It can be difficult to categorize or priorities the top 10 in any industry, given the diversity of the players and some of the unique niches they serve. This listing of the top 10 in the kitchen and bath sector of the construction industry reflects an amalgam of experience, relationships, and perceptions.
While this isn’t a scientific group – there are many other companies worthy of recognition – it provides a clue about some of the diversity, initiative and focus within this niche community. This list includes forward thinking practices which have embraced community engagement, high standards of service and delivery, and an overall commitment to the industry and to their specialized sector.
Quoted descriptions and remarks are generally from the company’s own websites or communications, unless otherwise noted. We’ve listed companies here in random order so do not provide any specific ranking.
Binns kitchen + bath design
Binns kitchen + bath design, is a Canadian design firm with more than 50 years of experience. The company is a recognized leader in design, renovation, and coordination of quality kitchen and bath projects.
Binns is notable for having won more than 160 national and international design awards and for conceiving beautiful, functional spaces that are optimized for today’s modern dwellings. Its Toronto and Pickering showrooms feature more than 5,000 sq. ft. of fully designed and decorated kitchen and bath displays.
linnea lions Interior Design
Toronto-based Linnea Lions Interior Design is focused on creating custom spaces designed to suit each client’s lifestyle and aesthetic.
Born and raised near Stockholm, Sweden, founder Linnea Lions moved to Toronto in 2003 after completing interior design studies in Melbourne, Australia. More than a decade later, she has designed spaces in all kind of homes and at every price point.
Benjamin John Ouellette Interior Design
With more than 13 years of experience in the interior design industry, Benjamin John Ouellette takes the needs, personality and vision of clients and creates intuitive working spaces that stimulate the five senses. The designer is always searching for new concepts and products to assist with his designs, offering his clients cutting-edge solutions that assist in daily life.
Ouellette has been named Top 30 Under 30 from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) for 2016 from hundreds of nominations across North America, and represented Kitchener Waterloo at the NKBA show (KBIS) two years in a row.
Square Footage INC
The diverse team behind Square Footage INC has received numerous awards recognizing efforts including multiple awards in each of the past two years at the National Kitchen & Bath Association Awards and multiple Houzz Awards.
Chervin Kitchen and Bath
Today, Chervin is a complete custom kitchen cabinet manufacturing company located in the small town of Hawkesville, Ontario, servicing the heart of Waterloo County as well as the Muskokas. The company’s team of more than 100 highly skilled employees is dedicated to designing, building and installing kitchens, bathroom cabinets and wall units to each client’s exact specifications.
Deslaurier Custom Cabinets
The Deslaurier team offers exceptional quality products and design solutions tailored to each customer’s needs and dreams.
While the scale of operations has changed since the company’s launch as a modest family business three decades ago, it retains a personalized approach to client service.
Deslaurier is an active member of many industry associations including the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association, the Better Business Bureau, Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) and Renomark – Renovators Mark of Excellence.
Euro-Line Appliances has brought elite European engineered appliances to Canadian homes for more than 25 years and offers brands that exceed expectations and have earned awards in design, engineering, performance, and energy efficiency.
Euro-Line Appliances distributes products from AEG, Liebherr, Gorenje and Porter & Charles in Canada, SMEG in Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast, and Franke in Ontario.
When John and Adri Laurysen first opened up shop in 1970, “John Laurysen Custom Cabinets” was a small garage of 1,200 sq. ft. It was a far cry from the 55,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility it operates today.
The company has grown to a fully qualified and experienced team of more than 100 people and a dealership network that stretches across 27 different marketplaces, with orders for cabinets coming in as far away as Bermuda.
Founded in 2005, Orillia-based ORA Kitchens Inc. began supplying kitchens and bathroom vanities to local builders and the general public. Since that time, the company has grown in its capacity and scope and now provides full service from concept and design through delivery, installation and service for kitchens, bathrooms, and or any room in the house requiring custom cabinetry.
In 2009, the company changed its name to ORA Kitchens and Bath Inc. and under new ownership, expanded its reach to new home builders and retail markets throughout Southern Ontario. The company’s in-house staff of 25 includes five designers. Eight subcontractor teams supply installation and field service work. You can read more about ORA Kitchens and Bath in the October issue.
Total Living Concepts
Established in 1993, Total Living Concepts has developed a reputation from Muskoka to Toronto for delivering total home renovation services. You can read more about them in our feature story.