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Kitchen Layout guide to create a Functional kitchen design – 2021 edition

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

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

In this article we will discuss the following:

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

  2. Kitchen Ergonomics 101

  3. 6 Most popular kitchen layouts – which layout is right for your kitchen design?

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

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

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

Kitchen Ergonomics and the work triangle

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

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

1.Foot traffic and designated storage areas

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

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

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

2.Distance between all your fixtures

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

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

3.Distance between your island and cooking area

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

5.Be smart about where you place your cooktop

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

6.Keep Vertical Storage in Mind

Storage is one of the most important components of a functional kitchen design. A kitchen can be beautifully designed but if it lacks storage then it makes for a bad kitchen design. Not everyone has the choice of having large and spacious kitchens with numerous storage cabinets for storage. However, a lack of space however does not have to equate to lack of storage in small kitchen designs. You can think about building vertical storage on the walls that can be accessed by kitchen ladders. You can store items that you do use very frequently in the higher cabinets and you can incorporate a movable ladder as part of your kitchen design. You can also install open shelves and hanging hooks on the walls which can add another dimension to your kitchen design.

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

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


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

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

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

1.U-shaped kitchen

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

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

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

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

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

2.L-shaped kitchens

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

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

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

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

3.Galley Kitchen:

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

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

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

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

4.Island Kitchen:

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

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

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

5.Peninsula Kitchen:

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

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

Project specifications of the above Kitchen

6.Two Island Kitchen:

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

 


Featured Projects

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

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

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

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

 

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Kitchen, Lounge and Dining room renovation in Massey


Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge – Peninsula Kitchen

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

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Full kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge, Aucklandd


Open Plan Galley Kitchen in Epsom

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

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Further Resources for your house interior design

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

 

Do you have a In-house Kitchen designer?

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

What kind of Kitchen layout is best for me?

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

Do I have to get my own plumbers and electricians?

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


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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended Kitchen Renovation & Bathroom Renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

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

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

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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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WRITTEN BY SUPERIOR RENOVATIONS

Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

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

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

www.superiorrenovations.co.nz

 

Kitchen Renovation

20 Top Kitchen Design trends for 2021 & 10 Trends to Avoid

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

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

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

In this article we will discuss the following:

  1. the top 20 newest kitchen renovation trends for 2021
  2. 10 trends that you should stay away from in the coming years. 
  3. 6 Key Features that every good kitchen design must include – Recommended by our Kitchen designers

Here’s what we concluded as the top kitchen renovation trends for 2021

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

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

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

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

Trend #1. Smart Kitchen Design

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

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

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

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

Townhouse Luxury Urban renovation in Parnell

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

There is also a gadget that monitors your eggs, telling you which ones are almost going bad. Do not forget to update your lighting system–allowing you to control all the lights from your smartphone or tablet. Technology integrated kitchens are becoming more popular as homeowners experiment with novel technologies. This is one of the biggest trends going into 2020.

Trend #2. Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Although white cabinets are a classic look that can be used in almost any kind of kitchen style, we are slowly starting to see them on the way out! We expect white to start declining in popularity throughout 2020 . To break up the monotony of all-white kitchens, expect to see islands in a variety of different paint colours or wood stain colours. The mixing of finishes creates a needed accent piece and additional pops-of-colour for the brave of heart.

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

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

 

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

Trend #4. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures

  • Cabinets

While styles like farmhouse and mid-century modern are still popular, homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetics, designs and alternative materials for kitchens. Simple looks are all about modern clean lines. They will continue to be a huge hit throughout 2020.

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

  • Textures and Materials

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

 

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

 

  • Tiles as a focal point

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

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

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

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

Urban Luxury Kitchen in Parnell with 3d textured tiles

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

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

Trend #5. Open plan concept and Broken plan concepts

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

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

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

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

Trend #6. Quartz is Still King

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Trend #7. Effective Storage Solutions

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

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

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

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

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Pull out Rubbish and recycling bins

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Custom built Pantry drawers to add convenience and maximise storage

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Magic corners to utilise the space in corner cabinets

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

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Custom built storage solution for cabinets to store condiments

 

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

For more storage solution ideas…

Trend #8. Open Shelves for Small Kitchens

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Trend #10. Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

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

 

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

 

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

 

In the year 2020 large kitchen islands will become the jack-of-all-trades. They will have storage solutions and would be fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating–serving as a casual dining and/or drinking bar. To accommodate the increased size, we are seeing a tendency for the kitchen island to extend into living room spaces in homes with open plan designs. This ensures the kitchen island can be multi-functional without cluttering up space in the kitchen.

 

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

Trend #11. Double Islands

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

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

Trend #12. Ceiling high larders

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

The same logic applies to larders. The trend in 2021 is seeing a rise in larders that are open and built up to the ceiling. This gives you more storage and will also add a beautiful design aspect to your kitchen. To access the higher shelves on your larder, consider buying a trendy movable ladder that you can rest against your larder.

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

 

Trend #13. Backsplash Trends

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

 

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

 

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

Trend #14. Connecting With The Great Outdoors

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

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

Trend #15. Adding a Pop of Colour

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

 

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

 

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

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

Trend #16. Mix and Match Metals

We get this question a lot: is it okay to mix metals in the kitchen? The answer is YES! Mixing metals adds character in the space, especially if it is done correctly. We will be seeing more of an eclectic style in 2020. Overly matched and coordinated spaces is a trend that is slowly fading.  If you love gold fixtures, but don’t want it all over your kitchen, add a soft gold faucet with black or nickel hardware.

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

 

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

 

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

Trend #17. Steel Hoods

In 2021, we will be seeing homeowners focus on their hood designs. This piece can be a major focal point in the space, especially depending on the layout of the kitchen. Most of the time, we design the space with the range and hood on a wall that is seen from other rooms in the house. Why not make this piece a statement?

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The Steel hood above adds a certain drama to the kitchen

 

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

Trend #18. Natural Wood Tones in Kitchen Design

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

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

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

Trend #19. Statement Bronze Accessories for your Kitchen design

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

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

 

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

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

Trend #20 Plate racks, Hanging cups and colourful appliances

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

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

 

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

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Another example of adding colour to a white toned kitchen.

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


10 Kitchen Trends to avoid in 2021

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

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

Trend #1 Themed Kitchen design

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

Trend # 2 Kitchen desks and workstations within a kitchen design

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

Trend # 3 Dark wooden cabinets

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

Trend # 4 Over the range microwave

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

Trend # 5 Tile Counter-tops

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

Trend #6 White Subway tiles

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

Trend #7 Closed kitchens

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

Trend #8 DIY backsplashes and cabinets

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

Trend #9 Ornate Styles

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

Trend #10 Mismatched styles

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

 

6 Key features to incorporate within your Kitchen Design

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

#1 Layout is important for a Kitchen design

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

One walled kitchens

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

Galley Kitchens

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

L-Shaped Kitchens

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

U-shaped Kitchens

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

Islands in a Kitchen

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

Peninsular Islands

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

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

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

# 2 Storage

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

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

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

# 3 Durable Benchtop

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

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

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

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

# 4 Good durable Flooring

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

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

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

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

# 5 Good Quality Fittings

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

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

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

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

# 6 Easy to clean splash back

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

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


Featured Projects

Urban Luxury Kitchen renovation in Parnell

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

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Entertainer’s Dream Kitchen and Bar 

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

 

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Kitchen, Lounge and Dining room renovation in Massey


Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge

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

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Full kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge, Auckland


Further Resources for your house interior design

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

How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

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

How do I budget for my kitchen renovation?

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

Do you have finance options for my Kitchen renovation?

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

Does a Kitchen renovation increase the value of my home?

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

Where can i find help to design my kitchen?

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

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

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

What are some Kitchen backplash trends?

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

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Stellar Ways To Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets, Drawers, & Pantry

Doing More With What You Have

Kitchens are sort of the heart of a property. Even when a kitchen is just some bare-bones solution filling out one wall of a break room in an office building, that area of the premises will almost always have people in it. Especially for homes, kitchen management, design, and organization are key.

To make your home’s kitchen “heart-healthy”, you’ll want to remodel it at intervals, refurbish it when the time is right, and assure everything is as organized as possible. Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, midnight snacks—multiple occasions develop where individuals might have to make a meal or prepare an appetizer.

If your kitchen isn’t well-organized, you’re going to end up making a big mess every time you go to fix something up. But with organization, it’s not difficult to put things away, and you may just find you’ve got a heightened ability to prepare food. If you can find what you want when you want it, you don’t get frustrated pulling things out and putting them away.

With those things in mind, this writing will concern a few best practices pertaining to kitchen organization, storage, and overall management. These concepts are all symbiotic one to another. In a phrase, organize properly, and the rest will follow. So take stock of the information here—there may be some tips you hadn’t ever thought of before.

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Utensil Trays And Their Organization

This option is pretty straightforward, but it’s often incorrectly used. Most people are familiar with common utensil trays. But most people don’t use them correctly. For one thing, you have to designate clear spaces for unique utensils. You’ll want a fork area, a butterknife area, a cutting knife area, and a spoon area. Additionally, you’ll want a “special utensil” area.

Corn cob stickers, apple peelers, small spatulas, egg beaters, and whatever else fits the uncommon bill should have an area designated just for the purpose. Also, the deeper the drawers, the better. Now, you may not have a choice here, but consider stacking your silverware tray.

You can obtain a velvet-lined box for your best silverware, and usually, these boxes are about two and a half inches thick. You might put that in the bottom of the drawer, and put your traditional utensil tray atop the box. This will help you most effectively maximize drawer storage. If you can use multiple drawers that make sense as well, but for smaller kitchens, you might not have this option.

All these things being said, beyond having the utensil tray, you need to discipline those in your household to properly use those trays. It’s really easy to pull the items from the dishwasher and throw them in the drawer. That’s going to create a conglomeration of chaos unnecessarily.

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Vertical Storage: A Chandelier Of Pots And Pans

Now vertical storage is wise not just for pots and pans, though these items of food preparation tend to benefit most from the practice. Essentially, vertical storage is to home storage as skyscrapers are to real estate. Builders realized in the twentieth century that building up rather than out allowed them to get more storage in a smaller space.

Well, in your kitchen, storing vertically against the walls rather than horizontally along the plane of a countertop may just free up some space—especially if you’ve got high ceilings. Pots and pans have these little “chandeliers” which can be used to store them. Essentially it’s a circular conglomeration of hooks that are “anchored” in the ceiling.

You hang pots and pans on the hook. Now you can put this circular conglomeration of storage solutions in the middle of the kitchen, or you can relegate it to an empty corner where there are no other vertical options. There may very well be other alternatives for storage of this kind as well, depending on your kitchen. Nothing’s wrong with being creative here.

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Compartmentalizing The Pantry, Labeling sections

Many kitchens either include a small room to be used as a pantry, like a little closet, or they’ve got a floor-to-ceiling cupboard for the purpose. If your kitchen doesn’t have such an option, you can install it; but more on that in a minute. When you do have a pantry, you want to keep yourself from just throwing things in there willy-nilly.

First, determine what you want to store in your pantry. Then, segment the available space for storage. You might use baskets on shelves that can be pulled out, then pushed back in. For example, if you’ve got Tupperware, you might store all that in a wicker basket on the bottom drawer. Put a label on it so you don’t get confused if that ends up being an issue.

If you’ve got appliances, separate them and store them in designated areas. Dry goods, canned goods, utensils, appliances, receptacles, spices, treats, plastic bags, plastic wrap. All this can be compartmentalized in a tiny space with exceptionally organized harmony. Doing so merely requires intentionality and follow-through.

Here’s the big thing to be sure you do: avoid making anything in such spaces difficult to access. You want it to be easy to store things away, and just as easy to retrieve things when the time is right. If you stack things too tightly, you’ll make an unnecessary chore out of the retrieval process.

 

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Installing New Or Better Cabinets That Fit Your Space

New cabinets provide quite a lot of space, and there are quality affordable kitchen cabinets out there that can be fitted to your exact specifications. Have you heard of RTA options? Ready To Assemble cabinets work like this: you enter necessary dimensions online, then the cabinets are shipped to your home and you assemble them on-site.

You can also install non-RTA options if that’s more amenable to you. Additionally, it’s possible to buy used or to have cabinets built-to-order, but these options are different polarities of the same problem. With used cabinets, structural stability wanes, and the cost of their installation collaterally is high, as you may soon have to replace them.

Conversely, made-to-order options can be much more expensive than those available via RTA or elsewhere; so though you get something that works well, you pay way more than you have to. A balanced alternative is, say, white shaker cabinets from a well-known provider, or RTA options that can fit into a specific area.

Even small kitchens generally have some segment of space which can be augmented positively with cabinetry options. Look at the space you’ve got, and consider whether replacing existing cabinets, installing new ones, or some hybrid between these alternatives best matches what you’ve got to work with.

Downsizing: What Food Preparation Items Do You Never Use?

A very wise way to upgrade your kitchen is to find where you’ve got things you don’t need, and get rid of them. Oftentimes some appliances end up just taking up space in a kitchen. Have a garage sale, donate these items, or throw them out. Sometimes there are even broken appliances just collecting dust in a corner. Why keep them; for posterity?

The truth is, life is so hectic, such items tend to be put aside and forgotten. If you’re not going to use them decoratively, cannibalize them, or put them to their intended purpose, find a way to get rid of such unnecessary space-monopolizing devices.

A great way to do this is to keep tabs on the sort of meals you prepare for over a month. Do you use that blender…ever? How about the waffle iron? Is that toaster just a delayed rust machine? Do you have boxed appliances from your wedding you never opened? Most couples tend to have something like that lying around; get rid of it and reclaim the space.

Adding A Repurposed Wardrobe As A Mobile Pantry

A wardrobe is made to store clothes, but you can put some shelves in there and make a pantry out of it. If you’ve got a wardrobe in the house you’re not using, you might move it to the kitchen corner where a pantry would go. Some kitchens don’t have pantries and desperately need them.

Beyond a wardrobe, there are pantry storage options available at varying furniture stores and home betterment facilities such as Menards or Home Depot. If you need more space and don’t have a pantry, find a way of making one. Cabinets can be stacked on one another, wardrobes can be repurposed, and specific furniture options are out there.

 

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Kitchen and House Renovation

Getting The Most Use Out Of Your Kitchen

Regardless of the size of your kitchen, you can probably get more storage out of it through the implementation of these strategic options. Repurpose a wardrobe or add a pantry another way, downsize where appropriate, install some new cabinets, compartmentalize pantries or other storage areas, utilize vertical storage, and get your utensils squared away.

When you implement tips like this, even a small kitchen can see storage space expand notably. Provided you’re creative, you’ll likely find a way to use the space available with the greatest efficiency

 

Featured Projects

Urban Luxury Kitchen renovation in Parnell

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

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Entertainer’s Dream Kitchen and Bar 

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

 

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Kitchen, Lounge and Dining room renovation in Massey


Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge

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

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Full kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge, Auckland

 


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

 


Still have questions unanswered? schedule a no-obligation consultation with the team at Superior Renovations

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Superior Renovations is quickly becoming one of the most recommended renovation company in Auckland and it all comes down to our friendly approach, straightforward pricing, and transparency. When your Auckland home needs renovation/ remodeling services – Superior Renovation is the team you can count on for high-quality workmanship, efficient progress, and cost-effective solutions.

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

Request Your In-home Consultation 

Or call us on   0800 199 888

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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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Living Finish

 

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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Icon range can be used for a modern
Rustic Style bathroom

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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15 Bathroom ideas for Small bathroom designs in Auckland – 2021 edition

Most of us want a bathroom which is nice and spacious. A bathroom where you can add a nice free-standing bath with a double vanity and toilet is not however possible for most Auckland bathrooms. A lot of bathrooms in Auckland homes feature small toilets and separate bathrooms which are often dark and dingy. Standalone toilets especially seem like they are only there for its functionality and often lack any design element. If you are looking for bathroom ideas for small spaces, then this article is a great way for you to get some inspiration.

Having a small bathroom does not always mean that you must compromise on your bathroom design or luxuries. The key to creating a comfortable and stylish bathroom design lies in good planning. As technology has advanced, there are a lot more options available for flooring and bathroom fixtures that aim to make a small space look larger.

Yes, you might have to compromise on a large bathtub for a small bathroom. However, there are some great alternatives today that can be integrated within your bathroom design to create a sophisticated space.

We have put together a list of 15-bathroom ideas that you can integrate into your small bathroom design for 2021.


1.Add Mirrors

Adding mirror to small bathrooms creates an illusion of space. If you do have a narrow bathroom with one wall empty of any fixtures, then you can add a mirror across the whole wall. This is often seen in hotels and it in fact doubles the perceived space of your bathroom.

If you are not yet ready to install mirrors across the entire wall, then you can install a large mirror above your vanity which will also help make your bathroom look bigger. Another great way to soften your bathroom design can be to install a round mirror instead of a square or rectangular mirror.

Mirrors also reflect light which means that you can get your bathroom more well lit without adding any additional light fixtures or windows.

 

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2 Floating Vanities

Floating vanities are a great option for smaller bathroom designs. They look less cumbersome and save you precious floor space. Floating vanities also allow you some extra storage beneath them. You can add a couple of baskets which can be placed under the vanity. You can store toilet paper, cleaning products and other bathroom items in these baskets.

Having floating vanities in your bathroom does not mean that you have to go for a modern or contemporary look. In the last decade or so floating vanities were mostly incorporated in modern bathroom designs. Today however there are many styles to choose from as bathroom suppliers have adapted floating vanities in various styles. They can also be easily custom built in a traditional, cottage or industrial style.

 

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Floating Vanity in a Modern style

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Floating Vanity in a Rustic Style bathroom

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Floating Vanity in a Contemporary Style Bathroom

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Floating Vanity in an Artisan bathroom

 

Read Project specifications for above projects

Floating vanity in a modern style for a bathroom renovation in Greenlane

Floating vanity in a Rustic style for a full bathroom renovation in Westmere

Floating vanity in an Artisan small bathroom in Titirangi 

 


3 Larger Floor tiles

Often people think that large tiles should only be used in larger bathrooms but this is far from the truth. Large tiles in fact are great for smaller bathrooms as they have lesser grout lines. Lesser grout lines mean that there is more continuity as there are lesser ‘breaks’ on the bathroom floor.

Kitty from depot recommends using 600 by 600 square tiles or 600 by 900 tiles rectangular tiles for smaller bathrooms.

As seen below from our renovations in Auckland, most small bathrooms benefit from larger tiles as they give a sense of continuity.

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600 by 600 tiles used in this small bathroom

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600 by 900 tiles used in this small bathroom

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600 by 600 tiles used in this small powder room

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600 by 600 tiles in a small bathroom

 

Examples Bathrooms with 600 by 600 and 900 by 600 tiles

3 bathroom renovated in St Heliers with Medium brown 600 by 600 tiles on the floors

Hillsborough bathroom renovation with large light grey tiles in a small toilet and mosaic tiles in the larger bathroom

Small Bathroom renovation in Papatoetoe with textured walls and large 600 by 600 tiles


4. Wet Areas

Wet areas have always been popular but had seen a decline in popularity with the invention of plastic shower boxes. They are however becoming popular as they allow a space to look larger and are aesthetically more pleasing than shower boxes.

A wet area is usually a tiled waterproofed area of your bathroom with a fitted shower head. They are not fully enclosed as a shower box. They are usually partially separated from the rest of the bathroom with a glass or in some cases they are completely open.

Some people prefer having their wet area in a slightly different floor level than the rest of the bathroom. Wet areas are less cumbersome looking and make your bathroom seem more spacious.

The wet area created below is a great example of utilising a space in an awkward bathroom area. Installing a shower box was not possible under the roof area. A wet area was created under the triangle roof area which was separated from the rest of the bathroom by a custom built glass.

 

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This bathroom was fully renovated in Westmere, Auckland. We created a wet area under the awkward roof area.

 

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Wet area created at the end of the bathroom which was partially separated by a glass. This narrow bathroom was fully renovated and all fixtures were installed next to eachother to make maximum use of the area.

 

Project specification for above projects

Full bathroom renovation with a large Wet area + Green Tiled Accent wall + Custom built Double wooden vanity + Large tiles

Full bathroom renovation in Epsom with a Small wet area + Free Standing Oval bath + Vanity and mirror with LED lights


 

5. Shower with Glass doors

If you are not quite ready for a wet area yet, then another idea would be to install a shower with a glass door. Steer clear of enclosed showers with raised trays. Instead you should opt for a cleaner look with walk in showers using a clear glass. Raised tray showers with plastic shower boxes have become very dated and make a small bathroom look very closed in.

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This tiled shower was renovated with a floor to ceiling glass door to make the bathroom look more open and spacious – Bathroom renovation in Stanmore Bay, Auckland

Full Kitchen and Bathroom renovation in a Spanish Rustic style in Stanmore Bay, Auckland

 

The bathroom below is a great example of how a small space can be made to look spacious if it is planned and designed well. The patterned floor tiles add an artisan element to the bathroom. The white horizontal tiles create an illusion of height and space. The glass door shower does not make the bathroom look crammed.

 

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This is a great example of a shower in a small bathroom. The floor and wall tiles are carried forward into the shower to create continuity. This bathroom is a great example of how a well designed and planned bathroom can create an illusion of space.

 

See full project specifications for an Artisan bathroom in Titirangi (pictured above)


6. Install a tiled shower in the L shaped corner

Utilise the corner space of your small bathroom effectively. People often end up putting a wastepaper basket or a plant in the corner of their bathrooms without realising that they could use the L shaped place for a shower.

Tiled showers with a glass door can be easily built in these tricky L shaped corners, allowing you a space for additional fixtures or even a small bathtub.

For example, if you take the bathroom that we renovated below, had a fairly small space to work with. Our client Todd however wanted to have a shower and a bathtub in the space. We then decided to use the corner space of the bathroom was a small, tiled L shaped shower.

 

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A corner L shaped shower installed to maximise space

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 A small L shaped corner glass tiled shower

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Corner Glass shower in Avondale

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Corner shower for a Rosedale bathroom renovation

 

Full project specifications for above projects

3 bathrooms fully renovated in Avondale for a 3 generational family with each bathroom serving a different purpose

Bathroom renovation in St Heliers with L shaped shower + Dark tiles + wooden MDF Vanity

Bathroom renovation in Rosedale with a corner shower


7.  Pocket doors

The problem with small bathroom is that everything seems to be in the way of something else. If you replace your bathroom door with a pocket door then you will be able to give your bathroom a cleaner and uncluttered look. A pocket door slides into the door cavity instead of opening into a hallway or your bathroom. To install a pocket door, you will have to open up your doorway to create a cavity but this will give you up to 9 square feet of usable space. This way you can create more storage or install a toilet next to the door without worrying about the door coming in the way.

This bathroom showcased below was previously two separate rooms with one being the toilet and the other a bathroom. We demolished the wall between the two to create an ensuite bathroom. The door was also demolished and a pocket door was installed instead.

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Pocket door installed after renovation to give it a more seamless look. The right side of the door features a shower and the left a double vanity.

 

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The installation of a pocket door enabled us to create this shower on the left side of the door.

 

Gary’s bathroom renovation in Ellerslie with Pocket doors + free standing bath + Corner shower + Double vanity (Above project)

 


8. Floating Toilets

One of the biggest aims of bathroom design for small bathrooms is to make it look uncluttered. Floating toilets are another way to make your bathroom look cleaner and less cluttered. Floating toilets are usually seen in modern and contemporary bathroom designs but can be integrated within other design styles as well.

 

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Floating toilets make an area look cleaner and less cluttered.

 


9. Create an illusion of Height for low ceiling bathrooms

If you have a low ceiling in your small bathroom then you might want to look at ways of creating an illusion of height within your bathroom design. Create depth with 2 different colours on your bathroom wall. Think about colouring your bathroom wall or tilling half of your bathroom wall with a darker colour.

The midway point till the roof can then be coloured in a lighter colour. By lower the eye with a darker paint or tiles you will create a distance from the upper portion of the wall. This will create more depth rather than having the same colour throughout the wall.

Try using vertical tiles if you are tiling your wall as works great in small ceiling bathrooms.

 

 

 

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10. Use the same tiles on your walls and floors

To great trick on creating space within a bathroom is also to give it a continuous feel. This can be done by installing the same tiles throughout the walls and floors. Use large 600 by 600 or 600 by 900 tiles of the same colour and texture on your walls and floors which will give your bathroom an illusion of space.

In our bathroom renovation project below, we used the same tiles on the floors and walls to create continuity. This was a small guest bathroom which was fully renovated with a vanity, small corner shower and a toilet.

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This was a very small awkward place but our clients wanted to make this a guest ensuite. We used the corner L shaped area to make a tiled glass door shower. The same times were used on the walls and floors to give an illusion of space – Bathroom renovation in West Harbour, Auckland.

 

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The same 600 by 600 tiles were used throughout the walls and floors in Rosedale, Albany.

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Bathroom renovation in Cockle Bay. This ensuite features the same tiles on the floors and walls + L shaped corner shower, bathtub, vanity and toilet.

 


11. Open shelving, ledges, and ladder shelves

Open shelves

Try incorporating open shelving for your bathroom design if you have a small space. Open shelves make your bathroom less cumbersome and can also be aesthetically pleasing. Most fitted units from bathroom suppliers can make your bathroom feel boxed in. Open shelving gives your space a casual unfitted feeling which provides plenty of storage. You can style these shelves with baskets where you can put your toiletries, plants, or folded colourful towels.

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This bathroom showcases how open shelving gives a bathroom a more cleaner and uncluttered look. As long as you keep your open shelves organised and clean then installing open shelving would make a great addition to a small bathroom.

Ledges

This is a type of open shelve but instead of a proper shelf this is a ledge that can run along the length of your bathroom. You can add decorative items and store your bathroom toilettes on this ledge. Think of a brown wooden looking ledge to give it a more contemporary or cottage style look.

Ladder shelves

Tiny bathroom ideas need to incorporate good storage solutions. Add a ladder shelf to a tiny bathroom which can be propped against a wall. This way you will also use the vertical space in your bathroom and it also adds a great design feature to your bathroom.

 

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This ladder propped against the wall is a great place to hang your towels and it also makes for a great design element.

 

Before and After renovation photos for our Top 15 renovated bathrooms in Auckland

Artisan bathroom in Titirangi with a storage unit from St Michels

 


 

12. Colour scheme for your walls and floors

The best way to open your bathroom up is to paint the walls a light colour or install light coloured tiles. Lighter walls also reflect light which will give you an illusion of space.  Lighter walls do not have to be boring anymore as there are countless textures and patterns available today. If you do not like the idea of plain white subway tiles, then think about white tiles with some patterns that can be added as a feature wall. The idea is to not make your walls look too busy.

You can however create a dark and moody look or create more interest with dark floor tiles. Dark floor tiles work well in small bathroom if most of the fixtures are not black or grey. Most small bathrooms work well with dark tiles on the floor, light walls and neutral or wooden accents.

As seen below, small and medium sized bathrooms can look spacious if dark tiles are installed on the floors and lighter tiles on the walls.

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Dark brown 600 by 600 tiles were installed on the floors whereas white 600 by 600 tiles were installed on the walls to make the bathroom look spacious as well as create some drama

 

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600 by 600 light brown tiles were installed on the floor and white tiles were installed on the walls for a nice contrast in this small bathroom renovation of Greenlane, Auckland

 

Further examples of small bathrooms with Dark floor tiles and Light Wall tiles

Dark black tiles on the floors + White Paint on the wall – Bathroom renovation in Papatoetoe

Grey 600 by 600 tiles on the floors + White Subway tiles on the walls with a green accent wall – Bathroom renovation in Westmere

Dark beige 600 by 600 tiles were installed on the floor + White subway tiles on the walls – Small bathroom renovation in Greenlane

 


13. Use high gloss paint to reflect light

As mentioned above, lighter glossy walls will reflect light which will make your bathroom look more spacious. Keep your fixtures and flooring matte however as this would give you a more of a sophisticated look. Lighting is key for a small bathroom so think about installing good bright lighting in your bathroom. You can also think about installing a skylight in your bathroom to add more light without crowing the walls.

 


14. Add a shower niche

Small bathrooms are all about saving space which means finding creative storage solutions is key to an uncluttered look. Rather than crowd your shower floor or instead of adding a storage contraption in the shower, think about creating a shower niche. A shower niche is a pocket which is inbuilt into the wall of your shower where you can store your shampoo etc. You can increase a shower niche’s appeal by installing some decorate mini tiles or stones.

As seen below, we built a shower niche for a bathroom renovation in Cockle Bay. We installed small stone tiles to the shower niche to draw the eye to it and make it a design feature.

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Bathroom renovation in Cockle Bay, Auckland. A shower niche was created in the wall of the tiled shower as a design feature.

Project specification for the above bathroom renovation with a shower niche

 

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A combination of light and dark grey small hexagonal tiles were installed in the shower niche which was created within the wall. This project was finished in October of 2020 in Titirangi, Auckland

Full project specifications for above project with a shower Niche


15. Use Oval shaped free standing bathtub

If you have a small bathroom then you probably cannot fit in a shower and bathtub. If you are wanting a bathtub within your bathroom design then opt for an oval free standing bathtub instead of a rectangle. This makes the area look more spacious as compared to a rectangular bathtub.

As seen in two of our renovations below, a free standing bath would save a lot more space in a bathroom than an attached rectangular bath. Installing an attached bath is easier than a free standing bath because the plumbing has to be reconfigured when installing a free standing bath. This however is not difficult if you are renovating with a renovation company.

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Oval shaped free stand standing bath in Albany

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Oval shaped bath in Epsom which saves space

 

For full project specifications

Epsom bathroom renovation with an Oval shaped free standing bath

 


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Rustic Style Bathroom renovation in Westmere, Auckland

This bathroom was fully renovated to include a large wet area which was divided from the rest of the bathroom with a custom built glass. This bathroom is a great example of using awkward spaces in a room and making most of it. This awkward area under the roof was perfect for a wet area.

See full project specifications for this project

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Tracey’s Contemporary Artisan Bathroom renovation in Titirangi 

This bathroom was as much a credit to Tracey as it was to our team that renovated it. She had a clear vision of type of look she was trying to create from the tiles to the fittings. This small bathroom was cleverly planned and the fixtures were chosen keeping the size in mind. The tiles chosen for this bathroom renovation were definitely the star of the show.

See full project specifications for Tracey’s bathroom renovation

 

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Todd Chandler’s bathroom renovation in St Heliers

Todd wanted to renovate 3 of his bathrooms when he bought them as they were leaky. These bathrooms were renovated in a contemporary style with large floor tiles, smaller subway wall tiles, corner shower, bathtub and wooden floating vanities.

See full project specifications for this project

 

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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

How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom?

If you are renovating with a renovation company, then on an average a full bathroom renovation will start from about $19,000. This would include your fixtures, full labour cost and project management. The price will be affected if there is a change in layout and whether you choose premium or mid range materials. If you are renovating on your own then the cost will depend on what materials you choose, how long it takes you to complete the project and the rates of your contractors.

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

If you are renovating on your own then yes you will have to find your own plumbers and electricians. If you are however renovating with a renovation company then the company will provide all the different trades involved in the renovation.

Can i use large tiles for small bathrooms?

We recommend using large 600 by 900 or 600 by 600 tiles for small bathrooms as they provide continuity and less 'breaks' in terms of grout lines.

 



 


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Top 15 bathroom design trends in NZ for 2021 by designers in Auckland

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 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.


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

 

Read more…

Stanmore Bay renovation with Brass fitting in the bathroom

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


Trend #3 Technology

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

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.

 

Read more…

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

 

Read more…

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

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

 


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.

 

Read more…

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

 

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)

 

Read more…

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

 


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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Kitchen Renovation Photos For Our Top 16 Renovations in Auckland

Kitchen is most definitely the centre of a home. Our evolving lifestyle in modern times means that the kitchen is no longer tucked away in a separate room. Today’s hectic schedules means that families usually get together in the evenings to spend some quality time together. Cooking is a big part of this and open plan kitchens allow the family to congregate together in the evenings. Most kitchens also feature a breakfast bar which allows for casual dining and provides additional counter and storage space.

Kitchen renovation photos can provide a real sense of what kitchens can look like after a renovation. While Pinterest and Instagram provide great inspiration, they fail to show specifications on real projects. This article aims to provide a gallery of projects with photos of kitchens that we have renovated in Auckland. We will also provide project specifications on kitchens and ways of making them more convenient and functional for your lifestyle.

In this article we have put together a portfolio of bathrooms that we have renovated in Auckland.

We will discuss the following 5 things:

  • Kitchen renovation photos + Before and Afters
  • Case studies of real client stories in Auckland and links to their kitchen specification pages
  • Problems with kitchens in old homes of Auckland
  • Modern solutions in Kitchen to make them more functional and easy to maintain

Featured Kitchen renovation Photos 

We have renovated over 200 kitchens in Auckland in just the last 3 years. This does not include minor alterations as we only focus on full kitchen renovations. Our full kitchen renovation includes the following:

  • A comprehensive design process
  • Demolition of existing fixtures and flooring
  • Disposal of the above
  • We provide all materials like flooring, counter tops and fixtures which you get to pick and choose from our local supplier showrooms
  • We custom build all the cabinets and benchtop here in Auckland
  • Installation
  • We also provide all the trades involved for example electricians, plumbers, installers, painters, carpenters, builders, tilers, grouters, painters, and plasterers.
  • A project manager to manage the entire renovation and who acts as your sole point of contact through the renovation.

#1 Nola’s Kitchen renovation Before and After – Epsom

Nola and Shenton bought a historic Epsom bungalow and needed to add some modern elements to complement their lifestyle. As a family with young children, the old kitchen posed some issues for the family. While there was nothing wrong with the kitchen, it lacked modern storage spaces and was not very easy to maintain. Hence she decided the modernise her kitchen with easy to maintain materials. They did however want their kitchen the complement the rest of the house and decided to go with a white Victorian cottage theme.

ReadNola and Shenton’s full kitchen specifications and photos

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#2 Mary Stuart’s Spanish themed Kitchen photos in Stanmore Bay

Mary’s kitchen was renovated to mimic the themes of Spanish Villas. When she bought the house she was inspired by the existing arched doors in the hallway. We broke the wall between the lounge and kitchen to make it an open style kitchen. This kitchen boasted Melteca MDF cabinets which were made to look like Timber, colourful mosaic tiles, and brass fixtures.

ReadSee Mary’s project specifications + all kitchen renovation photos

 

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#3 An Entertainer’s dream kitchen in Massey

Guru and Neeta had a dated kitchen which was tucked away in a room with no natural sunlight. They wanted to break the two walls dividing the kitchen from the dining and living room. They also loved entertaining their friends and family so we created an open large space complete with a bar that extended out to the living room. We went with a luxurious modern feel for the kitchen with black cabinets and gold LED lights.

ReadSee full details for this kitchen renovation in Massey

 

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#4 Urban Kitchen renovation photos from our Parnell project

This townhouse was centrally located in Parnell village but it was not configured well to maximise the space in terms of functionality. We moved the kitchen from the left side of the room to the right side and used the space on the left for storage and laundry. The kitchen was renovated

ReadFull bathroom renovation specs for this Parnell townhouse

 

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#5 A Kitchen renovation photos in Blockhouse Bay

This was our client’s family home which they then decided to renovate after much deliberation. Like most old houses in Auckland, this kitchen lacked functionality and had become shabby. Once the kitchen was completed, the space transformed into a large and bright area complete with extensive storage and a breakfast bar.

ReadFull kitchen details + all photos for this project

 

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#6 Kitchen renovation photos from our Papatoetoe renovation

This young family from Papatoetoe were in need of an upgrade of their old looking kitchen. The old laminate cabinets and countertops had started looking shabby and they wanted to incorporate a more modern looking style for their kitchen.

ReadSee full kitchen specs + all photos for this project

 

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Custom built pantry with shelves


#7 Craig and Amber’s Kitchen renovation in Hillsborough

Craig and Amber initially contacted us because their kitchen had started living. They wanted to repair the damage and sell their old home and buy a new house. They however ended up renovating their entire house and opted to live in their home as they loved the area.

ReadSee full project details + all photos for Craig and Amber’s project

 

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#8 Kitchen renovation photos from a 8 person household

This was an extensive interior and exterior renovation that we carried out in West Harbour. As this was a large household, the needs of various family members had to be integrated into planning every aspect of the renovation.

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#9 Kitchen renovation photos from Joanna and Steve’s renovation

Joanna and Steve initially bought this property as an investment property as they were meant to relocate to the UK. The move however got delayed which meant that they decided that they would make this house their home for a short while. They were used to modern and new homes which meant that this new house did not suit their taste. Hence we renovated the entire kitchen and bathroom to suit their modern taste.

Read – See full details for Joanna’s kitchen renovation + all photos

 

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#10 Kitchen renovation photos from a historic bungalow in Greenhithe

This historic bungalow boasted original timber floors and a good solid structure. However, the kitchen had started looking dated so we renovated the kitchen to increase storage and make it more convenient. We also rewired the entire house, restored all timber floors and doors, and rewired the entire house.

ReadSee full kitchen specs and photos for this project

 

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#11 Investment property Kitchen renovation in Hillsborough

Our client renovated her entire home to increase her rental yield for her investment property. We used mid range materials which were easy to maintain to minimise wear and tear.

ReadSee full kitchen specs + photos for this project

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#12 Cottage Style Kitchen renovation photos from Mangere Bridge

Our client’s home was surrounded by lush greenery and it was important to her that her kitchen reflect the natural elements. Hence she decided to go for a cottage style kitchen with Vintage looking cabinets, antique looking knobs and a real wooden countertop which was treated for durability.

ReadFull project specifications + all photos for this project

 

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#13 Lynettte and Henry’s Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach

Lynette felt that her current kitchen did not suit their current lifestyle as they did not have a breakfast bar. Her family usually preferred to crowd around the kitchen while she cooked and having a breakfast bar was a must where they could all comfortably sit. She renovated her entire kitchen with a few unique design elements like a coffee corner, sparkle induced countertop and hexagonal backplash.

ReadLynette’s full kitchen specs and all photos for the renovation

 

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#14 Kitchen renovation in Avondale for a 3 generational family

We renovated the entire house and moved their kitchen from one end of the house to the other. The new kitchen was made in an open style which opened into the dining area where we built further storage cabinets and pantry.

ReadSee full project details for this renovation + all photos

 

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#15 Kitchen renovation photos from our project in Albany

This was an old kitchen which was modernised with new custom built cabinets, a gas hob, new laminate flooring that was made to look like wood and a sink with a hot water tap.

Read – all details + Photos for this project

 

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#16 Kitchen renovation in West Harbour

This was a tenanted property of our client’s but when they decided to move back to Auckland they needed a renovation to suit their tastes. The bathrooms and kitchen was modernised in classic and neutral themes.

Read – See full project specs + all photos

 

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Problems with old kitchens in Auckland

Old homes in Auckland often feature kitchens that are not suited for todays lifestyle and family dynamics. The configuration of your kitchen can affect how your family interacts during a meal or during the preparation of it. In this section of the article we discuss the modern solutions to old kitchen problems.

The 5 key issues with old kitchens are as follows:

  1. Lack of modern storage solutions
  2. Laminate countertops that are prone to staining
  3. Cabinets and floors that are hard to maintain and clean
  4. A layout that does not suit our lifestyle
  5. Sinks, taps and knobs that do not incorporate any technology (less eco friendly)

 


5 Modern solutions for Kitchens designs of today

In this section of the article we will outline modern solutions to the 5 key problems mentioned above.

1.Storage solutions and Organisation

Storage is very important in kitchens. Appliances, crockery, cutlery, groceries, condiments, rubbish bins and cooking utensils need to have a place where they need to be stored. Older kitchens often lack proper storage areas which can be organised effectively. Nowadays however, there is alot that you can choose from to make your kitchen a well oiled machine making life simple and convenient.

Pantry with pull out drawers

Gone are the days when a pantry basically meant a laminate cabinets with groceries heaped up on top of eachother. Today the pantry takes on a whole new form where you can make custome drawers which can be pulled out for better organisation.

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Custom built drawers for a pantry in a kitchen renovation from Blockhouse Bay, Auckland

 

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 Custom built shelves in a pantry from a kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

In-built cutlery and condiment drawers

In built drawers for cutleries and condiments can make organisation easier in your kitchen.

 

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For further storage solutions ideas

Craig and Amber’s kitchen renovation 

Kitchen renovation in Blockhouse Bay

 

Pull out bins

Installing pull out bins have been one of the most popular kitchen design element for our kitchen renovations in Auckland. They are hygienic, convenient and make the kitchen space look less cluttered.

 

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Magic Corners

Corner cabinets in a kitchen are often underutilised as their corners are hard to reach. We usually end up storing things that we would not need on an every day basis in these corners or simply leave it empty. Magic corners solve this issue by making it easy to reach the corners by a shelf that rolls out. Below are a few examples of ‘magic corners’ that we integrated into our kitchen designs for our client homes in Auckland.

 

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Breakfast Bars/Islands that double as storage

Kitchen designs today often include a breakfast bar which provide various functions. Kitchen islands can be used as extra counter space, to have a light meal and for extra storage by building cabinets in its frame. This increases cabinet storage space which is always good to have in a kitchen.

 

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Custom built kitchen island with cabinets at the bottom allowing our clients to have extra storage space. (Kitchen renovation in Epsom)

 

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An custom built L shaped island with cabinets at both ends to maximise storage. (Kitchen renovation in Blockhouse Bay)

 

Further examples of multipurpose Kitchen islands

Mary’s Stuart’s Kitchen island with a gas hob 

L shaped Kitchen island with extensive storage 


Stone Engineered Countertops

Old Kitchen designs usually incorporate either laminate or wooden countertops. Laminate countertops start looking shabby very quickly and are prone to staining. Wooden countertops on the other hand need to be polished and maintained regularly in order to prolong their lifespan. This basically means that laminate and wooden countertops are not very suitable for lifestyles that are hectic or with young children.

Stone engineered countertops on the other hand are cost effective, easy to clean, they are durable and can be aesthetically changed to whatever look you are after. Below are a few examples of stone engineered countertops from some of our kitchen renovations in Auckland.

 

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Mary’s Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay – As this kitchen was modelled after rustic villa’s of Spain we decided to use a stone engineered countertop in shades of brown and yellow.

 

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Black Stone engineered countertop with infused sparkles – Lynette and Henry’s kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach.

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Stone engineered countertop with a matte marble look – Kitchen renovation in Parnell

 


3.MDF cabinets and Modern Flooring solutions

MDF cabinets Vs Solid Wood

What should you use MDF or wood for your cabinets? People often think that wood is the answer when it comes to building cabinets. Often people think that wooden cabinets are sturdy and MDF cabinets are viewed as a cheap and weak alternative.

Despite popular belief, wood is not always the superior choice; in some situations MDF Board might be the better material. Wood is In simple terms, solid wood is essentially the natural lumber while the MDF is categorized as “engineered wood”. Engineered wood is a mixture of redwood, fibers, veneers, resin, and adhesives.

Good brands of MDF like Melteca and Bestwood are often sturdier, easy to maintain and can be manipulated to look and feel like any material of your choice.

Read more…

MDF Vs Wooden cabinets for your Kitchen

 

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Custom built MDF cabinets which were wrapped and destressed to give a Vintage look – Kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge

 

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Melteca MDF cabinets custom built which were made to look rustic – Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay

 

Further examples of MDF cabinets used for our clients’ kitchen renovation

MDF cabinets in a kitchen renovation in Massey

MDF cabinets used in a kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay

MDF cabinets used in a kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge

MDF cabinets used in a kitchen renovation in Epsom

 

Modern Flooring solutions for Kitchens

Older homes in Auckland usually feature either lackluster laminate, wooden or white tiled floors in kitchens. Wooden floors in kitchens are not easy to maintain, however laminate and tiled floors are best suited for kitchens.

With technological advances, you can get tiled and laminate floors which can be made to look like wood. These are easier to clean, maintain and are more suited for the hectic lifestyles of today.

 

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

 

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Laminate Flooring for a Kitchen renovation in Massey

 

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Laminate flooring made to mimic hardwood timber flooring (Kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay)

 

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Laminate floors in West Harbour’s kitchen renovation

 

Read more…

20 Top Kitchen design trends in Auckland for 2021

Emerging Tile trends as discussed with Tile Depot + Mistakes to avoid

 


 

4.Layouts of Modern Kitchens

As discussed previously in this article, open planed kitchens are more suited for the family dynamics of today. Older kitchens in Auckland often feature kitchens as a separate room. Most of the kitchen renovations that we have carried out have involved a change in layout. This is often done by demolishing the walls separating the kitchen from other living areas. This also allows more space and an open living setting. Kitchens can still be separated from the other living areas by installing a kitchen island instead.

Examples of kitchens which were renovated to give them an open plan design

Before and After photos of a kitchen renovation in Massey to make it an open plan living space

Before and After photos of a kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay to make it an open plan living space

 


5.Integrating modern technology into your kitchen renovation

Advancement in technology means that you can now make your kitchen an efficient and eco friendly space.

Soft close cabinets and a no handle set up

Having Soft close cabinets, hinges and drawer runners means that there will be a lot less wear and tear which often happens when cabinet doors closed with force. We use BLUM and Haffaelle brands for all soft close cabinets, hinges and drawer runners.

A no handle set up for cabinets means that you can achieve a more sleek and modern looking kitchen design. Some of our clients also like installing a strip of LED lights above the ‘no handle’ set up to make the area more defined.

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Haffaelle soft close drawers

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LED lights installed above the ‘no handle’ cabinets

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BLUM hinges installed in cabinets

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Soft close drawers in a custom built pantry

 

Durable Sinks and Hot water taps in sinks

Silgranit sinks have become increasingly popular recently as they are very durable, easy to clean and are not easily scratched as compared to steel, metal or ceramic sinks.

Hot water taps are ec0-friendly and are very convenient for every day cooking.

 

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Black Silgranit sink with a hot water tap

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A dual grey Silgranit sink with a hot water tap

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A dual silgranit sink

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A large singranit sink with a filter in its water tap

 

Remote controlled LED lights and other technology

Remote controlled LED lights allow you to dim the lights to create an nice ambience for your kitchen space. Another simple technology that you can integrate into your kitchen is power plugs that can be installed on your counter top. You can push them back into the counter when not in use.

 

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LED lights controlled by a remote

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LED lights installed beneath all cabinets

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A power point that can be pushed back into the counter when not in use.

 


How much would it cost to renovate a Kitchen in Auckland?

Communication and coordination with a skilled team is key to renovating any kitchen successfully. It involves a high level of coordination/communication with a number of suppliers, electrician, tilers, installers, painters/plasterers, plumbers, demolition team, and Auckland Council.

There are several factors that can affect the budget of your kitchen renovation. The top 5 things that affect the cost of a kitchen are as follows:

  1. Size of your kitchen
  2. Repairing of any damage
  3. Structural change and council related works
  4. Materials and supplies used
  5. Labour and Project Management.

As a company we provide a full renovation service for kitchens which means that your proposal would include all materials, fixtures, labour, project management, repair work and council fees.

On an average a kitchen renovation without any council related work will start from $22,000. This type of kitchen renovation would use our mid-range products while more luxury kitchens would cost anywhere above $27,000.

If you are looking for  a ball park figure for a kitchen renovation then you can also use our cost calculator tool on our website. The link to use a cost calculator and get an instant quote can be found below.

USE OUR KITCHEN COST CALCULATOR TO GET A BALL PARK FIGURE ON YOUR KITCHEN RENOVATION

 


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

How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

A basic kitchen renovation starts from 22K if there is minimal change in layout and if you use our mid range of products. As we are a full renovation company, our kitchen renovation costs would include design, materials, fixtures, custom built cabinets, labour, project management and all different trades. Otherwise kitchen renovations can go upto 50K depending on customisation and if premium range products are used.

How do I budget for my kitchen renovation?

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

Do you have finance options for my Kitchen renovation?

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

Where can i find help to design my kitchen?

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


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18 Top Tile Trends In Bathroom Design For 2021 – NZ Edition

This article has been updated with further content to reflect bathroom tile trends for 2021.

Nowadays, picking out the best tile for bathroom renovation is an overwhelming task because of a variety of factors you need to consider, such as texture, color, shape, and design. In the past, it was easy to choose the best tile for remodeling purposes since functional benefits such as low maintenance, durability, and water resistance were the only things considered. However, this is the opposite of this era. Today, the tile’s aesthetic impact has the same weight as its functions. As a result, manufacturers have made several changes on their selections to provide unique tiles to the homeowners. From the current research, we have come out with the top trends in bathroom tiles in 2019 that every homeowner should consider when deciding to renovate their home. These tile trends essentially covers the tiles’ patterns, finishes, shapes, and colors.

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Most people prefer statement tiles for their bathroom renovations, but it’s not such easy to choose the best brand as per their desires because of the variety of colors and shapes available in the market. Worry no more! With the currents trends, it will become easy to choose the best bathroom tile for your renovation task.

However, you should note that choosing a riotous pattern or brash color is the best way the best option for making a statement with your bathroom tiles. Considering also variation, shape, and the texture of your bathroom tile is essential in selecting the one capable of creating a stimulating effect. Here, you need to go for things like the quirky arrangement or a single color.

A featured wall, tiled floor, or splashback is not an option if you want to invest less but create a statement look that has a significant impact. Considering the effect the tile will bring is essential for anyone who’s after tiling the entire room. Check the image the tiles are likely to bring. Will they make the space to look larger and lighter or they’ll make it moodier and more intimate? Are the tiles eye-attractive? Do they create a sense of height?

What are the different types of Tiles available?

There’s actually a lot to choose from that not many people are aware of, we’ve come up with a list of 18 different types.

  1. Ceramic Tiles
  2. Terracotta Tiles
  3. Vinyl Tiles
  4. Stone Tiles
  5. Marble Tile
  6. Granite Tiles
  7. Limestone Tiles
  8. Wood Floor
  9. Linoleum Floor Tiles
  10. Cork Tiles
  11. Glass Tiles (including Mosaic)
  12. Metal Tile
  13. Cement-Bodied Tile
  14. Slate Tiles
  15. Porcelain Tiles
  16. Pebble Tile
  17. Vibrant Tiles featuring a Casablanca collection
  18. Large Slab tiles

What is the most common/popular tile type?

  1. Porcelain Tile (most popular)
  2. Ceramic Tile
  3. Marble

Later in the article we will also discuss 6 common tilling mistakes that you should avoid for renovated bathrooms. 

Below are the top 16 tile trends in bathroom design that every Auckland homeowner should consider.

Tile Trend #1: Subway Tiles

Subway tiles are the best option if you want to get a clean neutral look for your bathrooms.  They’re rectangular, brick-like tiles coming with a wide range of colors. They are the most preferred tiles because they can fit any style, be it, the traditional or the contemporary one.

Other than this, subway tiles are the best option because they’re fashionable. It should be an alternative if you want to create an excellent look for your bathroom and keep the value of its decoration for several years.

A growing trend has also been to use colourful subway tiles as a feature wall to add some colour and character to an otherwise neutral space. We sat with Tile depot’s Ruth and Kitty who shared top tile trends for 2021 and colourful tiles was big part of trends for coming years.

Now everyone can come up with a delightful wall mosaic for their bathrooms by coupling different colors of a subway tile either in horizontal or vertical bands or incorporating various patterned tiles. Nowadays, it’s common to come across homeowners installing patterns or textures of tiles that don’t match to get a unique bathroom as per their desires. Therefore, subway tiles give rise to a wide range of possibilities since you can mix and match them with many sorts of interesting variations.

Read more…

Top Tile trends for 2021 – a Q and A with Tile Depot Albany

Ellerslie Bathroom renovation with Subway Tiles

Tile Trend #2. Vibrant Tiles

As mentioned above, Vibrant tiles have become a growing trend in bathrooms as well as kitchens. People do not want contemporary bathrooms with a neutral palette. More and more people are opting to add a splash of colour to their otherwise neutral bathrooms.

The best way to add a bit of colour is accented tiles or feature walls with a pop of colour. Tile Depot’s Casablanca collection has become very popular with our clients to add colour to their bathrooms. Add  a pop of dull red to a neutral bathroom to achieve a rustic bathroom.

Tile Trend #3. Hexagonal Tiles

Hexagonal tiles are the best option for the creation of a honeycomb effect, which can create a lasting statement. They work best as the feature walls, and you can customize them to suit any home by varying their patterns, size, and even tone.

You can take hexagonal tiles to another level by adding texture as well as a 3D effect to give it an interesting illusion. These type of tiles can give your bathroom an industrial or New York style bathroom look. To complement the tiles, you can have your bathroom fixtures a monochromatic black and white look. This would add to the overall feel of an industrial style bathroom.

Read more…

Lynette and Henry’s use of hexagonal tiles in their renovation

Tile Trend #4. Large slabs of tiles for the bathroom floors

Using larger tiles on bathroom floors is not so much as a trend than it is a practical solution for tiling smaller bathroom spaces. Contrary to popular belief, using large tiles in a small bathroom can in fact make your bathroom appear larger. This fact was revealed to us by Kitty and Ruth from Tile Depot. Using larger tiles means that there will be lesser grout lines which means there be fewer ‘breaks’ on the bathroom floor. Fewer ‘breaks’ means more continuity which would make your bathroom look more spacious.

Kitty says that people should not be afraid to use large slabs of tiles and could use 600 by 600 or even 600 by 1200 in their bathrooms.

Read more…

Avondale Bathroom renovation with Large Slabs of tiles

Tile Trend #5. Geometric Tiles

There are high chances to create a real statement using your tiles if you keep repeating the dramatic angles and sharp corners. Now you can pull your bathroom space together to add interest and depth by using the geometric tiles.

Geometric tiles are the best option for setting the tone for your entire flooring or all your bathroom walls. Other than this, they work best on an accent wall, and you can use them to create a definite pivot from the rest of your bathroom.

You can use geometric tiles in small bathrooms to improve the perception of that place by matching them with neutral colors. For the large bathrooms, these tiles are the best option for forming artful accents in different areas such as the makeup station or spa area.

Tile Trend #6.  Dark And Stormy Tiles

A dark bathroom is the best option for an area that receives little natural light. Blacks and dark grays are the best options for enhancing a moody look filled with a luxury feeling. However, if you do have a small bathroom then refrain from using dark tiles on your floors and walls. This can make the space looked closed in. Dark tiles are mostly suited for large bathrooms which have plenty of space.

If you have a small bathroom and want the same dark and luxurious feel then use more greys as opposed to black tiles. Light greys can give you a similar luxurious feel when accented by black fixtures.

Read more…

Ellerslie Bathroom renovation with dark tiles in a small space

Tile Trend #7.   Spanish And Moroccan Tiles

This style is the best option for any tile referencing the traditional geometric patterns but expressing them out in a modern way. Using a neutral color palette is the best option if you are going for a subtle Moroccan feel for your bathroom.

Moroccan tiles are often used as a feature wall or as accent tiles to add character to a bathroom. If you are not afraid of colour and are going for a moorish look for your bathroom then you can use a colourful palette for your Mosaic Moroccan tiles.

The bathroom below was renovated by us as the client wanted a Spanish Villa type feel for her bathroom. She was not afraid of colour and hence her bathroom features blue walls, Moorish colourful tiles and brass fixtures to add a Spanish Villa charm to her home.

Read more about our client Mary Stuart from Stanmore Bay about her renovation details and experience while renovating her bathroom and Kitchen to add a Spanish Villa charm to her home.

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Mary Stuart’s renovation using Spanish and Mosaic Tiles in Stanmore Bay

Tile Trend #8.  Mosaics Tiles

Mosaics are the sheets featured by small, glass tiles. They’re the best for attracting attention because of their reflections. For the best experience, you can mosaic one feature wall or your entire bathroom for glitter and texture addition.

Tile Trend #9.  Brick Tiles

Yes, we’re used to several types of tiles featuring brick shapes, but now there is a new design that works best when used as a wall tile. Now you can get these tiles in a wide range of colors, with the District Track Brick being the best brand.

Tile Trend #10. Baltimore Natural Tiles

Do you want a contemporary home? If yes, then Baltimore natural must be your best option in this case. However, you should go to the Newport and newcomers Rhin options if you’re after a more random design with an aged appearance.

Tile Trend #11.   Plant Ash Tiles

Venis Ferroker is the most preferred floor tile that works great with everything. Most people love it because of its ability to make a remarkable statement look for your bathroom floor. For those who want an aged look, Plant is the best option. You can get it in a variety of colors that works best in the New Zealand market.

Tile Trend #12. Deck Day Tiles

Almost everyone has indeed come across a wood looking tile. These are the most popular tiles that keep attracting the attention of most people from time to time. However, their quality depends on the designer and your budget. If you want a natural, modern look, Deck is the best option for shorter lengths while Montana is the best for longer stretches.

Tile Trend #13. Petra Pacific Grey Tiles

In the past, everyone loved the natural stone for the floor and wall covering because of the luxurious feel it bestowed. As a result, several manufacturers have been at the forefront in adjusting the texture and appearance of the natural stone to create a more welcoming look from the porcelain tiles.

Tile Trend #14. Matte Finish Tiles

Matte finish tiles have always been recording an impressive record for several years now. They’re the most preferred option because of their soft and sturdy beauty-style. If you compare these tiles with the glossy ones, you’ll realize that it’s rare for them to show water marks and smudges. As a result, matte finish tiles are the best option for busy bathrooms.

Also, most people prefer matte finish tiles because the low sheen makes it easier to maintain them. It is always essential to ensure that there is enough lighting whenever installing these tiles since they’re not the best for reflecting light.

For a dramatic effect, Glossy tiles are the best option to install in your bathroom. These are the most preferred because of their ability to create a highly polished look. They work best for the small bathrooms since they reflect much light, and they create a perception of a larger space. Mostly, these tiles work best whenever installed in a bathroom with low traffic or on the walls because they require more maintenance.

Matte finish tiles are the best option for those who’re after an understated elegance. They work best for those who want to create an earth style on their bathrooms. However, you should consider going for the glossy finish tiles if you’re after an attention-grabbing and more dramatic look.

Tile Trend #15. Neutral Bathroom Tiles

Neutrals colors are the popular features for a contemporary design. It’s rare to come across a homeowner installing bright colors such as yellow, blue, and red in their bathrooms. Instead, you’ll find most homeowners installing neutrals such as creams and grey. Nowadays, grey and beige are the most popular colors used as complementary neutrals.

White is the best option if you want your bathroom to be more bright. Since a bathroom is one of the relaxing places, you should install neutral since they play an essential role in reinforcing this atmosphere. Natural color is the best option for any bathroom since it keeps the mind calm and relaxing, hence creating a sanctuary in this atmosphere. For the best experience, consider using these colors from the bathroom floors up to the ceiling.

Also, layering in various shades of neutral finishes, colors, shapes, or textures is essential to create a more active bathroom since these installations give a new and lovely look to everything.

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Tile Trend #16. Flooring Using Wooden Planks

Woods planks are other trends emerging in the tiles’ market. Most people go for these tiles whenever customizing the size of their bathrooms. Also, wood grained tiles are the most preferred option because they enhance the creation of ornate patterns like herringbone. Most of the wood-grained tiles have their widths measuring 6 inches as their lengths vary from 12 inches to 48 inches. However, wood grained tiles can become distressed, whitewashed, and even weathered because of the effects other finishes in the market.

Porcelain wood grain tiles work best for any bathroom because of their ability to provide significant water resistance and stain without the cases of sacrificing the design aesthetics. Make a step of using the wood grain tiles if you’re after improving the organic feel required in every bathroom space. Also, consider matching natural stone planks with other materials in the market such as wooden grains and concrete, if you’re after a compelling look. By doing this, you’ll add an unexpected and welcoming style to your bathroom flooring.

Tile Trend #17. Textural Finished Tiles

Now it’s easy to add surface interest, color depth, and variation to your bathroom. You only need to incorporate a textured field tile and create that compelling look you want. But you should note that textures can appear in two forms depending on the color you want, the finishes applied, and the material used. They either appear subtle or pronounced.

3D dimensional tiles are the best option in this case because of their ability to inspire everything from an object or place up to a feeling. You can get these pieces of art in a wide range of shapes, styles, and sizes. Other than this, these tiles are the best option if you’re after creating new focal points in your home. They make this possible by using distinctive pieces of tiles. Also, they’re the most preferred because they work best in different areas within the house, including in the wall in your dining room.

Tile Trend #18. Metallic Finishes

Metallic is also another thing that has attracted the attention of most people. Most prefer it because of the shining effect it creates on their bathrooms. It is a shiny and reflective material that gives any bathroom a gorgeous look for everyone’s desires. It’s amongst the modern look for bathrooms, that’s expected to pop up more and more for the next few years.

What Determines The Cost Of A Tile?

It’s evident that most people don’t know the difference between a designer tile and a budget-friendly tile.  For the budget-friendly tiles, they go at around $50 per square meter as the designer tiles go at approximately $100 per square meter. However, there are cases where the designer tiles go up to $150 per square meter. But they can also cost more than this depending on the size and finish you want.

Quality, depth, and colors are the main things that dictate the price of a tile. You’ll realize that a cheaper one usually looks flat, features fewer colors, and sometimes has a lower pixel on its printed image, resulting in a blurred look. Also, a tile that costs less features a noticeable pattern that keeps repeating across it. For an expensive tile, you’ll realise that it features a fresh design, has a more realistic look, and better color depth.

6 Mistakes to Avoid when Tiling a shower

Not water proofing your shower well or having minor leakage in your tiled bathrooms can cause major damage to the structure of your walls and floors. Doing a DIY job might seem simple after you have watched a few YouTube videos but in reality a small mistake can prove to be detrimental.

There are quite a few tenchicalities that you might not be aware of while tiling your shower and bathroom. Our first advice would be to get a professional tiler to tile your bathroom. We had a conversation with our tiler and put together a list of top 6 mistakes you should look out for when tiling your bathroom.

Mistake 1 – choosing the wrong tile for your shower

Not all type of tiles can be used in your shower. Shower tiles have different ratings to the ones that you can use on your walls or floors.  There are some tiles that can be used for both your shower wall and floor. Make sure you check with your tiler as well as tile manufacturer before purchasing the tiles.

Select a shower tile is rated for wet applications as some tiles are not rated for wet applications.

It would also be a good idea to reapply sealant to the tiles and grouts regularly to your renovated bathroom.

Mistake 2 – Tiles, sealers and Grout are not enough for waterproofing a shower

Tiles and grouts are water resistant but that does not mean that it is enough to keep the water out. You need to properly prepare the shower properly and correct installation is key to have a water proofed shower.

It is good to stick to the same manufacturer for all the components such as waterproofing, shower pan etc as the different components might not be compatible with one another.

Also ensure that the person tiling and waterproofing your shower is certified and has the skill set to carry the task out.

Mistake 3: Inaccurate calculation of drainage slope

The correct slope for your shower floor will enable the water to drain properly without causing any future leaks or pooling of water.

Install pea gravel or spacers around the drain with weep holes to enable drainage. Use a professional renovation company to measure the drainage slope to avoid any future issues.

Mistake 4 – Not doing a flood test before installing the tiles

Once you have prepared the shower space, carry out a flood test before you install the tiles. Most holes that would lead to future leakage cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Carry out a flood test for 24 hours by filling up your shower pan with water and plugging all drainage spaces and weep holes. Periodically check the water level for the next 24 hours. If the water level decreases then you have a leak.

Fix any leaks before you install the tiles.

Mistake 5 – Breaching the water proofing membrane

As mentioned above, waterproofing your shower is an important and technical step to avoid future leaking disasters. Set out a strict waterproofing zone and do not breach the waterproofing zone when tiling your shower. Do not use nails, screws or cement boards when tiling the shower wall.

Mistake 6 – Poor Mortar coverage

Mortar is made of cement, silica sand and moisture retaining agents. Tiles require atleast 95% mortar coverage to work effectively in wet applications. If there are any empty spaces behind the tiles then there is a risk of water getting through.

Recommended tile suppliers in Auckland

  • Bath and Tile – https://www.bathandtile.co.nz/
  • Tile Depot – https://www.tiledepot.co.nz
  • Tile Space – https://www.tiles.co.nz/
  • Tile Trends – https://tiletrends.co.nz/
  • Tile Warehouse – https://www.tilewarehouse.co.nz/

Final Thoughts

The wide range of tiles in the market makes it almost impossible or hard to choose the right brand for your bathroom. The best way to handle this challenge is to consider the material, color, shape, and finish you want. Also, by putting the above trends into practice whenever purchasing a tile for your bathroom, it’ll become easier to land on the best brand as per your desires and needs.


Featured Projects

Gary Flemming’s home renovation in Ellerslie (subway wall tiles + dark tiles on floor)

Gary’s home in Ellerslie boasted a separate bathroom and toilet. We demolished the wall between the bathroom and toilet to create an ensuite. The ensuite now boasts a shower, bathtub, toilet, a her and his wash basin, subway tiles and dark stormy tiled floors see full project specifications

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Mary Stuart’s Spanish style bathroom with Mosaic tiles

Mary’s kitchen and bathroom in Stanmore Bay was renovated by keeping the design of Spanish Villa’s in mind. The bathroom was painted Blue with Mosaic tiles as feature on the walls. A brass sink and tap-ware added to the feel of a Spanish rustic villa see project specifications.

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Todd Chandler’s Bathroom renovation in St Heliers (wooden looking tiles used)

We renovated Todd’s 3 leaky bathrooms in a contemporary style with wooden looking tiles and cabinets. The wooden looking tiles against the white fixtures made the bathroom look spacious and modern. See project specifications

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Further Resources for your house interior design

  1. Ideas for Kitchen renovations in our kitchen renovation gallery for kitchens we have renovated in Auckland
  2. Ideas for Bathroom renovations in our bathroom renovation gallery for bathrooms 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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