One of my favourite gifts that I ever got was when Rebecca and I first met. She bought me the RYOBI starter kit from The Home Depot as a house warming present. I’d just gotten myself into an ambitious project revitalizing a run down old triplex in East Vancouver. The kit, which included a battery powered drill, mini skill saw, and flashlight, got me through the full basement gut and rebuild. My collection has grown since then and my questions to those famous folks in the orange aprons have grown as well. What once was, “What’s a #2 Robertson?” is now, “Which of your Silestone options come in Suede?”
Experience: 17 years at The Home Depot
Expertise: Product options, latest designs, ever-changing kitchen innovations
Fransisco recommended we focus on two elements when choosing our countertop.
#1 Colour – It has to go with our kitchen palette and I (and my wife) have to love it.
#2 Quality – For a high-traffic area like the kitchen, we want something durable and low maintenance
Out of 50 colours and three textures, we decided on one of the latest offerings from Silestone, Statuario in Suede. It’s off the charts beautiful AND low maintenance- you never have to seal or polish it yet it has superior scratch and stain resistance.
But we weren’t done yet…
Fransisco showed us options in edges as well as thickness. Because our home is small and we are choosing some retro design elements, we didn’t want to go too beefy and we steered away from the ultra-modern sharp, square look. A 2cm thick slab with gently rounded edge keeps things clean and minimal while staying in our design aesthetic for our mini-dream kitchen.
The greatest thing about making an informed choice like this is that feeling of excitement after you’ve said, “this is the one”. Countertop is one of those functional finishes that buyers always comment on, so it’s a good one to get right for design satisfaction as well as a longterm return on investment.
Trust me when I say The Home Depot Canada staff have a ton of knowledge to share, even if you’re not so lucky to hang with Fransisco and get your very own orange apron (look at me I finally got my apron!) you’ll be in good hands as you make decisions about your own kitchen improvements. The moment you stop asking questions and think you know the answers is the moment you start making mistakes!
Photo Credits – Dave Hamilton Photography
We are really excited about how our kitchen is coming together thanks to all the great help and advice we’ve received at The Home Depot Canada. But you don’t have to rip everything out to make a big change. Switching out the hardware or faucet or backsplash can make a big difference. What would you change if you could update anything in your kitchen?
Thanks to The Home Depot Canada for being a valuable partner for our home renovation.