March 25, 2015

Will You Turn Off Your Lights for Earth Hour this Saturday?


Last year, over 12 million Canadians took part in Earth Hour in 350 cities and towns across the country. This year, Earth Hour begins at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th.

From WWF:
This Earth Hour, WWF is calling on Canadians to join other countries in sending a strong global message – that this is the year we change climate change.

The ninth annual Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015, only months before a new global climate deal is negotiated. On this day, six continents, 120 countries, and 24 time zones will be united as a global community, making our voices heard through the individual action of turning off the lights.
Please join the team at Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre as we support Earth Hour. This year, we're taking our efforts one step further and will be reducing our power consumption for the entire weekend.

March 17, 2015

Use Your Power to Change Climate Change -- Join Us As We Count Down to Earth Hour 2015

At Monarch, we believe companies must conduct sustainable business practices and be responsible stewards of the environment. As we do every year around this time, we're gearing up to power down for Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.



Last year, hundreds of millions of people in 162 countries and 7,000 cities participated. 

From EarthHour.org:
From a symbolic lights-off event in one city, Earth Hour has grown to the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement creating massive impact around the world, thanks to the power of the crowd.

In 2014, with the launch of Earth Hour Blue, the first-ever crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform of its kind, we raised funds to combat wildlife crime in SouthEast Asia, distributed thousands of wood-saving stoves to families in Madagascar, and successfully petitioned to pass a law banning the use of plastic bags in the Galapagos.

In the past eight years, you have shown us how individuals can come together to effect positive change. This year, we hope that you will continue to Use #YourPower to Change Climate Change.

Join the movement at http://www.earthhour.org/join-the-movement

Be a part of our annual lights out event on March 28, 2015, 8:30pm local time.

March 13, 2015

Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre Designers Discover New and Amazing Things from Blum

What is Blum?
Blum is an international company that specializes in the fittings and functional uses of furniture. In other words, the slides, glides, drawers, organizational pieces and hinges that go into your kitchen! Blum has been manufacturing for more than 60 years and is a market leader in the development of new and innovative products.

Fans of Blum’s exceptional products since their early days working as designers, Monarch’s design team was excited to visit Blum’s Mississauga headquarters and see what new products they had to offer.



Servo-Drive
“The state-of-the-art technology that goes into Blum Servo-Drive is amazing to see,” says designer Amanda Willson-Suppa. With the push of a cabinet door, Servo-Drive pushes the cabinet open. “We thought this would be ideal for use in a garbage can unit since you are able to open it without using your entire hand.”
Image courtesy of blum.com
Blum also had some great slow-closing devices on display. At one time, lift-up cabinets didn’t have the ability to slow-close. Now they can thanks to some of the new hinging systems that Blum offers.

A place for everything and everything in its place.
The other item that caught our designers’ attention was Blum’s foil and plastic wrap dispensers! This brings organization to a new level. You don’t even need to have Blum hardware in your existing kitchen to accommodate these new organizational tools.

Interested in turning your unorganized utensil drawer into a functional kitchen storage space? Call Monarch today and one of our designers would be happy to show you how easy it is to incorporate Blum into your home.

March 6, 2015

5 Reasons to Trust Monarch With Your Kitchen and Bath Design Needs

Choosing a company you can trust to handle renovations in your home can be a huge source of stress. As kitchen and bath designers for over 30 years, Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre understands that the best way to put your mind at ease is to present you with the facts you need to make the decision that's right for you.

"When taking on such a large project in your home, trust and confidence in the people that will be performing the work is crucial," says Monarch designer Amanda Willson-Suppa. "That's why we provide all our potential customers with a copy of Monarch's Trust and Confidence Guide. It includes extensive detail of all Monarch's certifications, as well as a gallery of before-and-after pictures."

Why choose Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre?

1. We are experienced and qualified.

Take comfort in the knowledge that all Monarch designers are professionally trained and educated. Monarch has been a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) for over thirty years. The NKBA promotes professionalism and ethical business practices within the kitchen and bath industry, and is committed to helping design professionals create more energy efficient living spaces. 

Monarch is a member of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA). The CHBA is committed to a fair and competitive marketplace and provides members with opportunities to learn and grow. Monarch shares the CHBA’s belief that all Canadians have the right to a reasonable opportunity to own their own homes, and the right to decent, safe and appropriate housing.

In 2012, Monarch became a Baeumler Approved contractor. The brainchild of Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Disaster DIY and House of Bryan, Baeumler Approved pre-screens home renovation companies to ensure their references check out and they have all the require insurance and licenses necessary to run their business. Baeumler Approved checks with previous customers and the tradespeople and companies they employ on a regular basis to ensure a company they deem “Baeumler Approved” has a solid reputation in the industry and with their clients.

In 2013, Monarch became a RenoMark Approved contractor. RenoMark identifies contractors who have agreed to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Code of Ethics and a renovation-specific Code of Conduct. As a RenoMark approved renovator, Monarch is recognized as understanding the value of customer service as well as providing warranties and continually educating ourselves on trends, materials and new regulations.
Monarch also became BILD Approved contractor in 2013. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) encourages innovations and excellence in the planning and building of sustainable communities and the redevelopment and renovation of existing communities. As a BILD approved contractor, Monarch must abide by a strict code of ethics.

2. We are committed to your complete satisfaction.

At Monarch, we understand that our success depends solely on the satisfaction of our clients. Our primary goal is to help our clients design a space that not only reflects their personal style, but also meets their requirements for function and versatility – now and for years to come. Many of our new clients come to us as a result of referrals. Not only have they walked into a friend or family member’s newly designed space and been blown away by its beauty, they have also learned firsthand about our attention to detail, expert guidance and respect for their time. Click here to read our reviews on HomeStars.


3. We design and renovate homes, cottages and condos!

Monarch offers customized design and renovation services for all rooms in the home, condominium or cottage. This service includes in-home consultations; detailed plans and designs; a written description of the scope of work for each project; computer-generated plans and perspective; "one-stop”shopping on a large range of cabinetry, tile, flooring, and plumbing fixtures; licenced, insured and bonded trades; complete project management; and several lines of cabinetry to cover a range of budget options.

Monarch specializes in condominium renovations of all sizes. Because each condo board has different rules and regulations, condo renovations are a more complex process than renovating a home. Monarch liaises with each condo board and superintendent to ensure a seamless approval process; delivery and execution of the renovation. Our qualifications exceed condo board requirements.

4. We understand how busy you are so we offer concierge services, too!

Recently, Monarch added a concierge service to help our clients manage the many steps and stages involved in a renovation. Our concierge service includes a pack-up service; professional organization; appliance moving; cleaning services; duct and filter cleaning; daily progress reports with pictures or video; product sourcing and interior design and decorating services.

5. We are your long-term renovation partner.

Our commitment to you does not end when your design project is finished. We offer a one-year parts and labour warranty on everything we supply and install. Should something get broken or damaged, we will help you obtain replacement parts. We are always happy to make time for you, your friends and anyone you refer to us.