Your Kitchen Reno What to expect?
By tom eremondi
eciding to tear down your worn-out kitchen cabinets and strip off that tired old countertop may seem like an easy decision.
What happens afterward is the hard part. That’s why many people turn to the experts, says Angus Smith of Regina’s Kitchen Craft Cabinetry. “Kitchen Craft is a national company with a large manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, 10 corporate stores across Canada and hundreds of independent dealers,” said Smith. “The Winnipeg plant makes about 130 kitchens every day and supplies about 35 per cent of the kitchen cabinet market in Canada. In other words, they know kitchens and cabinets.” With an extensive showroom at 1434 Broad Street, the Regina Kitchen Craft location offers everything from design to service and installation. What should homeowners consider first when planning a kitchen renovation? Smith says good quality design should be first and foremost. “Kitchen Craft designers know which products they can 106 You’re home Summer 2014
take out of our catalogue, which has about 1,800 components in it, and how to tweak them to our customers’ special needs.” That large of a selection may seem daunting at first but Smith provides reassurance to homeowners. “Our designers will work with customers to get a sense of their style, taste and, most important, how they’re using their kitchen. For example, couples with young families will use their kitchen differently than baby boomers.” Budget is another important consideration. “Through several meetings and interviews with customers, our designers will get to understand the needs and limitations of customers while also explaining what Kitchen Craft is capable of doing,” said Smith. The consultation process is helpful and educational for both the homeowner and the kitchen designer, he adds. “Quite often, the homeowners will have some initial thoughts of what they want, based on things they’ve seen or from their first looks at our catalogues. Sitting down with our designers will help them realize what will work best for them and we find many change their minds from when they first came in.”