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January 27, 2012

Need to Cut Costs on Your Kitchen Cabinetry? Think Polyester...

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Yes, that's right...


Heat and scratch resistant, polyester cabinet doors are a great way to create the kitchen you want without going over budget.

They offer the illusion of wood and coordinate well with melamine and laminates.

Miralis Polyester Cabinets are available in a variety of colours.
Easy to clean and durable, five-piece polyester cabinetry has become an affordable and stylish choice for today's homeowner.

At Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre, our designers rely on the quality and selection of Miralis, a Canadian company specializing in high-end kitchen cabinetry since 1976.

Their five-piece polyester cabinetry is available in a wide variety of colours and styles.

To learn more about how you can save money by incorporating polyester cabinetry into your kitchen or bath design, call Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre today at 905-686-2001 or drop by our Pickering showroom at 1020 Brock Road, Unit 6, and view our onsite samples.

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January 23, 2012

Are You Dreaming of a Cream-Coloured Kitchen?

Drop by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre today and discover how you can make your kitchen design dreams come true in 2012.

Cream kitchen cabinets. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.
Cream kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.

January 19, 2012

How Long Until Our New Kitchen is Ready, Mom?

At Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre, we believe that designing a new kitchen is FUN.

As the homeowner, you get to dream big and explore options for your new space. The fun continues when you collaborate with one of Monarch's kitchen designers on the floor plan and overall design and drop by our Pickering showroom to choose new cabinetry, countertops, hardware, and discuss appliances, lighting, back splash, flooring, paint colours, furniture and more.

And while Monarch has over 30 years of experience in ensuring your kitchen renovation goes smoothly and according to plan, we'll admit that renovating your existing kitchen is not nearly as much fun as designing and planning for your new and improved space.

Because after all the design decisions are made...

Aubrey helps Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre installers with tear down.

Suffice it to say, the tear down process is quite a bit less exciting — and much messier than the thrill of designing.

Especially if you're staying in the house that's being renovated.

Graydon takes matters into his own hands.
Even more so if you have young children who can't wait for the new kitchen to be finished.

Enter Aubrey and Graydon...the children of one of Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre's clients.

No doubt excited by the weeks of planning for the new space, Aubrey and Graydon apparently didn't think things were moving along quickly enough and decided to take matters into their own hands.

Can you blame them?

After all...

it's not like your mom lets you take a hammer to the walls of your kitchen EVERY day!

(Back l-r) Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre installers Don and Clint with (front l-r) Graydon and Aubrey.

January 13, 2012

What Will You Use Your Kitchen Island For?

It's no secret that islands top the list of kitchen renovation must-haves. After all, islands can transform the way you work and socialize in what is most likely the busiest room in your home.

Whether you're looking for more cooking, storage or food-preparation space — or maybe even just a spot for your guests to place their drinks while you're preparing dinner — the addition of an island is a great way to update your kitchen while adding value to your home.

Before you decide what kind of cabinetry and countertop you'd like on your island, it's important to figure out exactly what you'll be using it for.

If you love to cook, an island with a built-in cook top will allows you to stay in the centre of the action at all times. Remember, however, that island cook tops require proper ventilation and special consideration must be given if you plan to eat at the island. This can be addressed by designing the island with a raised eating counter which creates an effective safety barrier to open flame and steam.

Island with cook top. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.
Food Preparation
The space on a kitchen countertop is often so covered in small appliances (coffeemaker, toaster, mixer) there is little room for food preparation. That's where an island can save the day. Add a bar sink to your island and not only can you entertain with ease, but you'll also be able to keep all of your food preparation in one place.

Island with large food prep area and under-counter storage. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.
Bowls, plates, cutlery, glasses, coffee cups, pots, pans, casserole dishes, food...there never seems to be quite enough cupboard space in a kitchen. While you're planning what to do with the top of your island, the under-counter storage space is an added bonus you'll love taking advantage of. Choose open shelves to display your cookbooks and dishes, closed cabinetry to hide the harder to organize items, or a combination of both.

Whether you plan to use your island for entertaining or for your causal eating needs, be sure to include an overhanging counter with plenty of room for your knees, allowing a minimum of 24 inches for each chair.

Island with under-counter storage and seating. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.

Can't decide what kind of island to include in your new kitchen? Call Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre today at 905-686-2001 or drop by our Pickering showroom at 1020 Brock Road, Unit 6.

January 10, 2012

January 4, 2012

Open Concept Kitchens: Kate's Favourite 2012 Design Trend

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"When you are designing your new kitchen this year, why not add an exciting design element that is becoming very popular in the kitchen design industry?" asks Monarch designer Kate Beranger. "Open concept kitchens have had a stronghold on the industry for many years. The latest trend takes open concept to the next level by adding open cabinets to your new kitchen design."

"Eliminating some of the upper doors from your cabinetry can open up your kitchen to an airy feel. This will also brighten the overall look of your new space, and give you an elegant place to display some of the beautiful items that are so often hidden behind closed doors."
Zito (Autumn) Panel

"If removing all of the doors in your kitchen is just too out of the box for you, try highlighting some areas with the open-concept look instead—or add transparent materials to your new kitchen with glass inserts for your doors," says Kate. "Make the glass inserts even more interesting by using different materials such as frosted glass, water glass, plexiglass materials containing fabrics or even natural products like leaves and reeds...or perhaps take a tip from the old world and add leaded glass features to your space."

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