A new-build condo may seem like the easy way to achieve a modern kitchen with dramatic finishes and a dynamic layout, but renovating a condo in an established building does have many advantages. Our latest Toronto condo project is an inspiring example! We took a mediocre kitchen with basic finishes and a tired layout and…

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11 Kitchen Trends for 2020 Between whipping up quick breakfasts, cooking weeknight dinners and packing lunches for school or work, the kitchen is a hub of endless action. It’s a space where groceries are unloaded, to-do lists are crossed off, Sunday meal preps are done, the mail is opened and forgotten homework is finished. But…

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One of the most important design features in any kitchen is the cabinetry. It’s also where a large portion of your kitchen renovation budget will go. Did you know that kitchen cabinets can account for 50% or more of your budget, depending on what style and materials you choose? It’s true! With such a large…

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If you are planning a kitchen renovation in the near future, you are likely wondering how long it will take. Along with cost, it’s one of the most common questions that homeowners ask us. Whether you want to know how long you’ll need to survive without a fully-functioning kitchen, or mentally prepare yourself for what’s…

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At Inspire Homes, we recently completed a large scale kitchen and family room renovation on a Markland Woods home in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke. This house, originally built in the early 1960s, had a dated kitchen that wasn’t suited for a busy family with growing children. The kitchen lacked much-needed storage and counter space,…

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The Kitchen Design Process: What to Expect? The design process is one of the most critical steps in a kitchen renovation. There any many factors to consider, such as the floor plan, electrical and mechanical placement, product selection and appliance location. It can be an overwhelming task when tackled alone, but, by working with a…

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What to Consider When Costing Out a Kitchen Renovation Breathing new life into a tired or inefficient kitchen is one of the smartest investments a homeowner can make. In fact, according to the Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC), you can expect a 75% to 100% return on investment by completing a major kitchen renovation. But,…

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10 Kitchen Trends for 2016 The heart of any home is undeniably the kitchen. It’s a multi-faceted space where friends and family gather, meals are prepared and enjoyed, and day-to-day life unfolds. At Inspire Homes, we believe that kitchens can be functional and beautiful by incorporating the latest design trends with quality products, striking finishes…

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Nearly 25 years ago, a small solarium was added to the backside of this 1960s Mississauga ranch bungalow. The kitchen remained part of the solarium, but this no longer worked for our clients for several reasons. First, the solarium faced east so it received morning sun. This made the kitchen unbearable on sunny days. Second,…

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Functional Kitchen Cabinetry Choices When it comes to kitchen renovations, sometimes we are only able to increase the square footage of the space slightly. With this in mind, it can be the cabinetry selection that makes the biggest impact on a homeowner’s overall enjoyment of their newly renovated kitchen. Kitchen cabinets of the past were…

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