June 30, 2015

Happy Canada Day from Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre!

The team at Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day. We know many of you are taking the entire week off to celebrate, so relax and enjoy what will hopefully be a warm and sunny week.

Monarch proudly supports our country and does its best to buy Canadian whenever possible. For example, all the cabinetry manufacturers Monarch uses are Canadian companies. Are you planning a renovation in the coming months? If so, we hope you consider buying Canadian, too.

Monarch Kitchen and Bath Centre is open every day this week except July 1st.  Our showroom hours this week are as follows:

Tuesday, June 30 – 9am to 5pm
Wednesday, July 1st – Closed
Thursday, July 2nd 9am to 5pm
Friday, July 3rd – 9am to 5pm
Saturday, July 4th – 9am to 5pm

Feel free to drop by our designers would be happy to discuss your upcoming renovation plans and answer any questions you may have. 

June 25, 2015

Quick and Simple Recipes to Celebrate Canada Day

Whether you're gearing up for a week away at the cottage or having a few friends over for a backyard barbecue on Canada Day, it's always fun to try out some new recipes and spice up your holiday menu options.







June 19, 2015

A Bathroom Design with Toddlers in Mind


Recently, Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre was asked to transform the washroom at First Steps Childcare Centre in Pickering into a more toddler-friendly space.

“Going potty for a child can be a very traumatic experience,” says Monarch president Neil Samson.


With the average toddler ranging in height from 24 to 30 inches, stepping up onto a foot step or stool to tinkle is a lot to navigate while learning bladder control.


“For an adult, it would be comparable to stepping on a two-foot high step to reach a three-foot high toilet bowl,” says Neil. “As you can imagine, toddlers are concerned about falling into the toilet or falling off the step, all adding to the stress of making it to the washroom in time.”

Designed by Marion Cuddie, the new washroom at First Steps features all the right components to make a toddler’s potty-training experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Staff members say the children love using it because they feel it fits for them.
“If you look carefully at these sinks, you will notice they are 18 inches high, as opposed to a normal bathroom sink which is 36 inches high,” explains Neil. “In order for a child to get their chin up to a standard bathroom vanity countertop, they have to stand on a 1’ high step stool, just to get their chin up there. We have also added motion-activated water and soap dispensers. These are toys to the kids and they love to wash their hands.”

Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre can convert any washroom into a toddler friendly environment that will reduce the stress of potty training. Contact us today at 905-686-2001.

June 10, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Recognizes Monarch’s Commitment to the Environment and Community


Many thanks to Habitat for Humanity Durham for recognizing Monarch in their Spring 2015 e-newsletter for its ongoing commitment to waste reduction during the home renovation process.
 
Monarch believes companies must conduct sustainable business practices and be responsible stewards of the environment while seeking profit only in a manner that leaves the earth healthy and safe. A proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity for 15 years, Monarch encourages homeowners to think twice before taking old cabinetry, appliances or fixtures to the dump.

“If you are contemplating a renovation and are updating items in your home that are still perfectly functional...think about donating them to Habitat for Humanity," says designer Amanda Willson-Suppa.

A non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged individuals through home ownership, Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping low-income families caught in the vicious cycle of poverty. 

If you're planning a kitchen or bathroom renovation, give Habitat for Humanity a call before tear down begins. Their volunteers will remove your old kitchen cabinets, appliances or bathroom fixtures at no-charge and issue you a tax-deductible receipt for the value of your donation.

June 5, 2015

It Takes GUTS to Make it Stop! Join Monarch As We Support The Gutsy Walk



Join Monarch's Kevin Samson on Sunday, June 7th, 2015, for the 20th Annual Gutsy Walk and become part of Canada’s largest community event committed to raising funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. 

By participating or sponsoring a loved one, you can show those living with Crohn’s and colitis they are not alone. (You can spot Kevin and his wife Wendy at the 6 second mark of the video.)

Kevin would like to thank everyone at Monarch who, as a group, donated $865.

Some facts about from GutsyWalk.ca:
  • Gutsy Walk started as the Heel 'n' Wheel-a-Thon in 1996 in 24 communities and has since grown to 60+ communities; $29 million in funds raised to date.
  • Over the past 19 years, with the support of thousands of dedicated volunteers and participants, Gutsy Walk has grown from raising $3.1 to $3.2 million per year for education and research.
  • Through the fundraising efforts of Gutsy Walk participants, there are more researchers hard at work in Canada which includes funding more than 36 promising research projects in the past year.
Some facts about Crohn’s and Colitis Canada:
  • 1 in every 150 Canadians is living with Crohn’s and colitis – a rate that ranks in the highest worldwide.
  • Families new to Canada are developing Crohn’s and colitis for the first time – often within the first generation.
  • Most alarming, the number of new cases of Crohn’s disease in Canadian children has almost doubled since 1995.
  • Nearly 250,000 Canadians are affected by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is one of the leading funders of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research in the world – having invested over $88 million in world-class research projects and initiatives