While we have saved thousands of dollars by refinishing our kitchen cabinets, we have also splurged on quartz countertops. The sleek and contemporary feel can really elevate a kitchen. There are pros and cons to quartz countertops and if you are thinking about upgrading or renovating your kitchen quartz may be a good option to use.
I love the look of quartz but there are many good qualities that make it a great product. Quartz is non-porous. It is highly resistant and does not require sealing. It is also heat resistant. Not heatproof but heat resistant nonetheless. Prolonged exposure to high heat may scorch the surface.
We have also stained our “white” quartz by leaving red juice on the surface too long, so be careful!
Quartz countertops are man-made. Manufacturers use different compositions and formulas. Cambria Quartz is manufactured and made in the USA and Ontario (Canadian mined quartz).
There are many places in Ottawa to shop for quartz. Lowes sells quartz from 55 to 80 dollars a square foot plus $220 dollars to cut, polish, seal and attach an under mount sink. We have saved the tax on their “save the tax” day which made buying there a good deal. Have a great day!
Photo Daniela Pluviati
Okay, I love you Winter but I am really ready for Spring. Skiing has been great yet I can’t wait for grass and nicer weather! Spring will be here in a just a day. Can you believe it? I am ready and can not wait to get some fresh and brighter colours into our home.
If you are in the mood for a little Spring shopping then check out these items below. They are sure to add some much-needed brightness especially after our long winter here in Ottawa.
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If you are thinking of selling then you cannot go wrong with an all-white kitchen. White is classic and fresh looking. Cool or warm white-painted cabinets can give you that look. If you are thinking of selling you can always accessorize with different colours to give your kitchen a pop of needed colour.
If you are thinking about living with your renovated kitchen for a while or even thinking about refinishing your dated oak cabinets then you may consider two-toned cabinets. Still a hot decor trend for 2018, the look is absolutely beautiful. I am working on our kitchen right now and yes, I opted for white uppers and darker lowers. I love the look and could not be happier. The kitchen still looks bright, airy and light. If we do sell, buyers would love the kitchen.
There are many combinations that work depending on style, countertops and look you want to achieve. Oak and white, navy blue and white, sage and white all look fantastic.
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With almost every home Scott has built a mudroom. I am happy he did. Not only do we love them but buyers love them as well. Mudrooms are not only functional but versatile as well.
Mudrooms have many benefits but let us face it the extra storage is pretty awesome. It can provide a solution for sticks, skates or other sporting equipment.
Backpacks, coats, and boots all have a place to go and everything is so much tidier. Mudrooms can work wonders for larger families as well. Each child can have their own hook and cubby.
It is also a great place to let pets sit for a bit to dry off before walking through the home. Whatever the need they work!
I am missing having an organized mudroom and I am gathering some ideas for ours. Ours will be quite small but I have to admit the more I see boots splattered across our floor the more I am dreaming of one.
Below are some fantastic mudrooms that really do the job!