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How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Kitchen in NZ? (2023)

This article has been updated to include updated cost for kitchen renovations for the year 2023.

An average cost for renovating a kitchen in New Zealand is between $26,000 and $35,000 if you are renovating with a renovation company. Kitchen renovation cost NZ wide can differ based on the company you choose or if you are doing a DIY job. You will save money if you are doing a DIY job but they can be risky if you are not a trained professional. Costs to renovate a kitchen depend on various factors. The intention to renovate or your reason to renovate the kitchen is one of the major factors that will determine your budget.

If you are renovating to sell then we recommend you to renovate using standard mid range materials and not customise your renovation too much. If you are renovating to add comfort or increase the functionality of your kitchen then we recommend our clients to go for more quality products so that you can enjoy your kitchen for a much longer time.

We have created a comprehensive guide for cost of kitchen renovation in New Zealand which list all the factors that contribute to the overall cost for your kitchen. Whether you are doing a DIY job or doing a luxury kitchen renovation, this guide will help you on your research before you renovate your kitchen.

Check this article if you wish to see cost for a basic, mid-range, luxury remodel for a kitchen in NZ 

 


If you’re looking for “specific” cost estimates, try our Renovation Cost Calculator Tools


 

Table of Contents

  1. Average cost of kitchen renovation in New Zealand 2021 ⇓
  2. Kitchen renovation costs in Auckland⇓
    – Breakdown of costs for all factors for a kitchen renovation
  3. Cost of kitchen renovation per square meter⇓ 
    – Basic kitchen renovation costs
    – Mid Range Kitchen renovation costs
    – Luxury Kitchen renovation costs
  4. Small Kitchen renovation costs⇓
    – 10 by 10 meter square
    – 12 by 12 meter square
  5. How much does it cost to renovate a large kitchen?⇓
  6. How much do renovation companies charge to renovate a kitchen?⇓
    Kitchen cabinets⇓
    – Refinishing old cabinets to save costs
    Cost for kitchen appliances⇓
    – Cost for kitchen countertops⇓
    Cost for Splashbacks⇓
    – Cost for Kitchen flooring⇓
  7. How much does it cost to hire a kitchen designer?⇓
  8. How much does labour cost for a kitchen renovation NZ?⇓
    Plumbing costs⇓
    Electrician and lighting costs⇓
    Painting costs⇓
    Flooring and Tiling⇓
    Permits from Auckland council⇓
  9. How to remodel a kitchen on a budget?⇓
    Basic Kitchen Vs Mid range Kitchen Vs Luxury kitchen on a budget⇓
    – Top 4 tips if you are renovating on a budget
  10. Return on Investment when you renovate a kitchen in New Zealand⇓
  11. 7 Tips on planning your Kitchen Renovation.⇓  
  12. Choosing the right kitchen renovation company in Auckland.⇓

 


1. What is the average cost of a renovated kitchen in 2022?  

An average cost to renovate your kitchen in 2021 is approximately around $28,908. However, if you are creating your dream kitchen then you can expect to spend between $25,664 to $31,256. The total cost of a kitchen will depend on the cost of cabinets, appliances, countertop, flooring, quality of materials, labour and if there is a change in layout. 

 

Average Range  

Minimum Cost  

Average Cost  

Maximum Cost  
$25,664 to $31,256. $16,832 $28,908. $173,880

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2. Kitchen Renovation Cost (NZ)

As you can see the table above is a good representation of costs for small to big projects. Small projects include changing your cabinet doors, applying a new coat of paint or simple changing your splashback. Bigger projects will include demolishing your existing kitchen and redoing the kitchen. Full kitchen renovation projects mean that you have to custom built your cabinets, install new benchtops, change your flooring, installing a new splashback, changing your lights, and installing new kitchen appliances. the cost will depend on the type of materials you choose, if there is any change in layout and the size of your kitchen. Projects such as these will start from $41,000+ at a minimum.  

So, how much does each item in a Kitchen renovation cost in NZ?  

 The cost for a kitchen renovation will depends on what you want in your kitchen. If you see the table below, the table will show you how much you can expect to spend on each item of your kitchen. This breakdown will help you see your estimated spending cost and is a good guide for budgeting your renovation. 

Item  

Budget %  

Average Cost  

Cabinetry   28%   $9,039
Installation & Labour 18% $5,695
Appliances 15% $4,678
Countertops & Backsplash 11% $3,381
Flooring 7% $2,2771
Lighting 5% $1,449
Painting 5% $1,587
Windows & Doors 4% $1408 
Designer   3%  $994
Plumbing   3%  $1007
Other 1% $428 

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3. Cost for renovating a kitchen per square meter. 

On an average homeowner spend about $2,300 square meter for their kitchen. You might think that $207 is a very high number but this is only an average. The starting price per square meter is $1,533 and people doing high-end kitchen renovations might spend as much as $4167 per meter.  Before you start your renovation, it is wise to ask a few questions to yourself. 

  1. What exactly do you want to do with the available space?
  2. What do you want to get out of this renovation?
  3. What part of the kitchen do you want to renovate? Also, think about what parts would you like to leave and do not want us to touch.
  4. What special features are you considering adding to your new kitchen space?
  5. Are you going to keep your kitchen layout the same, or do you to make some changes?
  6. What style do you want your kitchen to be?
  7. Lastly, now think about your budget. How much are you willing to spend on that dream kitchen of yours?  

If you want to add value to your home, you might want to think about your budget. The industry recommends spending between 5% – 15% of the value of your home on a kitchen renovation if your intention is to sell.  

 

Basic, Mid-range, Luxury kitchen remodel guide 

The table below shows an estimated guide of what your kitchen will include and how much you will be spending on your kitchen. Depending on your budget, there are three distinct ranges that your kitchen remodel will come under. The ranges are basic kitchen renovation (upgrade few things), mid-range (new adjustments- layout, new cabinetry, etc.) and luxury (something glamorous). 

 

Basic Level  Mid-range Level  Luxury Level  
$16,560 – $28,980   $32,000 – $88,320    

Up to $173,880 

 

 

  • No change in layout 
  • Restoring and painting existing cabinet doors 
  • New cabinets possible if the kitchen is small or mid-range materials used. 
  • Modern countertops  
  • Laminated floorings  
  • Laminated benchtop 
  • Repairing lights  
  • DIY kitchen renovation

 

  

  • Change in Layout possible 
  • Custom-made cabinetry & doors. 
  •  Paint including  
  • Organized storage 
  • Cabinets with built-in bins  
  • Custom-built pantry with pull out drawers. 
  • Smart Kitchen features  
  • Engineered Stone countertopsmarble, quartz, and glass. 
  • Tiled flooring  
  • Designer Splashback  
  • Appliances included 
  • All trades included
  • Project management
  • Extensive change in layout 
  • New Plumbing 
  • Re-wiring  
  • Marble floorings, Timber, or designer tiles 
  • Brand-new appliances  
  • High-quality Countertops  
  • Modern Lighting  
  • Smart kitchen features 
  • Organized storage 
  • Drawers and cabinets with built-in bins and magic corners 
  • Custom-built pantry with pull out drawers.  
  • Project management
  • All trades included

  

 

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Basic Kitchen Renovation in Hillsborough

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Mid Range Kitchen  in West Harbour

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Mid Range Kitchen renovation in Massey

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Mid to Luxury Kitchen in Stanmore Bay

This is just an average estimated cost guide to help you plan before choosing to renovate. Most clients, however, do not fit into these three distinct categories. They often pick various aspects from each category to make a kitchen that is unique to them. 

 

If you wish to keep your kitchen layout the same but want to make a few changes then that will incur an additional cost. The reason that a change in layout means additional costs is because the area needs new plumbing as well as re-wiring which need counsel approval. Any council approval will require architectural drawings, documentation, and inspection. The additional cost for this could lie between $2,070 – $6,210.  

 

Budget-Friendly Tip-  Repair  your kitchen cabinets and doors.  Try polishing and restoring countertops instead of paying for  new materials.  

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4. How much does it cost to remodel a small kitchen renovation in NZ? – How much does a kitchen renovation cost? 

 

Small Kitchen-  

 

A small kitchen renovation is typically around $5,520 to $27,600 which could mean simply upgrading certain features. In terms of square foot, it would mean a kitchen which is 75 or smaller. It all depends on what’s features that you want to apply. There are a few tips that you may want to consider,  

 

  1. Most homeowners have said that they wish to have more storage than space. You can add additional storage space by installing pull-out baskets, spice drawers, section drawers for cutlery and plates and bowls, or even corner cabinets. Adding such conveniences gives you the storage space you require without having to build new cabinets for storage. 
  2. Installing storage drawers within your existing cabinets will allow you to have extra counterspace for meal preparation.
  3. Extra Countertop- pick a modern single sink rather than a double sink. Maybe have 4 kitchen stoves instead of 8. This will help you have more counter space, and you will also save money which you can then use for other things that you want in your kitchen. 

 

TOP 16 DESIGN IDEAS FOR SMALL KITCHEN DESIGN NZ GUIDELINE

 

It is always good to consult professional renovation companies and designers to get advice before you commit to your kitchen renovation. These companies will help in achieving the functionality you require and the aesthetics that you want. They will recommend the best options available for you to create a kitchen that is right for your family They will also show you  3D models and rendered drawings of your kitchen will include materials, textures, and any fixtures so you can see what your kitchen would look upon completion.  

 

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This small kitchen (pictured above) was renovated in Greenlane, Auckland. Joanna and Steve had a closed in and old kitchen which needed an upgrade. We demolished a wall to make it more open plan and chose a neutral theme to make the kitchen look more airy and light. See Joanna and Steve’s full project details + before and after photos here.

 

10’x10’ vs 12’x12’  

Let us talk about what it would cost you in terms of square meters. For a 10’x10’, which is between 75 to 100+ square feet, you will be spending between $20,700 to $47,400. In comparison, if your kitchen size is 12’x12’, which is an average size for a small kitchen then remodelling it will cost you between $27,600 to $62,100 

 

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5. How much does it cost to remodel a large kitchen in NZ? 

For a large kitchen renovation (18 or more square meter) it will cost between $62,000 and $138,000. This could also include extensive work like double appliances, a double island, butler’s pantry and change in layout. 

 

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Before Renovation

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After renovation in Stanmore Bay

Project specifications (Pictured above) – Mary Stuart’s previous kitchen was old and closed off. We demolished the wall that was separating the kitchen from the living room to create a large open planned kitchen in a rustic style. See full project specs + Before and After

 

 Expert tip

Renovation Companies

Managing a kitchen renovation means that you will have to coordinate all different trades like carpenters to build cabinets, product suppliers, flooring installers, electricians, plumbers, painters, plasterers, designers, and kitchen installers. You will have to manage the trades, their timelines and resolve any conflict that may arise. However, most people do not have the time to manage a project effectively and they prefer employing a company that can manage the entire project for them. Such renovation companies usually  provide all the labour involved, have designers, supply materials, and provide appliances at trade prices. They have a project manager that coordinates supplier deliveries, manages all trades and ensures that the renovation is running in regards to the timeline. 

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This kitchen was renovated in Avondale from an old kitchen that was falling apart to a modern spacious kitchen.

 

See full before + after pictures and Project specifications for above kitchen

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6. How much do Renovation Companies charge you?

Renovation Service  Average Cost 
Electrical   $3,450 – $6,624
Plumbing $4,140- $8,280
Design consultation $552 – $4,830
Cabinetry $4,140 – $11,040
Appliances $3,450 – $12,420
Flooring $1,518 – $7,590
House Permits/approvable $138 – $1,242
Reface Cabinets $1,518 – $12,420
Repair Countertop $110.40 – $2,208
Brand-new Countertop $1,242 – $6,900
Splashback $552 – $828
Painting $1,380 – $3,450
Hardware $207 – $1,656 

 

Kitchen Cabinets 

What is the average cost for Kitchen Cabinets?

When you think about your kitchen, the first thing that pops into your head is the space available to store your dry groceries such as canned items, snacks, pasta bags and rice. The kitchen cabinets make a great impression when family and friends come over due to the various textures, materials and colours used within your kitchen renovation. You can expect to spend between $4,140 – $11,040 on an average. The more cabinets you built the more the cost of your kitchen goes up. If you are building top and bottom cabinets then the cost of your kitchen renovation will be higher than a kitchen with bottom cabinets only. 

  • Basic Kitchen Cabinet cost– keeping your original cabinets. Instead, you can simply replace your cabinet doors or hinges. You can also re-paint them with a fresh coat of paint. This would cost you between $103.50 – $207.00 per linear foot
  • Mid-range Kitchen Cabinets will cost between$138 – $1,242 per linear foot. You can custom built your cabinets through a renovation company with mid-range products. Most of our mid-range kitchens feature custom cabinet carcass and doors with MDF Melteca. 
  • Luxury Cabinets– You can use more high-end materials for luxury kitchens as budget is mostly not a problem. This will cost you around $2,070 per linear foot. 

 

Already have all your own trades and you’re comfortable managing them for your kitchen renovation?

Although we don’t recommend if you haven’t renovated a kitchen before and/or you don’t have trades people you can trust, most renovations if not all comes with it’s own surprises because not all homes are the same – this is where experience/project management plays an important role in minimises risks to maintain costs/delays giving you higher certainty of outcome/quality backed by associated guarantees and warranties.

However, if you do intend to manage the kitchen renovation yourself, it does work out more cost effective to contact a kitchen cabinetry manufacturer directly to get the kitchen cabinets designed, manufactured and installed – leaving you to manage the other trades such as flooring, demolition, painting, plastering, splashback/tiling, electrician, plumber, and sometimes a carpenter/builder.

 

Try Little Giant Interiors cost calculator below to see what you can expect to pay for cabinetry.

 

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Melteca destressed custom cabinets (Epsom)

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Melteca Oak wood look cabinets

 

See full project specs for Epsom Kitchen renovation (pictured above)

 

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinet – Average Cost 

We all want to Customise our own kitchen, but sometimes it is not always affordable. In such situations you might want to simply change your cabinet doors and handles. There are two inexpensive ways to achieve the results you are looking for. 

  1. Refinishing– removing old paint from existing cabinets and applying fresh coat of paint. However, make sure professionals do the refinish as they are trained to do so and will guarantee a good result. This way is very affordable for homeowners who wish to save and not spend so much. The cost will sit between $2,070 and $4,140.
  2. RefacingUsing existing cabinets but just changing the existing cabinet doors and adding on newer ones. In this option, homeowners get to choose the materials, colours, and design how they want to. Make sure ask the contractor for some recommendations for custom built option. With this option, it can cost between $4830 and $12,420.
  3. Additional Hardware’s This is not an option, but some homeowners love to experiment with their cabinets and drawers by adding handles or knobs to their custom-built kitchen. Newer Handles and Knobs starts from $2.76 to $27.6. 

Stellar ways to organise your kitchen cabinets 

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Kitchen Appliances 

Renovation companies recommend installing new quality appliances as it increases the overall value of your kitchen and home. You can expect to spend between $138 to $414 per appliance. Appliances can be costly and can increase your budget. Hence some homeowners tend to use their old and existing appliances to save costs especially if their current appliances are still working well. 

  • Basic Appliances – like microwave, garbage disposal and oven usually last a long time. If these appliances are in good working condition, then you do not need to buy new ones. You could save between $276 to $1380 if you are keeping some of your old appliances.
  • Energy Star-ratedWhy buy energy Star-rated appliances? This is because it will reduce your energy bills, increases lifespan, and home value as it makes your home more energy efficient. There are a lot of energy star rated appliances available today which means there is a choice for everyone regardless of their budget. Energy star rated appliance are however more expensive than basic appliances, but you will be saving more in the long run. Energy star rated appliances will star from $414 for microwaves, $1200 for dishwashers, $1150 for ovens and $1500 for fridges.
  • High-end Appliances– are appliances which have a greater lifespan and includes energy star. However, this option has some modern features like Bluetooth, sensors, and more. For these additional features, the cost will be around $1380 to $6900+ per appliance.
  • Do you want to Customise your appliances?This option is the most expensive, as they are usually built into your kitchen and can range between $2,070 to $13,800. Nothing needs to change within your kitchen, but the overall integrated look becomes more appealing. 

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Kitchen Countertops

A common question that our clients ask us is regarding the right countertop for their kitchen. This is because there are various materials available today with a huge difference in costs. Homeowners are usually looking for a countertop which is functional, hard-wearing, and water resistant.

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Custom built stone engineered countertop used for Mary’s kitchen. We made this engineered stone look like pattered granite with a shiny sheen. The pattern chosen above is called Autumn leaf and like its name has yellow and mustard undertones which complements the dark cabinets well.

 

For an affordable countertop, try using laminate, or stone engineered countertop. Stone Engineered countertop means man made stone which can be made into marble or granite. When it comes to cost, they are more likely to work for Basic and Mid-range kitchens. The total cost you will be spending on your countertop will be around $2760 to $6210. If budget is not a problem, then you can opt for natural stone like marble or granite. This cost for this will start from about $4000 and can go up till $7,000. If you are getting a luxury renovation, then you can also think about getting a concrete countertop. Concrete countertops are great for contemporary homes but are an expensive choice as they can range anywhere between $9,000 and $20,000.

The table below will show you the range of countertops that are provided and the cost. 

 

Countertop Material Cost per Square meter
Ceramic Tile $76.70- $153.30
Acrylic $30.10- $416.10
Formica $230- $460
Laminate $383- $613
Bamboo $383.3 – $920
Solid Surface $497.8- $924
Butcher Block $613.3- $920
Corian $613.3- $920
Concrete $613.3- $1226.7
Soapstone $613.3- $1303.3
Marble Cost $613.3 – $1533.3
Caesarstone $613.3- $1533.3
Paper stone  $613.3- $1533.3
Granite Cost $766.7 – $1533.3
Terrazzo  $766.7 – $1533.3
Quartz Cost  $766.7 – $1533.3
Onyx $766.7 – $3066.7
Limestone $996.7- $2300.00
Glass $1226.7- $1533.3
Copper $1533.3- $1993.3

 

Budget-friendly Tip- 

If you are looking for a cheaper option for your countertop then try and using your existing countertop and simply repair any damage that exists. 

Countertop professionals can provide restoring service, and this cost you around $110.40 – $2,208. 

 

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Kitchen Splashbacks 

Splashbacks is a key element in a kitchen as it makes cleaning easier. It is often found on the wall behind your stove so it can catch any splatters while cooking. Splashbacks should usually be made with materials that are easy to clean like glass, large tiles with lesser grout lines or engineered stones.

 

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Kitchen renovation in Parnell

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Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach

 

Project specifications

Kitchen renovation in Parnell (pictured above)
Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach (pictured above)

 

Ceramic tiles are a cost-effective option for a splashback if you are on a budget. Ceramic tiles are most popular in the market as they cost around $153.3/sq. meterAnother option you can think about is stainless steel splash back and that will cost about $383.3/sq. meter

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Kitchen Flooring Cost

Flooring is an important part of the kitchen as we spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Choosing the right type of flooring is important because your kitchen floor experiences a lot of wear and tear. It must be a material that is easy to clean, does not stain and is resistant to liquids. Before purchasing a flooring material, see if the flooring is durable, hard-wearing, waterproof, and comfortable.  

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Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: Ceramic tiles which mimic hardwood were installed for easy maintenance and as a cost effective option

See full project specs for above kitchen

 

For an affordable flooring option, laminated wood flooring is the most popular and cheap flooring you can purchase in Auckland. Aside from the fact that laminate flooring is the most popular now, it is wise to check with a professional for the right type of flooring option for you.  

For instance, 

  • Laminated Wood Flooring The laminated floor looks and feels like real wooden floors, but it is artificial. The cost of laminated flooring is around, $2,070 to $5,520. It is also easy to clean, durable and cost effective when on a tight budget.
  • Tilesare another great option for kitchen flooring as they can be easily maintained. Today’s advanced flooring technology allows us to create tiles that look and feel like wood. This means that you can get a beautiful timber or oak look without having the hassle to use natural wood which is hard to maintain.
  • If you are looking for a more luxurious option, we recommend homeowners to invest in floorings like Stone-based flooring from Tile depo. Stone-based flooring has lifetime warranty, 100% waterproof, easy maintenance, underflooring heating and stable to sunlight. The average cost for Stone-based flooring is approximately starts from $1,380 – $4,830. 

 

Flooring Options Average Cost 
Ceramic Tile $690 – $3,036
Wood Flooring $3,036- $6,900
Concrete Flooring $2,070- $9,522
Cork Floor $1,104- $2,208
Laminate Flooring $2,070- $5,520 
Linoleum Flooring $1,380- $3,450
Slate Floor $2,070- $4,830
Stone Flooring $1,380- $4,830
Vinyl Floor $1,656- $2,346
Bamboo Floors $828- $1,656
Marble Floors $2070- $6,624

 

 

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Mary Stuart’s design brief was to have a kitchen which looked like a Spanish Villa. This meant that we needed hardwood flooring. However, as hardwood floors are very hard to maintain we installed woodgrain tiles instead. These tiles look like wood and feel like wood but are far easier to maintain than hardwood floors.

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7. Cost of hiring a designer for your kitchen makeover in NZ. 

Some people might think that getting a designer is not necessary when renovating their kitchen. In some cases, renovation companies recommend getting a designer involved especially if they are going for a mid to luxury kitchen renovation. Designers can advise you on textures, colours, materials, and styles that are popular today. A designer will also create 3D models as well as renderingmodel of your kitchen with all the paint, materials, door handles, countertops, and appliances so you are able to visualise what your kitchen will look like after the renovation. A renovation company often has their own in-house designers that will work with the project managers throughout the renovation, so your drawings are turned into a living reality. 

 

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Above are a few elevations of 3D rendered drawings that our designer Dorothy  created for a client who needed a kitchen renovation.

 

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The kitchen above is an example of 3D renderings and designs that our designer Cici created for a client that needed a kitchen renovation in Parnell

 

 

Certified designers charge about $6,900+ or an average of $138 to $276 per hour in Auckland.

How to design a traditional, classic, cottage, modern, contemporary and industrial kitchen

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8. How much does Labour cost for renovating your kitchen?

Answer: To hire multiple labourers it will approximately cost between $2760 to $10,280. This would include plumbers, electricians, tilers, grouters, painters, plasterers, installers, builders, project managers, designers, and architects in case you need council permit. 

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Plumbing Cost

This only applies to homeowners who might need to replace or change the pipes in their homes. For instance, new pipping for sink, waste etc. However, each kitchen faucet has its own expense.

  • For a basic kitchen faucet, it costs around $207 to $414. The cost for kitchen faucets can however vary depending on the brand or style you choose. Certain designer faucets can cost up to $2000.
  •  The cost to install a kitchen sink and that is $345 to $828. 
  • Changing appliances also requires a plumber and that will cost you around $621 to $2480.

How much does it cost for Lighting and electricity work in your kitchen?

Answer: 

Electrical works cost about $69 to $138 per hour. This includes.

  • Installing recessed lighting 
  • Cables for new appliances – stove, microwave, washing machine and oven.
  • Light switches – plugs, USB ports, inside cabinet lights etc. 
  • Under cabinet lights. 

Changing gas lines can be a big expense as you need this to be done by professionals who are certified. The cost for this could range between $345 to $2,500.

Painting Cost

We recommend clients to get their kitchens professionally painted. This is because a good paint job by a professional will always give you better and long-lasting results as compared to if you do a DIY job at home. 

Professional painting is more expensive than regular painting as it includes plastering, gib stopping, applying 2 under coats, and 2 topcoats. Professionals will also cover your cabinets, help moving appliances away, and masking the electric ports.

It starts from $1,104 for small kitchens and can go up to $3,500 for larger kitchens.

Tilers and Flooring

If you are renovating your entire kitchen then chances are that you will also be changing your flooring. If you are installing laminate flooring, then you will have to hire a professional to help you install it. The average cost to supply and install laminate flooring is between $80 – $140 per square metre. To install laminate flooring, labour will cost between $50 – $80 per square meter. 

If you are installing tiles on your floors, then you will have to hire a tiler as well as grouter. The labour cost to tile an average kitchen will range from $1000 to $3500 depending on the complexity of the installation. If you are installing larger tiles, then the labour cost will be lower as there will be lesser grout lines. If you are installing smaller tiles, then the labour cost will be higher as there will be more grouting that will have to be done. 

Permits

In New Zealand, Auckland Council looks after your property permits. Permits are required if you are extensively changing the layout of your kitchen. When you change the layout of your kitchen, the plumbers will have to build additional pipes which need permit from the council. You would also need a permit if you were planning on demolishing a load bearing wall in the kitchen. 

What Auckland Council does is that they see what your architect has drawn and see if the remodels of your house can go further. Auckland council reviews the drawings by your architect for either the demolition of your load bearing wall, rewiring, or building additional pipes. Once they have approved the permits, your contractor will begin their work.  Building permits from Auckland Council cost you around $2500 – $6500. However, you must know that it takes about 1 to 5 months to get an approval from the council. Our advice is to send your permits earlier in the year, so the work can begin and finish before Christmas.

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9. How to remodel a kitchen on a budget?

 Whatever the reason, budgeting is important when renovating. This is especially true when you are about to invest in something that requires you to spend your hard-earned money. It is good to have a clear idea on what you want to spend so you can set a fixed budget for the renovation. It is good to get a fixed quote from your renovation company before committing to them. 

  We also ask our clients to have some extra money saved as there could be some unforeseen circumstances along the way. This could include finding water damage or rotten timber once the renovation is already underway. This could cost you an additional $1000 – $2000. 

Basic Kitchen on a Budget.

For a basic kitchen, the estimate to renovate your kitchen is around $20,700. You must know that when budgeting for a basic kitchen, you must pick your materials and install for yourself or finding professionals that are suitable to your budget. Please see table below for what budgeting plan that suits you. 

Basic, Mid-Range, High-end Kitchen on a Budget.  

Basic Kitchen   Mid-Range Kitchen  High-end Kitchen 
$20,700 max  $32,700- $41,400 > $41,400
This includes, 

  • Modernised Sink 
  • Granite Countertop 
  • Splashback 
  • Refacing Cabinates 
  • Refinish painting.
  • Upgraded appliances.
  • No change in layout
  • DIY
This includes, 

  • Stone Engineered countertop (marble or granite)
  • Kitchen designer
  • Customize your cabinets. 
  • Stone-based flooring 
  • Tiled flooring
  • Change in layout possible.
  • Adding an island
  • Project management
  • All trades included
You will have more freedom to Customise.

from start to end. 

For instance, 

  • Hiring Kitchen Designer 
  • Modern appliances 
  • New kitchen layouts
  • High end luxury products
  • Designer products
  • Natural stone countertops or concrete countertops
  • All trades included
  • Project management

Top 4 tips when renovating on a budget

  1. If you wish to save, then try D.I.Y projects. This is a great way to do things yourself as you get to customize and pick whatever materials you want. For instance, you can change cabinetry and do the painting yourself. This way you will save on labour costs as well as project management. However, you might want to consider hiring a professional for plumbing and electrical as these are specialised tasks. 
  2. Try and pick your own cabinetry. Try and decide if you want to reface or refresh your cabinets. Both these options are very affordable choices when for a budget kitchen. For instance, change cabinets doors or just remove old paint and repaint your cabinets. 
  3. Upgrade only essential things in your kitchen rather than what you desire. You might consider changing your cabinet door handles, shelving’s or even a fancy rose gold faucet at a later stage.
  4. Organise your budget well – If you are on a tight budget then chances are that you will have to manage your own project. Hiring a company that provides project management might not suit your budget. If you are managing your renovation, then make sure you are there every step of the way. It is a good idea to renovate in stages. 

10. Return on Investment (ROI) on a Kitchen Makeover in NZ

In compassion, about 54% to 80% return rate has been recorded. Real estate market has been very good and has increase since renovating in 2018. We want the best for you to gain something in return of your house. Hoping your kitchen increases higher than you spend on your kitchen. Note that, your ROI depends on the neighbour your live in too as for your future buyers look this as an advantage because of your area per square meter. Here are some statistics that would help you make the best decision for your kitchen. 

  1. For the cost of your Basic Kitchen, 80%will increase your home’s value in the market approximately around $23,430.
  2. For the cost of your Mid-range Kitchen, 59% will increase your home’s value in the market approximately around $52,440.
  3. For the cost of your Luxury Kitchen, 54% will increase your home’s value in the market approximately by around $92,460.

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11. 7 Tips on planning your Kitchen Renovation

Before 

Set a budget! Tell yourself, can you do it on your own, D.I.Y, or willing to hire a renovation company to do it for you. 

  1. See what is best for your kitchen layout! If need help, then you might want to consider a designer to help you with the layout of your kitchen.
  2. Think of your kitchen needs than your personal desires as you can invest on other things at a later day.
  3. Pick the aspects of your kitchen that need more attention and get help restoring them. This will help you reduce your budget; however, additional cost will apply when making changes in the future. 
  4. Renovating a kitchen takes between 6-8 weeks so make sure you are renovating at a time when you do not need your kitchen a lot. You could also consider creating a makeshift kitchen during the renovation process. 
  5. Make sure that you choose a renovation company that has good health and safety practices in place. Speak to your contractor about this and they will sort some things out for you as dust from renovating may cause long-damage to your health when breathing in the dust. Try a vacation! 
  6. Cleaning! Ask you contractor if you wish for a cleaning service and they will do that for you.

KITCHEN LAYOUT GUIDE TO CREATE A FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN DESIGN – 2021 EDITION

 

After 

  • After your renovation is complete, inspect your kitchen with your contractor and make sure you let them know of any errors you encounter.  
  • Also check if your kitchen is spotless after cleaning your kitchen dust.
  • Better to ask your contractor about your warranties for your appliances, materials, and workmanship once your renovation is complete. 
  • Lastly, most importantly, enjoy your kitchen!

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12. How to choose the right renovation company in Auckland?

9 things to look at before choosing your renovation company

  1. Research– Find at least three renovation companies thatyou can hire to renovate your kitchen. This can be done by asking friends and families. It would also be good to check the company’sprofile by looking at their website. When checking their website, you want to check out the company’s reputation like their testimonials, current projects or google reviews from customers.
  2. Meet the people – It is also good to meet the project manager from the company and have a chat with him/her about similar projects that they have done in the past. Ask them as many questions as you want. This will help you understand how your interaction is going to be with them for the duration of the project.
  3. QuotationDo not accept the first quote you get from a company. Get several quotes and compare them. Make sure that you get a fixed quote with possible variations clearly outlined. The cheapest company is not always the best company so choose carefully.
  4. Trust– It is important to check the companies’suppliers. Normally the renovation company will advertise them on the internet but, make sure you ask them about their suppliers. Choose a company that works with reputed suppliers who provide warranties and guarantees for their products. 
  5. Legitimate company- This is crucial aspect when deciding on the company that you wish to hire for your kitchen. All companies should have a practicing license to operate. Make sure you do some research about the company’s license on: https://companies-register.companiesoffice.govt.nz/
  6. Testimonials – Make sure you ask about their past kitchen remodels before choosing the company. This will help you see what the experience of their clients have been while renovations.
  7. Talk to past clients – You can ask the renovation company to give you a list of their past clients. Have a chat with these clients about their experience with the company. You can ask about the  materials they used for their cabinets, countertop, flooring or even the splashback. Another question to ask past clients would be to see if there were any faults? Were the past clients satisfied with their kitchen or were looking for something else?
  8. Insurance– Make sure that the renovation company has insurance in case of any mishap during the renovation. Another way to see if renovation companies have chosen is the right business is by checking if the company can handle the project as it is willing to finish on time by a date. This shows that the business is a healthy and thriving business with good systems in place. 
  9. The Contract– Get in touch with your bank, accountant, or lawyer with your decision to go to the next step. The kitchen remodels will draw you and contract with the steps, quotes, insurance, or a timeline of the project before signing it. It is recommended to see if both parties agree with the contract and wish to move to the next step. 

In conclusion, the cost of renovating a kitchen depends on various factors. Budget planning also depends on what your needs are and how you interact as a family in the kitchen. If you are renovating to sell or to add value for a better rental yield then you should just do an upgrade like changing cabinets and painting the room for a better return on investment.

If you are renovating to improve functionality and increase your quality of life then make sure that you choose materials that last you a long time and are easy to maintain. A designer will also help you improve the functionality of your kitchen by either changing the layout or maximising storage by incorporating innovate storage etc features.

A renovation company like ours provides a full service which includes cost for design, custom built countertops, cabinets, all trades like electricians, plumbing, tilers, grouters, painters, builders, council permits, appliances, fixtures and project management. 

 

KITCHEN RENOVATION PHOTOS FOR OUR TOP 16 RENOVATIONS IN AUCKLAND

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Featured Projects – Basic, Mid Range and Luxury

Basic Kitchens

Full kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

This kitchen was renovated for a young family with little kids which meant that we had to have a simple design and easy to clean materials. We used Tiled flooring, stone engineered countertop, and cabinets made of Melteca. We also built a custom pantry with pull out drawers for easy access.

See before + After pictures and full project specs.

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Full Kitchen renovation Hillsborough

The reason we renovated this kitchen was because the external wall was leaking and it needed to be repaired. Due to this our client experienced a lot of damage and hence decided to renovate. We renovated this kitchen in a simple style with low maintenance materials

See full kitchen transformation + Before and After pictures

 

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Before renovation

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After

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After

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Mid Range Kitchen renovations

Lynette and Henry’s Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach

Lynette and Henry was renovated with a dark stone engineered countertop, against white soft close cabinets to create a dramatic effect. Shades of grey and black were used in shape of hexagonal tiles for a backsplash to create interest and a focal point for the kitchen. Grey large tiles were used on the floor which were also continued to the dining room.

See full project details

 

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Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge

This cottage style kitchen was one of the first kitchens we renovated of this style. It features real wooden benchtop that was restored and coated to avoid wear and tear. The cabinets were custom built in the shaker style that is popular for cottage style homes.

See Full project specifications + More Pictures

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Luxury Kitchens

Guru and Neeta’s kitchen in Massey

This kitchen was extensively renovated with a change in layout that involved structural changes. Previously the space contained 3 separate rooms which were the dining, kitchen and living room. We demolished all the walls and renovated the entire area to make a large easy flowing space which was great for entertainment and family living.

See before and after pictures + full project specs

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to renovate my kitchen?

An average kitchen in Auckland will be between $22,000 - $30,000 if you are renovating with a renovation company. To see all the factors that determine the cost for a kitchen renovation you can read our kitchen cost guide : https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/kitchenrenovationcostnz

Do I have to get my own kitchen designer?

If you are renovating with us, we have in-house designers that will help you with advice as well as create 3D models and renderings of your finished kitchen before we start renovating.

Do I have to get my own electrician, plumbers or any other labourers?

We are a full kitchen renovation company. This means that our quotes include design, supplying of all fixtures, custom built benchtops, custom build cabinets, electricians, flooring, lighting, plumbing, painters, plasterers and a project manager to oversee the entire renovation. You will not have to get any additional trademen.

How do I renovate my kitchen on a tight budget?

Planning is key when renovating on a budget. if you are looking at renovating to resell or add value then we would recommend upgrading a few things like cabinet doors, countertops and painting the kitchen. This should cost you between $4,000 to $10,000. If you are doing a DIY job then the price can get cheaper.

 


If you’re looking for “specific” cost estimates, try our Renovation Cost Calculator Tools

 


Further Resources for your house renovation

  1. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
  2. Real client stories from Auckland

Need more information?

Take advantage of our FREE Complete Home Renovation Guide (48 pages), whether you’re already renovating or in the process of deciding to renovate, it’s not an easy process, this guide which includes a free 100+ point check list – will help you avoid costly mistakes.

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 


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    New Kitchen Remodel Cost in NZ: Basic, Mid-Range & Luxury (2023)

    Most people in Auckland want to renovate their kitchen because their old kitchen does not suit their family’s lifestyle. Some kitchens are too old and shabby while others are just not functional. New Kitchen cost in NZ can range from $18,000 to $120,000 depending on many factors.

    However, not everyone has a $100,000 budget to renovate a new kitchen. Most people want a simple upgrade and are only willing to spend between $18,000 to $30,000 for a new kitchen.

    For the purpose of this article, we will explore kitchen cost options if you are renovating with a renovation company in Auckland and not DIY kitchens. When renovating with a renovation company your quotes will most include the cost for all fixtures, renovation materials, project management, council permits if any, all trades like plumbers, electricians, tilers, builders, installers, carpenters etc and project management. This section of our article will explore how to renovate a new kitchen on a budget. This is possible if the kitchen renovation is planned well and if your kitchen designer has a good knowledge of the renovation materials available today.

    If you would like to see an average cost guide  for a kitchen remodel in NZ, then check out the article below:

    https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/how-much-is-a-new-kitchen-remodel-cost-in-nz/

    Table of Content 

    1. How much does it cost to renovate a basic kitchen in Auckland? ⇓ 

    – Layout for basic kitchens
    – Cabinets and storage for basic kitchens
    – Countertop for basic kitchens
    – Appliances for basic kitchens
    – Flooring for basic kitchens
    – Lighting for basic Kitchens

    2. How much does it cost to renovate a Mid-range kitchen in Auckland? ⇓ 

    – Kitchen layout for mid-range kitchens
    – Cabinets and storage for mid-range kitchens
    – 6 Ways to maximise storage for mid-range kitchens
    – Countertop for mid-range kitchens
    – Appliances for mid-range kitchens
    – Flooring for mid-range kitchens
    – Lighting for mid-range kitchens
    – SMART kitchens

    3. How much does it cost to renovate a luxury designer kitchen in Auckland? ⇓ 

    – Hiring a kitchen designer for your kitchen design
    – Custom cabinets and materials for cabinet fronts
    – Joinery for your cabinets
    – Butler’s pantry or walk in Pantry
    –  Natural stone Countertops
    – Luxury designer splashbacks
    – Feature walls for open plan kitchen
    – Designer appliances to suit your kitchen design
    – Luxury natural stone tiles and kitchen flooring
    – Planning the lighting of your kitchen
    – Electric work and SMART kitchens

     

     


    Cost comparison for New Kitchen remodelling in New Zealand

     

     

    Basic Level

    Mid-range Level

    Luxury Level

    $16,560 –$28,990

    $32,000

    $45,000

    Up to

    $173,880

    Same Layout-

    • Refacing cabinets
    • Refinish paints, stain etc.

    Kitchen Storage-

    • Pull out bins, spick racks, condimental drawers.
    • Cabinet handles included.

    Basic Materials-

    • Stone Engineered marble/granite/wood or Laminate countertops.
    • Laminated/ Linoleum & Luxury vinyl kitchen flooring.
    • Ceramic tiles option for flooring
    • White tile Splashback
    • Using MDF Meleta materials for cabinets & Bestwood

    Electric Work-

    • Installing LED light bulbs.
    • Upgrading essential appliances
    Choice to change layout-

    •  Install a kitchen Island- waterfall or an overhang countertop.
    • High-quality MDF Melteca cabinet doors with painting included.

    Customise your kitchen storage –

    • Better quality built-in bins, spice rack, magic corners
    • existing pantry with pull out drawers. 
    •  Installing Hefelle hinges & Blumotion (Soft Close) on your cabinets  
    • Designer handles for cabinets optional

    Mid-range materials-

    • High-quality Stone Engineered countertops.
    • Tiled or Neptune stone-based flooring.  
    • Designer tiled, glass, mosaic Splashback.  
    • Making your appliances, dishwasher, fridge, invisible by adding your cabinet material on top.

    Smart Kitchen/lights features- 

    • LED lights under cabinets, invisible ports.
    • Energy-star rated appliances.
    • Designer kitchen pendent lights.
    Hiring a Kitchen Designer-

    • Customize your kitchen layout.
    • Plumbing
    • Advice on materials – Mix different textures, materials, and finishes
    •  Spacing/Storage planning
    • appliances

    Customise your kitchen storage-

    • A Butler’s kitchen
    • Walk in Pantry.

    Designer materials- Flooring, cabinets, countertops, splashbacks

    • Granite, Marble and Concrete countertop .
    • Tribeca collection from Tile depot for splashbacks
    • Stone based composite polymer, porcelain tiles – include the tile depot range of Urban cement collection and natural stone tiles
    • Natural wood, Porcelain tiles on MDF (neolith), Lacquer on MDF, Timber Veneer, MDF Vs Plywood Vs Particle board for your carcass for cabinets

    Custom build Cabinetry-

    • TIP-ON- open and closing cabinet doors when you press.
    • Soft close cabinets and drawers, pull out systems ,blum Legra box.
    • pull out pantry drawer system
    • details on cabinets
    • Designer handles
    • Joinery
    • Hinges

    Smart Kitchen/Light features-

    • Style options for kitchen appliances
    •  Task, Ambient lighting and Accent lighting
    •  Invisible appliance with cabinet door covering on top.
    • Sensor lights in pantry or cabinets
    •   Voice or remote controller for lights
    • Luxury crystal chandler as a pendent light

     

    Already have all your own trades and you’re comfortable managing them for your kitchen renovation?

    Although we don’t recommend if you haven’t renovated a kitchen before and/or you don’t have trades people you can trust, most renovations if not all comes with it’s own surprises because not all homes are the same – this is where experience/project management plays an important role in minimises risks to maintain costs/delays giving you higher certainty of outcome/quality backed by associated guarantees and warranties.

    However, if you do intend to manage the kitchen renovation yourself, it does work out more cost effective to contact a kitchen cabinetry manufacturer directly to get the kitchen cabinets designed, manufactured and installed – leaving you to manage the other trades such as flooring, demolition, painting, plastering, splashback/tiling, electrician, plumber, and sometimes a carpenter/builder.

     

    Try Little Giant Interiors cost calculator below to see what you can expect to pay for cabinetry.

     

    Find out more about-

     how much it costs averagely to renovate a kitchen in NZ (2021). 

     


     

    How much does a New Kitchen remodel cost in NZ? – Basic Kitchen 

     

    Firstly, you might want to think about the kitchen layout. For instance, how big do you want your kitchen to be? Are you going to keep your kitchen layout the same, or are you going to make some changes? What style do you want your kitchen to be? Do you want modern, traditional, or contemporary features? These are some good questions to ask yourself before you contact a renovation company.

     


    1. Kitchen Layout for a New Kitchen remodel on a budget

    Most of the time a change in layout is not possible in a basic kitchen renovation. Changing the layout or moving your island, sink or plumbing will increase the cost of your kitchen renovation especially if you are on a budget.

     

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    Before Basic Kitchen in Papatoetoe


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    After Basic makeover in Papatoetoe

    Check out this basic kitchen’s case study:  Papatoetoe

     

    If you are more likely to stay with your original kitchen layout, then in that case your cost will decrease, so you might want to consider staying with your existing layout of your kitchen. It is however possible to create a budget friendly kitchen if you choose your renovation materials carefully. We will now discuss the different elements of your new kitchen when on a budget.


     

     

    2. Cabinetry and Storage for basic kitchen remodel

    The biggest expense in a new kitchen is cabinets. Do some research and get an idea of the kind of look you want for your kitchen cabinets. If you have an overly large kitchen then you might want to think about just changing its doors or changing cabinets that are damaged. This is where we use your standard cabinets and we remove old paint, stain, sanding and repairing the same boxes, and re-apply paint to the same wood of choice.

     

    Building entirely new cabinets is also possible but you will have to use mid-range materials like MDF. Melteca and Goodwood are two of the most popular MDF brands in Auckland. MDF in simple terms is manufactured wood from a factory. It is easier to clean than natural wood and has a better finish compared to acrylic. Melteca and Goodwood carry a budget friendly range for their products which come in various textures and designs.

     

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    Waterproof Plywood boards

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     Mary Stuart’s Melteca Oak wood finish  in Standmore Bay  

     

    See Case Studies:

    Historic Melteca finish in Epsom

    Melteca Oak Wood Finish look in Standmore Bay 

     

    Storage is the second most important aspect of a well planned kitchen. Most kitchens in Auckland feature an open plan setting which means that they must have good storage, so the kitchen does not look cluttered.

     

    To create an uncluttered look, think about installing a cutlery drawer, spice racks, pull out bins, magic corners etc. We recommend allocating a substantial part of your budget on your cabinets and storage because you want them to last a long time.

     


    3.What kind of countertop is right for my basic kitchen?

    Countertops are another important feature for your kitchen. It is vital to choose a countertop that will be resistant to water, is durable and hard-wearing. There are many options available for budget friendly kitchens and our recommendations are as follows:

     

    • Laminate countertopsLaminated Countertops is a material that has a lot of different colours and styles. This material is long lasting, stain resistance and has natural heat. Laminate countertops remains one of the top materials in New Zealand when renovating a kitchen. So, why is it one of the top materials? Laminate is a great material for people who wish to renovate their kitchen on a budget as it is $150 per square meter. Laminate does however have its drawbacks as it can be easily stained.
    • Stone EngineeredEngineered Stone is the most popular and common countertop used in Auckland for new kitchens. So what is a stone engineered countertop? A stone engineered countertop simply means that the stone is manufactured in a factory instead of natural stone. The benefits of stone engineered stone is that through technology, manufacturers can manipulate the stone for added benefits like higher durability, better designs and is cost effective. Stone engineered countertops are often made of 90 percent Quartz. This material is a great option for first kitchen renovators as Quarts is affordable and available with a range of variety of textures in New Zealand. Stone engineered is not just durable but comes with 10 years of warranty and is scratch resistant.

     

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        Stone Engineered Countertop in Papatoetoe

     

    Houzz states that stone engineered countertops can range between $520 to $1200 per square meter.

    Read: Different Kitchen styles and elements that make each style (Traditional kitchens, classic kitchens, contemporary kitchens, cottage style and modern kitchens)


    4. What appliances can I get for a basic kitchen?

    The first step is to see what appliances you want to upgrade. This can be from stovetop to dishwasher. Here is a tip! However, if your budget does not include high maintenance appliances then do not worry. We have got your back and just think about the existing appliances are working and the other appliances that need more attention. This could help you save a huge amount, and you can use that with other upgrades in your kitchen remodeling.

     

    Appliances are another major factor when thinking about kitchen renovation as they are needed for cooking, baking, warming up, and refrigeration. To stay within your budget, only buy appliances that your really need. If some of your appliances are working well then there is no need to buy new ones.

     

    When picking appliances, see what models have great reviews and only buy good-quality appliances that will last a long time. Having good quality appliances will also increase your house valuation if you do plan to sell your home in the future.

     


    5. Flooring

    Choosing the right type of kitchen flooring is important as kitchens are usually a high traffic area and are prone to food and water spillage. You might want to think about the texture of the material you choose as a good kitchen flooring should be easy to clean, hard-wearing, and water-resistant, (hard for water to get through). There are four  great options for a basic new kitchen in NZ:

     

    • Linoleum FloorsLinoleum flooring is a natural eco-friendly material. It does however need regular maintenance and might not be suitable for families with young children. For instance, Linoleum flooring is likely to get damage because of the moisture in the water and, will wear off with time. Linoleum can also make a home look dated so it might not be a great option for everyone.
    • Luxury VinylAs technology has developed, the properties of vinyl have also improved. Luxury Vinyl is a type of vinyl that is more durable than regular vinyl. There are also a lot more options available in terms of textures and designs. It is a budget friendly option for kitchens as it is quite inexpensive compared but need more maintenance compared to tiles.
    • Laminate FloorsLaminate flooring is more durable and water resistant compared to Linoleum and vinyl flooring. The Flooring is a laminated wood face floor that looks and feels like wooden floors. Laminate flooring comes in various textures and designs which means that it looks great in open plan kitchens due to their aesthetic element. They can be made to look and feel like wood which is great for people who want a wooden floor look. Laminated floors are a cheaper alternative compared to wood floors. They are also easier to maintain compared to wooden floors as they can be made to be 100% waterproof.
    • Ceramic and Porcelain TilesCeramic and porcelain tiles are also a good cost effective tiles for basic kitchens. They are easy to clean, are durable and water resistant. You will also have a great variety of textures to choose from which means that you will be a able to create a beautiful kitchen for the fraction of the cost. They can however be cold on your feet in winter and can cause foot fatigue if stood on for too long. To combat this you can put soft rugs which are warmer and more comfortable for your feet.

     

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    Tiled Flooring kitchen Renovation in Bucklands Beach


     

     

    6. Lighting

    Natural lighting is important for a kitchen to showcase its beauty as well as for cooking, preparing, cleaning, and hosting parties. Upgrading your current light fixtures with new ones will not cost you a lot.

     You can also completely do away with wall lights and opt for LED lights on the ceiling. You can install energy saving LED lights which will also help you keep your energy bill low. To add to the aesthetics of your kitchen, you can also use pendent lighting above the island if you have one.

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    How much does a new kitchen remodel cost in NZ – Mid Range Kitchens

    As discussed above a basic new kitchen would cost between $16,560 to $28,990. A mid-range kitchen renovation cost in NZ costs between 32,000 to $45,000. In a mid-range kitchen, you have more flexibility and options in terms of change in layout and materials.

    A mid-range kitchen would include a change in layout, custom-made cabinetry, stone engineered countertops/marble countertops, kitchen appliances, tiled flooring etc. This new kitchen makeover guideline shows an estimate to renovate for a mid-range level kitchen.

    If you are looking for glamorous, budget-friendly, small, and large kitchen renovation cost, do check out the link below as it shows a range of cost for different renovations.

     


    1. How much does it cost to change the layout for a mid-range level kitchen in NZ?

    Changing the layout of your kitchen means that you might want to change the plumbing as well as electric wiring in the kitchen. Changing the layout of the kitchen adds up to your overall kitchen renovation cost. If you wish to keep the kitchen layout the same, then it will cost you somewhere around $29,000. However, you want to add an island or change your current layout then you expect to pay more than $32,000. For instance, if your existing layout is not functional then you might want to consider changing your stove, sink or cabinetry around.

    The most popular layouts that are possible for a mid-range kitchen are as follows:

    • Galley kitchen
    • U shaped kitchen
    • L-shaped kitchen
    • Island Kitchen
    • Peninsular kitchen
    • Two island kitchens

    For more layout ideas and tips, check if you need more help.

     

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     After Kitchen layout renovation

     

     


    2. Cabinets, Doors, and handles

    When renovating a mid-range new kitchen remodel cost in NZ , you will have a lot more choice in materials, textures and designs for your cabinets and door handles.

    The material that you would be using at this level would be MDF Melteca. MDF Melteca is surface that most kitchen remodels use in New Zealand. Melteca has various ranges of materials and it is highly popular in NZ as it is affordable, easy to clean and highly durable.

    You could choose a more premium range of MDF for your cabinets. We work with Melteca and Goodwood brands to custom built all cabinets. You can use Melteca’s high gloss premium range for your mid-range kitchen.

    You can also customise your MDF cabinets by wrapping it with Dezignatek Thermoform with any pattern you like to create a traditional, vintage, classic or modern look. For example the cabinets below were wrapped with a Rhonda pattern to give them a vintage look.

    • The front of the drawers and cabinets were wrapped in Dezignatek Thermoform with a ‘Ronda’ pattern to give the cabinets a vintage look.

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    If your budget allows then you can also custom-build cabinets made of real wood but they are often very hard to maintain and hence MDF remains a popular choice for kitchen cabinets.


    3. Door handles and Blumotion

    Our mid-range kitchens often feature soft close cabinets and hinges from Blum and Hafelle. Soft close cabinets are drawers from BLUM allow your cabinets to close softly and without any effort even if they are slammed shut. This feature is great for homes with young children or when you have a busy day in the kitchen.

    Hinges from Hefelle and Blum will also last you longer as they are very durable due to their superior technology and will not rust.

    If you are going for a modern or contemporary look then you can also opt for a no-handle set up with LED lights above them. This will give you a seamless and uncluttered look especially if you have a small open plan kitchen.

    If you want a cottage style or traditional style kitchen then you can also install brass handles to give it a more vintage feel. To give it a cleaner and more classic look you can also install matte knobs against white cabinets for contrast.

    For more :

    types of kitchen styles like traditional, modern, cottage, contemporary, industrial and classic

     

     


    4. Storage for a kitchen makeover NZ

    When taking about cabinetry, we talked about the way your cabinet looks and how it feels but now let us talk about the storage inside your kitchen. Having good kitchen storage is an important feature of a functional kitchen.

    Kitchen storage can be useful to store dry foods, small appliances, cutlery, pots, pans, plates etc. Most homeowners like to store their things in places like in the panty, drawers, shelves, or their kitchen island. Check out this link for more comprehensive ways to organise your cabinets

     

    6 ways to maximise storage for your mid-range kitchen

    1.Magic corners
    magic corners can be created for cabinets that are in the corner of your kitchen. They allow you to reach the corner space inside your cabinets which are often hard to reach. Most of our clients prefer using magic corners from BLUM.

    2.Cutlery drawers and spice racks
    due to our busy lifestyles, it is important that our kitchen is always well organised. You can get custom built drawers with compartments for your cutlery and spice racks. Also remember to put your cutlery drawer next to your crockery drawer and as a top drawer. Also ensure that your spice rack is next to the stove, so it is easy to access them when you are cooking.

    3.Custom build condiment drawer
    You can also make a custom built condiment drawer which pulls out. For example, if you see the condiments drawer below, it does not have any cabinet planks on either side which makes it easy to view your condiments when cooking. This saves time and energy when looking for what you have in your shelves.

     

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    Spice Rack storage  in Hillsborough

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    Magic Corners storage  in Hillsborough

    4.Pantry with pull out drawers

    it might not be possible to make a walk in pantry for a mid-range kitchen but that does not mean that you cannot have a well organised pantry. This a great feature for homeowners who seek extra storage for their dry foods, carbs, sauces etc. The pull out drawers is located inside the pantry and this feature is very useful when customising your drawers as it helps you to be organised and it helps you find what you are looking easily.

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    Kitchen renovation cost for custom-built pantry with pull out drawers in Papatoetoe 

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    5.Pull out bins

    Pull out rubbish and recycling bins cab be installed within a cabinet which makes your space more hygienic as there are no extra bins on the floor. It also helps the area look uncluttered and cumbersome. Remember to install your pull out bins near your sink area because, it will be easier for you to throw extra waste or recycle their empty products.

     

    6.Island which doubles as storage 

    Another option for a mid-range kitchen is to add a kitchen island. A kitchen island can be incorporated within layouts like U-shape, L-shape or even a galley, depending, on the space you have left for family entertainment or preparing food. An island can also be used in multiple ways in your kitchen, for instance, you can have extra storage underneath your island with drawers, you can have a stovetop or even a sink in the middle of your island. Another way to customise your kitchen island is to have a waterfall edge for your countertop or have your exposed countertop hanging off the edge, so that can leave space for your bar chairs. In fact, to renovate a kitchen island is going to cost you between $4,000 to $6,000.

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    5.Kitchen Countertops

    In New Zealand, renovation companies recommend homeowners to invest in Engineered stone countertop as they are affordable, durable, resistant to water, anti-bacterial and hard-wearing.

    For a mid-range kitchen, you will be able to afford a stone engineered countertop of a more superior quality and design.

    Luxury Engineered stone countertops are made from crushed marble and granite as it is a popular choice. You can choose a countertop with either sparkles ingrained within it or with ingrained designs or an overhang island for a luxurious look. You also choose to have a thicker countertop with waterfall edges for a contemporary look. If you have a thicker countertop then it will cost, you more than if you choose a less thick countertop.

     

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    Mary Stuart’s countertop in NZ

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    Lynette and henry’s countertop remodel in Bucklands beach 

    Stone Engineered countertops options for kitchen renovation in  NZ 

     

    If your budget allows then you can choose a natural granite countertop which is more expensive than engineered stone. You can also install a real timber countertop, but this will have to be treated before installation. We would not recommend this countertop for people who have busy lives as a timber countertop needs to be maintained regularly.

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    Splashbacks

    Splashbacks are important as they catch any splatters made while cooking and also prevents from damaging the paint of your walls. Splashbacks are often installed above the stove top and sink area.

    Tiles, mosaic tiles and glass tiles are three great material options when choosing a backsplash for your kitchen. Ruth from Tile Depot recommends using the Tribecca collection of tiles for splashbacks as it instantly elevates the look of your kitchen. Tribecca tiles look like handmade tiles which look textured but are actually very easy to clean.

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    Cost for a Tribeca Splashbacks for a mid-range kitchen renovation in NZ 


    6. Essential Kitchen appliances cost for a mid-range level kitchen renovation in NZ.

    When choosing your kitchen appliances, make sure your appliances are position in a way that is most convenient to you when preparing food or cleaning up. For instance, install your dishwasher next to your sink so your cleaning process will be easy. Another example is having your fridge between your stove and sink as you will be able to grab things much faster. Positioning your oven underneath your stove or place it at a closer distance to your cooktop. This is because when cooking or cleaning, the oven bar can come in your way and it will make it harder for you to move around, cleaning can also be a challenge if the oven is above or below eye level. Instead place your oven at eye-level to make cleaning easier and it can also be convenient when taking things in and out of the oven.

    Choose your appliances well and check their energy star rating before making the purchase. Choose energy star rated products because it helps reduce your energy bill, they have a longer lifespan and come with an extended warranty.  Unlike in a basic kitchen renovation, you will be able to change all your appliances to new ones.

    Our mid-range kitchen renovation clients often use SMEG, Samsung, and Bosch for their appliances as this fit in easily with their budget. A freestanding mid-range oven from SMEG will cost you between $25000 – $4,000 if you are buying through a renovation company. This free standing oven often has a gas top, a warmer and single oven.

     

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      SMEG dishwasher used in a West harbour for a Mid-range kitchen renovation
    • Bosch is another great brand for stovetops, ovens dishwashers, waste disposal, and rangehoods. Bosch is a more cost effective brand compared to SMEG and is very durable. You can expect to spend around $414 for microwaves, $1150 for modern ovens, and $1500 stain steel fridges.
    • SMEG has an extensive range when it comes to price and makes appliances for mid to high range kitchen renovations. SMEG appliances are more suited for people who want a designer element in their kitchen. They come in various designs and styles to suit most tastes.

     

    If you want a seamless and clean look then you can hide your appliances by building cabinet doors on top of them. This can be done by building cabinet doors on top of the appliances. However, only certain brands and appliances will be compatible enough to build cabinet doors on.  We will not recommend you build hideaway ovens and microwaves as they can be a health and safety hazard.

     


    7. Kitchen Flooring

    Your kitchen should ideally be staining free, waterproof, and easy to clean, comfortable and, most importantly, hard-wearing.  You will have a lot more options to choose from for a mid range kitchen as compared to basic kitchens.

    • Tilesare often a popular choice for Kitchen flooring as they are easy to maintain and durable. Ceramic and Porcelain tiles remain popular for kitchen floors as they are versatile and come in various designs and textures.
    • Porcelain tiles are better recommended for kitchens as they are more durable and harder to damage. They are more expensive than ceramic tiles, but you will get a lot more design options for porcelain tiles. Porcelain can be made to mimic stone and wood which can elevate your kitchen design.

    Tiles can however be cold in winter or hard on your feet when you are cooking for long periods of time. To combat this, you can either install underfloor heating or put some soft rugs on your kitchen.

    •  Luxury Laminate Flooring is also another option for kitchen flooring. They are warmer than tiles but are not water resistant which could be an issue with maintenance. If you are installing laminate flooring, then make sure that you wipe away any water spills immediately.
    • Hybrid Neptunehas a new range of kitchen flooring called the stone polymer composite. This hybrid flooring is great for mid-range kitchens as it has all the best properties of stone and laminate. The stone used in Limestone and the Neptune SPC is water resistant, warm, soft on the feet, and muffles the sound of your footstep.

     

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    Hybrid Neptune Rustic Oak flooring(Tile Depot, 2021)

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    Hybrid Neptune Soho Smoke flooring (Tile Depot, 2021)

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    Ruth from Tile depot says that this is a much better alternative compared to tiles or laminate and does not require any underfloor heating. It is also very durable and comes in many finishes. It will also not get damages due to sun or extreme cold weather.

     


    8. Smart Kitchen features and Lighting

    Good lighting is necessary in a kitchen as it needs to be a bright space as most of the cooking and entertaining happens here. You can use recessed lighting on the ceilings as well as LED lights above splashback, underneath cabinets and door handles which can be dimmed or made brighter in accordance with the mood you want to create.

    You want lights that are low heat emission and longer lifespan. LED lights gives your new kitchen a nice medium tone of light. It is recommended that we should not get lights that are not so bright or dim, just in the middle as the lights have a large impact on us and our guest.

    You can also add sensor lighting and blue tooth lighting which can be switched on and off through the command of your voice. You can also change the colour of these lights with the help of your phone, remote or voice. You can also add pendent lighting above your islands or dining area to create further depth in your kitchen design.

     

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    LED Lighting under cabinets in Massey  

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    Change lighting settings with a remote controller in Parnell 

     

    You can also install USB ports on the wall so you can charge your phone while cooking. also install push down electric ports on your countertop which can be pushed down inside the countertop when you do not need them, and you can bring it up when plugging in any appliance.

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    Guru and Netta’s modern style invisible plugs that hid away in the countertop 

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    How much does a New Kitchen remodel cost in NZ – Luxury kitchens

    The kitchen is a best way to give an overall impression for your guests especially in open planned kitchens. To renovate a brand-new luxury kitchen in New Zealand is between $50,000 and up to $173,880. A luxury kitchen has no limitation to cost, and we recommend you still spend your money wisely as you will be spending a lot for a custom-build kitchen.

    In a luxury kitchen you will be spending on a new kitchen layout, custom built kitchen storage, cabinets, high-quality countertops, marble flooring, designer flooring and brand-new appliance.

    The biggest difference in mid-range and luxury kitchens is that in luxury kitchens your budget allows you to incorporate high end and premium materials.

    Do check our table above to see what other things include in a high-end kitchen and, read our pervious article on how much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in NZ in 2021?

     


    1. Hiring a kitchen designer for your layout

    When you are building a high-end kitchen, you have the freedom to customise your kitchen from start to end. This is where you will hire a kitchen designer and they will advise you on what materials, colours and what your style will look like by creating 3D models and renderings.

     

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    Above are a few elevations of 3D rendered drawings that our designer Dorothy created for a client who needed a kitchen renovation.

     

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    The kitchen above is an example of 3D renderings and designs that our designer Cici created for a client that needed a kitchen renovation in Parnell

     

    Layout is very important when it comes to interior designer because they need design accordingly to the plumbing points and electric wiring for cooktops. However, when renovating a luxury kitchen, you have the flexibility or changing your plumbing and rewiring to suit the layout you want.

    Storage and countertop benches are the most essential things when renovating a new kitchen.

    Check out some top 5 crucial tips that Dorothy (our in-house kitchen designer) has recommended:

    1. Plumbing and Electrical Ports If you are trying to keep your kitchen renovation cost at a lower end of your budget then do not move your wiring and plumbing as this will significantly increase costs. Keep your stove and sink in the same position that it is currently in.
    2. Advice on materials– A kitchen designer will also help you understand more about the renovation materials that you can incorporate in your kitchen design. They will help your combine different materials, textures and colours to create a beautiful kitchen. Due to their industry experience they will have knowledge about the innovation in materials and what is more suited for your family’s needs.
    3. Space planning and work triangle – When designing your kitchen layout from scratch, you might want to think about the foot space in your kitchen. Your kitchen designer will design your kitchen layout in accordance to the work triangle.

    Superior article about layouts: https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/kitchen-layout-planning-guide-to-achieving-a-good-kitchen-design/

    A work triangle measures how effectively your kitchen is planned. It makes sure that there is a clear pathway from your stove to the cleaning area and your refrigerator. This triangle should have no other foot traffic in its pathway. You want to be able to comfortably work in your kitchen.

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    1. Appliances should be close by when moving around the kitchen like your sink should be opposite your stove or oven, microwave, or dishwasher.
    2. Storage planningYour kitchen design should include designated areas for storing all your cookware, spices, large appliances, and crockery. This will determine how you built your cabinets throughout your kitchen. For example, if you are storing your large appliance like a bread maker or a mixer in the left side of your kitchen then you have to make sure that the cabinet has the space and height to fit them. If you do not plan your designated storage areas then you might have a kitchen that can either not fit your appliances or have space that is wasted.
    3. Kitchen islands Luxury kitchens often feature kitchen islands in their kitchen designs. If you do not have space for a kitchen island, then you can explore the option of knocking some walls down to expand the space of your kitchen.

    kitchen islands are a great addition for your kitchen as they give you extra counter space for food preparation and are a great entertainment area. You can also add two islands if you have a large kitchen area. Just like mid-range kitchens you can add extra cabinets, put a stove top, and add bar stools.

    To hire a kitchen designer, you will be spending around $6,900 or between $138 to $276 per hour in New Zealand.

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    2. Customised Cabinets, Cabinet features and Joinery

    Cabinets

    Luxury kitchen cabinet doors are made from high-end quality materials which start from $2,070 per linear foot. When you are planning to renovate a high-end kitchen renovation, then think about getting materials that will last longer and have design features.

    Depending on what type of style you want for your kitchen, you have the freedom to customise your cabinetry options to either modern, traditional, contemporary, classic, cottage style or industrial.

    • Natural wood  like Timber is a great option for your cabinet doors and drawers. You will have to make sure that it is treated so that it is not easily damaged. They have a natural beauty that gives it a will make your kitchen timeless. Depending on the wood you choose, you will be able to incorporate various hues like oak, maple, pine etc.

     

    Pro tip: If you are using natural wood for your cabinets then make sure that they are treated and polished every 1-2 years to ensure longevity.

     

    • Porcelain tiles on MDF (neolith) can be installed on your MDF cabinet boards to create a feel of luxury on your cabinet and drawer doors. Neolith is one of our preferred suppliers for porcelain tiles as they have an extensive range in textures and colours. Attaching porcelain tiles on MDF boards allows us to create designer kitchens in various styles. For example, you can use porcelain tiles that look and feel of cement to create an industrial style kitchen. Cabinets with Porcelain tiles require very good quality joinery and hinges to support the heavy weight of the porcelain tiles. We will discuss more about joinery a bit later in the article.

     

    Pro tip: Cabinets with porcelain tiles attached on them will last you a long time. They will not be worn out easily and are great for families with kids. They can be heavy so you will have to choose your joinery and hinges carefully.

     

    • Lacquer on MDF

      has been a popular choice for luxury kitchen cabinets because of its extensive range in colours and styles. Lacquer cabinets have 2 coats of paint applied to your cabinets with a high gloss finish. They are an expensive choice because you need a specialised skill set to create these cabinets. While they are waterproof to an extent, they should be regularly maintained as prolonged contact with water can warp them. They are also prone to fading if they are in contact with direct sunlight too often. They might have to be repainted every 5-10 years depending on its wear and tear.

     

    Pro tip: If you have children in your household then we would recommend not using lacquered cabinets as they are prone to superficial scratches which will compound over time.

     

    • Timber Veneer

      is basically manufactured wooden veneers which are attached on your MDF carcass. We often work with Bestwood and Melteca for wooden veneers as our clients can choose from an extensive range in colours, textures, and patterns for their kitchen cabinets. Luxury timber veneers like the woodgrain range from Melteca are a great alternative compared to natural wood as they are made to be more durable and require less maintenance. They emulate wood in how they feel and look but can also be manipulated to the exact look that you require which is often hard with natural wood.

     

    • MDF Vs Plywood Vs Particle board for your carcass

    Plywood and MDF are a better choice compared to particle board for the carcass of your cabinets as they are more water resistant and are much sturdier. We recommend using Plywood for your carcass when creating cabinets under your cleaning or sink area. This is because plywood is more water resistant compared to MDF. You can however use MDF for the rest of the cabinets in your kitchen. MDF and plywood have similar qualities when it comes to aesthetics and durability.

    Details on your cabinets

    You can also add crown moulding on your cabinets if you are going for classic or traditional kitchen design. You can also adorn your panels with wainscoting if you want a classic or cottage style kitchen. We often wrap Dezignatek Thermoform on cabinets to create patterns and designs on kitchen and drawer drawers.

    For more traditional kitchen designs you can also create corbels and crown moulding on your cabinets to give a more furniture like look.

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    Country cottage style kitchen in Mangere Bridge, Auckland

     

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    Modern Kitchen cabinetry renovation in NZ 

    Joinery

    We use BLUM for all our joinery and hinges because they are one of the best in terms of quality and innovation. Blum also has hinges and joinery in darker and lighter shades so a seamless design can be achieved whether you have dark or lighter shade cabinets.

    Types of joinery we recommend:

    1. Soft close cabinets and drawers: Soft close cabinets are great as no matter how hard you bang your cabinet doors; they will close softly without any sound. This also prevents wear and tear to your cabinets, and this will prolong their lifespan.
    2. Tip on Blumotion: These drawers will open automatically when you press them. In order to close them you just have to push them hard, and they will close softly. No matter the style of kitchen your kitchen, this technology will improve the way you use your kitchen.
    3. Pull out systems: Pull out systems allow you to open your cabinet upwards as opposed to traditionally opening on the sides.
    4. BLUM Legrabox: This type of drawer system is designed so your runners are not visible and gives a sleek look to your drawers which works very well for contemporary, industrial, and modern kitchen designs.
    5. Pull out pantry drawer system: This custom built pantry system boasts a pantry with pull out drawers with clear sides so it is easy to organise your pantry and your pantry items are easily visible.

     

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    Photo credit to Blum (2021)

    Hinges that can support more weight:

    If your kitchen cabinets have porcelain tiles attached on their MDF board then your cabinet doors and drawers will be heavy. To support these heavy doors and drawers, you will have to make sure that the hinges can support them. BLUM makes hinges that can support up to 70kgs which is suitable for heavy cabinetry.

    As discussed above, planning your storage is important before even building your kitchen cabinets. This is because certain cabinets might need runners that can support more weight compared to others. For example, drawers and cabinets with heavy appliances and crockery will need runners that can support more weight compared to ones that will have your cutlery.

     


    3. What are my options to organise my kitchen storage?

    You can get your standard storage like magic corners, cutlery drawers and pull out condiment drawers. However, with a luxury kitchen you have the flexibility to change the layout of your kitchen in a way that you can create a butler’s pantry.

    • Butler’s pantry/ kitchen

    A butler’s pantry is especially good for homes that have an open plan kitchen and for people who love entertaining guests. The butler’s pantry usually is a small room that is connected to the kitchen where you can either prepare your food or make mess in private without making your main kitchen dirty. You can also store your big appliances and dry food or install a sink to wash your dishes at a later stage.

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    • Walk in pantry or pull out drawer pantry

    If you do not have a very large kitchen then opt for a small walk in pantry instead. A walk in pantry is just another form of a walk in wardrobe. You can create a large cupboard with shelving where you can install a sensor light to easily view your dry food items. If this is not an option, then you can custom built a pantry with pull out drawers.

     



    4. Natural stone Countertops and Designer Splashbacks

    Countertops:

    1. Granite and Marble

    • Natural stones like marble or granite are two popular high-quality materials that designers recommend using on your countertop or kitchen island. Granite will cost you around $4000 to $7000. Marble on the other hand with cost rom $10,000 to $15,000 if you are using it for an island as well as all your countertops.
    • Natural stones are popular because they exude a natural beauty which surpass the beauty of any stone engineered countertops. They have natural patterns that are unique to each slab and hard to engineer.

    2. Concrete

    • Concrete is also an option for islands, but it is a lot harder to work with. As concrete countertops can be very heavy, they pose a set of technical challenges which means that they should be manufactured and installed by renovation companies that have experience working with concrete.
    • If you do want a concrete countertop for your island or countertops your countertops must be supported by steal beams as other materials will not be able to support the weight of concrete. Concrete is usually used in contemporary or industrial style kitchens.

     

    3. Mix different textures, materials, and finishes

    • Dorothy from our design department suggests using a combination of different stones, glass, and other materials with various textures and colours to create some depth in your kitchen design. You can also combine different finishes for different materials to give a truly luxurious feel.

     

     Splashbacks and Feature Walls

    Splashbacks are essential for your cooking and cleaning area. Our designers recommend our clients to not get textured splashbacks as they can be very hard to clean. The good news however is that there is an extensive range for easy to clean splashbacks to choose for a luxury kitchen.

    1. Use a single slab of tile or marble- Cici, our in house designer recommends using one single slab of marble as a splashback for a clean look. Using a custom cut one piece of tile also means that you will have no grout lines which means that clean up will be easy.

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    Glam wall designer tiles at tile depo 

    2. Tribeca collection from Tile depot- Ruth from Tile depot said that bright tiles or handmade looking tiles are very popular as splashbacks and feature walls. The 2021 Tribeca collection features premium tiles that look textured and handmade but are in fact manufactured in a way that they have a smooth surface which is easy to clean, making it a perfect choice for splashbacks.

     

    TIP: You can also opt at choosing a glass splashback or any other form of tiles. It is better to choose

     

    Feature walls

    Feature walls are great to add a different dimension and create more interest to your kitchen. There are several ways that you can create a feature wall in your kitchen. You can add a feature wall by painting a wall in a bold contrasting colour, adding tiles or a wall with plant creepers.

    If you are using tiles then you can install either woodgrain tiles, mosaics, or textured tiles on the wall to create more depth to your kitchen. If you do not want a whole wall of tiles then you can also create accents with mosaics like a horizontal strip of mosaics on a plain wall.

     

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    Tile Depo’s glam cube collection for a splashback wall


    5. Designer appliances to complement your designer kitchen

    As we talked above, getting energy star appliances are better for the environment, they will use less electricity, have a longer warranty and are more durable.

    When purchasing your appliances, think about the overall style of your kitchen and get appliances that complement your overall kitchen design. You can also opt for hiding your appliances inside your cabinetry which is done by attaching the material of your cabinet on the surface of your appliances. This is great if you are going for a clean and sleek look for your kitchen.

    For a modern and contemporary feel, opt for stainless steel rangehood with 6 or 8 gas hobs and stylish hood. You can also buy a smart steel fridge with double doors, a separate freezer, water dispenser and an ice maker. You can also either purchase a wine fridge or custom built a wine storage area.

    1. Style options for kitchen appliances

    SMEG and Bosch are two brands that are often used in designer kitchens because not only are they of superior quality, but you also have a lot of design options to choose from.

    2. Traditional kitchen appliance ideas

    If the overall design of your kitchen is traditional or cottage style, then try and purchase appliances that complement this style. Buy a large standalone gas cooktop with an oven and complement this with a matching hood. If you are going for a retro theme, then you can also use the retro appliances range designed by SMEG

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    SMEG appliances for a 1950’s retro style kitchen. 

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    SMEG’s Classica style kitchen for a modern kitchen renovation in nz 

     



    6. Luxury Flooring options for designer kitchens in New Zealand

    You want a flooring that is soft on your feet, durable, low in maintenance, beautiful and does not echo when you walk on it. The two best type of flooring for your kitchen are tiles and Stone based composite polymer.

    • Stone based composite polymer  is a new hybrid flooring option in New Zealand which is 100% waterproof which makes it a great option for kitchen floors. It is also softer and warmer on the feet as compared to porcelain tiles. They are also a great option for second floor kitchens as they do not echo as much as tiles. They are not as expensive as natural stone tiles and can also be used for mid-range kitchens as well as for designer kitchens.
    • Porcelain Tiles are more durable and waterproof than ceramic tiles but can feel cold in winter. If you are installing porcelain tiles in your kitchen then we do recommend clients to either install underfloor heating or put kitchen rugs during winter. The advantage of porcelain tiles is that they are easy to clean, are durable and have an extensive design range. We recommend using large format tiles 1200 by 900 or 600 by 900 for your kitchen floors for a more continuous and seamless design.

    Porcelain tiles can also be made to look like cement, wood or any other natural stone which makes them a versatile choice for most people.

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    Tile depot range of Urban cement collection (2021)

     

    • Natural stone Tiles are one of the best and expensive options for kitchen flooring. Natural stone tiles have a natural beauty that really elevates a kitchen design. You can install the same tiles in your living and dining area if you have an open plan kitchen.

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    Macchia Vecchia Floor Tiles from Tile Depo 

     


    7. What is the best lighting for my Luxury Kitchen?

    A brightly lit kitchen is a must as it is the centre of most of our activities in a home. We prepare our food, have our coffee, and often entertain guests/family in the area. Adding good lighting to your kitchen is not as simple as adding a few light bulbs on the walls or ceilings. Lighting goes beyond just having visibility in the kitchen. A well lit kitchen should make it easier for you to do your prep work with precision, it should be easy for you to stow and retrieve items in shelf and should make your kitchen look welcoming and spacious.

    Incorrect installation of lights can in fact make your affect the appearance of your kitchen negatively.

     

    Plan your kitchen lighting based on 3 distinct layers which serve a separate function.

    1. Lighting to carry out tasks

    • This is the general lighting which is needed to make your overall kitchen visible. This light should make cooking, cleaning, preparing food and navigating easy. One of the aims for this lighting is to make it easier to carry out your tasks.
    • So, think about the areas that you need to carry out these tasks. Install lights above your kitchen island to make preparation work easier. Install LED lights below your top cabinets so it illuminates your countertop, at the top end of your splashback and near the handles of all cabinets and drawers.
    • You should also add either LED ceiling lights or ceiling bulbs, so your entire kitchen is illuminated.

     

    Tips of installing your Task lights

    Tasks lights should be positioned directly above your sink, island, countertop, or other space where you carry out cooking tasks. Install the LED light strips under your upper cabinets and above the handles of your lower cabinets.

       2. Ambience lighting

    • This type of lighting creates a soft mood in your kitchen. This could either be lighting that can be made dimmer, or it could be in the form of pendant lighting on top of your kitchen island.
    • There are several design options available for pendant lighting so you will have plenty of options to choose from depending on the style of your kitchen. If your space allows then you can also install a chandelier. Recessed lighting can be installed on your ceiling or any opening like seen in vaulted ceilings.

     

    Tips on installing ambient lighting

    Ambient lighting should have a direct path to the floor of your kitchen. If you do not have an island, then install a chandelier directly above your floor or directly on top of your island.  If you are installing recessed lights, then position them at half the distance of the distance of your floors and ceilings. Also avoid creating shadows on your countertops by installing the recessed lighting above the countertop and not at the edge of it. The same concept would apply to semi flushed and flushed lighting.

     

    1. Accent Lighting

    • This type of light usually highlights a design feature in your kitchen. This could either be a feature wall or architectural feature in your kitchen. This is great especially in open planned kitchens where your kitchen is visible for the living and dining area. You could also but accent lights in glass cabinets with fine China or crockery.

    If you have a vaulted ceiling or any other ceiling feature that you want to highting then you can install cove lighting which basically means that they light is built into your ceiling. You can also install soft low profile lighting inside your cabinets.

    Tips on installing Accent lighting

    Think art galleries when installing accent lights especially if you are trying to highlight a feature wall. You can also put lights inside your cabinets with the light installed above the crockery or decorative items in the glass cabinets.

     


    8. Electric work and SMART Kitchen features

    If you are renovating your entire kitchen then chances are that you will be rewiring your kitchen. This is especially true if you are changing the layout of your kitchen because then you will have to switch all the plug points around. You can also add smart features to your kitchen that will improve the way you use your kitchen.

    Ideas to incorporate SMART features in your kitchen design

    • SMART appliances like a refrigerator that dispense water of any temperature that you like
    • A hot water tap so you do not have to boil water every time you need boiling water while cooking.
    • SMART home systems can be integrated within the design so you can control the light or the dimness of lights with your phone.
    • SMART lighting controlled by Bluetooth where you can set a time that you come home and it will automatically switch the lights on for the time that you get home.
    • SMART fridge that has cameras inside the fridge which can be connected to your phone. This way you can check what items you have run out of and get them on the way from work.
    • Sensor ovens which can sense that the food or meat is cooked and it will automatically switch off or set off an alarm so you will never burn or overcook a meal.
    • Plug points with a USB port so you can charge your phone while cooking
    • Sensor lighting that will switch the lights on automatically when you enter the kitchen
    • Range hoods that will automatically switch on at a certain fan speed suited to the type of cooking that is taking place.

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    To Summarise,

    The cost for a new kitchen remodel in NZ depends on what type of style you want your kitchen to be. Whether it is a vintage, cottage, classical, modern or a traditional kitchen style, also depends on the special kitchen features that you have upgraded from your previous kitchen like,

    • Better quality materials for countertops, cabinets, splashbacks
    • Energy star rated appliances.
    • Change in Layout- adding a kitchen island or walk in pantry.
    • Customise your kitchen cabinets doors and storage.
    • Designer faucet, kitchen lights, cabinet handles
    • Waterproof flooring
    • Plumbing and electric work.

    Frequently asked question

    On an average, how much will I spending to renovate my kitchen in New Zealand?

    To renovate a kitchen in New Zealand, you will be spending about $22,000 - $30,000 on an average. This includes, project management, permits, labour works, kitchen designers etc. To know more, click on the link below, https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/kitchen-renovation-cost-nz/

    How much does it cost for a kitchen renovation (mid-range) in NZ ?

    At a budget level, you will be expect to spend under 29,000 with not change in layout. In contrast, for a mid-range level you will be spending $32,000 to $45,000. This includes, adding a kitchen island, better quality materials, upgrade your appliances, customize your cabinets and etc.

    How long will it take to renovate a kitchen ?

    To renovate a full kitchen renovation, it can take up to 4-7 weeks (depending on permits delay). However, it may take a bit longer as it includes changing in layout, plumbing, electric work or even getting a consent from Auckland council. A tip to consider is to start early to get a permit and start the project earlier.

    Do I need to hire a kitchen designer ?

    No, our consent process includes in-house designers who will help up along with the process during your time with us like 3D rendering, colour choices, picking materials etc.

    What steps do I have to take before renovating my kitchen ?

    1. Set your budget 2. Book a consent with a Kitchen Designer 3. Establish you kitchen needs than personal desires 4. Pick a renovation company that fits your desires 5. Grant permits from Auckland Council 6. Set project goals 7. Note: Remodelling a kitchen will take 3 to 4-7 weeks . Go shopping for suppliers 9. reassess your budget with project management 10. Ask for warranties for your appliances, materials, and workmanship once your renovation is complete. 11. Cleaning service should include too

     


    Further Resources for your house renovation

    1. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
    2. Real client stories from Auckland

    Need more information?

    Take advantage of our FREE Complete Home Renovation Guide (48 pages), whether you’re already renovating or in the process of deciding to renovate, it’s not an easy process, this guide which includes a free 100+ point check list – will help you avoid costly mistakes.

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      26 Top Trends for Kitchen Design for 2023 (and What To Avoid)

      This article has been republished to include further content on kitchen renovation trends and top 6 key features that a good kitchen design must include. This recommendation has been made by our in house kitchen designers .

      Kitchen renovation trends usually change slightly from year to year with no big changes seen in the coming years. It is easy to change certain elements within your existing kitchen to keep up with the new trends. For example if you have a traditional white kitchen and want a change then you can easily add a pop of colour by adding a  vibrant textured backsplash. If you are lacking in storage, then you could easily replace your existing island with a multi-functional kitchen island which could be used as a breakfast bar, storage unit as well as a cooking area.

      What a kitchen means today for a family is very different from what they meant in the past. Traditionally kitchens have always been a place for cooking and cleaning only. Kitchens today are a place where most of the family congregates. It is a place that brings the family together whether it is in the form of a breakfast island bar or an open plan kitchen which opens into your living space.

      In this article we will discuss the following:

      1. the top 20 newest kitchen renovation trends for 2023
      2. 10 trends that you should stay away from in the coming years. 
      3. 6 Key Features that every good kitchen design must include – Recommended by our Kitchen designers

      Here’s what we concluded as the top kitchen renovation trends for 2023

      1. Smart Kitchens
      2. Eco-Friendly Kitchens
      3. Cabinet Colours: Dark Colours Are Finally Here & White Is On Its Way Out!
      4. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures
      5. Open plan Kitchens and Broken plan kitchens
      6. Quartz is Still King
      7. Effective Storage Solutions
      8. Open Shelves for Small Kitchens
      9. Kitchens with a bar island for entertainment
      10. Hardwood Flooring is Still the Shining Star but Ceramic Tile is on its Heels
      11. Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands
      12. Double Islands
      13. Ceiling high larders
      14. Backsplash Trends
      15. Connecting With The Great Outdoors
      16. Adding a Pop of Colour
      17. Mix and Match Metals
      18. Steel Hoods
      19. Statement Accessories
      20. Hanging cups, Colourful pans and Colourful Appliances
      21. Welcome with a Sociable Kitchen
      22. Embrace a Wood Resurgence
      23. Layered Lighting
      24. Handle less Designs
      25. Create a Space for a Pantry

      Technology advances and changing social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the newest kitchen renovation trends. There is a far bigger focus on open concept homes that revolve around the kitchen so everyone can be together.

      As with any modern design trend, clean and simple styles have become favourites for homeowners with natural light becoming an essential aspect of the overall look and function of the kitchen space. There are 3 fundamental things that make a great kitchen design and it doesn’t often change, the three things are:

      • Functional Layout that works with the given space
      • Choice of materials/fittings – the quality of these are crucial and you will notice a difference.
      • Storage – the design and placement is key to make sure you end up with a well-utilized space.

      Trend #1. Smart Kitchen Design

      Technology has entered the kitchen in full force and not just in the form of fancy gadgets and appliances. Today, you can have a kitchen with technology integrated into every function and appliance–from the faucets to the fridge to lighting. This is what we call a smart kitchen.

      Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design. In fact, a lot of kitchens today are built smart from the ground up. For older kitchens, sensors, smart gadgets and other devices can be added to add convenience.

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      Kitchen renovation trends in Massey: These ‘pop out power outlets’ were installed on the counter top which can be pulled up when needed and pushed back down when not in need

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      Guru and Neeta’s Luxury kitchen renovation in Massey – Pictured above

      Townhouse Luxury Urban renovation in Parnell

      Easy add-ons are motion sense-equipped kitchen faucets that can sense the presence of hands underneath and will come on automatically or try a one-touch feature. Refrigerators that can alert you when your groceries items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up.

      There is also a gadget that monitors your eggs, telling you which ones are almost going bad. Do not forget to update your lighting system–allowing you to control all the lights from your smartphone or tablet. Technology integrated kitchens are becoming more popular as homeowners experiment with novel technologies. This is one of the biggest trends going into 2023.

      Trend #2. Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design

      A growing kitchen renovation trends has been being eco-friendly. As the awareness around sustainability grows, people are getting more conscious about using materials that are environmentally friendly. Taking steps towards sustainability could include having built in recycling bins in the kitchen, installing an induction cook top to reduce energy waste, and installing a 3 in 1 hot water tap.

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Parnell – the hot water tap is installed on the left side of the main tap fixture

       

      Hot water tap is a great way of reducing water and energy waste. When boiling water we often boil too much water or use a kettle. When you install an instant hot water tap, you are using just the amount of water you need and less electric energy is being used to get the water to boil. This is also an added convenience to having access to instant boiling water for coffee or food preparation.

       

      Trend #3. Cabinet Colours: Dark Colours Are Finally Here & White Is On Its Way Out!

      Although white cabinets are a classic look that can be used in almost any kind of kitchen style, we are slowly starting to see them on the way out! We expect white to start declining in popularity throughout 2023 . To break up the monotony of all-white kitchens, expect to see islands in a variety of different paint colours or wood stain colours. The mixing of finishes creates a needed accent piece and additional pops-of-colour for the brave of heart.

      Blue and green will be the most popular shades to add colour to your kitchen.  Apart from natural and neutral shades green, emerald, and other earthy tones will also be popular this year.

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      Kitchen renovation trends in Massey: Our client in Massey wanted black cabinets against white to give a luxurious feel to his kitchen. LED lights were also installed under the cabinet handles to add to the glamour of the kitchen.

       

      Dark kitchen cabinets portray elegance and a deep rich luxurious atmosphere. You must however be careful that the dark accents or cabinets you use does not overpower the room as it could make the room feel perpetually dark or dingy. But more homeowners are getting bolder and opting for a kitchen with dark cabinet colours in 2020. Expect to see tons of black and darker colour shades in the trendiest home of 2020.

      Trend #4. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures

      • Cabinets

      While styles like farmhouse and mid-century modern are still popular, homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetics, designs and alternative materials for kitchens. Simple looks are all about modern clean lines. They will continue to be a huge hit throughout 2023.

      Removing upper wall cabinets has become a growing trend in the last few years since it opens up the visual space making the kitchen appear much larger and brighter.  It allows you to utilise the countertop space more productively as most people cannot reach the top shelves anyway.

      • Textures and Materials

      A streamlined design does not equate to boring. It simply means that a design which is less cumbersome and more tasteful. Consider using materials with different textures. For example when using open shelving, consider rough cut wood as your material for a natural look or metal tubing for a more industrial look.

       

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      Kitchen renovation trends in Mangere Bridge: American Ashwood was used as the benchtop to add texture and a natural element to the kitchen. 

       

      • Tiles as a focal point

      Floor tiles in a natural stone or backsplash tiles that are sculpted, beveled, or stacked make for the perfect focal point.  These interesting textures are very different compared to the usual polished or glossy finishes we see everywhere. You may even want to consider a ceiling treatment to add another dynamic to your kitchen.

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      Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: The Spanish tiles installed in this kitchen are a great design element that can be used to enliven a space.

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      Kitchen renovation in Parnell: We added textured 3D tiles as a backsplash for this client to add character and interest in the kitchen wall

      For further ideas on using Tiles as a focal point in a Kitchen

      Urban Luxury Kitchen in Parnell with 3d textured tiles

      Spanish mosaic tiles as a feature in the kitchen in Stanmore Bay

      Henry and Lynette’s kitchen in Bucklands Beach with dark hexagonal textured tiles 

      Trend #5. Open plan concept and Broken plan concepts

      The open plan concept for kitchens has been a growing trend for many years now. Today’s homes are mostly made of 2 working parents where evenings are the only times that families get together to spend quality time. Open concept kitchens allow families to spend time even if one person is in the kitchen whereas the others in the living. Open plan kitchens are easily achievable by tearing down a few walls that separate the kitchen from the rest of the living space.

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      An open plan Kitchen: The above picture is an open plan concept as the room is very clearly divided from the living room by a wall and from the dining room with some counters. There are still some breaks in the room which divide the room into specific areas. The above kitchen was renovated by us in Bucklands Beach. 

      Broken plan kitchens are a trend of the next decade, taking the open plan concept to another level. Imagine a large room which has different zones for living, dining and cooking. These zones are not divided by any half or full walls. This makes an area look more spacious as there is little that is ‘breaking’ the large space or room.

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      Broken Plan Concept: The above is a good example of a broken plan kitchen. The room is a large space where there are allocated zones for different purposes. However, there are no walls making a specific ‘break’ between the different zones. 

      Trend #6. Quartz is Still King

      For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still reigns supreme. The material is extremely hardy, can last virtually forever, is a breeze to maintain and is anti-microbial. Granite, the main competitor in the high-end bracket, requires slightly more maintenance.

      When quartz countertops first came into the market, the main worry was lack of variety in terms of colours and finishes. But through technological advances, manufacturers can now provide a range of colours and patterns. You can even get quartz finished with elaborate swirls and large veining to imitate other materials like natural stone. These unique styles have become immensely popular.

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: We engineered stone to look like black marble which was then infused  with shiny specs to add a touch of luxury for this kitchen renovation

       

      But there is a notable trend toward softer and more neutral colours. More and more homeowners are opting for colours like grey, taupe, creamy or white finishes.  This follows the trend towards cleaner styles seen in most home spaces.

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: Engineered stone used to look like pattered granite. The pattern chosen by our client was Autumn Leaf. 

       

      While we are still on the topic of countertops, it is important to mention the rising popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made from the same material as the countertop.  This creates a cleaner uniform look and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. However, it is going to be a tough battle against the still very popular stainless steel, ceramin and Silgranit sinks.

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      Trend #7. Effective Storage Solutions

      One of the biggest drawbacks with kitchen cabinetry is the unnecessary waste of space. The way the basic shelves and drawers are structured leaves a lot of wasted space. Worst of all, available space is often too small for some of your larger things or the opposite: it’s too wide and does not give you a way to properly and efficiently organize the space.

      One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. If it is inadequate or ineffective, you will be faced with endless frustrations and challenges.

      To counter these storage challenges, homeowners are starting to look for better storage solutions within the cabinetry. These can include:

      • drawer dividers for cutlery & utensils
      • pull-outs for spices
      • tray dividers
      • roll-out trays
      • magic corners for pots & pans
      • wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recyclables
      • deep drawers.

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      Pull out Rubbish and recycling bins

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      Custom built Pantry drawers to add convenience and maximise storage

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      Magic corners to utilise the space in corner cabinets

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      A different variation of a magic corner to effectively utilise corner space for cabinets

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      Custom built storage solution for cabinets to store condiments

       

       

      The most popular storage solutions we have seen with our clients are the ‘magic corners’ as they effectively utilise the wasted space in the corners of the kitchen. The other popular storage solutions have been custom built cabinets with pull out drawers.

      For more storage solution ideas…

      Trend #8. Open Shelves for Small Kitchens

      While Hidden storage solutions will always remain popular, they are not always feasible in a small kitchen. Small kitchens do not have the space for bulky cabinetry with storage drawers and hence need a different storage solution.

      Open shelves for small spaces can provide effective storage solution and can also add a great design element. Following are some of the ways you can maximise storage in an open shelf for a small kitchen:

      • Use magnetic holders for knives. These can be screwed on to the wall so you do not have a bulky knife holder on your counter top
      • Laddle hangers and wall spice racks. Small hooks can be installed to hang all your spoons and laddles used for cooking. You can also find smart hangers where you can place your spice bootles.
      • You can also create a wine glass hanger which would reduce the need for shelves.

       

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      Floating open shelves were added  to increase storage and add a design element to the kitchen

      A great tip is also to buy colourful pots, pans, bowls etc which can be placed in the open shelves. This would create interest and also add a pop of colour to your kitchen.

      Trend #9. Hardwood Flooring is Still the Shining Star but Ceramic Tile is on its Heels

      Hardwood flooring is still very popular when it comes to kitchen flooring. But the second most popular option, ceramic flooring. Thanks to technology, ceramic flooring now comes in a wide variety of designs, styles and sizes.

      For example, you can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring. So if you want to retain the hardwood look but want a material that is easier to maintain, consider using ceramic tiles. In addition to wood, ceramic tiles can be designed to resemble a range of other materials including natural stone. Even the surface texture is changed to mimic these materials.

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      Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: Ceramic tiles which mimic hardwood were installed for easy maintenance and as a cost effective option

       

      In terms of size, you do not have to go for traditional sizing any longer. It seems like the sky is the limit with variety and larger format tiles. You can get single plank tiles that resemble actual wide planks of hardwood once laid down on the floor. Or you can get custom cut tiles to create a uniquely patterned kitchen. Larger tiles make an are look bigger in space as compared to smaller sizes. This is because there are lesser grout lines and the area hence looks less ‘busy’.

      Trend #10. Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

      Kitchen islands are no longer an afterthought or something small to squeeze into the space. They have become the point and the hub of the kitchen. One of the changes emerging is the single level larger sizing, serving multiple uses. Large islands now also have ample shelving below to maximise storage.

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Blockhouse Bay: Custom built large island which doubles as a storage solution with cabinets and as a breakfast and prep bar

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: An island bar which doubles as a dining table and cooking bench

       

      In the year 2023 large kitchen islands will become the jack-of-all-trades. They will have storage solutions and would be fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating–serving as a casual dining and/or drinking bar. To accommodate the increased size, we are seeing a tendency for the kitchen island to extend into living room spaces in homes with open plan designs. This ensures the kitchen island can be multi-functional without cluttering up space in the kitchen.

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Massey: Kitchen island extending into the living room space to double as a bar that can be used for entertaining

      Trend #11. Double Islands

      If you have the space, then we would advice you to get two smaller island in your kitchen rather than 1 large island. Having 2 smaller islands improves the flow of the kitchen as well as the ease of movement. Having two separate islands also means that you could use of as a breakfast bar and the other as a counter top for preparation as well as installing a cook top.

      Double islands have become a growing trend in the last year and are seen to be on the rise for large kitchen spaces as well as open plan living.

      Trend #12. Ceiling high larders

      Kitchen is not just a functional space these days. With the rise in open plan kitchens, it has become important to make kitchens aesthetically pleasing along with good functionality. Many people now prefer to have open shelves in their kitchen rather than bulky cabinetry as it makes kitchens look more spacious. Buy some colourful pots and pans and you have a beautiful focal point full of colours and textures.

      The same logic applies to larders. The trend in 2023 is seeing a rise in larders that are open and built up to the ceiling. This gives you more storage and will also add a beautiful design aspect to your kitchen. To access the higher shelves on your larder, consider buying a trendy movable ladder that you can rest against your larder.

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      The above is a great way to built an open larder with trendy storage containers and a larder to access the higher shelves. Add some light within the larder and you have a great focal point for your kitchen.

       

      Trend #13. Backsplash Trends

      First things first, subway tiles are out! Okay maybe not completely out, but they are no longer popular in the ‘white brick’ size. People are moving on to larger slabs of tiles with various textures and patterns.  Adding a bright and vibrant backsplash will add the much needed character in a neutral kitchen. Neutral patterns with natural texture is another option for those looking for a classic look.

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach: Hexagon shaped black and grey textured tiles were added as a backplash to add interest, drama and texture to the kitchen

       

      Another big change we’re seeing in tile backsplashes are their size and the portion of wall they cover. More people now opt for larger tiles to make the area look less ‘busy’.  These slabs can be made to look like marble, quartz, wood, copper, stainless steel, glass…. the list goes on forever!

      Trend #14. Connecting With The Great Outdoors

      As discussed above, open plan living and kitchen has been a popular trend for a while now. In New Zealand we love Bbqs and entertaining our guests outdoors. This way of living in NZ has given rise to the trend of connecting the kitchen/dining area with the deck or outdoor area. Some of our previous clients have also used their outdoors as an extended kitchen area.

      This is mostly done by building a covered outdoor area equipped with grills and cooking equipment which can be accessed from the kitchen through french doors.

      Trend #15. Adding a Pop of Colour

      As mentioned above, white will always be a popular colour for kitchens as it is a versatile colour to work with. In past people have always gone for a traditional look for kitchens with either white surfaces and cabinets or dark wood. The trend has now been changing towards adding colour to otherwise white kitchens.

       

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      A sky blue backplash was added to add some colour into a neutral themed kitchen in Papatoetoe

       

      People are now looking at ways to add colour to their kitchens. We spend most of our time in this area of the house, entertaining our friends and family, so why not put our favourite colour in the space? We have and will be seeing this on cabinets, islands, hutches, and feature walls.

      The colours predicted for these spaces are inspired by the elements with blues, earthy tones of green and red.

      Trend #16. Mix and Match Metals

      We get this question a lot: is it okay to mix metals in the kitchen? The answer is YES! Mixing metals adds character in the space, especially if it is done correctly. We will be seeing more of an eclectic style in 2023. Overly matched and coordinated spaces is a trend that is slowly fading.  If you love gold fixtures, but don’t want it all over your kitchen, add a soft gold faucet with black or nickel hardware.

      Light fixtures can be a completely different metal altogether, while having hints of the same metal you are using elsewhere. These pieces are the finishing touch to the space. Make them stand out! Another way to mix in metals, would be in your furniture selections for kitchen tables chairs or island stools. These can be easily interchangeable when you want to change things up a bit!

       

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      Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay: Textured Brass sink and tap fixtures added metal elements to this kitchen in Orewa

       

      Textured metals that are the same colour as other pieces in the kitchen are a nice way of adding a different element, while not getting too crazy.

      Trend #17. Steel Hoods

      In 2023, we will be seeing homeowners focus on their hood designs. This piece can be a major focal point in the space, especially depending on the layout of the kitchen. Most of the time, we design the space with the range and hood on a wall that is seen from other rooms in the house. Why not make this piece a statement?

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      The Steel hood above adds a certain drama to the kitchen

       

      Custom steel hoods are a way to add in a breaking point to a long row of wood cabinetry. These are a nice feature, but they do come with a cost. Custom steel hoods can range anywhere from $5-7k, but they sure do make a beautiful addition to your new kitchen, so make sure you budget for this correctly. Let’s get rid of those boring matching stainless hoods and be creative with your space! This is also your chance to add metal as a component to your kitchen.

      Trend #18. Natural Wood Tones in Kitchen Design

      Stained, treated or imitation wood has been used in kitchens for more than a decade. Natural wood is making a come back in the next year as natural forms of wood brings warmth into a kitchen and gives it a nice rustic feel.

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      Kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge: Natural wooden counter tops treated with Epoxy Urethin Vinyl to increase durability. 

      If you have a white toned kitchen then adding either a wooden island, drawers or counter-top will add a vintage charm to your kitchen. In order to increase durability of your natural wood elements in the kitchen simply apply Epoxy Urethin Vinyl Coating on your counter tops. Natural wood however can be used in its true form as a nice rugged looking breakfast bar.

      Trend #19. Statement Bronze Accessories for your Kitchen design

      Installing statement is a great way to liven your kitchen up and give it a unique design element. Use statement taps and fixtures like brass to give your kitchen a rustic look or industrial look.

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      Brass sink and tap-ware added for our client to create a rustic look for this kitchen we renovated in Orewa

       

      If you have a kitchen which is mostly designed in neutral and white colours then use black for all your taps, fixtures and cabinet handles to instantly make it a classic black and white kitchen without making any drastic changes.

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      Rustic looking bronze hanging lights also added to the rustic feature of this kitchen in Orewa

      Trend #20 Plate racks, Hanging cups and colourful appliances

      As mentioned above, a great way to spruce up you kitchen aesthetics is to bring some colour into the kitchen. If you are not looking for a big change then putting colourful crockery on display is a great idea to add some colour.

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      The above kitchen looks dramatic and bold due to simple red utensils and black cabinets. The red utensils create a lot of interest to an otherwise monochromatic kitchen.

       

      All you have to do is add some hooks for colourful cups or add a wall mounted plate rack complete with pattered plates to create interest into a drab kitchen.

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      Another example of adding colour to a white toned kitchen.

      If you are not afraid of colour, then add colourful appliances like a SMEG fridges or accessories can add some fun elements to your kitchen without having to renovate.

      Trend #21 Welcome With a Sociable Kitchen

      One of the kitchen renovation trends 2023 is the use of curved design elements to enhance the ergonomic benefits and functionality of the space. Rounded kitchen islands are becoming popular as they facilitate socialising and movement in open-plan kitchens with multiple entry and exit points. This kitchen renovation trend encourages smooth transition between spaces and is perfect for entertaining guests.

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      Open Plan Kitchen, Easier to Socialise

      Modern full home renovation in Greenlane 

      Trend #22 Embrace a Wood Resurgence 

      Wood kitchen cabinets are becoming popular and may be part of kitchen renovation trends 2023. Using wood cabinets like walnut or oak kitchen cabinet ideas provides your kitchen with a timeless or classic look. A popular option amongst homeowners.

      Trend #23 Layered Lighting 

      A major kitchen renovation trend 2023 is layered lighting to create a well-designed and functional kitchen. Instead of relying solely on task lighting in specific preparations area, layered lighting will create a more balanced and visually appealing look. This kitchen renovation trend of layering lighting is a key aspect of designing a successful kitchen.

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      Task Lighting Above Sink

      Trend #24 Handle Less Design 

      The modern kitchen renovation trend 2023 is focusing on multi-functional, open-concept spaces with a minimalistic aesthetic. With the advancement of push-open and close doors, handle less kitchen cabinets are becoming increasingly popular as it provides a sleek and streamlined look. This trend emphasises simplicity, placing emphasis on the detail of cabinetry for a clean, uncluttered look.

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      Handle Less Design for Cabinets and Drawers

      Read – Contemporary Kitchen Renovation with Rustic Features 

      Trend #25 Create a Space for a Pantry 

      Pantry cupboards are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes as they provide a convenient and organised solution for food items. This kitchen renovation trend 2023 emphasises the importance of having all food goods in one central location, instead of scattered around various wall cupboards. This not only makes it easier to keep track of groceries, but also creates a more orgnaised and functional kitchen space.

       


      10 Kitchen Trends to avoid in 2023

      It is always a great idea to not renovate your kitchen wholly after one trend. This is because some trends start becoming an eye sore after a time. We mostly recommend our clients to go for classic designs and use elements of upcoming trend to complement the kitchen as opposed to wholly changing the kitchen to suit a ‘current fad’.

      We have compiled a list of trends that do not work well anymore and that you should avoid.

      Trend #1 Themed Kitchen design

      Kitchens that are fully renovated to emulate a certain time period or style can quickly run out of style, leaving you with a kitchen that you no longer like. An example of this would be a kitchen would be a retro themed kitchen. If you like retro styled kitchens then think about perhaps using a few elements from that era in an otherwise classic or modern kitchen.

      Trend # 2 Kitchen desks and workstations within a kitchen design

      Kitchen desks were very popular a few decades ago. The birth of kitchen desks came from an era where there was no internet or online accessibility of recipes. People used these desks to work on their menu and store recipe books. However, kitchens is a space which is prone to getting messy and you do not want your desk to bear the brunt of it. Re-locate your kitchen desk to another area of the house and instead add an extra pantry in the kitchen area.

      Trend # 3 Dark wooden cabinets

      Unless you have a large kitchen, dark cabinets can make your kitchen look bulky and cumbersome. It will close the space up and make your kitchen look dated. Opt for a lighter wood to open your space up and add a modern clean touch to your kitchen.

      Trend # 4 Over the range microwave

      Older kitchens mostly feature a space above the counters for microwaves. Not only is this cumbersome but it is also inaccessible sometimes with food being split or dropped ever so often. Instead, make a space for your microwave which is below eye.

      Trend # 5 Tile Counter-tops

      Tiled counter-tops may be cheaper compared to other materials but they are not easy to maintain. They are prone to chips and grouting stains which can become unsightly very soon. If marble or granite is not an option for you then try using engineered stone which can be made to look and feel like marble. They are a whole lot easier to clean and maintain.

      Trend #6 White Subway tiles

      Subway tiles have been used over and over again in the last decade or so. It is almost an overkill to use them when renovating a kitchen. Try glass, acrylic, stone or tile instead. If you do however like the ‘subway’ look then try colourful subway tiles instead so they add pop of colour to your kitchen.

      Trend #7 Closed kitchens

      As discussed above, closed off kitchens just do not suit our contemporary tastes anymore. Sure there is a pressure to keep your kitchen tidy in an open plan concept however, no one parent or two want to cook the evening away in a closed off kitchen while kids are hanging in the living room.

      Trend #8 DIY backsplashes and cabinets

      Doing a DIY job of either painting your cabinets or installing them will never give it the finish that you desire. If you are not a professional then stay away from doing a DIY job as it will only give you problems in the future.

      Trend #9 Ornate Styles

      If you prefer a rustic, classic or traditional kitchen then that is completely okay! Modern kitchens with sleek lines is not everybody’s style. Even if you are after a traditional kitchen, do not go for ornate decorations on cabinets, doors or oddly shaped islands. Ornate designs on wood etc make a kitchen look dates and unappealing. Instead, make the use of colours, wood and other accessories to bring out the traditional style.

      Trend #10 Mismatched styles

      When you think about renovating your kitchen it is always a good idea to see what the overall feel of your home is. If your home reflects a more classic traditional style then renovating your kitchen to a sleep modern kitchen would make it look like an eye sore. Instead you could have a traditional kitchen with modern elements to still maintain the theme of the rest of your house.

      Trend #11 All White Kitchen 

      Minimalistic kitchen designs are trending, but to avoid a barren look, it’s important to incorporate neutral colours in addition to white. Incorporating colours such as tan, grey and black into a white kitchen can add depth and interest while maintaining a minimalistic aesthetic. This kitchen renovation trend 2023 focuses on simplicity and clean lines, so be sure to avoid having an all white kitchen.

      Read – 10 Mistakes to avoid in your kitchen by our kitchen designers 

      6 Key features to incorporate within your Kitchen Design

      There are several features that you can incorporate within your kitchen design when renovating a kitchen for comfort, functionality and aesthetics. A well planned kitchen design includes key features that maximise the space for the lifestyle of the homeowners. The good news is that there are several innovative solutions available today  that work within small as well as large spaces. We spoke to our Kitchen designer and she listed the top 5 features that a good kitchen design should include.

      #1 Layout is important for a Kitchen design

      Deciding a layout of your kitchen will depend on the space available and how much your family uses the kitchen. If your kitchen is a high traffic area with various family members cooking together then your kitchen design should include a substantial amount of bench space. We have listed the most common layouts below:

      One walled kitchens

      These kitchens are best suited for smaller units or apartments in Auckland where space is limited. Units and apartments mostly feature open plan living. With one walled kitchens you can make a small area look less cumbersome and you get the flexibility of having a small dining area and a nice living room space.

      Galley Kitchens

      This layout works good for small spaces as well as it is a lean layout which is ideal for 1-2 person households. The galley kitchen layout features two walls or countertops running parallel to each other with a walkway in between. If you do have a small unit and a one wall kitchen does not provide ample space then a galley kitchen is the right type of layout for you. You can also use one of the countertop area as an island with bar stools and skip on a dining table. This will give you extra counterspace as well as an area to eat your meals.

      L-Shaped Kitchens

      L-shaped kitchens are great when you want to maximise the corner space of your home. L-shaped kitchens work well for small to medium sized homes as they do not make the area look cumbersome. These kitchens consist of countertops that on walls perpendicular to each other. An L shaped kitchen also provides more storage space as you can built additional storage cabinets on the wall above the counter. If you have the space then you can build an additional island which can act as a dining space as well. 

      U-shaped Kitchens

      U shaped kitchens have counters or cabinets in three walls of a kitchen making a U shape. They work best for larger spaces and traditionally have worked best for kitchens that are not open plan. However as more people are leaning towards open plan living concepts, this U-shaped design has evolved to include an island instead of counters on all three walls. The modern version of U-shaped kitchens includes an L shaped kitchen along with an island. This also allows for easy foot traffic throughout the kitchen.

      Islands in a Kitchen

      As discussed above, it is possible to include islands within most layouts when designing a kitchen. The size of the island should however be in proportion to the space that you are working with. If you do have a one walled kitchens then you are probably working with a small space which means that the island that you install should be sleek and no overcrowd the space.

      Peninsular Islands

      Peninsular islands can be seen as an extension of an L-shaped kitchen. They are attached to a part of the L shaped kitchen to form a U-shaped kitchen. Below is a great example of an Peninsular island that we designed in a full kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach.

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      Peninsular island in Bucklands Beach which provides our client with extra counter space as well as a breakfast nook.

      ReadOur complete 2021 guide on Planning the right Kitchen Layout for your kitchen

      # 2 Storage

      Storage is one of the most important aspects of achieving a functional kitchen. The first thing that we recommend all our clients is to draw up an inventory of all their large utensils and kitchen appliances. If there is anything that you do not use regularly then this would be a great time to get rid of them.

      Next think about your pantry and how much groceries do you store on a regular basis. Do you need a larger pantry or are you satisfied with the current one? These questions are important before a renovation so your kitchen can be custom built according to your family’s functionality.

      When working within tight spaces we incorporate space saving designs such as ‘magic corners’ for corner cabinets, pull out cabinets, pull out rubbish bins and pull out pantries. Such designs help save space, and maximise storage when not a lot of it is available.

      # 3 Durable Benchtop

      Benchtops need to be durable in any kitchen whether it is used often or now. Most times benchtops cannot just be changed without changing the carcass of your cabinets as well. This means that it is vital that your benchtops survives atleast 25 years. Most older homes in Auckland have durable benchtop made of laminate which are not prone to cracking or breaking but they are prone to staining. Laminate benchtops get stained very easily and hence start making your kitchen look shabby.

      Stainless steel is a very durable benchtop as it will not stain and has a long life. Stainless steel is not for everyone though as it can make a kitchen look cold and more like a commercial kitchen. Stainless steel is not the best option if you are going for a traditional or classic kitchen. Stainless steel can work well with industrial, modern and contemporary styles.

      Quartz is another material that works great for countertops as it comes in various designs and is very durable. Due to its versatile option in design, it can be used in all types of kitchen styles. It is however an expensive choice for benchtops which might not be right for everyone’s budget.

      Engineered stone has become one of the most popular choices for our clients as it is durable as well as cost effective compared to quartz. Engineered stone is exactly as it sounds, it is engineered in the factory. It can be made to look like marble or any other material which makes it a versatile design choice. It is also not as expensive as marble or quartz and does fit into most budgets. Engineered stone does not stain like laminate and is a very easy to clean material.

      # 4 Good durable Flooring

      The floor of the kitchen can easily get dirty and messy. Most people live busy lives and cannot spend a long time cleaning and maintaining the floors. Tiled or Acrylic floors are the easiest to maintain when it comes to kitchens. Tiled and Acrylic floors now come in various textures, designs and patters and can be made to look like wooden floors or any other type of flooring. This means that you do not have to compromise on style and aesthetics. They are also very easy to maintain and do not get damaged with any water spillage.

      Carpets and Real hardwood floors are easily the hardest to maintain. Carpets are easily stained and can be a nightmare to maintain in a kitchen even with a kitchen mat. Real hardwood floors can begin to rot overtime if there is constant water spillage which is often not avoidable in a kitchen. If you have real hardwood floors then a good idea will be to protect them in order to avoid them getting damaged.

      We have renovated old bungalows in Auckland where our clients chose to keep their timber floors and we preserved them by taking the following steps:

      • All the floors were cleaned thoroughly and then sanded
      • All the rows of nail holes were fixed
      •  3 coats of commercial grade water Born Polyurethane was applied on the floors
      • After 5 days we then applied a satin finish of moisture cured and water based polyurethane.

      # 5 Good Quality Fittings

      If you’re considering which items to spend more on in your kitchen, it’s worth paying attention to the fittings. A standard cabinet can be lifted by a beautiful handle, while a basic sink can look high-end with the addition of a well-chosen tap.

      The fittings in your kitchen are going to be used a lot, so it makes sense to invest in quality to ensure they’re strong, durable and nice to touch.

      It is important to use good quality fittings when renovating a kitchen whether it is a DIY project or through a renovation company. You are not going to be renovating your kitchen every 5 years or so which means that the fittings you choose should be lasting you at least 15-20 years. It is better to put off your renovation for a few more years in order to save enough to invest in good quality fittings for your kitchen renovation.

      Your fittings will be used a lot and quite regularly so there is a high chance of wear and tear. The materials you choose for your cabinets, benchtop, sink and door handles should be durable and sturdy.

      # 6 Easy to clean splash back

      A well chosen splashback can transform your kitchen in terms of design as well as reduce the time it takes you to clean while cooking. One of the key functions of a splashback is to protect the wall from the splatters made while cooking. Hence decide on a sleek tiled splashback without many grout lines or a glass splashback.

      If there are too many grout lines or if the tile used is rough or textured then cleaning the splashback will be harder. If it is a smoother tile without too many grout lines then it would be a whole lot easier to clean your splashback.


      Featured Projects

      Urban Luxury Kitchen renovation in Parnell

      This townhouse was centrally located in Parnell but the kitchen was tiny and lacked counter space. We completely changed the layout of this kitchen by first moving it from the left side of the area to the right. We then added cabinets in the dining area as an extended storage space. This cabinet featured shelves with internal lights which could be opened when required. To see Before and After pictures and project specifications see more

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      Entertainer’s Dream Kitchen and Bar 

      Guru and Neeta from Massey had a closed off kitchen which did not let them enjoy an open plan living. They wanted to renovate to introduce a feel of luxury but also make it an open space which could double as an entertaining space. We opened up the space for them and also extended the kitchen counter towards the lounge to act like a bar. The black and white see more

       

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      Kitchen, Lounge and Dining room renovation in Massey


      Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge

      This was a special kitchen as it was about incorporating natural elements into the kitchen to reflect our client’s country surroundings. The kitchen was dated and was transformed into a chic country style kitchen complete with treated real wood as bench-tops, butler’s sink, floating shelves and cabinets that were wrapped in Dezignatek Thermoform with a ‘Ronda’ pattern to give them cabinets a vintage look see more

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      Full kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge, Auckland

       

      Already have all your own trades and you’re comfortable managing them for your kitchen renovation?

      Although we don’t recommend if you haven’t renovated a kitchen before and/or you don’t have trades people you can trust, most renovations if not all comes with it’s own surprises because not all homes are the same – this is where experience/project management plays an important role in minimises risks to maintain costs/delays giving you higher certainty of outcome/quality backed by associated guarantees and warranties.

      However, if you do intend to manage the kitchen renovation yourself, it does work out more cost effective to contact a kitchen cabinetry manufacturer directly to get the kitchen cabinets designed, manufactured and installed – leaving you to manage the other trades such as flooring, demolition, painting, plastering, splashback/tiling, electrician, plumber, and sometimes a carpenter/builder.

       

      Try Little Giant Interiors cost calculator below to see what you can expect to pay for cabinetry.

       

       

      Further Resources for your house interior design

      1. Ideas for Bathroom renovations in our bathroom renovation gallery of bathrooms we have renovated in Auckland
      2. Ideas for Kitchen renovations in our kitchen renovation gallery for kitchens we have renovated in Auckland
      3. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
      4. Real client stories from Auckland.

      How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

      Kitchen renovations start from 23K and can go up to 50K depending on the level of customisation and the type of range you use for products. If you are looking at a basic kitchen renovation with minimal change in layout and use mid range products/fixtures then you can get a fully renovated kitchen in 23K. However if the level of customisation is high and products used come from our premium range then it can cost anywhere above 30K

      How do I budget for my kitchen renovation?

      First you should make a list of why you want to renovate your kitchen. Is it to increase functionality by including modern amenities and changing your layout? Is it to make minor upgrades as things are starting to look old? Is it to convert a closed of kitchen into an open space living? Is it to upgrade a rental property to yield better rent in the market? These questions will largely affect your budget. If you are looking at upgrading an investment property to either add value or yield better rent should be getting a basic renovation with little customisation with the use of medium range supplies. However, if your intention is to increase functionality and add comfort then you can use our mid-range to premium suppliers and customise your kitchen to the extent that your budget allows.

      Do you have finance options for my Kitchen renovation?

      Yes we do provide finance options for people wanting to renovate their kitchen with us. We realise that it is not always possible to put aside a huge chunk of money for your renovation and we have hence partnered with Linda from Loan Market to provide finance options for our clients. To understand more about our finance options, visit our page: https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/guide-to-financing-your-home-renovation-in-nz-by-superior-renovations/

      Does a Kitchen renovation increase the value of my home?

      Kitchens and Bathrooms are the two main parts of your home that will increase the over all value of your home. Kitchens especially have become a focal point for buyers when choosing a home. This is because kitchens of today are a lot more than just a place for cooking. They are a place where the family congregates, a place for interaction and entertainment. Hence when buying a home, kitchen is mostly a first property for buyers.

      Where can i find help to design my kitchen?

      Renovation companies like ours that provide a full 'design to build service' will include design in to their process which means that you do not have to find your own designer. Having a designer in the same team as the rest of the renovation company is an added benefit as you do not have to liaise with two different companies.

      Do i have get my own plumbers and electricians for my kitchen renovation?

      This will depend on the company that is carrying out your renovation. Renovation companies that offer a complete 'design to build' service will include everything from designing your kitchen, demolition of previous kitchen, disposal of rubbish, supply of products like flooring/bathroom fixtures/showers,vanity, installation process, all the different trades involved and project management of the entire process and trades involved. The costs for kitchen renovation will include all the above. However there are kitchen manufacturers that focus only on manufacturing a kitchen and installing it. They would not provide any electricians, tilers, plumbers etc. Do your research to see what fits you best

      What are some Kitchen backplash trends?

      A backsplash can really change the look of your entire kitchen. Whether it is pop of colour that you want to add in an otherwise white toned kitchen or make it into a sleek modern kitchen by adding a glass splashback. You can read our article on newest trends for kitchen backsplash for 2020 and 2021 here: https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/how-much-do-kitchen-splashbacks-cost-in-nz/

      throom fixtures/showers,vanity, installation process, all the different trades involved and project management of the entire process and trades involved. The costs for kitchen renovation will include all the above. However there are kitchen manufacturers that focus only on manufacturing a kitchen and installing it. They would not provide any electricians, tilers, plumbers etc. Do your research to see what fits you best. ” image-5=”” count=”6″ html=”true” css_class=””]

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        Kitchen Layout Guide To Create a Functional Kitchen Design – 2023 edition

        This blog has been updated with additional information to ensure you create a functional kitchen design. 

        If you are planning a kitchen renovation, then you must be looking for kitchen design ideas that works best for the space that you have available. Not everyone is able to build a brand-new house to live in. This means that most people have to renovate their existing kitchen and have to decide on a kitchen design that transform their current space into something that is functional and works for their family.

        Our kitchen designers often work with our clients to custom built a kitchen within their current space. We spoke to our designers and they said that deciding the right type of design does not just mean deciding on a U shaped, L shaped or galley kitchen. There are a few technicalities that need to be kept in mind before deciding on a layout for the kitchen. They work by 7 rules that go into designing a kitchen that works for our clients.

        In this article we will discuss the following:

        1. 7 core technicalities to keep in mind when designing your kitchen layout

        2. Kitchen Ergonomics 101

        3. 7 tips to keep your kitchen functional

        4. 6 Most popular kitchen layouts – which layout is right for your kitchen design?

        Whatever shape your kitchen has, it must be livable first. It has to be an area where you can walk around at ease without bumping into things. You need to align your cabinets in a way that when opened they are not bumping into something else. Therefore, space planning is vital before you can decide a shape for your kitchen.

        7 Essentials to keep in mind when deciding on a Layout for your Kitchen Design

        In the first section of this article, we will discuss the 7 essential features that you should keep in mind before deciding on a layout for your kitchen.

        How do you decide what kitchen layout to go with?

        There are several different kitchen layouts available, each with their own set of pros and cons. Some common kitchen layouts include:

        1. U-shaped: This layout features cabinets and countertops on three walls, creating a “U” shape. This layout is great for larger kitchens and allows for plenty of counter space and storage.
        2. L-shaped: This layout features cabinets and countertops on two adjacent walls, creating an “L” shape. This layout is great for smaller kitchens and can be used to create a work triangle.
        3. Galley: This layout features cabinets and countertops on two parallel walls. This layout is great for small kitchens and allows for easy movement between the sink, stove, and refrigerator.
        4. Island: This layout features an island in the middle of the kitchen that can be used for additional counter space and storage. This layout is great for larger kitchens and can also be used to create a work triangle.
        5. Single-wall: This layout features cabinets and countertops on a single wall. This layout is great for small kitchens and allows for easy movement.

        When considering a kitchen layout, it’s important to consider the size and shape of your kitchen, as well as your cooking and storage needs. Additionally, it’s important to consider the flow of traffic and the ease of movement within the kitchen. If you have a small kitchen, it’s important to maximize the space you have by choosing a layout that works well with your available space. If you have a larger kitchen, you may have more options for layout and can choose a layout that works best for your cooking and storage needs.

        Kitchen Ergonomics and the work triangle

        Kitchen Ergonomics is important in order to achieve a great kitchen design. Ergonomics is a study of designing an environment that fits people instead of people fitting into an environment.

        A work triangle was initially devised as a measure of efficiency of a kitchen. The triangle ensures that there is a clear pathway from your stove, the cleaning area which is your sink and your refrigerator. There should be no other traffic through this triangle.

        1.Foot traffic and designated storage areas

        One of the top priorities in your kitchen design should be to ensure that you have a clear primary pathway throughout the kitchen without obstructing the oven or dishwasher doors when opened.

        Kitchens are almost always a high traffic area in any household. Your kitchen design must include clear designated areas where you will be storing your appliances, which will be your living area and where you will be doing most of the cooking. Make a list of all your big appliances, your cutlery, your regularly used utensils, your washing area, your cooking area and make sure that your kitchen design includes a designated area for these things. An example below shows a rough drawing of how the areas should be designated in your kitchen designs.

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        Create Clear zones for circulation, meal preparation and cooking in your kitchen layout (Image courtesy Room Sketcher.com: https://www.roomsketcher.com/blog/kitchen-layout-ideas/)

        2.Distance between all your fixtures

        It is important for your kitchen area to not be too cramped. There are many kitchen designs that include all the amenities, but they end up having very little space between fixtures. This means that in reality when you are working in the kitchen it will not be a very functional space.

        Hence think about the distance between your cooking area and your sink for example. You also do not want your fridge to be too far away from your stove because it will end up becoming inconvenient. Your dishwasher should also be in an easy distance from your sink so that you can rinse and easily load your dishwasher.

        3.Distance between your island and cooking area

        If you have an island in the kitchen then you should make sure that there isn’t too much or too little space between the island and the cooktop. Islands are usually a great area to prep your meals which means that if its too far from the cooktop then it will complicate things.

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        This L-shaped island from our renovation in Blockhouse Bay is installed a good distance from the counters

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        L Shaped Kitchen from our Stanmore Bay renovation with a large island with  bar stools and a hob

         

        On the contrary if there is too little space between the island and the stove then you cannot have more than 1 person comfortably cooking and prepping in the area. Also, most island do have storage cabinets built into them and they should be able to comfortably open and not collide with the parallel countertops or yourself.

        4.Place the Cooktop and Kitchen first within your kitchen design

        A good rule of thumb is always to figure out where the sink, cooktop and the dishwasher goes before deciding on other designated areas. The sink and cooktop are the areas where most of the action happens in the kitchen. Designers often first decide on these elements before designating areas for preparation of storage cabinets. Also ensure that there is ample room around the sink and cooktop. If you have a large island with quite a bit of surface area, then you can install your sink on it as it could provide you with lots of area to work with.

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        Everything should comfortably open and not obstruct the pathway or any other fixture in a functional kitchen design (Image courtesy Room Sketcher.com: https://www.roomsketcher.com/blog/kitchen-layout-ideas/)

        5.Be smart about where you place your cooktop

        Ventilation is very important in kitchens so that there is not too much moisture in the kitchen. Too much humidity and moisture in your kitchen will end up making your walls mouldy and ruin your furniture especially if its an open plan setting. You can install a cooktop on your island, but it will be expensive to install a good ventilation system and you will have no splashback to catch all the splatters. Hence, we recommend our clients to install their cooktops on an exterior wall where installing a ventilation system becomes easier, plus you will be able to install and splashback.

        6.Keep Vertical Storage in Mind

        Storage is one of the most important components of a functional kitchen design. A kitchen can be beautifully designed but if it lacks storage then it makes for a bad kitchen design. Not everyone has the choice of having large and spacious kitchens with numerous storage cabinets for storage. However, a lack of space however does not have to equate to lack of storage in small kitchen designs. You can consider installing wall-mounted vertical storage that is reachable by kitchen ladders. A moveable ladder can be included into your kitchen design, and you can store products that you use regularly in the top cabinets. In order to give your kitchen design more depth, you can also place hooks and open shelves on the walls.

        7.Create a Floor Plan and Visualize Your Kitchen in 3D

        Once you have decided on materials, dimensions, and aesthetics of your kitchen, make sure that you create a 3D plan for your kitchen. Most renovation companies like ours provide 3D drawings for clients so that the client can visualise the kitchen before manufacturing and installation begins. Even if you are doing a DIY project, it is always a good idea to generate 3D drawings for a kitchen via an app or a designer.

        7 Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Functional 

        1. Vertical Wall Storage 

        when planning your kitchen layout design, you’d always want to consider a functional kitchen design. Having storage in your kitchen plays a huge part in making your kitchen functional. Create organizational central by using magnets, hooks, and rods. use vertical wall storage in your kitchen as it’s a great idea for any size kitchen and there are a variety of customisable layout options.

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        Vertical Wall Storage | Photo Credit – iStock

        2. Live On The Big Island 

        in your kitchen plans NZ, always plan for an island if possible. A kitchen island is a place where everyone gathers and can act as extra storage space. Consider a kitchen island in your kitchen layout design as it makes your kitchen more functional.

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        3. Hidden, Not Forgotten 

        Our kitchen designers Auckland recommend that you think about installing a two tiered carousel to free up counter space and make the most of corner cabinet storage. This is a great idea to consider in your kitchen layout ideas NZ as you can store both often used and infrequently used goods hidden away but within easy reach.

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        Two Tiered Carousel

        4. Clean Lined Cooktop 

        For your designer new kitchen, think about using a flat glass ceramic cooktop if your kitchen has limited counter space. This kitchen plans NZ works regardless of which kitchen style you’re after, thanks to it’s streamlined shape, and complements the kitchen.

        5. Spiced Up Organisation 

        Creating a functional kitchen design may be tricky as there are many elements to consider. Purchase small containers to fill up drawers with all the different spices you own. Have a designated drawer that is dedicated to only spices that would take your organisation to the next level.

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        Pantry with pull out drawers

        6. Keep Continuity In Mind

        You don’t need to spend big to get the functional kitchen design you’re after. To get a unified, finished kitchen layout design, opt for kitchen appliances covered in integrated doors that complement your cabinets.

        7. Illumination Innovations 

        Nobody likes fumbling around in the dark for something, even if it is to find a flashlight. In your kitchen plans NZ, purchase some plug in lighting strips with motion sensors to install into your drawers. To create a functional kitchen design, having good kitchen lighting is the way to go.

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        Lighting on the splashback


        6 Most common Layouts for your Kitchen design – Which one is right for your space?

        Now that we have discussed the essential dimensions and distances required for a functional kitchen design, lets discuss the 6 most popular kitchen design layouts of today.  A good layout will help you maximise the space available to give you a functional kitchen for your family.

        A kitchen is different from all the other rooms in a home as ergonomics has a huge role to play in its design plan. Getting the right heights and distance between objects is important for its functionality.

        1.U-shaped kitchen

        U shaped kitchens work well if you have a lot of space available. U-shaped kitchens have counters on three walls of the kitchen forming a U shape. These types of kitchens offer ample space to eat, cook and entertain. Larger U-shaped kitchens can also accommodate an island in the middle to provide additional bench space.

        U shaped kitchens are usually found in a standalone room of itself or in the corner of a large room. The modern U-shaped kitchen has evolved from being made on three walls into an L-shaped kitchen with a disconnected island to for a U shape. This allows people the flexibility to enjoy an open planned living which is the most popular style today.

         

         

        Project specifications + Photos Guru and Neeta’s modern U-shaped Kitchen Project

        If you do have a small kitchen then a U shaped kitchen is possible to have but opt for the modern U-shape design with an L-shaped kitchen and a narrow island that can double as a breakfast bar.

        Project specifications + PhotosAmber and Craig’s U shaped Kitchen renovation in Hillsborough

        5 Ideas for U Shaped Kitchen Designs

        1. Central Dining Table 

        If your kitchen layout design has enough space, consider adding a kitchen island in your kitchen plans NZ. Having a kitchen island adds additional storage and can be used as a gathering point. If you happen to have a large kitchen, instead of adding a kitchen island, add a dining table. Having a dining table might be more comfortable than gathering around an island.

        2. Add Depth With Paint 

        Having a U shaped designer new kitchen can become too boxy. In your kitchen plans NZ, include some dark paint on a singular wall. If you happen to have a kitchen island add dark paint to the base of it. This will help create a focal point in your kitchen and add depth to the space.

        3. Pendant Lighting 

        Having a large kitchen requires you to consider lighting as you’d want to ensure the kitchen is well lit. Our kitchen designers Auckland  suggest that you hang some pendant lighting in the middle of the room to above a dining area. This way it will help define the area and make the kitchen more welcoming.

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        Pendant Lighting in Kitchen | Photo Credit – Unsplash

        4. Open Shelving 

        In your kitchen layout ideas NZ, plan to have some floating/open shelves to replace some cabinet spaces as it will open the room. To create an inviting atmosphere, be sure to add décor elements and keep the space orgnaised.

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        Open Shelving in Kitchen | Photo Credit – Unsplash

        5. Create An Entertaining Space 

        Creating a functional kitchen design has many elements to it before it becomes functional. A kitchen has always been somewhat of an entertaining space. If you’re a fan of hosting parties at your house, make sure there is space for you to converse with guests while cooking or preparing meals.

        2.L-shaped kitchens

        An L shaped kitchen is great for small spaces like apartments and units. They are different from U-shaped kitchens as they have one less wall where you can put counters and storage. It is great for small families, couples or single inhabitants of a house.

        While there is less counterspace and storage available in an L-shaped kitchen, it is a more cohesive design for smaller spaces. With ingenuity and some innovation, you can maximise storage by building storage vertically and reach these spaces with a trendy kitchen ladder.

        Project Specifications + PhotosL-shaped Kitchen design + Large island in Blockhouse Bay renovation

        L shaped kitchens are also great if you have a corner that is not being used and if you are looking at maximising this space. If your kitchen is in an open plan living, kitchen and dining area then you can potentially build a small island that can double as a dining and do away with a dining table all together. This will give you more bench space and you will not be stuck with a dining table that you do not use.

        5 Ideas To Maxmise Your L Shaped Kitchen

        1. Link With Materials 

        To create a cohesive look in your kitchen layout design, try to link sections in your kitchen by matching materials. Consider using the same surface material, cabinetry paint, and hardware. This will not only give the area a coherent aesthetic, but it will also make the room appear larger because your attention won’t be drawn to anything different elsewhere in the space.

        2. Balance Your Storage 

        Storage space is highly important in your kitchen, ensure you have enough storage space in your kitchen layout design. In a L shaped kitchen, you’re able to have storage up high and down low. Our kitchen designers Auckland suggest that you paint your high cabinets the same colour as your walls, as it will give the impression that the space is bigger without sacrificing storage space. Paint your lower cabinets a lighter, brighter tone.

        3. Create A Practical Workspace 

        A functional kitchen design consists of having a practical workspace which is why you should always keep in mind of the working triangle in your kitchen layout ideas NZ. To have a successful functional kitchen, you’d want everything to flow smoothly.

        4. Balance The L Shaped With A Window

        If possible, try to position your L shaped kitchen under a window as it will help you balance out the kitchen. This designer new kitchen will give equal function to the other part of the L shaped kitchen. Having windows in your kitchen will lighten up the room.

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        L shaped kitchen with window | Photo Credit – iStock

        5. Store Vertically 

        As mentioned before, storage space is an important factor that you should consider in your kitchen layout design as having enough storage space creates a functional kitchen. Use an entire wall to have floor to wall ceiling cabinets if possible as it will utilise your kitchen space. Take your kitchen layout ideas NZ a step further by adding a magnetic rail to hold knives.

        3.Galley Kitchen:

        Galley kitchens have two parallel walls with countertops and a walkway in between them. Traditionally galley kitchens often feature in standalone rooms of their own. This style is very popular in older Auckland homes with more people choosing to remove one of the walls to integrate the galley kitchen into an open plan living space.

        Galley kitchens work best if you have a narrow room and prefer your kitchen closed off from the rest of the house. A galley kitchen can easily be converted into an open style kitchen by demolishing the wall between the kitchen and the living space. If you are demolishing a wall that has countertops adjacent to it then you can convert this row of countertops into a long island instead. This way you can keep the storage and work bench space. Another great way to integrate a galley kitchen into your living space is making a large open window without a glass pane on the wall that has one of the countertops adjacent to it.

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        We designed this kitchen for a client that wanted to integrate her Galley kitchen into the rest of the living space. She still wanted to keep the storage which meant that our next best option was to create a window and extend the counter into an island which was used for casual dining.

        Photos and Project specifications  Open style Galley Kitchen (or one wall + island Kitchen) in Epsom

        5 Galley Kitchen Design Ideas 

        1. Add Lighting 

        Allowing natural light in your designer new kitchen is ideal but if you’re unable to let natural light in, opt for good lighting fixtures in your kitchen layout design. In your galley kitchen layout ideas NZ, take into account lighting options such as worktop spotlight and properly positioned pendants. Shiny materials like tile, metal, and glass will reflect light to give the impression that the room is bigger.

        2. Keep It Simple 

        In your designer new kitchen, keep it simple as it will make your space feel airy. Choose sleek, click close doors that don’t have handles. Skip the colour scheme and stick with monochromatic, light neutrals. Choose a unique rug or a high end faucet for your kitchen if you’d like to make a statement in your kitchen layout design.

        3. Open it up 

        Creating a functional kitchen design for your galley kitchen can be tricky. The easiest way to create more functionality in your kitchen is by adding a kitchen island for food preparation and storage. As it can allow for casual dining, including an overhang and stool seating.

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        Galley Kitchen in Island | Photo Credit – iStock

        4. Hanging Storage

        Counter space is important no matter what style kitchen you have. In your kitchen plans NZ consider having some hanging storage options as an alternative if you’re low on cabinet or counter space. Our kitchen designers Auckland always recommend hanging storage solutions to hang your pots and pans where they can be easily accessible. Another alternative is to have floating shelves to display anything you like.

        5. Clear The Contents 

        Our inhouse kitchen designers Auckland suggest that you keep your kitchen countertops clear if possible. As this will provide your kitchen with an airier look and make the space look clean. Consider installing a microwave drawer to get the appliance off your counter. Provide goods with a home by having tall storage, especially if you don’t utilise them frequently.

        4.Island Kitchen:

        Kitchens in the past always featured islands which were predominantly used for prep work in kitchens. Islands phased in the past few decades as the space available for them became lesser and other kitchen designs provided more storage.

        This however has changed in the past decade as islands of today feature storage cabinets on all sides, they provide extra prep space and act as a small breakfast nook. Installing an island is not possible for all spaces but there are more sleeker styles available today. It is possible to incorporate a an island in L-shaped, U shaped and Galley kitchens as long as there is enough room to move around all the counters.

        Read20 Top Kitchen design trends for 2021 and 10 trends to avoid

        5 Island Kitchen Design Ideas 

        1. Squeeze In A Moveable Island If Space Is Tight 

        To create a functional kitchen design, it’s been proven that having a kitchen island plays a huge part in making your kitchen more functional. Having an island may only seem like it’s possible only for a spacious kitchen but that’s not the case. Think about having a portable island as it can be easily moved to different areas of the kitchen when needed as it can provide as additional work surface and seating options.

        2. Refresh The Kitchen With A Splash Of Colour 

        Kitchen designers Auckland advise that if you have a neutral kitchen, use your kitchen island as a space to add a splash of colour in your kitchen plans NZ. In your designer new kitchen, consider painting the island a contrast colour as it offers a quick and simple update that can work wonders in the kitchen without you having to commit to a full kitchen renovation.

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        Splash of colour on kitchen island | Photo Credit – iStock

        3. Incorporate Extra Storage At One End 

        Kitchen layout ideas NZ for your island, ensure you take advantage of your island by adding additional storage to it. Put this unused area to better use by including a set of shelves rather than the typical end panels. Make sure it has a thin gap that might be used as a spice rack or a place to store condiments and oils, as it should be at least 10cm deep to create a functional kitchen design.

        4. Position Appliances Away From Entertaining Space 

        If your island is in an open-concept kitchen, you probably want to create a lively and appealing environment for entertaining. in your kitchen layout ideas NZ, you might want to consider placing cooking appliances on the inside of your kitchen island. Our kitchen designers Auckland highly advise this as having cooking appliances on the outside of your kitchen island is not a good idea. To create a more inviting atmosphere, incorporate your oven and hob onto the island facing the social area.

        5. Make Sure Your Kitchen Is Well Lit 

        Lighting is extremely important as if you have an island, it will become a focal point. Ensure you have the right lighting in your kitchen plans NZ so that your kitchen has sufficient lighting. As your kitchen island will be a primary location for food preparation and entertaining, it needs to be adequately lighted. Keep this in mind in your kitchen layout ideas NZ.

        5.Peninsula Kitchen:

        In peninsula kitchens your island extends from the rest of your kitchen. This type of island provides more benchtop space or a dining area when there isn’t much space available for an standalone island. This works especially well for L-shaped kitchens as seen in one of our renovations below. Lynette’s family really wanted a breakfast nook in their kitchen design but did not have the space for an island in the middle of the kitchen. Hence we created a peninsula design for her kitchen which allowed her to have her breakfast nook without making the area cumbersome.

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        We custom built a peninsula kitchen for this renovation in Bucklands Beach which added additional bench space as well as added a breakfast nook for our clients.

        Project specifications of the above Kitchen

        3 Peninsula Kitchen Design Ideas

        1. Add Banquette Seats On The Back

        Many kitchen designs that have been completed by our kitchen designers Auckland express how important it is to create a space for seating where the family can all get together. If your open-plan peninsula kitchen has room, you might want to think about installing banquette seating there. This kitchen layout ideas NZ is an excellent approach to fit more people around the table as it will create a social space for entertaining and serve as a kitchen extension in your designer new kitchen.

        2. Open Shelving

        Like many designer new kitchen, you’d want to create a perfect kitchen layout ideas NZ to open your kitchen and make the space appear lighter and larger. Open shelves make it simple to reach for necessary appliances when working in the kitchen and lets more light into the room.

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        Open Shelving | Photo Credit – Unsplash

        3. Add Light Fixtures 

        Remember to install lighting over your peninsula. It not only brightens up your workspace, but it also gives your house more visual appeal. You can add pendent lighting to the space to offer visual contrast in your kitchen plans NZ.

        6.Two Island Kitchen:

        This type of kitchen is only possible for a kitchen design which has a large space to work with. You can create a lovely 2 island kitchen which can be installed in the middle of the kitchen design with a pathway in between them. You can use one of the islands for prep work and in the other you can even install a cooktop and make that your cooking area. Two islands of a smaller size work better than one large island in the middle as there is more accessibility available with two small islands. It is also better for walking around and the general flow of your kitchen.

         


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        Urban Luxury Kitchen renovation in Parnell – An open plan U-shaped Kitchen

        This townhouse was centrally located in Parnell but the kitchen was tiny and lacked counter space. We completely changed the layout of this kitchen by first moving it from the left side of the area to the right. We then added cabinets in the dining area as an extended storage space. This cabinet featured shelves with internal lights which could be opened when required. To see Before and After pictures and project specifications see more

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        Entertainer’s Dream Kitchen and Bar – A modern U shaped Open plan kitchen

        Guru and Neeta from Massey had a closed off kitchen which did not let them enjoy an open plan living. They wanted to renovate to introduce a feel of luxury but also make it an open space which could double as an entertaining space. We opened up the space for them and also extended the kitchen counter towards the lounge to act like a bar. The black and white see more

         

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        Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge – Peninsula Kitchen

        This was a special kitchen as it was about incorporating natural elements into the kitchen to reflect our client’s country surroundings. The kitchen was dated and was transformed into a chic country style kitchen complete with treated real wood as bench-tops, butler’s sink, floating shelves and cabinets that were wrapped in Dezignatek Thermoform with a ‘Ronda’ pattern to give them cabinets a vintage look see more

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        Open Plan Galley Kitchen in Epsom

        We renovated this historic bungalow in Epsom to make it more functional for a young family. The materials used were durable and easy to clean. This open style galley kitchen allows our clients the freedom to spend quality time within one space. See full details for this project here

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        Further Resources for your house interior design

        1. Ideas for Bathroom renovations in our bathroom renovation gallery of bathrooms we have renovated in Auckland
        2. Ideas for Kitchen renovations in our kitchen renovation gallery for kitchens we have renovated in Auckland
        3. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
        4. Real client stories from Auckland.

         

        Do you have a In-house Kitchen designer?

        Yes, we do have an In-house Kitchen designer who will help you create a Kitchen design for your kitchen renovation. We provide all our clients with 3D drawings when we create a proposal for you.

        What kind of Kitchen layout is best for me?

        This will depend on various factors. Read our article on Planning your layout for a functional and practical kitchen design here to understand more about the layout that is right for you : https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/kitchen-layout-planning-guide-to-achieving-a-good-kitchen-design

        Do I have to get my own plumbers and electricians?

        We provide a full renovation service for any given area. This means that our service will include design, demolition, sourcing of all renovation materials from local supplier showrooms, custom built cabinetry, installation of all cabinets, flooring, fixtures, project management and all trades like electricians, plumbers, grouters, builders, tilers, and any other trades.


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          We have recently opened a renovation showroom in Auckland with 3 displays of renovated kitchens, 5 displays of renovated bathrooms as well as a design studio. We are the first of its kind in New Zealand as this is not just a manufacturer’s showroom but a showroom where our clients can see the quality of our workmanship as well as explore the myriad of renovation materials that are available today.

          Our showroom was created to highlight essential storage in kitchens, the different range of revolutionary materials available today as well as different kitchen designs.

          With the creation of this showroom, we decided that it would be a good idea to create an article explaining the different materials used in our kitchen showroom display designs and their features as well as benefits for families. The idea is to educate our clients about the revolutionary and innovative renovation materials available today.

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          1. Difference between our showroom and other kitchen showrooms in Auckland ⇓
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          3. Highlighting our modern matte black kitchen in our kitchen showroom ⇓

            – Overall design highlight
            – Premium Acrylic boards for cabinets – features and benefits
            – Leather finish benchtops – Features and Benefits
            – Silgranit Sink – What exactly is Silgranit?
            – Soft close technology for cabinets
            – No handle set up + Push open cabinets
            – Maximising storage solutions in a sleek kitchen
            – Waterproof Laminate floors
            – who are these types of materials/kitchens good for?
          4. Highlighting our Classic kitchen in our Kitchen showroom ⇓
            – Overall classic design explained
            – highlighting 60mm polished benchtop
            – Handcrafted cabinet fronts
            – Feature walls
            – Premium luxury materials

          5. Contemporary Kitchen in our Kitchen showroom ⇓
            – How to achieve a great design which is budget friendly
            – Premium Acrylic cabinet fronts Vs Mid-range acrylic cabinets
            – Combination of different materials to create a contemporary style
            – Creating continuity with benchtop and splashback
            – Why is this kitchen more budget friendly than the other two?

          Renovation showroom vs Kitchen manufacturer’s showroom – Why we are different? ⇑ (Back to the top) 

          Chances are that if you are renovating your kitchen, you are also changing its flooring, painting the walls, and moving electric sockets around. With kitchen manufacturing companies you will have to find the additional trades, handle supply deliveries, and manage the process.

          Most showrooms that you see in Auckland are kitchen manufacturing companies that have a showroom where they display their quality of kitchens. You will mostly meet a designer that designs your kitchen which is then manufactured and installed at your home. They do not however provide other trades like electricians, builders, plumbers, painters, or a project manager. You will also have to go to flooring companies to select your flooring, choose a painting company, and organise other trades.

           

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          Our Renovation showroom in 16D Link drive, Wairau Valley, Auckland. Our renovation showroom has 3 kitchen displays, 5 Bathroom displays, a Design studio and 100s of renovation materials for you experience. We encourage our clients to visit our showroom to see the quality of our workmanship.

           

          In our case, we are a renovation company that specialises in project management. When renovating a kitchen with us, our project manager will come to your home and measure your kitchen are and discuss your design ideas. Our lead kitchen designers Dorothy and Cici will then create your kitchen design using CAD and sketch up. Our project manager will then give you a fixed quote and with all the specifications for your project as well as timeline.

          Before accepting our quote, we would encourage you to visit our showroom to see the quality of our workmanship. Once you have accepted our proposal, we will first finalise your kitchen design and once approved, it will be manufactured in Auckland which would take from 2-3 weeks.

          While the kitchen cabinets and benchtops are being manufactured, we will take you to our flooring, lighting appliance supplier showrooms to select all your other fittings for the kitchen. We will then install your cabinets and benchtop, install your flooring, and provide all trades like electricians, flooring installers, painters, plasterers, plumbers, builders and you will have a dedicated project manager to oversee the entire renovation process.

          Cici and Dorothy – Our in-house Renovation and Kitchen designers (Examples of their kitchen designs)⇑ (Back to the top)

          Cici and Dorothy come with an extensive experience in designing renovation spaces which are functional yet beautifully designed. They both worked together to create our kitchen showroom displays as well as our bathroom showroom displays. They create initial designs on sketch up but also create 3D renderings and models using CAD for our renovation clients. They are an asset to our company not just because they are very good designers but they also have extensive knowledge about the evolving renovation materials of today.

          A kitchen renovation in Massey – Take a look at the design phase behind this Kitchen renovation.

          The kitchen renovation pictured below was designed by Dorothy and managed by our project manager Jin. It was primarily designed to renovate a closed off kitchen into an open plan kitchen with an area to entertain.

          The pictures below show the transformation of a kitchen renovation that we carried out in Massey, Auckland. The kitchen was a closed off room which was demolished an open plan living which is often why many of our clients get their kitchens renovated. A bar area was also created which was extended from the kitchen. Dorothy and our client decided to use the same renovation materials as well as cabinetry for the kitchen as well as bar to maintain continuity in the overall kitchen design.

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          Before the kitchen renovation

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          Design draft 1

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          Design Draft 2

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          After the Kitchen was Renovated

           

          Design drafts Vs Reality of the kitchen

          Elevation 1 Kitchen design Vs Completed Kitchen

           

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          Elevation 2 Kitchen design Vs Completed Kitchen
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          Elevation 3 Kitchen design Vs Completed Kitchen

           

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          Other drafts initial designs
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          Read: Before, and After pictures + design specifications of a kitchen renovation in Massey designed by Dorothy


           

          1st Display – Modern Matte Black kitchen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland ⇑ (Back to the top)

           

          Dorothy designed this kitchen for our kitchen showroom keeping a minimalistic and sleek design in mind. This kitchen also highlights different storage solutions as well as in cabinet organisation that you can incorporate in your kitchen design to make it more functional.

          This kitchen showroom display also highlights the revolutionary renovation materials that are available today. These renovation materials ensure that cleaning up and prolongs the durability of the kitchen.

           

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          The key features of this kitchen showroom display includes:

          • Premium Acrylic boards on MDF boards for all kitchen cabinets and drawers
          • Stone engineered benchtop with a leather finish
          • Timber Veneer boards for floating shelves
          • Glass Splashback
          • Downdraft rangehood on the island
          • Large induction stove on the island
          • Hidden fridge and dishwasher
          • Pull our rubbish and recycling bins
          • Full length pull out pantry with drawers
          • Pull out condiment cabinet
          • Magic corner for corner cabinet
          • Hidden drawers
          • Soft close cabinet and drawers with a push open technology
          • Silgranit sink with a insinkerator
          • Waterproof SPC laminate floors

           

          Design stages for the kitchen display done by Dorothy

          You can see some of Dorothy’s preliminary designs for this display for our kitchen showroom. This is one of our most interactive kitchens in our showroom because practically all storage and appliances are hidden behind the cabinets. Our clients spend  most of their time on this kitchen because there is always a surprise behind each cabinet/drawer that they open.

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          As mentioned above, the materials and and functionality of this kitchen makes it a unique kitchen display. The materials are innovative and revolutionary for the families of today. Kitchens are no longer serve the same purpose that they did in the past. They are now a hub of entertainment and often a place that the whole whole family congregates around in the evenings or for a quick breakfast before school or work.

          It is no longer a separate room but a room in the living space with an open plan setting. Children and adults often cook their meals together which makes it important that the materials used to create your kitchen are durable and easy to clean/maintain.

          “I wanted to show our clients that you can achieve a sleek and minimalistic look for their kitchen design without compromising on storage or functionality. Storage solutions of older kitchens are often either bulky or inconvenient for accessibility.  The materials especially are an highlight for this kitchen because they are very durable and easy to clean.” explains Dorothy when asked about her vision for this kitchen showroom display.

          Most people renovate their kitchens or even homes only once or twice in their lifetime which means that there is a serious lack of knowledge about the renovation materials of today. Our aim through this article is to educate our clients about the materials that we use as a renovation company as well as the materials in our kitchen showroom displays.

          Read more…

          10 Mistakes to avoid when designing your kitchen by our in-house kitchen designers

          How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in NZ (2022)

          Cabinets and panels for all cabinetry – What are they actually made of?

          All the cabinets and drawers fronts in this matte black kitchen are made of premium acrylic that is pressed on FSC certified MDF. The carcass or framework of the cabinetry is made of particle board.

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          Premium Acrylic panels on MDF boards for all the cabinet and drawer fronts. Recessed Veneer below the stone engineered countertop gives the benchtop an appearance of floating.

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          What is MDF?

          MDF or Medium density fibreboard is manufactured or engineered in a factory. It is made by breaking down any scrap/residual parts of hardwood which are bound with wax and resin. High pressure and temperature is applied to this to make them into panels.

          Premium Acrylic panels by Laminex

          We have used Laminex’s premium acrylic decorative boards which are pressed on the locally made FSC certified MDF. They have a great depth of colour with a matte finish that is made smooth to almost feel like velvet.

          These panels are beautiful yet durable and very easy to clean. Some of the features of these premium acrylic panels are as follows:

          • They are fingerprint resistance – this means that you will not have to keep wiping off finger prints from the cabinets.
          • They are easy to clean as they do repel dust
          • They are scratch resistant – this is great especially for kitchens where it is easy to scratch the fronts by sharp objects.
          • Stain resistant – The fact that these cabinets cannot be stained means that you don’t have to worry about wiping any spillage immediately while cooking.
          • They are soft to touch and come with a 10 year warranty.

           

          The panels we have chose for our kitchen showroom display is Metallic coal but it does come in 8 other colours which gives you alot of options when designing your kitchen.

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          When you open one of our hidden drawers, you will see all the other colours that you can use to customise your kitchen in the style that you would like.

           

          Benchtop used in this kitchen display

          The benchtop is also engineered stone with a concrete look. Dorothy wanted this kitchen to have an overall matte finish for all its materials and hence the benchtop also has a matte finish. We work closely with the supplier UniQuartz that create beautiful stone engineered benchtops.

          This benchtop is also soft to touch like the acrylic panels and has a leather finish (which means its not polished but has texture when you touch it).

          The key features of this material is as follows:

          • It is stain resistant – this is great for when you are cooking and you don’t have to worry about any spills staining your benchtop
          • They wont crack easily if you put a heavy put or if something drops on it unexpectedly from any top cabinets.
          • They can withstand up to 410 degree Celsius without any damage to it.
          • You can wipe any spills easily with a cloth or paper towel
          • It has a textured feel to it when you touch it with a concrete look

           

          The top edge of the benchtops have a shark nose that gives the benchtop a floating quality. This can be seen in the picture below.

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          All the floating shelves are made of Veneer board with a crown cut. Veneer board is basically MDF with real timber on the surface. The floating shelves add warmth to the kitchen and cut the monotony of the matte black cabinets. It also allows clients to display ornaments, crockery or wine making the kitchen homely.

          Read more…

          Mary Stuart’s Before and After Spanish Kitchen renovation – with Spanish style stone engineered benchtop

          Lynette and Henry’s modern kitchen renovation – Black Stone engineered benchtop with ingrained sparkles

          No handle set up + technology used in cabinets

          This kitchen does not have any knobs or handles to open the drawers or cabinets. All the lower cabinets have a shark nose at the edge, making it easier to grip and open them. There is a veneer board recessed strip between the benchtop and cabinet edge which has an LED light strip making it easier to see where you open the cabinets in the dark.

          All the top cabinets use a ‘push open’ technology to open the cabinets which simply means that you push the cabinet and it opens. As the cabinets are finger print resistant, you will not find any fingerprint marks when you touch the top cabinets.

          All the cabinet and drawers use a ‘soft close’ technology which reduces means that even if you slam the cupboards, they will slow down and close softly. This is great as it reduces noise in the kitchen and especially when young kids are in the kitchen.

          Glass mirror splashbacks – Why a glass mirror splashback was used for this kitchen showroom display?

          Tiles have always been the most popular choice for splashback for kitchens. Glass mirror splashbacks have seen a growth in popularity recently especially for modern and contemporary kitchen designs.

          This glass mirror splashback in our kitchen showroom is coloured black to match the overall kitchen design. Contrary to popular belief, this splashback is resistant to heat as it is made of toughened glass and will will not break easily. Using glass mirrors is also a way of making your  kitchen look more spacious. Glass splashbacks are also easy to clean compared to tiles as there are not grout lines.

          Extensive Storage solutions for your kitchen design – Making organisation easy

          Most of our kitchen renovations include making the kitchens into an open plan kitchen. Open plan kitchens often have the living and dining area in the same space as the kitchen. While open plan kitchens promote family interaction, they also pose a problem. The problem is that open plan kitchens need to look presentable and uncluttered at all times as they are visible from other living areas. This means that you should be able to store all your big appliances, condiments, pots and pans inside the cabinets comfortably.

          Dorothy says that the ease of retrieving your appliances/condiments should also be considered when building internal storage or organisation for cabinets and drawers.

          This kitchen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland is a great example of good storage with great internal organisation and everything is easy to find/retrieve.

          Hideaway Dishwasher and Fridge in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Having your dishwasher and fridge hidden behind your cabinets gives your kitchen a seamless and sleek look. This is especially an advantage for open plan kitchens as there is an added emphasis on aesthetics in open plan kitchens.

          So how do hideaway dishwashers and fridge work? The cabinet fronts are attached to the exterior of the dishwasher and fridge so from the exterior it looks like a cabinet.

          We have created hidden dishwasher and fridge in our kitchen showroom to show our clients how they look and feel.

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          Hidden SMEG dishwasher with cabinet front attached to the exterior of the dishwasher in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          Hidden Fridge and Freezer with cabinet fronts attached to the exterior of the fridge in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

          Pull out panty with drawers

          The older pantries in our kitchens often just feature a large cabinet with shelves. We often store all our pantry items in the shelves and no matter how much we organise it, it always ends up looking cluttered. When retrieving items from behind, we have to move the items in front out of the way. This wastes time as and is also quite inconvenient.

          This kitchen display shows a pull out pantry that you can build it within your kitchen with in built compartments as seen below. The in built drawers are see through from the sides which means that you can see all your pantry items which makes retrieving them easy.

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          Pull out pantry with in-built shelves makes it easy for you to clearly see all the stored items and retrieve them. – This pantry can be seen in our matte black kitchen display in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland.

           

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          Individual drawers in the pull out pantry

           

          There are several types of pull out pantries that can be incorporated in a kitchen design. We did a full kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe which included creating pull out drawers in a pantry as opposed to the entire pantry being pulled out. In this type of pantry you can pull out individual drawers with see through plastic drawers making organisation of items and retrieving of them easy (see below).

           

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          Kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe with individual pull out drawers built within the pantry.

           

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          In this pantry, instead of building an entire pull out pantry, we instead created individual drawers that can be pulled out.

           

          See full kitchen renovation specifications + Before and After pictures (for renovation above)

          Magic Corner for corner cabinets in our Kitchen showroom

          What exactly is a magic corner? Magic corner is a storage solution for corner cabinets or L shaped corner cabinets. It is often hard to get appliances or pots from the corner part of the cabinets which is where a magic corner comes in handy. The idea of a magic corner is to build a shelf which can be pulled out completely. See below for the magic corner that we installed for our matte black kitchen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland (at Wairau Valley).

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          Magic corner in our kitchen showroom for our matte black modern kitchen

           

          As is the case with a pantry, magic corners come in various designs depending on the preference of our clients. You can see a few examples of different magic corner styles that we have used in our clients’ kitchen renovations around Auckland.

           

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          Kitchen renovation in Hillsborough

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          Kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

          Kitchen specifications + Before and After renovation for Hillsborough Kitchen renovation (Picture above left)

          Kitchen specifications + Before and After renovation for Papatoetoe Kitchen renovation (Picture above right)

           

          Pull out bins + Recycling bin in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Pull out bins and recycling bins have become popular with clients because they are more hygienic than bins that are on the floor beside the kitchen. They also make the kitchen area look less cluttered without a bin on the floor. This kitchen showroom display has two full sized pull out bins which are installed next to the sink for easy disposal of rubbish.

           

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          2 Full sized bins that can be pulled out from the cabinets in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Some examples of pull out bins that we have incorporated in client kitchen designs. As you can see the bins in our client homes as seen below are half length bins as there is also a drawer beneath it. The size of bins depends on your preference as some of our client s prefer to empty the bins more often than others.

           

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          Kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

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          Kitchen renovation in West Harbour

           

          Pull out condiment cabinet in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Pull out condiment cabinets may not be a necessity in a kitchen but it makes organisation easy. Condiment drawers are usually built around near the stove for easy access while cooking. Our kitchen showcases just that in the picture seen below.

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          Pull out condiment cabinet in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Most of the kitchens we have renovated include a condiment cabinet like this in its kitchen design. Some examples of pull out condiment cabinets can be seen below in our kitchen renovations that we have completed in Auckland.

           

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          Hidden drawers with a drawer in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Dorothy’s vision for this particular kitchen display in our kitchen showroom was to create a sleek look especially from the exterior. This meant that smaller drawers like cutlery drawers would create smaller lines in the exterior which would not make things look seamless. Hence, Dorothy decided to incorporate smaller drawers within the big drawers as seen below in our kitchen showroom display.

           

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          Smaller hidden drawers within the larger drawers to create an even and seamless look from the exterior.

           

          Downdraft Range hood with a large safety induction cooktop in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          The induction stove top was designed to be installed in the kitchen island for this kitchen design. The induction stovetop is by SMEG and has a safety feature which means that even after you are done cooking, it is safe to touch and will not remain hot. This is especially good for households with young children.

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          Large induction stovetop from SMEG with a safety feature in our kitchen showroom in Auckland. The downdraft range hood goes back into the benchtop when not in use.

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          When you need to use the downdraft range hood, you simply press a button and it comes up.

           

          Keeping to the seamless design in mind, Dorothy decided that having a rangehood at the top of the stovetop might make the area look cluttered and cumbersome. Hence she decided to include a downdraft range hood which goes back into the benchtop when not in use. In order to use it, you just have to push a small button and it comes back up.

           

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          When in use the downdraft range hood comes up from the benchtop. This can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland (Wairau Valley).

           

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          Electric downdraft rangehood.

           

          In order build a downdraft rangehood you need to have an island that has space behind the rangehood as the electric mechanisms need to be built behind and under the cabinet of the benchtop.

          In built Microwave, 2 Ovens and a Steamer Oven

           

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          In built 2 Ovens, Microwave, and Steamer Oven from SMEG – Can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          This kitchen really shows how sleek and functional a kitchen design can really be. In the picture above, you can see that there are 4 appliances that are built in within the cabinetry. As they are not switched on, you cannot see the light on the touch screen. There are 2 ovens, 1 microwave, and a steamer oven built within the cabinets. Originally Dorothy wanted to include an inbuilt coffee machine instead of 2 ovens but we did experience some supply issues during the creation of our showroom so we decided to forgo the in-built coffee machine.

           

          Silgranit sink from Blanco in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          There are a diverse set of sinks that can be included in your kitchen depending on your preference and kitchen design. There are many types of sinks available like ceramic, stainless steel, stone sinks, and silgranit. We have used Silgranit sinks for 2 of our kitchen displays in our kitchen showroom due to its popularity with most of our client renovations as well as its many features and benefits.

          What exactly is Silgranit? These granite sinks are made of a composite material made up to 80% of quartz sand. Quartz sand is the strongest part of granite. They feel like stone and are easy to clean, is stain resistant, very strong and can withstand high temperatures therefore making them suitable for todays modern kitchens.

          Features and Benefits of Silgranit from Blanco – Why our designers prefer this above other materials?

          • Promotes healthy living as it has a build in patented protective formula called Hygiene+Plus. It reduces growth of kitchen bacteria by about 98%.
          • Stain resistant – Unlike white or ceramic sinks that stain easily from red wine or food, silgranit sinks do not stain. All you have to do is rinse it with a tap to clean. You will not require to use any cleaning solutions or scrubbing.
          • It is very strong – 80% of silgranit sinks are made of quartz which is the strongest component of granite. This means that it will not damage with any type of heavy pot falling on it. It is very resilient and will not chip off, crack or break.
          • Heat resistant – It is heat resistant up to 280 degree Celsius which is incredible for pots that get very hot while cooking over a flame. Even if you have a boiling water tap installed in your sink it won’t damage your sink.
          • Scratch resistant – Silgranit sinks are scratch resistant which is an incredible feature of sinks.
          •  New concrete line – Concrete finish and look has become increasingly popular in contemporary kitchen designs of today. Blanco now has most of its style in a concrete look and finish that elevates the overall design of the kitchen.
          • Blanco black (a statement line) – White or light coloured benchtops are always quite popular with our clients. Blanco has a range of silgranit sinks that provide a beautiful contrast to light coloured benchtops.

          Waterproof Neptune SPC (stone based laminate) flooring from Tile Depot for this kitchen display

          In the past any kind of Acrylic or laminate flooring would not have been a good choice for kitchens or bathrooms as they are prone to warping when in contact with water. Tiles were mostly used as they are easier to maintain and are resistant to water. Tiles however, are hard on your feet when one is standing on it for too long which can make you tired easily. Tiles also get cold in winter and you often have to put mats or rugs to comfortably stand them unless of course if you have underfloor heating.

          We have been increasingly using Neptune SPC in our kitchen renovations because it combats all the negative aspects of other types of flooring. So what exactly is Neptune SPC flooring?

          Neptune stone based waterproof flooring is a revolutionary type of flooring from Tile Depot. It is a floating flooring and can be laid on top of any type of flooring. This type of flooring is made of multilayered stone polymer composite but it looks and feels like wooden planks. It has a limestone core that makes it stable and 100% waterproof.

          Key Benefits of of Neptune SPC for your kitchen renovation

          • 100 percent waterproof
          • Easy to apply on any  floor
          • 100% free of orth0-pthalates and other harmful substances like plasticizers
          • It has a UL Green Guard Gold certification which means that it is great for people who have allergies or sensitive skin
          • It has a built in SE+ anti-bacterial surface that protects the floor against harmful bacteria
          • Neptune comes with a sound absorbing technology so you don’t have to install a separate underlay
          • It is stain resistant which is great for kitchens floors
          • It will not fade
          • It cannot be easily scratched or dented
          • Easy maintenance – as you only need to vacuum it and occasionally mop.
          • Cost Effective
          • Very durable and will last you a long time

           

          We have used Neptune SPC flooring for all our Kitchen displays in the kitchen showroom. Most of our clients prefer using Neptune for their kitchens compared to other flooring materials as it is a high traffic area and needs materials that are durable and easy to maintain.

          If you look at the picture of our kitchen showroom below, you can see that Neptune flooring simply looks like wood. It comes in several colours based on your preference for your kitchen design.

           

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          Neptune SPC flooring in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Is this type of Kitchen design for you? – Consider the materials and design

          There are 100s of materials that you can mix and match to create countless variations of any kitchen design. This means that you can use different materials and get the exact same design of any kitchen. This also means that you should consider the materials of your kitchen carefully before renovating.

          Dorothy and Cici often as several questions and they try to understand the lifestyle of the family. It is important to design the kitchen based on your lifestyle instead of fitting your lifestyle around your kitchen design.

          This kitchen is great for families with an open plan kitchen. Aesthetically it would be beautiful in an open plan living due to its seamless yet simple kitchen design. It has a sleek uncluttered look with ample storage which makes it a very functional kitchen. We built this kitchen keeping in mind the hectic lifestyles of today and chose materials that are durable and easy to clean. Most of the materials are scratch resistant, stain resistant, water proof and easy to maintain with just a wipe or a vacuum. This would also be a great kitchen for families with young children as the materials are so durable.

          This kitchen however, would not be so great for rental properties as the materials used in this design are premium and hence not cost effective for rental kitchen renovations.

           


           

          Display 2 – Classic Kitchen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland (Handcrafted) ⇑ (Back to the top)

           

          Each kitchen display in our kitchen showroom is designed for a particular purpose. The matte black kitchen (first display) that we discussed above was designed to show the innovative materials available today as well as storage solutions that can be incorporated within a kitchen design. The previous kitchen was also a perfect kitchen for busy families with young children and hence the materials chosen to design the kitchen were easy to maintain and were durable.

          This kitchen in our kitchen showroom is to showcase the craftsmanship of our kitchens and the luxury materials that can transform a kitchen design. The skillset required to craft this kitchen is a lot harder than the other kitchens in our kitchen showroom. This is because all the cabinets are handmade and not made in a factory.  This kitchen was designed by Cici who is our lead kitchen designer.

           

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          Classic kitchen display in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          Classic kitchen with luxury materials that are hand crafted – Can be experienced in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

          Read more…

          Classic kitchen renovation in a historic home in Epsom – See before and after pictures

          Cottage Style kitchen renovation in Mangere – before and after pictures + project specifications

           

          Design Phase for our classic kitchen display

          Cici wanted to design a kitchen in a classic and timeless style which would be suited for clients that lived in Villas or homes with a classic overall style. As mentioned above, this kitchen was renovated to show the premium and luxury materials available today. It is also a handcrafted kitchen which means that the cabinets were handmade instead of manufactured in a machine. This requires considerable skill from our cabinet maker but the result of that is a beautiful and timeless kitchen design.

           

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          We asked Cici what inspired her to create this particular kitchen design and she said “Classic kitchens are quite popular with some of my clients, especially the heritage homes and Villas found in Epsom. A very modern kitchen design does not really suit these homes. Classic Kitchens have a timeless feel and can be customised in many ways to still incorporate modern storage solutions. This particular kitchen is very similar to one of the kitchens I designed for my client in Epsom. It has many fine details and is completely hand crafted by our cabinetry maker so it makes it even more special. In order to see the details you should definitely visit the showroom in Wairau”.

           

          Handcrafted cabinet fronts in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Why are these cabinet fronts so special compared to the others in our kitchen showroom? The actual cabinet fronts are made from MDF which are then cut by hand to make the paneling around the cabinet fronts. This requires quite a high skill set compared to manufacturing the cabinet fronts in a machine.

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          Handmade cabinet fronts in our classic kitchen display in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          White handcrafted drawer fronts with soft close drawers

           

          All the cabinet fronts in the kitchen are spray painted using ‘half black white’ matte finish lacquer paint expect the cabinets on the island which are spray painting using ‘Madison blue’ with a matte finish lacquer paint.

           

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          Resene lacquer paint with a matte finish was used on the cabinets.

           

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          All cabinet fronts in the classic kitchen were painted with ‘Madison blue’ to create a beautiful contrast with the white cabinets.

          Creating contrast with colour for this kitchen design

          Most classic kitchens have a neutral palette when it comes to cabinets as neutrals never go out of style or trend. Such kitchens usually incorporate colour in their kitchen design by using colourful tiles or brass tapware. Cici however went with this blue for the island to give it a more cottage style classic kitchen. Blues have always been very popular in classic country kitchens and she wanted to create a contrast that would really make the kitchen a showstopper. The fact that most kitchens are open plan, it becomes even more important to to pay careful attention to the aesthetics of your kitchen design. Cici believes that kitchens need to add to the beauty of your living space instead of just being a functional space to cook.

          Cabinet door handles – Why Cici did not choose a no-handle set up for this kitchen design?

          As most of our clients choose a no-handle set up for their cabinets, we were curious why Cici chose to incorporate door handles and knobs for this kitchen design. When asked this question Cici explained as follows:

           

          “While I would use a no handle set up for contemporary and modern kitchen designs, I generally do not recommend that for more classic or traditional kitchens. Of course if a client wants a classic kitchen with a no-handle set up then I would design it for them in the way they like, after all it is their kitchen and they should have it designed the way they like it. However, classic and tradition design styles have something that are vital to their design and I try to stick with the basics for such kitchen designs. I incorporated simple matte black handles and knobs for this kitchen keeping with the classic theme. If I was designing a more traditional kitchen then I would have chosen more ornate handles. Classic kitchens however, have a simple and timeless feel to it and is often made with more solid quality materials.

          Handcrafted Rangehood cover with classic detailing in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          While we used SMEG’s stainless steel rangehood, Cici wanted to make it look like a vintage hooded chimney. She did not want to make it too ornate as that would be too traditional but decided to add some detailing like the cabinets. The hooded rangehood is also hand-made like the cabinet fronts with MDF that has matte lacquer painted on it.

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          Handcrafted detailing in our hooded rangehood in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          Handcrafted hood on top of a range hood to give it an appearance of a chimney

           

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          Handcrafted detailing in the hooded chimney in our kitchen showroom for our classic kitchen display

           

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          The hooded chimney is made above the SMEG over head rangehood

           

          Soft close cabinets with BLUM hinges

          We mostly prefer using BLUM for all our cabinet technology as well as hinges as they are definitely the best hinges in the market. We also use Hafele for hinges as well as in storage (like magic corners etc) solutions for cabinets. BLUM is New Zealand however, has had some supply issues in the last few months so we have had to find other suppliers like Hafele instead of BLUM.

          This classic kitchen in our kitchen showroom however, uses BLUM hinges and soft close technology. Soft close technology in cabinets makes such a difference when cooking in the kitchen with your family. When cooking we are often prone to closing the cabinets with force as its not always easy to carefully close the cabinets. This makes BLUM’s soft close technology very helpful when cooking in a chaotic kitchen.

           

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          Soft close drawers with BLUM technology in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          BLUM hinges used in all cabinets in this classic kitchen

           

          ” I wanted to add simple black handles and knobs to all the cabinets and doors to keep the overall design classic and I also wanted the focus to be on the detailing of the handmade cabinet fronts. Black was an easy choice as it complements the white cabinet fronts as well as the blue cabinet fronts” said Cici about her choice for choosing matte black handles for the cabinets.

           

          60mm Polished Stone engineered Benchtop – Why is it unique?

           

          You may wonder why a 60mm benchtop would be anything special for this kitchen design. This is because this benchtop is not just one slab of engineered stone. In fact, this benchtop comprises of two separate sheets of engineered benchtops that are joined at 45 degrees which is called the mitre joint to create a 60mm benchtop. 60 mm benchtops

          You need a high set of skill level to join two separate benchtops and this technique can only be carried out by a very experienced professional. Keeping with the classic theme, the benchtop chosen by Cici was a marble looking matte benchtop with a polished look. A polished look mere means that the benchtop is smooth to touch instead of having a texture like our matte black kitchen that we discussed above.

           

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          60mm engineered stone benchtop which combines to separate pieces of the benchtop to form a single benchtop.

          60mm benchtop are not very common as mostly common types of benchtops are 30mm. The engineered stone benchtop also have veined lines to mimic the natural lines found in marble.

          Read more…

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          Feature walls in our Classic kitchen display in our Kitchen showroom

          Feature walls are great to add a designer element in any kitchen. There are two feature walls in this kitchen with each serving a very different purpose.

          The first feature wall that you can see below is to add depth to the kitchen and to give it a luxurious look. The tiles used on this feature wall are 3 dimensional and are sheets which are of a size 256 X 297X 8mm. They combine a stunning combination of marble and gold metal mosaic. We used these tile sheets from Tile Depot and these tiles are specifically called ‘Mosaix Lux Gold Herringbone White 275 x 303.

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          The beautiful tile sheets from Tile depot were used to add a touch of luxury to this feature wall. They are installed in a Herringbone style and are a combination of stone engineered to look like marble as well as gold metal. This can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland (Wairau Valley).

           

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          A close up look the feature wall. You may not be able to see the 3d effect in this picture but it can be seen in our kitchen showroom.

           

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          LED lights installed below the cabinets light up the feature wall which draws your eye to the wall.

          We often put LED lights below the cabinets if we want to showcase a feature wall. This feature wall needs to be maintained well if you do not want to damage it. It should not be cleaned with abrasive liquids, harsh acid or abrasive scrubs as they will scratch the gold surface of the metal. Hence this type of feature walls with groves should be used as a splashback in areas where you do not cook and where much cleaning is not required.

          This brings us to the splashback that we have used in the cooking area of this classic kitchen display in our kitchen showroom. We have used simple white gloss subway tiles for the cooktop area which we got from Tile Depot. White subway tiles are a key feature of classic kitchen designs and we wanted to find a way to integrate them in this kitchen design. The glossy finish of these tiles also make them easy to clean and are perfect as a cooking splashback. Using two different sets of tiles as splashbacks in the kitchen also create interest and provide depth to this kitchen design.

          Vintage Appliances to match this classic kitchen design

          Cici did not want to include very sleek or modern appliances as they would be an eyesore for a classic kitchen design. We work very closely with kitchen things and decided to choose a standalone cooktop with a vintage design from their SMEG appliance collection. SMEG is known for its range of appliances in all kinds of styles like traditional, contemporary, vintage, classic and modern.

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          SMEG standalone cooktop with 6 gas burners, 1 warming tray, bread oven and roast oven – this can be seen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          This cooking range has similar detailing in its front like the cabinet fronts and elevates this elegant classic kitchen design.

           

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          Small warmer oven

           

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          This beautiful vintage SMEG cooking range has gorgeous old style knobs and gas burners which combine elegance and modern functionality

           

          This SMEG cooking range is a piece of art with beautiful vintage detailing in its oven fronts, old style dial knobs, big handle and 6 gas burners that are reminiscent of a timeless classic era.

          Silgranit Sink with a marble texture and matte look from Blanco

          We have discussed it the length the benefits of Singranit sinks above but we will still highlight what the key features make Silgranit sinks from Blanco the perfect choice for any kitchen design.  Silgranit sinks are made of 80% quartz which is the strongest component of granite making them very sturdy and will not crack or break. They are also scratch resistant as well as stain resistant which means that you can wash your dishes without any worry about damaging your sink.

          It can also withstand temperatures up to 280 degrees Celsius and has a patented protective formula called Hygiene+Plus which reduces kitchen bacteria by 98%.

           

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          Concrete finish Silgranit sink from Blanco – It can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          Subline 700-U level sink. It is an undermounted sink with a large U shape tap. The end of the sink can be extended out to wash vegetables with ease.

           

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          Silgranit sinks from Blanco

           

          This classic kitchen display in our Kitchen showroom has a Silgranit sink with a concrete look and finish.

          Hideaway Dishwasher  and Hidden Rubbish Bins can be seen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Hideaway dishwashers and fridge have become quite popular with our clients especially for open plan kitchens. This is so all the big appliances can be tucked away in cabinetry to give it a uniform look.

          Cici decided to incorporate the dishwasher within the cabinetry for this classic kitchen. The cabinet front is attached on top of the door of the dishwasher as can be seen in the picture below.

           

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          Built in dishwasher in our classic kitchen display – In our Kitchen Showroom in Auckland

          Pull out bin and recycling bin in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Pull out bins have become quite a common feature with all our kitchen renovations. They are practical, hygienic and give your client an uncluttered look in their kitchen area. This is a full sized bin and recycling bin with a hidden drawer inside for any rubbish bags.

          Waterproof Neptune stone based floors for kitchen floors

          We used waterproof Neptune flooring from Tile Depot just as we have for all our kitchen displays in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland. As discussed above Neptune stone based flooring is a revolutionary type of flooring which looks like wood but is stone based laminate. It has many features and benefits that promote durability and easy maintenance.

          Some of the features include:

          1. Scratch resistant
          2. stain resistant
          3. 100% waterproof
          4. soft on the feet so you won’t experience foot fatique when cooking for long
          5. Looks like food
          6. Absorbs sound which means that you wont hear heavy footsteps

          We used a darker and more rustic looking colour for the classic kitchen to imitate real oak flooring that is usually found in classic kitchen designs.

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          Neptune Stone based floors in our classic kitchen design in our kitchen showroom in Auckland


           

          Display 3 – Contemporary Kitchen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland (Small Kitchen design) ⇑ (Back to the top)

          This kitchen display is truly unique in the fact that it combines a wide variety of textures, colours and materials to form a contemporary kitchen design. This kitchen was designed by Dorothy to show our clients that it is possible to create a beautiful yet functional kitchen when you have a small space available. This kitchen boasts materials that are designed to show our clients that it is possible to renovate a beautiful kitchen and be budget friendly.

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          Our contemporary kitchen design can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          This kitchen is renovated using a diverse set of materials to create contrasts as well as adding some creative elements to form a contemporary design.

           

          Some of the key highlights in the kitchen are:

          • Waterfall stone engineered benchtop
          • Stone engineered splash back that continues till the ceiling
          • Mid-Range which acrylic panels on MDF cabinets
          • Melteca black board used for black cabinets
          • Soft close drawers with Hefele hinges and runners
          • Wood Benchtop using Plywood extends out of the kitchen island
          • Gold stainless steel frame with glass shelves doubles
          • Black floating shelves
          • Undermounted Stainless steel sink with gold brass tapware
          • Induction cooktop and rangehood from SMEG
          • Waterproof Neptune flooring

          Read more…

          Top 16 Design ideas for small kitchen designs in Auckland

          Kitchen Layout guide – Which layout is best for your kitchen space?

          Overall design concept for this kitchen design

          Dorothy wanted to design a contemporary kitchen for a small space which could showcase a variety of contrasting materials and textures to suit most budgets. So what is a contemporary kitchen design? Contemporary should not be confused with modern. A modern kitchen design focuses on sleek and simplistic design like our matte black kitchen design we previously discussed.

          Contemporary designs focus on using renovation materials that are popular at a current period of time. You can say that contemporary materials are a mix of various styles  and its design elements change as the current trends or materials change in popularity.

          “I used all the materials for this kitchen design that are cost effective but also quite popular in the current renovation market. Just like the matte black kitchen, I used Acrylic boards for half the cabinets, however to make it more budget friendly I used the Acrylic panels that are from the mid range as opposed to their premium range. To contrast these white acrylic cabinets I used MDF Melteca black boards for other cabinets as this is also quite a popular material in the renovation industry too. I also used engineered stone for all benchtops as well as the wall which acts like splashback.  It is quite common to use the same material for benchtops and the walls because it creates continuity which makes a small space appear larger. Other popular trends of today include floating shelves and hence I tried to incorporate that within this kitchen design. Some of the key designer features of this kitchen include the stainless steel open shelf, floating breakfast bar and a wine fridge” explains Dorothy about the over design of this kitchen.

          Elevation 1

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          First initial draft of the kitchen design done by Dorothy. Here you can see all the different elements that she talks about above.

           

          Kitchen display in our kitchen showroom in Auckland – Reality of elevation 1

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          This kitchen display shows how colour is used to create contrast and interest in this kitchen design. – This can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland.

           

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          Initial drafts of this kitchen design show the floating cabinets, black cabinets, white acrylic cabinets, and the floating breakfast bar on the right.

           

          Elevation 2

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          This kitchen elevation shows the stainless steel rack for drinks with stainless steel frames and glass shelves. This shelf adds to the overall aesthetic to the overall kitchen design. You can also see the floating breakfast nook on the bottom left of the picture. You can also see a feature wall partition on the left side of the kitchen. This is great if you want an open plan kitchen but do not want your kitchen to be wholly visible from the living areas.

           

          Kitchen display in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland – Reality of Elevation 2

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          The kitchen display designed based on the elevation about – This kitchen can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland.

           

          Other elevations of this kitchen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

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          A different elevation of the same kitchen design

           

           

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          This elevation shows that Dorothy used the same engineered stone for the benchtop as well as the entire wall to promote continuity.

           

           

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          This kitchen elevation shows the island with a floating benchtop attached on benchtop

           

          A combination of Acrylic panel cabinets (White cabinets) and MDF Melteca board cabinets (Black cabinets) – Can be seen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          The materials chosen for this kitchen design were chosen not just because of their current popularity but also to make it affordable for an average Aucklander. In the end the cost of your kitchen renovation will greatly depend on whether you have chosen mid-range materials or ones that are more on the side of luxury.

          White cabinets – what are they actually made of?

          The white cabinets are made of MDF and then the acrylic panels are attached to the surface. The panels are from the brand ULTRAglaze with the actual product being high gloss white Alabaster. They are different from the modern matte black kitchen discussed above as they are not scratch resistant or fingerprint proof. This makes them more cost effective than premium acrylic boards used in the matte black kitchen. You will have to take care to maintain these cabinets as you may have to wipe them down for fingerprints and food splashes so they do not stain. These panels come in various different colours which gives you much room for customisation.

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          A range of colours available for our clients to choose from for their Acrylic panels.

           

          The material for the black cabinets is not Acrylic panels but it is MDF with a layer of black paper sheet. This is from the brand Melteca and are fire resistant and do repel water. They came in over 200 colours which gives our clients many options to create any type of colour combination for their kitchen design.

           

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          High glass white acrylic panels are used for all white cabinets in this kitchen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland.

          The finish of the white cabinets is glossy which means that it reflects light and is very smooth to touch. The black Melteca cabinets on the other hand have a ‘pearl’ finish which means that they are matte and have a textured feel to it when you run your hands over it. This shows that different textures and sheens can be combined together to form a great overall kitchen design.

           

           

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          Below, you can see the range of colours available from Melteca and the number of customisation options you have when renovating your kitchen. Another brand that we work with which is quite similar to Melteca is Bestwood and they too carry a wide range of options in colours.

           

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          A sample range of Melteca colours that can be seen in our design studio in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

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          Samples of the Bestwood range in our design studio in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

          All of the hinges used in our cabinetry is from Hafele and have a soft close set up.

           

          Engineered stone benchtop and splashback in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Creating continuity

          One of the aims to create this kitchen display in our showroom was to show how it is in fact possible to create an aesthetically beautiful kitchen within a small space. Some of the ways to create an illusion of space in a small kitchen design is to create continuity. This was done in this kitchen by using a lighter shade in engineered stone for the splashback as well as benchtop above the already white cabinets.

          Benchtop with a waterfall edge on one side

          The benchtop and splashback are made of engineered stone with a polished finish. A polished finish just means that it is smooth to touch and it has a matte finish. It has a look of marble and have natural vein lines that you see naturally occurring in marble. in It is also 20mm in width and this width has started becoming popular in the last few years. The edge of one of the sides of the island has a waterfall edge which basically means that the engineered stone extends to the floor of the kitchen, hence the waterfall. This benchtop is from the mid range of engineered stone and not from the premium range that is used in our classic kitchen display discussed above. Using the mid-range engineered stone makes this kitchen more budget friendly as compared to our classic kitchen display.

           

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          Waterfall edge for one side of the island can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Floating shelves, feature divider/wall and stainless steel open shelves – in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

           

          Dorothy and Cici usually try and incorporate floating shelves in small kitchen spaces as it opens up the space and also adds to the aesthetics of the kitchen. If you had full top cabinetry in a small kitchen design then it will close the space up and make your kitchen look cumbersome. Hence, Dorothy decided to create one full length storage cabinetry in black and for part of the kitchen she decided to add black floating shelves to contrast with the white stone on the walls.

           

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          Black floating shelves with LED lights against a white stone wall adds interest to this small kitchen design

          Drinks cabinet – Stainless steel frame with glass shelves

          Dorothy also wanted to add another colour to the kitchen instead of just white and black to make it more appealing and to add a designer element to the kitchen. This drinks cabinet is made of brushed gold stainless steel frame and glass shelves and is a perfect way to display your glassware as well as drinks. This brushed gold colour also matches the tapware and chandelier found in this kitchen display in our kitchen showroom.

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          This drinks cabinet has a stainless steel frame in brushed gold/brass with glass shelves. This makes it a perfect display cabinet for drinks. This brushed gold also matches with the tapware as well as the chandelier in this kitchen – This can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Feature wall – can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Feature walls can be anything that is added on a wall for design purpose. It can be a wall that has designer tiles on it, wall paper or you can built an entirely separate walls that act as a divider.

          The reason we built this feature wall is to show our clients that they can create dividers with their homes. It is also great for clients who have an open plan kitchen but do not want their kitchen to be fully visible from their living areas.

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          The feature wall of 4 vertical wooden beams can be seen next to the drinks cabinet in this design created by Dorothy

           

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          The kitchen display in our kitchen showroom shows the 4 vertical wooden beams next to the open drinks cabinet

          Floating breakfast nook – extends out from the stone benchtop

          Any kind of wooden element in any design brings some warmth in the kitchen to make it look cozy. This breakfast nook extends out of the benchtop and is attached on top of the benchtop. It creates a separate area for people to eat meals or even do for kids to do their homework.

          The fact that it is a completely different material that is attached on to the benchtop also creates depth in kitchen and adds to its design.

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          The wooden looking breakfast nook that extends out from the benchtop. You can also see a wine fridge at the bottom left of the breakfast nook.

           

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          Elevation 2 of the breakfast nook – This can be seen in our Kitchen showroom in Auckland

          Floating breakfast nook – what is this material made of?

          The wooden benchtop is made of two different pieces of plywood that is joined together at 45 degree in a mitre joint to form a 50mm box. It is hollow inside so it is relatively light and can be easily attached to the benchtop without any strain on the stone.

          We do not have bar stools for this kitchen display but we do plan to get them in the future. A sleek set of bar stools can be fit under the floating breakfast nook.

          Brushed gold for the tap, stainless steel frame and feature chandelier

          As Dorothy wanted to add some colour to this kitchen design, she decided to add 3 components with brushed gold. The feature chandelier, brass gold tapware and stainless steel frame are brass gold and even though they are not big components, they do add a great contrast.

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          Chandelier with brushed gold trimmings that match the U-shaped tap and frame of the open shelf

           

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          Brushed gold u-shaped tap matches the stainless steel frame of the drinks shelves and trimmings of chandelier. The nozzle at the end of the tap can be pulled out and stretches till the stainless sink.

           

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          Stainless steel frame with glass shelves of the drinks cabinet matches the tap as well as the chandelier

          Neptune Waterproof Flooring from Tile Depot

          All our kitchen displays as well as clients prefer installing Neptune flooring for wet areas because of its many benefits. This revolutionary flooring is a composite of polymer and limestone that happens to the strongest component of quartz. The limestone in Neptune flooring makes it 100% waterproof which is a great quality to have for your kitchen flooring.

          It also resists the growth of bacteria, is stain resistant, scratch resistant, sound proof and soft on your feet. Dorothy chose a slightly lighter shade than the matte black kitchen for this kitchen design and it can be seen in the picture below.

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          As you can see the flooring in this kitchen looks like it is made of real wood and not engineered Neptune. It is also easier to maintain and will last you a longer time that other materials. This flooring can be seen in our kitchen showroom in Auckland.

          Appliances in this kitchen

          Dorothy used the standard induction cooktop and in built top rangehood for this kitchen from SMEG. This induction cooktop is from the mid-range of SMEG and not from the premium range like the one in the matte black kitchen she designed. The matte black kitchen was to showcase innovative materials and appliances but this was designed to fit into most budgets. The induction cooktop in the matte black kitchen does not remain hot once cooking is done so its safe to touch its surface. This induction cooktop however, does not have that safety feature and will remain hot for a few minutes after cooking is done. This means that you have to be careful if children are present in the kitchen.

          Who is this type of kitchen design good for?

          This kitchen is suitable for most families or even rental properties as it budget friendly and easy to maintain. Some of the materials are however, not stain resistant which means that it is advisable for you to wipe away and spills once you are finished cooking. Most spills will not stain the benchtop or cabinet fronts even if you do not wipe them straightaway.

          However, spills like red wine, beetroot juice and turmeric should be wiped off sooner rather than later to avoid staining. This however may not be a great kitchen design for people who prefer more classic and traditional kitchen designs.


          Where from now?

          If you are looking for a kitchen renovation quote then the best way would be to ring us at 0800 199 888 to secure an on-site visit with a project manager. At the end of 3-4 days you will receive your detailed proposal as one complementary design of your kitchen.

          Alternatively, we encourage you to visit our showroom at 16B Link drive, Wairau Valley where you can first hand look at the quality of our workmanship. You can also secure an on-site visit with the showroom consultants when you visit our showroom.

           


          Further Resources 

          1. Ideas for Bathroom renovations in our bathroom renovation gallery of bathrooms we have renovated in Auckland
          2. Ideas for Kitchen renovations in our kitchen renovation gallery for kitchens we have renovated in Auckland
          3. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
          4. Real client stories from Auckland

          Read more

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          Entertainment Vs Family Kitchen Design: Explained by Cici Zuo

          It can often be stated that the kitchen is the heart of the home as it’s where meals are created, and where friends and family gather to enjoy a wonderful home-cooked meal. When thinking about kitchen design NZ, always consider an entertainment factor as it is where everyone gathers. Designing kitchens for entertaining comes from an open kitchen layout  as it makes the space feel more inviting.

          Designing or upgrading your kitchen to your needs is important to make it perfect. Especially if you’re the type to host events at your house, the kitchen needs to accommodate for everything. An entertainment kitchen is the perfect type of kitchen for you if you love hosting events. This type of kitchen represents a space to welcome guests, cooking, eating and working from home. A kitchen has many uses so when making your kitchen design, consider all those factors.

          In this article:

          • Design a kitchen for entertaining
          • Family kitchen design ideas
          • Top 8 Lighting Ideas
          • 5 Tips to Design a Kitchen Layout

          How to design a kitchen layout suited for an entertainment kitchen? If you’re considering an entertainment kitchen, consider the shape and size of a kitchen island or a breakfast bar. What kind of dining space you’d like to integrate and how much fridge and freezer space you’d need. As well as ensuring that there’s enough space for a general family/relaxing area. If you’re unsure of these factors, don’t worry! Our amazing in-house designer NZ can help guide you through the process.

          Below, are some elements that we think you need when designing entertainment kitchen.

          1.    Make Space For a Drink’s Fridge

          Making space in your kitchen design idea for a drink fridge can be essential for an entertainment kitchen. It’s incredibly useful to have a mini fridge for drinks, as it’d be easier and more comfortable for guests to grab a drink instead of looking through your fridge. Some people consider installing a wine fridge. While that can be quite an investment purchase, wine fridges aren’t for everybody so we suggest installing a mini fridge that can fit up to a variety of drinks ranging from water, soda drinks or alcohol.

          If you have a walk in pantry, try including a fridge to utilise the space better. Of course, this doesn’t mean have a second big fridge in there as that’d take up unnecessary space. But opt for fridge drawers if you can to keep your fridge more organised. Having all these options for your kitchen design idea as it allows you to have enough space in your kitchen for catering options. As well as being able to accomodate your guests by having a drink station to keep guests comfortable when they grab their own drinks.

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          Mini Fridge for Drinks | Photo Credit – iStock

          2.     Make a Kitchen Island Central to Your Design

          Having a kitchen island in your kitchen is essential and possibly the best decision you could make for your kitchen design. A kitchen island has many uses and is highly functional in kitchen design NZ. The island is where you can relax, catch up on newspapers, do homework, or even work from home sitting at your kitchen island. This is a feature for kitchen design NZ.

          Not only that, but when friends and family come over it provides a space for everyone to catch up or play some card games. The island itself becomes the epicentre of the party as they can all gather around the island to have some party snacks.

          Now, if the island is going to be constantly used for entertainment purposes. It’d be wise to consider purchasing extra bar stools for special occasions and you can keep them in storage. This would help ensure that your friends and family all have a seat and feel included during gatherings. For decorative purposes, consider some seasonal flower display, some candles or even some fairy lights will create a warm atmosphere.

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          Island in the Kitchen

          Check out our kitchen renovation in Blockhouse Bay 

          3.     Get Kitchen Lighting Right

          One kitchen design NZ concept that is important to think about is kitchen lighting. Whilst you can design the perfect kitchen with our kitchen designer NZ, if your kitchen lighting is left as a last thought then it can ruin the look for your kitchen design idea. The perfect kitchen lighting for an entertainment kitchen is atmospheric mood lighting. An example of this would be a collection of candles and lanterns around the kitchen and also consider built in lighting in your kitchen design ideas.

          When thinking of kitchen lighting, there are three different styles you need to consider. Task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. Task lighting can help get rid of any dark corners on your countertop. Ambient lighting is there to help illuminate the room and create a modern kitchen look. When thinking of creating a modern kitchen design, consider recessed lighting. Accent lighting is purely decorative lighting like wall or pendant lights.

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          Example of kitchen lighting being used right to get rid of any dark corners

          See more information and pictures on this kitchen renovation 

          4.     Ensure Kitchen Extraction is Efficient

          The key to any great kitchen, whether its open space or closed space kitchen is great air circulation/ventilation. Nobody wants last night’s food aroma to loiter around in the kitchen the next day. Which is why thinking about having good ventilation in the kitchen or around the house is important.

          To improve ventilation in your kitchen, definitely consider using a range hood above the stovetop. You could also consider a ceiling-mounted extractor that you could put in the middle above your kitchen island. However if that is not within your budget cost, there are alternatives. Some of these alternatives are opening windows and doors when cooking to let some fresh air in or simply investing in an air purifier. Air purifiers help remove bad odours and is portable, so you can move it to any room you want whenever you want.

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          Range Hood To Help With Kitchen Extraction

          See more pictures from this kitchen renovation in Avondale

          5.    Think Seating

          Seating is an important factor to consider in your entertainer kitchen design NZ. If you plan on throwing dinner parties and guests will be seated at the dining table for a long time. Comfort is important! Upholstered dining chairs should be considered as they can provide support that’s required for several courses.

          To make use of your kitchen space, you could also consider a built-in seating for the dining table or consider a banquette seating idea. This can create the same effect and support as upholstered dining chairs and can be positioned alone a walk or linked to kitchen cabinetry. This could be a kitchen design idea to consider and make your kitchen feel more cozy.

          With these seating kitchen design ideas, it presents and opportunity to bring in colour or patterns to your kitchen design scheme and could possibly enhance the decorative detail of your kitchen design NZ. Or provide an element to make give your kitchen a modern look for your modern kitchen design.

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          Example of seating in dining area | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          6.     Take Acoustics into Account

          As kitchens mainly have hard surfaces, they could affect the acoustics of the room. When you’re entertaining and having guests over, there will most likely be music playing in the background or people talking to one another.

          To solve this issue, consider soft surfaces and furnishing in your kitchen design ideas for your entertainment kitchen. This could be in the form of upholstered chairs, window treatments, or even rugs. Although, rugs would be best suited away from cooking and preparation areas. If you’re looking for kitchen flooring ideas, consider a timber floor instead of a tile as that will be softer underfoot.

          How Do You Build A Kitchen Design For Entertaining?

          Building a kitchen for entertaining is important to focus on the kitchen layout. You’d want to make sure that there is enough space for guests to sit comfortably, without getting in the way of anyone cooking. This could make you consider your kitchen layout by dividing the cooking and dining zones that include a kitchen island so that whoever is cooking can still socialise with their guests and not feel excluded.

          When thinking about designing a kitchen for entertainment, making sure that seating is comfortable is another important factor to consider. Having seats that are comfortable will ensure that everyone can linger around the kitchen for longer.

          One of the most popular kitchen design NZ style is a modern kitchen design. A modern kitchen is all about space. A space to cook, space to entertain and a space for family gatherings. The modern kitchen has many uses and would be great for hosting parties as they’re spacious. Creating a new kitchen design, is more than new appliances and cabinetry as nowadays there are many other factors to consider.

          The biggest appeal for a kitchen is to be able to cook and be apart of the action when entertaining as everyone is included. For normal days, it’s a great setting for busy families to cook and help their kids with homework and be able to keep an out for their kids while preparing a meal.

          Down below we have 11 kitchen design ideas that helps blend form and function

          11 Kitchen Design That Blend Form and Function

          1.     Boost Storage In A Family Kitchen With A Beautiful Banquette

          When designing your kitchen, you’d always want to make sure there is enough storage space for your kitchen appliances and utensils and other things you may need to store. This is where you might consider banquette seating. Combining function and form, banquette seating offers built-in seating for a dining nook in an open plan kitchen.

          The banquette seating offers an opportunity for extra storage space. The storage space doesn’t just have to be for kitchen gadgets but it can be used for any storage needs. Like containers, toys, or even a little secret snack area.

          2.    Create A True Social Hub For Family Time

          Open plan kitchen layouts are becoming trendy nowadays especially with a modern kitchen design style. Ditching the formal dining room, home office and sitting room. An open plan kitchen provides a large, multifunction space. The kitchen layout would be suitable and designed for everyone that can use it and make it the heart of your home.

          Creating an open plan kitchen, helps make your family be more sociable. As parents are able to prepare meals while still being able to see and interact with their kids. Having this kitchen design ideas allows the host to interact with guests while preparing food and drinks when they have guests over. Having an open plan kitchen removes the walls which can make the room look bigger and provide additional space for people and furnishings.

          When having an open plan kitchen, kitchen layout is important. Having a big space to decorate can be exciting yet stressful as you want to decorate it so the room doesn’t look empty. There is a general rule you may want to follow which is that the dining table shouldn’t be too far from the kitchen. Also ensure that there is a direct route from the table to the dishwasher to make is easier for cleaning.

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          Open plan kitchen, perfect for entertaining and being sociable while cooking

          Read more about this open plan entertainment kitchen. 

          3.     Enhance Your Kitchen Layout

          To achieve your perfect kitchen layout that avoids any obstructions and can provide the best access to frequently used ares like the fridge or the stove. It’s important to work with a kitchen designer NZ as they’re able to help bring your visions into a reality. Our kitchen designer NZ can help accommodate to your needs and give you the kitchen you’d want.

          Focusing on distinct areas of your kitchen like cooking, dining and relaxing, will help you maintain order in an open plan kitchen or a multi-use family room. You can use different flooring, decorative light fittings or different kitchen colour schemes to help show the different rooms in one setting. This can be effective and won’t lose sight of the overall design cohesion.

          To help visually tie the room together and keep it simple and uncluttered, consider coordinating the dining table top with the worktops. If you need more help our kitchen designers NZ will gladly help you out and guide you through it.

          Want more information? Check out our blog on open plan vs closed kitchen. 

          Here is a blog to guide you through kitchen layouts. 

          4.    Include A Kitchen Island Into Your Plans

          A kitchen island is always a great addition to kitchen design NZ and you should always consider having a kitchen island in your kitchen design. The island itself has many uses, from extra prep surface, a place for the sink, a place for friends and family to gather around. Put some bar stools, then it becomes a space when kids can do their homework and even where you could work. The island can also be used as another storage space area.

          A suitable size for a kitchen island ranges from around 2m to 3m long and around 1.1m to 1.4m wide. Any wider can create wasted space in the centre. Although the sizing may depend on how much space your kitchen has. You should always allow at least 1m of space around the island. Remember that not all barstools tuck right in, so measure correctly.

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          Kitchen Island Tying The Room Together

          Check out the before and after pictures of this kitchen renovation in Epsom! 

          5.    Opt For Smart Storage Solutions

          At some point, we always end up running out of storage, which is why in your kitchen design you should always think about ways you can add drawers and be able to utilise space. Consider open shelving on your kitchen walls as not only can it create space but it can also be visually appealing. You can add decorations onto the open shelving which can add a theme to your kitchen.

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          Example of creating a smart storage solution in kitchen pantry

          Read more about organising your kitchen drawers. 

          Read more about this kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe 

          6.    Make Space For Working From Home

          Ever since the pandemic hit and we’ve all be stuck at home and having to work remotely. We’ve had to find a place for us to work. Most times if we don’t have a home office, it would be working at the dining table or somewhere near the kitchen if not in the kitchen. Which is why it’s important to make your kitchen feel welcoming while also having them to be sleek, smart and functional.

          When thinking about your kitchen design, consider the aspect of having to work from home to make your kitchen suitable for you to do that. This could be where a kitchen island might come in handy with bar stools as it could be a place where you work. It’s also a good place for household admin, and become a work station that is designed to complement your kitchen.

          7.    Put Functionality At The Heart Of Your Kitchen

          A kitchen has many uses. It’s an ample space for entertaining, generous storage and room for family gatherings. It’s the heart of your home. Making your kitchen function is the number one priority when thinking about your kitchen design and kitchen layout. Having a big kitchen can create layout issues. Large kitchens can be overwhelming to design and if your kitchen layout isn’t planned properly, it can result in a lot of unnecessary travel.

          The best way to create a kitchen layout in a large kitchen is to add a kitchen island. This is a popular solution and can perform a variety of functions therefore making your kitchen functional. In a large room, or an open plan kitchen it acts as a bridge between furniture. Improving the work triangle and allowing more than one cook in the kitchen to work comfortable side-by-side. So if you enjoy teaching your kids how to cook or cooking with your significant other without getting in each others way. This would be perfect.

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          Open plan kitchen that serves multiple purposes

          Check out our blog on creating a functional kitchen!

          Want more examples? Here is our blog showcasing our top 16 renovations in Auckland. 

          8.    Put The Focus On Functional Flooring

          Kitchen flooring is also another priority when thinking about your kitchen design. You’d want flooring that last long and not ones that would chip or break easily. Kitchen flooring have to be incredibly tough to stand up to dirt and knocks in a family kitchen.

          Natural stone flooring can be something you could consider for your kitchen design as they are the most forgiving floor coverings if the right stone and finish are chosen. Some stones can be denser than others and all flooring will be subject to a little wear and tear over the years.

          However, if you have children, porcelain tile may be another flooring style you might consider for your kitchen design. Porcelain tile is non-porous and can provide a strain proof option which is wise if you have children that are creative and often make a mess. Easy to clean up and leave no stain behind.

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          Examples of Kitchen Tiles That You Could Consider | Photo Credit – iStock

          9.    Light The Way

          Kitchen lighting is a vital part of any successful kitchen design scheme and is important when it comes to designing an entertainment kitchen or a family kitchen or kitchens in general. Using task lighting above your kitchen island can help create a characterful lighting serve. It helps light up the whole island and provide as a decorative function when combined with materials like marble tops and metallic accents.

          10. Go For A Dark Colour On Cabinetry

          To bring some colour into your kitchen design, opt for using dark colours on your cabinetry as it can create a bold and interesting family kitchen space. For a kitchen design ideas it’s often tempting to use an all-dark paint scheme. But for sociable spaces like the kitchen, a balanced approach can be more suited.

          A benefit of having dark cabinetry, is that it can help hide any fingerprints, stains, or scuff marks that may occur over time. Having good natural sunlight in your kitchen design can also help bring out the colour in a dark shade.

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          Example of dark cabinets in kitchen

          See more photos and information on this kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay. 

          11. Plan Your Kitchen Around Family Life

          Banquette seatings beats dining chairs when you consider your kitchen seating idea. Banquette seatings help save space and can also seat large number of people when you have guests over or host family events.

          Usually, with dining chairs the rule is to leave around 90cm between a chair and the next piece of furniture or wall. But with banquette seating you can reduce that down to 30cm, especially if the seat fits onto the wall. Not only do they save space, but they can also accommodate more people. It’s perfect for birthday parties and family gatherings and make photos look better as there are no chairs in the picture. Consider banquette seating in your kitchen design if possible.

          How Do You Design A Family Kitchen?

          There are many needs and uses when it comes to a family kitchen. In your kitchen design, you’d have to think about the kitchen layout, where you cook, eat, and to entertain. Even if you have a large kitchen, the meal prep, cook and cleaning areas will always be close together for better efficiency.

          The amount of work surface area you need, depends on you and your family needs. It’s important to have enough worktop for meal prep as well as when you’re cooking with others. A family kitchen can be designed for entertainment use as everyone is willing to help cook. It’s become the new normal to be sociable while cooking and entertaining guests at the same time. It’s also a great space to multitask and catch up with one another while preparing food.

          Our Top 8 Lighting Ideas for your Kitchen Design

          Kitchen lighting can often be left as a last thought and that is a mistake many people make. Lighting brings the room together and can help transform your kitchen. For example, a contemporary kitchen requires a layered and responsive lighting scheme that can keep up with the changing demands throughout the day.

          Having an expansive glass door and skylight in a large kitchen will flood the space with natural light, making the room look bigger. Task lighting can be used for prep areas and ambient lighting for social spaces.

          For a modern kitchen design, the lighting helps create depth, marking out different zones and help create a clear and safe passage though the space. The different types of lighting that can be used is general, task, ambient and decorative lighting in your modern kitchen design. Since some kitchens may require lots of light switches it would be easier if you brought smart lights which can be controlled though your phone, making it easier for you to turn the lights on and off. When it comes to lighting, consider the warmth of the bulb as the cooler end gives brilliant task lighting. While warmer whites can make a seating area feel more inviting.

          Down below is our top 8 lighting ideas to include in your kitchen design.

          1.    Install An Eye-Catching Modern Lighting Centrepiece

          Installing an eye catching modern lighting centrepiece is designed to create ambient lighting and the the purpose of a lighting centrepiece is to draw attention to the kitchen island. The centrepiece helps give the kitchen a living rom appeal, rather than to provide practical task lighting.

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          Example of task lighting to draw attention to island | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          2.    Make The Best Use Of Down-lights

          Ceiling down-lights are a popular solution for general lighting for your modern kitchen design. You’re able to turn them up for when you want to clean the room. Or dim them down to create a softer mood. With down-lights, you’d want to create an even spread of light. You might have to accommodate if you have a skylight, or TV screen that could affect the lighting. You’d also want to avoid putting down-lights right next to a pendant or hard up against a wall cabinet.

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          Example of Downlights in a Kitchen | Photo Credit – iStock

          3.    Layer Light

          A complex room, like a living-kitchen open floor-plan requires different light levels for a range of activities. Nobody likes a dimly lit work area. Which is why when you think about your modern kitchen design. Make sure to position spotlights or pendants directly above key areas in your living-kitchen room. This will ensure that light isn’t blocked when you stand or work around your kitchen.

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          Example of task, ambient and accent lighting in a kitchen | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          4.    Tackle Task Lighting

          Task lighting is an important feature to add to your kitchen. As they can be discreet and hidden under wall cupboards or shelving. But you can also create a nice centrepiece feature that can be angled to direct brightness where it’s needed.

          5.    Consider Low Light Sources

          LED strips can help provide a soft low light that can be useful to direct traffic through the kitchen space. Some LED strips can be controlled with a remote and can change colours creating a different atmosphere in the kitchen. You could also wow your guests with different colours. It’s like a party! Putting a subtle glow beneath your counter will encourage your guest to pull up a seat or gather around.

          6.    Light The Inside Of Cabinetry

          Having light inside of your cabinet can be a key component for your modern kitchen design as they provide soft, ambient lighting. It helps bring display back into the kitchen and create an opportunity of soft diffused light. Which can help create a focal point in your modern kitchen design and help brighten up darker corners of the room.

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          Lighting in shelves/pantry | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          7.    ‘Wash’ Cabinetry With Lighting

          Another kitchen lighting to consider is to use track lighting and up-lights to wash surfaces with a soft reflective light. This can be linked back to using down-lights as you should only place them where light is required as part of your kitchen lighting scheme. Consider using a low glare directional downlight to direct light to wash the front of your kitchen. Added bonus is that when you open your cupboards, it will also light the inside of it up.

          8.    Ask An Expert In Modern Kitchen Lighting Design

          If you’re confused and wondering how to plan your kitchen lighting that fits your kitchen design. Consider asking a kitchen designer or the kitchen designer you’re working with to help you. They’ll be able to help you balance a range of sources into a cohesive scheme to enhance your space. You can’t go wrong with asking for help as designers are there to help you bring your visions into a reality.

          4 Modern Kitchen Lighting Tips For Your Modern Kitchen Design

          1.    Create Light Reflections

          In your modern kitchen design, opt for pale countertops in a darker kitchen as that will help create light reflection in your kitchen. Pale colours and reflective surfaces will amplify the glow, while dark shades absorb light. Having dark shades that absorb light can be advantageous as it can help create mood or create a different atmosphere.

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          Example of light reflection in the kitchen | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          2.    Light Beyond Your Modern Kitchen

          As you know, having skylights or walls of glass can provide plenty of natural sunlight into your kitchen during the day. But can turn into black holes at night. Consider running strip LEDs in a skylight recesses as well as great outdoor lighting ideas. This will help create a light show in the garden beyond the glass. And help get rid of the black hole.

          3.    Choose Discreet Modern Kitchen Lighting Ideas

          There are many lighting options that you could consider in your kitchen design that can be discreet. Spotlights aren’t the only solution for directional light. There is an exhaust light, which has a smart tubular design that comes in two colours for a powder-coated casing and four metallic options or the trim. Lighting options that go with your kitchen design aesthetics.

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          Example of modern kitchen lighting ideas | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          4.    Use Modern Kitchen Lighting To Play With Room Proportions

          If you have a large kitchen or a kitchen with high ceilings. Don’t just leave that ceiling space empty. Complete the kitchen look by choosing a modern kitchen light fitting that helps tie your kitchen together. Choosing a modern molecular lighting with multiple bulbs, that shine their light in all directions may be a suitable option for your modern kitchen design. This is best suited to be installed over an island or dining table to create a focal point.

          5 Tips For A Kitchen Design Layout

          As a first time homeowner there are many questions that you have in mind before starting to renovate your kitchen. How to design a kitchen? How to design a kitchen layout? Which kitchen layout is best suited for you? There are many questions and research involved before you start. There are many kitchen design NZ and kitchen designers NZ that are able to help answer your questions and help guide you through the process.

          But, to further your research more. We have come up with 7 tips that you should consider in designing your kitchen layout. These tips would help answer you question on how to design a kitchen layout and how to design a kitchen as well.

          1.    Create a Wishlist

          To begin, start by creating a wishlist and writing down all the features you’d like in your dream kitchen. It’s a chance to create a brand new room that is fitted more towards your needs and build a new space that you love. There are many kitchen layout NZ ideas that you might have in mind for your kitchen. Also reflect on what isn’t working in your current kitchen to avoid having it in your new kitchen.

          You can also include intangible ideas on your wishlist which our kitchen designers NZ can help with and give suggestions when needed. These intangible ideas could be mixed materials cabinetry, different countertop finishes, etc. To gather more inspiration you can look on Pinterest on look at our case studies and see how previous clients have designed their kitchen layout NZ.  The more you see other kitchen design NZ, the more you’ll know what kind of kitchen style you’re after.

          2.    Set a Kitchen Design Budget

          It’s important to set up a kitchen design budget as kitchen costs need to be clearly defined at the start of your project. How much are you willing to spend? You’d also want to set aside some money just incase there are any unforeseen costs or any problems that may occur during the process. At Superior Renovations, you don’t need to worry about paying separately for plumbing, wiring, or labour as that is included in our renovation process.

          Find out what your kitchen style is here!

          3.    Consider How You Will Use Your Space

          How to design a kitchen layout isn’t just about working a layout that fits the space but more-so on how you can use the room as well. How to design a kitchen layout that you can use the space? Carefully think about how you wish to use the space and your requirement. Nowadays our kitchen is the heart of our homes as it’s a place where we cook, eat, and entertain. Also a place to sit and work. Our kitchen designers NZ say that kitchen layout NZ should have the prep, cook, and wash areas close together in a kitchen to make the space more efficient. This will help avoid any run ins and save time especially in a large kitchen.

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          Example of how to utilise space for an entertainment kitchen | Photo Credit – Unsplash

          4.    Measure Up

          Kitchen nowadays perform a variety of roles like family dining, relaxing, working, and entertaining. It’s important to have a good kitchen layout that have adequate storage as having enough storage space in your kitchen is important. You’d want to ensure that you can fit everything you want in your kitchen. But that all depends on accurate measuring which our kitchen designers NZ would be able to do during their consult with you.

          If you’re thinking about having a kitchen island in your kitchen design, make sure to precisely measure the floor so that the island can fit comfortably within your space. When placed, it should leave enough floor space for you to maneuver around the entire space.

          5.    Consider the Perfect Layout

          Choosing the perfect layout for your kitchen begs the questions as to how to design a kitchen layout. Looking at kitchen layout NZ ideas would be a starting point to start the journey of designing your kitchen. Making your kitchen efficient and maximising the space can make time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable. In your layout try to put your sink, refrigerator, and oven within easy reach of one another. In your kitchen layout, consider natural light and seating areas are best placed near windows.

          Read more about this design case study

          Check out our guide on designing different kitchen styles 

          Kitchen design ideas can be overwhelming as there are many different ideas that fit into your aesthetic. Creating your dream kitchen can be exhausting as you’d want it to be perfect and practical for you and your family. Designing an entertainment kitchen requires a lot of thinking and can be quite an investment to make. But it’s an investment that’s going to do wonders for your home.

          Having a read through this blog would have given you more information and more insight on designing an entertainment kitchen and creating a family kitchen. With wonderful advice from our designer NZ and tips to create better lighting in your kitchen design idea as lighting is an important factor to consider. Our kitchen design NZ will be sure to help give you an idea and provide inspiration for you. Have a read, have a browse and start designing!

           

          Already have all your own trades and you’re comfortable managing them for your kitchen renovation?

          Although we don’t recommend if you haven’t renovated a kitchen before and/or you don’t have trades people you can trust, most renovations if not all comes with it’s own surprises because not all homes are the same – this is where experience/project management plays an important role in minimises risks to maintain costs/delays giving you higher certainty of outcome/quality backed by associated guarantees and warranties.

          However, if you do intend to manage the kitchen renovation yourself, it does work out more cost effective to contact a kitchen cabinetry manufacturer directly to get the kitchen cabinets designed, manufactured and installed – leaving you to manage the other trades such as flooring, demolition, painting, plastering, splashback/tiling, electrician, plumber, and sometimes a carpenter/builder.

           

          Try Little Giant Interiors cost calculator below to see what you can expect to pay for cabinetry.

           


          Further Resources 

          1. Ideas for Bathroom renovations in our bathroom renovation gallery of bathrooms we have renovated in Auckland
          2. Ideas for Kitchen renovations in our kitchen renovation gallery for kitchens we have renovated in Auckland
          3. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
          4. Real client stories from Auckland

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          10 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Kitchen Design by our kitchen designers

          When thinking about your kitchen design, you often think that it will mean a lot of fun and creativity. Kitchen renovations are not cheap so if you are looking at renovating or designing your kitchen then you would have thought long and hard about it. It’s a change that you’re willing to invest in to create a better space and environment that is best suited towards your aesthetic and liking. Not every kitchen design works for every family. An open plan kitchen design could work for some family dynamics while an separate kitchen might work for others.

          Getting the kitchen design is vital for a fully functioning kitchen that works for your family and a space that you can enjoy in as a family.

          Although the second we get into the process of designing and changing up our space it can become overwhelming. What colour goes best? What style is better? There are a hundred questions popping through your mind to ensure that you’re not spending thousands to end up making a mistake. Kitchen designers however are trained to put your vision into a working and fully functioning reality which is why they are often an integral part of a kitchen renovation process.

          It is also easily possible to make mistakes when designing your kitchen so we created the top 10 mistakes that our designers have outlined that you should avoid during a kitchen renovation. We have also outlined the top design trend in kitchen design as well as bathroom design to find out what most Aucklanders prefer in terms of style.

           

          In this Article:

          • Mistakes to avoid in your kitchen design
          • Design process at Superior Renovations
          • Elements of a contemporary bathroom
          • Elements of a modern kitchen

          10 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Kitchen Design

          There are many mistakes that are bound to happen when you’re designing your own kitchen for the first time. Kitchen designs require more thought as they are many factors, elements, and materials to consider which can make you unintentionally make these mistakes.

          Here are 10 mistakes that you should avoid in your kitchen design.

          1. Not Planning your Kitchen Design Properly

          Planning and creating a new kitchen suited towards your needs or changing it to make it more modern is always exciting. You finally get to create a new space that you know you’ll love and enjoy spending time in. But it can be overwhelming as you’re looking on Pinterest for kitchen ideas and whilst they look good, they might not be the most functional for you. Not planning your kitchen design properly is a common mistake that people make as there’s so many factors to consider.

          When thinking about your kitchen design, consider these 3 things.

          1. Convenience and Practically

          When designing your kitchen, always have in consideration of making your kitchen convenience and practical for you and your family. Consider separating each section of the kitchen into 5 zones for consumables, non-consumables, cleaning, preparation, and cooking. Doing this will ensure that your new kitchen will be organised and easy for you to use and within reach.

          1. Optimise your Kitchen Capacity

          Storage plays a huge factor when designing your kitchen as there are many things we need to store in the kitchen. You want to create a kitchen that has heaps of storage space for your kitchenware and appliances. Consider including overhead cabinets and shelves to help reduce clutter in your kitchen.

          Read: Kitchen Layout guide to building a functional kitchen in 2021

          1. How to Design your Kitchen Layout (Dos and Don’ts). 

          Knowing the right layout for your kitchen is an important step to consider when designing your kitchen as you’d need to decide where your main kitchen components go like kitchen sink, countertop, fridge, etc. Picking the right layout for your kitchen will help eliminate any future clutter and help ensure the functionality and efficiency of your kitchen construction.

          Do put ceiling lights along countertops

          Having good lighting in your kitchen is important as it can create mood lighting and create a nice atmosphere in the room. Putting ceiling lights along the countertops will create more light for the work area. Using recessed lights will be perfect for installing lights along the countertops and help open up the kitchen space. This can also eliminate any dark corners on your kitchen counter.

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          Example of having lights under the counter | Photo Credit – iStock

          Don’t position your fridge near a wall

          In your kitchen design layout, the biggest mistake you can make is putting your fridge right next to a wall. This can be a problem as you might not measure enough space between the wall and your fridge. Which can result in not being able to open your fridge door all the way, which can be a bit annoying. Try to keep your fridge away from the wall so that the fridge door can open all the way.

          Do get an island if space allows

          A kitchen island provides more counter space in your kitchen as well as a place where everyone gathers. The kitchen can be the heart of your home and having an island tend to be where everybody goes. Whether that be to eat, work, or simply have conversations. Having a kitchen island incorporated in your kitchen would be highly recommended.

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          Don’t put your waste basket too far from the sink

          It’s always a good idea to put your waste basket close to the sink as it makes it easier for you to dispose of any rubbish. The most popular idea to put your kitchen waste basket is inside a cabinet. One of those pull out rubbish bins, that way you’re able to hid the bin and mask any odours that might occur.

           

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          Pull out waste basket near sink

          Unsure about kitchen layouts? Check out one of our blogs discussing kitchen layouts and find the one best suited for you!

          2. Not Considering the Kitchen Work Triangle

          Ever heard of the kitchen work triangle? The kitchen work triangle is a theory that states a kitchen’s three main work areas should form a triangle. The triangle makes it easier for you to reach between your cooking, cleaning, and food storage area with ease, while also providing enough space between them to avoid crowding and for other people to walk through.

          Although the kitchen work triangle might not be suited towards you needs, it comes as suggestion from our designers as following the kitchen work triangle will make your kitchen more efficient and we’ve achieved the kitchen work triangle in our past renovations.

          3. Not Allowing for Storage Needs

          Having adequate storage in a kitchen is crucial as we can often run out of space. Sometimes we may be renovating our kitchen to create more storage space to make our kitchen more organised and less cluttered. Kitchen storage is not limited to being confined to a wall or base cabinets. There are heaps of different ways you can make the most out of your storage space. For a modern design kitchen, consider using open shelving or wall cabinets with glass doors.

          4 Ideas to Utilise Storage Space in Your Kitchen   

          1. Make Use of Cabinet Doors

          Cabinet doors are often left empty as putting stuff there can cause them to be in our way when trying to find what we need in our kitchen drawers. Thought the inside of your cabinet doors is filled with storage possibilities and this is something you should consider utilising your storage space in your kitchen. You could install hooks to store pans or add a slim rack to stash your pot lids and keep all your pots and pans in one place.

          1. Hanging Rack for Pots and Pans

          Constantly tired of digging in your kitchen cabinet trying to find the right pan/pot to use? Installing a hanging rack in your kitchen for pots and pans can help eliminate clutter in your cabinet and provide more space for other kitchenware or appliances. That way you can see all your pots and pans in one setting and be able to easily take it out and use it.

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          Example of a hanging pot rack to utilise space

          Read more about the Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation in Stanmore Bay 

          1. Utilise Wall Space

          Make the most out of your wall space by installing a knife magnet which displays all your knives in a row. But if that seems too dangerous with kids running around, consider putting in open shelves in your wall space in your kitchen. Having open shelving can be used as extra storage space and it will also become part of the kitchen décor which you could add small plants or succulents.

          1. Give Your Island Drawers

          Considering going for an island kitchen layout? To get more storage space, always choose to have drawers in your island. That way you have more storage space for your kitchenware and island handles are often hidden so at first sight, people won’t even notice that your island has drawers.

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          Kitchen Island with drawers

          Read more about this full house renovation in Avondale 

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          Kitchen renovation in Massey (pictured above and below)

           

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          4.  Not Having Enough Bench Space

          Ensuring that you have enough storage space is as important as creating enough bench space in your kitchen. Most household nowadays have appliances like a toaster, coffee machine or an air fryer, and if you’re someone that loves purchasing small kitchen appliances or decorations then making sure you have enough counter space is important

          3 Tips to Utilise your Bench Space

          1. Incorporate a Kitchen Island

          Having a kitchen island provides another space for food preparation or you could add some barstools and create an eating, working or entertaining space to. Not only does a kitchen island create more storage, it’s also a nice space to entertain people and if you like creating a charcuterie board, the kitchen island makes a great space to take photos and gather friends and family around.

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          Finished kitchen renovation in Epsom

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