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When you come to Yorkville Design Centre and ask about kitchens you’ll hear us referring to three different styles of kitchen:  Traditional, Transitional, and Contemporary.  What’s the difference, and how do you know which is right for you? ...

Glass has an obvious function—to provide a transparent barrier.  In keeping with this function, most people only think of using glass for windows or see-through walls.  But glass is a great eco-friendly product.  It can be recycled over and over...

If you watch any HGTV, you likely have seen shows where homeowners define whether a home is a good purchase based on whether a granite countertop has been installed in the kitchen or bathroom.  That’s the common wisdom.  Want the best—get...

Common knowledge has it that if you want to maintain the resale value of your home, these are the colours to use when you renovate:  off-white for walls, medium wood colour for cabinets, stainless steel for appliances and dark granite for counters. ...

Ask real estate agents and they will tell you—when buyers are paying top dollar to purchase a home, they expect the kitchen to have stainless steel appliances.  Is this just a trend or are stainless steel appliances really so much better?

Using recycled materials engineered for excellence is one of the newer developments in the design world, and there are a number of materials you can choose from.

Glass is the number one recyclable material.  You can use it for almost any surface...

Hardwood is the solution to flooring that many people find attractive.  But is it always the best option?

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There are so many options for sink designs these days—both for the kitchen and the bathroom.  Increasing in popularity are sinks as furniture.  These sinks are pieces of art themselves, set into the...

When people think of making a luxurious bathroom, often their first thought is to use marble tiles for the flooring.  Each tile of marble is uniqueit's gorgeous and enduring.  Despite being...

Stove hoods are no longer a regretted necessity of the well-designed kitchen.  With so many beautiful designs to complement both your style and the functionality you require, the kitchen hood is now part of the show your exciting new renovation is.

The simple answer is YES! 

By far the most talked about eco-friendly backsplash material these days is glass.  Glass is a great choice because it provides you with so many different styles to choose from.  You can go for a mosaic, or a more...

Many people are thinking of under-floor heating when they begin a renovation of their kitchen or bathroom.  Face it, we live in Canada and floors can get very cold in the winter.  Under-floor heating doesn't only...

One of the most common changes people make to their kitchens these days is adding an island to the layout of their kitchen.  When is an island the right thing for your renovation?

First and foremost, you need to have the space to walk around the...

Chefs all agree—the gas stove is the only stove for professionals.  For those with more than a passing interest in cooking, the sentiment usually is to follow what the experts say and shy away from other cooktops.  Gas provides immediate and constant...

The backsplash is no longer the turned up edge of the counter that stops spills from getting between the wall and the cabinets.  The backsplash has grown, matured, and become a complete, integrated unit for setting off the wall above your kitchen...

There are basically two types of indoor grill: the open grill and the folding contact grill. The open grill is similar to an outdoor grill. These electric appliances have a heating element and a grill-like cooking surface. The experience of grilling is...

Why would an architect want to own a design centre?  We asked our own YDC owner, Thomas Tampold.  His answer— “I like making beautiful things.”  As an architect, he's worked on large office building projects for big developers.  As Tampold...

You’ve designed the right flow, the right lighting and the right colour combinations for your new renovation—but have you remembered to keep the noise level down from your microwave oven and dishwasher?  The sound of microwave turntables going around and...

Often, YDC gets projects that begin with couples saying their space isn't working for them. It could be that they have recently become empty nesters or the opposite, that their family is growing and they need more space.  It could also be that they want...