Kitchen Planning, Layout and Appliances

Redesigning your kitchen can seem like a daunting task. We're here to help. We've assembled some quick resources to get you started. For more information, please contact us. Out highly-trained staff will be happy to help. Silhouette offers consultations with one of our project managers to help you best plan a kitchen suited to your requirements. We emphasize innovative design coupled with functionality. To start, It is important to know how your kitchen will be used before you plan a new design.

How often do you use your kitchen?

Do you have a large or small family?

Will the kitchen be used only to cook meals, or will it also be a place for your family to gather?

What style do you envision for your kitchen?

Our project managers are trained to assist you with kitchen planning and design. We have over fifty years' experience in the industry, and we pride ourselves on our innovative, timeless, custom-built designs.


With the nature of today's materials, there are many countertop options available to suit any project. A great countertop is durable, reliable, and easy to clean.

Laminate: is easy to clean and durable. It may be easily scratched or burned, and difficult to repair if there is major damage.

Butcher Block/Wood: works well for food preparation areas. It is hard to clean, however, and may be susceptible to water damage.

Stainless steel: is waterproof, easy to clean, durable, and heat resistant. Many appliances are manufactured in stainless steel, and so it is easy to match your kitchen. It may scratch easily, however, so care must be taken when using stainless steel surfaces.

Granite: and other solid surfaces may be manufactured, or from a naturally-occurring source, such as marble. They are resistant to heat and humidity and easy to clean.

Ceramic: is resistant to heat and humidity, and is durable. You must take care to ensure that the grout between the tiles is kept clean.


The kitchen is the most popular room in the house. Floors must be durable, and made to withstand moisture. Popular options in kitchen flooring include sealed hardwood, stone, ceramic tile, cork, vinyl, painted concrete, or stain-resistant carpet. Hardwood floors accompany an elegant cabinetry set nicely, whereas ceramic tiles work well with most contemporary styles.


Lighting sets the mood and ambiance of a room. Various lighting systems can be installed to provide different types of ambiance at different times of the day. Task lighting highlights a certain area of the kitchen to aid you in tasks such as baking or chopping fruits and vegetables. Ambient or general lighting floods the entire room with light so that all areas are visible. Decorative or accent lighting serves to highlight certain features, such as display pieces, or to create a dramatic mood with kitchen elements such as moulding, structural elements, and custom carvings. Different kitchens require different lighting set-ups. Size, wall colour, and personal needs are all assessed by one of our architects to ensure optimal lighting conditions for your home.


All kitchens must be equipped with a proper ventilation system. They remove odours, smoke, and other air pollutants that may make your kitchen difficult to clean. One choice in the kitchen is an updraft system, where an exhaust fan is installed over your range or cooking oven. This is one of the most common ventilation systems – it sucks air up from the range and sends it outside, deferring odours and smoke from the air. Another choice is a ducted range hood, which works much different from an updraft system. Ducted range hoods carry most air pollutants from the kitchen, as they are downdraft systems – air is drawn to the floor and removed via floor ducts. This is a popular option for island-based ranges.

Hardware and Accessories

Beyond the refrigerator, range, and sink, other specialty appliances may be installed to enhance the convenience and functionality of your kitchen. Win racks, insets, appliance panels, sliding refrigerator or cupboard panels, dishwasher panels, and angled cabinets are a few of the options. Do you want to watch television while you eat? No problem, Flexwood can install a wall shelf to hold almost any size television. Do you want something special like a custom dish rack, bread board, chopping block, cookbook holder, or pull-out cart? We can make those as well.

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