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Jul24

DCC Designer of the Month – JULY

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“Successfully creating an inspiring and functional kitchen is to create a space you never want to leave.”  -Andrea De Caria

 

Andrea De Caria

 

How long have you been at Deslaurier?
“I actually worked at Deslaurier in my twenties in a design support role then left to start a family. After re-entering the work force, I worked for a developer for many years. I have now been back at Deslaurier for almost 2 years.”

How would you describe your personal style?
“I can appreciate all styles, but I love an eclectic mix of old and new which gives depth and personality to a space.”

Why did you get into kitchen design?
“My background is in interior design and after many years of building custom homes & working for a developer on various residential and commercial projects I was looking for a change. I liked the idea of a working on intricate specialized spaces and the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.”

How do you find inspiration when you help a customer design a space?
“I try to learn as much as I can about my clients. It helps that I’m a people person and I love asking questions. From here, I generally have a good idea which direction we will go.
Clients do often have an idea of how they envision the finished product but it’s my job to work through all the many details and bring it to life.”

What is the thing you most enjoy about your job?
“Meeting great people and the variety that it brings.”

In your spare time, what do you do for fun?
“I’m fascinated by health, wellness & nutrition and love sharing my knowledge and trying out new recipes.”

Fun fact about you:
“Apparently, I laugh like the count on Sesame Street.”

Jun24

DCC Designer of the Month – JUNE

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“I’m happiest when I succeed at completing an interior as my clients envisioned without knowing it.”  -Darien Wilson

 

Darien Wilson

 

How long have you been in the industry?
“General Design since 2012 (graduated in 2014) and specifically kitchen and bathroom design since 2014 (graduated in 2015) been working in the residential field for 7 years. ”

How would you describe your personal style?
“Warm minimalism design/ No-fuss and clean elegance.”

Tell us a quick summary of your professional background:
“Live and breathe for kitchen design/ making my clients happy gives me a kind of satisfaction words can’t describe.”

Why did you get into kitchen design?
“Every kitchen I’ve worked on presents a different challenge/ in the end I want a beautiful outcome that my clients can remember every time they walk into their kitchen. ”

How do you find inspiration when you help a customer design a space?
“You have to get to know your client; find out why they are un-happy with the space. A relationship between yourself and your client is important for a positive outcome.”

What is the thing you most enjoy about your job?
“Sharing my passion with clients who become a very big part of my life/ I’m happiest when I succeed at completing an interior as my clients envisioned without knowing it.”

When you are not designing kitchens – what do you do in your spare time? What are your favorite things to do for fun?
“I love working out/ lifting weights and running. It’s my second passion. Oh and drink wine, they are tied for number two.”

 

Dec08

Winner of the BBB’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust

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BBB-torch-awardDeslaurier is proud to announce that they been chosen as this year’s honoured winner of the prestigious Better Business Bureau’s 2014 Torch Award for Marketplace trust.  This now makes Deslaurier a repeat winner, as they also won the award in 2012 when they were last eligible.  “We've already been recognized as a business that conducts itself with honesty, integrity and reliability.  Having this honour bestowed upon us a second time speaks volumes about how we conduct ourselves within the marketplace” says Jim Deslaurier, Director of Business Development.

The Torch Awards promote the importance of trustworthy business practices through integrity and performance, as well as the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honourable. President, Denis Staples notes “It’s a sincere honour and we are proud, yet again, to be selected for, and to accept, this prestigious award.” 

Oct07

Deslaurier wins 3 prestigious Housing Design Awards

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On Saturday, October 4th,  at the 2014 The Greater Ottawa Home Builder Association Awards Gala (GOHBA), Deslaurier was the proud recipient of the following three prestigious awards:

Production kitchen, 129 sq. ft. or less (Merit Hill Model)
Production kitchen, 130 sq. ft. or more (Cardel Moradshahi Model)
Production bathroom (Cardel Moradshahi Model)
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Apr01

Deslaurier named among Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies

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Local company honoured on prestigious list celebrating Canadian business excellence

 

Ottawa, Ont., March 31, 2014 – Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, a leading Ottawa cabinetry manufacturer and retailer, has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2013. The local company, which employs a staff of 150 in its Renfrew manufacturing plant and Ottawa showroom, surpassed hundreds of applicants to earn a spot on the illustrious list of 50 companies.

“We’re honoured to receive this distinction,” says Deslaurier President Denis Staples. “It reinforces what we believe in and have worked toward—delivering exceptional products that never compromise on quality. Deslaurier has survived economic slowdowns and two devastating fires, but we were able to rebuild thanks to the support of our employees, our clients and our suppliers. This designation serves to recognize the excellence of our entire team.”

Since it was established in 1993, Canada's Best Managed Companies has been the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian-owned and -managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices.

The Canada's Best Managed Companies designation symbolizes Canadian corporate success: companies focused on their core vision, creating stakeholder value and excelling in the global economy. Deslaurier is particularly proud of earning such prestigious recognition after having overcome so many challenges. As Staples notes, succeeding in an uncertain economy hasn’t always been easy; competition has been fierce in recent years, and the strong Canadian dollar has hampered exports and forced local producers to make do with the domestic market. As a result, Deslaurier has had to find creative ways to stay ahead.

“We’re always under pressure to offer more, at lower prices,” says Staples. “But we never cut corners by using sub-par materials. We’re continuously updating the company’s catalogue, which now has 48,000 designs that workers can program into their saws to enhance the precision of cuts made. We want our customers to have options so we can work within their budgets while maintaining Deslaurier’s quality standards.”

Fortunately, business has improved in recent years due to continued strong housing starts, sparked by exceptionally low interest rates. The improvements have been particularly evident in the nation’s capital, Deslaurier’s core market. “Activity here has been fairly constant lately,” says Staples. And with the strengthening U.S. economy, Deslaurier is once again looking south for business opportunities. “We completed a wonderful project in Boston last year. It now looks like there may be more work where that came from.”

With business thriving, Deslaurier plans to continue expanding their dealer network and developing their new modern line and closet offerings. The company expects to see moderate growth in revenue over the next year, which will no doubt be bolstered by their recent designation.

Staples and his team will celebrate their achievement next week when they attend the Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The annual event will honour all 2013 winners, including new recipients of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation, as well as Requalified members, Gold Standard members and Platinum Club members. In addition to the gala, Deslaurier plans to celebrate one other way: “We’re having a kitchen party,” says Staples.

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies program

For more than two decades, Canada's Best Managed Companies has consistently served as the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and -managed companies with revenues over $10 million. The awards are granted on four levels:

 

  1. Best Managed winner (one of the new winners selected each year);
  2. Re-qualified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review);
  3. Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation; companies may re-qualify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); and
  4. Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years).

 

Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Queen's School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. To learn more, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.

About Deslaurier Custom Cabinets

In business for more than 35 years, Deslaurier is a leader in designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing custom cabinetry in Ottawa and Renfrew, and throughout Ontario. Deslaurier manufactures all of its cabinetry locally at their state-of-the-art facility in Renfrew, ensuring that each piece is crafted to the highest quality standards and completed when promised. Committed to protecting the environment, the company maintains a green manufacturing facility and uses top-grade local woods to deliver sustainable products. All of Deslaurier’s work is backed by a 20-year warranty. To learn more, visit www.deslaurier.ca.

 

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Media contact:

Denis Staples, President
Deslaurier Custom Cabinets
(613) 596-5155
denis@deslaurier.ca

Dec20

Winner of the BBB’s Torch Award for Marketplace Trust

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BBB-torch-awardDeslaurier is proud to announce that they been chosen as this year’s honoured winner of the prestigious Better Business Bureau’s 2012 Torch Award for Marketplace trust.  “It is nice to recognized as a business that conducts itself with honesty, integrity and reliability”  says Jim Deslaurier, Director of Business Development.

The Torch Awards promote the importance of trustworthy business practices through integrity and performance, as well as the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that the marketplace remains fair and honourable. President, Denis Staples notes “It’s an incredible honour to be selected for this prestige award.”