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June 24, 2011

Monarch's Showroom Makeover is Complete!

Visitors to Monarch's 30th Anniversary Celebration were blown away by our newest kitchen showroom.

Why not drop by soon and see it for yourself? Pictures just don't do it justice!

Cabinetry: White framed maple cabinetry by Cuisines Laurier

Countertops: Granite by Interstone Granite & Marble

Backsplash: Glass and stainless steel mosaic tiles from Saltillo

Hood Fan: Vent-A-Hood

Coffee Maker: Miele espresso and cappuccino maker

Oven: Miele wall oven

Range: KitchenAid Slide-in

Fridge: GE Monogram wine fridge

Sink: Kindred

Faucet: GROHE

Chairs: Chair Source

Door handles: Select Hardware

Pendant lights: Osso City Lighting, Oshawa

June 20, 2011

Renovating Your Kitchen? Chances Are You'll Need a Building Permit

At Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre, we don't begin any renovation project without obtaining the necessary building permit first.

"I can’t emphasize enough the importance of permits and inspections,” explains Monarch president Neil Samson. “This is your guarantee that work will be done according to Ontario Building Code Standards and your home will be returned to you in a safe and secure manner."

The City of Pickering's planning and development department describes a building permit as "your formal permission to begin construction or demolition."  

A building permit from the City of Pickering ensures it has approved plans for any new structure, addition or renovation. Most importantly, all approved plans must comply with the Ontario Building Code, local zoning bylaws and other applicable laws and regulations.

From the City of Pickering's Planning and Development website:
It is unlawful to start construction or demolition before you obtain a permit.

Building permits regulate types of construction permitted in the community and ensure that building standards are met. The building permit process protects each homeowner's interests, as well as those of the community at large, and provides for the erection of safe structures.

By obtaining a permit, you can also take advantage of the professional expertise of Building Division staff. Inspectors are good sources of information and can offer suggestions to help solve construction problems, often before they occur. They have extensive hands-on experience, so try to be around during their visits.

In many cases, your designer or contractor will obtain permits on your behalf. But remember, it is the building owner who is ultimately responsible for complying with all building requirements.

For a full list of projects you'll need a building permit for, click here.

If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, click here for more information on obtaining a building permit for your renovation.

While obtaining a building permit from the city or town you live in may seem like a nuisance, it ensures your project is completed according to code and will often safe you time and money later on.

“You’re spending a lot of time, energy and money on your renovation—be safe and protect your investment," says Neil.

June 17, 2011

Monarch's 30th Anniversary Celebration a Huge Success!

Sharon and Neil Samson
What a party!

On Saturday, June 11th, friends, family, past and present clients from across Durham Region and the GTA--even some local politicians--helped Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre celebrate 30 successful years in business.
A tribute from Linda Ruddy

We'd like to thank everyone who joined in the celebration. If your ballot was drawn for one of our many giveaways, Amanda Willson-Suppa will have already contacted you. Congratulations to all the winners!
Linda Ruddy from LMR Consulting with Sharon Samson and Melissa Foley.
The Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre team.

Monarch president Neil Samson is joined by Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan

June 3, 2011

Don't Miss Monarch's 30th Anniversary Celebration!

Please join us on Saturday, June 11th at our Pickering showroom -- 1020 Brock Road South, Unit 6 -- as we thank our new and previous clients, local business partners and the City of Pickering for their patronage and support over the past 30 years.

There will be food and refreshments, live musical entertainment and wine tasting from 12 to 4 p.m. Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan will be on hand to speak with guests and congratulate Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre owners Neil and Sharon Samson on their continuing success.

Drop by our showroom and put your name into a draw for "no-strings-attached" raffle prizes from such companies as:
Hamilton Beach
Cuisines Laurier and more.

For additional information, contact Amanda Willson-Suppa at 905-686-2011 or email her at