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Flooring and Lighting

1. Flooring

HARDWOOD

  • The natural beauty adds warmth and comfort to a room.
  • Available in different species, widths, colours and finishes.
  • Exotic species such as Brazilian Cherry and Bamboo are available.
  • Handscraped and distressed looks are also available.
  • Can be installed on grade or above grade.
  • Many hardwood floors can be refinished.
Hardwood flooring

TILE

  • Excellent for kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Unlimited colour, style and texture options from rustic stone to marble.
  • Pattern and design installation possibilities are endless.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Fashionable, yet durable.
  • Available in a rougher finish for slip-prone areas.
  • Available in ceramic, porcelain and natural stone (marble, travertine, slate and granite).
Tile flooring

STONE

  • Natural colours and textures offer rustic, earthy appeal.
  • Endless pattern and design possibilities.
  • Slight shade variations complement one another and add beauty.
  • Requires sealing and regular maintenance.

LAMINATE

  • Suitable for a busy and hectic lifestyle.
  • Available in realistic wood, tile and stone looks.
  • One of the fastest ways to update your floor.
  • A tough, clear "wear layer" protects the surface making it extremely durable and easy to clean.
  • Performs well in high-traffic areas; resists water and spills.
  • Can be installed on any grade level.
  • Interlocks over virtually any subfloor, eliminating direct attachment.
  • Ideal for households with pets and children.
Laminate

VINYL

  • Stylish, versatile, durable and affordable.
  • Enhanced technology creates a more realistic appearance.
  • Comfortable underfoot, warmer and quieter than hard surface floors.
  • Stain resistant and groutless for easy cleaning.
  • Vinyl is easy to maintain, and its resilience helps prevent denting.
  • Can be installed on any grade level.
  • Available in sheet or tile varieties.
Vinyl
Good to Know

2. Lighting

A thoughtful lighting plan can dramatically enhance your new kitchen's visual appeal as well as its functionality. The most effective kitchen illumination uses "layered" lighting - different levels and intensities of light, each designed for a specific purpose and effect.

GENERAL (OR AMBIENT) LIGHTING

Medium-level light that illuminates the entire room:

  • Diffused or indirect; doesn't create stark shadows.
  • Ceiling mounted
  • Chandeliers
  • Above-cabinet fixtures
  • Track lighting
  • Recessed cans

TASK LIGHTING

More focused and intense, designed to illuminate specific work areas such as countertops, sinks, cooktops and islands:

  • Undercabinet lights
  • Recessed down lights
  • Range hood light
  • Track lighting

ACCENT LIGHTING

Used to create mood and/or to highlight specific areas or objects. Can be diffused or focused:

  • Wall sconces
  • Mini spotlights
  • Cabinet interior lights
  • Portable lighting
Lighting
Good to Know

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