Oct
27

Kitchen Renovations at Parada Kitchens & baths

Kitchen RenovationsOne 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.

“Service” Zones

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.

Call us for kitchen renovations at 416-752-3500.

Oct
25

Safety Tips During a Bathroom Renovation

As the economy slowly improves, consumers are once again reinvesting in their homes, not only to increase possible re-sale value but to add functionality and beauty inside and outside. Two areas that get the most attention are improvements to the bathroom and kitchen, often because these rooms are heavily used each day and are a focal point in many homes.

Follow These Safety Tips During a Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom renovationsRegardless of the type of home improvement project you are considering, following common sense safety precautions should never be dismissed. Whether you choose to handle a bathroom renovation on your own, or hire the design and installation experts at Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, here are the top 10 safety recommendations we encourage customers to follow with every project.

  1. If a bathroom renovation is something you have dreamed of for years, you want to make sure all the work is done properly and up to code. For this reason, it is advisable to work with a licensed design and installation professional because of the experience, knowledge, and craftsmanship exhibited in their work. Remember, seeing a building code is one thing — implementing it properly so it passes inspection is a different story all together.
  2. Ensure all work tasks are fully inspected as the job progresses so nothing “falls through the cracks” or is overlooked.
  3. Based on the scope of your bathroom renovation, one or more ground fault interrupters need to be installed with electrical outlets placed at required intervals. The number of outlets and interrupters are determined by different factors, such as the size of the bathroom.
  4. If you are doing work that involves removing or installing electrical outlets, receptacles, or wiring, make sure electricity has been shut off in the room undergoing renovation. There is no reason portable lighting powered from another room cannot be brought in when work begins.
  5. Remember to wear safety gloves and goggles, especially if your bathroom renovation involves the use of power tools.
  6. Regardless of a customer’s age, we often recommend installing grab bars in the shower or tub and alongside the toilet for maximum safety. Many are available in styles and colours to match faucets and other accessories, and normally include safety grips.
  7. Homeowners who expect children to use a bathroom frequently also should think about installing heat regulators on sink faucets as well as in the tub or shower. These devices are inexpensive and will ensure tap water stays at a certain temperature to prevent burns.
  8. Nothing should be installed in walls without using drywall or other anchors, including towel bars, hooks, shelving, and heavy or wall mounted cabinetry. Grabbing onto a towel bar may not stop your fall, but it could provide an extra second to regain or maintain balance and prevent serious injury.
  9. Flooring in a tub or shower should always include a non-slip surface to step on, while an area rug with rubberized backing can be placed near a sink or toilet to prevent slip and falls.

Finally, when you have decided it is the right time for a bathroom renovation – whether you do the work yourself or hire a professional – remember to plan what you want, establish a budget, and follow all local building codes and safety regulations. Our showroom is located at 3316 Dundas Street West in Toronto .

please call us today for a FREE in-home bathroom renovation consultation at 416-752-3500.

Oct
24

Custom Cabinets at Parada Kitchens & Bath

Whether you decide to build a home or remodel an existing one, a beautiful, functional kitchen is at the top of your wish list and, with it, new cabinetry. Unlike other pieces of furniture throughout your home, cabinets are the only items permanently affixed to your residence — they become an extension of your personality in terms of style, quality, and longevity. At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, we specialize in high quality and affordable custom cabinets and can design a solution that takes your vision from dreams to reality.

Things to Consider When Buying Custom Cabinets

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Designing a new kitchen or remodelling an existing one is a major expense for most homeowners and is the single feature of any home that returns the most value in the long run. Because of the time most people spend in their kitchen — preparing and eating meals, entertaining family and friends, and other activities — it needs to be inviting, comforting, and stand the test of time related to style, features, and functionality. Custom cabinets are a big part of the equation. Like a modern kitchen, they need to be multi-purpose in design and how they are utilized.
Here are the top considerations when shopping for custom cabinets:

  • Size
    One of the first things any homeowner needs to consider with custom cabinets is the overall dimensions of the units, which often depends on factors like the size of the kitchen itself. Limited space may necessitate smaller or fewer cabinets, so plan accordingly.
  • Build Materials
    Custom cabinets may have a higher initial cost because they are typically made from solid hardwood and higher quality finishes. They are, however, more durable. There are three kinds of cabinetry to be aware of: Standard, which come in standard sizes and are made in a factory, ready for installation; Semi-Custom, also made in a factory, but with minor customization options in terms of size and styles; and true custom cabinets, which are made to order and unique for each customer.
  • Doors
    At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, we help each customer select cabinet doors that not only fit the cabinet itself, but match or accentuate existing kitchen decor, such as paint, flooring, and appliances. Doors come in many styles as well as finishes to blend in with the rest of your kitchen.
  • Hardware and Accessories
    A great way to add style to any cabinetry is through hardware and accessories. Style-specific knobs and pulls is yet another way to inject your personality into your kitchen without further straining your budget. For instance, vintage knobs work great in a country style decor, while stainless steel are ideal in a contemporary kitchen.
  • Layout
    The kinds of cabinets you choose also depend on the kitchen layout. Many customers choose their existing floor plan, which is the best way to get the most for their hard earned dollar. If you have a floor to ceiling cabinet but want something different, we can design a unit with pull out drawers for additional storage.
  • Utilization
    How the cabinets will be used is as important as the layout. If you have a small floor plan, our designers can help you optimize all available space for utensils, small appliances, recycling and food storage. Depending on your needs, innovative and energy efficient refrigerated drawers also can be integrated into your new cabinetry.

Finally, the number one factor is budget. As long as you have an idea of what you want, we can help design a functional and stylish kitchen to meet your budget — without spending even a penny more.

Call us today for a FREE design consultation on your new custom cabinets at 416-762-3500.

Oct
22

Custom Kitchen Cabinets

After years of saving, planning, and delays caused by everything from the birth of a child to work related travel, the time is right for the kitchen remodelling project of your dreams. You have picked out paint colours, selected new appliances, flooring, and lighting, but the final sticking point is cabinetry. Which do you choose and why? New custom kitchen cabinets or stock cabinets? At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, our expert designers have helped hundreds of customers throughout the Greater Toronto Area realize the goal of a beautiful, affordable new kitchen and stand ready to help you do the same — on time and within budget.

Custom Kitchen Cabinets Versus All Others

custom kitchen cabinet
For most consumers, the cost of a project is a major consideration when it comes to home improvement projects, and for good reason. According to Remodelling Magazine, the price for a kitchen renovation can range from about $15,000 for a basic project to well over $60,000 when you factor in options such as custom kitchen cabinets, professional grade appliances, and other accessories.
Cabinetry, of course, is a major component of a kitchen or bath remodelling project, but homeowners have a wide range to choose from, including standard cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and finely crafted custom kitchen cabinets like the ones we are famous for throughout many Toronto communities. But how do you tell the difference?
In most cases, stock cabinets are usually made in a factory and shipped ready-for-sale to wholesalers, home improvement centers, and other retailers. They are available in different colours and styles, but offer little or virtually no customization options. Standard cabinet sizes are based on units of the number 3, with most widths starting at 9″ and going all the way up to 48″ wide in 3″ increments.
In rare cases you will find stock cabinets made of wood, but standard build materials include medium density fibre board (MDF), laminates, and other composite materials or light wood easy to pack and ship for quick delivery. Stock and semi-custom cabinets are often found in hotels or apartments and are a fixture in modular storage for garages, basements, and craft rooms.
Semi-custom cabinets are available in a wider range of sizes and styles and are often made side-by-side in the same factory with standard cabinetry. The difference is semi-custom cabinets can be ordered with minor style and sized modifications — almost “made to order,” but not quite. Though these types of cabinets are not the same quality as custom kitchen cabinets, they offer more layout and design options for homeowners who can afford to spend a little more on furnishings. But like custom cabinetry, they are not built until an order has been received, resulting in a slightly longer lead time for delivery.
At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, our custom kitchen cabinets are all about choice. Homeowners can choose from a wide range of styles, accessories, and build materials, but the bottom line is our designers work with clients on a one-on-one basis to determine goals, personal tastes, and how the final package exceeds expectations at an affordable price. All of our made to order cabinetry gives the customer complete freedom of choice in shapes and dimensions, and can accommodate virtually any kitchen layout imaginable, from a small eat-in configuration to a wider open space with islands and standing height countertops for quick meals or casual entertaining. The only limit is your imagination.
Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms has been a leading kitchen and bath design specialist in the GTA area. We are located in Toronto at 3316 Dundas Street West.

Call us at 416-762-3500 for a FREE in home consultation about your custom kitchen cabinets needs.

Oct
20

Check out our fabulous kitchen showroom

kitchen-islandLike many homeowners, your main entrance and egress point in your house is your front door or, perhaps, a door leading from an attached garage to your main residence. But which two rooms in your home get even more foot traffic? The most obvious answers are the bathroom and the kitchen, and for good reasons. Your kitchen is a natural focal point for many activities from meals to family game nights, while the bathroom is the single place to relax a tired body in a hot tub or shower before or long after a gruelling day. As in both cases, everything needs to perfectly suit your tastes and needs, from the lighting to the cabinetry to flooring, faucets, and other accessories.
At Parada Kitchens & Bathrooms, our kitchen showroom in Toronto has numerous designs on display to demonstrate possibilities for your remodelling project, as well as a range of accessories to choose from to complete your new kitchen in style. We have been one of the premier home improvement specialists in the Greater Toronto Area, and our friendly staff is available to design and execute a new kitchen that complements your home’s decor while enhancing its functionality — all the while meeting your budget and timeline without unnecessary disruptions to everyday life.
Most kitchens receive more foot traffic than any other room in your house. Often centrally located, it provides easy access to several areas, such as a dining, living or family room, laundry room, and in some cases a door wall leading outdoors. There are numerous flooring options on display at our kitchen showroom, each with their own set of benefits that deserve careful consideration. It is important, however, to select an option that fits your needs, rather than merely choosing flooring most popular at any given time.

  • Though our kitchen showroom has many samples to peruse, carpeting is normally not the best choice for a kitchen remodelling project. Food and beverages are often spilled in the kitchen, and carpeting will take on odours or stains that are difficult to clean.
  • Ceramic tile always draws a crowd at our kitchen showroom thanks to its wide range of shapes (hexagon, rectangular, octagon, and square), sizes, and colours to choose from. Though ceramic feels solid underfoot, it can crack easily and may need to be cleaned and sealed periodically to retain its colour and protect against stains. One of the biggest drawbacks in ceramic is cold in the winter, but that can be minimized with cleverly installed under-floor radiant heat elements.
  • Stone or natural flooring is as stylish as ceramic tiles, but the disadvantage is it is heavy and difficult to work with, requiring special cutting tools and expert craftsmanship to be installed properly. This type of flooring is also expensive, can stain easily, and is hard to repair.
  • Another popular option on display in our kitchen showroom are vinyl sheets or tiles that come in thousands of styles and colours. This type of flooring is ideal for a mid-range project and is economical and long-lasting.

Finally, many customers who ask about natural wood flooring are concerned about water damage when, in reality, high quality and properly installed wood flooring holds up as well as other materials when sealed and maintained. Visit our kitchen showroom in Toronto to view options for your new kitchen.

Visit us at our Toronto kitchen showroom or call us at 416-762-3500 for more information