Mar
18

Choosing The Right Kitchen Flooring

choosing the right kitchen flooring

 

Kitchen flooring is important as it brings all of the elements together. It connects your appliances to your table and helps bring your design to life.

The right flooring also needs to be practical. After all, you will be standing on it, and most likely spilling food on it, so it needs to meet your needs. Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen can be difficult, but start with understanding the different types of flooring.

 

Tile flooring comes in an almost unlimited amount of choices. It is hard, durable, and always looks good in a kitchen. Tile flooring comes in many different shapes. It comes in black, white, and every tone in between.

Tile makes spills easy to clean up. The grout that holds the tiles in place should be sealed after installation to prevent stains on that part of the flooring. This also prevents any moisture seeping into the subflooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood gives a luxurious and warm sense to your kitchen. It comes in a wide range of types, the most common being oak and maple. Depending on the stain, hardwood floors can be light or dark in color.

Most modern kitchens flow into a dining area or living room, and hardwood kitchen flooring is nice if you want to use the same flooring for both areas. This way you can keep the same design style so that everything comes together.

Most hardwood flooring is finished so that it is low-maintenance. It can withstand spills and shouldn’t stained; however, these should be cleaned up immediately to enable the floor to withstand the test of time.

Hardwood flooring is definitely an expensive option, but there is a cheaper alternative in engineered wood planks. These are layered planks. The top layer is real wood, but the underlayer is plywood. The cheaper material is reflected in the price tag. A nice bonus about engineered hardwood is that it sis more durable as the plywood is less susceptible to moisture like high humidity. It is a good idea to consider if you live in warmer, more humid areas.

Laminate

Laminate kitchen flooring has become the go-to flooring for most homes. This is because it looks almost like real wood, but costs a fraction of the price. It is also durable and easy to clean.

Laminate may look like wood, but it is actually an illusion. The top layer consists of a picture of wood that is covered in a clear overlay.

Unlike tile or hardwood, laminate is easier to install as it floats over the underlayment. Each piece of laminate is able to connect with another, creating a seamless layer. Many people have been able to install laminate on their own, further saving costs on their new floor. 

One of the most important things to remember about tile is that its benefit of being durable, is also its downfall. Tile can be hard on the feet, so you may want to invest in a rug near the sink if you plan on washing a lot of dishes. Tile is also unforgiving; if you drop something on it, that object will most likely break.

Feb
27

Top Kitchen Design Trends

kitchen design trends

The latest kitchen design trends may be the big style for 2018, but that doesn’t mean that they are right for you and your kitchen. Your kitchen needs to work for you, your family, and your overall home décor and design. Curious as to what some of the top trends are these days? Keep reading below!

Banquette Seating

Banquette seating was a big trend in the 80s and it’s making a comeback. It has a more modern look and can create a wonderful dining area in an alcove in your kitchen. Usually, a bench seat is placed on a single side, sometimes two sides of the table. Other ideas include having a built-in bench on one side of the table, and modern chairs on the other side. Try adding pillows for a unique look, but keep it simple.

Black Fixtures

Black fixtures and faucets will be a big trend for 2018. It’s a classic colour and works with almost all design styles. It’s simple, modern and hides dirt, blemishes and water spots well. You’ll probably need to add in a few other black elements to the kitchen. Some options are row of black cabinets, or stools, and light fixtures. This will add balance to the room, so it is not overly jarring.

Built-in Sinks

These sinks are becoming even more popular. The sink material is the same as the countertop. It creates a seamless transition between both and is visually appealing.

Concrete

Concrete is becoming more commonly used for countertops. It can be customized for colour, and it’s affordable. You can even use it as a wall covering. If you’re trying the wall option, keep it light, and you can add a soft texture to the wall.

U-Shape

If you have space, then try a U-Shaped kitchen unit that focuses on an eating area.

Hidden Hoods

Hoods used to be huge and were a showcase feature of the kitchen. Now there are more subtle hoods available. They can be hidden by a facade, or you can build it out, and cover it, or build a box around it, making it look like a floating hood. You could even create a mantelpiece above it.

No Upper Cabinets

 This will only work if you have lots of storage elsewhere, but it can create an open looking kitchen. Make sure you accessorize the areas where the cabinets would have been, or it could end up looking like it was an accident, rather than a design plan.

Feb
27

10 Best Accessories for a Kitchen Remodel

Accessories for a Kitchen Remodel

Planning a remodel of your kitchen can be overwhelming, especially as you don’t want to forget anything. You need to make a kitchen that works for you and is effective for you and your family. Here are a few things you may not have thought of, that can make your design functional and gorgeous. 

Adjustable Shelving In Your Cabinets

Cabinets are a must have in every kitchen, but you might not have thought about adjustable shelving. If the shelving size can be changed as and when needed, you’ll be able to store even tall items, leaving less clutter for your counters and on top of your fridge.

Cooktop Stove

Your stove is not the place to cut costs. It’s an appliance that will outlast almost everything else in your kitchen and one that you will probably use the most. Choose to spend more on a quality appliance, as you can save costs on other items.

Pot Rack

Pot racks are quite inexpensive and can be found in a wide range of styles. They hang your pots and pans, which frees up storage space elsewhere.

Extra Shelving

You could try a mix of cabinets and shelving to optimize your kitchen storage. It also breaks the room up and makes it look more open. You can use the shelving to store your most used kitchen items.

Centre Island

A centre island gives you a preparation space, more storage, and a dining area. If you have space and the budget, it should be a must-have kitchen accessory.

Tiles

Every detail counts, so try some high-end tiles to make a stunning backsplash or an accent by the sink area. These can add a luxurious feel to your kitchen.

Walk In Pantry

If you have space, a walk-in pantry could be the ideal solution for your storage needs. You can store non-perishable foods, supplies, and even your mop and vacuum to keep out of sight and maintain a clean, open space look and feel.

Outlet Plugs

Don’t forget about the outlet plugs. You need to think about how many you’ll need. Think about how many electrical appliances you routinely use.

 Microwave

Some people are giving up their microwaves, but if yours is a staple part of your kitchen, think about storing it in the pantry, or keeping it in a designated cabinet.

Hidden Storage

Go for extra storage under your kitchen sink! It’s hidden, out of the way, and helps keep your kitchen organized. You could even use these cabinets to store a built-in trash can.

Need some more inspiration for your kitchen remodel? Just ask us!

Dec
18

Questions to Ask Before Beginning a Remodel

Questions to Ask Before Beginning a RemodelPlanning on remodeling your kitchen?  Fantastic!  A remodel can help you create the kitchen of your dreams and turn uncomfortable work spaces into something you enjoy spending time in.  It’s an exciting project – but it’s also a very major commitment, so it’s good to make sure you’re fully prepared before getting started.  Here a few major questions you should try to answer before beginning a remodel.

How Will You Use Your Kitchen?

Some of us are happy to spend hours in the kitchen, whether it’s cooking or baking or just using it as a communal gathering space.  Others see it as just a functional space, good for serving its purpose and then mostly ignoring it.  Yet others have it as a social focus point, with parties and entertainment revolving around the room.  No matter what type of person you are, you want to make sure you have an idea on how you’ll be using the room before remodeling it.  Different types of uses have different needs – an island for people to gather around?  Extra counter space for avid bakers? – and that will lead to different design goals.

What Is Your Budget and Time Constraints?

The exact costs and time commitments involved in remodeling can vary widely depending on a large number of factors.  A budget is always a great thing to set in advance; an experienced contractor like the ones at Parada Kitchens will work with you to figure out how to get the most out of your budget without the risk of extra surprise fees late in the project.  Time is another issue people don’t always take into account before beginning work – remodeling the kitchen means you almost certainly won’t be using the kitchen in the meantime!  If it’s your only place for cooking and preparing food, that’s a major inconvenience. Take that into account when making your plans.

How Much Storage Space Will You Need?

One of the biggest reasons people remodel their kitchen is to add storage, so it’s important to figure out how much you’re looking for during the planning stages.  Whether it’s larger cabinets to hold appliances or open shelving to double as a place to display dishes, properly planning out your storage needs ahead of time will prevent complications from popping up mid-project.

Dec
18

Should I Renovate Or Just Update?

Should I Renovate Or Just Update?One of the biggest questions we get asked is if a given kitchen needs a full renovation, or just to be updated with improvements here or there.  Obviously, every situation is different and the best way to figure out what your kitchen needs is to contact the experts here at Parada Kitchens.  That being said, there are some useful rules of thumb you can use to evaluate your kitchen and help design your plan going forward – start from scratch, or fix what’s there?

Renovations

If you’re renovating your kitchen, you’re essentially ripping everything out and starting over.  That’s a major commitment, and it’s understandable that people would want to make sure it was necessary before embarking on that sort of project.  Obviously, if your kitchen is actively falling apart – cabinets breaking, surfaces cracking and things of that nature – stripping it down and starting over is the best course of action.

Renovations are also recommended if your kitchen layout is difficult to work in – no amount of fresh paint and new surfaces can affect the actual physical positioning of objects in your kitchen.  If the style doesn’t match the rest of your home’s décor, it’s also best to renovate from scratch – you’ll be replacing so much anyway that it just makes more sense, in terms of time, money and design space, to start from the ground up.

Updates

If you have one particular problem area – say, old countertops – but the rest of your kitchen is working just fine, that’s a prime case for updating.  There’s no need to replace parts of your kitchen that are still in good condition and work well with your workflow.  The scope of the problem is the biggest factor in deciding whether to renovate or update.

There are, however, times when you can settle for an update, even though a full renovation might be better.  The first is cost.  Renovations take time and money, and those are both difficult commodities to come by at times.  A fresh coat of paint or similar small updates can help make things better while you save up for the big dream kitchen you’ve always wanted.  There’s no reason to go into a renovation already compromising what you want – if you’re going to tackle a big project like that, you may as well get it right.   The second big reason to settle for an update is if you’re sprucing up your kitchen in order to sell your home.  You’ll want to save your resources to help make sure your new home is perfect for you, while keeping your current upkeep focused on the goal of selling your home.