Refreshing the nest – Invest Medicine Hat

Refreshing the nest

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As home renovation spending hits record highs in Alberta, a fixture of Medicine Hat’s home décor and building industry is focusing its attention on custom kitchens.

July 26, 2017

Kitchen Gallery is settled into its new 2,500 square foot showroom on Kingsway Avenue SE. In the bright new space, sleek kitchens feature quartz countertops while samples of smart custom cabinets and laminate choices are neatly arranged.

The decision to focus on custom kitchens and move away from lighting is in line with the provincial trend of home renovations, which reached a record spending high of $1.78 billion in the first three months of 2017.

After forty-plus years in business, Kitchen Gallery knows about adapting to changing conditions. “We are focusing on quality custom kitchens now,” says Doug Corah, owner of Kitchen Gallery. “Home owners are now investing more into their kitchens and are generally turning to online shopping for lighting,” explaining the removal of lighting from their inventory sheet.

Kitchen Gallery specializes in custom Décor cabinets and Cambria quartz counters and has a long history working with Medicine Hat contractors, including Schmidt Contracting.

Mulder Builders echo Corah’s observation that more and more homeowners are opting for renovations over new builds.

ATB Financial reported on the record spending on home renovations, saying that some of the renovations could be due to last summer’s Fort McMurray wildfires, while asserting that the spike in spending is probably more closely related to the recession, as a job-loss may have opened free time to update the kitchen or finish the basement.

Noting a lucrative provincial trend and changing customer purchasing habits has led to an evolution for Kitchen Gallery and setting the long-standing Medicine Hat company up for another 40 years  of business.