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Compass H ome
Are you contemplating building a new home or revamping an existing
one in 2015? Indications are that many people are seriously thinking
about it and the kitchen is the best place to start. However, before
hammers start swinging to start the transformation, here are a few
crucial planning steps to ensure the results will reflect all of your
wishes. Consulting the design pros is always a great place to start. For
most, it’s just a matter of searching online to get the gears started.
Within minutes, thousands of ideas are at your fingertips and just
as quickly it can all become overwhelming. You must narrow the
search. Most of us have some idea of what we may like but definitely
know what we don’t like — start there. Once you have established
your design parameters, search out local professionals to help in the
process. Walking you through the myriad of options, the pros will help
further narrow your search. In each category there are many newer
options worth investigating (see right side of page for more details).
The result should be a reflection of your style and how you utilize a
space that’s worthy of photos others can be inspired by.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a Designer, Michael O’Byrn
of Downsview Kitchens in DCOTA
has a philosophy which is focused
on helping clients translate their
personal style while assisting
them in designing and providing
customized spaces throughout their
How trendy is your kitchen? Michael O’Bryn says there are
several new options to consider when creating an upscale
kitchen in your home.
TEX T BY STACY W YNN
INSIDE & OUT
Cabinetry has more to offer now, in
both exterior and interior options, to
truly transform this once function-
only oriented room. These include
textured wood finishes, touch-
activated drawer systems, mixed styling for traditional design
and saturated color finishes.
Appliances can do more than you
ever could have imagined with
cutting-edge engineering pushing
new innovation in the categories
of steam convection ovens,
compartmentalized refrigerators, multi-function pro ranges
and touch-activated dishwashers.
Counters and backsplashes enhance
the look of a dynamic space, with
integrated lighting improving it further.
Think compressed glass counters, linear
dimmable LED lighting, quartzite counters & backsplashes, and
large-format, custom-painted backsplash panels.