Do you wish your kitchen island had more workspace? When we explore the space of a kitchen it can often influence the layout also. Perhaps you are short on space, or want to have larger open spaces. This sink layout could be the answer. This sink is on display at DME Premium Fixture Solutions in Calgary.
Behind every Prochef sink is the expertise of Julien, which has been crafting stainless steel sinks in Canada for 70 years.
Nothing is as thorough, as hygienic, as natural and as refreshing as cleansing with water. This is why shower toilets – a combination of toilet and bidet – are increasingly becoming a staple in the modern bathroom. We are seeing more requests.
Top 3 reasons to own a bidet:
Saves you money: Toilet paper is expensive and in our current market in high demand! You will use less toilet paper when you own a bidet.
More environmentally friendly: By using less toilet paper and requiring less water to flush it all away; means a positive impact on our environment.
More hygienic than paper: If you are looking for a hygienic cleaning it only makes sense to use water instead of a dry piece of paper. You will receive a clean, fresh feeling far beyond what only toilet paper can achieve.
Health Canada Urging Canadians to test their homes for Radon.
Self-isolation and Radon: How are they linked? What You Need to Know to Be Healthy Quarantined at Home
With COVID-19 leading the way as our highest priority, we are all working hard to respect social distancing. This has us spending more time at home and increasing our potential risk of being exposed to radon more than normal. The more time we spend in an environment with radon, the greater our risk of developing cancer from this gas that lives in many of our homes.
What is radon?
The Government of Canada defines radon as a radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rock. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can accumulate to high levels and become a risk to the health of you and your family.
How can we help you?
Aquality Plumbing & Heating has a Certified Radon Professional, Steve Sims, our resident expert on this topic. He has put countless hours into training on this topic over the past year to ensure we deliver the best service and information to educate and assist people like you. Calgary, and surrounding areas, has some of the highest risk areas in all of Canada, and just like with your plumbing, we want to keep you safe while creating a relationship with you.
Why do I need a Certified Radon Professional with the C-NRPP (Canadian – National Radon Proficiency Program)?
Did you know only a Certified Radon Professional is insured to work in your home on Radon? As well, they have also spent 48 hours in classroom time, plus independent hours preparing for tests that must be completed in order to receive their certification. These professionals work to increase homeowner awareness of radon, so you can benefit from their knowledge and skill set, while maintaining the highest standards of work and ethics in their practice.
How does radon mitigation work?
What if a radon test determines that your home has high levels of radon? What can you do to decrease the risk to the people and pets in your house? The best solution is one that is customized to your house and a trained professional will likely use several techniques that ensure quality testing and appropriate mitigation.
For example, if the slab is not sealed correctly, the inline fans used for sub-slab depressurization can pull 50% of air from the house. This often results in an oversized fan being used which besides being inefficient, also creates additional unnecessary noise. Backdrafting of appliances, including fireplaces can become an issue if not tested. It can be a lengthy trial and error process to get the radon levels down to an acceptable level, and as trained professionals, we know how to test the foundation in the basement to ensure we are going to get good suction across it and how to correctly seal it.
A lot of time and money can be wasted working on unnecessary areas. Training and knowledge are key to getting any job done properly and we want to ensure it’s the right solution for each home.
The extensive process is part of the journey
Radon systems control radon, they don’t eliminate it. A properly installed system is crucial. Follow up with post-mitigation is key – we will be testing your home 24 hrs after mitigation. From then, we will follow up with testing within 12 months, and again within 2 years. We want you to be healthy and with radon levels safe for you to live in your home.
Connect today with Steve for your FREE Radon Education Session
Have you ever felt like all you needed for your culinary skills to flourish was the right kitchen? No matter what kind of cook you are (or what kind you aspire to be), the perfect kitchen layout is out there for you.
Food for thought:
There are many things to consider before you choose the perfect kitchen style. The space available is a major one! Unless you’re willing to expand your space, this aspect will be a huge deciding factor on what kitchen type is available to you. An efficient space means an efficient cook.
Other considerations include:
Budget, budget, budget!
Time available to cook
Number of cooks in the kitchen
For the modestly sized kitchen space.
This layout can be achieved in almost any space but is optimal in apartments or condos. Not every kitchen can afford enough space for the addition of an island, so this is where the L-shaped kitchen is a top design choice.
A well-designed L-shaped kitchen layout can provide ample counter space, with or without an island. The shape provides great flow and efficiency for any cook.
The minimalist kitchen.
I-shaped kitchens extend along the length of one wall to optimize the space as much as possible.
Fancy a sink built into an island? This is the design for you! Space allowing, the addition of an island enhances this layout option by providing more counter space for prep and the option to move appliances around to suit your needs.
The excellent use of islands, counter space and cabinets make this an affordable kitchen style great for a smaller space.
In addition, choosing small or slender appliances can further enhance the space available.
Perfect space for the energetic cook.
The chef who chooses this kitchen doesn’t have to worry about an island getting in the way!
Not only does the U-kitchen style offer plenty of counter and storage space but the option to upgrade to larger appliances is available. To make this the most efficient space possible, the U-shaped kitchen uses the appliance triangle. The working triangle offers close proximity between the range, sink and fridge.
Everything is within arms reach for the busy cook as they create culinary masterpieces!
Excellent for the busy cook.
C-shape kitchens dazzle with their excellent layout and efficient use of space. The middle area is kept clear for the busy cook to jump between prep areas and cooking tops. The use of the appliance triangle is also a key aspect of this layout.
With space available, appliance upgrades are definitely an appealing option – even professional series can be added to this kitchen for the experienced cook.
An attached peninsula completes this design and offers extra storage, increased counter space and seating!
With so many design options to entertain, an interior designer can alleviate the design burden and help tackle the small details of renovating your space into your dream kitchen. Decca Design’s 7 step design process eases the stress of finding your kitchen style and transforming your space.
If you would like to discuss your kitchen layout options please book a complimentary Design Exploration Call today at www.decca-design.com/contact-us/. Fill out the form and we look forward to connecting.
Has being at home made you look at your space differently?
Like many of you, I too have been working from home and self-quarantined. Our world is evolving rapidly and we are all having to adapt. This is a scary time. No doubt we are dealing with fear, high anxiety and uncertainty. How can we stay healthy and positive right now?
I have appreciated the great tips for physical and emotional health during these unsettled times.
Minimize negative media exposure
Maintain a sleep schedule
Maintain an eating schedule
Do 20 minutes of physical activity daily
Connect socially but safely
Do one positive thing a day
Have you been altering your home to better nurture and support yourself at this time? I think we all have a little trapped energy right now, so how can we use it in a constructive manner?
I completed my first ever virtual consultation last week. It was great to connect, see a friendly face and experience the virtual tour of the home. With an already longer than expected self -isolation period, they were thinking it was time to change things up. In an hour, we discussed a few options, exchanged new ideas, and made an action list for the next steps in executing the plan. There were simple items on the list that would make a good impact in a short amount of time.
Purging the clutter – Sort those ever-growing piles of papers on your desk or the corner of the kitchen counter. File the important stuff and recycle the rest! Get a bag and pull out 5 things from each closet in your house that do not fit or haven’t been worn in a while. You will be amazed at how quickly you can fill up a bag.
Eliminating non-essential furniture and reorganize – Do you have that piece from a relative that has been sitting there for a while… It’s not your favorite! It doesn’t go with your look. Take it downstairs. Keep it out of sight for the moment and reorganize the remaining pieces. Reconfigure the room and see if that breathes new life into the space.
Attack your “Spring Clean” – Now is the perfect time to pull out the contents of those cupboards and give everything a good wipe. Wipe down the baseboards and light fixtures that have been neglected. Be proud of your space.
Complete one item on the ever growing to-do list – Pick the easiest thing to do. Replace a light bulb, hang that picture on the wall or fix the screen door. One day soon you will need it.
Paint or refresh – Make it a group project and change out the color on a feature wall or freshen up the kid’s bedrooms. We are spending lots of time at home – Make it a happy space.
As a family, they have some great ideas to execute together. A virtual consultation helped them get renewed energy for their home and the projects on their list.
There are great programs to help you chose a new paint color. You simply take a picture of the current space and digitally alter the wall color. Check out:
Home Depot Project Color
Olympic Paint Visualizer
If you are needing some inspiration, check out Pinterest.com. We can be found at Decca Design.
Did this resonate with you? Has this been helpful? Please respond with your thoughts and tell us what’s on your Design Mind.
How the art of cooking is like designing. Designing spaces, like cooking, is a creative process. Both begin with an idea or concept followed by the planning and further exploration of available choices; and culminating in the refinement of materials or ingredients. When completed successfully, the result will excite the occupants or please the consumer. “To Cook is to Design Food” – Ferran Adria At Decca Design Inc., we are forever critiquing or analyzing the cooking space. Discussing the latest appliance or tool and how our designs need to bring improvements and efficiencies to this central hub of every home – the kitchen. Being cooks, we understand the fundamentals of this space. We are better equipped to analyze what works and what doesn’t work. We explore ways to enhance the “working triangle” (storage/preparation/cooking areas) of a typical kitchen. As part of our design process, we complete a detailed inventory of your current cooking space. Each cook is unique in their style, tools and methods. A true measure of design success is when the finished kitchen optimizes the chef’s individual abilities. As with the recipe; execution determines largely the praise or failure of a dish; similarly – the plans and details contribute to the success of the built environment. We pride ourselves on detailed plans, processes and the Rev-it 3D tool to help with the visualizing of the finished product. As the Decca Design family, we appreciate the opportunity to sit face to face and share a dining experience together. As with most families, this is an event for conversation, thanksgiving and connection. We would like to share a recipe from our cookbook “Tasty Designs”.
We encourage you to share “What’s on your Design Mind?” Until next time… Happy Cooking
As designers, one of the many exciting aspects of our profession is to see the new products as they come to market. It is our job to keep on top of the latest colors, finishes and equipment that will enhance your new space. There is a steady flow of architectural representatives that keep us up-to-date and educates us on the benefits of these new introductions.
Another aspect of our role as a designer is to educate our clients on the materials that they are selecting. We elaborate on the benefits, costing and maintenance protocols, as just a few of the features necessary to review prior to making a decision.
We will periodically present a snapshot of these products to better inform you of the latest offerings.
If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to reach out and connect. We would love to know what’s on your design mind!
These two contrasting shades remain one of the most popular and enduring color combinations thanks to their adaptability to almost any decor style. The two colors help in making the living room appear far more urbane and classy. While black anchors the room and helps highlight its prominent architectural elements, white lends a sense of airiness and balance to the backdrop.
There’s a rule in decorating that says that “every room can use a touch of black.” You might think this is strange if you have a room of pastels or jewel tones. But think a minute.
Using the color black adds a focal point of color that grounds, anchors, and adds a sophisticated look to a room.
Black in accessories, light fixtures, trims, paint, or in one bold piece of furniture will help to catch the eye and sharpen any decorating scheme. It will serve as an outline that sets off specific areas or objects. Black by itself is striking.
Below are a few products that embrace black and white.“What’s on your design mind?”