Monthly Archives: October 2015

Suppliers to Consider for Your Renovation Ideas

When you think about your home as your castle, you want to outfit it with high quality products and renovation designs that will make your space functional, efficient and beautiful. Many reputable renovation companies will work with homeowners from concept to completion to ensure that the project is easy, fulfills the desired outcome and falls within a budget as much as possible. Most renovation companies can provide everything that you need from basic layout and design to complete project management. The products that you will incorporate in your design is as important as the design itself so that you achieve the desired look and feel of your project, regardless whether it’s kitchen cabinetry, bath, basement or entertainment center renovations. Today we are going to take a look at three suppliers that The Wright Kitchen has referenced on Houzz.com; Eden’s Tile-It, Urban Effects and Currey & Company.

Eden’s Tile-It:

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Eden’s Tile-it has two locations, one in Mt. Hope and the other in Burlington. Their specialty is Ceramics, Glass Mosaics, Natural Stones, Slate, Marble, Carpet, and Hardwood. They have been selling quality floor coverings for over twenty-five years. They also carry Nuheat, under floor heating pads, Schluter System products as well as various tools and accessories for the do-it-your-selfers. They have special cleaning products for the flooring industry and much more in the way of keeping up to date on the latest trends and technologies in the flooring industry. Since every home is unique and may pose unique challenges for each installation, this company always provides a no charge in home estimate to make sure that your project is done right. From start to finish, Eden’s Tile-It can take your project from idea to completion and make the process as stress free as possible.

Both residential and commercial customers enjoy the tremendous selection of top quality products and rely on the company’s knowledge and experience that comes from many years in the flooring business. They offer customized services and installation to fit your individual style and purpose. This company has some of the best tile and flooring installers in the area and feature the top names in the flooring industry.

Urban Effects:

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If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen to the dream kitchen you have always wanted, Urban Effects is the place to look. This company offers a wide variety of kitchen cabinets like contemporary, modern, traditional and transitional kitchens. Urban Effect cabinets come in maple, cherry and aluminum just to name a few and they feature shaker, raised and arched design styles. They also have custom cabinets and custom colours if you are looking for something unique.

You can browse through their extensive gallery of photos to get some of ideas that will inspire your kitchen remodelling plan. The photo gallery offers a look at some of the current kitchen projects that have just completed. With Urban Effects, you can rest assured that your satisfaction is guaranteed because they stand behind the quality of their products 100% with a 10 year warranty.

Currey & Company:

hammered silver fixtures

Currey & Company is wholesale manufacturer of distinctive home furnishings products, but they are best known for their vibrant collection of lighting products (chandeliers, wall sconces, table and floor lamps) as well as interior furniture, garden furniture and accessories. Their multi-cultural work force in Atlanta, Georgia creates, assembles, finishes, packs and ships product to North America.

All Currey & Company’s lighting products are designed and engineered to meet the rigid safety standards established by Underwriter’s Laboratory and bear the UL/CUI label. This UL/CLUI safety certification is valid in the United States and Canada.

Chandeliers and wall sconces today form a significant part of the company’s business and these goods are characterized by the attention and detailing that goes into their manufacturing and finishing. Currey & Company brings to the marketplace merchandise that not only speaks of the touch of the human hand, but also utilizes a myriad of natural materials. Hand forged iron products have long been the specialty of the company, but the range of materials has been extended to include a variety of materials such as hand-carved wood, porcelain and brass.

When you contract The Wright Kitchen to manage your Kitchen Renovations, you have access to suppliers that may not be always open to the public. You also have the added benefit of The Wright Kitchen tracking down fixtures, tiling, and products that you may have in mind, but would have no way of ever finding. While the internet is a great resource for finding products, it’s no match to the years of experience The Wright Kitchen has in knowing what is available, and how it can all flow and function together.

Choosing a Fireplace for the Kitchen

Gone are the days of heating the tea kettle over an open fire. Before the prevalence of central heating and gas stoves, one of the first things we did upon waking was to light the fire in the kitchen. Life revolved around the heat and light that the fireplace provided and the kitchen was the place to be. Today’s kitchen can still enjoy a roaring fire and indeed, fireplaces are finding a renewed place of honor in the most modern kitchens.

A fire

Gas

With options of gas and electric, fireplaces are being installed in all rooms of the house, including the kitchen. Gas fireplaces are a favorite for kitchen installs because of their safety and versatility. Gas fireplaces can be vented horizontally through the nearest wall and are sealed, making them less of a carbon monoxide hazard. The gas fireplace is convenient, and low maintenance and for these reasons, are the popular choice for homeowners, when it comes time to install a fireplace in the kitchen. The choice to install two- and even three-sided fireplaces is becoming increasingly more popular. Kitchens are often central to the home and the fireplace can be shared with multiple rooms. The heat that a gas fireplace creates will fill a room while the wood fireplace creates radiant heat that only heats the immediate area around the fire.

Electric

While gas fireplaces are easy to vent, they do require a natural gas hookup. If one isn’t available, an electric fireplace is your best bet. As with the gas fireplace in the kitchen, the electric fireplace is versatile. They can be placed anywhere with an electrical outlet. Electric fireplaces have come a long way since their inception. The electric fireplaces of today, provide a much more realistic look and feel. Some models will simply provide ambiance while others are fitted with a heater, making your beautiful kitchen fireplace, a heat source. Both gas and electric heat is convected which makes for a more efficient heat source than its wood counterpart.

Wood

While installing a gas or electric fireplace in your kitchen may provide convenience, there is nothing like the crackle of a roaring fire that only a wood fireplace can give you. If you are looking to install a wood fireplace in your kitchen for the purposes of cooking, the added work, (and there is a ton of it) can be well worth it.

After the wood is chopped and lugged into the house, the fire built, and the food cooked over an open flame, you will have surely worked up an appetite. A wood burning stove or fireplace in the kitchen will not only make great pizza but heat your space for hours. Installing a wood burning fireplace in the kitchen, will require room. Not only will room be needed for the fireplace, but a storage space will need to be created for the wood. Wood burning fireplaces can be messy. For those who have come to love their kitchen fireplace, it is a small price to pay for the authentic look and feel of real wood burning in the kitchen.

Your kitchen space and budget will surely be the main determining factor in your choice of kitchen fireplace. Good planning and a consultation with the professionals will ensure you make the right choice.

If you would like any more information on a kitchen redesign that includes a fireplace Contact The Wright Kitchen.

How to Reduce Your Household Food Waste

Food waste disposal is a growing concern with the many costs it incurs to our communities in terms of waste collection, disposal and greenhouse gases. It only makes sense that getting rid of the food waste in your kitchen requires a variety of approaches. When you food waste ends up in the bucket instead of utilizing other initiatives, it cost you money and wastes the water and energy resources used to originally produce the food.

An apple core from a red apple

When food waste is trucked into landfills and incinerated, it produces dangerous bio-gas emissions. Food scraps decompose quickly at these sites thereby producing methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is at least twenty-one times more potent at altering our climate and trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. It has an acidic liquid residue that can seep into the groundwater and contaminate it.

There are a variety of methods that you can design into your kitchen that will reduce the waste produced, such as better storing of food, meal preparation disposal and after meal storage or disposal. It can be simple approaches you take to reduce the waste your household generates from food and packaging.

Wet Food Containers

Blue box recycling is a major initiative to reduce packaging materials and most municipalities have programs in place for their communities. Also, today in many urban communities, programs have begun to have households dispose of their wet food materials using a wet food container.  These types of wet food containers help household owners collect the food scraps in the kitchen and dispose of them on a scheduled collection date in the same manner as blue box recycling.

Proper Planning

Much of the food waste in our kitchens comes from inadequate planning, buying too much food or preparing too much food. Portion control means preparing just the right amount of food that your family eats.

Planning your shopping list is important to keep you on track and help you to save money. A large proportion of food waste comes from not planning your meals around the food left in your refrigerator; hence, past due dates occur and waste occurs.

Food Storage

Keep your food fresh and avoid wasting energy by having your fridge set at the right temperature between 3 and 4 degrees Celsius for the fridge and between minus 15 and minus 18 degrees Celsius for the freezer. Airtight containers and zip lock bags are great for keeping leftovers. You can store lots of food in the freezer until you need it.

Blue Boxes

You can have different size blue boxes in your kitchen to accommodate the various food related products, such as one for hard plastics, tins, paper, foil, pie trays, glass, etc. and one for paper from packaging. The majority of packaging that comes with your food can be avoided or recycled. Make sure you know what your local municipality will not collect.

Composting

Composting is a great way to keep your yard waste and kitchen scraps from the landfill and by doing so you are doubly rewarded. You can compost any uncooked organic waste, including cardboard and paper, and don’t worry if you have a garden on which to spread your composted humus. Even in big cities, many local farmers markets and organizations will gladly accept your compost.

After following some of these ideas to reduce your kitchen waste from meal preparation, be sure to rethink how to better dispose of kitchen scraps before tossing anything in the trash.

If you find yourself spending lots of your time in the kitchen and have been thinking it could use a makeover, Contact The Wright Kitchen and speak with the Kitchen Redesign professionals today.

Managing Minor Countertop Damage

You just finished having your kitchen renovated and you have the kitchen of your dreams. You spent a lot of time and money and you are thrilled with the final product. But then disaster strikes and you notice a scratch in your countertop. What do you do? Depending on the severity of the scratch, you can repair it yourself. Here’s how to manage minor scratches, cracks and stains in your kitchen countertops.

Fashionable Countertops

Granite

While granite countertops are among the most durable even these surfaces sometimes suffer wear and tear. Don’t forget to reseal them after the repair is complete.

Cracks, chips and scratches in granite can be filled in by applying multiple layers of an epoxy resin that is colour matched to the stone of your countertop. Be sure to first clean the area using acetone, this will break down grease. Don’t forget to provide proper ventilation by opening a window.

Different types of stains such as ink, wine, bleach or oil will determine the type of poultice required to remove the stain. Using a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and flour will help to pull out stains from ink, bleach or oil. For wine stains, use a mix of flour and bleach to remove the stain. There are also some great commercial products which will do the job. Contact your kitchen contractor for advice on what products to try.

Solid Surface Countertops

This type of countertop is man-made from acrylic, resin and other materials. They are very tough but can incur scratches and stains. If you want to repair a minor scratch, simply rub a white polishing compound into the area using a wool pad. Afterwards, apply a countertop wax to the area. If there are very deep scratches or cuts, you should call a professional.

Laminate Countertops

It can be quite challenging to fix gouges, scratches and stains in laminate countertops. However, it can be done with the right know-how. Some repairs may require the expertise of a professional. Don’t hesitate to contact the contractor that installed your countertop for advice.

You can fix small chips fairly easily with a laminate repair paste. Be sure to choose one that matches the colour of your countertop. You can find this product at your local hardware store. If the problem is a scratch, you can cover the scratch by using a countertop polish or car wax. You can fix peeling laminate by using contact cement. This should be applied to both surfaces and carefully pressed back into place. To remove tea and coffee stains, use a paste of baking soda and household cleaner or vinegar.

If the damaged area is fairly large it will require replacing the entire area. It might be tricky to find an exact match for your countertop if it is older. Try contacting the professionals who installed your countertop for help.

When you trust your kitchen repair to The Wright Kitchen you can be certain the job will be done right. Contact us today, and our team of professionals will be happy to help.

Inexpensive Kitchen Makeovers and Ideas

If you find yourself outside, barbecuing all winter long to avoid your kitchen, it might be time to make a change. A new kitchen might not be in the budget but there are loads of things you can do to spruce up your kitchen that are both affordable and easy.

A Kitchen wall

A kitchen renovation can be costly. But don’t worry, if a complete kitchen renovation isn’t a possibility just yet, you might still be only a few small projects away from enjoying your kitchen to it’s fullest potential.

Paint

A fresh coat of paint on the walls will cure most rooms in your house from looking stale and bland so why should your kitchen be any different? For under $100, the look and feel of your kitchen can be transformed. Don’t be afraid of colour. There are many areas in your kitchen that will break up the colour and a bolder choice will inevitably make your kitchen a happy place.

Plants

With the amount of traffic in your kitchen, this room can sometimes feel like the living, breathing epicenter of your home. Adding fresh plants will only add to this atmosphere. Plants can be placed just about anywhere in the kitchen. If you are worried about accessing these plants in places likes the bulkhead for watering purposes, perhaps some artificial foliage is in order. With the distance from eye level a little farther away, no one will know the difference. Fresh flowers will also do the trick and a big bouquet in the middle of the kitchen table will distract from less appealing aspects of the room

New Upholstery

Many kitchen chairs and stools come with fabric seats. For just a few dollars and a trip to your local fabric store, those seats can be transformed and new colour can be added to your kitchen. Over the years, these fabrics can become worn and stained. With just a small time and cash commitment, they can be restored. You will need some elbow grease to remove the old fabric and a staple gun to re upholster with the fabric of your choice.

New Hardware

While new cabinets might be your first choice in freshening up your kitchen, your budget might have different ideas. For under $100, the hardware on your cabinetry can be replaced. New handles and drawer pulls will give the old cabinets a fresh modern look and extend the life of your kitchen. Be sure to give those cupboards a good scrubbing while you’re at it.

Refinish the cabinets

Most cabinets can withstand a good painting. If it’s not in your budget to have them professionally done, consider taking on this project yourself. There are many products out there specifically designed for kitchen cabinets. This can be a time consuming project and one that will need perseverance.  Cabinets take up the bulk of the room in the kitchen and when they are treated to a fresh coat of paint, the makeover can be remarkable.

Beautify your walls.

Adding colour to your walls doesn’t just have to come in the form of paint.  Consider adding pops of colour by hanging some art. A chalkboard or corkboard will add dimension to the space and create some organization as well.  Small shelves will get things off the counter and reduce clutter.

Loving your kitchen again is possible and it doesn’t have to break the bank.  With a few bucks, a little imagination and some effort, your kitchen may not be looking showroom ready, but at least it will once again be an inviting place to gather. If you feel like your kitchen needs more than just a bit of help, then speak to the professionals at The Wright Kitchen and we will do our best to put the ‘WOW’ factor into your kitchen.