Revamping condo kitchen cabinets through a kitchen remodelling project can enhance the aesthetics and function of the room without even expanding the floor space. A kitchen renovation in Toronto offers a world of opportunities to increase the value of the property while redesigning the layout to better fit your lifestyle and personality. Here’s everything you need to know about renovating your condo kitchen.
Types of Kitchen Cabinets for Condo Renovations
From the style to the material, knowing what’s available for kitchen cabinetry is a great place is to start when planning a kitchen renovation project. Below, we explore some of the most popular kitchen cabinet styles to choose from.
Many people might associate “traditional” with “old fashioned”, but it’s quite the opposite. Traditional cabinets are simple and timeless, which means they will never feel dated. Traditional cabinets can be lavish and elegant and might feature deep rich colours and elaborate hardware finishes.
Contemporary designs relate to trending styles in kitchen cabinetry. The contemporary kitchens often feature open cabinetry with fewer to no doors present. This allows for an airy and open feel to the room which can help highlight the colour contrast between the shelving and the countertops.
For kitchens with a mixed theme, transitional cabinets provide a balance between a contemporary and traditional style. This can involve pastel or neutral colours to enhance the simplistic and classy atmosphere of such a kitchen.
The modern theme in cabinetry was first seen in the early 1950s with sleek horizontal lines, frameless cabinetry, and little to no excess space on the walls. As white is the dominant choice for the modernist design, these cabinets help to open up the room.
Commonly referred to as a five-piece, shaker doors offer sleek and clean lines along a wall of cabinetry. Available in natural wood shade or various colours, shaker cabinets often feature a flat panel of horizontal rials or vertical stiles.
These cabinets resemble window shutters with vertical or horizontal slats highlighting the door. Whether the slats have natural wood colouring or have been customized to a coordinating kitchen shade, these cabinets offer a rustic aesthetic.
Glass-front cabinets are designed with a large selection of patterns and designs etched into the glass itself. Used as a decorative piece to show precious glassware or dishes, a glass-front also offers a “break’ in the line of cabinetry doors.
Comparing Materials for Kitchen Cabinets
So now that you’ve narrowed down the style of cabinetry you prefer, it’s time to consider the material. There are many materials to choose from, each with their own pros and cons.
Using solid wood to construct kitchen cabinets can offer good value for your money as the high durability of the wood can last for years. Choose from stain and scratch-resistant woods such as cherry, oak, bamboo, maple, birch, pine, hickory, and walnut.
Today’s plywood is a lot more durable than the plywood used 30 or 40 years ago. The layers of wood veneer that form a cross section are available in a variety of wood grades to enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen. Choose a higher grade to prevent humidity from damaging the cabinetry.
Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)
MDF is resistant to peeling, cracking, and fluctuations due to humid conditions. Created with wood fibers, wax, and resin particles, this material is smooth allowing for painting to complement the kitchen décor.
Pre-Laminated Particle Board
This type of particle board is a cost-effective choice for cabinetry that features pressed wood fibers coated with laminate layers. It can be easily decorated to enhance the room décor, offers low maintenance, and is resistant to dents.
High Gloss Thermofoil
With a glossy vinyl coating, high gloss thermafoil provides easy maintenance with stain resistance on a fiberboard base. It is an ideal material to use in small or windowless kitchens as the light reflects brightly off the finish.
As an affordable option, this kitchen material is a combination of melamine and pine fibre, treated with a polyester film. The coating creates a scratch-resistant surface that is easy to clean. Choose from various grain finishes and colours.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Cabinets of Your Condo Kitchen
In addition to the style and material of the kitchen cabinets, below are a few more factors to consider when renovating your condo kitchen.
Most homeowners design the new layout based on their budget. This can see low-grade materials being used by an inexperienced contractor. Hiring a professional to find the best solution without compromising on quality will ensure the cabinets withstand the test of time.
The size of a cabinet depends on the amount of storage space needed or desired. New cabinetry can be constructed with various sizes, numbers of shelves, and the right number of drawers to fit the layout of the room.
Improving the functionality of a kitchen can begin with new cabinets. Aside from the aesthetic design or style, an increase in doors, shelves, and drawers can help enhance the lifestyle of the homeowner.
In addition to new cabinetry, the renovation should include new hardware to coordinate and to improve the functionality of the kitchen. From knobs to pulls, choose from ceramic, brass, stainless steel, or glass.
Refurbishing Existing Cabinets
Condo kitchen renovations can involve refurbishing the existing cabinetry. This can be a choice when the kitchen is in prime condition, but the cabinets could use a makeover to tie the rest of the room in together.
Contact Lampert Renovations for Condo Kitchen Renovations in Toronto
For more condo kitchen renovation tips, consult a professional before shopping or planning pre-built or custom kitchen cabinets. A reputable contractor has the expertise and knowledge to recommend the best material and design for your cabinetry that will enhance the aesthetics and function of your kitchen.
Talk to the expert team at Lampert Renovations. We offer complimentary onsite or in-showroom consultations with a knowledgeable design/build team member that will help you plan the right cabinets for your kitchen needs. Call us at (416) 787-4925 for an onsite no-obligation free quote.