Cabinetsmith Designer Tips

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

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...