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Here’s What You Need To Know About Stainless Steel Gauges

feb. 13

Stainless steel kitchen appliances – large and small – are still all the rage in kitchen design. Black or white aluminum have certainly made a come-back. But, as popular as those are, it’s not quite enough to supplant the popularity of stainless steel. That’s great news because it means that consumers have a lot of choice. We’re all more likely to be able to design our kitchens in whatever style and materials we like best.

Even as far as stainless steel is concerned, not all of it is created equal. Stainless steel is rated according to gauge. Not all gauges are appropriate for every type of purpose. So, when choosing a range hood, which gauge should you be looking for?

Stainless steel gauge refers to the thickness of the steel. A typical range hood should be made from either 22 or 16 gauge steel. In this case, the lower the number (16) is thicker than the higher number (22). Both of these gauges are appropriate for range hoods because they’re easy to cut, fold, and form according to the design of the hood. Both 16 and 22 gauge stainless steel can take a bit of a beating. They don’t dent or scratch easily. For that reason alone, they’re the perfect thickness for kitchen use.

Although you can certainly opt for a range hood made from steel that’s thicker than the standard 16 or 22, it’s not really necessary. Beyond ensuring that your range hood is made from one of those gauges, I would say that the next important consideration is whether the steel is stainless.

Other ingredients, like chromium, go into steel to make it stainless. But remember, stainless steel is rarely 100% stain proof. Instead, it’s excellent at resisting stains. So, if you happen to drop a spoonful of blueberry jam on stainless steel, you should still make sure that you wipe the drips away immediately.

Stainless steel is a very forgiving material to keep clean. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth, and you’re done!

Give us a call to find out which stainless steel range hood is best for your kitchen.

Inject Some Indigenous Design Inspiration Into Your Home

Photo: Freshome.com

There really is so much more to Indigenous design than the usual kitsch, like eagle feathers or geometric shapes. Indigenous design celebrates cultures that have roots in North America going back tens of thousands of years. The ornaments and patterns that these cultures developed held special meaning for whole communities. Those designs could even be passed down through generations of one family!

Indigenous design finds inspiration in many ways and from many sources. The environment is a big one. Indigenous designs might feature natural wood, animal fur, and colors that occur in nature. But to say that’s all Indigenous design is would be wrong. Like any good designer, Indigenous professionals assess their clients’ needs and wants while adding their own special perspective.

So, whether you’re celebrating Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we hope you take a moment to look around and appreciate the natural beauty in your environment.

Want to add some natural elements to your own home? Take a look at these images for inspiration:

Photo: Native American Kitchen Decor

Photo: Craftsmanship Workshop

Photo: creativetouchinteriors.ca


Featured Product: Cavaliere 198D 30 Island Mounted Range Hood

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Sometimes you just need to make a statement. Island range hoods do just that. There they are, set off from the kitchen walls where they typically live. They catch the eye with no effort at all. Island range hoods become as much a focal point in kitchen design as lighting or granite countertops.

So, take your time deciding on the style that best suits your kitchen.

Today’s featured product is the Cavaliere 198D 30 inch Island Mounted Range Hood.

  • 600 CFM centrifugal blower
  • Three-speed electronic, touch sensitive control panel with LCD display (both side accessible, EZreach design)

    Delayed power auto shut off (programmable 1-15 minutes)


    30 hours cleaning reminder


    2 Touch Sensitive Control Panels


    Four dimmable 35W halogen lights (GU-10 type light bulbs)

  • Aluminum 6 layers micro-cell washable grease filters (dishwasher-friendly)
  • Heavy Duty 22 gauge stainless steel (brushed finish) 
  • Telescopic decorative chimney of variable dimension

    6″ round duct vent exhaust and back draft damper


    Tempered glass canopy


    Venting Mode: Duct (optional re-circulating kit available to convert this to a ductless island range hood)

Wondering if this range hood will work for your kitchen? Give us a call. We’ll help you figure it out!

What’s Your Range Hood Style

june 30

If you’ve ever been in the kitchen of an older home, you’ll notice that either there is no range hood or the range hood that is there is an under-the-cabinet type. In other words, range hoods from years past (if they were there at all) weren’t much to look at.

Now, however, kitchen designers and other artists have begun to see this necessary kitchen appliance as an open canvas. That’s a great development on the one hand. On the other hand, it can present a bit of a dilemma. You suddenly have tremendous choice when it comes time to pick out a range hood for your kitchen.

Here’s what our experts suggest:

Choosing the right range hood can be like selecting the right outfit; it’s a matter of personal preference and style. Your kitchen ventilation range hood will likely be one of the focal points in your kitchen, making it one of the important design elements. When deciding on a design, take several things into consideration, including whether the rest of your home is traditional, contemporary or even rustic. The best shape for the hood’s performance is the pyramid shape hood, as it helps with the suction.

Here’s where you can get even more tips:

Stylish Kitchens – Chimney Style Range Hoods

Unique Range Hood Designs – Metal

The Island Range Hood

Pros And Cons: Stainless Steel Range Hoods

Which range hoods do you love?

How To Match A Range Hood With Ductwork

Photo: Pinterest

Take a look at this picture. That sure is one very large piece of ductwork that leads from the over-size range hood to the outdoors! The professional range hood look really fits this kitchen nicely, doesn’t it? But, it does make us want to talk about something that’s very important when choosing a range hood – the size of the ductwork.

I know, it doesn’t sound like the most interesting topic in kitchen design. But, let me tell you, it is absolutely one of the most important.

Here’s what our in-house experts suggest:

For maximum performance, keep the duct straight and short. Use the shortest route with the fewest turns possible. 45° turns are better than 90° turns. Be sure to use an external roof or wall cap. If in doubt, consult a qualified designer/installer who is knowledgeable in ventilation or contact us.

The main issue is that different range hood sizes require different duct sizes in order to work properly. Before shopping for range hoods, take a look at the ductwork that leads to your existing range hood. Is it 6-inches in diameter, 8-inches, or larger? Make a note of that measurement. You’re going to need to match it to your new range hood … unless you’re planning on renovating. Then, the sky’s the limit!

Color Your Kitchen Beautiful

june 8

Some of us love white. Some of us love color. But, there’s no reason all of us can’t have the kitchens we really want.

Painting is one of the quickest, economical, and easiest ways to update and upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen. The questions isn’t whether or not you should paint. The question is what color you should choose.

So, I thought I’d put together some fun color combinations that typically work very well. Let me know which ones you think are the best.

Blue and orange work really well together. If you’re not sure you can handle that much color early in the morning, you can choose a muted blue and orange.

Photo: bhg.com

Purple and gray give a kitchen that elegant look with a touch of wild abandon. Remember you can alter the amount of each color. Make the room mostly purple with some gray accents, or vice versa. Don’t you think that’s a gorgeous range hood?

Photo: Designing Idea

Brown and green might not be the combination that comes readily to mind. The beauty is that you can lighten or darken the colors as much as you’d like.

Photo: lushome

What are your favorite kitchen color combinations? Let us know! Read more about how to choose the right kitchen color.

Summer 2017 Kitchen Trends

june 6

The kitchen is such an amazing place. It has evolved so much in the last 200 years alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the heart of the home has come full circle.

I’m thinking of the old farmhouse kitchen of more than a century ago. In it, a whole family would have cooked their meals, mended their clothes, enjoyed conversations, and kept warm by the fire. With the rise of cities and smaller homes through the last century, families necessarily had to move out of their kitchens. Moms worked alone to prepare the meals. But, other than that ongoing task, every other chore or family time was spent in some other part of the house.

Well, here we are again. It’s 2017, and the kitchen has returned to its status as the heart of the home. Most of us, even if our kitchens are small, try to maximize the space so that it’s multi-functional. Looking forward to the summer of 2017, kitchen design trends seem to be reinforcing that way of thinking.

Maximize the work space.

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Nowadays, we think nothing of knocking down a few walls and expanding the kitchen. Add in an island or extra long counter space and what was once small and cramped is now an expansive work space. Keep an eye out for super efficient technology for the kitchen, too. Whether it’s an extra faucet near the stove or a smart fridge, the trend toward work spaces that make better use of time are on their way.

Task lighting.

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The old central light fixture placed somewhere in the ceiling of the kitchen is long gone. But, kitchen lighting is till evolving. For a while, we had track lighting set in rows along the ceiling. Then, track lighting morphed into pot lights. It was the same kind of thing … without the tracks. Pot lights have a cleaner look, and they can be directed to wherever you want to light to shine. We’ve moved even further along though. We still love our pot lights for overall brightness. But, now we’re adding task lighting. Sometimes that’s a simple chandelier over the eating area. Sometimes it’s a series of pendant lights over an island. We’re also seeing lighting under the cabinets meant to direct the right amount of light onto the countertop.

I have that sinking feeling.

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The sink is the thing! We can still find lots of stainless steel sinks. But, that once neglected area of the kitchen is coming into its own. Now, you can choose between ceramic sinks, concrete sinks, copper sinks … there are probably sinks made from nearly any material. Even plain old stainless steel sinks are no longer plain and simple. They come with different sized receptacles, covers, and accessories of all kinds.

What trend would you like to see continue? Want to know what trends are coming for the rest of the kitchen? Check out: 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends.

Got questions? Give us a call! We love talking with you.


Inspiring Outdoor Kitchens!

June 2

Sometimes you just need a little hit of inspiration. Whatever your outdoor entertainment space looks like, admiring what other people have done to turn their backyards or balconies into an extension of their homes is a fabulous use of time.

Who doesn’t love looking at images of beautiful things? And who knows, you might even pick up an idea or two that you can implement in your own outdoor oasis. As you’ll see, some people go all out. They set up an outdoor cooking and eating area complete with stove, range hood, fridge, and countertops. For others, a barbeque and a picnic table are just enough.

Have you already done something amazing with your outdoor entertaining area? Share your pics on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to see them!

In the meantime, enjoy these:

Simple, but gorgeous. This comfortable patio marries the natural elements of the outdoors, like concrete and wood, with the functional elements of an indoor kitchen.

Photo: Rob Karosis

Here’s a little southwest feel with all the cool functionality of a working kitchen.

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I love the fresh, open look of this backyard entertaining space. It goes to prove that you don’t need a lot of area to create a functional and beautiful backyard kitchen.

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Need tips on setting up your own backyard entertaining oasis? Check out: Design Your Own Outdoor Kitchen.

What elements of backyard kitchens do you love most?

Kitchen Trends – Roll It Out!

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Most of us struggle to find storage space in our kitchens. Sometimes, we barely have room for an eat-in section. Well, kitchen designers have heard our cries of frustration. The latest trend is … wheels.

Yup, you read that right. Designers are putting wheels on pretty much every piece of furniture in the kitchen. It’s a great idea that gives homeowners the ability to rearrange the pieces as necessary. Imagine that you’re having a party, and you want to be able to stand behind the counter so you can cook, serve, and interact with your guests. All you’d need to do is pull the lower cabinets away from the wall and rearrange them as you’d like.

Of course, that’s not possible for any cabinetry housing the dishwasher or the stove and range hood set-up. But, it’s a great option for the remaining furniture.

Would you discard all of your existing cabinets and replace them with moving parts?

Read more about the perfect kitchen layout options: How To Layout An Efficient Kitchen

Monthly Pick – Top Trends In Kitchen Cabinetry

May 23

I’ve flipped through so many kitchen design magazines lately that feature kitchens with minimal cabinetry. Sometimes, the entire top row of cabinets is gone in favor of a large window, an art-filled wall, or a professional-grade range hood. Sometimes, open shelving has replaced the cabinets.

That’s all well and fine, except for one thing. I like cabinets. I like upper and lower cabinets, and I like cabinets with doors that close. I’ll be the first to admit that dust settling on the items stacked artfully on those shelves is unappetizing. The thought of having to regularly dust those shelves … and the stuff stacked on them … makes me turn and run in the other direction.

As for no cabinets at all … well, that’s never going to happen in my kitchen. I like to have a lot of stuff hidden away behind those doors. I can’t imagine getting rid of the plates, glasses, mugs, and servingware that I use on a fairly regularly basis (and that are stored in those upper cabinets) just to clear a wall.

I know that the idea behind removing cabinets is to make a small kitchen seem larger and airier. But, I’ll take small and stuffy if it means keeping my storage areas.

There are lots of ways to achieve a modern, fresh, and spacious look without ripping out have the cabinetry. Getting that look relies entirely on properly designed cabinets. So, to that end, let’s take a look at the top kitchen cabinet trends!

Light. Bright. Minimal.

Paint cabinets with light or bright colors and keep the ornamental fill to a minimum.

Photo: House Beautiful

Dark works, too!

Use light colored accents on walls, and a light colored countertop to counteract the heavy feeling of the dark cabinets.

Photo: hgtv.com

Mixed designs.

Don’t feel you have to go all traditional or all modern. The most stunning kitchens are often those that deftly melt diverse elements into a workable whole.

Photo: superiorcabinets.ca

What style of cabinets do you love?