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3 Kitchen Displays Explained In Our Kitchen showroom in Auckland – Kitchen Designs + Materials

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.

Table of contents:

  1. Difference between our showroom and other kitchen showrooms in Auckland ⇓
  2. Our lead renovation designers Cici and Dorothy – examples of their prior work ⇓
  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…

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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

 

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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.

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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

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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.
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Top 15 bathroom design trends in NZ for 2022 by our in-house designers in Auckland

This article has been updated to include our Top 10 tips for small bathroom designs + Creating designer bathrooms in NZ (contemporary, Classic, Vintage and Modern)

Bathroom is usually the smallest room in a house, but it can also be a haven if modelled well. This article will focus on bathroom design which works well for NZ homes based on the upcoming bathroom trends.

If you are looking at renovating your bathroom next year then get some inspiration from the latest trends in the bathroom renovation industry across the globe. We will be sharing bathroom design trends from bathtubs and showers to vanities and flooring. Bathroom designs is no longer just functional with plain tiled floors, white walls, a plain shower and vanity. Today you have various options in terms of textures, patterns, prints, finishes and styles.

Most people often aim at including atleast one bold element in their bathroom to give it some character. If you are looking at remodeling your bathroom then this list is sure to spark some inspiration for your project. The list will include a bathroom design style for every taste starting from modern to Vintage.

In this article:

  1. Top 15 bathroom design trends for 2021
  2. Top 10 bathroom design ideas for small bathrooms 
  3. Designer bathrooms in NZ

 


Top 15 bathroom design trends for 2022


Trend #1 Black making a statement

In the recent years we have seen that Grey has been a more popular choice instead of Black. Often people choose grey as a dominant colour for accents and flooring. Black however has seen a rise in popularity with more people wanting to make a bolder statement within their bathroom design. Grey will however still remain popular but expect to see more darker tones of grey or black for future bathroom designs.

Black can be integrated in many forms within a bathroom. If you have a smaller bathroom then you can use black for your light fixtures, mirror and tapware with matte finishes. If you have a neutral toned bathroom then adding black tapware and light fixtures will create a dramatic effect in your bathroom. If you have a larger bathroom then you can also look at adding black fixtures like a bathtub or vanity. Black is however not a popular choice for tiles. Large grey tiled floors will continue to see an upward trend in the coming years.

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Wooden vanity with a black rim in Titirangi

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Floating Black vanity and fixtures in Parnell

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All black fixtures in Cockle Bay

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Black shower head and fixtures in West harbour

See project specifications for Tracey’s bathroom renovation in Titirangi with a wooden floating vanity with a black rim and artisan floor tiles


Trend #2 Brass and Gold 

Brass and gold have always been associated with vintage bathroom designs. Gold accents work great with vintage designs, but they can also be incorporated into contemporary and modern designs. Gold and brass are no longer a design of the past. The gold and brass hues of today will add a lovely warmth to any bathroom. They add a sense of character and luxury to your bathroom space.

The past years have seen sleek, polished, and modern shiny fixtures. Homeowners are moving away from this trend as it does not add any warmth to the bathroom. Shiny sleek metal fixtures lack character and make your bathroom look cold.

Instead the growing trend has been to incorporate brass and cold hues in matte finishing for taps, sinks and lighting.

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Brass sink used in Stanmore Bay

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Gold fixtures used throughout the bathroom in Westmere

 

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Stanmore Bay renovation with Brass fitting in the bathroom

Westmere Rustic style kitchen with green accent wall and matte gold taps


Trend #3 Technology within your bathroom design

Technology is integrated everywhere within our lives. So why should bathrooms remain behind? The whole point of technology is to make our standard of living better. We have seen smart toilets and automatic taps in the past owing to the growing trend in Japan. Smart toilets, automatic taps and deodorisers have become a norm in hotels and airports. More and more homeowners are integrating smart toilets and automatic taps into their bathroom design.

2021 will see technology integrated throughout the bathroom and not just toilets or automatic taps. We will be seeing a rise is automatic showers and Bluetooth systems. With automatic showers, you will be able to make sure that the water is already hot by the time you get home. With a blue tooth system you can now listen to music when having a shower. You can also now install a voice activated system where you can alter light and water settings with just speaking out loud.

Modern bathrooms are becoming more of a place of relaxation and technology is becoming an integral part of it.

 


Trend #4 Tile Patterns and shapes in a bathroom design

White square tiles are a thing of the past. If you are renovating your bathroom then you will hardly choose a white tile owing to the far superior options available in tiles today. Tiles now come in various hues, designs, patterns and textures. They can mimic any material or style owing to the advancement in technology.

You can now cut tiles in various shapes and sizes which adds to the number of things to choose from. 2021 bathrooms will feature bright tiles in various shapes which will be used as accent and as features.

Shower walls and backsplashes are the two most common areas where you will see bright and textured tiles. They will not be limited to floors.

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We installed Artisan tiles from Tile depot for the floors which were combined with a floating vanity to give this bathroom a classic contemporary look. The wooden looking vanity with a black rim adds some warmth to the bathroom (Project in Titirangi)

 

See full project specifications for Tracey’s bathroom renovation in Titirangi (pictured above)

 

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This bathroom in Hillsborough was fully renovated with Mosaic tiles used for the floors.

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Amber and Craig’s bathroom renovation with mosaic tiles on the floors

Emerging Tile trends for 2021 by Ruth and Kitty from Tile depot

 


 

Trend #5 Industrial styled sinks, lighting and vanities

Industrial style homes were first inspired by the apartments of New York. Industrial style is also sometimes interchangeably used as ‘New York’ style apartments. It is however not to everyone’s taste. Most people do not use an industrial style throughout their home. Instead certain elements of the industrial style is integrated into their renovation design.

Expect to see a growing trend of industrial elements incorporated into bathroom designs in NZ. One of the most popular industrial elements have been sinks, light fixtures and taps. If you love the style then you can even think of integrating an industrial vanity. These elements can easily be integrated into any bathroom style by choosing wooden and matte black industrial fixtures. This trend especially works well in apartments and Urban areas such as Auckland.

 

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Before and After Bathroom renovation photos for our top 15 renovations in Auckland


Trend #6 Wooden accents are back

People have always loved wooden elements in their home. Wooden accents exude warmth into any room. As mentioned earlier, people are straying away from white and shiny bathrooms. Wooden accents have been on the rise in the last 2 years with most people featuring them as vanities. Wooden accents are popular as they can be incorporated into any time of style. Wooden looking tiles have also become popular recently.

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MDF Melteca wooden looking cabinets in Westmere

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 MDF melteca wooden looking vanity in St Heliers

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Wooden cabinets in Albany bathroom renovation

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Floating wooden vanity in Titirangi

 

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Todd Chandler’s bathroom renovation in St Heliers with MDF melteca wooden vanity

MDF Melteca wooden cabinets in Mary Stuart’s Spanish bathroom

MDF Melteca dark wooden double vanity built for a project in Westmere

Wooden floating vanity in Titirangi from St Michels


Trend #7 Adding a pop of colour to your bathroom design

Like we discussed above, white bathrooms have a very clinical look to them. They do not exude any warmth or add any design element to your bathroom. A growing trend in bathrooms has been to add a pop of colour to otherwise neutral bathrooms. This is easily done by installing bright coloured light fixtures or tapware.

2021 however will see a rise in colourful backsplashes and accent walls to draw attention to a bathroom. This can either be done by painting one of your walls in a bright shade or simply installing textured and bright tiles as accent walls or feature strips.

In our interview with Ruth from Tile depot, she talks about how many Aucklanders are using their Casablanca collection to add a pop of colour to their bathrooms. The Casablanca collection comes in warm red, orange, green and many other colours. If you are not quite ready for a bold accent wall then you can still add some colour in your bathroom by installing a strip of bright or textured tiles on an otherwise neutral wall.

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Green Casablanca tiles installed in one of the walls of the shower to add some drama in the bathroom (Bathroom renovation in Westmere)

 

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Mary Stuart’s Spanish style bathroom in Stanmore Bay features blue painted walls and colourful mosaic tiles to add a ‘pop’ of colour to her bathroom

 

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Trend #8 Compact storage spaces

Since bathroom is a small space, it often starts looking messy and cluttered. Even if you are not a minimalistic person, you should think about keeping your bathroom clutter free to encourage a relaxed environment. Compact and hidden storage solutions are readily available and will make your bathroom appear more open and organised if integrated within your bathroom design.

It is often easy to forget about storage when renovating a bathroom. People often get carried away with the beautiful fixtures that they can choose from. When renovating a bathroom think about the functionality and your lifestyle. Storage solutions should be one of the major factors that should be taken into consideration during a renovation.

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A vertical storage cabinet from St Michels installed in this bathroom renovation from Titirangi, Auckland


Trend #9 Pale tones of pink

Blush has been a popular choice in bathrooms for quite some time. Blush walls matched with matte metallic fixtures can really transform your bathroom into a chic space. In 2021 you can expect to see modern bathrooms in shades of blush paired with rose gold fixtures and tapware. If you are not ready to commit to rose gold or blush for the whole bathroom, it is still a great colour to add as feature walls or accents.

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Pink toned bathrooms can transform a bathroom into a clean and modern space

 


Trend #10 Advanced Mirrors and sleek lines

There has been a growing trend for sleeker bathrooms especially in apartments of Urban areas. People want their homes to reflect a kind of urban, modern and sleek look. This theme is carried forward in their bathrooms which are sleeker than before. Such bathrooms usually have technology integrated within the design and mirrors are not far behind.

Mirrors now have anti fog technology which is especially convenient to do your toilette after your hot shower. They also have smart touch buttons which enable you to switch a light on at the rim of the mirrors. These mirrors have a back light running all around the mirror which can be adjusted in intensity with a touch of your finger. USB charging stations are also increasingly been seen in bathrooms.

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Anti-fog mirror installed with LED backlighting and a touch button in our Epsom home renovation

 

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This bathroom renovation in Parnell was renovated to make it look luxurious and modern which was in line with our client’s urban lifestyle. The mirror installed had an LED anti-fog mirror with a touch button on it. The black floating shelves with sleek lines added to the modern bathroom design.

 

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Urban Parnell home renovation with floating black vanity and interactive bathroom mirror

Epsom bathroom renovation with a wet area + interactive LED mirror


Trend #11 Bigger and comfier

Our changing lifestyles also means that we have changed how we live within our house. Separate toilets and bathrooms were always preferred even a few decades ago. People now prefer to have ensuites in their homes which means that there is more space to work with. Quite a few of our clients now prefer to demolish the wall between their toilet and bathroom in order to convert them into an ensuite.

This means that you can now install bigger bathtubs and showers within your bathroom design. Bigger bathtubs means that you relax more comfortably and indeed make your bathroom a place of serenity after a long days work. Open showers have also become increasingly popular compared to older boxed in plastic shower boxes. The growing trend has been to make your bathroom look open and uncluttered. Having open showers or wet areas makes your bathroom look spacious. If you are not yet ready for a wet area in your bathroom then think about installing showers with glass doors that go from the ground till the ceiling.

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Free standing bathtub was incorporated in this ensuite in this bathroom renovation in West Harbour

 

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Spacious shower integrated in this bathroom design for a renovation in Westmere

 

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A smaller freestanding bathtub installed in this Ellerslie bathroom renovation

 

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A waterproofed wet area created behind the toilet to make the bathroom look less congested (Bathroom renovation in Epsom)

 

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A glass tiled shower makes this bathroom look more spacious as opposed to a acrylic shower box

 

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Spacious Bathtubs and Wet areas

Spacious wet area created for a bathroom renovation in Westmere, Auckland

A medium sized wet area created for a bathroom in Epsom, Auckland


 

Trend #12 Floating bathroom vanities

As we discussed above, contemporary and bathrooms have seen a growing trend in the past few years. These designs often feature floating vanities and shelves. Floating shelves however are now being integrated in all types of bathroom designs. As technology improves bathroom suppliers are making floating vanities with traditional, transitional and industrial styles as well.

Floating vanities make the area look less cumbersome and increases storage underneath them.

 

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Floating vanity in Papatoetoe bathroom renovation

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Floating wooden vanity in Albany bathroom renovation

 


Trend #13 Underfloor heating systems and lights

Adding underfloor heating is not seen as a luxury anymore. The growing trend for bathroom designs has been to make them as comfortable as possible. Hence most recently renovated bathrooms in Auckland now feature underfloor heating which cost about $2500. This might feel like its an expense but the comfort that they offer in winter months is immeasurable.

Moreover, you can install underfloor heating under any time of flooring that you choose. You can install it under concrete, tile, Vinyl, wood or tile. You no longer must tip toe or wear warm slippers when walking on tiled bathroom floors. You can also install heating lights on the ceiling for cold winters to add more warmth in your bathroom. This will cost you around $600.

Read more…

18 Top Bathroom tiling trends in Auckland

 


Trend #14 Textures and patterns on walls

Textured and patterned wall tiles do not have to be synonyms to wallpaper. Wallpapers are a thing of the past as they are hard to maintain. Wallpapers however do have an advantage because they come in various patters and designs which can add considerable character to a bathroom.

Instead of wallpapers the trend will be to use textured and patterned tiles on the walls to add some drama into a bathroom. Tile depot has a range of Artisan tiles/ patterned tiles that can be used as feature walls for bathrooms.

 

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Mosaic Tiles installed around the mirror in Stanmore Bay

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Spanish style Mosaic tiles in Stanmore Bay

 

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A combination of subway tiles and Casablanca green tiles in a glass shower (Project in Westmere)

 

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Mary Stuart’s Spanish style bathroom renovation 

Green textured tiles used as an Accent wall for a Westmere bathroom renovation

 


Trend #15 Larger tiles

Contrary to popular belief, large tiles make a small bathroom look larger. This is because with larger tiles you will have lesser grout lines which means lesser ‘breaks’ on the bathroom floors. Ruth from Tile depot explains that 600 by 600 or 600 by 900 tiles are becoming increasingly popular with Auckanders and this trend is seeing an upward demands.

 

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Large 600 by 600 tiles used on the floors

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Large 600 by 900 tiles used on the floors

 

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Ellerslie bathroom renovation with large 600 by 600 tiles used on the floors

Papatoetoe bathroom renovation with large 600 by 600 tiles used on the floors

Greenlane bathroom renovation with large 600 by 600 tiles used on the floors

 


10 tips for small bathroom ideas for your bathroom design

Medium to large bathrooms are easier to design because there is a lot of space to include the fixtures you like as well as to create design elements. But not everyone has the luxury of having big bathrooms and often the smaller bathrooms in our homes are neglected.

This, however, does not have to be the case. Small bathrooms can be as functional and visually appealing. The key to a great small bathroom design is planning and a designer who can help you with integrating design elements for your small bathroom design.

 

1.     Choose Soft colours or a neutral palette

 

A neutral palette for your walls and fixtures will give an illusion of space to your small bathroom. Soft colours like beige, off white, soft pinks and other neutral colours will open your space and will create a calming feel within your small bathroom. Having a soft coloured or neutral palette does not mean that your overall bathroom design will be boring. You can create interest and design elements such as colourful towel tails, matte black tapware, brass finish mixers. and accent tiles for your small bathroom.

 

2.     Recessed Lighting

Good lighting will always make any small space appear larger. Natural lighting from the windows works great for small bathrooms but if you do not have good natural lighting then you should make sure that you install plenty of lighting.

We recommend clients to install recessed lighting if they have a small bathroom. You will already be working with a limited space which means you should avoid installing pendent lighting, chandeliers, or wall mounted lighting fixtures as they will make your small bathroom look closed in.

Recessed lighting can be completely hidden in your ceiling and give a sleek look to your bathroom.  Recessed lighting also emits a soft glow which will soften the lines of your fixtures and walls.

 

3.     Add Wall Mirrors or Large mirrors above your basin

Use large flat mirrors, if possible, above your vanity or along the wall if possible. Adding large mirrors will visually make your bathroom appear larger and it will also reflect light to add to this illusion of space. Avoid bulky cabinets and if a medicine cabinet is an absolute must for you then choose sleeker styles. St Michel’s has several style options for sleek medicine and side cabinets which are a great choice for small bathroom designs.

 

4.     Wet areas

Wet areas are perfect for small bathroom designs as they provide a sleek look and open up the space. If you are planning on creating a wet area for your small bathroom, then you need to get the area waterproofed. Once waterproofing is completed, then the walls and floors are tiled which becomes your ‘wet area’. Wet areas that are completely open do have a disadvantage because you must ensure that all your other fixtures like vanity etc are water resistance as well.

Cleaning can also become an issue because you will have to wipe water splashes from the rest of the bathroom. To combat this issue, many of our clients prefer installing a glass divider between the wet area and the rest of the bathroom. You can either install half a glass divider or a glass door according to your preference.

5.     L-shaped Tiled showers

The corner space of bathrooms is often under utilised in most bathrooms. Small bathroom designs need all the creativity they can get with their layouts. This corner L-shaped space can be used to create a custom tiled glass shower.

 

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Bathroom renovation in St Heliers – While this bathroom was not particularly small, we utilised the corner L-shaped space to create a glass shower to maximise the space available.

 

See full project specifications for the above bathroom in St Heliers

 

 

Use the same tiles in the shower as the rest of your bathroom floor to get a continuous look as this will make your small bathroom appear larger. Use a frameless glass door to add to the illusion of space for your small bathroom.

6.     Pocket door/ Barn Door

When you have a small bathroom, you need all the space you can get to comfortably accommodate all bathroom fixtures. To maximise space in your bathroom, you can install a pocket door so that the door is not opening into your bathroom.

 

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We custom built a barn door for this full bathroom renovation as the we did not want the door to swing into the bathroom or the corridor outside. We had limited space in the bathroom and had to accommodate a toilet, shower, bathtub and vanity so we needed all the space available – Vintage bathroom renovation in North Shore

 

See full bathroom specifications for the above vintage bathroom in North Shore

 

7.     Use large Tiles for your floors

Using large floor tiles will make your small bathroom look larger as it will have fewer grout lines. Ruth from Tile depot recommends using 600 by 600 or 900 by 600 tiles on the floors for small bathroom designs. You can further minimise the appearance of grout lines by matching the colour of your grouting with the tiles.

 

8.     Try a Minimalistic small bathroom design

If you have a very small bathroom then opt for a minimalistic look for your bathroom design. Stay away from too many patterns or textures and choose fixtures with clean lines. Opt for white for your flooring, and all bathroom fixtures. Do not use a shower curtain if you have a bath and instead install a clear glass. To elevate the overall design for your small bathroom, add plants near your window or plant creepers along your mirrors.

 

9.     Floating vanities and toilets

Installing floating vanities and toilets in your bathroom will allow you to achieve an uncluttered look as the space around these fixtures is freed up. In the past floating vanities available were only in the modern style. Now, however you can find gloating vanities in contemporary as well as other styles.

 

10. Custom built vanities to suit the size of your small bathroom

Small bathrooms can sometimes have odd angles or might be too narrow. Building custom vanity is not as difficult as it might sound. In fact, vanities are built the same way as your kitchen cabinets and benchtop are built.

 

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Custom built vanity and countertop for this bathroom in Redvale as the space was narrow.

 

See full bathroom specifications for the above bathroom renovation in Redvale

How to create a designer bathroom – Designer bathrooms in NZ

At Superior Renovations, we have seen a growing demand from our clients to create bathrooms that have a designer element to them. Bathrooms no longer are just a functional space but a space to enjoy and relax. Having a designer bathroom does not necessarily have to equate to expensive.

“There are so many innovative and beautiful bathroom fixtures available today which are easy to maintain, moderately priced but also exude a sense of luxury. Combine beautiful fixtures with gorgeous handmade looking tiles and you can really make your bathroom look elegant. It is all about choosing fixtures, colours, textures and designs that truly complement each other for a cohesive bathroom design” says Cici our in-house bathroom designer.

Some of the key questions Cici asks our clients before designing a designer bathroom is as follows:

  • Is there a specific theme that you have in mind for your designer bathroom? Themes could range from eclectic, classic, traditional, vintage cottage, industrial, retro, contemporary or modern.
  • Do you want to create a bathroom which is a mix of elements from different styles?
  • is there a specific colour that you want to incorporate within the bathroom design?
  • Is this going to be your main bathroom or a guest bathroom?
  • Who will be using this bathroom the most? Are the children going to use the bathroom too?
  • How do you feel about textures on materials?
  • Do you like a matte, glossy finishes for your fixtures? Or do you want a combination of both?
  • Is there a particular fixture (like a bathtub or wet area) that is a must in the bathroom design?
  • Does one of the fixtures need to be the star of your bathroom design?
  • Do you want a layered lighting effect or a bathroom with more natural and bright light?
  • Any specific brands that you want to specifically include in your designer bathroom?
  • Do you need a lot of storage in the bathroom?
  • How do you feel about a feature wall?
  • What is your ideal choice for flooring?
  • Any specific tiles that are a must (non-slip etc)?
  • Do you want a fully tiled wall or would you prefer painting them?

 

“Most of my clients do not know the answer to the all the above questions which is completely fine. The choices out there are plenty and it can quickly get overwhelming. I use these questions as just a starting point, to see what the client roughly wants from the designer bathroom. Most of my clients’ vision for their bathroom design often evolves as we talk more about materials and prospective design.” explains Cici. “It is okay not to know what exactly you want from your bathroom design”.

In the next section of the blog we will discuss how to create different styles of designer bathrooms in NZ.

Create a contemporary designer bathroom with Fixtures and Large Matte tiles.

Fixtures play a key role when creating a designer bathroom in NZ. We mostly work with Reece when renovating bathrooms because of their extensive range in design as well as the quality of their fixtures. Contemporary bathrooms are most popular in Auckland as they are a mix of materials that are popular. Contemporary bathroom designs mostly feature large matte tiles with large free standing bathtubs, wet areas and vanity with a design feature.

Kado for bathtubs

Cici often uses the KADO range from Reece when styling contemporary bathrooms. The Kado Range from Reece, is inspired by hotel luxury with an emphasis on indulgence and comfort. This bathtub is called Lussi 500 Vessel basin and has the capacity of 7.6L.

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The solid case surface of this bathtub exudes a contemporary look as it lets the rawness of the material of the bathtub be the star of the show. Photo credit (https://www.reece.co.nz/bathrooms/brands/kado)

 

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Lussi bathtub from Reece. Photo credit – https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/5320f7647b57185a/original/Kado-NZ.pdf

If you are looking for something slightly more asymmetrical then Cici would recommend the Neue free standing bathtub from Kado. “The curved edge on one side of the bathtub creates interest and is also more comfortable as you can stretch out your legs on the elongated side of the bathtub.

 

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Neue free standing bathtub from the Kado range. Photo credit – https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/5320f7647b57185a/original/Kado-NZ.pdfIf you are lookin

 

As seen above, contemporary bathrooms of today have an overall matte finish for all their fixtures and tiles. If you want to add a touch of glossy or shiny finish to your bathroom then we recommend you do them through taps or a feature wall.

LAUFEN for basins and tapware

There are many options available today when it comes choosing a contemporary style of basin. There isn’t a particular basin that fits the description of a contemporary style. Some of the more popular contemporary designer bathrooms of today have smart features like integrating eco technology that help to save water and electricity.

 

We asked Cici why she recommends Laufen to clients and she says “Laufen has created a unique material called SaphirKeramik which they use to make their basins. It is a revolutionary ceramic material which has exceptional hardness that is blended with corundum (a colourless mineral that has some components of Sapphire). This gives the material the strength that is equal to steel but is flexible enough to be made very thin. This gives you endless design possibilities which is why Laufen has some spectacular designs for their basins.

 

There is also an emphasis on design which does not have any added frills.

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The left side of the picture shows how Laufen integrates eco technology within its tapware system that helps you save water and electricity. The right side of the picture shows how their modern mixers lets you hide most of the mixer behind the wall which gives you a sleeker look and also frees up space around the sink. Photo credit – https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/cd0758ca790cad89/original/Kartell-by-Laufen.pdf

 

” There are many options available for tapware as well as basins when it comes to a contemporary bathroom design. Some of my clients prefer a more modern and clean look for their basins while some like a more rugged look which showcases the rawness and earthiness of the material. The beauty of contemporary designs is that you can mix and match various styles as there is no specific design for contemporary designs (like for traditional)” explains Cici when asked about the choice for contemporary bathrooms.

 

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This basin and mixer from Laufen is suited for a more modern contemporary bathroom. This is from Laufen’s Kartell range. Photo credit – https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/cd0758ca790cad89/original/Kartell-by-Laufen.pdf

 

The basin seen above is a great example of a contemporary bathroom design with modern and sleek lines. It is a minimalistic look which is also great for bathrooms which have a smaller space to work with.

 

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This contemporary designer bathroom features basins and mixers from Laufen’s Kartell range. Photo credit -https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/cd0758ca790cad89/original/Kartell-by-Laufen.pdf

 

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A unique on the counter basin from Laufen from their ‘Val’ series. Photo credit – https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/53ef3d9bff149820/original/LAUFEN-NZ-Brochure.pdf

 

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A beautiful contemporary basin with curved edges (Laufen from Sonar series) gives softens a contemporary bathroom design. Photo credit – https://digitalassets.reecegroup.com.au/m/53ef3d9bff149820/original/LAUFEN-NZ-Brochure.pdf

 

“The bathroom that we renovated in Piha (pictured below0 is a great example of using a sink that shows off its material in its raw form. People often mistake contemporary style with ultra modern. A contemporary bathroom design is all about using materials that are most popular in the current time. This could include elements borrowed from other styles. It is all about highlighting materials” explains Cici about contemporary designs.

 

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Contemporary designer bathroom in Piha

Alape for contemporary and modern designer bathrooms

Alape is another great brand from Reece that can be used in contemporary, industrial and modern bathroom designs. It is made of a thin sheet of steel which is the fired with a rich enamel coating to give you an even finish. It exudes a sense of luxury that is hard to match and truly elevates the overall bathroom design to make it look like a designer bathroom.

 

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This vessel sink has a metallic dark iron enamel coating from Alape. This sink can be used in contemporary, industrial and modern designer bathrooms. Photo credit – https://www.reece.co.nz/resources/themes/bathrooms/assets/nz/brands/alape/Reece-Alape-Brochure-V1.pdf

 

The vessel sink below has two colours within the sink that provides a beautiful contrast and adds interest to the vanity. The interior white is in a glossy finish against the matte black of the exterior. Our designers do no recommend installing vessel sinks with households where there are very young children. This is because vessel sinks need cleaning around the basin which is not required for insert sinks.

 

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Bi-colour range from Alape. photo credit – https://www.reece.co.nz/resources/themes/bathrooms/assets/nz/brands/alape/Reece-Alape-Brochure-V1.pdf

 

The insert sink pictured below, would be a better choice for households with children. This sink also gives a more uncluttered look for the surface of your vanity.

 

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Steel insert sink from Alape. photo credit – https://www.reece.co.nz/resources/themes/bathrooms/assets/nz/brands/alape/Reece-Alape-Brochure-V1.pdf

 

Showers in Contemporary bathrooms

Showers in contemporary bathrooms often feature wet areas or a tiled shower with a glass door. Most older homes have boxed in showers with an acrylic base which often look too bulky and do not add any aesthetic element to the overall bathroom design.

Most of our clients opt for a tiled shower with a frameless glass for a clean look for their contemporary bathroom designs. We often install the same floor tiles and wall tiles in the shower as the rest of the bathroom to provide continuity to the bathroom design which in turn makes the bathroom look larger.

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This bathroom renovation in West Harbour features a tiled shower with a frameless glass. The frameless glass makes sure that the shower area does not look bulky.

 

“Some of my bathroom renovation clients prefer a tiled shower that has a raised platform around the perimeter so water does not splash out of the shower when in use. Other clients want a more cleaner and seamless in which case we do not build the raised perimeter”. explains Cici about the types of tiled showers that are popular with our clients.

 

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This is another example of a raised frameless tiled shower for our bathroom renovation in Piha.

 

 

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The wet area in the above bathroom renovation is a great example of a wet area. The partial glass frame separates the shower from the rest of the bathroom. There is no raised platform that separates the rest of the bathroom from the shower area.

 

The picture below shows a bathroom that we renovated in Westmere (Auckland) where we created a wet area without a raised platform around the perimeter. The same tiles were used throughout the bathroom as well as the wet area to create a seamless bathroom design. While this bathroom has a more rustic style, a similar wet area can be created in a contemporary designer bathroom.

 

 

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A wet area was created in a rustic bathroom renovation that we carried out in Westmere, Auckland.

 

Flooring and Wall tiles for a Contemporary designer bathroom

The great thing about contemporary designs is that there are not many style restrictions or limitations. It is all about combining different styles, textures and materials. We work very closely with Ruth and Kalun from Tile depot who routinely help us with selecting the right types of tiles for our client bathrooms. They have extensive knowledge about the evolution of tiles, new innovative products in styles as well as durability so our designers often seek their advice when designing our client bathrooms.

Ruth recommends using large 600 by 600 or 600 by 900 sized tiles on the floors because it makes the bathroom look larger as there are less breaks in terms of grout lines. Contemporary bathrooms of today usually feature matte tiles for the floor and walls. Cici recommends using dark coloured tiles on the floors for a contemporary bathroom. “Using dark coloured matte tiles on the floors instantly makes the bathroom look more luxurious. You can use a slightly lighter shade for the walls if you are tiling them or use a more lighter colour for your tile”.

 

“If you look at the bathroom we renovated below, then you can see how a light veined tile on the walls complements the darker tile on the floor to create a open and spacious bathroom” says Cici about using dark tiles on the floor. “It is a common misconception that dark tiles will close up the space and make the bathroom look small” she adds.

 

 

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Contemporary designer bathroom in Albany, Auckland. This contemporary bathroom features 600 by 600 large tiles on the floors with an off white veined tiles on the walls.

 

See all pictures + project specifications (for the bathroom pictured above)

 

If you like patterned tiles then install them as a feature element on your walls as a lining or as a full feature wall. A great example of a contemporary bathroom design with small patterned tiles on the floor with white subway tiles for the walls.

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Contemporary designer bathroom renovation in Titirangi.

 

See Before and After pictures + project specifications for the bathroom pictured above

 

“When you look at the bathrooms above you can see that a contemporary bathroom design really has no limitations and that is what makes it fun to design. You can see how different the bathrooms look from Titirangi and Albany but they still fit into the mould of contemporary bathrooms. Traditional elements with ornate designs are the only types of fixtures that do not fit into the idea of contemporary” explains Cici when we asked her why these two bathrooms are considered contemporary

 

 

Our featured Contemporary bathroom design – Redvale, Auckland

Our contemporary designer bathroom below is a great example of the different textures, finishes and colours that are used to create today’s contemporary bathroom design. The exterior of the bathtub has a matte finish but the interior has a more polished finish. the real star of the show however, is the combination of dark grey wall tiles against the lighter grey floor tiles.

Our client Sarah did not want a generic looking off white bathroom but opted for a dark colour palette.

 

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“People often have the misconception that choosing dark fixtures or tiles will make your space smaller. This does not have to be the case if the darker colour palette is complemented by more lighter colours. If you choose all your tiles, fixtures and other accessories in a dark palette then your bathroom will definitely look smaller and closed in. If you however, choose contrasting colours of light and dark then the result will be a beautiful contemporary space” says Cici about choosing dark colour palettes for bathrooms.

 

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As discussed above, matte textured tiles have become a preferred  choice for designers and clients alike for contemporary designer bathrooms in NZ.  Large 600 by 600 Pirano grey matt glazed porcelain R10 antislip tiles used on the floors from tile depot. Large 600 by 600 MI Incarico tiles used on the walls from Tile depot.

 

“Large 600 by 600 or 600, 600 by 900 or 900 by 1200 are very popular for small as well as big bathrooms. They give a more seamless look and provide continuity to the bathroom design as there are fewer grout lines. They are also easier to install and will be less prone to leakage” says Ruth from Tile Depot when we asked her about the size of tiles best suited for bathrooms.

 

Read more: EMERGING TILE TRENDS (2022) BY TILE DEPOT (+COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID)

 

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We created a tiled shower wet area for the bathroom which had the same tiles for its floors and walls to provide continuity to the overall bathroom design. A shower niche was also created to store shampoos and body wash to avoid cluttered floors. A custom glass was cut to fit in the shower’s wet area.

 

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The bathroom had an awkward corner space behind the bathroom door where we installed a toilet. This was it was partially hidden and we could utilise the space well which gave us the freedom to install larger fixtures (the free standing bathtub, double heated towel rail and double vanity) in the rest of the bathroom.

 

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As the bathroom was quite narrow, we custom built the vanity as well as the stone engineered countertop. To add to the spa-like contemporary design of the bathroom we installed top standing basins and chrome tapware.

Read full project specifications + Before and After bathroom pictures for the above bathroom

 


 

Vintage bathroom designs NZ –  

Vintage bathroom designs exude an old world charm with its patterned tiles, intricate accessories, warm colours and classic timeless fixtures. Vintage does not mean the dated bathrooms that you see in older homes of Auckland. Vintage bathroom designs of today are all about incorporating classic pieces of fixtures into a modern bathroom.

For example, vintage bathroom designs include antique looking claw foot bathtubs, free standing vanity in a classic style, tiles with patterns and brushed finish tapware.

Vanity for Vintage bathroom designs

During earlier times, basins never really had an cabinetry built underneath or above it. This is the reason that our designer Dorothy recommends using free standing basins without any in-built cabinetry for a vintage bathroom design.

You can add shelves in form of floating shelves or open cabinetry on the side which are the hallmarks of vintage bathroom designs. The material

 

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Tapware from the Classic collection from the Astra Walker range. Photo credit: https://www.astrawalker.com.au/cgi-bin/user.pl?a_download_file=1&file=2825&r=%2Fproducts%2Fbrochures

 

The 3 part tapware shown above is a classic example of vintage style fixtures. The separate hot and cold knobs are reminiscent of older times and hence are the perfect choice for a vintage bathroom design.

Vintage bathroom designs often include white ceramic vanities with chrome or brushed nickel tapware. Some of our clients also like to include brass fittings to give their bathrooms a more rustic vintage look reminiscent of Spanish Villas.

Below is a great example of a modern vintage vanity which uses a ceramic basin with brushed nickel trimmings.

 

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Another example of a free standing vintage vanity from Kitchen Hub. Photo credit: https://www.astrawalker.com.au/cgi-bin/user.pl?a_download_file=1&file=2825&r=%2Fproducts%2Fbrochures

 

Our client Mary Stuart from Orewa, Auckland (see picture below) wanted her bathroom design to include a flair of Spanish Villas. So she decided to go for a more eclectic vintage look by installing colourful mosaic tiles, brass fittings and wooden vanity.

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Rustic bathroom renovation in Orewa using aged brass fittings to give it the flair of a Spanish Villa.

See Mary Stuart’s full bathroom transformation + Before and After pictures

Bathtubs in a Vintage Bathroom design

Bathtubs are an iconic fixture of a vintage bathroom and it should be a free standing one. Think a huge bath with chrome, brushed nickel or brass clawed foot with ornate detailing.

What are the best tiling options for a vintage bathroom design?

Tiles are definitely a hallmark of any bathroom design when you are designing a bathroom for any particular style of bathroom. Our in house designer Dorothy often helps our clients with choosing the right type of tiles or fixtures to create a designer bathroom in any style.

 

“Vintage can mean so many different things to different people. Some go for a more Moorish look and others for more classic Victorian look. The tiles for for each of these different styles of vintage bathrooms will differ. If you are going for a more Moorish or Rustic look then I would suggest tiles which have lots of colour and patterns. Tile Depot has a great collection of glazed handmade looking tiles that would suit a rustic vintage bathroom well. If it is a more Victorian Vintage design then I would go for more classic Neutrals and combine them with a bit of colour. You won’t see a lot of colour in a vintage bathroom in the Victorian style” explains Dorothy about how different Vintage bathroom designs need very different kinds of tiles in their bathroom design.

 

If you look at the bathroom we renovated in


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

What type of tiles should i be using for my bathroom?

Depending on the lifestyle you have or if you have children or adults then the type of tiles used for your bathroom will defer. Read our article about various tiles from the ladies at Tile Depot to understand more about what is suitable for your family https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/emerging-tile-trends-by-tile-depot-common-mistakes-to-avoid/

Do i have to get my own products?

We provide a full renovation service which means that you get to choose all your fixtures, flooring and renovation materials from our various supplier showrooms in Auckland

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom in NZ?

This will depend on whether you are renovating on your own and managing your project or if you are renovating with a company. If you are renovating with a renovation company like ours then we include all labour costs, products, renovation materials and all different trades and project management in our proposals. On an average a bathroom renovation starts from $19,000 is Auckland.

Do i have to get my own designer?

No you will not if you are renovating with us. We have an inhouse designer who will help you with your bathroom design process.

 


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    Have you been putting off getting renovations done?

    We have partnered with Q Mastercard ® to provide you an 18 Month Interest-Free Payment Option, you can enjoy your new home now and stress less.

    Learn More about Interest-Free Payment Options*

    *Lending criteria, fees, terms and conditions apply. Mastercard is a registered trademark and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

     

     

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    Q Mastercard® (18 Months Interest Free)^ Option for renovations

    Are you thinking about Renovating? or perhaps it’s been on your to-do list for while?

    As Auckland prices soar, more people are renovating their homes than ever before. Most families want to renovate to either re-sell or add functionality and comfort to their existing homes as the needs of their families evolve.

    People are reluctant to sell their current homes for larger or more modern homes because of several reasons. Some of our clients were reluctant because they love their current neighbourhoods or because a better home might mean moving further away from the central suburbs of Auckland.

    The Auckland housing market is also not the best if you want to sell your home. So instead they look at renovating their homes to suit their family’s needs.

    This article will cover the following topics:

    1. Types of renovations and their average cost in Auckland
    2. Top 3 reasons Aucklanders are using Finance vs Savings for renovations
    3. 4 Most common payment options available for Renovations in Auckland
    4. Interest Free^ options with Q Mastercard® (Our newest Partnership)
    5. Qualification process for Q Mastercard® Flexi plan
    6. Fees and Payments for Q Mastercard® Flexiplan for renovations
    7. Most commonly asked Questions

    An Average of what you can expect to spend on renovations in Auckland

    The costs and prices reflected in the following table reflect average spent on renovations in Auckland. These prices reflect what you would spend with a renovation company similar to ours. Renovation companies include the cost of design, demolition, materials used in renovation, installation, all trades, and project management in their quotes. If you are doing a DIY project or managing the renovation, supplies and trades on your own the costs will differ from what are listed in the table below.

    Renovation Type Average cost in Auckland
    Full Bathroom Renovation $21,000 – $35,000
    Full Kitchen Renovation $24,000 – $50,000+
    Bedroom/s Renovation $2,000 – $80,000 +
    House Extension $60,000 – $200,000 +
    Re-roofing $15,000 – $30,000 +
    Re-cladding $100,000 – $400,000 +
    Full home renovation $80,000 – $300,000 +
    Loft conversion/Adding a second storey $200,000 – $400,000 +
    Walk in wardrobe $3,000 – $10,000 +

     

    The table gives you an idea of what time of money you will be putting towards a potential renovation. Before you start renovating, we always advice clients to work out the reason for your renovation as this will determine the amount you are willing to spend. If it is just to add value to a renovation, then it is unlikely that you would customise your renovation to your taste which means that the price would be at the lower end of the spectrum. However, if you are planning to live in the house after renovation then you can customise it according to your needs which means that you would be willing to use more higher end materials.

    3 Reasons why Aucklanders are looking to Finance VS Savings for renovations

    Finance is less Risky than Using savings

    Financing a renovation is less risky than using savings that you have carefully accumulated over the years. On an average a bathroom renovation in Auckland starts from about 21K and a kitchen from about 25K. Taking that kind of money at one go can prove to be risky for any family if an unforeseen circumstance is to occur.

    A steady cashflow

    Using Finance to fund your renovation allows you flexibility and more control of your cashflow. Paying your renovation off monthly, weekly, or fortnightly means that your savings are intact, and you are able plan your finances better. There are several finance options available in Auckland which we will discuss in depth further along the article.

    Using Finance means you can start your renovation now

    Not everyone has the freedom to renovate whenever they like as its hard to save a good chunk of money that is required for renovations. Using finance to fund your renovation means that you do not have to save up money to renovate. You can start your renovation when you feel like there is a need.

    4 Most common types of Payment options for renovations in Auckland

    There are plenty of finance options available today. As every person has unique financial situations and needs, it is always good to do some research and receive financial advice for what works best for you. The most common types of finance available in Auckland are as follows:

    1. Bank Loans

    Once you have secured your collateral, different banks will give you loans with various interest rates. You can either contact several banks or go with your own bank to seek out the best available deal for you. This process can be daunting as banks have highly strict and regulated rules for renovations loans. You will have to do your due diligence and present your application well to be able to qualify for a loan.

    2. Finance Company loans

    These are loans granted by finance companies and are like bank loans. They do however have a higher chance of getting accepted as they are more lenient with their criteria. They also provide more competitive interest rates.

    3. Home Loans

    We collaborate with Linda Eagleton from Loan Market to provide home loans to our clients. Linda essentially acts as your agent between a bank and yourself. She asses your affordability and financial situation and draws up a plan to borrow against your assets. As loan market has long standing relationship with all the banks in New Zealand, they know all the rules and regulations to get your application accepted. You will be at an advantage if you already have an existing loan or the home has equity because then you will be accessing more funds for your borrowing at reduced rates.


    Read more about home loans in our Q and A article with Linda from Loan market

     

    4. Interest Free^ options with Q Mastercard® – Our newest partnership

    We have recently partnered up with  Q Mastercard® offering our clients up to 18 month interest free. This allows clients to breathing space by taking the pressure off paying now for things that are most needed by you. Q Mastercard® interest free offers gives customers the ability to be able to pay off their renovation in interests with zero interest. ^lending criteria, fee and conditions apply. 

     

    Q Mastercard® right for you?

    Q Mastercard® gives clients flexibility of paying for renovations in installments without paying any interest. With Superior Renovations 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months interest free^ terms you can leave your savings in the your bank and use of our the interest free offers to get your renovation done today. ^Ask one of our teams for the full terms and conditions.

    Qualifying Process for Long term Q Mastercard® Finance

    Q Mastercard® qualifies clients based on their lending criteria and hence approve a limit for individuals.

    You can do partial or full payment on Q Mastercard® depending on your approval limit. To apply for a Q Mastercard® we have outlined a simple process below. Please note the approval amount does depend on Q Mastercard® lending criteria.

    Who is eligible to apply?

    To apply you need to be 18 years or older, hold a current NZ Driver license and either be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. You will also need a valid email address, mobile number and agree to a credit check.

     


    Next steps after you are approved:

    Step 1: Once approved

    Upon submitting your application, you will receive a customer ID number via email. Call us on 0800 199 888 with this number and we will walk through your interest free options. Depending on the amount you are approved for, we will see whether you want to do a full or partial payment on Q Mastercard®.

    If you already have a card:

    We accept Farmers Mastercard, Q Mastercard® , Flight centre Mastercard and Q card. Existing members can enjoy the benefit of applying for our interest free offers. Please call our team at 0800 199 888 with your card number for us to process.

    Step 2: Transactions and Payments

    According to what you have agreed with us on our contract with you will we transact the amount accordance to your payment structure.

    The full amount will be transferred into your account which will be shared with Superior Renovations. We will set up the transaction structure according to the payment structure in our contract with you.

    For example for a bathroom renovation the payment structure will be as follows:

    • 10% – Initial deposit to secure booking/project
    • 40% – Prior to commencement of the renovation project
    • 30% – On completion of tiling
    • 20% – Remaining balance on completion/ sign off

    You will be able to see these transactions as well as us. Our accountant will send you an email 2 days before the transaction to get your approval for the transaction according to the progress of your renovation and contract. Only once you have approved will the accountant transact these amounts into our company account.

    Step 3: Completion of project and your term with Q Mastercard® begins

    Once your renovation is completed and you are satisfied will be mark your project as completed. The project manager will sign of the project with you and our accountant will send you an email about the final 20% payment. Only once you have approved this will we transact the final amount.

    Once the final payment is made will your term with Q Mastercard® begin. This means that only once your renovation is completed will your 6 month, 12 month or 18 month interest free term with  Q Mastercard® begin.

    Fees for Q Mastercard®


    What does the payment plan look like?

    Here's a snapshot of what it would look like if you renovated with us (with a Project Value of $18,500) on a 6 & 18 month term interest-free finance

    6 Months

    $715.57/ per week
    • Renovation Cost – $18,500
    • Annual Account Fee – $50
      Annual Account Fee Applies, paid in 6 monthly instalments
      ($25 applied on opening and every six months thereafter)
    • New Cardholder Fee – $55
      $35 for Existing Cardholders
    • Total Paid: $18,605

       

    18 Months (Most Popular)

    $238.84/ per week
    • Renovation Cost – $18,500
    • Annual Account Fee – $75
      $50 Annual Account Fee Applies, paid in 6 monthly instalments
      $25 applied on opening and every six months thereafter
    • New Cardholder Fee – $55
      $35 for Existing Cardholders
    • Total Paid: $18,630

       

    Please note: Minimum payments of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) are required throughout interest free period. Paying only the minimum monthly payments will not fully repay the loan before the end of the interest free period.

    The figures above are only to provide you an example based calculations made at the time of creating it (November, 2020), rates/fees/terms and conditions are subject to change at any time by Q-Card. Please refer to Terms and Fees on Q-Cards website for up to date information.


    Budgeting for a renovation

    It is always good to draw up a budget when renovating your home in accordance to your financial situation. If you are renovating a family home to live for the foreseeable future then you can renovate to maximise comfort and functionality. You can renovate materials that are specific to your taste. There is no real risk of over capitilising for such renovations. We still recommend you to draw up a list of priorities to see the areas that you can renovate first.

    If you are renovating an investment property for either rent or re-sell then drawing up a budget is even more important. When renovating investment properties there is always a risk of overcapitilising. Try and renovate areas that will increase the value of your home and give you the best return on your investment.

    When adding value to your home, you want to renovate with quality products but not personalise your renovation. Another consideration is to carefully plan your budget as well as renovate rooms that actually add monetary value to your home. Rooms like bathroom, kitchen and repainting your home will add the most amount of monetary value to your home when re-selling.

     


    Most commonly asked questions

    What kind of payment options do you provide on Q Mastercard®?

    At Superior Renovations we provide 18 months Interest free with a minimum spent of $985

    How long does it take to do an application for Q Mastercard®?

    For sales under $10,000 you will use the link provided by our team to do an online application. This will take 5 minutes to complete. For sales over $10,000 you will submit an online application form and you will also fill statement of finance position with a proof of income to request for credit limit. This will take 3-4 working days.

    How do I access Interest free offer with Superior Renovations?

    If you are an existing Farmers Mastercard, Q Mastercard® , Flight Centre Mastercard or Q card you can enjoy our interest free offers. Please call our team at 0800 199 888 for us to secure the interest free rates for you. If you do not have any of these cards then call our team and we can guide you through on the application process.

    How much Interest do I have to pay on repayments?

    Our interest free offers are at 0% interest to you. You are required to make a minimum payment of 3% of the monthly closing balance or $10 (whichever is greater) throughout the interest free period. Paying only the minimum will not fully repay the loan before the end of the interest free period. See full terms and conditions on http://superiorrenovations.co.nz/interest free-finance-terms/

    Is there any additional fees?

    Annual account fee of $50 applies. New cardholders fees - $55 establishment fee. Existing cardholder fee for advance of payments is $35

    How do I set up repayments?

    You can set up online banking or do direct debit. The ways to repay Q Mastercard®: http://www.qmastercard.co.nz/ways-to-pay/

    How much can I pay through Q Mastercard®?

    This will depend on what you have approved for through the Q Mastercard® process of qualifying. Once they have processed your application, you will have an approval limit. Based on that you can decide whether you want to partially pay for renovation or fully pay for it.

    Is there a minimum that I have to spend with you to use Q Mastercard® for an interest free option?

    As we do full renovations of any given area, our minimum for a renovation is at $20,000. You can however decide based on your approval limit from Q Mastercard® to fully or partially use that for your renovation

     



    Please note:
     Whilst all information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. The information may change without notice and Superior Renovations is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

     


    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

     

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      Q & A with Holly (The Kitchen Hub) – Choosing the right tapware for your bathroom design

      Bathrooms are often the smallest space in any home which means that they must find the right balance between functionality and aesthetics within any bathroom design. Even a decade ago, most bathrooms had a clinical look about them with white tiles or walls and standard shiny chrome fixtures. Bathrooms of today however are very different in terms of aesthetics as there are many more options to choose from.

      One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your bathroom is to integrate statement taps within your bathroom design. Bathroom accessories are often overshadowed by bathtubs and vanity which means that they are often a secondary consideration when renovating. Most people don’t realise however that statement tapware can really elevate a bathroom design.

      Statement tapware and basins can transform a bathroom whether you are doing minor upgrades or renovating your entire bathroom. In the last year or so we have seen an increasing number of our clients opting for designer tapware for their bathroom design.

      Hence we decided to look for suppliers in Auckland that could fill this niche and hence our partnership with The Kitchen Hub was formed. The Kitchen Hub specialises in designer tapware for bathrooms and kitchens designed by leading designers in Australia, UK and the USA.

      We met with Holly from The Kitchen Hub to understand a bit more about their company and the trends in tapware seen in Auckland.

      This article will discuss the following: 

      • Q & A with Holly – The Kitchen Hub’s process on narrowing down the right tapware for clients
      • Top 5 Tips on choosing the right type of bathroom accessories for different styled homes in Auckland

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      Meet Holly from The Kitchen Hub

      “My role is to assist in promoting and advertising our bespoke collection of kitchen, bathroom and laundry products. My passion is to create brand awareness for our high-end boutique ranges that will assist our clients in discovering and selecting the right products for their homes. At The Kitchen Hub, we strive ourselves on offering unique brands that create luxury statements. Which is why I am always working closely alongside our clients to help provide innovative outcomes.”

      Holly, Sales & Marketing Manager

       

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      We sat down with Holly from The Kitchen Hub to see how she helps clients with their tapware choice

       


      Superior Renovations: How can clients narrow down their choices amidst such an overwhelming tapware selection?

      Holly: I usually first ask what kind of budget they are working with and how much they are willing to allocate towards the products that they are after. If they are working with a tight budget then I will usually point them towards Meir and our other more cost effective brands, or if they have a larger budget then I will suggest Astra Walker or The Watermark Collection.

      Understanding the client’s budget helps me identify the brands that are suited for them. Once I have identified the brand, then I dive a little deeper and start to understand the design a bit more. This is where I ask what kind of build it is (new build or renovation) and whether it is contemporary or traditional design. This helps me narrow down to specific product ranges which I can then show to the client.


      Superior Renovations: How do people choose through the various finishes? How do you help them choose?

      HollySelecting finishes will depend on various factors. First I need to understand what the setting is and who will be using the tapware. If it is for a family home, then clients will be wanting something that is durable and easy to clean. So I tend to recommend a stainless steel or brushed finish, something that won’t show finger prints and is low maintenance. Sometimes, if clients have young children, I do suggest not to use a matte black finish. While most of our matte black finishes are electroplated and are very durable, they still tend be easier to scratch if they are not handled carefully.


      Superior Renovations: What is the difference between living finishes and Sealed finishes?

      Holly: Living finishes are becoming more popular for their raw and organic appearance. They are designed to change and evolve, so they will develop a unique worn appearance over time. But the aged look is not for everyone.

      If our clients want a living finish then our go to would be either Astra Walker or Buddy. These brands offer of range of living finishes, including natural brass and aged brass, which are the most common finishes that our clients tend to go for.

      If the client wants a finish that will remain the same over time then I would recommend our trending sealed finishes which are matte black, brushed brass, stainless steel, brushed nickel and gunmetal. These finishes are offered by various different brands which gives a bit more flexibility when it comes to product selection.

       

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      Superior Renovations: Are there any specific trends that you are seeing in bathroom tapware?

      Holly: There are a couple of design trends that have started to emerge with bathroom tapware. I have noticed a lot of people are now going for coloured tapware, especially brass finishes, as opposed to standard chrome and matte black. Living finishes are also becoming increasingly popular for the more industrial and retro design look. Elevated tapware is coming back into fashion as well, with a lot of interest in our cross handle and lever options as opposed to standard wall mixers.

       


      Top 5 tips on choosing the right tapware for your bathroom design

      Tip 1 – Design your bathroom which complements the rest of your home

      Every person is unique which means that the style of every home is different from the other. However, the 5 broad categories that most homes fit into is contemporary, Traditional, Modern, Rustic, and Industrial. Most homes are not however designed to specific style and often contain a mix and match of various styles.

      Modern or minimalistic Bathroom designs

      Modern bathroom designs usually have tapware which are sleek and with straight lines. The overall look of a modern bathroom design often features a minimalistic look with a clean and uncluttered look. Most modern bathrooms used to feature shiny tapware, but a growing trend has seen a shift towards black matte tapware. Matte black look adds a certain sophistication to a bathroom design. It is versatile and works with most colour schemes in a bathroom. Even with smaller bathrooms where the colour scheme is often neutral, black matte taps can add a great design element to the bathroom.

       

      Read: TOP 15 BATHROOM DESIGN TRENDS IN NZ FOR 2021 BY DESIGNERS IN AUCKLAND

       

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      If you are going for a Trendy and modern look for your bathroom then this range can be great to incorporate within your bathroom design.

      Traditional Villas and Bungalows

      Most bungalows and villas in Auckland feature traditional elements within their structure like hardwood floors, casement windows, and traditional chandeliers. The overall design of traditional homes can be carried on to bathrooms while still having modern luxurious like bathtubs and wet rooms. You can add a traditional element to your bathroom design by installing traditional tapware like the classic range from Aster walker.  The classic range has taps and bathroom accessories are reminiscent of old Victorian and Edwardian times which come in over 23 textures and colours to suit most traditional bathroom tastes.

       

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      Matte Black Olde English 3 tap set up used from the Astra Walker range. This set up is perfect for Villas and Bungalows that want to retain the old world charm for their homes.

       

      Rustic Style bathrooms

      There has been a growing trend in rustic style bathrooms in Auckland. We recently renovated two rustic style bathrooms which featured brass sinks and antique gold finishes. Rustic style bathrooms often feature elements of nature such as wooden accents, warm colours and matte brown or golden fixtures with an antique finish. If you are looking at adding rustic elements to your bathroom then changing your tapware could be a great way to do so.

       

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      Elk Eco Brass is a great choice for a
      Rustic bathroom

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      Contemporary bathrooms

      Contemporary styled bathrooms are one of the most popular in bathroom designs of today. The contemporary style borrows a bit of every style for a streamlined look. It is mostly a bit of old and a bit of new. There is a lot to choose from when you are designing your bathroom in a contemporary style. When choosing accessories for a contemporary bathroom, think about your colour scheme as well as your family situation.

       

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      Contemporary bathrooms often feature basins which are placed above the countertop with tapware attached on the wall (Metropolis Black matte tapware from The Kitchen Hub)

       

      If you do have a young family then opt for tapware which is shiny and not matte. Matte finish tapware leaves fingerprints on them a lot easier which means you will have to wipe it more often. Hence, if you have a busy household with young children then we would recommend you to use a shiny finish for your tapware.

       

      Industrial style bathrooms

      The industrial look was first inspired by the typical New York style apartments. Most industrial design takes clues from old industrial pipes and old factories. This style works great for apartments and architectural homes. However, if you love the look then you can add a vanity, basin or tapware in an industrial design without changing the whole look of the bathroom.

       

      Tip 2 – Choose the right type of shape for your bathroom fixtures

      Not all types shapes are right for certain bathroom designs or even the layout.  When choosing your tapware make sure that you are choosing something that looks great but also something that is functional for your family. Think about your family dynamics and who is going to be using that bathroom. Are your young children going to use the bathroom, are adults or the elderly members? If young children or someone who is elderly are using the bathroom then it would be best to install a basin and tapware that is easy to use. Perhaps a single leaver which can be used with one hand is more suitable but if there are adults using the bathroom then you can install a 2-leaver set up for your bathroom.

      Also think about your overall bathroom design to make decisions on the tapware that you choose. If you have a traditional or vintage look in your bathroom then opt for 3 tap set up for your basin. Use a separate hot and cold-water knob fixture to re-create a traditional vibe. Do not use a very sleek or shiny tapware and basin. Opt for more traditional looking basins and tapware. If you have a more modern or contemporary like set-up then go for large square sinks with tall-curved tapware.

      If you have a small bathroom design then think about a smaller and less cumbersome vanity set up. Always choose your bathroom fixtures in accordance with the size of your bathroom. A lot of people make the mistake of buying bulky fixtures for their small bathrooms which often ends up becoming an eyesore when the renovation is completed. A great advantage now is that there are a lot of options when it comes to smaller vanities in various design and style options.

      Further inspiration for small bathrooms

      15 BATHROOM IDEAS FOR SMALL BATHROOM DESIGNS IN AUCKLAND – 2021 EDITION

       

      Tip 3 – The type of finish you choose should depends on your family situation

      Our clients often find it hard to choose the right finish for their tapware due to the countless options available today. They often struggle with whether they should get chrome, matte black, or a brushed finish.

      Choosing the right type of sheen or finish is important as they determine how your bathroom will look as well as how you will be maintaining it. So we decided to ask Holly for her expertise in choosing the right finish for bathroom tapware.

      When asked how she helped clients using the right finish she said “Selecting finishes will depend on various factors. First, I need to understand what the setting is and who will be using the tapware. If it is for a family home, then clients will be wanting something that is durable and easy to clean. So, I tend to recommend a stainless steel or brushed finish, something that will not show fingerprints and is low maintenance. Sometimes, if clients have young children, I do suggest not to use a matte black finish. While most of our matte black finishes are electroplated and are very durable, they still tend be easier to scratch if they are not handled carefully.

      BATHROOM RENOVATION PHOTOS FOR OUR TOP 17 RENOVATIONS IN AUCKLAND

      Tip 4 – Size of your bathroom

      It is important to choose the correct size of tapware for the size of your bathroom. Getting the size of your tapware wrong can disrupt the overall look and flow of your bathroom design. Before you choose your fittings, you should measure up the space of your bathroom. Measure the space for your vanity, shower, toilet and the height available between your vanity and mirror for the tapware.

      If you have a small bathroom then perhaps you can opt for a shorter tapware set up or even wall mounted tapware. If you have plenty of space available, then you can choose a long-arched tapware. The same goes for your vanity. If you have a small bathroom then make sure you measure the space available for your vanity before you go shopping. This will help you choose a set up for your bathroom in terms of aesthetics and functionality.

      Tip 5 – Choose tapware that is compatible with your water pressure

      If you are renovating your home, then chances are that you are going to be using your existing plumbing. Auckland homes that are built over 20 years ago often have low water pressure. Its always good to check the type of water pressure you are working with before you buy your tapware. You can get your water pressure checked by a professional or simply look at your water cylinder. If you have unequal or low water pressure, then your water cylinder will say ‘low pressure’. Unequal water pressure means that your cold water will have more pressure as compared to your hot water, hence unequal water pressure.

       

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      This porcelain basin and 3 tap set up is perfect for villas with low pressure water (Edwardian Nickel black porcelain basin and tapware from the Astra walker range)

      Read: 18 TOP TILE TRENDS IN BATHROOM DESIGN FOR 2021 – NZ EDITION

      Newer homes do not have unequal water pressure which means that your cylinder will say ‘main pressure’. The pressure for hot and cold water for newer homes however is equal. Most villas and bungalows in Auckland have low pressure which means that you will have to find tapware which is compatible for low pressure. Most single leaver tapware is only suited for main pressure cylinders . If you have a low pressure water system and are not ready to change it to main pressure then you have to ensure that you choose tapware which is compatible for low pressure water cylinders.

       


      Our Featured renovation projects highlighting bathroom accessories

      Rustic Bathroom Renovation in Westmere

      This rustic bathroom has all the classic features of natural elements that make a space look warm and inviting. The use of green tiles as a feature wall adds depth to the wet area by making it a calm and serene space. Matte gold is often used in rustic design and was hence used in the design of this bathroom.

      ReadFull project details for this bathroom renovation

       

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      Tracey’s Artisan Style Contemporary Bathroom renovation in Titirangi, Auckland

      This small bathroom was renovated in a black and white theme using designer tiles on the floors and white subway tiles on the walls. We also used a floating wooden vanity to add some warmth in the bathroom along with matte black tapware and shower fixtures keeping the theme in mind.

      ReadFull project specifications for this bathroom renovation.

       

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      Spanish Style Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation

      Mary Stuart’s renovation was as much as a credit to her as it was to our designers and renovators. She had a clear vision tearing of converting an old closed off kitchen into an open and spacious Spanish style rustic kitchen. Her inspiration came from the arched hallways when she first bought her home. She was not afraid of bold colours and wanted to convert her bathroom and kitchen into a rustic villa reminiscent of Spain right her in Auckland see more

       

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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

      What kind of bathrooms are best for contemporary bathrooms?

      The great thing about contemporary bathroom designs is that they take elements from various styles to bring a cohesive bathroom design and look. This means that you have a lot of options when choose tapware or fixtures for bathroom designs. The growing trend however has been black matte in contemporary designs and stainless steel. If you have more questions about which tapware or bathroom fixture is best for your bathroom design then get in touch with our design team at 0800 199 888 ext 1.

      Do I have to get my own designer?

      Not when you are renovating with us. We have designers on our team which will help you choose the right bathroom fixtures and tapware for your bathroom.

      Can I buy my own bathroom tapware?

      We prefer working with our own suppliers in Auckland so we can maintain quality and workmanship. However if there is something that you prefer then bring it along and we can see what we can do.

       


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        Container Homes Vs Regular Granny Flats in Auckland

        What is the difference between container homes and regular sleepouts/granny flats?

        Container Homes

        There has been a growing demand for container homes in recent years. They can be made into granny flats, or a fully functioning home by joining several containers together.

        They look trendy and have become somewhat of an architectural gem. So, what exactly are container homes? Container homes are just what they sound like. They are large containers which are used to transport goods. With almost 1.4 million ‘out of service’ container homes around the globe, they have become a novelty that can now be converted into homes.

        Container homes must be bought and then either shipped directly to your site or it can be built off-site. Internal timber frames are then erected, the structure insulated and then renovated to make it a liveable space. The structure of container homes is sturdy, but the roof is often an issue. This means that a new roof must be put on the container home before it can be used as a living space.

        Regular Sleepouts and Granny Flats 

        Regular sleepouts and stand-alone granny flats are built from normal building materials. They can either be extended out from your existing home structure or can be built as a minor stand-alone dwelling on your property.

        The current economic climate has seen a rise in demand for granny flats, sleepouts and minor dwellings on an existing property. This can be either your need for extra space or as a source of additional income. They can be rented out and can yield between $300 – $600 per week in Auckland.

        In this article we will discuss:

        This article aims to draw a comparison between container homes and Regular minor dwellings/granny flats for the following factors:

        • The difference in the Consent process
        • Ease of construction and Time taken for construction
        • Average costs in Auckland for container homes and Regular minor dwellings
        • Their relevance in Urban Auckland and your return on Investment

        Pros and Cons of Container homes Vs Regular Sleepouts and Granny flats in Auckland

        1. Consent Process

        What is the consent Process for Container homes?

        Container homes can act as a sleepout or a standalone dwelling for properties. However, there is always a consent process when you want to build a container home in New Zealand.

        Container homes are a relatively new concept in New Zealand which basically means that the process of consent can vary.

        “That’s one thing you find straight away”, said Burne the co-founder of Architecture and Interiors Ltd.  “Many, many, shipping container homes don’t have permits or consents, and they probably wouldn’t get them because they don’t meet the building code”. (2019, February 1st) (Stuff)

        This means that a lot of the ‘cheaper’ container homes that you see in New Zealand are not approved by the council. The process or the time taken to approve a consent for a container home in New Zealand is not consistent and the rules are ever-changing. This can prove to be challenging when building container homes as a source of an additional income in Auckland.

        This however does not mean that you cannot build a container home in Auckland. We recommend you hire a professional company and not do a DIY job. Yes, the consent process might feel like a grey area, but it is possible.

        Regular minor dwelling – Granny Flats and sleepouts

        Regular minor dwellings like standalone granny flats or attached sleepouts have been built in Auckland properties for years. This means that the consent process for such dwellings is much easier and straightforward as compared to container homes.

        The recent Building Act of August 2020 has made building minor dwellings even easier.

        ‘Single-storey detached buildings include sleepouts, sheds, greenhouses and other similar structures can be built without a building consent. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are not included in the exemption. Any plumbing work to a new or current building still requires a building consent, and any electrical work will still have to be carried out by a registered electrician’.

        The act further explains that the dwelling must be 30 square metres or less to be except from consents. This means that you can easily make a sleepout without even requiring any sort of consent work for your property. This would save you time and money.

        However, if you are investing in building a sleepout then we would recommend you include a bathroom and kitchen within the sleepout. This will require consent but it is an easy and straight forward process.

        You could rent the sleepout and generate an additional source of income. A newly built 1 bedroom or even 2-bedroom minor dwelling on your property complete with Kitchen and bathroom can yield between $400 – $600 a week in Auckland.

        The consent process for all the plumbing and electric work for the kitchen and bathroom is simple. If you are renovating with a professional renovation company then they will handle the entire consent process along with the build. They will have an architect on board who will draw up the plans, get the documents ready and submit it to the council for approval.

        Verdict

        The consent process for container homes in NZ is ever evolving which means that the process is more complicated as compared to building a regular minor dwelling on your property. The consent process for minor dwelling has been made easier with the recent Building Act in NZ which allows you an exception for consents for dwellings up to 30m2. If you do want to add a kitchen and bathroom (which will require consent), the process is still easier compared to container homes.


        2. Ease of Construction and Time taken for Built

        Shipping Container homes NZ

        Container homes have become a popular choice recently due to its durability, architectural appeal, and ease of transport. ‘Ease of transport’ means that they can be bought from a shipping yard and delivered directly to your home or to the factory. Once built and renovated, they cannot however be transported to several sites through the year.

        Melissa Burne from Architecture and Interiors says “There are plenty of myths out there about container homes. People think they are classed as portable. They’re not” (2019, February 1st) (Stuff)

        Renovating a container home

        Once the consent process is completed, you can begin renovating your container home. Container homes do require a substantial amount of renovation to make them fit for habitation. The first thing is erecting a timber frame within the container for the electric wiring and plumbing to be installed. This is also where the insulation will be put into the frame before the walls are erected.

        Once the walls are put in, you can start putting heating systems, ventilating systems, and flooring. Most containers have a weak roof which is understandable due to them being stacked on top of each other. Hence you will almost always have to construct a roof on top of your container home if you want it to last longer. Re-cladding the exterior is also recommended to further protect your container home from the natural elements.

        Melissa Burne says that it took them 250 hours in labour and 180 hours in project management to renovate a 1 bedroom container home. (2019, February 1st) (Stuff)

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        Picture Courtesy of Stuff (2019, 13 Feb) https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/latest/110555556/open-homes-for-tiny-container-house-with-auction-proceeds-going-to-charity

        Regular minor dwellings like Granny Flats and Sleepouts

        Standalone dwelling or detached

        Standalone dwellings can be constructed on a property depending on whether the property is zoned for such a construction. The time taken to build and renovate a stand-alone granny flat from scratch can be anywhere between 3 to 5 months after consent has been approved. Listed below are the factors that determine the time taken to complete a project.

        1. Excavation of site: When building a dwelling, the ground will have to be excavated to reach the pipes underneath the dwelling. If there is a lot of stones underneath your land, then they will also have to be removed via a more specialised machine.
        2. Pipes and drainage below the land: The pipes underneath your land will have to be checked to see if they are in working order. If they are not, then they will have to be replaced.
        3. The actual built: This will depend on your renovation company and the hours they are going to spend on your site building your dwelling.

        Extending your house to make a Granny flat/Sleepout

        Extending your house to make a granny flat or sleep out will take a longer time than building a standalone dwelling on the property. This is because there are many things that need to be considered before a house can be extended.

        The extension must be done according to the structure of your existing house which can give rise to several complexities. An extension project of your home will take between 4 to 7 months after you have received your consent from the council.

        Verdict

        Taking all the factors into account, container homes take lesser time to build and renovate when compared to extending your current house.

        However, the time taken to get a consent, build and renovate a container home would take around the same time as making a stand alone dwelling on your property. This is because the consent process of container homes would take longer than a stand alone dwelling.

        If you do have a garage that you do not use then converting that into a granny flat is a relatively easier, shorter, and less complicated way of building another dwelling on your property.

        Read More

        Converting your garage into a granny flat


        3. Cost

        How much do container homes cost?

        Contrary to popular belief container homes are not a cheap housing solution. Low priced container homes are only possible if you are not building in accordance to the code of compliance. We also do not recommend a DIY project as there are some technical complexities involved when renovating a container home which are better left to the professionals.

        Melissa Burne a co-founder of Architecture and Interiors recently built and renovated a 1-bedroom container home in Hawkes Bay for the charity ‘Look good feel good’. “People think they can convert one for $60,000 – they won’t if they do it properly and with the necessary consents”.  (2019, February 1st) (Stuff.

        They bought a container for $1000 and the final renovation costs came to $127,000 including consents, subcontractors, labour, material, and project management. The container home boasted 1 bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and a laundry.

        Asked if she would recommend taking on a container house project, Burne said “There is some sense to them, but for the cost of doing it properly you would be much better spending a bit more and getting a modest timber-framed house. It would give you more flexibility with better proportions. The good thing about a container is that you could pick it up and remove it if you ever wanted to”. (2019, February 1st) (Stuff)

        Renovating a container house is just like renovating a normal home. You will require professionals like electricians, insulators, builders, plumbers, painters, and other skilled professionals.

        Regular dwellings – semi-attached and detached

        As discussed above, standalone dwellings or extensions to include a sleepout to require substantial amount of work. Even if you are merely building a 30m2 dwelling which would not require consent, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

        If you are just building a 30m2 dwelling without a kitchen or a bathroom then it can be very cost effective as compared to container homes. You will not need consent to build the structure and will only have to employ skilled electricians to build in accordance to the code of compliance.

        If you are however building a granny flat with a bathroom and kitchen then there will be consent work involved. The cost of building a standalone timber framed dwelling will be anywhere between 150K to 180K. This would include costs for consent, excavation, building materials, all skilled professionals, and a project manager to over see the project.

        Verdict

        One of the biggest myths about container homes in NZ is that they are cheap. They are only cheap if treated as a DIY project and built without consent. Roughly a 1-bedroom 40 feet container house will start from about 120K. Materials like the type of flooring, kitchen fixtures etc will determine how high the cost will go to.

        A minor dwelling like a granny flat with kitchen and bathroom will cost you higher than a container home by about 15k to 20K. However, if you are just looking at making a sleepout of up to 30m2 without plumbing then it would be considerably lower than a container home. This is because you would not require any consent owing to the new Building Act released in August 2020.


        4. Urban Auckland Lifestyle and your return on Investment

        Container homes in Auckland

        Container homes are a unique form of architecture which has a polarising effect on most people. A lot of people find the industrial look of container homes trendy and unique. Others find it an eye sore. The aesthetics of a container home can be a very personal choice for people.

        So how do container homes fit into the Urban Auckland lifestyle? A standard container home has the size of 40ft by 7ft. Once the insulation and internal walls are put in, the interior of a container home can be quite narrow. This however can be rectified by adding other containers on the side and cutting one of the sides.

        Auckland homes usually do not have that kind of land space to put a huge container home on their property. You can put the container and make it a sleepout to make it less bulky structure. Another disadvantage of putting a container home on your property in Auckland will mean that there will is no continuity in structure or the overall look of your home.

        Return on investment for container homes

        You can put a container home on your property to generate an extra source of income. You could rent a 1-bedroom container home for up $400 per week or more.

        Having a container house in your property however will not add value to your property. You might have a harder time selling your current home in the future with a container home on your land. Buyers might not find a container home to their taste which means that you will have to remove it from the property. It also does not contribute to the over-all perceived value of your current home structure.

        Regular dwellings – semi attached and detached

        You can build Semi attached and detached dwellings exactly to your specification. They have that advantage over a container home sleepout in terms of aesthetics and continuity. You can build the dwelling with the same or similar materials as your home to ensure continuity.

        The return on investment for regular granny flats and sleepouts

        The return on investment on an additional dwelling on your property is huge. Even if you are just making a sleepout or granny flat without a kitchen and toilet, it will still add more value to your home than a container home.

        If you take the plunge and decide to build one with a kitchen and bathroom then you can rent it anywhere between $400 to $600 a week. Future buyers will also be willing to pay a higher amount for an extra room or a unit on the property.

        Verdict

        The verdict for this one is simple. Container homes are just not suitable for Auckland homes as a means of additional income. A container home granny flat on your property will not add any value to your home. Container homes can be great if you have a land and just want to build an entire home out of it. That would still work in form of a container granny flat.

        Selling a property with a container home on it is also going to be a problem. Container homes are great for more rural areas or towns. They would also be great as trendy cafes or stores in Auckland.

        Regular dwellings suit the urban lifestyle of Auckland a whole lot more. They are great as an investment to add value to your home or to yield an additional source of income.


        References

        1. The real (compliant) cost of a shipping container home: an architectural designer’s experiment (2019, 1Feb), Stuff https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/110306517/the-real-compliant-cost-of-a-shipping-container-home-an-architects-experiment
        2. Open homes for tiny container house, with auction proceeds going to charity (2019, 13Feb), Stuff https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/latest/110555556/open-homes-for-tiny-container-house-with-auction-proceeds-going-to-charity
        3. Cover image, credit to: containersforsale.co.uk

         


        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

        What are container home prices NZ wide?

        Container homes are not a cheap option as most people believe. A 1 bedroom container home would cost you $120,000 at the minimum. This is if you are building it with proper consent and in accordance to the code of compliance.

        Are there many container homes to rent in NZ?

        Container homes can be a great source of additional income in NZ if you put it up for rent. You will however not find many container homes to rent in Auckland.

        Is container home better or granny flat?

        This will depend on where in NZ you live. If you are in Auckland then making a detached or a semi detached granny flat will be better than a container home. This is because a container home will not add any real value for your property and might be an eye sore on your property for future buyers. The lack of abundant space in Auckland homes also makes it a bulky structure for Auckland homes.

         


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          Importance of Space Planning in Home Renovation + Interior Design with Orly Baliti

          Renovating your own house is something that most people would look forward to and why shouldn’t they? The thought of changing your kitchen, bathroom or entire house to give it a complete makeover would get anyone excited.

          One of the most important aspect of renovations however is the design process. This article will focus on the design process of a renovation. It will give you some vital interior design ideas that are important for a successful renovation.

          The design phase is where all the excitement lies. This phase however can also be a complicated process. it is often difficult to put your ideas and vision into paper. To add to this complication, different members of your family would have different ideas on what they want from your home renovation. There is often a lot of back and forth with your family members which can make it all seem very frustrating. So what should you do?

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          Meet Orly from Place2Be

          As a designer, my highest purpose is to create for my clients a tailor-made design that contains the ideal floor plan, colour scheme, material combination and concept, while considering their goals, style and budget and make sure they are happy with the outcome.

          I believe (and it is also scientifically approved) that the environment around us affects our mood, productivity, and energy levels. With my efficient design process, I can help you to create a space where you would feel comfortable, organised and at peace.

          Orly Baliti – Interior Designer

          Website:  https://www.place2be.design/ | Email: orly@place2be.design

           

          Orly specialises in space planning and concept/color consultation which is exactly the kind of person who renovators need in order to get the best outcome from a renovation.

          We decided to have a sit down with Orly Baliti who has been an interior designer for over 11 years to discuss various factors that come into play when clients are planning a renovation. She has worked with architects, engineers and builders designing and managing various projects in the commercial and residential sectors.

          Here is what we discussed with Orly:

          1. Importance of Planning for renovations and the design phase
          2. How the correct design can add value to your renovation
          3. 5 crucial steps in space planning to complement your renovation as told by Orly
          4. Designer Home renovation projects by Superior Renovations in Auckland

          Importance of space planning in your design process

          When asked what the most important step for success was, Orly had no hesitations saying that it was planning. It was something which resonated with us as that is exactly what we tell our clients when they renovate with us. Your planning should include the following:

          • Budget planning
          • Your top priorities for renovating
          • What outcome you want from your renovation
          • Research
          • Timeframes
          • And the often forgotten one which is space planning. 

          What is space planning?

          If you are wondering what exactly space planning is? Orly explains that space planning is an important aspect of the interior design process. Space planning is an in-depth analysis of how physical space is used in structures. It considers the purpose of spaces and who will use them. Space planning is a process that takes several steps, and its an important component that helps to ensure efficient use of floor space without wasting it. This also shows how you would move within the space. The plan is finally completed by putting details like textures, colours and even furniture in their places to show the overall look and feel of the place.

          What can go wrong if space planning is not done well?

          Orly explains that there are several things that can go wrong if you do not plan your space properly. If you do not plan your space well then it could lead to several problems once your renovation is completed. Space planning is a part of interior design that goes hand in had with renovations.

          You might want a L shaped kitchen with a huge island but did you account for the dining table next to it? Perhaps that L shaped kitchen with an island has left no space for a decent sized dining table. Now you can only buy a 4 seater dining table when in fact you have a 6 person household. Having the right type of kitchen design especially in an open planned kitchen is important. For more kitchen and bathroom design ideas look at our kitchen gallery and bathroom gallery of renovated kitchens/bathrooms in Auckland.

          Orly has shortlisted Top 5 things that she has seen with poor space planning.

          1. Bad planning that leads to a space where you cannot fit your furniture
          2. Non functional kitchen layout which leaves little working space
          3. Non functional power points and lighting positions.
          4. Lack of storage
          5. Awkward material and colour combinations

           

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          Storage and Disposable solutions for our client’s kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

          How interior designers are an integral part of a renovation process

          An interior designer can really take your renovation to the next level if you make her an integral part of your renovation process.

          Orly explains that a lot of her clients renovate to add value to their property, whether it’s for them to enjoy it, rent it or sell in future. We found this to be very true for our clients as well because most of them looked at renovations of a way to add some sort of value to their home. In our experience renovations that add the most value to any home were:

          Naturally, you are looking to increase your return on investment and, the last thing you want is to be disappointed by the outcome. You also need to consider that during the renovation, there are lots of decisions to be made and lots of options available.

          For example; choosing the right style, colours and materials, planing the lighting, create a better layout to maximise the space, add storage, etc. Confirming these details at the beginning of the renovation is essential to ensure there are no delays when it comes to finishing your home. Orly mentions that she often helps clients choose the materials for their renovation (like kitchen cabinets, tiles and wall paint) to help them realise their overall vision of their renovation.

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          Full house renovation completed in West Harbour, Auckland

           

          5 Simple steps of space planning as told by Orly

          So now that you know that space planning is important for a successful renovation you must be wondering where you should start. Orly says that the most important thing is not to get overwhelmed. Interior designers are there for a reason. It is their responsibility to narrow down the choices for you and make your design process as seamless as possible. She has outlined her 5 Step process to successfully plan a space for her clients.

          Step 1: Explore the space and understand your purpose for renovation

          Your first step should be have a walk around your space and ask yourself what the use of the space would be? What is the purpose for this renovation and what do you want to achieve? Is there anything you can do without? what would you like to change? Do you have a particular vision or is it a mix of things?

          Once you get the answers to these questions, you will be able to prioritise the work that needs to be done, focus on the most critical issues and update your budget accordingly.

          Step 2: Defining Zones and Natural Pathways

          Take your time to do proper space planning and confirm it meets your needs and lifestyle. Try to define zones depending on their primary use.

          If you are after a modern open floor plan where the kitchen, dining room and living room are all connected, it’s necessary to define each area. One way of doing it is adding an island to mark the heart of the kitchen. Just don’t forget to double-check if you have enough space to sit conveniently around it and that it doesn’t block your natural pathways.

          You can also use furniture like the back of a sofa or a stylish bookshelf to create boundaries. Alternately you can even set a unique flooring feature to define a space like the living room. Once the spaces and your requirements are clear, you can sketch out the area. It would be useful to do it in scale, so you will be able to visualise how it all works together and achieve a functional layout. This will make shopping for furniture in the future easier.

          Step 3: Choosing Colours and Textures

          After you finished planning your space, it is time to choose colours and materials. It would be easier to start with tones and textures of design elements such as flooring, tiles, cabinetry, benchtop and splashback. It would be good to consult an interior designer for this process. You can select the wall paint colour last to finish up the look and create a complementing background

          Step 4: Create a Mood Board

          Collect samples from showroom and suppliers. Gather these materials and finishes to create a mood board. Explore, take your time to compare, see how they all work together. Remember that colours affects our mood and the atmosphere in the room. So don’t try to save time here as this process can definitely save you from making unnecessary mistakes in the future.

          Step 5: Lay the actual space in your room with Samples

          Once you’ve chosen your favourite colour tones, buy small pots of the paint to make a larger model that you can place around the room. Play around with lightings as things can look very different under different lighting. Also get some samples of textures to put around the room to see how they would look in different spaces.

           

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          Full house renovation completed in Epsom, Auckland

           

          So do you need an interior designer for your renovation?

          Your renovation company will have a designer on board to design the basic layout. However, if the process of pre-planning and designing your aesthetics sounds challenging to you then you should consult an interior designer. Consider working with an experienced interior designer alongside the builder at the very beginning of the project.

          This can save a lot of frustration in the future. An interior designer will help you focus on functionality. The interior designer will also help create best layout and room flow for your needs. This will include furniture placement, kitchen and bathroom design, lighting design and colour consulting.

          There’s no need to stress and overwhelmed about the colour, materials and choices in finishes. A skilled Interior designer will recommend and present a cohesive plan of how all the different elements work together. An interior designer and builder working together could yield a remarkable and highly functional space.


          Designer home renovation projects by Superior Renovations

          1. Urban Luxury home Renovation in Parnell

          Our client had a centrally located quaint townhouse in Parnell. While the location was great, it lacked modern conveniences in the kitchen and living space. It was tiny, not functional and aesthetically unappealing. This home was fully renovated with concrete designer floors, changing the location of the kitchen to maximise functionality, adding a luxury modern feel to the bathrooms, building a false wall to install a fire place.  See full case study here.

           

           

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          Full Town house renovation in Parnell by Superior Renovations


          2. Cottage Style Kitchen Renovation 

          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


          3. Entertainer’s dream Kitchen and Lounge Renovation

          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


          4. Spanish Style Kitchen and Bathroom Renovation

          Mary Stuart’s renovation was as much as a credit to her as it was to our designers and renovators. She had a clear vision tearing of converting an old closed off kitchen into an open and spacious Spanish style rustic kitchen. Her inspiration came from the arched hallways when she first bought her home. She was not afraid of bold colours and wanted to convert her bathroom and kitchen into a rustic villa reminiscent of Spain right her in Auckland see more

           

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          Bathroom, Kitchen and Laundry renovation in Stanmore Bay


          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

          What does an interior designer do?

          An interior designer is there to help simplify the process of building or renovating, they do this by working within a client’s brief and budget to create and implement schemes to fit the client’s taste and lifestyle whilst working with the renovation company simultaneously.

          When should I hire one?

          The earlier into your project the better, If your project is large enough to require plans and drawings by an architect or architectural designer, it can be very useful to have an interior designer look these over, to optimise space planning and interior layout.

          Who is Orly Baliti?

          Orly is an experienced interior designer, Orly specialises in space planning and concept/color consultation which is exactly the kind of person who renovators need in order to get the best outcome from a renovation.

           


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            Get started now by booking a free in-home consultation.

            Request Your In-home Consultation 

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            Covid-19 Update at Alert Level 2 for Superior Renovations

            In response to the Governments recent announcement on Monday 11th May, collectively we move to level 2 this Thursday 14th May and we are pleased to share that we are also reopening our services for new projects to be scheduled in.

            Things may be a little different in the way we’ll be conducting the on-site meetings and dealing with jobs in progress as we uphold strict Government guidelines including social distancing, facilitation of strict hygiene practices, and contact tracing for those entering sites.

            If you still feel hesitant to visit in person to discuss your renovation, virtual meetings (on Zoom or Google Hang Out) will still be made available. Visits to our supplier showrooms will be by appointment only.

            Superior Renovations head office remains closed, meetings made at the office will only be by appointment, and the office team will continue to work from home until further notice.

            We are closely monitoring the situation around-the-clock, and while these are challenging times for all industries, please know that we are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on our clients and team members.

            Hand sanitisers, gloves and face masks has been rolled out for all our staffs that are going on-site, and we have equipped all our clients homes with safety signages, hand sanitisers and on-site protocols to maintain a safe and healthy working environment. We also encourage regular thorough hand washing as the best defence while renovating and entering/exiting job sites.

            We really appreciate the patience and understanding of all our suppliers, clients and partners, we’re all glad to be moving back into operation and to hit the ground running again,

            Thank you for your continued support,

            From the team here at

            Superior Renovations

             

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            Q&A with Phil Yates: Shaping the Future of Construction and Industrial Waste in NZ

            Did you know:

            • In Auckland, construction and Industrial waste makes up of 85% of rubbish sent to landfills?
            • 40% of waste which goes to landfills in Auckland comes from construction waste alone?
            • When plasterboard is dumped into a landfill, it converts into methane gas which is a poisonous greenhouse gas?

            The year of 2019 and 2020 has witnessed movements across the globe about minimising negative impact that mankind has on the environment. Even if you are not a front runner in this movement, it has affected everyone in some way or the other.

            Whether you now choose to bring your own bag to countdown instead of buying a plastic bag or sorting your rubbish and recycling more carefully, this slow but sure change in habits comes from awareness of how our previous practices are just not sustainable for our planet anymore.

            The media and government are finding ways of raising awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling our residential waste, but can we say the same about construction waste? Auckland council estimates that construction waste is the single largest waste stream with up to 40% going directly to landfills. New Zealand has 110 landfill sites with 88 of these sites in Auckland alone.

            As a renovation and construction company we were shocked at these numbers and wanted know more about how our waste was contributing to our environment. As we are partnered with Green Gorilla to manage our waste, we decided to contact Phil Yates from the company and understand a bit more about construction waste and its impact on the environment.

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            Phil Yates, Marketing Manager at Green Gorilla

             


            Phil Yates is the Marketing Manager at Green Gorilla.
            Apart from being passionate and believing in Green Gorilla’s commitment to sustainability, he also plays a vital role in raising awareness of the detrimental impact that the construction industry in Auckland has on the environment.

            https://nz.linkedin.com/in/philyatesnz

             

             

             

            Q&A with Phil Yates


            Superior Renovations: How much do construction/renovation companies contribute towards the total waste in Auckland?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): Auckland Council estimate construction waste is the largest single waste stream, at around 40 percent of total weight going to landfill, this doesn’t include the rubble and concrete that go to clean fill and managed fill sites.


            Superior Renovations: Have you seen growth?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): The whole industry has been in upward growth and the most recent figures from Statistics New Zealand reflect that. Auckland dominates about 40 percent of all construction work in New Zealand which reached $22.78b in 2018, 7.3 percent more than in 2017.

            Non-residential building soared by almost 20 percent to $3.1b in Auckland, eclipsing residential building’s increase of 14 percent to $6.05 billion.


            Superior Renovations: Traditionally how was this kind of waste dealt with?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): Generally construction and demolition waste is still dumped straight to landfill. This is common across most of NZ. Something to remember is that waste disposal is controlled by each local authority not by government, so there is no obligation or regulation to discourage this behaviour.


            Superior Renovations: What impact does this waste have on NZ’s environment?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): You only have to look at the recent events on the West Coast of New Zealand where coastal erosion and storm weather exposed landfill and spread waste along the coast. There are 110 known closed dumps around parts of the country that will be exposed to the sea with just a 0.5 metre rise in average sea levels. Auckland has 88 of those sites.

             Landfill is not inevitable and by designing out waste, understanding its root causes and re-engineering current processes and practices, we can alleviate its generation.

            At every stage of a project, waste reduction strategies also bring financial benefits for all stakeholders and ultimately to all New Zealanders.


            Superior Renovations: Are construction companies aware of the role they play in negatively affecting Auckland’s environment?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): There is some awareness but generally the message doesn’t seem to as much uptake as befits the issue. There is a massive opportunity for the construction industry to take responsibility and make a major contribution to the well-being of the New Zealand environment.


            Superior Renovations: How much waste does Green Gorilla process per annum?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): Approx. 163,000 tonnes (2018)

            1. How much of this is construction/renovation waste?  Approx. 60,000 tonnes per annum (2018)
            2. What percent of this waste is recycled? Approx. 79.8% or approx. 47800 tonnes (2018)

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            Superior Renovations: What are the repercussions of using a landfill for construction waste?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): Where to start! Let’s look at plasterboard waste which basically consists of paper and gypsum a non-renewable mineral. Put gypsum into landfill and it will decompose, releasing up to a quarter its weight in hydrogen sulphide which is a major odorous component in a landfill. It poses a potential risk to humans and causes odour problems and complaints by the residents near landfills. The paper in the plasterboard converts to methane gas which is a potent greenhouse gas. That’s just plasterboard!


            Superior Renovations: Why do construction companies choose waste disposal companies that are reliant on landfill compared to environmentally sustainable companies? Is it purely the cost or lack of awareness?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): There is no one clear answer across the industry. It depends on the construction company management. Sometimes they just don’t care what happens to their waste as long as it’s gone from their site. There could be relationships or agreements with waste service companies that dictate their waste disposal. Or waste diversion services might not be available in their area. Pressure from the end consumer could affect some change of the ‘dump to landfill’ behavior.


            We could tell by our conversation so far that awareness was a huge issue with construction waste. The second issue was the attitude towards waste. During construction and renovation, waste was the last of everyone’s worry. The focus was dealing with the renovation and waste was just considered an inevitable by product of the process.

            Construction companies were not asking their waste management companies about how their waste was dealt with. This question is however important and needs to be asked. We asked Phil what Green Gorilla’s solution was? What were they doing to manage our waste? Even though green gorilla managed our waste, we were not aware of the extensive measures that they undertook to reduce, reuse and recycle.

            Green Gorilla’s Solution to Managing
            Construction Waste in a Sustainable way

            Their Philosophy is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

            Green Gorilla Construction Waste Diversion Explained

            Superior Renovations: Tell me a bit about Green Gorilla

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): Green Gorilla is the largest non-landfill owning, full-spectrum waste services provider in Auckland. Our aim is to maximise recovery, reuse and recycling of commercial, construction and industrial waste otherwise destined for landfill. Unlike several of our major competitors, we don’t own or operate landfills, which means we are truly focused on the challenge of reducing, reusing and recycling waste.

             


            Superior Renovations: What happens to construction waste at Green Gorilla?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): The waste is run through our Construction and Demolition Waste Processing Facility. Here we separate recyclable materials such as timber, plasterboard and metals from landfill waste. Our wood chipping operation, diverts treated and untreated wood for use as biofuel and animal bedding and landscaping product. The plasterboard processing plant successfully separates gypsum for use in horticultural and agricultural sectors. Metals are sent to specialist metal recycling plants for processing.

             

            Green Gorilla Waste Processing Facility

            Superior Renovations: What are some sustainability initiatives Green Gorilla have in place?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): We have been operating electric waste trucks and support vehicles since 2017, and firmly believe that being able to operate a significant portion of our services on a zero emissions basis far outweigh the additional cost of the investment. The benefits of these EVs goes beyond our business, our customers and the community.

            In addition to our electric vehicle fleet, our waste processing facility is electrically powered, and our material handlers are also electrically driven, being the only ones of this type in New Zealand. Electric power for this facility and our vehicle charging is supplied by Electricity, New Zealand’s only 100% CarboNZero certified supplier.

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            Superior Renovations: Tell me a bit about the homestar and green star reporting?

            Phil Yates (Green Gorilla): Green Star is an internationally-recognised rating system for the design, construction and operation of commercial buildings and fit-out.

            Homestar assesses a house, apartment or multi-unit development against several categories including energy, health and comfort; water waste and materials.

            Green Gorilla can provide waste disposal reporting necessary for achieving certification.


            In 2018 the associate environment minister Honorary Eugenie Sage, announced a Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) grant of $3.1 million to enable Auckland recycling firm Green Gorilla to divert the waste and allow materials to be reused (Beehive.govt.nz, 2018).

            This grant allowed Green Gorilla to construct a highly mechanised plant in Onehunga which would allow to recover a large amount of materials to be recused and recycled. This is a huge step towards sustainable growth towards a more cleaner waste management system in New Zealand. At Superior Renovations we are proud to have aligned ourselves with Green Gorilla, a pioneer in their field of sustainable waste management. We want to make a difference not only when we can but we realise that it is a necessity for the future of New Zealand.

             

            How you can help?

            Even if you are not part of the construction industry there is a way to help the future and sustainability of New Zealand and its environment. Raising awareness is the best way that anyone can help as the lack of awareness is one of the major factors for poor waste management in New Zealand.

            You can help by:

            • Raising awareness by sharing this article with your friends and family
            • If you are renovating or building, then ask your renovator about their waste management methods and make an informed decision.
            • If you hold a position of authority in the local boards then ask your local board to review current regulations and legislation about construction waste.

            Learn more about Green Gorilla by visiting their website

            https://www.greengorilla.co.nz/

             

            Common questions

            How much do construction/renovation companies contribute towards the total waste in Auckland?

            Auckland Council estimate construction waste is the largest single waste stream, at around 40 percent of total weight going to landfill, this doesn’t include the rubble and concrete that go to clean fill and managed fill sites.

            What impact does this waste have on NZ’s environment?

            You only have to look at the recent events on the West Coast of New Zealand where coastal erosion and storm weather exposed landfill and spread waste along the coast. There are 110 known closed dumps around parts of the country that will be exposed to the sea with just a 0.5 metre rise in average sea levels. Auckland has 88 of those sites.

            What are the repercussions of using a landfill for construction waste?

            Let’s look at plasterboard waste which basically consists of paper and gypsum a non-renewable mineral. Put gypsum into landfill and it will decompose, releasing up to a quarter its weight in hydrogen sulphide which is a major odorous component in a landfill. It poses a potential risk to humans and causes odour problems and complaints by the residents near landfills. The paper in the plasterboard converts to methane gas which is a potent greenhouse gas. That’s just plasterboard!

            What is Homestar and Greenstar reporting?

            Green Star is an internationally-recognised rating system for the design, construction and operation of commercial buildings and fit-out. Homestar assesses a house, apartment or multi-unit development against several categories including energy, health and comfort; water waste and materials.

             


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              Introducing Superior Painters® Sub-Division of Superior Renovations®

              Superior Renovations is excited to announce that Michael Tran will be leading our painting division.  He joined our company a year ago in preparation for the highly anticipated launch of Superior Painters. Michael’s 10 years of experience in the painting industry as well as his contagious enthusiasm makes him an ideal fit to manage our painting division.

              “We put a lot of time and energy into finding the right person for this role,” says Kevin, Superior Renovations’ Managing Director. “They needed to share our vision for our expansion into other sectors and how that could enhance the overall value of the services we provide.”

              “Michael really believes in what we’re doing, and he’ll be instrumental in helping Superior Painters become a ‘one-stop-shop’ painting service provider for our customers,” he adds.

              Though building a new division may sound like a daunting task, for Superior Renovations, it’s just the next link in a chain of ambitious undertakings. What began as a start-up has since evolved into an Auckland’s industry-leading renovations organization whose exponential growth remains driven by the immense focus on client experience.

              Like his Superior Renovations counterparts, Michael knows his way around a successful painting project. After 10+ years of working in the painting industry and serving in management positions for several businesses, he is ready to kickstart our company’s new Painting Division.​

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              “This job presents the kind of challenges that spurs my motivation. To be honest, I was emotionally invested in Superior Renovations’ mission to change the renovation industry and by the middle of my first interview with Kevin it was clear how significant an impact this could have on the company and its clients”
              Michael Tran
              , Sales/Project Management for Superior Painters

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              “This job presents the kind of challenges that light my fire. To be honest, I was emotionally invested in Superior Renovations’ mission to change the renovation industry and by the middle of my first interview with Kevin it was clear how significant an impact this could have on the company and its clients”
              Michael Tran
              , Sales/Project Management for Superior Painters

              From Kevin Yang and his mission for Superior Renovations

              “Client experience and their personal stories is at the very heart of Superior Renovations – It is where it all began and is what defines ours systems and processes today  – to be client focused and to treat every client as a story of it’s own and not just another transaction.

              Our mission for creating new and exciting spaces for our clients homes, coupled with our pursuit effective project management, stringent quality assurance and client focused approach, formed dynamic foundations for an exciting renovation company we have today. Thinking differently in an industry built on very traditional ways of running construction projects, everything we do at Superior Renovations is designed and considered with the client in mind. Just like our renovation projects, this is our foundation and what we’re truly passionate about”

              While renovations have been the cornerstone of Superior Renovations success, the organization’s “What’s Next” philosophy leaves no room for complacency. Instead, the team remains forever on-the-lookout for new, relevant services to add to their network of services. In today’s technology-driven business landscape, expanding Superior Renovation’s capabilities/offerings with digital advertising, email marketing automation, web content creation, and other online avenues, it was an obvious clear next step for the company in its mission to provide customers with a complete service from start to end.

               

              For more information on Superior Painters division, visit the website on https://superiorpainters.co.nz 

               


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