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Countertops are one of the most important and well-used surfaces in your kitchen and bathrooms. They take all the wear and tear of daily life, and choosing the right one for you is an important step to ensuring it fulfills its duty well. There are many different options available, and each has its own set of pros and cons. Here is an overview of five of the most popular countertop materials and some things to think about as you choose.


There is a lot to think about when designing a kitchen space. Maybe you have settled on an overall style (if not, check out our article on the 4 main style categories), but you’re still wondering how you can adapt it to create a unique, functional, beautiful space that will suit your personality and lifestyle. We have a few ideas that might help! No matter what style you feel is best for you, every one of the ideas in this article can be easily integrated. Even better, if you were waffling between two different styles, we may even have a solution for that!

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Design is a lot like music. That’s what Theresa told me, and she would know. As one of Gateway’s talented designers, she also holds a Music Degree.

“They’re both about working together,” she said, “Clients have their parts to provide, and the same goes for designers, craftspeople and trades. When we all communicate and collaborate, that’s when the magic happens.”

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Whether you’re just dipping your toe in to test the waters, or diving head-first into a new build or renovation project, the vast number of options available for cabinetry today can suck you in like a riptide. That online Pinterest scroll can create more problems than solutions as you find yourself tempted by so many different looks. I call it “Analysis Paralysis” when it happens in my house. Too many options, too many decisions to make… so we do nothing.

Kitchens and bathrooms are among the most expensive (and extensive) renovation projects the average person will undertake, and I completely understand why you just want to “get it right”... but what is “right” when there are so many beautiful things out there? Cabinetry, in a kitchen specifically, has the power to dictate the look and feel of your space, and with so many options, it’s important to find the one that suits you (and your home) best.

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I asked Andrea what her top “must-haves” were for a kitchen, thinking she would tell me about a bunch of hot new design items or storage solutions. She laughed and aptly replied “Sunshine”. I had to agree completely. It’s also the perfect word to describe Andrea herself. It’s easy to tell that she loves what she does. Her face lights up when you start to talk shop.

“I love meeting new people, listening to their dreams and making them a reality,” she said. “I enjoy every aspect from the first meeting, to design, and finally managing their project to see the final result and the smiles on their faces as things start to take shape.”

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We’ve all had a room in our home that has ended up harboring all of our clutter or objects that we couldn’t bear to part with. Maybe over the years a spare room in your house, or even your living room table, has started to reflect the years of neglect and afterthought that you unintentionally placed upon it. It’s no longer a place of joy and has started to intimidate you every time you imagine yourself cleaning it up and transforming it into a space you actually use. Well, if this resonates with you, you’re in luck. Today, we’re going to talk about how to reclaim unused spaces so that you can optimize your enjoyment in your home and really get the full use out of it. If you are planning a home renovation or remodel but don’t know the first thing about interior design, or about how to optimize the space you have with the budget you’ve got, our design and renovation team is here to help! We’d consider it nothing less than a privilege to work with you and turn your home into something you love waking up in every day.

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It is sad but true, that not every home renovation offers a great return on its investment. Some of the home renovations that you make around your house wind up costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, more than they are actually worth. If you are not planning on staying in your home for the rest of your life, you may want to consider home improvement options that are going to provide the best return investment. The home renovation industry has absolutely exploded thanks to some media outlets that glamorize home improvement, leading many to spend more than they should on upgrades. But the truth is, you can make upgrades to your home without breaking the bank, and that are going to pay off in the long run. Keep reading for a list of home renovation ideas that are going to pay themselves off, especially if you plan on packing up and moving out.

Begin transforming your own home into the vision of your dreams by speaking with our renovation contractors in Winnipeg. Our team provides a holistic approach to home renovation, offering a project manager, interior designer,...

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Remodeling your kitchen is fun, there is no doubt about it. Whether you are looking for a small or grand kitchen remodel idea to renovate one of the most popular spaces in your home, there are about a hundred directions for you to go in! The countless ideas that exist can make the process overwhelming but can make it equally as exciting. What are the vibes that you want your kitchen to reflect? What kind of style do you want your kitchen to be? Do you want a kitchen island? Have you considered custom cabinets to make storage more accessible? If your ideas are bouncing around in your head with no sense of organization, let us help you out a bit. Keep reading for some kitchen remodeling ideas, and if you would like to speak with a renovation contractor in Winnipeg, then call our team today.

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Bathroom renovations can get expensive much quicker than you would expect. If you’ve done some type of home renovation project before, you may already know this. If you’re ready to redesign your bathroom, but aren’t ready to drop $20,000 on a deluxe spa retreat, don’t worry, we have good news. You don’t need to drop mega bucks to transform your bathroom into a relaxing space — there are plenty of ways to renovate your bathroom on a budget.

If you’re ready to get a little thrifty and creative, you might even be able to swing a bathroom redesign in less than $3,000. This does, however, depend on how much you want to change. If your budget is smaller than average, then stick to cosmetic changes, like new paint or a new sink. If you are ready to invest more into your bathroom remodel, you may be able to focus on larger tasks, like adding tile, expanding your shower, or adding a window. No matter what you are planning, speak with our remodeling contractors in Manitoba and receive a no-obligation consultation

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Maybe there is an area of your house that you don’t like, or some appliances that have always been finicky that you have been needing an excuse to upgrade. Perhaps the wall paint is wearing off or you simply don’t like how it accentuates your interior design anymore. While your home may be in need of home renovations like upgrading plumbing, getting new kitchen appliances, or installing a hardwood floor, there are trendy and fresh home renovation ideas that will improve the overall look and feel of your home. Home renovations should always reflect your personal style and preferences, but keep reading for some ideas that you may want to see in your home! Keep reading to find out more, and for high-quality home renovation, kitchen remodeling, and bathroom renovation, contact Gateway Kitchen & Bath Centre today!