Cabinetsmith Designer Tips

A place where you can find pro kitchen tips from our designers.

We’re Proud to be Canadian

The Olympics and Paralympics have me feeling particularly patriotic – especially since I have a family member competing in the Paralympics for the second time!  It’s amazing to be a Canadian. It got me thinking about our product and what it means to be a Canadian manufacturer. Cabinetsmith is a truly Canadian company.  Everything that goes into a...

Choosing a Great Designer

I remember visiting a store several years ago.  The designer there had several beautiful hand renderings hanging up in her office.  This woman was seriously talented.  When I asked the store’s owner what kind of sales volume was coming out of the department, he let me know the numbers were woefully low.  Seems her talent for design didn’t translate well to the...

Small Bathroom Design

Small Bathroom Design I have been flipping through images from Architectural Digest, looking at impossibly massive bathrooms with impossibly decadent designs.  Sigh.  For most of us, an ensuite with a full wood burning fire place, divan, freestanding bath tub, and unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains is a bit out of reach.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t...

New Technology and Your Kitchen

New Technology and Your Kitchen I think a lot about developments in technology when making big purchases these days.  Is my new smart phone going to be compatible with my four year old vehicle? (Spoiler alert: it isn’t, and it’s irritating).  It’s something we think about here when we’re developing new products – are we looking far enough forward? ...

Get in the Map

Get In The Map I did a kitchen design for an old friend the other day.  I say I did a design, but really what I did was take a builder’s plan and re-draw it to get a price, but sometimes that’s the job.  I looked at it when I was finished and was pleased.  It’s nicely symmetrical, is a decent size, has an attractive focal point and is really quite tidy.  It also...

Your New Kitchen and Your Budget

Kitchen Renovation Budget I said it.  I said the B word.  Budget.  Ugh. Whether you’re a designer or a consumer, budget is always presented to me as the biggest challenge of any kitchen renovation.  Customers don’t know how much a renovation is going to cost them, and a designer doesn’t know where to start a design without a number.  We call that a stalemate. ...
Cabinetsmith kitchen in Jasper Shaker from Home Hardware Fall Market

On the Question of Colour

What colour should my new kitchen be? The question designers are asked more than any other. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the colour of your new cabinets! 1. Are you renovating to sell? If so, all my real estate agent friends say when it comes to colour, “Go grey!”.  Not only will it show potential buyers your home has been recently updated, but...
Urban High Gloss White Kitchen

Style Basics: Transitional, Traditional and Contemporary

Transitional Style: Transitional styles are currently the most popular when it comes to kitchen design, according to the NKBA Trend Watch report.  No surprise, given Transitional styling takes the best of traditional and contemporary styles, blends them up, and gives a clean, timeless appearance that’s neither too feminine nor too masculine.  Transitional style...
Harmony series White Kitchen

So You Want to Renovate Your Kitchen?

So you want to renovate your kitchen - a few things to consider before you start shopping. 1. Motivation: Are you renovating to achieve your dream home? Are you renovating to sell? Are you renovating because of a fire/flood?  What’s your motivation renovate and what is the goal you’re wanting to capture?  Knowing the answer to those questions will help your...

We’re Proud to be Canadian

The Olympics and Paralympics have me feeling particularly patriotic – especially since I have a family member competing in the Paralympics for the second time!  It’s amazing to be a Canadian. It got me thinking about our product and what it means to be a...

read more
Choosing a Great Designer

Choosing a Great Designer

I remember visiting a store several years ago.  The designer there had several beautiful hand renderings hanging up in her office.  This woman was seriously talented.  When I asked the store’s owner what kind of sales volume was coming out of the...

read more
Small Bathroom Design

Small Bathroom Design

Small Bathroom Design I have been flipping through images from Architectural Digest, looking at impossibly massive bathrooms with impossibly decadent designs.  Sigh.  For most of us, an ensuite with a full wood burning fire place, divan, freestanding bath...

read more
New Technology and Your Kitchen

New Technology and Your Kitchen

New Technology and Your Kitchen I think a lot about developments in technology when making big purchases these days.  Is my new smart phone going to be compatible with my four year old vehicle? (Spoiler alert: it isn’t, and it’s irritating).  It’s...

read more

Get in the Map

Get In The Map I did a kitchen design for an old friend the other day.  I say I did a design, but really what I did was take a builder’s plan and re-draw it to get a price, but sometimes that’s the job.  I looked at it when I was finished and was pleased. ...

read more

Your New Kitchen and Your Budget

Kitchen Renovation Budget I said it.  I said the B word.  Budget.  Ugh. Whether you’re a designer or a consumer, budget is always presented to me as the biggest challenge of any kitchen renovation.  Customers don’t know how much a renovation is going to...

read more
On the Question of Colour

On the Question of Colour

What colour should my new kitchen be? The question designers are asked more than any other. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the colour of your new cabinets! 1. Are you renovating to sell? If so, all my real estate agent friends say when it...

read more
Style Basics: Transitional, Traditional and Contemporary

Style Basics: Transitional, Traditional and Contemporary

Transitional Style: Transitional styles are currently the most popular when it comes to kitchen design, according to the NKBA Trend Watch report.  No surprise, given Transitional styling takes the best of traditional and contemporary styles, blends them...

read more
So You Want to Renovate Your Kitchen?

So You Want to Renovate Your Kitchen?

So you want to renovate your kitchen - a few things to consider before you start shopping. 1. Motivation: Are you renovating to achieve your dream home? Are you renovating to sell? Are you renovating because of a fire/flood?  What’s your motivation...

read more