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Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Posted on June 27th, by Michael Menn in Kitchens. No Comments

Mid-Year Kitchen Trends

Can you believe we’re already well into June? Seems this year has just flown by. If you’re wondering what is trending in kitchens this year, I have a few things that are popping up on my radar that are evolving trends to watch!


Style: Definitely more straight lines (no fussy details) and simpler door styles (Shaker seems to be King!)
Colors: White still reigns as one of the most popular kitchen colors, but I am seeing a trend in my own clients toward warmer woods (mid- darker colors). Greys are still getting a lot of traction but a surprising color that is emerging is Navy! It can be done in a dark hue that works with both other painted finishes like whites and with wood tones. A big surprise, but interesting!

Cabinet Accessories: Everyone wants to utilize their storage better and here are some creative ways to do that!

Cabinet inserts that allow you to pull them down and access what is in those wall cabinets (great for living in place!)
Dedicated cabinet inserts to organize all those plastic food storage containers
Corner cabinet pull-outs that allow you to utilize that dead space for great storage


Believe it or not, brass is coming back! It’s … Read More »

Bathroom Design

Posted on May 1st, by Michael Menn in Bathrooms. Comments Off on Bathroom Design

Bathroom Design

So, what is it that makes these master bathrooms so beautiful to look at? There are no custom designed fixtures or over-the-top finishes that will cost you an arm and a leg.

However: it is the way in which all the elements in these bathrooms work so perfectly together. They compliment one another and are in perfect balance in scale, placement and design, creating these tranquil and restful rooms.

Design Note:

If your bathroom has access to the outdoors, visually opening it up with huge picture windows or with direct access to the outdoors, adds to both the aesthetics as well as the bathing experience.

And of course you could take that one step further – if you have adjoining space in your garden – by extending the bathroom to add an outdoor shower.


Optimal Bathroom Layouts

Granted, having a lot of space to play with makes the layout easier, although there is a danger of ending up with a vast (boring) central space if fixtures are all arranged around the walls.

Placing the bath in the center of the room is inspirational. Not only does it create symmetry and a strong focal point, it also cleverly divides this en-suite bathroom into his and hers areas.

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Do We do Commercial Renovation?

Posted on February 17th, by Michael Menn in Commercial Projects. Comments Off on Do We do Commercial Renovation?

Do We do Commercial Renovation?


Yes, we do! Not many people know that more than a third of our work (design and build) occurs on the commercial side of the spectrum. To Michael Menn Ltd., this is an extension of our residential roots. We have worked on projects ranging from converting 15,000 square foot- of warehouse into Class ‘A’ office space for one of our clients to several restaurants and retail stores.


Recently, we were approached by Resurrection Health Care to help them develop a new prototype for their health system. By partnering with Jewel Food Stores and Resurrection Hospital we created a new style of walk-in clinic. This is not your average 250 square foot clinic usually associated with either a drugstore chain or food chain, this was an 800 square foot clinic where the palette of services rendered was much more extensive.


Meeting the Challenge – Design

The design challenge was magnified because the only walk-in clinics to date, were small and limited in the services they could provide because of the staff available. All clinics were located in stores that were owned either by the drugstores or food stores. We worked with both the hospital and Jewel Food Stores to understand … Read More »