Kitchens are still one of the top rooms homeowners renovate, confirms Rob Chaisson, General Manager at Progressive Cabinets.

Progressive Cabinets is one of largest kitchen and bathroom custom cabinet manufacturers in Atlantic Canada. Based on the company’s portfolio of renovating and creating new custom kitchens, and crafting cabinets for a variety of clients, Chaisson says there’s a “real mix” of trends right now.

“Some people go for a very modern look, like a flat panel door, and it might be a high gloss white or a high gloss red or a combination of colours,” he says. “But locally here in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes, we’re pretty traditional too – we still like our wood products.”

Chaisson adds they’ve also been installing quartz and granite countertops much more than ever before, as homeowners continue to be influenced by new styles and trends Chaisson invites people to come visit with their professional consultants at the Real Home Show, ask plenty of questions and get some new ideas. Their booth, based on their new showroom station12, located in Dartmouth, will feature both Progressive Cabinets and Living Lighting products for kitchens, bathrooms and more.

Glen MacDonald, owner of Cabinetworks, will also be at the Real Home Show. His company, which manages the entire kitchen creation process, “from design to installation,” will be featuring several kitchen types at the Home Show.

“We will show a painted kitchen – with all doors made in house – and a Corian counter accented by retro style Elmira appliances,” MacDonald shares as an example.

Cabinetworks will also be displaying some of their new Medina TFM cabinets, which MacDonald describes as “attractive, durable, economical and very popular,” among other kitchen pieces, like a “laminate counter with an undermount sink”.

It’s natural for any homeowner thinking of a new kitchen to feel puzzled as to where to start, says MacDonald. He recommends begin looking in magazines and online to get at least a sense of the range of colours, materials and styles available today.

“Then it is time to come to our showroom and make use of our expertise,” says MacDonald. “New home builders should bring us their plans so we may begin sharing ideas, budget and design. For renovators we will make a complimentary visit to obtain measurements and get design started.”

The Real Home Show is a great one- stop-shop to get ideas and access to the pros. “Come to the Home Show,” invites MacDonald. “We’ll show you what is new and make it easy for you to get started on a new kitchen!”

Michelle Brunet

Michelle Brunet

Michelle Brunet is a freelance writer based in her hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has had the pleasure of contributing to various publications and websites, including Celtic Life International, Halifax Magazine, The Coast, Bedford Magazine, Resources Quarterly, Atlantic Books Today, up! magazine and My Destination Nova Scotia