For many consumers, the most popular and in-demand home improvement is a new kitchen. Depending on the scope of work, such a renovation can be costly and comes to fruition only after years of diligent saving, frugal spending, and meticulous planning. Whether you are interested in a complete remodelling including new kitchen cabinetry, flooring, and counter tops, or something more “basic,” the professionals at Parada Kitchen & Bathrooms have the expertise and experience to bring your dreams to life thanks to our relentless pursuit of affordability, cutting edge designs, and high quality craftsmanship.
Because your home reflects your personality, each room should be designed and decorated accordingly. Few home improvements add as much beauty and functionality to a home as a kitchen renovation, especially when designed and installed by professionals with years of experience. Part of the reason we have been so successful is because we believe in educating homeowners about all stages of a kitchen renovation from start to finish. Some include the latest trends in kitchen cabinetry, the best flooring options to choose from, and which options and accessories best fit their budget and personal style.
Why Choose the Experts at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms?
That is a good question. Rather than a boring sales pitch, consider these benefits:
- We manufacture and install only our custom cabinets and don’t use prefabricated cabinets build abroad.
- Our employees are licensed experts in their chosen field, from designers to carpenters to electricians to general building trades.
- We negotiate the best prices with local suppliers because we buy in large quantities, allowing us to pass savings to our customers.
- Parada Kitchen & Bathrooms offers a comprehensive warranty on workmanship and materials for all projects, including new kitchen cabinetry, countertops, and other features and accessories.
Kitchen Cabinetry and Other Question Topics for Homeowners and Contractors
For the Homeowner. Make sure to ask yourself:
- Is there a specific kind of kitchen cabinetry I am interested in? It is advisable that homeowners have goals they want to achieve before choosing a remodelling professional.
- Do I have a budget in mind? You know better than anyone how much you can afford to spend, so set a budget and plan against it.
- Do I expect the contractor to meet a certain deadline? Kitchen remodelling takes extensive planning and construction, especially if you have chosen custom kitchen cabinetry over semi-custom models — meaning the timeline for completion may be longer than expected.
- Am I ready for daily disruptions the project may cause?
- How will I prepare meals while the work is being done?
For the Contractor
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have formal education, training, and professional affiliations on your resume?
- Are you a member in any trade groups or professional organizations? Professional memberships signify that a contractor keeps up with peers, and is interested in trends most beneficial to customers.
- Do you have a list of customers I can call with questions? All reputable home improvement professionals have a long list of satisfied customers they can refer a prospective client to for a referral. If not, then talk with another company.
One last question to ask is: Are you insured and licensed? This indicates professionalism, plus concern for worker and homeowner safety, and how a kitchen remodelling is handled each step in the process.
One of the biggest challenges for homeowners is space, or a lack of it. No matter how big a house looks before you move in, you soon realize the family room appears overwhelmed by the entertainment center, or the kitchen cupboards seem a little outdated for a growing family. If you find yourself in a similar predicament and believe a remodelling project is in long overdue, then do what hundreds of residents throughout the Greater Toronto Area have done — call the design experts at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms for a FREE in-home consultation.
Custom Kitchen Cupboards and Other Ways to Maximize Space
In our experience, the first thing a homeowner asks is “How can we maximize space in a small kitchen?” Ultimately, giving a small kitchen a sense of greater space is a matter of two things: Perception, and Physical Changes in terms of floor plan and other design cues. Here are other considerations to talk about:
- Enhanced storage with custom kitchen cupboards. Regardless of space limitations, our design team can offer creative and unique kitchen storage solutions that not only allow you more options for storing food items, but also deftly hide small kitchen appliances and other gadgets until needed.
- Consider the benefits of white, not only in terms of wall and ceiling paint, but also for flooring and kitchen cupboards. White reflects light, thereby creating a sense of space and openness that is enhanced even more when stainless steel appliances are present.
- We also recommend utilizing as much natural lighting as possible. Some kitchens have small or a limited number of windows available — sometimes only one, in fact — but one option we like to talk about are small, tubular skylights that are unobtrusive and provide a tremendous amount of light from their position in the ceiling. Full skylights are popular, too, but are more expensive and require additional work.
- Sometimes, the best way to maximize space in any kitchen is to create more of it. This often means removing one or more walls between the kitchen and other rooms in the house, or building outward. Either option results in a bigger floor plan and creates more room for kitchen cupboards, a butler’s pantry, island, a restaurant style booth for casual meals, or any other number of features the designer and homeowner come up with. It is worth noting, however, that creating more physical space is the most expensive and time consuming option for homeowners. Why? Expanding the floor plan means not only relocating walls or building new ones, but also running electrical wires and re-routing or adding more plumbing fixtures. In any case, the design and installation professionals at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms are here to assist you every step of the way.
- One of the most cost effective ways to maximize space in a small kitchen is to decide what you need in the kitchen, and clear out the rest of the clutter. You will be amazed at how many shelves in kitchen cupboards are available if you remove place settings you have not used in several years, or how much counter space can be reclaimed if the large toaster oven gathering dust gets tagged for a yard sale.
At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, our job is to help homeowners see the possibilities in their residence and find creative and affordable ways to take goals from a CAD drawing to real life. If you are interested in more information,
call us at 416-762-3500 to schedule a FREE in-home Kitchen cupboards consultation or stop by our Toronto showroom.
A kitchen renovation can be expensive and time consuming, but one of the best ways to minimize both is by working with the expert kitchen designers at Parada Kitchen & Bathrooms, one of the Greater Toronto Area’s leading home improvement specialists. At Parada, we follow industry recognized best practices to help consumers achieve maximum value with their newly constructed or remodelled kitchen — from an aesthetic and functional standpoint.
One question our kitchen designers get asked frequently is “What makes the ideal kitchen renovation project?” From our experience, there is no right or wrong answer as every homeowner has a different perspective. For a growing family, adding space may be a top request and result in a wall being bumped out to increase square footage. “Ideal” could mean creating a butler’s pantry for more organized food storage, or adding an island with stylish cabinetry and the latest in freezer drawer technology. Chief in the decision making process is the amount of time and money spent deciding on major features such as appliances, cabinetry, and flooring, but one aspect of today’s modern kitchen that is sometimes regarded as an afterthought is proper lighting. If your kitchen is a central hub of activity in your house, a single light fixture with a 60-watt bulb swinging from the ceiling is as “yesterday” as spoiled milk.
Our kitchen designers can help you choose from a wide range of lighting options, including decorative fixtures that are contemporary or ultra-modern, floor standing fixtures, or under-cabinet lighting options that meet two key objectives: Illuminate the kitchen and enhance its best features, and provide light in areas where it is needed the most. When you take into consideration the amount of money spent on appliances, cabinets, counter tops and flooring, the proper lighting can make any room inviting while costing a fraction of other design elements.
At Parada, our kitchen designers work with each homeowner to understand how the kitchen is utilized for certain activities, and the best way to optimize each one with affordable lighting options that are stylish and functional. Some kitchens are used for quick meals or ground zero for school work, but different types of lights apply to various tasks. It is important to remember that strategically-placed ceiling fixtures and recessed lighting offer the strongest general lighting. Out of the way areas need lighting too, including the underside of cabinets, microwaves, range hoods, and above sinks.
Let Our Kitchen Designers Select the Right Lighting for Your New Kitchen
We most often talk with homeowners about the three main kinds of lighting appropriate for a kitchen: accent, ambient, and task.
- If you have intricately detailed cabinetry with glass doors, accent lighting is the best way to draw attention to it, while puck lighting in cabinet interior is designed to highlight decorative items like fine china or glassware. Other variations include track lighting or LED or Rope lighting for a warm glow.
- Looking for a mostly shadowless and uniform glow for the entire kitchen? Your best choice is probably ambient or general-purpose lighting, normally in the form of standard kitchen ceiling lights, chandeliers, track lights, and recessed lights. Windows and skylights are a great source for natural light that also help lower electric costs.
- Finally, what about task lighting? This is purpose-specific lighting used for things like illuminating an island used in food preparation, or casting light on a stove top or over a sink in a walk-in pantry.
For more information or to schedule a FREE in-home consultation, call our kitchen designers at 416- 762-3500.
As you begin thinking of the features that are most important for your “dream” kitchen, what comes to mind? How about professional grade, stainless steel appliances? Ceramic tile flooring with a colourful mosaic pattern? New, energy efficient windows? Countertops made from Quartz or some other, easy to clean and durable surface material? And how about kitchen cabinets? Each of these are desirable elements in any remodelling project, but equally important is the design and how these features are integrated into the room and “interact” with each other.
These are difficult decisions to make under the best conditions, but are made easier when you work with the experienced and talented professionals at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms. As one of the Greater Toronto Area’s leading kitchen and design teams, our staff is uniquely qualified to help you uncover hidden potential and breathe new life into any kitchen or bathroom in your house.
Kitchen Cabinets with an Island: A Winning Combination
One of the top trends in kitchen design for 2013 and beyond is the inclusion of one of two improvements that, while adding usable space, also take away from a kitchen’s floor plan. We are talking about a kitchen island, or a peninsula, both of which have been featured in large, custom kitchens for decades but are finally finding their way into smaller kitchens thanks to creative planning. But first, what are the differences?
New kitchen cabinets can be integrated into either, but the difference is an island is a standalone structure featuring cabinetry, an open surface area for food preparation and, possibly, a small sink. A peninsula, on the other hand, is an extension of an existing bank of cabinets and normally forms an “L” shape and often has the same feature as an island. In our experience over the years, both are requested features with new kitchens, but an island has the added benefit of offering a design element and focal point to the room that a peninsula does not.
How to Decide if a Kitchen Island is Right For You
Once a homeowner has decided on kitchen cabinets, flooring, and other features, the next choice is deciding if a kitchen island is the best way to utilize existing space. A number of factors are involved in the decision making process.
- The overall size of your kitchen. The hallmark of a kitchen island is four-sided accessibility. If you have a small, apartment sized kitchen and expanding the foot print is not in your budget, then adding an island is a near impossibility. This is especially true if your kitchen is a hub of activity morning, noon, and night.
- Figure out what the island will be used for. If more efficient storage is your primary concern, new kitchen cabinets featuring innovative designs — slide out drawers for trash receptacles, food storage, or even as a place to store small appliances — can replace existing cabinets without taking up additional space. If you need more counter space, then perhaps a wall blocked by a china cabinet can be used by adding cabinets and a countertop. If you need more seating for casual dining, perhaps a restaurant style booth is a better choice.
- Traffic patterns are very important when deciding if an island could work in your new kitchen layout. Typically a 3’ space between counters is required for a functional and comfortable distance.
- Your budget. Depending on its size and feature set, a kitchen island can be expensive, especially when you factor in the cost of new kitchen cabinets, electrical wiring, and new plumbing.
Whatever option you are interested in, the designers at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms can help you pick the right features for your new kitchen.
Call us today at 416-762-3500 for a FREE in home kitchen cabinets consultation.
One of the toughest decisions a homeowner can make — either alone, as a couple, or even based on family input — is about kitchen renovations, and what features to include or leave out. At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, we have been one of the top design and remodelling houses in the Greater Toronto Area and can help you bring your new kitchen and bath dreams to life — on time, and within budget.
Nearly all design specialists will tell you the same thing when it comes to kitchen renovations. The biggest struggle is Form versus Function, but what most homeowners fail to see is that the end result should be a compromise between the two. In fact, when working with our team of expert designers, the line between the two is so miniscule that most customers tell us afterward, “Wow! We really did get everything we wanted!”
As part of our free in-home consultation, we not only show homeowners what is possible in terms of sample designs, appliances, cabinetry, and other features of their new kitchen, but also discuss key elements to consider before remodelling starts.
Kitchen Renovations and Form Versus Function
This is the “biggie” for all kitchen renovations, but it is a battle that usually ends in a draw once the homeowner understands what the kitchen will be used for and the overall value it brings to the home. Remodelling your kitchen adds more than re-sale value, it also results in a centralized hub for many different activities — casual meals, meal preparation, a place for the kids to do their homework, or just someplace to chat while enjoying a cool beverage with loved ones. Once you know what the kitchen will be used for, we design around those principles and the “form” begins to take shape.
Kitchen renovations can assume many shapes or forms. When talking about form, we are really helping the homeowner uncover design preferences (cabinetry, flooring, countertops) and demonstrate how each element is integrated into the overall function, which leads to the next consideration.
These are elements within your kitchen that can be moved around like puzzle pieces while others remain fixed for structural or other reasons. Service Zones that cannot be moved easily include sinks and range hoods, while other elements can be shuffled like chess pieces, such as appliances, furniture, and some cabinetry.
A favourite service zone that customers request is the ubiquitous kitchen island, but our question is always the same: Do you really need it? Unless you have a large kitchen to begin with, an island may be a waste of valuable space. Its chief function, additional counter and food preparation space, can be cleverly duplicated with the little-used back corner areas on countertops, or even in an existing walk-in pantry.
“Custom” Does Not Mean Over Priced
Many kitchen renovations grind to a halt before going anywhere because misperceptions that “custom” means inflated prices. Custom designed and solid wood cabinetry may have a higher initial cost, but the expense is normally recouped by lower maintenance needs and longer durability compared to cabinets made from lesser materials. If you expect your kitchen to be more than a “show” piece, we highly recommend discussing the benefits of solid wood versus cabinets made with particle board or other materials.
Whatever your desires or means, the professionals at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms have the experience and expertise necessary to bring your dreams to fruition. From a new custom kitchen to a minor “refresh,” the only limitation is your imagination.