Auburn Shores Show Home Photos on Facebook

Posted in Show Homes on January 15, 2011

We've just posted pictures of the cabinets in Cardel Homes' new show home in Auburn Shores on Facebook. The cabinets look spectacular with Portofino profile doors in beech wood with a walnut stain. We've used this material/stain colour combination in our Calgary showroom as well.


Click here for more information about the show home: Cardel Homes - Auburn Shores.

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Happy Holidays

Posted in Welcome on December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays from Classic Kitchens & Cabinets.

Happy Holidays!

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A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Posted in Tips & Tricks on December 17, 2010

The right accessories can improve both the appearance and functionality of your kitchen. At Classic Kitchens & Cabinets, we offer a broad range of cabinet accessories to help you reduce clutter and make the most of your space. Here are just a few of the new accessories we've added this year:

Bi-level Cutlery Tray

This two level cutlery tray, available in our solid maple English dovetail construction drawers, makes great use of vertical drawer space that many cutlery trays don't utilize. The upper level, with slots for all your cutlery, slides away to reveal an open lower level where you can store placemats or larger and less commonly used utensils.

Cutlery Tray - Closed

Cutlery Tray - Open

Maple and Cork Knife Block

Give your kitchen that professional appearance and keep your knives organized with this solid maple knife block with cork bottom, available in our solid maple English dovetail construction drawers.

Maple Knife Block

Built-in Garbage Bins

Ever wonder where you're going to stick that garbage pail in your new kitchen? Tired of fussing with a small pail under the sink? We've got the solution for you at Classic Kitchens & Cabinets: a built-in garbage bin. Our built-in setup gives you two large garbage bins so that you're not having to constantly change garbage bags when cooking a grand meal or entertaining.

Double Garbage Bin

Pull Out Recycle Bins

We've also got an answer for all the cans and bottles that build up when you're entertaining or just enjoying your home: recycle bins that stay hidden inside your cabinets and keep those bottles and cans off the counter or help you avoid that unsightly bag in the corner.

Recycle Bins

Pot & Pan Drawer Organizers

Pot & pan drawers are great for storing large dishes as well as pots and pans. But they can get cluttered as things get piled into the drawer on top of and around each other. A great way to get rid of the clutter is to compartmentalize your pot & pan drawers with a pegboard base, adjustable posts, partitions, and a panholder.

Pegboard & Accessories

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2011 Design Trends: Richard Bukarewicz, Cardel Homes

Posted in Design on December 9, 2010

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some incredible corporate designers here at Classic Kitchens & Cabinets. Richard Bukarewicz at Cardel Homes stands out among them as someone with a clear sense of what people are looking for in a home, and a wondrous ability to create incredibly appealing spaces that consumers can replicate in their own Cardel Home. Richard has been kind enough to give us some of his time to provide his thoughts on kitchen design trends in 2011 for our blog.

Richard Bukarewicz, VP of Architecture and Design, Corporate Cardel (Cardel Homes)

In the past, kitchens were just places to cook and store appliances. Today, and for the past number of years, they have become the one area in which you showcase your home; an area you and your guests will spend time in and focus on visually. Open concept designs that link the kitchen to the great room and nook allow the kitchen to flow into one large space where your family and friends will congregate. Just think of the parties you have been to and how often people are just hanging around the island chatting and enjoying the home.

The kitchen will remain an important area for showing off your home. Renovating a kitchen 5 years later can get costly versus other renovations like replacing carpet with hardwood, so to me making the kitchen the way you want it now is the way to go.

However, getting good value will also be important in 2011: getting that kitchen you see in a designer magazine scaled to fit your home and budget.

I think that the open kitchen concept will remain popular but with some privacy from the front entry door being designed in.

Looking at some designs I am working on or have worked on, we have gotten into deleting corner pantries and tried to replace them with either squared off walk-ins or walk through pantries, or added full depth built-in cabinet pantries. I think we still see us adding full depth cabinet pantries to our show homes as they are a great way to hide appliances (instead of leaving them on the counter) and to show off more of the cabinet finish, but a large functional island is a must in these kitchens so that the workspace is maintained.

One level islands will continue to be more popular than raised ledges in 2011 as they make the kitchen feel larger and give homeowners a larger work area.

Functional spaces will also be important in 2011. Instead of a smaller telephone desk, I try to increase the size and shape of the counter and cabinetry to create a tech space where one can utilize a computer for themselves or their kids. On some of the larger homes, I try to incorporate more functional spaces within the kitchen itself, such as the larger tech space so you can be in the kitchen and assist your kids as they do homework or play on the computer.

I think people love the idea of nice appliances and even “what’s hot” items like a steam drawer instead of a microwave. While the cost of nicer appliances can be an issue for the average homeowner’s budget, I think we’ll still be seeing fancier appliances being put into kitchens in 2011.

Caesarstone countertops will be more popular than granite in 2011 as they give a more uniform look than natural stone. We’ll also be seeing Caesarstone on the island only, making it look like its own separate piece of furniture, with a complimentary laminate top being used for the remainder of the kitchen in homes on a tighter budget. Again, it is all about good value and making the most of budgets in the kitchen.

Finally, under cabinet valence lighting will continue to be popular as it helps to showcase the interesting tile details that are being installed in homes as well as provide more task lighting.

You can see some of Richard's great work with Cardel Homes show homes in our Facebook photo galleries: Facebook.

You can learn more about the Cardel Homes influenced by Richard's design vision on their website: Cardel Homes.

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2011 Design Trends: Our Experts Chime In

Posted in Design on December 3, 2010

With 2011 just around the corner, we thought we might get our in house designers to provide some thoughts on kitchen design trends you can expect to see in 2011.

Sameer Kanji

  • Home builders will be adding value to the rooms in which we spend the most time. Kitchen cabinets will be taller and equipped with more sophisticated hardware and accessories. The result: more storage!
  • Accessories! We see this more and more every year: built-in accessories to maximize storage and functionality in the kitchen.
  • 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 in the same room. Be ready to see more two-tone combinations set the island or stacked cabinets apart from the rest of the kitchen.
  • As always, symmetry and clean-lined simplicity will be the formula for a great looking kitchen. We will notice more slab or bold square framed doors to achieve the 'European look'.
  • Entertaining! The kitchen is always the gathering and entertainment room for any home party. This means more sleek island designs with more seating room to sit back and enjoy. The kitchen cabinets become a feature with fancy glass doors to display collectibles and wine.
  • Green or recycled materials are becoming more popular. Natural materials such as woods, bamboo, and metals to improve the atmosphere at home. Metal doors are exceptional for accenting or face-lifting a kitchen.
  • Simple, black or white. One or a combination of these cabinets are going to be more popular because it gives the home owner freedom to choose accent pieces and paint colours without having to worry about clashing.

Joe Colonna

The new trends in kitchen cabinets for the year 2011 will be combining different materials. The addition of aluminum doors, for example, can transform an ordinary kitchen into one that is modern and fresh. Adding a second color to the island will give your kitchen a focal point without being over the top. Finally, I believe that 2011 will be the year of the accessory: adding a couple of touches will give your kitchen a fresh, designer look.

Mike Bird

  • Echo Wood doors should become a lot more popular as consumers become more aware of the product line. Not only is the look of the wood spectacular but it is also considered a green product and many consumers are looking for an eco friendly option. The other plus to Echo is how really affordable it is at Classic Kitchens & Cabinets.
  • Soft close drawers will become almost a given on every kitchen. Although it is a bit of a step up in price most homeowners feel that it is a feature that has a great benefit to them and the cost divided over the life of the kitchen makes it very affordable.
  • High gloss finishes I think will become more popular.
  • The use of aluminum doors with glass inserts will increase to highlight cabinets rather than a wood door with glass.
  • Accessories like knife blocks and rollout bins will be widely used in most kitchens as consumers try to make the most efficient use of space.
  • Homeowners are thinking more about "resale" and therefore are putting more upgrades into their kitchens not only for the convenience now but to aid in the sale of the home in the future.
  • Soffiting to the ceiling will become more popular. Homeowners will go for this option to avoid the dust that collects above the cabinets and is very hard to clean. 

Candace Hunt

  • High gloss materials and textured, horizontal-grain laminates.
  • Products and furniture made from green or recycled materials.
  • Sustainability and eco-thinking - water and energy-efficient devices.
  • Fewer overhead cabinets. The move towards flip-up doors, self closing drawers, glass front cabinets, and open shelving.
  • Streamline by organizing and decluttering homes – kitchen cabinet organizers.
  • Sleek and minimalist. Free-standing accent pieces but mostly fully-integrated designs that blend with cabinets. Fridges with more crisper space, less freezer space; combination gas/electric ranges; designer range hoods; super-quiet dishwashers; specialty sink faucets; luxury items such as warmer drawers for coffee mugs.
  • Most furniture is hidden away from view, such as under counter fridges and freezers, dishwashers in drawers and other appliances that look just like regular furniture.

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Pictures of the Newly Renovated Showroom

Posted in Renovations on December 1, 2010

The new samples from Element Designs spurred us to take a few quick pictures of the newly renovated showroom for this blog.


Classic Kitchens & Cabinets Showroom

Bar Display

Coat Locker Display

Door Profiles Display

Wood Specie and Stain Colour Display

Mocha on Maple Display

Echo Wood Macassar Ebony Display

Walnut on Beech/Havana on Cherrywood Display

 Calgary Stampede

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New Samples from Element Designs

Posted in Design on November 29, 2010

Element Designs sent over some great new aluminum frame door samples for our newly renovated showroom. Aluminum frame doors look great in any modern kitchen and we've been seeing them in many new show homes around Calgary.

element Designs

element Designs

element Designs

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element Designs

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Two New Show Home Photo Albums on Facebook

Posted in Show Homes on November 27, 2010

We've just posted two new show home albums on Facebook.

One album includes photos from Cardel Homes' new show home in Panorama Hills. The cabinets in this home are in an antique white Thermofoil. Highlights include flip up doors stacked on top of the upper cabinets and a cabinet tower next to the fridge that includes a mail slot cabinet at the counter. For more information, and to see the home in person, visit: Cardel Homes - Panorama Hills.

The other album includes photos from Trico Homes's new show home in Sage Hill. The cabinets in this home are in Echo Gunmetal Ebony. Highlights include a funky handle selection, a wine tower next to the fridge, and an open display shelf and wine rack at one end of the island. For more information, and to see the home in person, visit: Trico Homes - Sage Hill.

The photo albums can be found here: Facebook.


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Celebrating Our Consumer Choice Awards

Posted in News & Events on November 16, 2010

Join us in celebrating our 10th consecutive Consumer Choice Award! To commemorate this occasion, we are looking back and posting some photos from the past 9 Consumer Choice Award ceremonies. We are extremely proud to have received yet another Consumer Choice Award, and are honoured to be a recipient of this award for a decade running. We believe these rewards recognize a strong commitment to excellence at Classic Kitchens & Cabinets and none of these awards would have been possible without the contributions of our entire team. 











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Get That Reno or Upgrade Done by Christmas!

Posted in Tips & Tricks on November 13, 2010

Got a renovation or upgrade that you want finished for Christmas? Looking to save some money at the same time? Classic Kitchens & Cabinets has the answer: Cost-effective ready-built cabinets to fit almost any room. These cabinets are in stock in our Calgary warehouse and can be picked up at a moment's notice.

Stuck on the design or layout? We're here to help: Our designers would be more than happy to help put together a design for your space that can be built right away using our ready-to-go cabinets.

Scale Layout

3D Drawing of Kitchen Layout

Choosing our ready-made cabinets can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the cost of built-to-order cabinets.

Our in stock cabinets are available with Shaker maple doors in a natural finish or Britannic oak doors with Cognac stain. We have both options in a broad range of sizes of sink cabinets, door and drawer base cabinets, vanity cabinets, and upper cabinets, as well as corner cabinets.

Colour and Wood Selections

Natural Maple Cabinet Doors      Cognac Oak Cabinet Doors

Door Styles

Shaker    Britannic

Please note our inventory of ready-to-go cabinets is limited and will not be replenished. Come and see us soon to ensure the cabinet sizes you need are available.

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