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Above-standard standards

Posted by Kensington Homes Team on December 10, 2018


Stand-out standards in every new Kensington Home


For many premium home builders, standard finishes are kept bare-bones so they can advertise low purchase prices, and then upcharge for designer-quality finishes.

Kensington chooses to change this narrative, offering contemporary design selections as a starting point. Our standards reflect modern expectations for a new home’s aesthetic, and give customers a realistic purchase price for a brand-new home.

What does this mean for the buyer who wants more than a few custom touches?

Because our base finishes are already high-end products, upgrading to different style or aesthetic isn’t as costly, because it’s a shorter jump in price from our premium standards.

Here’s what you can expect to be included with your home purchase at Kensington:


In the kitchen and bathroom

While you can purchase Moen fixtures from a big-box store, you won’t find these faucets anywhere else. Moen’s Align faucets are exclusive to Kensington’s design centre and a chrome, high-arc pulldown kitchen faucet comes standard, with the option to upgrade to a different style, or change to a bold colour like black or gold, for a small fee.

“We can purchase from Moen’s whole catalogue, but the Align is our new kitchen standard – it fits every transitional, contemporary, and traditional scheme,” says Jess Saunders, production assistant at Kensington Homes.

The Moen Rizon one-handle low arc bathroom faucet is the standard in the bathroom.


On the walls

Kensington offers seven different standard colours for paint, ensuring you can add your personal touch at no extra cost – and that your walls will complement the rest of your design selections.

“We’ve got greys, creams, darker colours, and browns so they work with any cabinet colour – like our white, grey, and standard maple cabinets,” says Saunders.


On the floors

Shag carpet wasn’t just for the ‘70s! (Ok – the really shaggy ones were.)

As part of the standard design package, Kensington offers over 40 different carpet styles in various colours and textures – including six in a modern shag style.

Vinyl comes standard in Kensington’s entryways,bathrooms, and kitchens, with many options for upgrading to vinyl plank, laminate or engineered hardwood depending on your needs and budget.


For storage

The cabinetry included with your purchase is durable, soft-close Kitchen Craft maple cabinets, available in five standard stains. From there, you can upgrade to a handful of other stain options on maple, or select from a line of thermofoils.

“Even if you’re upgrading your cabinets – such as adding a bank of drawers or opting for 36"-tall upper cabinets – it’s not a significant price increase,” says Saunders. “Even adding crown moulding or bottom moulding doesn’t add too much to the cost.”


Giving you light

Kensington’s traditional lighting package from Super-Lite suits all aesthetics, though purchasers can also head to Super-Lite in person to pick out an upgrade directly from the supplier.


Of course, standards are a starting point for some homebuyers, and Kensington’s upgrade options consist of some spectacular quartz colour schemes, undermount sinks, whirlpool and soaker tubs – and plenty of decadent cabinetry, paint colours and flooring options to personalize your home.

While the opportunity to choose colours and finishes for your home can either excite or intimidate you, visiting Kensington’s design centre makes the process simple.

“That’s why we have the design centre – homebuyers can come in and see all the choices before selecting their finishes,” says Saunders.

“From the time we write up the sale, the homebuyer has numerous opportunities to visit the design centre and finalize their selections prior to their 3-hour appointment with a designer.”


For more information on Kensington’s standard finishes, visit a showhome in person or contact one of our sales agents.

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