Cedar Ridge Designs & Custom Cabinetry

Cedar Ridge Welcomes Julinda Balca to the Design Team

Cedar Ridge Designs is pleased to announce that Julinda Balca has joined our Sales and Design Team.

“We are very excited to begin working with Julinda and the great experience she brings to the Cedar Ridge team”.

-Colin Unruh, President of Cedar Ridge Designs and Custom Cabinetry

Julinda has been working in residential Interior Design for 15 years. She specializes in residential kitchen/bathroom (and other millwork) design. Her main focus is to  offer her clientele a unique, professional, and personalized experience, all while creating the perfect balance between beauty and functionality. During her career she has worked closely with individual clients as well as builders, architects and other designers. Whether a single kitchen reno or a complete new custom build, she is able to oversee her projects from brief to completion.

Julinda can also provide further interior design services (space layout, furniture layout, furniture and lighting selection/sourcing, finishes and decor, etc.).  Julinda loves that her career affords her the ability to continuously learn and is always excited to apply new knowledge to her work.

She can be reached at:  julinda@cedarridgedesigns.ca, Mobile #:  613-898-9070 and is available by appointment at our new Design Studio at 675 Industrial Avenue, Ottawa.

Quartz or Granite Countertops?

Quartz, also known as engineered stone, is a man-made material consisting of ground natural quartz mixed with resins, polymers and various pigments. Granite is a natural stone quarried from the earth in mines across the globe. Granite is composed mainly of quartz and a mixture of other minerals. The percentage of these varies and therefore provides variations in color and pattern in every slab. It is crucial to select the exact piece you want installed rather than choosing from a sample which may vary significantly from the final product that is installed.

This natural variation of granite often leads homeowners to choose it over quartz, as quartz is more consistent and uniform in color.  Although most quartz patterns are consistent, we can find many quartz slabs with interesting and sometimes very intense patterns and colors as well.  In both cases, a slab viewing before cutting your countertop pieces is strongly recommended.   Our suppliers can also take a picture of your slab and show you where they would place the counter layout before cutting the pieces.

Quartz is by far the most environmentally friendly option, especially if you pick one that is manufactured locally.  It is a highly durable, non-porous surface, because of the resins and polymers that are combined with the natural quartz, which give it a surface that is free of cracks and pores.  With proper maintenance, granite can last a lifetime, however, it is a much more porous material than quartz and can break or chip if struck with heavy objects.  Granite also requires maintenance in the form of regular polishing, whereas quartz does not.

We hope that this information helps you in your decision making when it is time to select your countertop!

Planning Your New Kitchen Renovation

Remodeling a kitchen is a very extensive renovation and should be planned well in advance.  The more research you do, the more you will know what works and doesn’t work for you.  Visit sites such as HOUZZ or Pinterest to find ideas of style that you like, colors that attract you, or a layout that will work in your own space.

You can also visit one of the Cedar Ridge design centers to find ideas for different accessories, door styles and materials.  Start looking at appliances to know what sizes you will need or special cabinets you might want to incorporate into your new kitchen.  It is important to keep in mind that changing an appliance halfway through the planning will require an adjustment in some cabinet sizes, etc.  Therefore, it is very important to supply your cabinet designer with your appliance dimensions and specifications as soon as possible.

Be clear and upfront with your budget. Planning a kitchen is time consuming for both you and your designer and knowing what you can spend helps you to make better choices when it comes to choosing materials and accessories.  Also, be realistic about time frame.  In general, when working with a custom cabinetry shop, it takes time to plan the new design, finalize all details, and sign off on final drawings.  After final sign-off, the project will take approximately 5 weeks for production.

Talk to your contractor to see when the site will be ready for the new cabinets to be installed, and work your way back to find the date that all details need to be finalized. Finally, working with a designer will be helpful if you have difficulty making decisions, or you are not sure how to fully take advantage of your space and are looking for advice on how to make your kitchen as functional as possible.  At Cedar Ridge, we are here to discuss your needs, and work with you to create a space you will enjoy for many, many years.