New Show Home Picture

Posted in Show Homes on April 26, 2012

Homes by Avi just posted this fantastic picture of our cabinetry in their new Elgin show home on their facebook page. We couldn't help but share it here on the blog.

Homes by Avi - Elgin

For more on Homes by Avi in Elgin see: Homes by Avi - McKenzie Towne

We'd love to help you re-create this incredible, sleek, modern look in your home (customized just for you) in 3 simple steps.

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Classic Kitchens & 2011 SAM Award Winners

Posted in Tips & Tricks on April 25, 2012

The 2011 SAM Awards Gala took place at the Telus Convention Centre on April 14th, and it was a blockbuster. A room packed to the rafters, incredible entertainment, and some fantastic and truly deserving award winners being honoured throughout the evening. Kudos to David and Kelsey at CHBA Calgary for putting on such an incredible gala.

You can see the full list of award winners, and learn more about the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Calgary Region's Sales and Marketing Awards, at

We're proud to be associated with a number of SAM Award finalists, and blogged about the eight finalists that had cabinetry by us just over a week ago

Over on Twitter we also retweeted a couple of pictures including our cabinets that Homes by Avi posted in anticipation of the gala.

And we're excited to say that, amidst some very strong competition from some incredible entries, one of those 8 finalists is an award winning home in 2011: Best New Home - $400,000-$459,999: Trico Homes - The Birchwood in Aspenshire!

We've featured photos of the cabinetry in this incredible home here on the blog and in our facebook photo galleries before before. You can find the facebook gallery here: Facebook - Trico Homes Birchwood. You can find the blog post on this home here: Classic Kitchens Blog - Aspenshire Show Home.

The cabinetry in this home is in Echo Wood Wenge with aluminum door highlights. There are a number of Beyond Kitchens features in this fantastic home including cabinetry in the dining area, a coffee station in the master bedroom, a make-up desk in the ensuite, and storage cabinetry in the laundry room.

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2012 Stampede Rotary Dream Home

Posted in Our Community on April 16, 2012

2012 Stampede Rotary Dream Home

Classic Kitchens & Cabinets is proud to be a Select Supplier for the 2012 Stampede Rotary Dream Home built by Homes by Avi.

This isn't our first rodeo: We've been cabinet supplier for nearly every Calgary Stampede Dream Home since 1989.

We've just confirmed the details on the dream home cabinetry, which we expect to be shipping in a couple of weeks:

- Granada doors in cherrywood
- Custom stain colour: Silver Fox
- Custom floating shelves in kitchen and laundry
- Custom furniture-style bathroom vanities

You can learn more about this year's Dream Home, and see some great videos of the construction process, at:


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Classic Kitchens & SAM Award Finalists

Posted in News & Events on April 14, 2012

We're very excited for the 2011 SAM Awards Gala being held tonight.

Check out the list of SAM Awards Finalists that have cabinetry by Classic Kitchens & Cabinets.

Best Multi-Family Community

  • Homes by Avi (Urban) - The Branches, Walden, Calgary
  • Homes by Avi (Urban) - Prospect Hill, Panorama Hills, Calgary
  • Trico Homes - York29, New Brighton, Calgary

Best New Home - $270,000-$309,999

  • Trico Homes - The Woodridge in Cranston-Manor Lane

Best New Home - $400,000-$459,999

  • Homes by Avi - York in Coopers Crossing
  • Trico Homes - The Birchwood in Aspenshire
  • Trico Homes - The Stanton in Cranston

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

  • Homes by Avi - 2011 Dream Home

Keep an eye on this blog next week for more on 2011 SAM Award Winning homes and communities with cabinetry by us.

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Caring for Your Cabinetry

Posted in Tips & Tricks on March 30, 2012

Customers often call us after their cabinets are installed for suggestions on how to best maintain their new cabinetry. We thought we might share our cleaning advice here on the blog so that everyone had access to these tips no matter the time of day or day of week.

The Classic Kitchens & Cabinets wood finish, whether solvent-based or AquaFinish, is as durable as it is beautiful. Our state-of-the-art finishing processes ensure you have an easy-care coating that protects your cabinetry from many common spills, moisture, and everyday wear. Synthetic options such as Thermofoil are every bit as beautiful while providing enhanced durability.

Your Classic Kitchens & Cabinets cabinetry will remain beautiful with very little maintenance. Following these tips on basic care will allow you to enjoy your cabinetry for many years to come:

  • Dust and regularly clean cabinets with a soft clean cloth dampened with water. Dry immediately with another soft clean cloth.
  • To remove oil, grease, or general soil, use a soft clean cloth dampened with a fresh solution of water and mild soap. Follow with a soft clean cloth dampened with water to clear the surface of soap residue. Finally, dry immediately with another soft clean cloth.
  • Remember: Excess moisture is one of the worst enemies of any finish. It is important to keep finished surfaces dry and to wipe any excess moisture (including spills and splashes) with a soft dry cloth immediately.
  • We recommend against using a dish cloth to wipe your cabinetry. Dish cloths can contain soap, grease, and other soil that can be detrimental to the finished surface.
  • Avoid using harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaners, or self-polishing waxes when cleaning. It is also advisable to avoid using ammonia solutions or cleaners that contain silicone on or near cabinets as these could lead to deterioration of the finished surface.
  • Our state-of-the-art finishes do not require waxing or polishing to maintain their beauty.

Whether you're cleaning a wood door with an AquaFinish coating, a Thermofoil door, or any other material or cabinet surface, these cleaning tips will keep your cabinets looking great for many years to come.

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AquaFinish: Our Automated Sprayer

Posted in Manufacturing on March 7, 2012
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As you've seen on this blog before, Classic Kitchens & Cabinets is undergoing a revolution in the way we finish wood products. An important component of our 4-stage true-water based AquaFinish process is automation of the coating process. We're using the latest advances in automation and finishing from Elmag Superfici and Kremlin to make this happen. We've posted a video today that shows our Superfici Compact Spray machine and Kremlin finishing equipment in action. Here are just a few technical details of our setup:

8 Kremlin ATX spray guns on dual reciprocators

1 Kremlin 20.50 AIRMIX high pressure pump

1 Kremlin 20.50 FLOWMAX high pressure pump

2 in-line fluid pressure regulators

4 Festo atomization regulators

1 dual roller recovery/recycling unit

Pressurized cabin with variable pressure controller

Computer controlled operation of all mechanical components

Mylar polyester spray surface/belt

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2012 Design Trends: Our Experts Chime In

Posted in Design on December 17, 2011

With only a couple of weeks left in 2011, we thought we might get our in house designers to provide some thoughts on kitchen design trends you can expect to see in 2012.

Candace Hunt, Calgary

  • Kitchens showcasing integrated appliances, either hidden inside drawers or behind paneled matching cabinet fronts. Why? Our lives are complicated - we want our homes to convey calm, not clutter... we want to simply live our lives, not complicate them.
  • High contrast selections and high gloss finishes used thoughtfully on gables and open shelving will be used to bring a dynamic statement to the home. Why? People designing their dream space today no longer fit the square box mentality.
  • Chrome finishes. Yes, polished chrome. Why? Design has a way of recirculating. You'll see this surfacing trend on our new hardware display and in more and more homes in 2012.
  • Resin panels incorporating texture with fabric, mesh, bamboo, etc. These will appear as door fronts, shelving, and back splashes. Why? They're easy to maintain while adding visual interest to the living space.

Jane Ly, Calgary

  • We'll see more lighter and brighter kitchens, with natural to medium finishes showing off the focal point of the home.
  • The shaker profile for doors is still going to be strong for its simplicity and finely crafted style.
  • Highly functional kitchens with additional work surfaces, accessories, and ample storage stand as the blueprint for 2012.
  • Tech stations and floating shelves will be big trends as they add function and beauty.
  • People are increasingly environmentally conscious and desire not only a green lifestyle, but an eco-friendly approach to the materials used to build their dream space like our AquaFinish products, Echo Wood, and Bamboo.

Jim Blakely, Edmonton

  • We're going to see a lot more modern design themes in cabinetry with clean, simple lines and bold hardware.
  • We will also see more upper cabinets going to the ceiling with either large crown mouldings, flat risers, or stacked cabinetry.
  • The trend of dark coloured stains on maple cabinetry will continue into 2012.
  • Built-in appliances and integrated appliances will continue to be designed into the modern kitchen.
  • Eco-friendly products, such as our AquaFinish products, Echo Wood, and Bamboo, will be the future of the modern kitchen.

Joe Colonna, Calgary

  • Contrary to popular belief, I think we'll see a lot of dark colours remain popular in kitchen cabinetry.
  • We're also going to see more grey cabinetry, which can be used with both more traditional style doors as well as contemporary high gloss finishes.
  • The trend of creating a "furniture" look in the kitchen will continue. Making islands look more like a piece of furniture with furniture-style toe kick, posts, etc. will be increasingly popular.
  • Accessories are all the rage today, and that is going to continue to be true. Today's customer wants cabinets with great functionality and sleek modern design.
  • We're going to see more stacked cabinets. Not only do these increase storage space, but the top cabinet doors are perfect for a glass door or parapan panel to create a little "WOW" factor.

Sameer Kanji - Calgary

  • Accessories! We see this more and more every year; built in accessories that maximize storage and functionality.
  • Shiny new hardware! Handles and knobs are an easy way to add that finishing touch to a kitchen and can even jazz up your kitchen for the season, revive your cabinets, and match those new appliances!
  • Changing of the guard! Younger generations are raving for materials and styles that can be mixed as desired. It is no longer 'faux pas' to have two different wood species or materials in the same room.
  • Get ready for more two tone combinations to set the island or stacked cabinets or even upper cabinets apart from the rest of the kitchen.
  • Symmetry and clean-lined simplicity will continue to be the formula for dream kitchens. I think we're going to see more slab or bold square framed doors to achieve the 'European' look.
  • Entertaining! The kitchen is always the gathering point and key entertainment area for any home party. This means more sleek island designs with more seating room so guests can sit back and enjoy. This also means cabinets become a feature with glass doors and shelving to display collectibles and wine.
  • Environmental consciousness! Green or recycled materials are becoming more popular. More eco-friendly materials such as our Echo Wood and bamboo, and water based finishes like our AquaFinish are being used to improve the atmosphere at home.
  • Cold hard metals! Aluminum frame doors are an exceptional option for accenting or face-lifting a kitchen, and I think we'll see a lot more metal doors in 2012.
  • Simply white! White or cream cabinets are going to be more popular because it gives the home owner freedom to choose accent pieces and various colours of paint without having to worry about the colour of their cabinets. White or cream cabinets also keep the overall look of the kitchen bright and fresh.

Vijay Singh, Edmonton

  • Traditional style kitchens with ornate profiles and details will remain popular in kitchen design.
  • We're also going to see a lot of shaker profile doors, which are characterized by their simplicity.
  • Kitchens are always a warm gathering place for family and friends, which is why we'll see center kitchen islands continue to be common. They are functional and really pull the space together.
  • Despite the interest in beech, walnut, and exotic materials, I think maple will remain the material of choice.


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The Evolution of Finishing: AquaFinish

Posted in News & Events on December 3, 2011
A revolution in the way we finish wood products at Classic Kitchens & Cabinets is here: Classic Kitchens & Cabinets now offers a true water-based finish to help you build a more environmentally conscious home that is also safer for you and your family.
AquaFinish is a customized 4-stage true water-based finishing program that uses some of the world’s most advanced wood coatings from some of the world’s top coating manufacturers. In fact, one of the resins used in AquaFinish is produced in a high-tech manufacturing facility in Germany.
When we say “true” water-based finish, we mean it: solvent-based coatings are not used at any stage of the AquaFinish process even though they might be easier or less demanding to work with. AquaFinish uses only water-based stains and clears.
AquaFinish provides several important advantages over solvent-based finishes, including:
  • Reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions during the manufacturing process, providing better and safer air quality for our employees and our neighbours.
  • Improved indoor air quality for you and your family. Importantly, traditional solvent-based coatings can emit gasses for weeks after installation in your home. AquaFinish on the other hand is fully cured in our facility before shipping to virtually eliminate chemical emissions from coatings in your home.
Put simply, AquaFinish delivers a safer home for you and your family, a safer work environment for our employees, and greatly reduced impact on the environment from our finishing process.
At Classic Kitchens & Cabinets our mission is to provide premium cabinetry that exceeds our customers’ expectations for value, craftsmanship, quality, and service. We seek to accomplish that mission with the utmost respect for the environment.
If you’re wondering which of our finishes are created using a 4-stage true water-based process, just look for the AquaFinish logo.
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Three New Photo Albums

Posted in Show Homes on November 10, 2011


We've managed to post three new home galleries on facebook without mentioning them on the blog! Time to fix that mistake:

1. York 29 show homes by Trico Homes

These great new show homes can be found in Calgary's rapidly expanding south east. Both show homes display great, space efficient contemporary kitchens. The darker is in Echo Wood Gunmetal Ebony, and the lighter is in a thermofoil colour called Dolce Vita.

You can find the gallery on our facebook page here: facebook - York 29 

More info on this fantastic new project is available at

2. Trico Homes' new Evanston show home

Here's a great example of a clean, functional, classic kitchen. Shaker doors with shaker-style countertop brackets and a shaker-style crown moulding keep the lines clean and straightforward, while the deep rich coloration (Havana on maple) creates a stylish, warm atmosphere.

You can find the gallery on our facebook page here: facebook - Trico Homes in Evanston

You can get more info on Trico Homes in Evanston here: Trico Homes - Evanston

3. Trico Homes' Manor Lane home

Rich, warm colours; a large two-level island; dining area cabinetry; and cabinet pantry combine to create a very elegant kitchen placed in the centre of an absolutely beautiful home.

The gallery can be found here on our facebook page: facebook - Trico Homes Manor Lane

While the home in these pictures is not a viewable show home, you can get more information on building a home like this (including a great kitchen from Classic Kitchens & Cabinets) at

As is the case with any of our photo galleries, our designers would be happy to help you recreate these great living spaces (personalized for you of course!) in your home in just 3 simple steps.

Tags: Design images new show homes Trico Homes

New Select Doors

Posted in News & Events on October 14, 2011

We're very excited to be introducing six new door styles in an entirely new material option for Select this week.

These five-piece construction polyester-wrapped miter doors provide a broad range of style and design options from very contemporary to very traditional. Five-piece miter construction gives these doors more natural highlights and shadows relative to single piece Thermofoil doors. At the same time, the high-quality polyester wrap ensures these doors are easy to clean and durable, and will look great for many years to come.







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