What should I include in my kitchen renovation?

What should I include in my kitchen renovation?

When it comes to home renovations, upgrading a kitchen is arguably one of the most common renovations home owners complete. This is probably because the kitchen is the hub of most homes, where friends and family gather, meals are made and enjoyed, and time is spent. So, if you are planning out a kitchen renovation of your own, we understand wanting to ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams when the project is completed.

To help you plan out your kitchen renovations we have outlined some the key items to consider with your kitchen renovation project.

1. New Countertops

Installing new countertops alone has the ability to change to look and feel of your kitchen. Choosing the right countertop material for your kitchen renovation will affect your kitchen’s aesthetics as well as functionality. Countertops come in a wide variety of materials, such as granite, marble, Caesarstone, tiles, and wood butcher block. All of these materials have a different visual appeal, usage capabilities, pricing and durability. As a result, consider the pros and cons concerning your preference and choose the right countertop that will meet your design and usage needs.

2. New Appliances

Before your kitchen renovations gets underway, think about purchasing new appliances for your kitchen. This will help with ensuring the kitchen layout and space allotted works well. Your appliances can also be the focal point of your kitchen, so knowing exactly which appliances you will be utilizing allows for planning of hardware and colours. If your old appliances are still in good working condition, we still suggest looking at purchasing newer, energy efficient appliances to reduce energy consumption.

3. Custom Lighting

An important item to consider for your kitchen renovation, is custom light fixtures. New lighting fixtures will provide different lighting options as well as update your kitchen’s ambiance. Try utilizing different lighting features to help illuminate different areas of your kitchen. Having a combination of recessed lighting, pendent lighting and under cabinet LEDs are all very popular right now.

4. Flooring

Your kitchen is arguably one of the busiest areas of your home and the kitchen flooring undoubtedly takes significant wear and tear from all the foot traffic that passes through. As a result, installing new tiles in your kitchen will not only increase its appeal, but will add incremental value to your kitchen renovation. There are several flooring options available to ensure your design preferences and budget are both met.

5. Painting

Repainting is a must for any renovation project, but in a kitchen renovation, your selected colour can help make the space feel more welcoming and larger. A fresh coat of paint or two is not all that expensive but has a large impact on your project.

When planning out your kitchen renovation, make sure to consider your family’s needs and must haves. Also, try taking a step back and think about what bothers you about your current kitchen. Perhaps a pot filler above your stove would come in handy, or a complete layout transformation is needed to make the space more useful. You have the ability to fix any issues and get the kitchen of your dreams with your renovation project.


What To Expect When You Renovate Your Kitchen?

What To Expect When You Renovate Your Kitchen?

If you are planning your first ever kitchen renovation, you are probably wondering what to expect. The truth is even if this isn’t your first kitchen renovation, every renovation project is slightly different, and there will always be surprises along the way. But, you can reduce the potential for surprises by knowing what basics to expect. This will help you handle the impending challenges better and prepare to embrace the uncertainties ahead.

Below we discuss what to expect when taking on one of the most popular home renovation projects undertake: kitchen renovations.

Noise

Just like with any other renovation project, you can expect your kitchen renovations to be a quite noisy endeavour. From the initial removal of your existing kitchen right up to the finishing touches, you should expect it to be noisy. There will be banging hammers, revving saws, materials being dropped, doors opening and closing, contractors talking and much more potential day interrupting sounds coming from the renovation areas. If you work from home, are uncomfortable with loud noises or have young children, it is a good idea to plan to be away during the days or even find a friend or family member’s home to stay at during all or a portion of the renovation.

Dust

Even though there may be measures to contain the dust while kitchen renovations are in progress such as hanging drop sheets around the kitchen entry ways, dust will likely still accumulate in areas away from the construction site. Wall demolition, cabinets dismantling and tile removal will all create small particles which can get into air ducts and move around your home. Ensure you remove everything you can from the kitchen area prior to the commencement of the renovations so they don’t get damaged or covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt.

Delays and Unexpected Costs

Like every other project, kitchen renovations are hardly ever hitch-free. For one reason or the other, the unexpected will always happen. Delays occur, material may be delayed, contractors may encounter additional challenges and logistics may fall through. Preparing for the unforeseen during your kitchen renovation will put you in a better position to be patient and tolerant, especially when this issue could have been prevented. You don’t know, what you don’t know and this is always true during a renovation. Removing walls, floors, cabinetry, ceilings and so on can uncover an issue that wasn’t expected. This is why it is always suggested to have a reserve fund to help resolve any of these uncovered unexpected issues.

Time

This really shouldn’t be a surprise, a renovation such as a full kitchen upgrade takes time, we are talking months in most cases. 30-minute renovation TV shows make it feel like a kitchen renovation is completed in days, well it’s not! Kitchen renovations take ample time, while it’s possible to repaint and replace kitchen hardware in hours or a day, a meaningful kitchen renovation project will take much longer.

Celebrate

Once your kitchen renovations are all done, it’s time to celebrate and show off your dream kitchen. You have probably gone through a rollercoaster of emotions since the start of your project, well it’s time to end the ride on a high note.


What Should You Not Do When Remodeling a Kitchen?

Your kitchen is the hub of your home, so taking on a full kitchen remodel is a big decision. Not only will a kitchen remodel create some inconveniences for you and your family, but it is also a fairly large financial commitment. But in the end, your new and improved kitchen will be worth the cost and slight inconvenience. 

It is important to fully plan out your kitchen remodel, either on your own or with the help of a design specialist before you begin the task of tearing out your existing kitchen. Like any renovation project, there are aspects that you will want to avoid with your kitchen remodel because it is always easier to plan ahead and review again than it is to realize something isn’t working as intended after the project is completed.

Below we will walk you through some of the key things you should avoid when remodeling your kitchen. 

  • Not Prioritizing Storage

Not planning for adequate storage is one of the most common mistakes that homeowners make while renovating their kitchen. Your new kitchen design may call for a minimalist aesthetic, this look comes only by sacrificing sufficient storage space and ultimately functionality. Reduced storage space can make for storing bulkier pots, pans and small appliances difficult and can even affect your meal prep capabilities. 

By incorporating sufficient cabinets, drawer dividers, pantry pull-outs, floating shelves, Lazy Susan, and other space saving add-ons, you will help to increase the efficiency of your new kitchen. 

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  • Inadequate lighting

Your kitchen needs to have sufficient lighting in order to be functional, no one wants to be using a sharp knife in the dark. If you are looking to be able to control the lighting in your kitchen in order to change the ambiance, incorporate different types of lighting operated by different switches. Consider main lighting such as recessed lights or larger fixtures to provide full lighting for day to day usage. Task lighting such as cabinet undermounted lighting that is strategically placed to help you perform specific tasks and pendant lights that can offer beautiful aesthetics, and provide enough light while setting a more intimate ambiance. 

  • Not Hiring a Professional Kitchen Renovation Company

While it may be tempting to hire a jack of all trades, a local handyman or even attempt to take on your own renovation project to save some of the cost. We highly recommend against it. A licensed, professional kitchen renovation company has the experience and the knowhow to deal with any unexpected surprises, as well as the resources to help design and layout your dream kitchen. 

If you are confident in your DIY skills, taking on the demolition and disposal of your old kitchen may still be an option, but just remember that completing the kitchen remodel yourself may void some of the material warranties, as many manufactures stipulate the warranty is only valid if installed by a professional contractor.

  • Not Sticking to Your Budget 

A full kitchen remodel is not cheap and it is easy to blow your budget up by continuously upgrading materials and adding to your design. Your budget can also quickly spiral out of control when unforeseen problems arise. In these cases it is easy for the homeowners to end up overspending on kitchen remodel, and that can lead to some financial issues that may even force the project be paused before the kitchen is in usable condition.

Setting a realistic budget and allocating resources carefully is important for a successful remodel. It is always a good idea to continuously check in on the budget to ensure your project is still on track. For an added safety net, set aside around 10% of your total budget to deal with unexpected issues or potential upgrades that you may want to add in. 

  • Adding to Much into Your Design

With any remodeling project, it is easy to try and stuff too many wants into the design. We suggest against this, as it is not a good idea to incorporate every design idea you into your remodel, this can and will lead to your space feeling crowded and smaller than it is. 

At KBC Solutions we understand that a dream kitchen varies from one individual to the next. Our team will work with you to plan out and design your kitchen renovation, and help make your dream kitchen a reality. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your no-obligation consultation. 


How to Tell the Difference Between Marble and Quartz

How to Tell the Difference Between Marble and Quartz

New countertops have the ability to make any kitchen remodel project stand out, no matter if it is a full upgrade or a partial makeover. Your countertops are the natural focal point for any kitchen as well as one of the most used spaces in a kitchen. So, when it comes to choosing the style, design, and material for your new countertops, it can be a difficult task. 

When it comes to countertop materials, the most popular are natural stone products such as marble and engineered stone products such as quartz. Each product has its own benefits, but one benefit quartz has is that it can be made to resemble natural stone products such as marble.

So, how do you tell the difference between marble and quartz? 

1. How They Are Produced

Marble is a 100% natural stone product that has undergone several processes, such as quarrying, slicing, water blasting, buffing, and polishing to produce the shinning slabs used to make countertops. Quartz on the other hand is a manufactured product made from a mixture of natural quartz, resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz comprises 93-97 percent quartz and 7-3 percent synthetic materials. 

2. Appearance

Marble has natural elegance and beauty. Its natural colour and veining will differ from one slab to another. When marble is pure and free of imperfections or other natural stone, it is a stark white colour. Being a manmade product, quartz can be manufactured into any pattern or colour combination that comes to mind. Quartz often has consistent colour, pattern, and texture. For this reason, at times it may be easy to spot quartz countertops that have been made to mimic marble as the pattern and veining is consistent, where you would be hard-pressed to find this uniformity in natural marble countertops. 

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3. Durability

As a natural stone product, marble is porous and requires additional maintenance to ensure it remains in pristine condition. It can be damaged or stained by acidic substances, especially if it hasn’t been sealed on a regular basis. On the contrary, quartz is non-porous and resistant to stain, it does not require regular sealing, even with everyday use. Quartz countertops are also more durable, and wont damage as easily as a soft stone such as marble.

4. Heat Resistance

When it comes to putting a hot pan on your counters, quartz is more resistant to heat than marble. The resin composition and quartz’s hardness make it stronger and able to better withstand the heat better. On the other hand, marble has been known to crack under high temperatures, so be weary of placing extremely hot pots and pans directly onto your marble countertops.

If you are looking at a countertop and are not sure if it is marble or quartz, take a look for signs of wear on the surface such as scratches. If you find scratches and other wear marks, you are looking at natural marble. If you don’t see any marks, you can always perform a scratch test. Take a knife and gently rub it across a discreet area of the countertop or even its underside. If it doesn’t leave a mark, you know it’s quartz.

At KBC Solutions we are experienced with kitchen remodels of all types and sizes. Our designers will work with you to help plan out and design the kitchen of your dreams and our professional installers will bring it to life. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.


What are the Advantages of Quartz Countertops?

What are the Advantages of Quartz Countertops?

Quartz has quickly become one of the most popular countertop materials used in the new home build and kitchen renovations across North America. Even though quartz is a fairly new countertop material, they have been widely accepted and utilized because of their numerous advantages.

If you are currently planning out your kitchen remodel, here are some key advantages of installing quartz countertops in your new kitchen.

  • Durability

One of the main reasons quartz countertops gained in popularity so quickly is the durability of the material itself. Quartz is extremely difficult to scratch or crack, meaning it will last a long time while still looking great. This doesn’t mean quartz can’t sustain damage, but with the proper precautions, it is easily avoidable.

  • Appearance

Apart from the intended functionality, countertops are able to add beauty and character to your kitchen. Quartz countertops achieve both. They are known for their array of modern, sleek, and beautiful designs. The wide range of designs and colours also sets quartz apart from granite and other natural stone countertop material that is only available in their natural designs.

Quartz manufacturers have been coming up with different approaches and means to creating new and different colour and design patterns. They can integrate metal shavings, recycled glass, and other materials to add pigments to the countertops. If you are looking for a kitchen remodel that matches your style, you are sure to find a quartz countertop that will match your style and the rest of your kitchen and home’s design.

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  • Non-porous

Quartz countertops have various non-porous compositions. As a result of this, they don’t allow any liquids to get under their surface or to seep into the material leading to discoloration or damage. Additionally, since the material is non-porous, you can be certain that bacteria, germs, and other microbes cannot get into your countertops and infect other items on them.

  • Stain-resistant

Because quartz countertops are made with non-porous materials, it is difficult for stains to be absorbed under their surface. This means that you don’t have to worry about irremovable stains that are often associated with marble and granite countertops. Its ability to resist stains makes quartz the perfect option for households with kids that can spill juices, sodas, oils, and other liquids on the countertops.

If you have ever had natural stone countertops in your home previously, you know how difficult it is to clean a red wine or grape juice spot that had been sitting there for some time.

  • Extended warranty

Because of the confidence that most manufacturers have in quartz countertops, the manufacturers often provide extended warranties on their products. Most manufacturers provide warranties of around 20 to 25 years, a few others offer a limited lifetime warranty for an original customer.

  • Low maintenance

Maintenance is an important element that must be considered when choosing any items for your remodel. Luckily, quartz countertops don’t require much maintenance. Unlike natural stone, there is no need to seal quartz as it is a non-porous material. Quartz resists stains and can be easily cleaned with soap and water. If you want your countertops to shine like new, you can use specially formulated degreasers as well as other specialty cleaners and polishes that are formulated for quartz. 

In fact, there aren’t many negatives to choosing quartz for your kitchen remodel. The cost of having quartz installed in your new kitchen is roughly in line with some natural stone products, but higher than some other countertop options, such as laminate. Quartz countertops should be considered as an investment in your kitchen and home, as they have a very long life span. 

At KBC Solutions we are experienced with kitchen remodels of all types and sizes. Our designers will work with you to help plan out and design the kitchen of your dreams and our professional installers will bring it to life. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.


How Do I Update My Small Kitchen?

How Do I Update My Small Kitchen?

There is no sugar coating it, small kitchens can be really difficult to update or remodel. The limited space makes it challenging to come up with and design a variety of layouts. Incorporating enough space for the essential kitchen appliances, countertop small appliances, and meal prep is always a task. However, this doesn’t mean that you should give up on the idea of updating your small kitchen. There are plenty of tactics you can take that will have the finished project feeling more like your dream kitchen versus the cramped small kitchen you previously had.

To help out with your remodel, we asked our designers to provide their top tip on how to remodel a small kitchen? Here are the tips to remodelling a small kitchen they came up with:

Open Concept Design

Overhead cabinets, clustering appliances, and tight spaces can make small kitchens unattractive and even uncomfortable. By using the free space on your walls or under your cabinets you can open up space in your kitchen. Consider incorporating some magnetic spice or kitchen knife holders, hanging pot racks and in the cupboard, organizers to free up space in your kitchen. Floating shelves can also provide additional ‘open’ storage.

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Proper Lighting

Using the same principle from smaller spaced bathroom renovations, a small kitchen update requires good lighting. Therefore, you should think about adding both atmospheric and task lighting fixtures. Incandescent lighting can be installed below your cabinets to provide more lighting to the countertops. Hanging pendant lights can also be used to beautify your kitchen while still providing enough illumination for the entire space.

Update the flooring

Your kitchen floor has the power to change the entire ambiance of the room, the floor is also one of the first areas that most individuals notice when entering a kitchen of any size. So, updating your flooring is a must with any kitchen renovation as it helps highlight the renovation. Choosing vinyl as a cost-effective flooring option for your small kitchen is a great way to save on your budget, but still get a luxurious look as vinyl can be made to look like any natural flooring material. Choosing a lighter colour floor will also help make your space look larger and brighter.   

Keep Only the Important Appliances

That industrial-strength mixer may look great on your counter, but if you are only using it a few times a year, find a hidden storage space for it. Counter space is at a premium when you have limited space, keep only the important items out. This includes fruit bowls, coffee machines (you only really need one), and other decorative pieces. Investing in multipurpose appliances may also be a great option, you can get a toaster over that doubles as a small convection oven and an air fryer will help save space. 

Choose a minimalistic design

Another excellent update for your small kitchen is minimalizing it. What is the benefit of a minimalistic design on how to remodel a small kitchen? Foremost, it makes the kitchen look refined without being too flashy. Also, it is modern and easy to maintain or upgrade. So, consider using a minimalistic design for your small kitchen. Notably, minimalistic designs also work for living room and bathroom renovations.

Choose the Same Colour Walls and Cabinets 

By choosing a light colour for your walls and cabinets, you create a space with no boundaries or defined lines helping space look larger. You can go for any colour or hue you like, but lighter colours will make space feel more open, where darker shades will have the opposite effect, leaving the room feeling tighter.

At KBC Solutions we are experienced with kitchen remodels of all types and sizes. Our designers will work with you to help plan out and design the kitchen of your dreams and our professional installers will bring it to life. Call us today at 647-258-4170 to book your consultation.


5 Kitchen Renovation Ideas

5 Kitchen Renovation Ideas

At some point or another, we have all heard that the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is because friends and family tend to congregate in or around the kitchen and many memories are made and experiences had in the kitchen. When your kitchen begins to feel dull and outdated, it can affect the ambiance of the environment as well. This is why having an upgraded kitchen is one of the most sought-after attributes that new home buyers are looking for in a home, and one of the top listed renovation projects on homeowners wish lists. 

If you are planning a kitchen renovation, be it as a Do It Yourself project or with help from contractors, learning from the experiences of others can help make the process more successful. We have reached out to our designers and asked them to share their top ideas/tips for renovating a kitchen. Outlined below are 5 of these tips:

Don’t Underestimate a Fresh Coat of Paint

Sometimes, all your kitchen needs is a refresh, and the fastest way to achieve a fresh new look and vibe is by repainting your kitchen walls. Your kitchen’s identity can be completely updated and or redefined by simply painting. Choosing to go with light neutral colours is a safe bet for your kitchen, and is one that more people will be comfortable with. However, if you want a more vibrant colourful option go for it. The goal is to create a visually appealing space that you will enjoy spending time in. Just know that if you go with vibrant or bright colour, you will probably need to repaint if you plan on selling your home, to appeal to more buyers.

Update the Lighting

No matter if you have a small kitchen or a large chef’s kitchen, having varying lightning solutions is important to include as part of your kitchen renovations. The right lighting can not only make your space feel welcoming but can be used to accent different areas of the kitchen. Our experts recommend using warm lights and ensuring that all key areas around your kitchen are well lit.

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Incorporate Sufficient Storage

Having plenty of space in your kitchen can help you move smaller appliances off your countertop and keep clutter out of the field of view. This will keep your kitchen open with a clean feel. Using different storage options is important for any kitchen, you can maximize space with floor to ceiling cabinets and utilize wall space to include shelves.

Appliances

Every kitchen renovation should include new appliances, especially since they face a lot of use and wear and tear over the years. New appliances can add a modern touch to your kitchen, or they can be incorporated into the cabinetry with matching facades. Whatever your style, new appliances will make your kitchen renovation more enjoyable and more than likely more energy-efficient.

Plan the Flow Carefully

With any kitchen renovation, a lot of time will be spent on choosing colours, materials, and finishes. Don’t forget to think about the flow of your kitchen. The sink, stove, and refrigerator are the highest used areas in a kitchen and can cause a ton of frustration if they are not easily accessible or if there isn’t enough space to move around these areas freely during meal preparation. Also, consider storage relative to the stove and prep areas.

Achieving the kitchen of your dreams is just a renovation away. But. To ensure that renovation stands up to your expectations, you need to prepare and plan for every aspect of your dream kitchen. A gorgeous kitchen that flows well and offers room for friends and family to gather around to share stories and share a great meal is essential in making any house a home.


What Is The Difference Between Granite And Marble Countertops?

What Is The Difference Between Granite And Marble Countertops?

When it comes to kitchen renovations replacing your countertops is almost always at the top of the priority list. There are many different materials that can be utilized for your kitchen countertops, butcherblock has become popular in the past couple years. But, two of the most popular options have always been marble and granite, and a question which we get asked very often is “which material should you go for“?

Both granite and marble are natural stone and have their own distinct beautiful designs. When it comes to selecting the right slab for your countertops, it can easily become a really tough decision. However, before you can decide which one is best for your kitchen, you should understand the difference between the two types of stone.

1. Origin of Granite and Marble

Granite is igneous rock that is formed deep within the earth due to solidification and cooling of Magma. It takes millions of years for this rock to be formed and it becomes hard due to heating and then slow cooling over a large period of time.

Marble on the other hand, is a metamorphic stone that is formed by transformation of sedimentary stone. The sedimentary rock was buried under soil for a long period of time. There it remained under intense heat and pressure and thus was transformed into marble. Due to in addition of different impurities you can find marble slabs with different tints and shades of colours.

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2. Appearance

Both marble and granite can have a similar appearance, in most cases granite will have darker shades and more variances in patterns, and more differentiating identifiers due to impurities. There is a natural color variation that is different in two stones, marble tends to have colourful veins that flow through it, while Granite has colors that are spaced out throughout the stone.

3. Strength and Durability

The strength and durability of each of these stones depends greatly upon the process they were formed. Both granite and marble will withstand the use and wear thrown at them as a kitchen countertop, but they still differ from each other. Granite is technically the harder of the two stones, and better resists any scratches that may occur from cutting and working on the countertop. Marble on the other hand may not be able to resist some hard strokes and wear that granite can withstand.

4. Stain Resistance

As natural stone both marble and granite are porous materials, and will require periodic sealing to prevent any staining of your countertops. Marble has metamorphic features and thus it is a more porous material compared to granite.

Ultimately, the choice between granite and marble is up to your design and style preferences. Both materials are gorgeous and can be cut to fit pretty much any kitchen counter style. They are both hard natural stone that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. They both also require minimum maintenance such as periodic sealing to ensure you get the most out of your countertop. So, when it comes to choosing between marble or granite, go with the material that best meets your style, budget, and timeline.


What is the Best Countertop Material for a Kitchen?

What is the Best Countertop Material for a Kitchen?

A question we receive very often is what is the best countertop material for my kitchen renovation? This is a tough question to answer without first understanding your needs and wants for your new kitchen. With that being said, below we will highlight the key factors you should consider when choosing a countertop material for your kitchen renovation.

Let’s start by reviewing the most common countertop materials used in kitchen renovations today:

  1. Granite 2. Marble 3. Quartz 4. Soapstone 5. Tile 6. Laminate 7. Recycled Glass

Each of the above countertop materials has its own pros and cons. With so many great options available, it is easy to see why some people have a hard time choosing the right option for their new kitchen. 

Here are the factors that should be considered when choosing the best countertop material for your kitchen renovations.

1. Functionality

A major factor that must be prioritized when choosing the best countertop material for your

kitchen renovation is what purpose you need your countertop to perform. If you do a lot of cooking and or baking in your kitchen you will need a material that will provide a surface that compliments your work in the kitchen and stand up to the heat from pots and pans, allow for food preparation and so on. After all, you don’t want to be looking for accessories to protect your countertop when you are in the middle of preparing a feast.

2. Aesthetics

Countertops are a backdrop for the kitchen. As a result, the material should contribute to the

overall appeal and ambiance of your kitchen. The material you choose should help enhance the new look you are trying to achieve with your renovation.

3. Durability

The kitchen quite often becomes the gathering place for families and for guests alike. The countertop should be able to not only withstand wear from cooking and food preparation but also from the additional use as a gathering place.

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4. Heat Resistance

This one can fall into functionality, but it is so important that we needed to call it out again. Being able to place a hot pot or tray directly onto your countertop is a big benefit in the kitchen. You don’t want to be looking for a heat resistant trivet to protect your new countertop every time you are in the kitchen. 

5. Ease of Maintenance

Some countertop materials require more maintenance than others, for example, any natural stone product is porous, so a countertop made of stone will need to be sealed annually to prevent discolouration and stains on the material.  Choosing a material that meets your maintenance expectations will help alleviate any potential frustrations with the material later on. Choosing a material that is easy to clean and keep in top condition without the fear of damaging it easily, should be a priority.

Choosing the best countertop material really does depend on your kitchen renovation needs and wants. There isn’t one material fits all, however, there is one material that is wildly popular, and that is Quartz. For many, it is considered the best countertop material as it is very attractive, available in a wide selection of colours and designs, has the natural stone look but without the annual maintenance required by sealing natural stone materials. Quartz is made from quartz, resin, and polymers to create a nonporous surface that can withstand the busy kitchen activities. This easy to maintain, beautiful and durable material also costs less per square foot than marble, granite, or soapstone making quartz the number one choice for many planning a kitchen renovation.


What is the Difference Between Refacing and Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets?

What is the Difference Between Refacing and Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets?

Are you planning a kitchen renovation, and considering upgrading your kitchen cabinets? Do you want to change your cabinet style without replacing the entire cabinet? Are you contemplating between cabinet refacing and cabinet refinishing? This article aims to share details on both options to help you make an informed decision.

When it is time for a kitchen upgrade, you will have multiple decisions to make. When it comes to setting a budget, separating your needs and wants prior to meeting potential kitchen renovation contractors will help you prioritize what’s important for the new kitchen.

Cabinets are a major component of your kitchen’s functionality and aesthetics. They can also take up a large part of your renovation budget, if replacing them. There is a potential to save some money upgrading the existing cabinets. Your options here are cabinet refacing or cabinet refinishing.

Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet refacing involves replacing the external surfaces of your current cabinets. This includes all cabinet doors, drawer fronts, hardware, face frames, and end panels. Laminates or wood veneers are usually used to reface the cabinets. A key aspect of refacing your cabinets, is ensuring that all the refaced components match with each other. This is a great option, especially if you have damaged cabinet doors and drawers.

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Cabinet Refinishing

If your kitchen cabinet doors and drawers are still in great condition, but you would like to change the look of your kitchen, cabinet refinishing may be the best option for you. Cabinet refinishing involves changing the color or finish of existing cabinets by painting or staining them. All the original materials are reused, so you must ensure that your cabinets do not have any cracks, dents, chips, cuts, or gouges before choosing this option.

To sum up the above, the difference between refacing and refinishing your existing kitchen cabinets is that refacing involves putting new pieces on the existing frames and changing
the doors and drawer fronts. Refinishing on the other hand focuses only on updating the
existing finish or color of the cabinets. No parts are replaced.

Refacing your cabinets is a great way to save money on your kitchen renovation when there is minor visible damage, refinishing is the more affordable solution, as long as your cabinets are in good condition.

Choosing between refacing or refinishing your existing kitchen cabinets, is based on your specific situation. Your desired look, budget, and the condition of your existing cabinets will all play a role in your decision.