New Design Centre - Calgary

Posted in Design on January 23, 2016

Back in October we started a complete renovation of our Calgary design centre (including a new reception area and boardroom) that finished up just in time for our annual Christmas open house. It wasn't a small undertaking: Walls were changed, new electrical had to be installed for our contemporary display featuring Blum's Servo-Drive hardware as well as numerous lighting features, ceilings were redone, and new floors went in. And that's all in addition to four new kitchen displays; a new bar display; a display for our new closet line (more on that in a future post); and new door style/colour displays, moudling boards, and handle boards (with many new handle options).

Our large kitchen display now features Soho doors in beechwood with Ashwood stain on the perimiter, with Berkshire doors in walnut with Coffee stain on the island. The stacked upper cabient glass doors feature custom one-piece wood mullions, milled out of solid blocks of beechwood. All of the panels in the kitchen are 32mm thick, while the island features a custom furniture kick detail and custom-made countertop supports.

Design Centre Display

The contemporary display now features slab high gloss and textured woodprint doors from Schenk (Soho Bright White and Mesa Grey Oak). This display also features Blum hardware throughout, with Blum's Servo-Drive powering the Aventos lift up cabinets and Tandembox bank of drawers.

The small kitchen display now features Antique White Thermofoil cabients on the perimiter with maple cabinets in Cappucino stain on the island.

Our mid-size kitchen display features NEXGEN™ cabient doors with a synchronous wood print finish in a profile/colour combination called Durban. This kitchen offers a similar look to our large display kitchen at a fraction of the cost for your home. Like the large display, the island also features a custom furniture kick detail.

We're especially excited have on display many new cabinet accessories options, including new chrome/dark grey pullout pantry and pullout corner accesories from Marathon Hardware.


We didn't do this alone of course. Huge thanks go out to our suppliers who helped support our design centre renovation:

A huge thanks also to our interior design consultant Julie West from West Eighty Design, who provided invaluable assistance and input.

A full gallery of our new design centre displays can be found on our facebook page. A video of our Blum Servo-Drive for Aventos cabinets in action can be seen on our YouTube channel.



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Our Cabinets in SAM Award Finalist Homes

Posted in Show Homes on March 7, 2015

The Canadian Home Builders' Association - Calgary Region's annual SAM Awards finalist list was released yesterday. A huge congratulations to all of the finalists! 

We're very proud to have provided cabinets for a large number of award finalist homes and multi-family projects. We will of course be cheering for all of the finalists and winners (we're very proud of our industry and the homes it builds) at the gala in April, but we might be heard cheering just a bit louder for projects and homes we helped build.

Best Multi-Family Community

  • Avi Urban - Prospect Rise, Kincora, Calgary

Best New Design Villa/Duplex/Townhome up to 1,199 sq. ft.

  • Avi Urban - Willow Iris
  • Morrison Homes Multi-Family - The Boulevard
  • Assured Developments Ltd. - Alex Courtyard Lofts, Uptown Unit 6 (the new sales center features cabinets by Classic)

Avi Urban - Show Suite

Best New Design Villa/Duplex/Townhome 1,200 sq. ft. and over

  • Avi Urban - Willow Carmine

Best Town Home - up to $299,999

  • Avi Urban - Edison at Walden, Jasmine D
  • Morrison Homes Multi-Family - Smith Residence (Private)

Best Town Home - $300,000-$359,000

  • Morrison Homes Multi-Family - Tharakan/Higgs Residence at Sonoma (Private)

Morrison Multi-Family - Sonoma at Sage Hill Show Suite

Best Town Home - $360,000 and over

  • Avi Urban - The Lance

Best Apartment-Style Condo - One Bedroom + Den

  • Avi Urban - Sawyer Silverado, 1 Bedroom

Avi Urban - Sawyer at Silverado Show Suite

Best New Home - $375,000 - $424,999

  • Homes by Avi - The Rosedale, Walden
  • Homes by Avi - The Mason, King's Heights

Homes by Avi - Rosedale in Walden

Best New Home - $620,000-$719,999

  • Homes by Avi - 2014 Stampede Rotary Dream Home

Homes by Avi - 2014 Dream Home

Tags: Avi Urban Design Homes by Avi images Morrison Multi-Family SAM Awards show homes

NEW! Woodprint NEXGEN™ Cabinet Doors

Posted in Design on August 30, 2014

We've got four new NEXGEN™ door styles in our Calgary and Edmonton design centers this week, two of which feature Woodprint technology from Uniboard and Olon's Vista finish for the wrapped profiles.

4 New Offerings

Textured melamine and wrapped products have been around for a while, having originated in Europe. More recently, the North American marketplace has seen a surge of new textured melamine and thermofoil offerings providing fantastic contemporary looks for great value.

What makes Woodprint and Vista different is the synchronization of the texture, providing the look of a carefully worked real wood product but with the durability, consistency, and performance of an engineered product. According to Uniboard:

Uniboard’s Woodprint Technology® is the first synchronized texture in thermofused laminates in North America. Woodprint Technology aligns the décor paper and the surface texture to replicate real wood characteristics that are perfectly synchronized just as they would be in nature.

The new Brushed Elm finish, using Woodprint Technology, is a luxurious deep brushed wood texture available in six trendsetting, cool neutral colours that will be unveiled at the WMS show. ‘‘The matte-oiled surface of this finish replicates hours of hand polishing wood,’’ describes Susan Doherty, Uniboard Product Manager, TFL, ‘‘while the 3D brushed effect emphasizes the natural cathedrals and crossgrain characteristics of the Elm creating beautiful light reflections.’’

After discussions with our suppliers and at our regular product review sessions, we settled on two colours from the lineup in a Shaker profile:

  • Asheville, a beautiful light gray woodprint
  • Chapel Hill, a rich deep brown woodprint

We've also added two new NEXGEN™ door styles featuring colours/patterns from Stevens Wood with Olon's Belluno finish in a Shaker profile:

  • Amherst, a wonderful medium brown with deep and characterful wood grain texture
  • Camden, a deep Artika texture (non-synchronous) in a lovely medium-light grey

For more on Woodprint, check out Uniboard's news release: Uniboard Launches Woodprint Technology.

For more on 5-piece doors featuring the Brushed Elm finish, check out Uniboard's news release: Uniboard Announces 5 Piece Doors in Brushed Elm Finish.

For more on NEXGEN™ check out these posts from our blog: Classic Select: NEGEN and New NEXGEN Colours.

Photo galleries featuring our current NEXGEN™ lineup can be seen on our facebook page.

Tags: Design new news & events NexGen Select

A Dream Home story...

Posted in Our Community on June 30, 2014

The 2014 Calgary Stampede kicks off this week, which means this year's Stampede Rotary Dream Home by Homes by Avi will be open to the public!

We're proud to have been the cabinet supplier of choice for just about every Dream Home since 1989.

But we're especially proud of the cabinets we built and installed in this year's home. Homes by Avi's Dream Home designers asked us to pull out all the stops to help build a kitchen featuring framed kitchen cabinets with flush mounted doors (and latch hardware on upper glass doors) in a painted finish, thick floating shelves in the pantry area in a stained finish (matching the other pantry area cabinets and kitchen island), and custom bathroom cabinets with thick open shelved areas under the sinks.

Our team was up for the task and worked tirelessly for weeks, over many evenings and weekends, to bring their vision to reality.

We hope you agree that the final result is stunning:


Of course, it didn't start out looking like this.

Our journey in helping create this magnificent kitchen started back in January when the Dream Home designers met with us to discuss their vision for the cabinets throughout the home. We realized the only way to fulfill the incredible vision of the Design Team was with custom cabinetry that would be built on site. This is very different from a typical kitchen where modular cabinets are fully assembled in our factory and shipped to site for installation.

With a plan in hand (plus an approved cabinet prototype)—and with detailed site drawings, measurements, and notes from Sales & Design Manager Kelly Biggar—our team began working out how each section of cabinets would be built. Each section was then hand built in its entirety by our cabinetmakers, with custom-sized components and customized drill patterns to the exact specifications of the space.

Custom Built Cabinets

The work in the shop involved many of our experts including all three of our custom cabinetmakers and our entire paintshop team. Site construction was handled by our Dream Team of Duncan Ritchie and Derek Biggar.

Site Built

When all was said and done, our installer Dream Team could not have been more excited about how it all came together:

The Dream Team

They were also probably really excited to meet Trail's Chef.

A huge thanks to our suppliers, who made this project possible, with special thanks to: Klaas Custom Woodworking (cabinet doors and drawer fronts), Marathon Fasteners & Hardware (hardware), and Multiwood (solid walnut butcher block) for their contributions to the project.

Klaas Custom Woodworking Marathon Fasteners Multiwood

We'll have more pictures of the kitchen, pantry, and bathrooms on our facebook page soon. Check out Homes by Avi's fantastic Dream Home site for more on this year's dream home.

Tags: Calgary Stampede custom cabinetry Design Dream Home Dream kitchen Homes by Avi new Stampede

A Passion for Making Cabinets

Posted in News & Events on June 2, 2014

 A new video of our manufacturing process, which balances hand-crafted finishes and craftsmanship with advanced machinery to provide a world-class product made in Alberta.

Tags: manufacturing new video

Our Cabinets in 2013 SAM Award Winning Homes

Posted in News & Events on April 15, 2014

As we discussed on this blog a few weeks ago, our cabinets could be found in a number of homes and multi-family projects nominated as finalists for a 2013 SAM Award. The competition was, as always, fierce and only one of them won a prized goose statue.

The winner? Homes by Avi Urban's The Enclave at Castle Keep won the Best Multi-Family Community award.

A huge congratulations to all of the SAM Award winners. A full list of them (including finalists in order of finish) can be found here: 2013 SAM Awards Winners Announcement.

Tags: awards Homes by Avi Homes by Avi Urban SAM Awards Trico Homes

Our Cabinets in SAM Award Finalist Homes

Posted in News & Events on March 28, 2014

Every year, the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Calgary Region celebrates innovation and excellence in the residential construction industry with the SAM Awards. We're looking forward to joining the annual Gala this Saturday where 57 winners in 10 categories will be announced along with the GRAND SAM Award winners. And while all of the finalist homes are, of course, incredible, we'll be paying extra close attention to see if any of these award finalist homes featuring cabinetry by us win the prized goose statue:

Best Multi-Family Community

Homes by Avi Urban - The Enclave at Castle Keep

Homes by Avi - Enclave

Best New Design - Apartment Style Condo up to 899 sq. ft.

Homes by Avi Urban - Sawyer, Two Bedroom B

Homes by Avi - Sawyer

Best New Design - Villa/Duplex/Townhome up to 1,199 sq. ft.

Homes by Avi Urban - Edison, Scarlet

Best New Design - Villa/Duplex/Townhome 1,200 sq. ft. and over

Homes by Avi Urban - Edison, Auburn

Best Town Homes - $295,000-$349,999

Homes by Avi Urban - The Enclave at Castle Keep, Yorkshire

Best New Home - up to $229,999

Homes by Avi - The Victor in Nolan Hill

Best New Home - $230,000-$269,999

Homes by Avi - The Murphy in Sunset Ridge

Homes by Avi - Murphy

Best New Home - $310,000-$349,999

Trico Homes - The Berkley in Riviera

Trico Homes - Berkley

Best New Home - $535,000-$599,999

Trico Homes - The Newport in Legacy

Best New Home - $600,000-$699,999

Trico Homes - The Birchwood in Legacy

Trico Homes - Birchwood in Legacy

Keep an eye on our blog for a list of SAM Award winning homes featuring cabinets by us after the gala.

You can follow us on twitter @albertakitchens for live updates from the event.

And for a great light-hearted view on the SAM Awards, make sure to follow @SAM_the_Ggoose.

Tags: awards Homes by Avi Homes by Avi Urban SAM Awards Trico Homes

2014 Design Trends: Our Experts Chime In

Posted in Design on December 9, 2013

With only a couple of weeks left in the year, we thought we might get our in-house design experts to provide their thoughts on what kitchen design trends you can expect to see in 2014.

Candace Hunt, Calgary

  • Lighter cabinetry (whites, off whites, grays) are going to be a key trend in 2014.
  • Pops of colour - either coloured glass or led panels - will also be a key design feature. Bright and contrasting!
  • Cabinetry will move towards natural and sustainable finishes, textures, and grains.
  • LED lighting will be used to provide work lighting, highlight features, and serve as a feature as well in faucets, countertops, and backsplashes.
  • A greater focus on maximizing the use of space: integrated appliances and storage; garbage/recycling centers; niche/built-in areas for storage and recharging stations; entertainment areas (wet bars, coffee bars, etc.); integrated dining tables off kitchen islands, and more!
  • Bringing technology into the kitchen with built-in and concealed appliances with touch screens.
  • Ornate details inspired by French Country (crown moulding details on top of simple shaker cabinetry for example).

Tom Crowell, Calgary

  • Painted cabinets
  • Man-made fibers and engineered finishes (NEXGEN, Thermofoil, etc.) for durable lighter coloured kitchens
  • Medium to lighter depth colours and 'grain infused' wood types
  • Undermount sinks with laminate counter tops (counter seal, ring in board)
  • People will be looking for grays
  • HPL laminate faces may make a comeback

Vijay Singh, Edmonton

  • White cabinets will continue their comeback.
  • Two-tone kitchens are popular now, often mixing light perimeters with dark central features but also mixing dark perimeters with a white central focus.
  • Our Charcoal stain colour will continue to be a best seller.
  • With ceiling heights increasing to 9' and 10', stacked cabinets are going to remain popular if not become more common.

Jane Ly, Calgary

  • Shaker door profiles will remain popular for their simplicity and finely crafted style.
  • Wider rail shaker profiles, like our Savannah and Malaga, will take the stage in the coming years.
  • Lighter and brighter kitchens will always be in style. Whites and off-whites are stunning and bring an elegant feel to the home.
  • Whites and finishes with grays like our Ashwood, Charcoal, and Espresso will be favourites for the coming year.
  • More focus will be placed on knobs and pulls to add interest to kitchens and bathrooms. They are the jewelry that finishes off and completes your dream kitchen and bathroom. Look for more polished chrome finishes here, because of the sparkle and sophistication they add to cabinetry.
  • Accessories that add function and beauty will still be going strong.
  • Built-in sleek and industrial looking appliances will remain popular for their dramatic effect.

Joe Colonna, Calgary

  • I think you will see a trend continuing with two-tone kitchens, mainly a dark colour for the island with a white or cream perimeter.
  • Self closing drawers are all the rage, and will continue to be.
  • Trending away from wood cabinets to thermofoil or NEXGEN doors for a durable, cost-effective, and contemporary feel.
  • Recessed light valances, which are built into the cabinets and hidden behind doors, will be popular in 2014.

Sameer Kanji, Calgary

  • White or off-white cabinets are making a comeback! With a simple shaker style door, whites create a light and simple look in the kitchen. This will allow those hand crafted accent pieces to stand out!
  • Storage inserts that are both very handy and increasingly customizable too! Drawer inserts are great for organizing cutlery, pots and pans, recycling, and garbage too.
  • Maximizing your space! Floor to ceiling cabinets are perfect to maximize storage and avoid clutter on the counters.
  • Creating an impact! With the revival of white cabinets will come the fun of adding bright colours. Painted glass or bright cabinet interiors will add some contrast.

Jim Blakely, Edmonton

  • Tall upper cabinets to the ceiling with large styles, risers, and crowns will continue to be the trend into 2014.
  • Built in appliances will remain popular.
  • Dark colours will remain popular, with two tone kitchens gaining popularity.
  • Kitchens will have an abundance of pot and pan drawers (more drawers, less doors) with soft closing drawers being popular.
  • Straight lines, flat panels, and glass doors will continue to be the trend into 2014.


Tags: Design Designers Experts Trends

Sneak Peek: New Product Discussion

Posted in Design on November 2, 2013

We've been talking a lot about our new product development process lately, and thought we might give you a sneak peek into a meeting around something we mentioned in our last blog post on new NEXGEN offerings.

This week, representatives from Upper Canada Forest Products and Multiwood (both Canadian companies) stopped in to show us new colours/textures that are being considered for NEXGEN cabinet components and doors. We had a great discussion about how each of these new product offerings might work for our clients and how they fit with current and expected design trends. At the end of the discussion, our team submitted their votes for products that we think would work well for our clients, in both new homes and renovations, with a commitment that we would offer all of the new products as soon as they were available.

One of us managed to sneak in to the meeting to catch the team in action (and grab a photo of the new colours/textures being discussed).

The Team at Work

The team was positively buzzing when looking at some of the new options being considered.

New Colour and Texture Options

We've got a lot more information to share from our product development and product line review meetings (we haven't even finished telling you about the new exciting changes coming out of our last full-line review!). Keep an eye on this blog for more soon.

The innovation at Classic Kitchens & Cabinets never stops!

Tags: Design new Select

New NEXGEN Colours - And More Soon!

Posted in Design on October 21, 2013

As promised, here's some more exciting news from our complete product lineup review, this time on additional NEXGEN offerings.

Our current NEXGEN product lineup includes 10 door style/colour combinations. We're expanding that late this fall to a total of 14 options with additional door style/colour combinations in Latitude North, South, East, and West. These new colour options follow the latest colour/interior design trends and will give our designers even more options to help you build the space of your dreams.

This first expansion will mean our lineup includes door styles in the following colours:

NexGen 2013 Colours

And we're not stopping there. Our local Canadian-owned and operated suppliers are looking to confirm a few more colours in the coming weeks, and we've pre-accepted any new options for our standard regular-stocking NEXGEN product lineup. This means we'll be offering even more new NEXGEN door style/colour options by January.

You can read more about NEXGEN in our product launch post here: Classic Kitchens - NEXGEN.

Even more details, with a video presenting the benefits of NEXGEN, can be found here: Classic Kitchens - More on NEXGEN.

This expansion of our NEXGEN lineup follows the stain colour lineup expansion announced a couple months back. And we're not done with the announcements out of our last product lineup review: keep an eye on the blog for more on our new Fusion colour and finish options soon.

Tags: Design news & events Select

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