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Your Kitchen Makeover: Tailored To Your Budget & Needs

Want to renovate a kitchen in your apartment, villa, condo or any other style of house?

You have landed on the right page. At Superior Renovations, we are your go-to kitchen makeover Auckland specialists. With us, you can transform your dreams to reality and get the kitchen from your dreams.

Even though you may feel as though you have only a few options when it comes to your kitchen makeover in Auckland, there are still many changes that our experts can make for your small or large kitchen. We can transform it into something more functional in terms of convenience and give it a real makeover with the help of our expert designers.  - even with a limited budget or building restrictions.

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Kitchen Makeover Auckland: Taking Care Of All Styles, Needs And Expectations

We can all agree that kitchens are the undisputed heart of the home. They are the place where everyone gathers, mingles and lingers during parties - and where the magic of cooking happens. They are an essential part of a home. If your kitchen lacks the space or functionalities that you expect, you should definitely consider a kitchen renovation.

Our kitchen makeover specialists can give your kitchen a new life whether you  like a modern or a more traditional kitchen design.

Speaking of, our services include but are not limited to:

  • Modern kitchen makeovers
  • Traditional kitchen makeovers
  • Contemporary kitchen makeovers
  • Cottage kitchen renovations
  • Rustic kitchen renovations

 

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At Superior Renovations, we have all the experience and expertise to ensure that your kitchen makeover looks fantastic. We will deliver a great design that is in line with your time and budget. Most importantly, we will make the difference you need and add maximum value to your home.

 

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A Kitchen Makeover That Looks Fantastic - In Line With Your Budget And Time

From layout to materials, concept and overall scope of work, we will show that your kitchen makeover Auckland looks fantastic - and gives you the functionality, versatility and efficiency that you deserve.

 

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You can either have a look at some of our previous kitchen renovations in Auckland - or get in touch with us to show you what we can do for your kitchen.

 In the end, it is safe to say that a kitchen remodel in Auckland can give you the greatest return on investment in terms of its resale value - not to mention the functionality and comfort that you will receive as a homeowner.

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Let’s design the kitchen of your dreams!

 


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Top 4 Design Ideas for Small Kitchens

Let’s face it – no one wants to feel claustrophobic when cooking. This can become a problem especially in small apartment and homes where space can become a real problem. Due to lack of space, being in your kitchen can become a stressful experience. But this can be easily combated if the space is used efficiently. 

Planning is the first step to a successfully utilising the limited space in a small kitchen.  Below, we have listed a few ways that you can use that small space as an advantage. 

1.Play around with your colours

Did you know that some colours have a tendency to make a space feel tiny and narrow? while some are perfect for creating an illusion that a space is bigger? 

Aim at playing around with bright colours and make your choices consistent. Also, make sure to maximise the natural light to create a sense of height or add skylights to heighten the ceiling (and get extra space for more kitchen cabinets).

2.Choose your appliances wisely

Purchasing appliances for your kitchen is not an easy task – and its get more difficult if your kitchen space is tiny. However, one of the best kitchen design ideas NZ is to use smarter products that are emerging and are in the perfect form and function.

Choose  kitchen appliances and furniture that are specifically designed for tiny spaces. There are many options for kitchen appliances which are flexible, versatile and efficient regardless of your small space.

3.Become a shelving master

Renovating or designing a compact kitchen space nowadays requires planning and researching for appropriate solutions. A lot of interior designers will agree that the best kitchen design ideas need proper organisation – which is why shelves are important.

You can use floating shelves as an easy and inexpensive way to add your much-needed extra storage to any space. They can be great for spices, cups, tea and coffee pots and a personal touch to your kitchen design.

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The last tip on our list of best kitchen design ideas is a concept that has been quite popular over the past few years – the concept of hideaway kitchens.

Essentially, these are small kitchen spaces which are separated by a drawer – and ones which become “invisible” on demand. With a kitchen like this, you can easily hide your kitchen mess and transform a living room with kitchen to a full living room in a matter of seconds.

 


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Upgrade To Your Dream Kitchen Without Breaking Your Bank

My kitchen defines my family’s health and happiness, so whenever I can, I go out of my way to make it look exquisite! Refurbishing your kitchen can bestow a well-organized cooking space that elevates its look. But as much as I love a gorgeous kitchen just like the next Aucklander, I am not busting my budget just to remodel my cooking haven; not with the current economic climate!

So with years of doing my own research and personal experiences of doing my own renovations, I discovered simple ways you can adopt to upgrade your kitchen without breaking your bank. Here I have listed few pointers for a budget friendly kitchen renovation.

Research

Always do your research before employing a contractor or a company for your renovation. Get several quotes, compare these quotes, and ask the company as many questions as you can. Do a little research about the company and what their past projects have been like to get an idea of what their experience has been like. This process has helped me shortlist the companies that can potentially execute my renovation up to my satisfaction.

Shop Around

When you give your contractor the entire responsibility of shopping for you, it definitely won’t curb your expenses. And if you are not careful you could be paying for things that you could have saved on. So once you have decided on accessories like cabinets, drawers, slabs and other fixtures, shop for the materials yourself. Put on your sleuthing cap and search the market for the best rates. Choosing a wholesale store is a smart starting point because you get suppliers at a wholesale price.

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Superior Renovations has specialised Design and Renovation teams that have years of experience building custom kitchens for Auckland homes

Decide Between Ready-made Or Custom Design

While renovating your kitchen, you will be presented with two options, one would be to customise your kitchen or to get ready-made designs. Custom made designs are ideal as they save your pocket from excess expenses. An expert can help you decide on your spacing requirements and choosing the appropriate equipment that can fit your kitchen interiors well. To curtail the expenses, so you are not racking out a new kitchen cost in NZ, it is best to opt for a design that fits within your requirements and still leave adequate space for movement.

Custom Cabinets

Purchasing new cabinets can run up the costs of your kitchen upgrade budget exponentially. Hiring a custom cabinet maker is also costly. Hence opt for a pre-manufactured, modular kitchen cabinet system that comes with warranties and hire a contractor for the installation.

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Do The Basics

Take up some of the basic work process like painting, brushing and cleaning. The cost of hiring say a number of 2 or 3 labour force for a day or per hour will swirl your head. Why pay for it when you can do it yourself, is the question.

Any opportunity for cutting down cost should be exploited. This way you save some money, which you can spend on other needs. Now refurbishing that kitchen is not as expensive as you thought. However we usually advice our clients to leave the big work for the professionals as quality should not be compromised for money.


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Kitchen Renovation Trends for 2018 in Auckland

Kitchens are one of the unique rooms in our homes. Kitchens go through the most amount of wear and tear in the house.  On most days, by the time you make breakfast, get the kids off to school, pack up lunch and snacks for work and prepare your famous family recipe for dinner, you've spent more time in the kitchen than your living room.

Kitchens have changed a lot over the decades and planning for your Kitchen renovation in Auckland is very important. Technological advances and changing social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the modern kitchen. Whether you need to renovate your current layout or you simply want a new look, 2018 is the perfect time to upgrade to your dream kitchen. Here are the top 10 trends in Auckland kitchen renovations to look out for in 2018.

1. Hardworking islands

Islands have continued to dominate the modern kitchen with many kitchen renovations in Auckland now opting for two islands. Most of these Auckland renovations now incorporate the dining into the island design. The 2018 larger kitchen islands now have storage cabinets which comes fitted with under-counter appliances and can also be used as a casual dining or bar. Some of these renovations are also extending the kitchen islands into the living room spaces in homes with large sitting rooms and open plan designs. This way, the kitchen island can be multi-functional without taking up too much space in the kitchen.

2. Polished Countertops

Countertops cover up most of the visible areas in the kitchen. So it makes sense to renovate using eye-catching materials. If you'd like to add a restaurant-like feel to your kitchen, stainless steel counters are great for that.  Granite and quartz are evergreen additions to any kitchen renovation.

3. Open Shelves

Open shelving is becoming increasingly popular in kitchen renovations. Homeowners are able to show off their personal style by decorating with small accessories and even placing deluxe food items on the open shelves. Try rough cut wood for a natural feel or metal tubing for a more industrial attitude for your open shelving.

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Smart appliances are developing at a rapid pace and anyone considering an Auckland kitchen renovation in 2018 should really look into them. Kitchens are going automated and these appliances allow us to control our kitchens from afar. motion sensor kitchen faucets, Refrigerators that can alert you when you are running low on groceries or a coffee maker that makes you coffee before you wake up are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to a smart kitchen. This is one of the biggest trends in the renovation of many Auckland kitchens in 2018.

5. Standard Designs and Materials

Convenience has become a top priority for most people owing to the busy and hectic lives we all live. The aim is to have a stress free environment and not a bulky space. One of the trends lately has been to forgo the top cabinets all together. The reason for this is that they are often hard to reach and can make the area look bulky. Rather than having high polished wood, people opt for materials such as stone and steel as they are easy to clean and are more durable. In order to make your kitchen convenient yet unique, make use of different textures to suit your style.

6. Efficient Storage Solutions

Not having adequate storage in your kitchen can cause a lot of frustration. Many storage spaces in kitchen are not structured properly for either large utensils or vice versa. When planning your kitchen renovation, keep in mind that spaces can be compartmentalised spaces to accommodate small and large appliances. Examples of these can be storage dividers for cutlery, pull out spice racks, wall hangers for pots and pans or small cups. The list for new and convenient storage solutions is endless. Make sure that you do some research and ask your renovator to take you to a few kitchen showrooms to get an idea of what is available.

 

The above-mentioned trends are just a few of the many trends for Auckland kitchen renovations in 2018. Before renovating, however, make sure to explore many options and do adequate research so as to know what kind of kitchen renovation best fits your home.

 


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Kitchen Renovation Checklist – Choosing The Right Renovation Company in Auckland

Choosing to remodel your kitchen is a major decision. There are a number of things to consider and hiring the right professional for the project is one of them. While it can be quite a tedious task to get the right kitchen renovator, having a kitchen renovation checklist can significantly ease the process. The following are the kitchen renovation checklists for hiring a renovator.

Are They Local?

When doing kitchen renovations, it is important to work with a local company. This is because local contractors know exactly what’s going on in your local area. They can also complete your renovations faster as their products and workers are sourced locally.

Experience

When renovating your kitchen, it is important to work with a renovator that has experience in kitchen renovations. This will ensure that they are better prepared for any challenges they might face in the course of the project.

Insurance

When hiring a kitchen renovator, it is important to ask for proof of insurance. Any professional kitchen renovator should have insurance which protects him and you against any liability in case something goes wrong in the course of the project. You can check with the insurance company to make sure the insurance is valid.

Credentials

A good renovator should have all the necessary credentials which include licenses and permits that allow them to work as a building professional in Auckland. If they do not, don’t it is not wise to hire them.

Personally interview candidates

Get a list of potential candidates, set up a meeting with them and ask them about their previous projects. From the interview, you can determine if you want to give your project to them or not.

Check references

When you have successfully interviewed the contractor, ask them to provide at least two references. People they have worked with in the past and can vouch for their competence. Ask for photos of completed projects and even ask to see one or two. Meet with the references they provide and ask about the contractor and if they are satisfied with the quality of work done.

Are they professional?

Before and during the interview, check how well the contractor presents himself. How he handles his tools. The kitchen is a delicate part of the house and any contractor you hire must do a neat and good job. If it looks as if the contractor does not have proper coordination, then you can expect the same attitude towards your project.

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Do they clean up after the renovation is completed?

It is important to know the clean-up policy of a contractor before hiring them. You have to find out if they would clean up every day before leaving or they would leave everything until the whole remodelling is done (leaving debris and tools lying around). Good renovation companies should tidy up each day after work and do a complete clean when the renovation is completed.

Get everything in writing

After selecting a contractor, it important to write a contract and have it signed. The contract should include everything from the start and stop dates of the project, work hours, quote and billing procedure. Make sure the contract is thorough and well written

Get Several Quotes

A good contractor will provide detailed quotes and expectations for your kitchen renovation. Meet several companies and get different quotes to compare what suits your interests best. This checklist will help you weed out the companies that are not suited for your project and take you in the right direction of finding the company for you.


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Are You Planning A Kitchen Renovation? Things To Think About

When embarking on a new kitchen renovation project it is important to ask yourself a number of questions at the outset of the design process.  This ensures you achieve a kitchen that looks fabulous and meets all your expectations in its functionality. In this blog post we have focused on some of the main points or questions you might consider to help you get the very best design possible for your home.

1. What is it you like/dislike about your current kitchen?

Write down everything you can think of, as these points will help our designers formulate a bespoke kitchen plan. You might consider things like the layout, flow, storage, work surfaces, seating and appliances as you think about what you like and dislike with your current kitchen.

2. What is your Budget for the renovation project?

You have to come up with a kitchen design you can afford. There is no point having grand ideas if you don’t have the budget. There may be compromises when it comes to the final products and furniture you go for, but with a few smart choices, you should be able to attain the main kitchen design you desire.  For example, by choosing laminate over granite worktops on an average kitchen you might save $4,000-$6,000k, but there would be no compromise on layout. Similarly, consider a laminate door over a painted or lacquered door.

3. Establish your design wish-list for your Renovation Project

Here you should think very carefully about everything you want in terms of aesthetics and functionality.  Perhaps even write the wish list in order of preference to ensure that your main priorities are included

4. Who uses your kitchen?

Perhaps you have a large or young family?  Or is it more of a bachelor pad?

5. Kitchen Design ideas

Think about the flow around the room and envisage how you’d like it to work for you. Do you want an island? Sink or ovens in a certain place? Place for your dog? (Believe me, we have designed many a kitchen with a build-under dog bed

6. What style of kitchen do you want?

You may have a very definite idea on this, for example you’d like a very country painted style kitchen or very modern handle-less kitchen with gloss doors or even something in between?

7. Seating for the kitchen

Do you want to eat family meals in the new kitchen, or simply have somewhere for a chat and a cup of coffee? Perhaps you love entertaining large social gatherings? All of these things need considering and incorporating into your wish list.

8. Storage requirements

How much cooking do you do from scratch? Think about how much fresh/dried food you like to have to hand.  If you like entertaining friends at home, perhaps consider a wine cooler next to your fridge? Larder units are a popular way of adding extra storage whilst saving on space. There are also a variety of storage solutions if you have difficulty reaching into the back of cupboards or on top of high shelves.

9. Colour Preference

What colours do you like? – It’s worth thinking about the size of your kitchen, and the amount of natural light.  For example, lighter colours work best in smaller, darker rooms to give the impression of space.

10. Products/Appliances

Think about what your requirements are. The type of cooking you do will govern what you need. For example if you like baking, you might want to consider how much oven space you need. If convenience is important – perhaps think about a combi-microwave oven. Coffee lover? There are some great built-in coffee machines ready to make your perfect latte or cappuccino, whatever your preference. If you buy a lot of fresh food, perhaps an American style fridge? Don’t forget that you may need space for appliances unrelated to cooking such as washing machines and driers.  With so many products out there, taking time to consider your budget and how you cook, saves you wasting your money on appliances you don’t need.

11. Workstations/ Kitchen Countertop

My final point worth considering before designing your kitchen is to think about how much work surfaces you need? How much baking/entertaining do you do? Do the kids do their homework in the kitchen? Would you like to eat as a family? Here you also might consider the type of worksurfaces would best suit you and your lifestyle. Corian is great for moulding into different shapes and looks great. Granite and engineered stone surfaces look expensive and are very hard wearing. If budget is tight think about the new laminate surfaces that can still look just as fabulous and come in hundreds of colours and finishes. Read our full guide to kitchen benchtops here.


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Cost Of Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors in NZ

All you need to know about the costs of fitting new kitchen cupboard doors including materials, labour and time frames within New Zealand.

What can you expect from replacing kitchen cupboards

Replacing cupboard doors is a great way to update your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen renovation project!

Our renovation experts have great insights into what the costs for such renovations are, hence this article will give you an idea of costs and price range for replacing kitchen cabinets.

Most kitchens have carcasses (the actual body/frame of the cupboard) that are the same standard sizes, so you can get new doors and drawer fronts, along with kickboards, to give your kitchen a stylish makeover without breaking the bank!

There is a huge difference in prices charged for this job, particularly between small local traders and the larger national companies, so it is even more important to shop around and get a few prices when looking to replace your kitchen cupboard doors.

Many companies will try and sell you a new kitchen rather than just replace doors and drawer fronts, as the profit margins are much higher, but stick to your guns and firmly request quotes for new cupboard doors only, otherwise you could be talked into buying a complete new kitchen!

The estimates you get generally won’t include the cost of new kitchen worktops or flooring, but having these related jobs done at the same time would certainly finish off your updated kitchen nicely! But even just the new cupboard/drawer fronts will give you a kitchen that looks as good as new, as long as you have everything fitted professionally by an experienced kitchen fitter/joiner.

Over the last few years replacement kitchen doors have become a big part of the kitchen remodeling business, many people update their existing kitchens by simply fitting new kitchen doors to the old kitchen cabinets. This is a far cheaper alternative than replacing the old kitchen completely and who even notices that the old cupboards have not been changed anyway? It is also much quicker to replace doors and drawer fronts than to replace the kitchen cabinets. So if your kitchen cabinets are in a good order and you like the layout of your kitchen the way it is, then resurfacing the kitchen cabinets that are already fitted could be a great option.

Most people with decent DIY skills can change cabinet doors and drawer fronts by themselves as long as they take their time.

If you feel you can’t do this by yourself, simply get in touch a local kitchen fitter or joiner as it will be just one or two day’s work for them with the right tools. The selection of new kitchen doors available to buy today is incredible and still growing – from places like Placemakers, Mitre10 and ITM. Whether you prefer contemporary kitchens of traditional kitchens, or anything in-between, you will be able to find replacement cabinet doors and facings to suit. Many companies will supply replacement kitchen doors which are completely blank with no drillings so you can place the handles and hinges exactly where you would like them to be. They also have no hinge holes as many kitchen cabinet manufacturers place their hinges at different heights, so buying doors with the holes already in them will limit you in terms of what type of cabinets they will fit.

Many people have discovered that replacing your entire kitchen, when a makeover looks just as good, does not make much sense. For the majority of people, they will save thousands when compare to the cost of an entire new kitchen, plus there’s less stress and mess with a simple kitchen facelift. No need to empty all of your cupboards, and the entire job rarely takes longer than 1-2 days. On average, by replacing your old kitchen unit doors with new ones you will save at least half the money you would have spent on a comparable new kitchen - and you could potentially save much more as that saving was based on getting new kitchen worktops and sink, oven and hob too! Of course saving all this money is no good if you don’t like the finished product, but you really would be hard pushed to tell once the job is done, the new doors, kick plates and drawer fronts will completely transform the kitchen.

The Cost Of Replacing Your Kitchen Cupboard Doors in NZ

The average cost to replace kitchen cupboard doors for a regular-sized kitchen would normally cost around $600+gst in labour from a local fitter.

This price includes waste removal of the old cupboard doors, the fitting of the new cupboard doors, drawers, handles and kickboards, but does not include the costs of the materials. If you decide to receive a quote from a national company prices can be up to $2,500+gst and quite often they tell you that changing cupboard doors isn't possible without new kitchen carcasses. We suggest asking your local fitter to check if your kitchen carcasses are suitable for new cupboards doors.

The price of the actual cupboard doors themselves can vary greatly depending on size, quality, finish and style. Kitchen drawers tend to be priced at around $60-$90 each, and the cupboard doors at around $90. Kitchen door handles can add up too depending on the quality of handle you choose with prices starting at around $8 each.

Average Cost Of Replacing Kitchen Cupboard Doors NZ

Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesmen to replace kitchen cupboards, drawers, handles and kickboards of a standard kitchen.

JOB TYPEJOB DESCRIPTIONAVG. COST
Fit Only10 Doors, 4 Drawer Fronts, 14 Handles & Kickboards$750 +gst
Supply and Fit10 Doors, 4 Drawer Fronts, 14 Handles & Kickboards$1,600 +gst
Fit Only15 Doors, 8 Drawer Fronts, 23 Handles & Kickboards$1,200 +gst
Supply and Fit15 Doors, 8 Drawer Fronts, 23 Handles & Kickboards$2,500 +gst

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Kitchen Countertop Options To Consider While Renovating in NZ

Seven years ago when I was choosing countertops for our own kitchen for our Auckland based home, I exhausted myself researching all the choices that were on the market and finally settled on a marble countertop + wood on the island combo. I’ve never regretted it, But seven years have passed and much has changed in the world of kitchen countertops.

We have other kinds of countertops in our home, white laminate in the laundry room, wood in the hall bathroom, and modern cultured marble in the master bathroom. All have performed well based on our expectations. Innovation is inevitable, trends come and go, so the decision as to which countertop to choose in a kitchen remodel requires much consideration. Let’s start with a classic favorite.

Marble Kitchen Countertop

Marble will never go out of style so for the price you pay, you do get the “timeless” label with the investment.

Always elegant, it complements both Old World and modern kitchens equally; for bakers it’s a favorite, no surface is better for pies and pastries.

Properly sealed marble cleans up easily with a mild cleanser and cloth. Marble can stain so it must be sealed, and since it’s softer than granite, it can chip easily (we’ve suffered several small chips around our kitchen sink).

Any acidic food like citrus can etch the surface or leave white stains. There are two varieties of gray and white Italian marble that are similar in appearance, both milky white with gray veining, and they are Carrara and Calacatta. Carrara has more delicate, lighter veining; Calacatta is a rarer, pricier stone and has bolder more defined strokes, yet both are a desirable luxury stone. Calacatta Gold and Crema Marfil marbles have brown or gold veins and offer homeowners warmer tones.

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Wood Kitchen Countertop

Wood countertops are having a moment in the spotlight right now with butcher block being so affordable from sources like our partner NOB Building Supplies.

Wood countertops are higher maintenance than stone, they require sealing with various natural products like beeswax or mineral oil, or waterproof varnishes.

Wood countertops cannot withstand heat which requires the consistent use of hot pads or trivets. Water spills or rings can leave permanent marks if moisture is left too long, but they have classic appeal and add a warmth that no other countertop can compete with, especially in traditional, craftsman, or cottage style homes. The use of wood in any space brings character to your home and when cared for properly, wood countertops will remain useful and beautiful for years.

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Engineered Quartz Kitchen Countertop

Quartz kitchen countertops are manufactured man-made surfaces with contemporary appeal created from pigmented resin and ground quartz chips.

They are readily available in multiple colors and in either honed or polished sheens. Quartz countertops share the durability of stone but are easier to care for since they are non-porous and anti-bacterial.For the most part, you won’t find the natural variegation that you do in granite or marble products yet some natural quartz manufacturers like Cambria are mimicking them well.

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Quartz Counter top

Granite Kitchen Countertop

Granite has been the countertop of choice for many contractors and homeowners since the 1990s.

Many granites have a speckled or mottled surface with varied colors throughout but they are extremely durable. Although porous, when sealed granite resists stains, withstands heat, and is waterproof, hence the popularity.

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Granite Counter top

Solid Surface (Corian) Kitchen Countertop

Solid surface countertops like Corian are artificial, made of acrylic and polyester; they are non-porous so sealing is not required.

They can scratch or burn under extreme conditions but any mistakes can be sanded out so they are virtually maintenance free.

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Solid Surface (Corian) Counter top

Limestone Kitchen Countertop

Limestone is made of calcite and is shaped from sand and aquatic life (and fossils) over time.

It’s softer than granite, yet heat resistant and moisture proof when sealed. Limestone is available in off white to sand tones and shows a beautiful patina with age. Limestone is often honed and because it is softer porous stone it can scratch easily and requires sealing.

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Limestone Counter top

Soapstone Kitchen Countertop

Like concrete (see below) soapstone is growing in popularity as a kitchen countertop material of choice.

When installed it’s often a medium gray tone that deepens over time to a more charcoal color. It’s composed of mineral talc and some slabs can have a green tint, the material is often used in labs because it is heat and chemical resistant. Soapstone is a softer surface like marble; it requires polishing to avoid cracks and can scratch or nick but it is water resistant.

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Soapstone Counter top

 

Modern Laminates Kitchen Countertop

Laminates are manufactured with a blend of resins and paper fused to particle board and they have been a budget smooth countertop surface for decades.

In the past, laminate hasn’t always had a reputation as stylish, but that’s all changed, there are several reasons to choose laminate countertops as the newest designs mimic marble, granite, and limestone.

In the past, laminate countertops required an over mount sink but as one reader pointed out (see comments), that’s not the case anymore.

Concrete Kitchen Countertop

This style is trending in the past few years and for good reason. Concrete is practically indestructible and is both heat and scratch resistant.

These countertops are either precast based on a template or poured on site, the labor intensity adds to the price per square foot which is often $100 or more, but look how fabulous they can be!

There are so many other countertop products coming to market in recent years, how can anyone keep up !?  Zinc, recycled glass, stainless steel, the list goes on. What solid surface countertop(s) do you have in your kitchen? Are you pleased or displeased with yours?


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How to Choose Custom Kitchen Cabinets For Your Kitchen Renovation

Research shows that we spend more of our waking hours in our kitchen than in any other room in the house! With so much time spent in one area of your home, it’s important to update this space with a classy, comfortable look that suits your unique needs and style.

Custom cabinets are a great way to add to your kitchen remodel and update this space. With so many different kitchen cabinet options out there, you will want to consider some important factors before making a selection.

Custom Cabinet Space for your Kitchen

When selecting cabinets that work well in your home, it is important to consider how much space you can dedicate to your cabinets.

This part is especially important to consider if you are on a tighter budget. If you have a lot of room for cabinet space but a lower budget, you will want to consider a less expensive, simpler design for your cabinets.

It’s also important to choose cabinets that provide you with enough space to fulfill your storage needs. If you have enough room in your kitchen for cabinets with an extra inch or two of depth, it makes all the difference when it comes to storing your larger pots and pans. You may want to work with a professional designer for this step to learn more about your different cabinet options.

The following options are great for helping you organize and store unique kitchen items such as wine bottles, seasonings, large pots and pans, dish towels, and cleaning materials:

  • Pull-out cutting boards
  • Roll-out trash and recycling spaces
  • Roll-out trays
  • Lazy Susans
  • Mini pantries
  • Baskets and bins
  • Wine racks
  • Plate racks
  • And much more! 

Custom Cabinet Materials for your Kitchen

Choosing the right material for your kitchen cabinets can be a big task!

Cabinets make a big style statement in your kitchen and the doors, drawer fronts, and side panels come in a wide variety of options and prices. When considering cabinet material, you will want to carefully select something that works well with the overall style you would like to bring into your kitchen.

Among the most popular types of cabinetry wood are maple, oak, and cherry. Once you have chosen your type of wood, you will have virtually limitless options to change the appearance with paint colors or stains.

Here are some top brands you will want to consider choosing for quality kitchen cabinets:

  • Timberlake cabinets
  • Decorá cabinets
  • Crystal cabinets
  • Showplace cabinets

Choosing the right kitchen cabinet design and material is no easy task! That’s why there’s people out there to help you.

Custom Cabinet Style for your Kitchen

In order to choose the right cabinet style for your space, you will first want to consider the look you are going for.

Would you like your kitchen to have a more traditional feel or are you into sleek, modern designs?

Modern Style Kitchens

If you have decided to go with a modern kitchen, you will want to choose cabinets that have simple edging and design. You will be happy to know that this style of cabinetry is often easier to maintain because dust is less likely to get caught in smaller crevices.

Traditional Style Kitchen

If you would like to go with a more traditional kitchen, you will want to choose cabinets that have deeper, more detailed edging. This look will give your cabinets more depth and character!

Light Colored Kitchens

Lighter colors are known for making spaces appear more open. If you would like to brighten up your kitchen space or if you are working with a smaller floor plan, you will want to consider choosing white cabinets.

Darker Toned Kitchen

If you have plenty of space in your kitchen and you would like a deep, rich, luxurious feel, you will want to consider choosing a dark-toned wood. When choosing a darker toned cabinet material, you should keep in mind that darker colors tend to become more of a focal point in a room.

Custom Cabinet Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining your kitchen cabinets, some people prefer a material that means less upkeep.

If you are one of these people, you should consider choosing a door style with minimal detail. Raised panel cabinet styles mean slightly more upkeep because they have edges and nooks where dust can cling to. If you are looking for a simple, less detailed cabinet design, you will want to check out shaker style and slab door front options.

Low Maintenance Cabinetry Tips:

  • You will want to opt for flush cabinet ends that match together seamlessly to avoid edgework that catches dust.
  • For modern kitchens, choose simple, flat surfaces with little or no raised edges or detail work to avoid dirt and dust build-up.
  • For traditional kitchens with deep edges and raised paneling, choose a material with a glaze. This helps fill corners where dust can hide and darkens the surface so you can’t see dirt).

For more additional factors to consider before choosing the right custom cabinetry for your kitchen, contact the professionals at Superior Renovations Today.


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5 Smart Tips to Renovate Your Kitchen On A Budget in NZ

As a homeowner there’s probably nothing more frustrating than thinking you’re going to pay X for your kitchen renovation and learning you’re actually going to pay Y. Get your Kitchen Renovated on a budget by following our few simple steps below.

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5 Smart tips to keep in mind when you are renovating your kitchen on a Budget

  1. Plan your budget with your Renovating Company

    Regardless of how large or small your renovation is, the most important thing to do is align yourself with a trusted renovation company. Work together to determine what you’re comfortable investing in your kitchen renovation project . Having a clear idea of your budget is the road to a successful renovation.

  1. Don’t get carried away

    if you are working on a limited budget then a good option could be to renovate one thing at a time in the kitchen. Maybe start with the cabinets and then move on to the sink/hob etc. You could also

  1. Think about how long you will stay in your house.

    If you plan on being in your home a long time, remodel your kitchen with options that maximize your lifestyle comfort. These may include creating an open concept or re-configuring your kitchen for better traffic flow. If you want to move in less than 5 years, however, focus on aesthetically pleasing options that will improve home value, such as new appliances or updated cabinets.

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  1. Explore your project payment options.

    Most people opt for a home equity loan since they are tax deductible though other options are available, like refinancing and taking out a personal loan. Check with your contractor to see if they offer payment plans, making sure that you renovate your kitchen well within your budget.

  1. Factor in the cost of lodging and eating out as needed.

    Don't forget to include these important costs when considering a large-scale kitchen re-modelling project. If it's possible, stay with a family member or friend to save funds during your remodel. Otherwise make arrangements at a hotel or motel to suit your budget. You will also not be able to eat your meals at home which means you will also have to factor in the costs of eating out as needed.

    Keeping your renovations within the budget always requires careful planning no matter what you are willing to spend. Decide together as a family about what your budget looks like and how it will impact your family when then the renovation is in process. Kitchen Renovations usually last for a maximum of 2-3 weeks but that does not mean that the process has to be stressful or very expensive. If you hire a company that has its values aligned with yours then it can actually be a very fun experience to see your kitchen transform into something truly spectacular.

For more tips about kitchen remodeling for your budget, contact us at Superior Renovations anytime. Our professional team is happy to assist you. Ready to take the first step toward your dream kitchen? Fill out this In-home consultation form to get started.


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