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What to do with that corner cabinet in your kitchen?

When planning your kitchen renovation, the question about what to do with the corners is usually a contentious one. Shelves? Lazy Susan? Lemans?  or just kill it? Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each:

1. Shelves can be a cost effective and simple solution to corner storage and can be integrated into a true corner cabinet or a blind cabinet. Some people choose to use the cabinet floor for the majority of their storage and use a half shelf to make access easier. Shelves are solid, stable and can hold kitchen items of just about any size, shape or weight. The downside to shelves is that once yoimagesu fill them, the stuff at the back, under the hals shelf, is almost impossible to get at without removing items from the front (it can also be taxing on your knees and back when trying to get at things). Corner cabinets with shelves can quickly become graveyards for items that don’t get used very often or that should be thrown out. If you are going to use shelves in your corner cabinet, you will need to put some thought into how you organize the contents.

 

 

2. Lazy Susan’s have been around for years and are available in a number of different materials and configurations. You can get plastic shelves, wood shelves or metal shelves. You can get a pac-man style Lazy Susan for piano door cabinets or you can get full circles for angled corner cabinets. Some Lazy Susan inserts have posts that run from top to bottom through the shelves, while others have a hidden half shelf and use a ball bearing system to rotate. Regardless of which style or configuration you choose, a Lazy Susan is a good way to organize a decent amount of kitchen storage so that it can be accessed as required. The biggesUnknownt complaint about the Lazy Susan is that they often lose items in the back corner that fall of the shelves when rotating. It is always best to use a Lazy Susan for items that are lower in height and that carry a bit of weight. I would caution you against using a Lazy Susan for cereal as there is nothing worse than trying to clean up a spill at the back of the cabinet!

 

3. The Lemans Corner is a relatively newcomer on the kitchen scene. It is a peanut shaped double shelving unit that seamlessly glides in and out of a blind base cabinet to bring the contents out for access. Lemans corners are very convenient and save you the hassle of bending down and reaching in to find what you are looking for. Because the entire unit pulls completely outside of the cabinet, they are also very easy to clean and items that fall off the back are easier to retrieve (easier thaimages-1n a Lazy Susan). The peanut shape does limit the storage somewhat because the shelf is narrow in the middle, but there is still a decent amount of space if you manage it properly. Lemans corners are a little bit more money than shelving or a Lazy Susan, but they do allow you to use a blind base which gives you more room for functional cabinets in your kitchen.

 

4. If you have a large kitchen with plenty of room for storage, you may want to consider killing the corners so that they are not accessible at all. It may sound strange to do this, but because corner cabinets are usually the most expensive and difficult to use cabinets in your kitchen, it can be quite liberating to say goodbye to them! Killing the corners also gives you an opportunity for larger cabinets and the straight runs so that the amount of functional space that you loose is minimal.

Regardless of which solution you choose for the corners in your kitchen, there are a number of important factors to consider.

Kitchen Trend Predictions for 2016

Nothing quite transforms the look of a home like a kitchen renovation. Over the years, we have seen many trends come and go and we are very excited about some of the new design ideas that are on the horizon. The following are some of our top kitchen predictions for 2016.

Trendy Kitchen

  1. Semi-Custom Cabinets

These are the ideal mix of personalization and affordability! Modern cabinet companies are now providing a wide range of styles, colours and functions to suit any home décor. This allows for personalization without the high cost of custom cabinetry.

  1. Open Plan

If you have one of those homes where the party always ends up in the kitchen, then consider bringing in the New Year with an open plan kitchen. Features such as islands and breakfast bars give you space to prepare food while you are laughing and talking with your guests at the same time.

  1. High gloss

Super glossy walls, cabinets and countertops not only provide a futuristic look but they make for easy cleaning from spills and sticky fingerprints. There is no limit when it comes to palette either. Choose bright whites, earthy neutrals or vibrant shades of reds, teals, limes and yellows.

  1. Brushed steel

Stainless steel appliances and fixtures have long been a favourite of homeowners and the demand for them are showing no signs of slowing down. Trends have shifted however from shiny to brushed steel. Pair this with dark or matte colours to really accentuate them.

  1. Warmer metals

While stainless steel will remain popular, there will also be more of a shift toward the warmer hue metals. Shades of gold, brass and copper will be seen in cabinet hardware, light fixtures and faucets. Consider a copper range hood or a gold-flecked glass backsplash.

  1. Porcelain surfaces

Porcelain for sintered compact surfaces will see a surge in popularity in 2016. While it shares some of the qualities of quartz or engineered stone, porcelain is the clear winner when it comes to heat and stain resistance. Because it is available in so many thicknesses, porcelain can be used on everything from countertops to vertical surfaces like backsplashes and cabinet doors.

  1. Comfort is in

Expect to find more comfort in kitchen furniture trends in 2016. Kitchen chairs and stools will take on more organic shapes and make use of fabrics such as cotton and wool linens.

  1. Contemporary country

Contrast the charm of traditional soft pastels of a country kitchen with contemporary dark wood cabinets made from mahogany or walnut. This trending look for 2016 will delight both lovers of traditional and vintage kitchens.

  1. Texture

While modern, minimalist white kitchens will remain a popular choice, you can also expect to see more homeowners choosing a texture. Textured laminate on cabinet fronts and textured glass or stone on backsplashes will add visual interest.

  1. More storage

Storage will be a key feature of kitchen design in 2016. Many new appliances now come with added storage drawers. Easy to use cabinet doors that open with a touch as well as hidden cupboards will make it easier than ever to tuck away dishes, utensils and small appliances.

So if you’re considering a kitchen makeover for the new year, contact us and we will help you determine if any of these up and coming trends are right for you.

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.

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.

Tips On How to Get Your Modern Kitchen Lighting Just Right

These days most kitchens are used as dining room, office and a family room. The lights are on in the kitchen much more than in any other room in your home. Since you’re going to be using the kitchen for cooking, working and playing, you will need a good range of lighting to create a suitable environment for all your activities as well as preventing any accidents and eyestrain. Here at The Wright Kitchen, we like to think that we can all agree that the more lighting options you have in a kitchen the better (without going overboard of course, you don’t want to blind your guests!). So read on as we have some great ideas for you to light up your kitchen in more ways than one.

Modern Trends in Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen lights installed by the Wright Kitchen

Overhead Fixtures

A single overhead fixture will give you good lighting for most of your general cleaning activities and navigation but does a terrible job of casting light inside your cabinets; especially in the deep cabinets and your corner units. One possible solution is to use the current light fixture electrical box to add in a new track lighting system.

Track Lighting

Track lighting is available in fluorescent, incandescent, and high- and low-voltage halogen styles. There are multiple fixtures that give you the freedom to focus and direct the light where you need it most. There are also a very wide variety of specialized fixtures which allow you to customize and arrange your lighting as you need it. You can buy units with reflector bulbs for task lighting and you can buy units created especially for general or mood light. Many of the systems also have adapters for pendant lighting.

Positioning

Once you’ve selected your fixtures, be careful to position them so that they don’t shine directly into your eyes. Remember not to install fixtures directly in line with sinks and other such work areas because your head will block the light. Instead, install them to the sides and then angle them out toward the target spot. Place the fixtures where they won’t get in the way of opening upper cabinet doors. Also be sure to select a system that will complement the look and feel of your own kitchen.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Another type of lighting which is useful in kitchens is under cabinet lighting. Since your body and upper cabinets can often block the light from any centrally located ceiling fixtures, installing cabinet lighting will put the light where you need it most. Avoid working in dim shadows by installing the lights beneath the upper cabinets. This will help to illuminate your cutting boards and cookbooks.

Another solution to kitchen lighting is to purchase special recessed light trims which focus light where you need it most.

The standard recessed lights often tend to light up floors, walls, cabinet fronts and frequently the top of your head. These are all places where light isn’t really needed. Many of the recessed light manufacturers have produce a basic fixture that can be fitted with a good variety of trims which range from the more basic baffled cylinder to wall washers and adjustable eyeballs. These last two versions allow you to direct light right where it’s needed; to the inside of your cabinets or to specific areas of your countertop. The advantage to using these trims is that the cost is usually quite low and the job takes only a few minutes to complete.

One last tip: You should make sure that your new trims are made by the same company that made the recessed housing and that the trim is compatible.

The Wright Kitchen will do its best to redesign your kitchen with appropriate lighting solutions. Contact The Wright Kitchen if you’re interested in our various options for kitchen redesign and renovation.

Kitchen Counters Make a Statement

Over the years, kitchen counter trends have seen a bounty of new materials that will inspire you to renovate your countertops for the most up-to-date statement. Kitchen counters are a focal point of any kitchen and although more costly, they are a wise investment. Whether you’re renovating your existing counters or choosing countertops of a newly built home, return on investment is a major consideration. Since the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, investing in upgraded countertops makes a lot of sense from a resale perspective because they add beauty and value to your home. In fact, many of today’s kitchens feature showpiece kitchen countertops that dictate the design of a kitchen.

Kitchen with subzero unit

Homeowners today not only want the best even if they’re on a budget, but they also want their home to be updated in a tasteful and stylish look, both on the outside and inside of their home. Countertop materials range from unique to impractical to functional, but whatever you decide on it should be a reflection of your lifestyle and personality. Since trends seem to come and go and everyone has their own style and tastes, it’s good to get some idea of the hottest trends that homeowners are installing. Before making any decisions on which material you will select, you may want to reflect the connection between your cabinetry, colour scheme or surrounding furnishings.

If you are on a budget, but still want to upgrade to something beautiful and substantial, there are several assorted grades of granite that you can select among depending on the manufacturer. As an example, you may want to opt to install a granite grade level of 2 instead of level 5 that will still look spectacular, but less costly. Additionally, some laminate products are close mimics to more expensive surfaces like granite, but the products cost half the amount.

Laminate Counters:

For the homeowner who is looking for an affordable and durable countertop surface, laminate certainly fits the bill. Although it’s not as eye catching as some other surface materials, it can certainly stand up in the kitchen and comes in a variety of colours, patterns, textures and style. It should be noted that laminate has come a long way from the Formica look and still retains its good character traits at reasonable prices. Many of today’s laminate surfaces have a look that can closely mimic many of the natural materials and best of all, there are many different edge treatments to choose among to eliminate the dreaded look of seams at the junctions.

Quartz Counter Tops:

Quartz is a favorite with homeowners because it is arguably the most durable option for kitchens. It is an engineered stone, made from the hardest minerals with a blend of stone chips, resins, and pigments. In the last few years, Quartz has come on strong and replaced natural granite as the top choice for countertops by homeowners. Manufacturers have been steadily developing and manufacturing a variety of new patterns for this popular and versatile material. It can rival the look of granite or marble in addition to being instilled with bold new colours and patterns.

Concrete Kitchen Counters

Concrete continues to be a strong choice as a material that homeowners and designers are requesting for countertops; however, concrete, although beautiful and versatile, is repair-prone, especially when it comes to staining and chipping. A surface sealer is required for water and stain resistance. Large concrete slabs will have seams too, but they can be minimized. On the positive side, the colour options are endless which gives you the ability to effortlessly coordinate with the rest of the kitchen. It can be cast in any size and shape that fits your requirements.

Wood Kitchen Countertops:

Wood has been and always will be a favorite, but the trend for finishes is now being represented in natural forms and textures rather than high-gloss or smooth finishes. Today’s homeowners have taken notice that wood countertops are gaining in popularity because wood can provide a warm, nostalgic and homey feeling that a modern kitchen is lacking.

Dramatic Statement:

Beautiful countertops will always be a staple feature of any kitchen. With so many choices of materials from which you to select among, you’re sure to find just the right mix to make a dramatic statement in your kitchen. If you are finally ready to take the steps towards the dream kitchen you always wanted, contact The Wright Kitchen

Designing an Eat In Kitchen

Kitchen renovations of any kind might have you contemplating changes to your space.  Let an eat in component, with all it has to offer the family, be one of them.

Family eating dinner in the kitchen

It used to be that the kitchen was where friends and family bonded over great food and great conversation. With the increase in popularity of the dining room, many home owners found value in more storage. The eat in area was taken over by more cabinets. Many eat in kitchens from the 50’s and 60’s have since been redesigned to utilize space with storage in mind. Eat in components were all but eliminated in these redesigns.

Until most recently, newly built kitchens have been created with some alternate seating that didn’t involve sitting around a table. The island was born and this multipurpose surface became the alternative to table and chairs.

Most recently, with homes that are being build bigger than ever, eat in kitchens are making a comeback. Not just a few stools behind a counter, but a full-fledged table with chairs, giving the kitchen back its title of being the focal point of the home.

Aside from formal dinners, an eat in kitchen just makes sense.

If you’re considering a new eat in component or simply want to revamp your existing eat in kitchen, there are many seating options to choose from.

  • Nook seating is versatile and can make use of just about any extra space in and around the kitchen.
  • Benches give you the opportunity to provide more seating that the kitchen space might not otherwise allow. Bench seating is great for large and active families.
  • Chairs are the old stand by. Chairs and tables give great design quality to any kitchen space. Tables, whether round, or rectangle, take up more room and may be reserved for a kitchen space that is in abundance of square footage.
  • Stools have found their way into many kitchens because they give so much and ask for so little. A stool can be placed under a counter or island. A collection of stools can provide seating to a kitchen that may otherwise not have room for any seating at all.
  • Banquette seating, with it’s versatility, allows many diners to find a place to sit in just about any shaped space.

Which seating options you ultimately decide on, will greatly depend on the space you are working with. Perhaps a combination of more than one of these options is the answer.  Kitchen renovation is not cheap. You will want to consider your present needs as well as your future needs. If you are a growing family, a round bistro table with two chairs won’t likely serve your needs for long.

An eat in kitchen is a place where homework is done, the pie crust is rolled out, the crossword is nearly completed and the place where the newspaper gets read. With an eat in kitchen, you and your family will come to enjoy all kinds of solid pastimes. Pastimes that will bring the family together under the aroma of your great cooking.

The kitchen remains the place where everyone meets. Let them take a seat with an eat in kitchen. If you are considering doing a kitchen redesign of any kind feel free to Contact us at The Wright Kitchen and speak with the kitchen redesign experts.

How Much Can a Kitchen Upgrade Add Value to Your Home?

Homeowners all over Canada are making the choice to invest in home improvement renovations like never before. Not only do these renovations make their time spent at home that much more enjoyable, but it also increases the value of their home. For many homeowners this is just an added bonus, but if you plan to sell in the near future, focusing your renovation efforts where it matters is a strategic decision.

A Modern House on a sunny day

We don’t need to tell you that your kitchen is the focal point of your home. Not just in a design sense either. It’s where all the activity is. It’s where the homework is done, the lunches are made, where family meetings take place, and plans are put into motion. It’s not a wonder that they occasionally need a little upgrade.

Did you know that both kitchen and bathroom renovations typically recoup 75-100% of their renovation budgets upon reselling their homes? Just to put that into perspective, if you replace the roof, you should only bank on recovering 50-80% of the cost, meanwhile a living room expansion can only guarantee 50-75%.

Kitchen Renovation adding to your Property Value

Upgrading your kitchen to increase your property value doesn’t necessarily mean gutting the entire space. One popular kitchen renovation that packs a punch is an island. Seems simple right? By incorporating an island into your pre-existing kitchen space you are not only adding valuable extra storage, but also another seating space, an entertaining space, and a work space.

One way to simulate a total kitchen renovation is to update your cabinetry. This can be combined with adding in an island. Bonus points if you install hardwood floor (one of the top 7 home improvement trends). By keeping the foundation of your kitchen intact, you can allocate more to choosing the very best materials and hardware.

Kitchen Renovation Trends

Staying on top of home renovation trends is a strategic way to keep your home attractive to potential home buyers. However, if your goal is to keep your home for the foreseeable future, stay on top of the trends for your own enjoyment! 2015 is proving to be a fantastic year for kitchen renovation trends. Here is just a little nibble to whet your appetite:

Brass: When it comes to taps, sinks, range hoods, and hardware, kitchens in 2015 are all about the brass. Interior designers are raving about the way brass emits warmth and sophistication. Brass pairs well with greys, and whites making it an easy inclusion to many of today’s kitchens.

Patterned Tile Backsplash: One of the most versatile areas in your kitchen is the backsplash. With little to no need for demolition you can give your whole kitchen a facelift by designing a tile backsplash. While subway tiles and marble backsplashes have been the norm for several years, colourful, geometric tiles are making their way into kitchens across the country.

When it comes to increasing the value of your home, start with the kitchen. With increasingly attractive appliances and innovative design elements, now, more than ever, kitchens are being considered the living room of the modern home.

Considering adding value to your house with a kitchen Renovation project? Contact the professionals to give you a hand with all your kitchen needs.