Here they share a tip on choosing a kitchen sink:
When choosing a kitchen sink, design, size and type of installation are all very important.If you are renovating, it is helpful if you take a couple of measurements inside your cabinet with the width and depth of the cabinet that will be accommodating the sink. If you bring those measurements along to your consultation with our Kitchen & Bath Classics expert they will help you choose your perfect sink. If planning new cabinets, we can work with your cabinet designer to match the size needed. Blanco has a number of options available to choose from, with sinks made from Stainless Steel, Siligranite and Fireclay.
The Blanco stainless steel sinks are 18 gage and have a wide variety of sizes and styles to choose from. The Blanco Attika sink with Steelart design, has a special elevated rim, making it a trendsetter showcasing popular architectural designs. The Blanco Practika laundry sink is an interesting undermount sink that has an integrated washboard for scrubbing.
The Blanco Siligranite sinks have a composite with 80% granite within them, creating a scratch and stain resistant sink. New colours available like Truffle and Cinder, introduce designer colours into your kitchen design. The Blanco Diamond with a low divide is a large sink with a lower centre divider allowing it to be used as both a single and a double sink. At Kitchen & Bath Classics we have many Blanco sinks on display so you can see the new colours and designs.
The Blanco Fireclay sink design is an undermount with an apron front, perfect with Granite, Quartz or other solid surface countertops.
Our Kitchen & Bath Classics experts will need to know what type of countertop you are planning to use, whether laminate, granite, quartz or other solid surface top, so we can suggest a drop in or undermount option for your sink.
Blanco also has a variety of Kitchen and Prep faucets to choose from in both chrome and stainless finishes with some featuring accents to coordinate with Siligranite colours.
Convenience and Innovation all in one
An environmentally responsible solution to your food waste management is an Insinkerator Waste Disposal. Today’s disposals only use about 1% or less of a household’s total water consumption and electrical usage. You can add a waste disposal to any new kitchen design or renovation; you just need to add the electrical requirements.
Insinkerator waste disposals. The Dura-Drive Induction motor uses centrifugal force to spin the waste against a grind ring and break it down into fine particles. We also have septic safe disposers, such as the model Evolution Septic Assist.
The Evolution Excel features the Sound Seal Plus noise reduction technology. This results in 60% less noise than a standard disposal. The MultiGrind Plus allows for more types of food waste with its three stage grind system. With its powerful 1 hp motor you can dispose of most of your food waste.
The Evolution Compact is great for homes with less cabinet space underneath. It is a ¾ hp disposal, more compact in size than the 1 hp models. This disposal works in a renovation or new construction, keeping in mind you need to add the electrical supply.
If mounting your disposal on a sink on an island, we suggest a separate button control to mount on the countertop so you don’t have to mount it on the side of the island.
We know that your time is precious and if you want a cup of tea now, or near boiling water to get those potatoes started, we can help you get that more instantly. With an Insinkerator Instant Hot Water Dispenser you will have 200F, near boiling hot water at your fingertips and more time to relax and put those feet up. The tank holds up to 60 cups of hot water and yet uses less energy than a 40 watt light bulb.
Here they share a tip on Bain Ultra tubs:
At the end of the day everyone wants to relax and what better way than to retreat into your bath and lose yourself in Bain Ultra’s therapies designed to wash away your worries.
We also have the Vedana multi-therapy on display so you and our Expert staff can meet and they will help you choose the perfect tub for you and your space.
Bain Ultra offers soaker tubs and the option of a ThermoMasseur massage system included in the tub. Some of the soaker tubs have an option of a Warm Touch Shell, of- as a therapy. The ThermoMasseur system offers a multiple massage technique of Hydro-thermo massage and acupressure, resulting in a personal massage at home anytime you desire.
Aromatherapy is the addition of essential oils to enhance physical and physiological well-being. Chromatherapy uses coloured lights to heal, improve your mood, wake you up, or stimulate your senses.
The Aroma Cloud experience, can be used with or without essential oils, and when over your water like a mountain fog, bringing the essential oils along with it.
The Vedana offers several therapies for your home and can be installed in a shower space or mounted on the wall in your bathroom, with electrical requirements as needed. Thermo-therapy, which uses dry heat, increases the body temperature and to eliminate toxins and relax your sore muscles.
The Bain Ultra Vedana also has light therapy which helps to regulate the production of melatonin and serotonin. Ten minutes daily can really make a difference in your energy level, great for those long dark winters we have when you are longing for a little sunshine.
Here they share 5 Tips to Surviving a Renovation:
Living through a renovation can be stressful, but there are five tips you can consider that will help the process go smoothly.
1. Set a realistic budget. The most common mistake homeowners make is operating at their maximum budget allowance and not saving extra for those unexpected costs or splurge items. A realistic budget should be 80% of what you can actually afford, leaving 10% for surprises (even the best contractors can’t know what hides behind walls), and 10% for decorating once the project is completed.
2. Determine your desired timeline for completion. Keep in mind that delays often happen, regardless of how well you have planned. Materials get backordered, bad weather can delay exterior work and trades people may get sick or require extra time to make sure the job is done properly.
3. Hire construction experts for anything you are unsure of. It is always best to hire licensed professionals because they are bonded and insured. You want to hire someone who works with a formal contract and can provide references. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Select someone who you can communicate clearly about all aspects of the project. Write down a list of questions as you think of them, such as, ‘What payments do I have to make and when? Am I coordinating the trades or will they be your responsibility? Contact local associations for referrals if you do not know where to start.
4. Be realistic about living through a renovation. Can you segregate yourself to another area and be comfortable? Do you need to move out for a little while? Keep in mind that most contractors and trades keep construction hours of 7 am to 3 or 4 pm. Will this be disruptive to you or your family members?
Also consider the levels of dust and how they affect those children, pets and those afflicted with respiratory difficulties. Moving out during a renovation is often a good idea. It also means the job site can operate more efficiently if you and your family are not in the way.
5. The design aspects of your project. Are you creating something that will look dated in five years or can it be easily adapted to current trends as they change? This is where hiring professional interior designers , decorators and architects are a good investment. Not only can they help you define your style, they can mediate between you and the contractor and trades which will alleviate a lot of the renovation stress. These professionals typically cost approximately 5% of your renovation budget and they make sure that your visions for your renovation become a reality.
To Bidet or not Bidet?
What is a bidet?A question many North Americans struggle to answer. A bidet is a plumbing fixture that cleanses the user after he/she has used the toilet. This idea was first introduced by the French in the late 1700′s and has become wildly popular throughout Europe and Japan. Today a bidet and or washlet is found in more than 70% of homes in Japan and Europe, and only 20% of homes in North America. The newest form of bidet is the bidet seat (Washlet from Toto www.totousa.com ); this unit takes the place of your standard toilet seat and requires a 120VAC, 15A, 60Hz Class A GFCI outlet. With this more convenient application this unit saves room in the bathroom as opposed to the standard bidet sytle which was a separate fixture beside the toilet.
Some of the features associated with this S400 Washlet from Toto are:
•Auto Flush Activated by Sensors or the Simple Touch of a Button
•Automatic Open / Close Lid Activated by Sensors, or the Simple Touch of a Button on the Remote Control
•Gentle Aerated Warm Water
•Front and Rear Washing
•Warm Air Drying with Variable Three-Temperature Setting
•Automatic Air Purifier
•Heated Seat with Temperature Control
•Convenient Wireless Remote Control with Large LCD Panel With the increased cleanliness and therapeutic effect of water (e.g. great for rashes, hemorrhoids, constipation, pregnancy, menstrual and just everyday cleaning) the bidet almost eliminates the use of toilet paper for greener living.
Stop by the Kitchen & Bath Classics showroom today and see how one works!