Things are buzzing in the home renovations market, these days.
An indicator of the vibrancy in the business is the new showroom NAK Cabinetry will soon open to the public located on C-Line in Orangeville. Customers can currently visit by appointment. Proprietor Oliver Muhs calls the showroom “a work in progress that is almost finished.”
Nevertheless, there is a significant offering for people entering the premises in search of creative and practical design ideas. At the moment, the NAK showroom has a particular emphasis on the wide and interesting variety of tiles available to potential clients.
When asked if he’s noticed certain trends in people’s choices for renovation designs, Oliver offers the opinion that their circumstances will play a key role in their decisions.
If a client is focusing on selling the home, he notes that the sellers “tend to be more conservative in their approach. They probably won’t be aggressive in their choice of accessories.” In other words, they would, in all likelihood, direct their preference to a simple, but sleek, white and/or grey appearance.
If the homeowner is looking to settle into a new home, he or she will inevitably concentrate on aesthetics and also accessibility when it comes to a kitchen.
In the Orangeville area, Oliver has noticed that people tend to lean towards a look that combines the contemporary and the rustic. An illustration of this would be the fusing of sleek, contemporary black lacquer with a country wood grain, in areas such as cabinets and countertops.
As for accessories, he says people will “go the extra mile” to make their kitchens more efficient. They look towards magic corner cabinets, more pull-outs and custom pantry work.
There are trends in accessorizing and then there are trends in accessibility.
The term “aging in place” has entered today’s terminology and this especially applies to the aging baby boomer generation. The oldest baby boomers have entered their seventies and, for a variety of reasons, they are opting to stay in their present homes; not downsize to smaller places or move to a warmer climate.
The result has been a boom in the home renovation business. The Altus Group, a real estate data supplier, studied the industry’s activity in 2016 and estimated $72 billion was spent on renovations, that year. That was 40 per cent more than the amount spent on new home construction.
Bathtubs are being replaced with walk-in showers, safety rails are often installed, as are wider doorways and building ramps. These alterations are often referred to as “universal design”. They can be used by anyone, regardless of physical ability.
Boomers are also redoing their kitchens and sprucing up other areas, since they’re staying put and want to enjoy their surroundings.
Of course, the B word always enters the equation. Homeowners have to budget any type of renovation. NAK Cabinetry can cater to the affluent, but at the same time we have options for those who are more dollar conscious.
While custom cabinetry in a kitchen might be ideal, Oliver points out there are attractive, prefabricated models that cost around 20 per cent less. He says this option is ideal if the client is happy with the existing layout of the kitchen.
“The only drawback,” Oliver points out, “is you have to take the colours which are available.” There is, however, a good variety of colours to choose from.
Where enlisting the aid of a professional is vital in the initial planning stages of a renovation. There are so many small factors involved that a homeowner could be overwhelmed at the beginning.
“The biggest thing we offer,” figures Oliver, “is that we can manage the whole project from A to Z.”
Written By: Dan Pelton | Resources: Nak Cabinetry, Orangeville