging a piece of artwork you love is the perfect way to elevate your kitchen. Go big and bold in whatever you choose, as it will create the illusion of a bigger space. Are you a renter and don’t have the freedom to paint or customize your home? Then this is an excellent solution for you.Change Lighting Fixtures
Excellent for changing the mood of your kitchen and brightening up the space, changing out your light fixtures is a simple task that makes all the difference. Whether you choose an elaborate chandelier or modern, minimalist pendant light, it will be an unexpected element that speaks to your personality.Paint-on Stainless Steel?
Do you have outdated appliance but not enough in the bank to replace them all with stainless steel ones? Then a solution for you is to use a paint-on stainless steel finish! This will give your appliances, and overall kitchen, an updated feel without breaking the budget. Just make sure you’re using the right liquid for the right machine.Style the Nook
If you have a breakfast nook or a small, cozy corner in your kitchen design, spice it up with some throw pillows and a blanket. If you have a small table, add a centrepiece to make it look more inviting for guest or family members.Update Your Decor
Change out that old fake fruit bowl or unused cookie jar and replace it with something more modern. Made subtle changes that are also useful in the kitchen as opposed to cluttering up the space.Hide Smaller Appliances
Cluttered countertops are a surefire way to make any kitchen look smaller and unprofessional. That’s why we suggest clearing off your countertops, placing whatever rarely unused appliances you own in pantry or cupboard. For more frequently used appliances, store them below the counter for easy access on a daily basis.
At Woodhaven Kitchens, we provide our customers with good quality products that include kitchen cabinets, drawers, kitchen countertops, built-ins and more. Located in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, we strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with our work. We’ll do our best to meet your expectations, walking you through the entire process, from kitchen design and construction to installation. Be sure to give us a call and get your project started today!
Blog 10: Best Kitchen Innovation in 2019
There is hardly a realm of modern life that have stayed devoid from the influence of technology. There is no surprise that our home interiors are being largely influenced by the influx of technological products which aim to make our lives easy. Here are some of the best kitchen innovations that are making heads turn as homemakers gear up to make their kitchens even more functional and techno-savy.
Technology lighting has become quite common in most modern houses. With lighting systems that embody a beautifully modern, functional and aesthetically pleasing feel to your home, most of these lighting systems work splendidly with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Whether it is switching the lights on, dimming, changing colours or something else, one can easily integrate these kinds of features in the modern lighting system thanks to technological advancement. Whether you wish to have a brightly lit dining experience of a romantic date, you can change the ambience with a click of a button or a simple voice command.
Apart from washrooms, another area of your home that uses a lot of water is in the kitchen. Without even realizing, when water leaks and damages start to occur in your kitchen, you can be looking at substantial repair or replacement costs and high water bills. Thanks to a technologically advanced water monitoring system, you can stay aware of any water leaks and damages that may happen in your kitchen. This sophisticated device runs automated daily tests to ensure that your plumbing system is running efficiently. It also comes with a connected app that can help you monitor real-time usage and troubleshoot as soon as problems occur.
If you have not used the smart display feature available with a technological product that offers multiple functions to home cooks, you are missing out on something incredible. With a smart display for home cooks, this Android powered device is powered with many features like step-by-step recipe cooking and IPX-5 water-resistance rating. You can even view personalized recipes and get updates on the latest recipes and cooking tips.
A Wi-Fi enabled kitchen oven is the world’s first-ever smart combination double wall oven that offers the facility to cook two different meals at two distinct temperatures. Talk about multi-tasking and faster cooking, nothing can beat the class and promptness that this oven brings to you. What more with an inbuilt cleaning mechanism, you can simply set the oven to self-clean once you are done. All in all, it makes your cooking quick, effective and mess-free.
When it comes to upgrading your kitchen, there are many new options available for homeowners today. Whether you are looking at saving time, getting more work done or automation, thanks to technology, today’s kitchen appliances can make your life supremely easy. If you are thinking about renovating your kitchen with the latest fittings, contact Woodhaven Kitchens Ltd., for a large range of innovative products that will make your kitchen look state-of-the-art and your cooking experience an easy affair.
Blog 11: Must-Know Tips On How To Choose A Kitchen Countertop
Whether you’re doing an entire home revamp or just remodelling the kitchen, your kitchen countertops are a top priority! With endless options to choose from, it can feel nearly impossible to narrow down your countertop choices and ultimately choose one. There are, however, certain factors that must be considered to ensure that the countertop you select is an appropriate fit.
Luckily, you don’t have to go through this journey alone. Woodhaven Kitchens has the must-know tips on choosing a kitchen countertop for you to follow:
Maybe you’ve done a bit of browsing online on various kitchen countertop materials and how they fit in with other home remodels. This is a practical approach, but even if the material you desire fits perfectly in another person’s kitchen, it may not be the suitable choice for yours. Each surface material has a different price tag and can be low maintenance, to high end and requiring more care. We’ve separated the countertop types in categories of inexpensive to high end and detailed the maintenance associated:
It helps to bring flooring samples or cabinet colours to make the countertop selection process easier. Narrowing down a countertop that goes with your design will make it easier to determine the cost for the job. It’s also important to find out the countertop measurements based on the thickness of the material before you buy.
At Woodhaven Kitchens, we have a wide inventory of outstanding kitchen countertops at our Port Coquitlam store. It’s our goal to enhance your kitchen space for optimal living with a touch of luxury. From design to installation employed by our professionals, we ensure high-quality results each time. Take a virtual tour of the past kitchen countertops we’ve installed or browse through our gallery to see our work!
We’d also love to hear from you and any inquiries you have, so feel free to send us a message on our Contact Us page!
Blog 12 Why You Should Choose Granite Countertops
Granite is a very popular choice when it comes to countertops and it’s no secret why. Not only is it durable, it is a natural stone meant to last a lifetime, so you don’t have to worry about a replacement and can enjoy your countertop for a very long time. Different styles are available, so whether your kitchen is traditional in design or modern, you will be able to find exactly what you’re looking for because of the variety of options that are available with granite products.
If you want a countertop that is unique, granite is definitely the right choice. Every single slab is one of a kind, so you can choose to make your countertop the focal point of a room or have it blend in with the other components of your kitchen. Granite is a natural stone with crystals that form in it, meaning no two slabs will be the same so you can have a countertop that is truly unique and because there are so many possibilities when it comes to colours and patterns, each piece will be different. Shades like black, white and gray are common colours you will see in granite slabs but you can also get greens, blues and even browns if that is what you’re after.
Granite is hard and durable, meaning you won’t have to worry about any damage. You want to be able to use your countertop comfortably without the fear of damaging it while cooking or ruining it through the daily chaos that goes on in your home; granite allows you to eliminate all of these worries because it is extremely durable. If you seal your granite countertop properly, you won’t have to worry about scratches, stains, wear and tear, and heat because granite has the power to resist these things.
Low maintenance is another advantage that comes with granite countertops and cleaning it is very easy, which is perfect for your busy lifestyle. You don’t want a countertop that requires hours of cleaning and granite allows you to keep your countertop looking brand new through the use of mild soap, warm water and a soft cloth, making the cleaning process quick and easy. Granite sealers should be applied from time to time but this is also very easy to do.
If you want a beautiful and luxurious looking countertop that is unique and requires very little maintenance, granite is definitely the answer and Woodhaven Kitchens can help! Located in Port Coquitlam, they can assist with every aspect, including kitchen design, cabinets and countertops, so if you’re ready for the kitchen of your dreams, contact them today!
Blog 13 Making a Small Kitchen Look Spacious
If your dream kitchen is one that is spacious but you just don’t have the room to make this a reality, the good news is that there are certain tricks you can apply to make your small kitchen look bigger. Careful design planning and a little creativity will help you transform your small kitchen by creating the illusion of a bigger space while maximizing every bit of the area that is available.
The first thing to consider is the colours in your kitchen. Darker colours will always make a space seem smaller and your kitchen may feel crampe. White and other light neutrals will always make your kitchen feel bigger and this is your best bet if you want to play it safe. If you want to get creative, you can incorporate dark cabinets with lighter wall colours and counters or even have dark walls if the rest of the kitchen is neutral. With the right design, anything is possible and you can have dark colours if you do it right. For a look that’s modern and spacious, white kitchens are the answer and have always been popular due to the timeless design they provide.
Other elements like glass cabinet door inserts, open wall shelving and glass or mirror tiles in your backsplash will also create the illusion of a bigger space. Closed cabinets can make your kitchen feel very small as will clutter on your open shelves, so don’t fill them up with too many items and stick to simple glassware or white coloured china to keep your kitchen clean and spacious.
If you want to do something more drastic, you can always open up a wall if your kitchen allows for it. This will transform your kitchen completely and instantly make it feel bigger. You can also consider a pass-through or sit down counter, which will provide you with a fantastic entertaining area as well as more storage, in addition to a bigger space.
Keep it simple when it comes to décor and cabinet door styles because overly decorative elements are overwhelming for a small space and will not accomplish spaciousness the way that minimal and clean designs can. Integrated appliances will also help your kitchen look larger, especially if they match the colour of your cabinets, which will enhance both the design and space.
Tackling kitchen design is not an easy task and choosing the right elements can be tough, which is why you need the professional advice and expertise of Woodhaven Kitchens in Port Coquitlam. From the design aspect to cabinets and countertops, they have it all, so if you want your dream kitchen to become a reality, visit them today!
Blog 14 How to Survive The Kitchen Remodelling Process
So you’ve decided to do a kitchen renovation… now what? There are a number of things you should do to make sure that it is a smooth process. Below we list some ways that you can prepare yourself and your family for a kitchen remodel.
The first thing you will want to do is get some boxes, storage bins and markers, so you can put away the kitchen items that you do not on a daily basis. Once you’ve separated the things that you will need from those that you can live without during the renovation process, you should think about how you will keep the surrounding areas of your kitchen clean. There will be a considerable amount of dirt in your house during the renovation process, so you may want to invest in covers for your floors and furniture, and seal off all the doorways leading to nearby rooms.
While you’re remodelling your kitchen, you still have to eat, so it’s important that you set up space to make quick and easy meals. You may think that you’ll be able to survive on take-out, but not only can that be costly, but issues may arise during the renovation process, which may prolong the project. Having small kitchen items like microwaves, hot plate and toaster ovens at your disposal during the renovation process will not only help you save money but will be very useful if your project goes on for longer than expected.
Tracking the progress of your renovation project will be helpful for your own peace of mind. Not only can it get overwhelming, but annoying having people in your home all day. Tracking your progress will ensure that you are on top of your kitchen renovations, and can guestimate when they will be completed.
During any renovation, you can expect setbacks. Here are some of the common problems homeowners encounter during a kitchen renovation:
- Products not arriving on time
- Much bigger mess than anticipated
- Structural issues that require immediate repairs
- Missing or damaged equipment
It’s important to be patient and accept any challenges that may arise during the progression of your project.
The renovation process can be messy and hazardous, especially for small children and animals. You want to plan some day trips to visit family, or even consider getting a pet-sitter.
Blog 15 10 Easy Steps to Design your Kitchen Island
Your kitchen island is the heart of your kitchen. Below, we give you 10 kitchen island ideas that will make your kitchen look more stunning, and will have you never wanting to be in any other room in your home.
Having extra counter space will be beneficial for you. Not only does it make things easier for you to store, but you’ll also have the space to cook meals with your loved ones.
Putting low profile seating to your kitchen island is a simple way to add practicality.
Incorporating your kitchen island will with your appliances maximizes your kitchen space.
Baskets are a great way to add additional storage to your kitchen. With many sizes and shapes on the market, you’ll be able to find one that can hold whatever extra things you have lying around to decrease clutter.
Adding a table to your kitchen island is a contemporary approach to elevating its uses. An extendable table attached to your island will be great for those who enjoy entertaining or have larger families, without occupying an excessive amount of space every day.
A waterfall island is when your kitchen island material continues down the sides of the cabinets, which creates a cascading effect.
A mix of materials will elevate your kitchen. Marble and metal work very well together, regardless of the types that you choose. You can go with white marble with gold or silver, or dark marble with a rusted metal, depending on your style and the hardware in the other rooms of your home.
A reflected kitchen island is a nice touch even in the most basic of the kitchen. A mirrored surface will make your kitchen appear larger, and a great way to idea kitchen island occupying a large amount of space in your kitchen.
It is a well-known fact in the design world that lighting can transform a space altogether. LED lights are great for kitchen islands with overhangs for pots.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour when upgrading your kitchen. Whether you like brighter colours or something dark and cooler, there are many options available that will work for you.
For all of your kitchen renovations needs, contact us at Woodhaven Kitchen. Whether you are in the beginning stages of the renovation process or in the installation step, we can step in and take care of it all. Call us today to get started!
Blog 16 How to Plan Your Space in a Kitchen Remodelling
Remodelling a kitchen is a lot of work and planning the space is one of the most important steps of this process. The following tips will help you plan your kitchen space properly so that you can create the perfect design:
Before you start picking cabinets and colours, focus on the space because this is what is most important. Coming up with the right layout should be your priority, so determine what appliances you want and where your appliances will go.Decide on the shape of the kitchen, whether you have room for an island, for example. You need to have a floor plan/ layoutfirst so you can move forward.Your layout must make sense and be convenient for you. A kitchen designer should be able to provide you with different layout options based on your space. This way, you can explore and choose from a few different possibilities. Some companies or independent designers will charge for this service.
Once you have a floor plan, you should contact a few contractors to do a site visit and provide you with an estimate. Remember that the more information you can provide, the more accurate the estimate will be, so try to have a detailed plan in hand. A designer can provide you with a schematic electrical and lighting plan which assists the contractor with providing a more accurate estimate. It’s natural for some elements to change but you will still have an idea of the costs before you start so that you know where you stand. Contact different contractors and compare the estimates you receive to see which one is most suitable for your budget, also you must be comfortable and confident with your contractor selection.
Once you have a plan you love and you have finalized the space and the layout, you can move on to other elements which your designer can provide providing you with 3D drawings and elevations so that you can visualize your new kitchen. You can even note where your spices, pots, silverware and utensils will go if you wish to get more specific. The first few steps of the planning process require you to be practical and functional but this stage of the process will allow you to be more creative, so you can have fun and can be more artistic because you can focus on colours, designs, materials and finishes.
Blog 17 Top Kitchen Cabinet Styles, Colours & Trends
If you’re planning on renovating or remodelling your kitchen, there are so many fun and exciting ideas you can consider. There are a ton of kitchen cabinet styles to choose from and the new trends and colours will help you transform your kitchen from boring to stylish in no time!
If you want to incorporate stylish elements into your new kitchen, consider some of these trends:
What was once used to store and preserve foods is now becoming a stylish piece that can be used as a stand-alone cupboard or pantry. You can choose one that is large if you want to store the majority of your dry goods there or you can choose a smaller one so that you can keep your items organized without taking up a lot of your valuable space. This piece will look great next to your cabinets and will complement your overall kitchen design.
This option is becoming more and more popular for kitchen cabinetry and in addition to its beautiful appearance, this natural material is also eco-friendly. There is a selection of manufactured materials that look and feel like the real thing, also an option to consider.
If you want your cabinets to stand out, consider kitchen wallpaper behind your cabinetry, which would complement them and allow them to pop. There are a number of options to choose from, including graphic designs that can mimic the look of tile. If you’re scared about the permanency of wallpaper, you can try peel-and-stick paper options instead, which are also available in a number of trendy designs.
You don’t have to have cabinets all around and can incorporate wine &plate racks into your design as well. Vintage plate racks, in particular, are becoming very popular because they are visually appealing and add character. You can display your beautiful dishware instead of hiding them.
Do not focus on matching all of your kitchen elements together because this is a concept of the past and mix and match items instead for a modern and trendy appearance. This is a great idea when it comes to metals and you can mix nickel knobs with brass faucets, for example, and then choose a completely different metal for your lighting fixtures.
Woodhaven Kitchens can provide you with more ideas and inspiration. We can help with every aspect of your kitchen design, including your cabinets and countertops, so if you are the Tri-Cities and are ready for your dream kitchen, give us a call now!
Blog18: How to Prepare For and Survive a Kitchen Renovation
Kitchen renovations are exciting but the process can also be frustrating. A kitchen is where we spend a lot of our time and where most families gather, so functioning without this space can be difficult and renovating this particular area will inevitably disrupt your life. While it can be hard to prepare for a kitchen remodel, it is possible to get through it and the following tips will help you survive:
You still need somewhere to store your food and to eat, so try moving your fridge to another room in your house so that you can still access it. Moving your microwave can also help, so try setting up your essentials elsewhere so that you can continue to use them during construction. You should also find an alternative area to eat because you will not be able to do this in your kitchen. Consider using your dining room or your family room temporarily.
Washing dishes during a kitchen renovation is very challenging and while you can use your bathroom sink, investing in paper plates and disposable utensils will make your life a lot easier.
Renovations are loud, so you will have to get used to the noise, which can be disruptive. This is also true when it comes to dust because this type of project is messy, and there is no way around it because of the type of work that is being completed. If you are easily bothered by noise and messes, try going for walks and spend more time outdoors, which will make the process easier to tolerate.
It is always recommended that you sit down with the architect before starting the project so that you have a clear understanding of the changes that are going to be made. Whether you’re planning on moving walls, want to install specific types of cabinets or wish to change the layout, you need to be aware of the details beforehand so that you are happy with the end results and don’t face unexpected surprises.
In order for the job to be completed safely and properly, you need to hire a professional contractor who has experience renovating kitchens. You need to feel comfortable with the person that you hire so that you establish a good relationship with them, which will make a world of difference. You need a contractor who is reliable and trustworthy so that you have peace of mind.
If renovating your kitchen is something you’ve always wanted to do, Woodhaven Kitchens can help. We can assist you in planning your dream kitchen design and can help with every element from your cabinets to your countertops. If you’re ready to transform your kitchen and are in the Port Coquitlam area, give us a call now!
Blog19: How to Create a Realistic Design, Price and Construction Timeline
If you’re considering renovating your home, it is very important that you plan a realistic timeline and budget. It may seem like a small bathroom or a kitchen can be renovated quickly, but this is not the case, and even a small space may require a lot of time, so it is a must that you plan ahead to give your project a realistic timeline.
You need to do research before you begin any sized project because it is very important to consider different ideas and to look at inspirational images so that you can confirm the type of design you are after. Whether you are working with a designer or feel confident enough to complete renovations on your own, doing research is a must, and this has to be the first step in the renovation process. You need to consider the size of your space so that you can plan the design accordingly and must select elements that you love so that you enjoy your new space in the long run. Look at different finishes and different flooring options so that you can select the key pieces that have staying power.
Once you select the elements that you want, they will have to be ordered, and certain materials may arrive at different times, so you need to add these dates to your plan. Many people do not realize this and assume everything is available immediately, but this is rarely the case, and there is almost always a waiting period between the time you decide to start construction and when the materials actually arrive. Make sure you factor this in because it will affect when your project will begin and when it will be completed. In order to come up with a realistic timeline, you will also have to look into building permits if your renovation project calls for such documents because obtaining one can take time, so you need to factor this in and a fee may be required, so this, too, needs to be added into your budget.
The design and construction phases will generally have their own timelines, and a thorough design process generally requires two to six months, during which time you will have to call the relevant city departments, consult with experts, gather information, consult with your designer and shop for materials and furniture. You will have to give the construction phase lots of time because there are so many variables, and each of them will affect the completion date. Give this phase ample time so that you are not disappointed or stressed.
The reality is that renovation projects usually involve a lot more decisions than people realize, and if it is your kitchen that you want to renovate, Woodhaven Kitchens can help. We can assist in everything from cabinets to countertops and even your kitchen design, so if you are in Port Coquitlam and are ready to turn your dream kitchen into a reality, give us a call today!
Blog20: Selecting a Cabinetry Supplier – Manufactured vs Site Built
One of the most common questions asked by consumers when selecting a cabinetry supplier is whether manufactured or site built cabinets are best.
In order to make an informed decision, you must consider a number of details, including the quality, stability, reputation and consistency you are after. You need to understand the differences between the two options to see which one offers you more advantages. Generally, custom factory made products are better because of the many benefits they provide, including a better warranty. These products go through tested quality production methods, and only quality materials and hardware are used. Additionally, they are also made with superior finishing materials and techniques, so you will not only have your dream cabinets, but peace of mind as well.
Custom shops will spend a lot more time with you to really understand your preferences and needs. You will have a say in the planning process and will get to explain how you intend to use your space along with the appearance you want. The designers will then create a plan that reflects this information to provide you with the results you are after. The technology that is available will also allow clients to accurately visualize the designed space with their new cabinetry through 3D drawings that can rotate the room and show the space from different angles.
You will notice superior quality when you select custom factory finished products because they prioritize this aspect.. Site built products cannot do the same because they cannot guarantee a quality finish. After a short period, you may notice that the finish softens or even deteriorates, and this is something you definitely want to avoid. You need cabinets that have a superior quality factory finish as this will ensure durability and longevity. These types of cabinetry can be enjoyed forever, and you will never have to worry about replacements.
Custom manufactured cabinetry is specially engineered and rigorously tested before they are released to the client to ensure they meet the high standards and requirements promised to the consumer. This type of cabinetry cannot be produced on a job site or in a low budget factory because a special environment is required to create superior products.
Woodhaven Kitchens will help you obtain the best cabinets for your kitchen renovation project. We can help you with everything from the design aspect to your cabinets and countertops, so if you are in the Port Coquitlam area, give us a call today!
Blog 21: Selecting Cabinet Hardware for Your Kitchen Design
When planning and designing a new kitchen, it’s easy to get caught up in the cabinetry and flooring, but there is another aspect you need to consider when renovating this space, and that is selecting the right hardware. This is something a lot of homeowners do not pay much attention to, but the reality is that your project will be incomplete until you select the right hardware to complement the aesthetics and overall appearance of your kitchen.
Consider the hardware as the finishing touch and select ones that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Choosing hardware for your cabinets may seem like an easy thing to do but the variety of styles, materials, types and finishes of hardware that are available can make the selection process quite challenging. If you don’t want to feel lost, be sure to follow these tips:
As there are so many types of decorative hardware, you will have to rely on your personal taste and design preferences to narrow down your options. The hardware you choose should complement the style of your kitchen, but must be functional and comfortable to use as well. Decide whether you want a knob or pull and look at the different styles that are available to choose the best one. Place the hardware against your cabinetry and see how they fit your hand to determine if they are the right size and shape for you.
It is very important to get a few samples of your cabinetry so that you can hold the knobs and pulls against the doors and drawers. This will give you a better understanding of the styles you like and the ones that are suitable. Make sure you consider different aspects like proportion, balance, function and appearance when deciding on the size of your hardware. Larger cabinet doors may require more than one piece of hardware, while smaller knobs will look better on smaller cabinet doors, so take your time when making your decision.
Your hardware should reflect the overall style of your kitchen so make sure your selection complements your space to create balance. Kitchen cabinet hardware is available in four different categories, including traditional, contemporary, transitional and eclectic. Determine whether elaborate detailing and embellishments or sleek lines and minimalistic colours would work best for your kitchen and purchase your hardware accordingly.
Cabinet hardware is made up of a variety of materials, including brass, bronze, pewter, nickel, and more! You can also choose knobs that are made from glass or crystal if you prefer more of a vintage look.
Woodhaven Kitchens can help you with every aspect of your kitchen. We specialize in countertops and cabinets and can also help with your kitchen design, so if you are in the Port Coquitlam area, give us a call today!
Blog 22: Quartz, Granite or Marble Countertops?
Quartz, granite and marble are three of the most popular materials for countertops due to their durability and longevity. But how do they compare to each other? Even though all three materials are robust and reliable, they each have their pros and cons. If you are confused about which countertop material would best suit your kitchen and budget, don’t worry! Here’s a quick guide on the three most common countertop materials on the market today.
Granite is a beautiful natural stone that comes in a large variety of colours and styles. It is reliable, durable and stain-resistant. It is also heat-resistant and does not show watermarks when correctly sealed, making it an excellent choice for kitchen countertops. If you are looking for low-maintenance countertops that will sustain normal wear and tear, granite could be the material for you.
However, as it is a natural stone, colour options are limited compared to colour-enhanced quartz styles. Granite countertops will also require yearly sealing to maintain their lustre and longevity.
Similar to granite, quartz countertops are equally durable, stain-resistant, and scratch-resistant. A major difference between the two is that quartz is not 100 percent natural. It is made from about 90 percent ground natural quartz and 10 percent polyresin, with some colouration dyes. Since quartz countertops are manufactured, you can customize the material to suit any style, including granite and marble. Quartz is also non-porous, meaning that it does not require regular sealing as granite and marble do.
However, be aware that quartz is not as heat-resistant as granite or marble. Exposing quartz countertops to excessive heat can melt the resin and leave a permanent burn mark on the surface. Make sure never to set down burning hot pans or pots on quartz countertops.
Marble is truly timeless, and many homeowners feel that no other material can match the unique beauty of marble countertops. Marble is also relatively durable. However, you must be ready for the maintenance required if you want to keep your marble countertops in good condition. Marble is the most porous of all three materials and is especially sensitive to acidic liquids and cleaning materials. Regular re-sealing about a few times a year is essential to protect the surface.
Quartz, granite and marble are all more expensive than laminate or tile alternatives. In general, the overall cost depends colour, thickness, finish & fabrication/ install quality.We recommend reading customer reviews and researching manufacturers for the best results before you buy.
Woodhaven Kitchen is here to help you create the kitchen of your dreams in Port Coquitlam. We offer assistance from initiall kitchen design and manufacturing to delivery and installation. At Woodhaven Kitchens, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services we know you deserve. So visit our Woodhaven Kitchens showroom or meet with one of our professional designers to bring your vision to life today!