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Free Kitchen Quotes - Our designer will meet with you at your home to gather all the required information about your needs and the space you have to work with.
See the latest in kitchen colours, laminates, stone benchtops, doors, splashbacks, features and design styles and share your ideas with our professional kitchen designer. Work through your ideas and personalise your needs to create a new kitchen with optimum storage.
We work through each stage of your project including:
- Benchtops in CaesarStone, granite, marble or laminate of your choice
- Doors in painted two pack polyurethane, vinyl, laminate or timber in colours and styles of your choice
- Splashbacks in stone, glass or tiling
- Select from a large range of door handles and fixtures
- Hardware inside your kitchen including soft close drawers/doors, pull out bins and much more
Custom kitchen design is not just sizes of cupboards and drawers it is a process of optimizing location of different spaces and fitting these spaces with appropriate cabinetry. Each of the items is placed in its place in the most ergonomically correct level for the optimal use. There is a large number of options for filling in spaces from basic to complicated designs, from straight forward cupboards to clever space saving technology and usability.
Our expert kitchen designers can create you a modern kitchen that is well suited to your home aesthetically, as well as providing the functionality that you require. Our process of bringing you a brand new, modern kitchen, is simple and hassle free.
Our designers consult with you to determine every one of your needs in regards to appearance and functionality in order to develop you a kitchen that is every bit as beautiful as it is efficient.
Before the renovation begins, it’s worth thinking about the good and bad points of your old kitchen. You may desire a massive utensils drawer to avoid clutter, for example, or you’ve realised that just one sink is never enough.
There’s no point having a fancy kitchen if it’s uncomfortable and annoying to use. So when designing your layout, consider the way you live…
- Does one person do all the cooking or is the whole family keen to serve gastronomic feasts?
- Do you need big-scale appliances – if you love inviting friends and family for lunches and dinners, this is essential.
- Do you need extra pantry space to store all those kitchen gadgets?
- Do you need a wider bench so you can prep, while your kids do their homework?
- Do you plan to expand in the future – you may have more children, or your elderly parents may move in one day, so more cupboard space and a larger fridge are required.
- Do you prefer a smaller kitchen – if you have a busy social life and regularly dine out, a modest kitchen with compact appliances and a small pantry is all that’s required.
At the heart of every kitchen is the ‘working triangle’ – the space between the fridge, sink and oven/cooktop. It’s useful for regulating traffic flow and making life easier for the cook.
As a simple guideline, make sure each unit is no more than three metres apart for easy access.
If your kitchen is being remodelled, you may want to work around the existing plumbing and electrical locations, as they may be costly to relocate. If it’s a new house, however, it’s easier to incorporate more of your design requirements.
When choosing the right kitchen floorplan, there are several options…
- The single-line kitchen – also known as a one-wall kitchen or straight line kitchen – is a popular option for a smaller house or apartment living. It runs along one wall and positions appliances underneath counters to maximise bench space, while more shelving is added overhead. If there’s enough room, a floor-to-ceiling pantry at one end is a handy addition.
- The L-shaped kitchen runs along two adjoining walls, providing a good amount of storage and workspace. It also works well if there’s more than one person cooking at the same time. The fridge and sink are generally positioned on one wall with the oven/cooktop on the other. For a contemporary look, it’s worth adding a central bench which not only gives extra storage, it also provides a social place for family and friends to be part of the cooking experience.
- The U-shaped kitchen is both versatile and efficient, allowing for ease of movement for the cook. The layout also boasts optimal bench and storage space. Making the most of the classic ‘work triangle’, the kitchen has workspaces positioned along three adjoining walls. In a larger kitchen, there may be room to place an island bench or a cosy dining table in the centre.
- The galley kitchen requires less room than a U-shaped kitchen so it’s ideal for narrow spaces. All the cupboards and appliances are positioned along two opposite walls, making sure the cabinet and appliance doors can be opened comfortably. Kitchen experts say units on both sides need to be around 2.5 to 3 metres apart. While the galley may have entry points at both ends, it’s important to not use it as a major thoroughfare – otherwise, busy cooks won’t cope during food preparation.
Kitchen Design Tips
To set the right tone, you need to decide the ambience of the room – bright and light or sultry and moody. All-white, chalk or pale grey never go out of fashion, and can make a small room seem super-spacious. Dark tones, meanwhile, make a strong impact, and have become a popular option for inner-city living.
Colour and texture need to harmonise in the kitchen, so it’s worth putting together your own mood board before the renovation begins. On white cardboard, stick on all the colour and surface swatches, including paint, tiles, veneer and flooring.
A burst of colour is a feast for the eyes in a kitchen. A splashback in coloured glass makes a style statement, while mosaic or ceramic tiles also add brilliance to the room.
It can be hard finding where to start when planning the design of your new kitchen. Start the process by writing a list of features you like and dislike about your existing kitchen. This will quickly help your new design take shape.
When putting together a kitchen layout, the classic ‘triangle’ is the core of the design. The main working areas – cooktop/oven, fridge and sink – have to be positioned at three sides of a triangle. This simple rule will make cooking and cleaning a breeze.
For a quick, cost-saving fix-me-up, replacing doors and/or bench tops can transform your kitchen from clunky to couture.
For the height of style, why not lift a few centimetres on the benchtop? A tall cook spends a lot of time in the kitchen, so a high benchtop can help avoid an aching back. The standard benchtop height is approximately 900mm, but it can be lifted as high as 1000mm by adjusting your kickboards or bench top thickness.
If your cupboards and drawers are looking a little scruffy, an easy spruce-up is replacing old handles and knobs with the latest ranges.
For an up-to-the-minute look, consider integrating the fridge and dishwasher within the new cabinetry. By enclosing the front of appliances to match the texture and colour scheme of the cabinets, a kitchen looks stream-lined and minimalistic.
Contemplate installing an island bench with built-in cupboards and drawers on both sides of the unit. This provides plenty of room to store small appliances, cookbooks and rarely used kitchenware, such as platters that only appear on Christmas day.
Replacing cupboards with drawers means it’s much easier to reach all kitchen items. Extra-deep drawers are perfect to store pots, pans and small appliances, while wide, shallow units are handy to store cutlery and utensils.
A corner cupboard used to be a space waster, but kitchen designers have solved this dilemma by maximising every square centimetre. Have a look at various corner options, such as lazy susans, bi-fold doors and dual-access doors.
When designing a kitchen layout, ensure that you include as much storage as possible. It’s easy to accumulate more items through the years, so a few extra drawers and cupboards never go astray.
Don’t forget the little essentials as you design the layout. Take time to figure out where you’ll position lights, powerpoints and a phone jack.
To add atmosphere, a pendant light positioned over a benchtop can act as a focal point of the room. And if one is never enough – a large benchtop can accommodate two or three pendants for extra brilliance.
A hard-working cook doesn’t want guests to see an array of dirty pots and pans during a dinner party. To solve this problem, a small raised barrier at the end of the island bench can separate the kitchen area and the social zone, hiding any mess until it’s time to wash up.
One is the loneliest number when it comes to kitchen bins. Single, double or triple bins of varying capacities can be selected, making it easy to separate recycled and general items. And instead of having bins on show, they now slide or swivel out of hidden cupboards.