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How to make the most out of your Small Bathroom Design? (7+Mistakes to avoid)

Small bathrooms are often a determining factor that decides whether you purchase a house or apartment. Renovating a small bathroom can sometimes seem pointless as you might not be staying there for too long or you might just not have any ideas. But even so, there are plenty of tips to design your small bathroom  to give an illusion of space.

There are many different bathroom designs that would best suit your and your family’s taste. Our small bathroom design tips have been curated based on advice from our in-house designers as well as the trend we have seen with Auckland home owners.

In this article:

  • 17 Tips to Design your small bathroom design
  • Dos and Don’ts of Tilling Your small bathroom design
  • Design mistakes to avoid for a small bathroom design
  • 10 Small Powder Room Design Ideas

How to make the most out of you Small Bathroom Design

Found the perfect place? Is the bathroom too small for your liking? No matter where you live, bathrooms are always lacking in square footage. You want a home that you love in every room including the bathroom. Just because the bathroom is small. It just means it gives you a little side project to redecorate and design a bathroom to your liking.

But there’s no reason why having a small bathroom should stop you from creating a space that you love and enjoy spending time in. All it takes to improve your small bathroom is the right type of storage space. Some carefully placed decorations and a bit of optimism and effort to make it happen. Down below are 17 tips that we think will help you design your small bathroom and ways you can make it feel more open and spacious.

17 Tips To Design Your Small Bathroom Design

1. Don’t Block the Sunlight

Natural light is best proven to style your small bathroom to make it feel open and spacious. Dark bathroom can dampens your mood and doesn’t look as nice compared to natural sunlight and having a dark bathroom won’t help make your bathroom feel open and spacious.

The combination of white wall and an abundance of natural light can make a space look a lot bigger. I your bathroom has a window, consider blinds, and get rid of your curtains. Especially if you have a mirror in the bathroom. The natural light will reflect and provide your bathroom with a sense of peace and makes it feel more open and spacious.

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Natural light from windows with blinds in Redvale

See the full bathroom renovation in Redvale. 

2. Keep it Simple

Using larger tiles also helps make your small bathroom look more bigger. Especially with a simple design as well as using subway tiles and hardware. Keeping your bathroom simple also implies sticking with one or two colors as having too many colors won’t make your bathroom look more spacious. Here is an example of one of our renovated bathrooms keeping it simple with sticking with one or two colors.

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Simple colors used in bathroom renovation

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Simple bathroom tiles in Greenlane

 See full bathroom renovation at Joanne and Steve’s in Greenlane. 

3. Use Dark Accents

A style success that works well with designing a bathroom to make it look more spacious is using black and white with metallic hardware. When designing your bathroom, it’s good to keep dark accents in mind as they can help provide a pop of contrast in a white bathroom.

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Dark accents used in bathroom renovation in Redvale

Design tip: This vanity set was custom built to fit within this small bathroom design which utilizes the space well and provides more storage space.

4. Try Something Different

If you’re going for a more modern style in your bathroom, you should try mixing it up with traditional elements which can help create a rich and colourful bathroom. If you’re styling a bathroom based on a budget, invest on wallpaper as they are a great way to play with pattern or add a fun little flair without having to spend a ton of money and can fit within your budget. Just because the bathroom is small, don’t limit yourself to how much you can really do with the style.

If you’re feeling bold, go ahead and arrange a gallery wall on your bathroom walls.

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Spanish style mosaic tiles and brass gold sink

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Mosaic tiles in Hillsborough

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Rustic style renovation in Stanmore Bay 

Full home renovation in Hillsborough 

5. Opt for a Monochromatic Palette. 

Finding the perfect colour for your small bathroom may be the hardest part of designing your bathroom. It can often feel overwhelming and to help minimise your stress by picking just one colour, switch to choosing a monochromatic palette instead. That way you have different shades of colour which would also work well with bathroom sinks, tiles, shower, etc.

6. Swap your Shower Curtain for a Glass Door

Ever notice how lucite and acrylic furniture tends to disappear and make the space look much bigger? Glass shower doors have the same effect. To make the most out of your space in your small bathroom, considering swapping out your shower curtain for glass doors as this will help make your bathroom feel bigger.

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Glass Shower Door in West Harbour

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Glass shower door in a project in Westmere

Bathroom Renovation in Greenhithe 

Black and White Bathroom Renovation in Rosedale, Albany 

 

7. Even if there’s room for two, consider a single sink to increase counter space.

Although having two sinks are nice, realistically how often do you really use two sinks? Even if there is enough space for two sinks, consider only getting one as you’ll be able to have more counter space allowing you more storage space for your skincare/beauty products. Most people use counter space more than the sink when getting ready, therefore eliminating the need for two sinks. To make your small bathroom feel larger, consider only purchasing one sink. Storage space is important!

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Single sink in contemporary design in Titirangi

See full contemporary bathroom renovation in Titirangi 

8. Hang a medicine cabinet above the toilet.

Most medicine cabinets are always hung above the sink with a mirror at the front which eliminates you the chance of having a big, beautiful mirror above the sink which can also help reflect natural light and make your small bathroom feel bigger. To solve this problem, you should hang your medicine cabinet above the toilet as it keeps it out of your way and provides you with another option for storage space.

9. Use open shelving to store towels or other pretty essentials.

Using open storage is a perfect way to make your bathroom look bigger and more open. In a small bathroom there is plenty of space on the wall for open shelves compared to having cabinets which can make the space feel compact and small. They also give you an option to redecorate where you put your bathroom essentials whenever you feel like it.

10. Take your shower tile all the way to the ceiling.

Experts agree that you should always take you shower tile all the way to the ceiling as it adds a feeling of height and draws your attention away from how close the walls are. Doing this will also help make your small bathroom feel more modern and make the shower space look larger. If you’re designing your small bathroom on a budget, consider purchasing white subway tiles as they’re an affordable and classic option for this look.

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Tiling to the ceiling in vintage bathroom renovation

Modern Vintage Bathroom Renovation in Greenhithe

11. Decorative Waste Baskets

Whilst creating an illusion to making your bathroom look bigger, there is only so much decorating you can do to keep up that illusion. One of the things you can decorate however you want is waste baskets. Waste baskets are nice and small and doesn’t take up space which is perfect for your small bathroom as every bathroom needs a waste basket.

There are several different ways to use a decorative waste basket in your bathroom. First, you can choose a beautiful leather waste basket which is an incredibly elegant option. Leather is very beautiful and quite versatile in terms of looks. Leather is mainly known to be a traditional brown or black colour. But those aren’t the only colours that can help decorate your bathroom. Colours like white, grey, pink, etc are also good in terms of boosting your design quality and there many other options for decorative waste baskets.

Another popular option that people have in their bathrooms for waste baskets is stainless steel waste baskets. Chrome is a great example of a stainless-steel waste basket as they are extremely versatile in bathroom design, due to their durability, reliability, and affordability. The shine of these metallic finishes is very attractive and can often serve as a small focal point of a smaller bathroom design.

12. Decorative Towel Hooks

Another decorating option for you when designing your small bathroom is towel hooks. Although they are some of the smallest bathroom accessories, that doesn’t mean you can’t find the most decorative towel hooks. For a bathroom that is mainly white, finding black towel hooks would give the bathroom more contrast and make it pop due to the dark accents. There are different styles that towel hooks come in like chrome, stainless-steel, matte black or white and many more. Each of these different designs will offer a unique yet traditional element to your small bathroom design.

Bathroom hooks have more than one purpose and there are many ways you can use them for. Since you are designing your bathroom, don’t limit yourself to different decorative ideas. Here are just a few examples on the different ways you can use bathrooms hooks. You can use bathroom hooks to hang shelves, mesh bags for storage, loofahs, and shower scrubs, hanging baskets, etc. Bathroom hooks are incredibly versatile and are worth using when decorating a small bathroom area so let your creativity shine through here!

13. Wall Mounted Bathroom Sinks

Wall mounted bathroom sinks are crucial to have when designing your small bathroom as you’d want to have as much storage space as you can and having a wall mounted bathroom sink opens up space underneath the sink for you to store bathroom essentials. Not only does having a wall mounted sink opens more space, but it also helps make your bathroom feel bigger which is what we want. There are plenty of various shapes and designs that can add a great level of sense to your small bathroom design.

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Wall mounted sink in Papatoetoe bathroom renovation

14. Bathroom Vanity Accessory Sets

There’s only so much creativity input that you can put into designing your small bathroom. But what all bathroom needs are vanity accessory sets which includes soap dishes, soap dispensers, toothbrush holders and other similar small accessories. Purchasing a bathroom vanity accessory set with increase the cohesiveness of your vanity area and is another thing you can decorate to your liking.

When purchasing bathroom vanity accessory sets, it’s important to find colours that best match your bathroom theme. It would be good to pick dark colours for your bathroom vanity accessory set if the theme of your bathroom is bright, as it will bring a bit of contrast and bring some colour to the room. Some common materials and finishes include ceramic, solid brass, chrome, brushed nickel, gold, and many more.

15. Magnifying Mirrors

You can never have too many mirrors, right? Magnifying mirrors are another small bathroom decoration that you can either put away or keep it on the counter. The mirror is perfect for the ladies when getting ready and applying their makeup. Since magnifying mirrors don’t take much space even if they were mounted on the wall. This is the preferred installation method for small bathrooms. To decorate the magnifying mirror some more, consider purchasing ones that have LED lighting which is useful for shaving, makeup, and similar things you may need it for.

Not only are the extremely useful, but they also come with a series of elegant design features that make a great addition of décor to your small bathroom. Main colours they come in are chrome, matte black, matte white. This is a great feature to consider as they’re highly likely to match well with your other bathroom accessories. This will create the perfect bathroom vanity area for yourself or a guest and receive compliments for your bathroom design. This magnifying mirror will be an additional with a wall mirror for better comfort as no bathroom is complete without a wall mirror.

16. Wall Décor

Wall décor is one of the best ways to decorate your small bathroom as there is limited space. Keeping your wall space empty eliminates potential storage space. Which limits you to how much decorating you can do for your bathroom. One of the most common wall décors in a small bathroom is wall art as they come in many different forms. Therefore, providing you with plenty of options to choose from. It’s important to choose a wall art that goes with the theme of your bathroom design to create a cohesive and comfortable space.

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Featured tile wall in Westmere

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

18 Top trends in Bathroom Tile Design for 2021 in Auckland

17. Ceiling Décor

Nowadays plants and succulents are very popular in households. They give people more creativity when it comes to decorating their house and provides a touch of colour. So why stop there? Add some hanging plants that thrive in humidity from the steam in the shower. It provides a touch of colour and gives you more decorating opportunities. Some plants that thrive well are aloe vera and ferns which is the perfect ceiling décor that you could have in your bathroom as finishing touches.

Another ceiling décor is lighting as that is another creativity opportunity for you to find the perfect lights for your bathroom that goes with your design. LED lights are most known to be used for bathrooms, but they might not suit your bathroom design. Ceiling décor is usually the last thought, but they are the most useful and most needed. Take your time and explore your options and pick what works best for your bathroom theme or style.

Dos and Don’ts of Tiling a Small Bathroom Design

When designing your small bathroom, there are many of tiles to choose from and different ways you can install them into your small bathroom. But there are many mistakes that are often made. These tips will help make your small bathroom look more attractive and spacious.

Due to the abundance of design and colors in the market nowadays. Choosing the perfect tiles for you can help make your small bathroom look bigger. Picking correct tile for your small bathroom takes planning and deliberations. This may be the biggest task you’d need to do before you can decorate your bathroom and requires a huge amount of patience. Before you invest into any materials, consider the following guidelines to help avoid an expensive mistake or something you’ll regret.

Do Carefully Measure the Space

Before you start making any major changes in your small bathroom, it’s best to measure the space beforehand and write it down which would help you find the right tiles you need, etc. Especially with smaller bathrooms, you’d want to make sure that the numbers are right to make the most out of the space. When calculating the amount of tile needed for floors or walls, you need to multiply the lengths of the area you are covering by the width to find the square footage. Double check your numbers before ordering and always purchase more than you need in case it’s not enough.

Don’t Scrimp When Buying Tiles

Why should you buy extra tiles? It’s always good to purchase more than you need as you never know when you might run out of material, and it can be frustrating as you’d have to pause the task to purchase some more and if you’re after custom tiles then it could take the supplier a few weeks to get more before you can finish your tiling. Ordering extra tiles are always useful as you might’ve miscalculated, or some tiles broke and cutting them up to fit into spaces. There are many reasons as to why you should always have extra tiles for future purposes. Check to see if your retailers offer refunds or exchanges on unopened boxes of tiles.

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Emerging tile treads (2021) by tile depot (common mistakes to avoid)

Do Think Small-Scale

If large tiles aren’t your style, there are many small-scale tiles that are the perfect fit for you that can make your small bathroom feel bigger. Using mosaic tiles are a great way to visually expand your small bathroom as they come with a variety of colors and style. Consider using glass mosaics tiles as they help deepen the illusion of having a bigger bathroom with more reflected light.

Don’t Underestimate Large Tiles

You may think large tiles won’t look good in a small bathroom due to the lack of square footage. You should think about using large tiles when designing your small bathroom. Because it can actually make your bathroom look bigger. Since our brain associates big tiles with a larger space, it gives off an illusion that a room is bigger than it is. If you’re considering large tiles treatment to your floors, consider continuing them up the wall to the height of a chair rail.

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Large 600 by 600 tiles used on the floors

More examples… 

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

 

Do Keep It Simple

Select a variety of soft-hued colors that are a few shades lighter or darker than each other when selecting tiles as this will keep the bathroom simple compared to having different colors and patterns as that will overwhelm the space and make it seem cramped which is not what we want. Keep it simple, consider smaller-scale design.

Don’t Skip the Preparation

This is an extremely important step that you shouldn’t skip when tiling a small bathroom. Before you start, ensure that the surface you’re working on is clean, smooth, and solid, otherwise it will cause tiles to crack of loosen and allows moisture to get behind tiles from uneven walls which can cause them to loosen and fall off. Which would be disappointing to see after completing this labor-intensive project. Also remember to remove any wallpaper from walls and sand the surface before applying tiles to prevent those things from happening.

Do Set Tiles in a Diagonal Pattern

Another way you can make your small bathroom be perceived as bigger is by tiling your tiles in a diagonal pattern which gives off an illusion that your bathroom is bigger than it actually is. Although doing diagonal tile patterns require more planning, precise measuring, and cutting and may seem easier to not diagonal patterns, this is something to think about as it would make your small bathroom feel larger.

Key tip before starting – Use a graph paper to lay out a scaled diagram of your floor.

Don’t Use Shiny Tiles for small floor tiles

When thinking about tiles for your bathroom, don’t consider glossy tiles or polished stone as they can be a hazard for you. Although they may look nice and luxurious in your bathroom, you will more likely injure yourself more in your bathroom than anywhere else in your house. Once those tiles get wet, they become slippery and when rushing in the morning you can forget that they get slippery. But if you are 100% sold on glossy tiles, there are tiles that have a low slip resistance which can help minimize risk of falls/injuries. Be sure to check with your retailer before purchasing.

7 Design mistakes to avoid for a Small Bathroom Design.

Small bathrooms aren’t always ideal but we just have to make do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve it the second you get in there. Our bathrooms are suppose to be a relaxing space to end our days.

Thinking of designing your small bathroom to your style and standard? Don’t let your lack of square footage discourage your creativity side. Design and organization experts explained the mistakes people make in their small bathroom design that aren’t doing any favors to make your small bathroom look more open and spacious.

Down below are 7 mistakes you should avoid when designing your small bathroom.

1. Thinking Everything Needs to Be White

Nowadays a lot of people are going for a more modern design for their bathroom regardless of the size which entails having white sinks. White counters. White bathtubs, and white walls. Although using white isn’t a bad thing but using dark colours and bold patterns in a small space can make a huge impact in a small room and bring colour into it. Don’t be afraid to use colours!

Although you have limited space, don’t hold your creativity back!

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Use of colour on the floor and bathroom vanity

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Spanish Style mosaic tiles in Stanmore Bay

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Mary Stuart’s Spanish style bathroom renovation 

Modern Bathroom Renovation in Albany 

Sarah’s Dark Accent Bathroom in Redvale 

2. Keeping Everything Out in the Open

Storage is one of the most crucial things that you need in your small bathroom. Clutter has always been the enemy of small spaces. Without the proper storage space, you will end up having a cramped-up area eliminating your goal of making you small bathroom look bigger. This would be a good idea to purchase bathroom vanity accessories set that go with your colour theme as you can put your toothbrush, soap, toothpaste, etc. Minimizing the items on your bathroom counter, stick to 3 things which most of them include what you need in a bathroom vanity accessory set. Add a decorative item like a plant or succulent.

Often, we forgot to utilize our storage space under our sink as we tend to put our bathroom stuff on the sink counter. Have them on shelves that we have scatter around the bathroom. To avoid making this mistake, invest more into looking at storage spaces to hide your bathroom essentials to make the room look more organized and less cluttered.  Remember to use the space under your sink.

3. Focusing on Décor Without a Purpose

Designing a small bathroom can be overwhelming as there’s only so much decorating you can do, and you can either have a bathroom that is overflowing with decorations or have a bathroom that barely has any decorations. Even if you don’t want to over decorate your bathroom with flowers, wall art or succulents you can purchase an open storage shelf and place functional items like towels. Gathering inspiration from Pinterest on how to decorate your small bathroom is also extremely helpful.

4. Limiting Yourself to Bathroom Specific Items

If other houses in your room have wall art, or flowers, consider purchasing some to put in your bathroom. Another design mistake to avoid is limiting yourself to ONLY bathroom decorations and let’s be honest here. Bathroom decorations aren’t always the best. Using decorations in the bathroom that you can find anywhere else in the house makes it feel homier.

Based on previous small bathroom designs. The best non bathroom decoration you could put in your bathroom are plants that thrive well with the humidity of the bathroom. Hanging plants are a most popular one.  

5. Not Thinking Beyond the Vanity

Counter space is not the only storage space available! Skincare products, makeup tend to fill up counter space which creates more clutter and makes your small bathroom feel more cramped that it is. Although it’s easy to put most products near the vanity/counter because it’s easier for you to reach, they aren’t the most helpful. Consider getting a medicine cabinet with storage space or install some floating shelves to utilize that wall space.

6.Going Small Because the Room is Small

Go big or go home! Just because you have a small bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t purchase big items for your bathroom. In fact, only purchasing small items can make your small bathroom feel crowded and create clutter which is not what we want. Purchasing medium/big decorations can make a huge difference in a small space.

7. Letting the Room Flatter You

A key point to always remember is that you’re designing the bathroom towards your needs and your standards. Bathrooms are always a space that’s about taking a moment for yourself and self-care no matter the size. It’s a place where we go every night to relax.

Key tips – create good lighting using natural light. A dim bedroom may be nice, but a dim bathroom is not. A brighter space can brighten up your mood more so than a dark space.

10 Small Powder Room Design Ideas

Powder rooms only contain the essentials like a toilet, sink and a mirror. It’s mainly used for guests when they stay over or when you host get togethers. It’s a place where you and your guests can get ready. Touch up on their makeup or for people to recharge themselves. Powder rooms are a lot easier and cheaper to design as it’s a small space and won’t suffer from steam or humidity. Which opens a range of options when thinking about designing it. To gather inspiration for your powder room design, here are 10 small powder room ideas.

1. Eclectic

There are many ways you can decorate your powder room with the eclectic theme. Eclectic powder rooms mainly consist of vintage decorations. This would be a perfect chance for you to transform a period dresser into a washbasin. If you are very interested in vintage items, and vintage theme rooms, then this is the perfect design for you.

2. Metallic

Metallic finishes on your powder room gives it the perfect touch to bring the whole room together. These finishes are currently trendy, and these touches can be applied to any rooms in your house. Using gold, copper, and bronze with polished nickel and chrome metal will give the room warm. But for a more luxurious upscale look, use marble and dark wood accents to compliment your metallic powder room.

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Example of metallic finishes | (Photo credit: Tile Depot)

3. Minimal

If you’re after a simpler design, then this minimal powder room idea is perfect for you. This design only requires a single colour to tie walls, fixtures and finishing touches together. Using a darker wall colour will create a dramatic and intimate atmosphere and a metal washbasin creates focus. When creating a minimal design, always opt for a light-colours floor as it bounces light around and will help keep the room from feeling small.

4. Oriental

After a more eastern décor? This oriental theme powder room design is the right fit for you. Create a custom vanity with a mosaic design and combine it with a patterned tile accent wall. Using a dark red wall colour will create a rich backdrop that invokes oriental designs and will help highlight the accent wall. Include an eastern-influenced vanity mirror and decorative lightning to complete the look.

Still stuck on ideas for your oriental design power room? Check out Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration.

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Red accent wall |(Photo credit: Tile Depot)

5. Rustic

Rustic powder room design has finishing touches that include wood and. You can create a more modern design to this rustic powder room look by using a natural wood vanity and a black metal mirror. To avoid a heavy cabin like feel to your powder room. Opt for lighter wood finishes, and white tiles to bring the room together.

6. Colourful

Be creative and have fun designing your powder room by making it colourful! Use bold colour wallpaper to create a theme and choose different colours for bath accessories that complement the wallpaper well to create a fun, simple, and colourful room. Go bold and have a different colour washbasin instead of sticking with the usual white colour ones. Contrast the room with simple white fixtures and finishes to keep it from overwhelming the room.

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Example of adding colour to bathroom |(Photo credit: Tile Depot)

7. Playful

Create a playful powder room by using fun wallpaper with different patterns and colour that provides the room with a  more playful feel. Using an interesting wallpaper will add colour and interest as well as character to your powder room without overwhelming it and making it look busy and cramped.

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Playful wallpaper in bathroom | (Photo credit: Tile Depot)

8. Mid-Century Modern

Sick of the modern powder room design? With the mid-century modern design twist, you are sure to spruce up your powder room with this theme. Add a pop of colour to your walls, even your floors. Add in a nice rug to give it some colour. Make it interesting and include fun details like retro wallpaper, mid-century artwork and include some vintage vibes.

9. Organic

Love natural light? Love plants? This organic design is perfect for your powder room. Using light colour wood with earth-tone finishes and textures would make the room lighter. Include plants and river stone pebbles to tie the room together and make it more organic.

10. Urban

Make your powder room have characteristics of a city you love by using colours like black and white. Use dark walls and furnishings to visually expand the room. Also consider using large scale tiles to create a graphic pattern. To finish it off, use white in contrast to draw attention the key features in your powder room.

 

As you can see, there are many different creative ways to design your small bathroom and 17 design tips to design your small bathroom to make it more open and create the illusion of space. We have also included 7 mistakes that you should avoid when designing your small bathroom to help you avoid cluttering up the small space. If you’re on a budget and decided to DIY your own tiles in your small bathroom, we have also given a few dos and don’ts when it comes to tilling your small bathroom. Not only do we have tips for small bathrooms, but we also have 10 small powder room ideas to help make it more look more appealing and towards your liking.

With our helpful tips, you’ll be sure to design a beautiful bathroom and make your small bathroom look more open and spacious as the lack of square footage shouldn’t discourage you from designing a small bathroom towards your liking.

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House Renovation

Renovation Costs – How Much Does it Cost to Renovate in Auckland 2021 (updated)

Note: This article has been updated to include additional content which reflects the costs for 2020 as well as 2021. 

People try to do some kind of renovations to their homes almost every season depending upon the changes and choices they decide to make. Renovations are done to make your home look more attractive and beautiful from inside and outside. It is also often done to increase functionality and make your home more convenient.

Whether you are looking to extend your home area or you are trying to make minor changes in the your interior design, renovating can be a tough experience. We often recommend clients to use specialists to carry out renovations as there are many technicalities involved. It is not as simple as changing your furniture.

In the year 2020, we’ve seen a rise in home renovation project search impressions including DIY projects. This trend continues in the year 2021. For Internal home renovations, we’ve also seen an increase in financing renovation inquiries. This tells us that homeowners are seeing renovating their home as a possibility driven by low interest rate home loans. We’ve also seen an increase in renovation inquiries for rental properties, though the real estate market has been stagnant, property investors are still looking for ways to increase value (and taking advantage of the low-interest loans to finance it)

For more information on Financing your renovation…

People think that the proper cost of renovation depends upon the size of the room or the place, but it’s not true. Costs for renovation in Auckland varies according to the different styles, adjustments, fixtures and the material that is used to renovate your place.

 

Painted brick house before and after (NZ)   – Example of a renovated exterior of a house in West Harbour which included: Roof painting, new concrete driveway, painting of bricks, new gutters, replacing all windows/frames to double glazing, new electronic front door, full exterior repair and painting of weatherboards.

 

In this article we will discuss the following: 
  1. How Renovations have been affected in the year 2021 ↓
  2. Ease of determining costs for full home renovations in Auckland ↓
  3. Cost of home extensions in Auckland ↓
  4. Renovation costs per square metres
  5. A table of average home renovation costs (cost to renovate kitchens, bathrooms, decks etc) ↓
  6. Factors to keep in mind before you begin your home renovation ↓
  7. How to choose the right renovation company for your renovation ↓
  8. Instant home renovation cost calculators ↓

 


1. Renovations in the year of 2021

It doesn’t seem that the renovation industry will slow down because a lot of renovation work is available. At mentioned above, we’ve actually seen an increase and we speculate that it’s due to to the following reasons:

Our services and interaction with the customers has always been our advantage and has made us the best amongst all other companies in Auckland. If you are currently living in Auckland you might have noticed that the number of renovation cranes has increased in significant numbers and it’s still not enough.

While the renovation builder industry (Auckland) is continually increasing, the construction and House renovation Auckland work has increased to a significant level as well, especially in the residential sector despite consumer confidence. If you are also looking to purchase some property in Auckland and the upcoming areas, let us tell you that this has now also become very challenging.

Having your own home is a blessing. The mood of people changes with time. People want to renovate their homes whenever they feel for a change or see something new in the market and they want that at their place. You do not need to wander and ponder on the internet to look for renovation services as we are always there for you to provide the best and quality renovation Auckland services.

 

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Superior Renovations – Kitchen Renovation

If you have considered renovating, then it might be of the following types:

  • Extending your home.
  • Add another level to your home.
  • Make aesthetic changes on the inner side of the home as per your mood and ideas.
  • Upgrading the kitchen or bathroom
  • Subdivide or extend different areas of the home.
  • Improving your lifestyle
  • Increase the value of your home

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2021 Guide for renovations for return on investment and to add comfort for a family home

We renovate and adequately design the place according to the budget and lifestyle of our client. We try our level best to make your place look more attractive and beautiful but also making sure it’s within the clients scope.

If your property is one of your biggest assets, then renovation should be your second priority in order to maintain/increase  it’s value. People are spending billions of dollars for the renovation of their properties. The renovation costs NZ per square meter in the Auckland building industry has been quite stable in recent years and we haven’t seen significant spikes.

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Where to look?

As you know, Auckland is well known for its property and location, there is a lot of room available for renovation particularly in the older regions such as Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Sandringham, Glenfield, Howick etc. Almost in every area of Auckland, there are house renovations happening. The critical role to renovate a property if you’re looking to see is to increase its perceived value and equity in the market to attract the right buyers at your target selling price, which isn’t easy considering the demographics in every suburb is different.

Subdividing also seems to be quite popular in recent years and this is due to the large land available for older homes.


2. How much does it cost to renovate in Auckland in 2021?

Confirming the renovation costs is a bit tricky and complicated

It depends on requirements and ideas of the client and the range can be quite large. If you’re considering on buying a place to renovate, try to get a ball park figure for the renovation to avoid not having enough budget after the purchase. If you’re renovating for your own home, focus on the necessities first and then the wants later if the budget allows.

There are some renovation costs/rates that can be calculated in advance if you know the size of the area you want done (but keep in mind this would be an average). You should have a 10% contingency budget should you start any renovation, there are also unforeseen costs once a renovation starts – perhaps you want to get extra things, or there was rotton timber that needs replacing.

Example of a complete full house renovation

 

This full house renovation in St Heliers (Auckland) included: Renovation of the toilet, Bathroom Renovation x 2, Laundry Renovation, Full Interior Painting, Desk Renovation, Interior door replacements, Interior Stairs and Balustrade Installation (Glass), Wallpaper Removal and Plaster, Exterior Painting and installation of Balustrade

 

Examples of full home renovations in Auckland

Full home renovation for a 3 generation family in Avondale

Full home renovation in St Heliers to add Value before selling

Full home renovation in Hillsborough of an old house 


3. Cost of home extensions Auckland

Why consider a house extension when you could sell your Auckland house and move to a larger home? Here are four good reasons to consider adding a house extension:

  • If you like the area you’re living in, you don’t have to move
  • Make the changes you want to make and not settle for something that’s just okay
  • A home extension may be more affordable than moving to a larger home
  • You may be attached to your current home or location and not want to leave

As a general rule of thumb, the average cost of a house extension in Auckland – a 50SQM ground floor house extension costs $100,000 – $150,000. That works out to $2,000m2 – $3,000m2. The difference is in the type of construction and the quality of the inclusions.

You won’t know the exact cost of a home extension until you’ve made plans and know how large the extension is going to be and what will be included in the extension. The cost of Architectural plans will go from $3,000 – $5,000 dependant on complexity.

Want to figure out a custom price for your own extension project? Check out this free to use House Extensions Cost Calculator (NZ) developed by Superior Renovations.

 

Cost of Two storey House Extensions in Auckland

What about two-story extensions?

If both storeys are the same size, a generally-accepted rule is to add 50% extra to the build cost of a single storey house extension.

$150,000 + 50% = $225,000

Add 20% for professional fees and GST (15%).

Don’t forget about windows, finishings and fixtures when you’re pricing your house extension, Make sure you include these in your planning and cost estimates. If you don’t, you could be in for a surprise when the final invoice comes.

Planning a house extension is a big job that can seem daunting, especially with so many things to think about. It’s best to start with figuring out the cost. Once you’ve got a rough idea of how much your extension will cost, you can move forward with everything else.

There are other places to start, of course. But the best place to start will always be with a general cost calculation.

General Process for House Extensions NZ

  1. Initial enquiry to a construction/renovation company
  2. Feasibility study to be carried out by an architect
  3. Pre-construction costs are proposed
  4. Client agrees to initial costs
  5. On-site meeting with client along with architect and builder
  6. Draft architectural plans are drafted and briefed to client
  7. Final architectural plans are submitted for consent
  8. Consent approved
  9. Quote/proposal/specs are generated by builder based on approved plans
  10. Awaiting client approval
  11. Building contract signing process
  12. Initial deposit received
  13. Construction start date (as estimated finish date) is confirmed

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Renovations that need building consent in Auckland

 

Example of a full interior renovation which included: New gib board, redesign of the staircase, installation of glass balustrades, new chandelier, new carpet installation and replacing all lights to LED


4. Renovations Costs NZ per Square Meter

Different types of renovation costs NZ per square meter made in different areas of Auckland have ranged from $1,800 to $2,500

The interior part takes almost $41,000 and it might range up to $100,000 depending upon the client’s requirements. If you are looking to make some renovation in your Bathroom, then the necessary changes will cost you at least $10,000 and the price will increase with a more attractive renovation. This was just a small cost guideline according to the different renovation rates available in Auckland.

Renovation costs in Auckland as per Square Meter

If you are having a thought of the cost of renovating your place as per square meter, you can follow the guide mentioned above. Although the figures mentioned above for renovation costs NZ per square meter are not exact. They are just an estimate for you to consider your renovation area according to your budget. In the beginning, $1,800 square meter is the cheapest renovating cost. The average cost is 2,500 per square meter. Anything that is over $ 3,000-meter square is undoubtedly a prohibitive renovating price.

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5. Average Home Renovation Costs Guide

See below on the break-down of house renovation costs:

TYPE OF HOUSE RENOVATION COSTS COST RANGE
Renovation Architect Cost $2,000 – $6,000
Surveyor / Engineer $1,500 – $4,000
Heat pump $1,500 – $3,500
Renovation Management $1,200 – $3,000
Electrical $2,200 – $4,400
Plumbing $2,700 – $4,200
Builder $15,000 – $25,000
Joinery (windows) $4,000 – $7,000
Insulation $1,000 – $3,600
Roof $4,400 – $9,600
Interior Renovation costs $41,000 to well over $100,000
Renovation Costs Bathroom Starting at only $7,500 for a basic upgrade with an average spend of $12,000 – $19,000 and well over $25,000 for a full redesign.
Renovations Costs for Kitchen Ranging from $13,000 to $22,000 for average size, $22,000 – $28,000 mid-size and $28,000 + for high end designer kitchens.
House Extension cost $100,000 +
Recladding cost $150,000 +

 

Double Glazing Cost per square metre (NZ)

Retrofitting double glazing costs, a lot lesser than getting entirely new double glazing with new frames. You can expect to pay about $15,000 to $18,000 for a 100m2 home. An insulated glass unit and drainage system is installed in your current window frames. While this is a cheaper option, it is not possible to install the insulated glass unit in your current frames for most homes in Auckland.

It is only possible for new homes where the window frames are in great condition. Older home in Auckland do not have frames that are in good condition as they are often damaged or skewed. If you have a newly built home with single glazing, then opt for retrofitting your double glazing as it is a more cost effective option with similar insulation levels as new double glazing with new frames.

View full article here on cost of Double Glazing your home: https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/what-is-double-glazing/

 

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Is a home renovation worth it?

People are confused if renovating their property will increase its value or not. Let us assure you that if you are a resident of Auckland, then renovation is the best way to increase your property’s value and beauty.

This is the reason that the knowledge regarding Home renovation Auckland is very essential. The best way to pursue is that you should overestimate the budget for renovation and set the sale priceless. This will let you make a proper price and profit analysis.

Whether you intend to modernise an old kitchen or enhance your outdoor space by adding a deck to your home, your first step when planning a renovation will be figuring out the cost, work and time involved in the project.


6. So here are a few tips to help you get off to a good start for your home renovation.

  • Do you research, figure out what you want

You should have a clear idea of what you want before you start getting quotes and choosing materials. If you know you want to redo your bathroom, but aren’t sure what style you want, you can get inspiration from home improvement and design magazines or use Pinterest to find creative ideas and bookmark them for later.

  • Make a detailed plan

Creating a detailed renovation plan is essential to the success of your renovation project, and while your renovation company can certainly help with this, there are some things you’ll need to decide on beforehand, including your budget and preferred materials and finishes.

  • Allow plenty of time for your renovation

Home Renovation projects in Auckland can often end up taking a lot longer than anticipated, so you should allow plenty of time for unexpected delays. Planning in more time than you think you’ll need to prevent unnecessary stress when things move more slowly than anticipated.

  • Make sure you have considered all your options

It’s best to get advice and proposals from a few different renovation companies in Auckland before making a final decision so you can compare them and make sure you are making an informed decision. Of course, high-quality materials cost more and skilled contractors often charge more than less experienced ones, so check the contractor’s reputation, ask plenty of questions and look for hidden fees.

The key to renovating your Auckland Home beautifully yet inexpensively is to devise a goal for yourself, and paint an entire picture of what you want and then step by step renovate each part of your house with the guide of a trusted renovation company – they’ll be able to guide you through the process by giving you sound advice to avoid costly mistakes.

 


7. What should I look for when choosing a renovation company?

Don’t get distracted by flashy websites, and nicely designed vehicles –   the right renovation company only needs to have experience, resources, organizational skills and a genuine interest in helping you renovate your dream home, see below on what you should look for.

Here are the top 5 things Aucklanders should be looking for in a potential renovator:

  1. An impressive portfolio of past projects –  Check for case studies and details of the renovation (specifications) and ask a lot of questions. Another reason why you want to choose a company with an impressive portfolio of past projects is that a company that has done a lot of renovations, would have also been through a lot lessons/mistakes along the way that you can avoid.
  2. A proven track record with projects of similar scale and detail  – Make sure you choose company that has done work that is similiar if not the same as what you’re looking for. The mistake most people make is choosing a company that does everything, but an expert in nothing.
  3. Great communication -- Clues are in their online reviews (unsolicited) and video testimonials (if any, not all companies have this and it’s not easy to get raving clients). Ask for details of past clients who are happy to be called and interview them, if a company can’t provide you a list of at least 5 – there may be red flags.
  4. Excellent organisational skills –  This may be a bit difficult to judge, but it’s in the details such as:
    1. What was their sales process like? was it systemised?
    2. How was their follow up and their initiative?
    3. How well did the booking go with the office team?
    4. Was there a clear indication of next steps?
    5. How accurate was their proposal based on your requirements?
  5. Great real customer testimonials, and not from their website: Google them, visit other pages besides their website,  and check out their Facebook reviews/posts ( are there any negative comments?)
  6. Make sure they are affiliated with reputable suppliers: Make sure you know where they are getting their supply from to ensure you’re getting good quality fittings installed, and you’re also backed by independent product warranties.

 


8. Renovation Cost Calculators

Due to popular requests for ball park figures, which is a fair request for those who are considering renovating or are just researching – we’ve put together 3 cost calculators (built in-house) to help.


 

House renovations before and after (NZ) by Superior Renovations

 


Further Resources for your home renovation

  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

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have a choice of fixtures and fittings and can I supply them myself?

Absolutely – if you would like to purchase anything directly and provide it for installation at the appropriate time then we have no objections to this but we always suggest clients to choose our suppliers for a number of reasons, we’re confident of the quality, we can manage the logistics, trade prices, and any troubleshooting during the renovation is easier since we can direct contact.

Do I need to employ any other trades for the renovation?

Generally an established renovation company will have all their trades setup and a network of suppliers they use and trust. It just makes the renovation a lot less stressful and cost-effective. A house renovation will typically require 8 – 10 different trades and if any of which are unreliable they will affect all other trades involved. For this reason we are reluctant to carry out a renovation if a customer wishes to employ trades separately.

All the builders I’ve spoken to say they can do my Job. What makes Superior Renovations different?

Yes, there are many builders out there today, but Superior Renovations are not just builders. We specialise in Home Renovations, and that is important when transforming existing properties into modern contemporary homes – our service isn’t limited to renovation but we also take care of the design process, consultation process with architects, consents and supplier communication/logistics.

How long does a kitchen renovation take?

Generally a kitchen renovation will be between 5-6 weeks from date of demolition and this assumes design is finalised and parts have been manufactured (not including splash back which takes additional time for manufacturing)

How long does bathroom renovation take?

Generally a bathroom renovation will between 3-4 week from date of demolition, however will be longer if it involves consent.

How to plan house renovation?

Work out exactly what you’re getting done first and receive a detailed scope of works from your renovation company. Once this is received, then you know what you need to consider – check lists are very helpful to simply the process otherwise it does become overwhelming. You’ll find plenty of check lists online (eg how to choosing a builder), also check out Superior Renovations E-book (plenty in there for you to use).

How long does house renovation take?

Normally full house renovations would take between 3-6 months dependant on the scope of the renovation, complexity and size of the renovation.

How much to spend on full house renovation?

The average spend for a full house renovation in Auckland (including bathrooms and kitchen) is between $80,000 - $160,000 dependant on the size of home, building requirements, choice of products/fittings and a number of factors.

Do I need a building consent for my renovation?

If you are carrying out building work you may need to apply for a building consent. Here are some examples of work that requires consent: Any structural building including new buildings, additions, alterations, accessory buildings (sheds), and re-piling Changes to original plumbing and drainage Site works for a building Retaining walls higher than 1.5 metres, or retaining walls with a building or driveway near the top Fences higher than 2.5 metres and any swimming pool fence Swimming pools Decks more than 1.5 metres from ground level If in doubt we recommend you ring your local council and discuss your project with them.

Need more information?

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

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 

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

This article has been updated to include our Top 10 tips for small bathroom designs. 

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

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

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

In this article:

  1. Top 15 bathroom design trends for 2021
  2. Top 10 bathroom design ideas for small bathrooms 

 


Top 15 bathroom design trends for 2021


Trend #1 Black making a statement

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

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

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Wooden vanity with a black rim in Titirangi

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Floating Black vanity and fixtures in Parnell

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All black fixtures in Cockle Bay

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Black shower head and fixtures in West harbour

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


Trend #2 Brass and Gold 

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

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

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

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Brass sink used in Stanmore Bay

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Gold fixtures used throughout the bathroom in Westmere

 

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Stanmore Bay renovation with Brass fitting in the bathroom

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


Trend #3 Technology within your bathroom design

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

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

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

 


Trend #4 Tile Patterns and shapes in a bathroom design

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 


 

Trend #5 Industrial styled sinks, lighting and vanities

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

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

 

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


Trend #6 Wooden accents are back

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

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MDF Melteca wooden looking cabinets in Westmere

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 MDF melteca wooden looking vanity in St Heliers

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Wooden cabinets in Albany bathroom renovation

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Floating wooden vanity in Titirangi

 

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

MDF Melteca wooden cabinets in Mary Stuart’s Spanish bathroom

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

Wooden floating vanity in Titirangi from St Michels


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 


Trend #8 Compact storage spaces

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

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

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


Trend #9 Pale tones of pink

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

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

 


Trend #10 Advanced Mirrors and sleek lines

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Epsom bathroom renovation with a wet area + interactive LED mirror


Trend #11 Bigger and comfier

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

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

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

 

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

 

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A smaller freestanding bathtub installed in this Ellerslie bathroom renovation

 

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

 

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

 

Spacious Bathtubs and Wet areas

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

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


 

Trend #12 Floating bathroom vanities

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

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

 

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Floating vanity in Papatoetoe bathroom renovation

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Floating wooden vanity in Albany bathroom renovation

 


Trend #13 Underfloor heating systems and lights

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

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

Read more…

18 Top Bathroom tiling trends in Auckland

 


Trend #14 Textures and patterns on walls

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

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

 

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Mosaic Tiles installed around the mirror in Stanmore Bay

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Spanish style Mosaic tiles in Stanmore Bay

 

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

 

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Mary Stuart’s Spanish style bathroom renovation 

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

 


Trend #15 Larger tiles

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

 

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Large 600 by 600 tiles used on the floors

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Large 600 by 900 tiles used on the floors

 

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

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

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

 


10 tips for small bathroom ideas for your bathroom design

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

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

 

1.     Choose Soft colours or a neutral palette

 

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

 

2.     Recessed Lighting

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

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

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

 

3.     Add Wall Mirrors or Large mirrors above your basin

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

 

4.     Wet areas

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

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

5.     L-shaped Tiled showers

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

 

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

 

See full project specifications for the above bathroom in St Heliers

 

 

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

6.     Pocket door/ Barn Door

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

 

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

 

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

 

7.     Use large Tiles for your floors

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

 

8.     Try a Minimalistic small bathroom design

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

 

9.     Floating vanities and toilets

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

See full bathroom specifications for the above bathroom renovation in Redvale

 


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

How to choose your Kitchen tiles & Backsplash +Tiling trends by Tile Depot

While the bathroom might be the most used room in the house, a kitchen is easily the most hardworking room of a home. It is more prone to wear and tear because of high foot traffic with constantly having to withstand spills and cooking mess which means that your kitchen floor must be durable.

The evolution of our lifestyles also means that more homes in Auckland have an open planned kitchen which is connected to the living and dining room. The kitchen of today is easily visible from other living areas of the house which means that it must be uncluttered and aesthetically pleasing.

If you spend quite a bit of your time in the kitchen then you should choose a kitchen flooring that is comfortable to stand on. Today’s kitchens therefore wear several hats and need to be durable, strong, beautiful as well as comfortable on your feet.

In this article we will talk about how you to choose the right type of flooring for your kitchen with a special focus on Tiles as they have been the most popular with our clients.

Why tiles?

Tiles have been a natural choice for kitchen flooring because they are water-resistant, do not stain easily and come in various styles to create a functional yet beautiful kitchens. Using certain tiles can however be hard and cold which could be uncomfortable in winter or when you are cooking for an extended period.

So then how do you choose the right type of tiles for your flooring especially since there is such a variety in materials, patterns, and textures? We work very closely with Tile depot for your renovation projects so we thought it would be a good idea to have a chat with Ruth from Tile depot to understand more about Tiles for kitchens.

Tiles are also often used as splashbacks and as feature walls in a kitchen, so we decided to include them in the article. If you are looking at renovating your kitchen or simply planning on changing its flooring, then this article will be useful to understand how to choose the correct tiles for your family.

 

Table of contents

 

1.) Materials of tiles available today – Pros and cons for each

2.) Properties of Tiles that affect the choice of your kitchen tiles (Water resistance, Texture, Durability/PEI rating, Underlay and Natural lighting)

3.) In discussion with Ruth – 6 Questions to ask yourself before choosing the correct tiles for your kitchens- What is your budget?

– How much cooking happens in your kitchen? How much time do you spend in your kitchen?

– Is your kitchen a high traffic area?

– Is it an open planned kitchen or a separate room?

– Do you have young children?

– Do you need non-slip tiles?

4.) 5 top Tile trends for backsplash in Auckland – by Ruth

5.) 5 Top tile trends for kitchen flooring in Auckland – by Ruth

6.) 6 Top ideas for Feature walls by Ruth

 


 

Materials of Kitchen Tiles Available today – Pros and cons for each

There are many materials of tiles available today and it is always good to know as much as possible about each material. Knowing about the materials will give you a better idea of what works for your kitchen. Tiles can be broadly categorised into manufactured and natural stone tiles.

Examples of Manufactured tile materials:

  • Ceramic tiles
  • Porcelain ceramic tiles
  • Terracotta
  • Glass
  • Cement

Examples of Natural stone tiles

  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Limestone

 

Non porcelain Ceramic Kitchen Tiles

Ceramic tiles are one of the most cost effective type of kitchen tile available and have an extensive range of styles to choose from. Ceramic tiles are a mix of minerals and clays which are baked and then the pattern or texture is printed on them.

Ceramic tiles are however quite hard and can be very cold in winter. They also can be chipped easily and have sound reflective properties which means that they should be avoided in open plan kitchens. We would also recommend clients to use larger tiles as this means that there will be lesser grout lines to clean as grout does get stained quite easily.

Tip: We would recommend our clients to use ceramic tiles as feature walls or splashbacks but not the floors unless you have underfloor heating. Installing underfloor heating can however be expensive.

 

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Luxury Ceramic tiles from the Vein cut series from Tile Depot (Tile Depot 2021)

Porcelain Kitchen tiles

Porcelain Kitchen tiles are more expensive than ceramic tiles but are non-porous which means that they are harder to damage. They are made of high quality clay and minerals that are compressed under high temperatures.

They are harder than ceramic tiles which means that they are harder to cut and heavy. They do however can be made to look like stone engineered marble, Cement or wood which makes them a great design option. They also make for good outdoor tiles which means that you can achieve a great indoor and outdoor floor if your kitchen is extended to the outside of your home.

 

Glazed Vs Non Glazed Porcelain Kitchen Tiles

All porcelain tiles are made by using natural clays and pigments which are then fired to harden them. This gives you an unglazed tile which looks more natural, has a textured look with a matte finish. Glazed tiles go through a second firing process, where a protective liquid glass coating is applied and a variety of colours or designs are printed upon this before firing them yet again. This give glazed tiles a slick look and they are often seen in more modern designs.

 

Unglazed porcelain tiles are textured and hence better for wet areas such as bathrooms, kitchen floors and laundry areas. They also feature more anti-slip properties when compared to glazed porcelain tiles. They are however harder to clean and are not ideal for kitchen splashbacks or as cabinet fronts. Glazed porcelain tiles are however more popular as they have a lot more variety in designs and colours. They are also easier to clean due to their non-porous surface and are often used as splashbacks, cabinet fronts and flooring for modern and contemporary designs.

 

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Non-glazed tiles from the Heritage Collection (Tile depot 2021)

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Pieno Perla Vernata Glazed Porcelain Tiles (Tile depot 2021)

Glass tiles

Glass tiles have traditionally been popular as splashbacks, countertops, backsplash, and feature walls. Glass tiles have always been used as a decorative tile and are mostly used in mosaics for truly beautiful look. They are non-porous so they will not let any dirt or grime get into it. They are however easy to scratch, and the surface can look dusty easily and are extremely difficult to install which means that they are not the best option as kitchen flooring.

Mosaic tiles are small bits of glass that are put together to elevate a kitchen design. We recommend clients to use mosaics as accents on the wall with details like horizontal line etc to elevate the overall design of the kitchen.

 

Tip: Use it as a feature wall or detailing on walls but avoid using them as a flooring or a backsplash.

 

Stone Kitchen flooring Tiles

Stone tiles are made of natural stone and are not manufactured in the factory. Stone tiles are made of either limestone, granite, slate, or the more popular marble. Stone tiles are porous which means that they must be sealed every two years or so. They are usually polished so their natural design shines through, but they can be slippery when wet which can be a hazard for older people. While stone is durable, they can be a bit expensive to maintain as they must be resealed every 2-3 years. They will however last you a long time and give your kitchen a look of luxury which is hard to match with ceramic or porcelain tiles.

 

Marble flooring Tiles

Marble is the most common type of stone tiles used in New Zealand. They add a touch of understated elegance that will transform your kitchen into a luxurious space. As marble is a natural stone, you can expect some of your tiles to have different patterns which are natural to that marble tile. Marble tiles are however expensive so they might not suit every budget. You can however incorporate marble in smaller areas to save cost like the kitchen floor or splashback.

 

Granite Tiles

Granite tiles also have the naturally occurring flecks as marble, but they look a lot less luxurious as compared to marble. While marble exudes a sense of luxury, granite often does not add a sense of luxury. It is a cheaper alternative to marble tiles and choosing the right type of design is essential, so your flooring does not look dated. Granite tiles are not very popular as kitchen floor tiles in New Zealand but are often used outdoors.

Limestone Tiles

Limestone is almost never used as a kitchen flooring in New Zealand. It is often found as an outdoor tile, around the fireplace or as a feature wall.

Metal Tile and Resin Tiles

Using metal tiles is another great way to add some depth into your kitchen space as it elevates the over all kitchen design. They come in various shapes, sizes and finishes which make them a perfect addition as wall accents as well as feature walls.

Resin tiles add depth and dimension to a feature wall but they are prone to chipping so they should not be used in homes with very young children.

 


 

5 things to think about before choosing your kitchen flooring tile material

 

Now that you know the types of materials available in tiles, you should consider the following factors before deciding on your kitchen tiles.

  1. Water resistance:

    Kitchens need a good water resistance flooring, so you are not always worrying about your flooring getting damaged. When using tiles on your kitchen floors we recommend using tiles that are unglazed with an absorption rate of 0.5% and unglazed tiles wit a maximum rate of 3%.

  2. Texture:

    If you have elderly people in your household then you should go for more textured tiles as they are less slippery when wet. Textured tiles can however be quite hard to clean so they should be avoided in households that have young children as they are harder to maintain. If you have young children, then we recommend using mats in front of your sinks or wet areas.

  3. Durability and measure of PEI:

    Durability refers to how well your tiles can withstand wear and tear. So how do you check the durability of a particular tile? The best way to check the durability of a tile is to check its PEI rating. The PEI rating of a tile is the measure of its resistance to abrasion. The higher the PEI rating the more it can withstand wear and tear before showing signs of deterioration. In most households, kitchens are considered a high traffic area and hence should have flooring that has a high PEI rating. We recommend our clients to use kitchen tiles that are rated at PEI 3 or PEI 4 as they are the best for high traffic areas. You can however use PEI 1 or PEI 0 rated tiles for feature walls as they do not have any foot traffic.

  4. Underlay:

    Tiles should always be installed on a surface that is smooth, even and level. If your floor is not even then you might have to install a subfloor that is even, smooth and hard before you lay your tiles. It is always good to get your subfloor checked before you decide on your kitchen flooring.

  5. Natural Lighting:

    People often do not think about the amount of natural lighting in their kitchen and the importance of it before purchasing their tiles. A tile in a well lit showroom or online on a website can look very different when compared to the tile within your kitchen.Glossy tiles for example are work well in smaller spaces with less natural lighting as reflect light and make the room look more lit up. This is also true with lighter coloured tiles as they reflect light and make the space appear larger.

 


 

In Discussion with Ruth from Tile Depot

As our preferred tiles supplier, we work very closely with Tile depot for flooring and tiling needs of our clients. Our project managers often seek advice from Ruth when it comes to choosing the right type of tiles for our client home renovations.

With this article our aim is to educate our clients on the type of tiles suited for their floors, backsplash, and feature walls so we decided that it was time to have a chat with Ruth. Ruth has over 16 years of experience with Tile depot, and she has extensive knowledge on the myriad of options available for tiles.

It is often very overwhelming when you walk into a tile showroom because there are so many options, and it is hard to make a choice.

When choosing kitchen tiles for our clients we believe that there are a few things that need to be considered before selecting a tile.

6 Questions to ask yourself before you choose your Kitchen tiles

1) What is your budget?

When renovating your kitchen, it is important to have an idea on what you want to be spending for tiling your kitchen. Tiles can really transform the look of your kitchen and some clients often feel that they would prefer making a statement through the clever use of tiles. For such clients we often recommend using porcelain tiles as they can be manipulated to look like wood, cement, or natural stone. They are more expensive than ceramic tiles but are more durable and of a higher quality so will last you a longer time.

 

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Foil Porcelain tiles are installed in the Splashback as well as the floors and give a sense of Urban Luxury. A contrasting cement finish tiles are also used as the front of cupboards to add to the industrial kitchen design (Tile Depot, 2021)

 

If your budget allows, then we would recommend using natural stone tiles which add a sense of luxury and elegance to your kitchen. If you do however have a rental property, then you are looking for a return of your investment. For rental property renovations we recommend using tiles that are durable but also cost effective which could make ceramic tiles the best option for you.

You should always have an honest chat with your project manager about your budget so they are able to suggest the right options for your kitchen tiles. The good news is that tiles have evolved dramatically over the years and there are a lot of texture and design options no matter what your budget is.

2) How much cooking happens in your kitchen? And how much time do you spend in your kitchen?

 

Pro tip: Choose tiles that are easy to clean + Soft on your feet

 

Kitchen tiling needs for households that cook a lot is very different from the ones that do not cook as much. If you do cook a lot in your kitchen then will want to choose a backsplash which is easy to clean with a simple wipe. You might also want your flooring to be soft on your feet, so you do not tire easily when cooking for extended periods of time.

Kitchen flooring to consider

Most tiles are hard on the feet and can cause foot fatigue so no matter what tiles you chose your floors will be hard on your feet. You can remedy this situation by adding rugs on your kitchen floor or wearing comfortable shoes.

Ruth explains that there are alternatives to using tiles on kitchen floors if you do not want to add rugs and if you want a flooring that is softer on your feet. Laminate and wooden flooring care softer on your feet and will not make you as fatigues compared to tiles.

She also recommends a new hybrid flooring called SPC by Neptune which is becoming increasingly popular with Aucklanders for their kitchen floors. SPC stands for stone (limestone) polymer composite and has many benefits over tiles for your kitchen flooring. It is a mix of limestone and Vinyl and is manufactured in a way that it carries the benefits of both these materials.

Benefits of Neptune SPC

  • It is 100% waterproof which means that they are perfect for kitchen floors
  • It is softer on your feet as it embodies the qualities of limestone
  • It does not echo the sound of footsteps and reduces the noise of any foot traffic. This is great for kitchens which are on the second storey of the house as you will not be able to hear any footsteps even if you are directly below the room.
  • It is easy to clean and maintain
  • It is much warmer than tiles so you will not require underfloor heating, warm rugs, or shoes while cooking.

If you do however prefer tiles for your kitchen floor, then opt for porcelain or natural stone tiles instead of ceramic. Also consider installing underfloor heating for the colder winter months.

 

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Neptune Stone Polymer composite tiles (SPC) used in the kitchen. (Tile Depot 2021)

Kitchen Splashback tiles to consider

If you do cook a lot, then install a kitchen backsplash tile with fewer grout lines or grout lines that are sealed. If your grout lines are not sealed, then you will have to keep cleaning your grouting as they are easily stained.

It is also a good idea not to choose textured, 3D or handmade tiles as you will not be able to wipe off the stains easily. If you do however like handmade tiles, then we suggest using tiles that look man made and textured but are in fact have a smooth surface that is easy to clean.

 

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This tiled splashback is textured and has grout lines, however the surface is smooth to touch and the grouting is sealed which makes cleaning easy. This is from the Hexa tile collection at Tile Depot (Tile depot 2021)

 

An example of this is the handmade looking tiles from Tribeca. These tiles look like they are handmade and have textured patterns but are in fact smooth on the surface and very easy to clean. They will also add an interesting design element to your kitchen.

 

Tribeca tiles are however on the more expensive side so if you are looking for a more budget friendly kitchen splashback tile then opt for either a glass splashback or white subway tiles as they are very cost effective. You can also install one large piece of ceramic or stone tile as a splashback if you do not want grout lines at all. Do not use porcelain as a splashback because they are very heavy and installation might be a problem.

 

3) Is it a high traffic area for your family?

You might not cook a lot but your kitchen could still be considered a high traffic area if several members of your family are always coming in and out of the kitchen. This could be to simply have a tea or use the island as a breakfast nook. If you have an open plan kitchen then there are higher chances that the kitchen will be a high traffic area.

If you kitchen is a high traffic area then your kitchen flooring should be easy to clean and also not echo your footsteps. For high traffic kitchens Neptune SPC flooring would be best for your kitchen as they are waterproof and do not echo sounds when people are going in and out of the kitchen.

Porcelain kitchen tiles and stone kitchen tiles will also be better compared to ceramic tiles as they are more waterproof than ceramic. You could also add rugs to the kitchen to control the noise made by footsteps. The sound of the footsteps should not be much of an issue if your kitchen is on the ground floor of your house. The noise mostly becomes an issue when the kitchen is on the 1st floor and if there are bedrooms or living areas underneath it.

 

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Neptune SPC used as Kitchen flooring for this open plan kitchen. This flooring is 100% water resistance, soft on your feet, durable, and warmer compared to tiles

 

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Aspen wood Neptune SPC used as a kitchen flooring

 

For more budget friendly options, you could opt for luxury laminate for your kitchen flooring as they are softer on the feet, easy to clean and do not echo the sounds of footsteps. If you are installing laminate floors, then do remember to clean the floors immediately in case of any water spillage as they are not waterproof.

 

4) Is it an open planned kitchen or is your kitchen a separate room?

Open planned kitchens pose a unique challenge when choosing the materials for the kitchen. As your kitchen will be visible from the living and dining area, you want to make sure that your kitchen is renovated in a similar style as the rest of the living space.

Our kitchen designer Cici says that the two most important things about an open planned kitchen is to have a continuity in design with the rest of the living room area. When choosing splashbacks, flooring, feature walls, countertops, and tapware, always make sure that they complement the rest of your living space.

Before starting your renovating, ask your kitchen designer to come over to your home for a visit so they can see the overall design of your living space. Try and have a similar colour scheme for your walls or go for a contrasting style which still complements the style of the rest of the space.

 

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The same glazed porcelain tiles are used in the kitchen as well as the dining area which makes the design more cohesive.  These porcelain tiles have a matte stone look which makes gives the space an Urban contemporary look. (Tile Depot, 2021)

 

Choose kitchen tiles that are like the ones in your living and dining area for a seamless feel. If you are changing the flooring of the entire living area, then opt for natural stone or porcelain tiles. These tiles elevate the design of a room a lot more than ceramic tiles as ceramic tiles can look dated.

When asked Ruth what the current trend was for open planned kitchens, she said “the current trend is to get a stone matte finish tiles for your living and kitchen area”. These porcelain tiles are glazed and hence easy to clean which makes them a popular choice for open planned kitchens.  They are more cost effective than natural stone tiles like marble so are more suited for most budgets.

 

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Glazed porcelain tiles used as splashback to create a modern kitchen. These York tiles come in a matte and glossy finish depending on your preference and are easy to clean as they are glazed. These splashback tiles can also be used as a feature wall and are a great choice for open plan kitchens because of their modern look which will elevate your kitchen design. Tile Depot 2021)

 

5) Do you have children and hence need tiles that can be cleaned easily and are warmer?

If you have young children, then you might want a flooring that is warmer and not easily scratched. Use glazed porcelain tiles or natural stone tiles for the floors and install underfloor heating if your house does not already have it. Luxury laminate is also an option but it can sometime be scratched easily so might not be the best option if your children are too young.

6) Does your kitchen floors need non-slip tiles?

If you have elderly people living in your house then you should install tiles that have a good anti-slip rating. Tile depot carries an extensive Lifemark range of kitchen tiles that are suited for households that need anti slip tiles.

“In addition to anti-slip tiles, we also have this new range of Microgrip kicthen tiles that are great for bathrooms as well as kitchens. They basically become anti-slip when water falls on them. They also have anti-bacterial properties so these are truly a revolutionary product” says Ruth about their newest range of Microgrip kitchen tiles.

 

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Enzo Microgrip tiles that become anti-slip when wet (Tile Depot 2021)

 

 


 

Ruth Shares Current trends for Kitchen Flooring, Kitchen Splashback and Kitchen Feature walls for Auckland homes

 

Ruth deals with clients who are renovating, building their homes from scratch, new builds, architects, and renovation companies. We wanted to know more about what Aucklanders were using for their kitchen flooring, Kitchen splashback, and tiles. She gave us some great insights to Aucklanders’ buying habits and the trends that she has seen for tiles as well as the trends that have begun to decline.

 

5 Kitchen Splashback/ Backsplash tile trends for Auckland kitchens

 

1.White subway tiles are on their way out

“The white subway look has really been overdone and does not add much to a kitchen” says Ruth about white subway tiles. White subway tiles became very popular as kitchen splashbacks as well as wall tiles for bathrooms in the last few years because they added a contemporary flair to the kitchen. More people are now looking at ways of adding colour and interest in the kitchen through splashbacks.

2. Earthy and warm kitchen backsplashes are becoming a popular choice

Ruth says that more people are now are choosing warm and earthy colours for their backsplash. Earthy colours often bring in a sense of warmth into the kitchen and make it look more homely. They are also a way of bringing some nature into the décor of your kitchen which has become a popular trend in the last few years, especially for urban homes like Auckland.

 

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Warm yellow tiles are used in this kitchen as a splashback. These tiles are from the Tribeca collection at Tile Depot and this range comes with various warm coloured tiles. (Tile Depot 2021)

3. Handmade looking kitchen backsplash tiles

There has been a growing trend of adding artistic elements to the overall kitchen design. People often add these touches through artistic backsplashes, feature walls or accessories while choosing simpler contemporary materials for cabinets and floors.

 

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Hexagonal tiles add a retro element to your kitchen design. The surface is still very smooth and the grouting has been sealed to make cleaning easy. (Tile Depot 2021)

 

Tiles which are handmade have patterns, carvings and often textured which is not suitable for backsplash as all these nooks and crannies can be hand to clean. Thanks to technology however, tiles can be made to look handmade without being handmade. The new Tribeca collection from Tile depot features handmade looking tiles which are smooth when you touch the surface which makes the, a great choice for backsplash.

 

4. Kitchen backsplash tiles with Patterns

Patterns are another way to incorporate an artistic touch to your kitchen design. Ruth says that the artisan tiles can also be used as accents to the walls instead of just a splashback or an entire feature wall. Adding accents or a horizontal like of artisan tiles on your kitchen wall will instantly elevate its overall style without costing you a lot.5. How you install the tiles Ruth says that there are two ways that you can dramatically change look of your kitchen. The first would be the tile and the second is the way you install the tiles. “you do not have to always install the tiles horizontally, the new trend has been to be creative in the way the tiles are installed” says Ruth.

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Artisan patterned tiles from Tile depot were used as a splashback. The neutral and light colours used are versatile and can be used for most kitchen designs. The patterns on the tile give the kitchen an artistic look and elevates the overall design of the kitchen. (Tile Depot 2021)


5. How you install the tiles for your backsplash

Ruth says that there are two ways that you can dramatically change look of your kitchen. The first would be the tile and the second is the way you install the tiles. “you do not have to always install the tiles horizontally, the new trend has been to be creative in the way the tiles are installed” says Ruth.

 

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This kitchen features simple white subway tiles but the way they are installed is what actually adds a design element to an otherwise simple kitchen design. (Tile Depot 2021)

 

 


5 kitchen flooring trends in Auckland by Ruth

 

1. High-end look with stone matte finishes

As most kitchens in Auckland have evolved into an open planned layout, there has been a greater emphasis on aesthetics within a kitchen design. Ruth explains that she has seen a rising trend in Aucklanders opting for a high end look by selecting tiles that look like stone and have a matte finish. Glazed porcelain tiles are great for most budgets to create this look as they are a cheaper option compared to natural stone tiles. To create continuity, install the same tiles in your dining and living areas if you have an open plan kitchen.

 

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These glazed porcelain tiles give a high end natural stone look because of their grey matte finish. The appearance of grout lines is also minimal because the grout lines are very thin and almost match the colour of the tiles. (Porfido collection, Tile Depot 2021)

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Another example of Glazed Porcelain tiles with a natural stone look. These matte tiles have been installed throughout the living area as well as the kitchen floors to give a unified look. (Tile Depot, 2021)

2. Shiny tiles are declining in popularity

Shiny tiles have been very popular in the last couple of decades and remain popular to a certain extent. However, more people are gravitating towards the matte finish because it exudes a certain kind of understated elegance. We still recommend people with small kitchens or bathrooms to install shiny tiles as they reflect natural light as well as any other light and make your spaces appear larger.

3. Large tiles 1200 by 900

Larger tiles have become increasingly popular as they have lesser grout lines and provide a cleaner look. Having lesser grout lines also means that you if you have a small room then it will make it look larger as there are ‘lesser breaks’ on the kitchen floor. The most popular size for large tiles is 600 by 900 and 1200 by 900.

4. No grout lines

 

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As seen in the picture, this kitchen flooring features large slabs of square tiles where the grouting is matched with the colour of the tile. This give the floor a a sort of continuity as the grout lines are hardly visible. (Tile Depot 2021)

 

As mentioned above there is an emphasis on having lesser grout lines for kitchen flooring. You can also match the colour of your tiles with the grouting to give you an appearance of having no grout lines.

 

5. Woodgrain tiles have seen a decline in popularity

Woodgrain tiles have been quite popular in the last decade but have seen a decline in popularity. Woodgrain tiles look and feel like natural wood which is great for people who want wooden flooring but not the hassle of maintaining them. However, as more people are opting for contemporary styles for their homes, they prefer a natural stone look as compared to wood grain tiles.

 


6 ideas for feature walls for your open plan kitchen

 

1. Woodgrain tiles as feature walls have seen an increase in popularity

While woodgrain tiles might be declining in popularity as floors, they are seeing an increase in popularity as feature walls. There has been a growing trend of incorporating elements of nature in urban Auckland homes which makes woodgrain tiles a great option as a feature wall.

2. Designer tiles with designs of nature

A lot of people want a feature wall because they want to create a ‘wow’ factor. They often keep the rest of their colour scheme neutral and create a feature wall with floral prints. Ruth tells us a bit more about their range of glam tiles which come in 1200 by 900 size and has three different patterns which are put together to create a scene of nature.

 

 

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These Glam tiles from Tile depot feature 3 large 1200 by 900 tiles that are installed together to create a pattern. These three tiles are repeated to make this feature wall. This Glam collection has various styles of flowers and leaves. (Tile Depot, 2021)

3. Textured tiles, mosaics, geometric patterns, and natural stone tiles

Textured tiles are great as feature walls because they do not need to be cleaned very often like the splashback or kitchen flooring. They also do not have to be very durable as they do not experience any wear in tear like foot traffic or spillages which makes any tile a great option for feature walls. Textured tiles create interest, depth and elevate the overall design of your kitchen.

 

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Two different types of tiles are used to create this feature wall. The tiles are glazed ceramic with a satin finish which makes them look almost like a wall paper. This bold feature wall adds a sense of modern sophistication to the space and come from the Sospiri collection at Tile Depot (Tile Depot, 2021)

 

There are many options to choose from for textured tiles. You can use natural rugged stone or brick tiles around your fireplace or for a more rustic styled living area. You could also add a feature wall with geometric and 3d patterns for a more modern or contemporary look. Mosaics have always been a popular choice as they make your space look artistic and Moorish. Regardless of your budget, you will find plenty of options for feature walls.

 

4. Accents in feature walls

If you do not want an entire wall of tiles for your feature wall, then you can install wall accent tiles. You could install small beads or mosaics in a horizontal or vertical line on the wall of your kitchen. You could create patterns or designs on the wall without tiling your entire wall. If artistically done, this could add a certain elegance to your wall but we do recommend consulting a designer before go ahead full steam.

 

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These tiles are a great example of mixing neutral coloured tiles with a more bold tile to create interest within a feature wall without covering the entire wall with a bold colour (Tile Depot, 2021)

5. Creating interest through installation

As mentioned earlier, the way you install your tiles can also make a huge difference on the final look of your feature wall.

 

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As seen above, the method of installation and the combination of two different coloured tiles can create a beautiful look for your open planned kitchen. These tiles are glazed ceramic tiles from the Casablanca collection at Tile Depot (Tile Depot 2021)

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The same tiles were used for the backsplash and the feature wall to create a continuous and dramatic look. The way the tiles were installed also makes a huge difference to the overall look of the kitchen. Tiles used were from the May tile collection (Tile Depot 2021).

 

6. Bright and Bold colours

If you have a neutral colour scheme then opt for bright or warm colours to create contrast. You could also add matte dark grey tiles as a feature wall to create a dark and stormy mood for your living space.

 

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This splashback also acts as a feature wall with its cool aqua colour and brings a sort of serenity to the space when coupled with off white cabinet fronts. These glazed tiles have a smooth surface which are easy to clean. (Calx Aquamarina 100×300 tiles from Tile Depot, 2021)

 


 

“The biggest mistake people make when they choose tiles is that sometimes they choose tiles that clash with eachother or there are too many patterns that do not work well together. It is important that you create a story with the tiles that you choose for your kitchen flooring, Splashbacks and Feature walls” Says Ruth when asked what is the most important aspect of choosing tiles. 

 

 

 

 

 


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

Is flooring included in my renovation?

We provide a full service to renovate any given area. So if we are renovating your bathroom then flooring will be included in our service to renovate your bathroom. This applies to all the rooms in the house. We can also do just flooring for your entire house which means that we will design, supply, install and project manage your flooring project.

Do you work with Tile Depot?

Tile depot is one of our partners for flooring for renovations. We have been working with Tile Depot for quite a while and we often take our clients there to select tiles for their renovations.

Will you help me with the design process for selecting tiles?

Our project manager along with our design team will help you select the right type of tiles for your renovation. We also rely on the expertise of the Tile depot staff to help our clients make the right choice in tiles.

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

Our designer can help you with choosing the right type of tile depending on your design preference and the type of family situation you have. You can also read our article on bathroom design trends to have a better understanding of what most clients prefer these days https://superiorrenovations.co.nz/16-top-trends-in-bathroom-tile-design-for-2019/


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Kitchen Renovation

How much is a new kitchen remodel cost in NZ? Basic, Mid-range & Luxury 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Table of Content 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 


Cost comparison for New Kitchen remodelling in New Zealand

 

 

Basic Level

Mid-range Level

Luxury Level

$16,560 –$28,990

$32,000

$45,000

 Up to

$173,880

Same Layout-

  • Refacing cabinets
  • Refinish paints, stain etc.

Kitchen Storage-

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

Basic Materials-

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

Electric Work-

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

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

Customise your kitchen storage –

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

Mid-range materials-

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

Smart Kitchen/lights features- 

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

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

Customise your kitchen storage-

  • A Butler’s kitchen
  • Walk in Pantry.

Designer materials- Flooring, cabinets, countertops, splashbacks

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

Custom build Cabinetry-

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

Smart Kitchen/Light features-

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

 

Find out more about-

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

 


 

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

 

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

 


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

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

 

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Before Basic Kitchen in Papatoetoe


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After Basic makeover in Papatoetoe

Check out this basic kitchen’s case study:  Papatoetoe

 

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


2. Cabinetry and Storage for basic kitchen remodel

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

 

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

 

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Waterproof Plywood boards

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 Mary Stuart’s Melteca Oak wood finish  in Standmore Bay  

 

See Case Studies:

Historic Melteca finish in Epsom

Melteca Oak Wood Finish look in Standmore Bay 

 

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

 

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

 


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

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

 

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

 

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    Stone Engineered Countertop in Papatoetoe

 

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

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


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

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

 

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

 

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

 


5. Flooring

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

 

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

 

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Tiled Flooring kitchen Renovation in Bucklands Beach


6. Lighting

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 

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Before Kitchen layout in West Harbour

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 After Kitchen layout renovation

 

 


2. Cabinets, Doors, and handles

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Check out our country cottage style kitchen renovation in NZ

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


3. Door handles and Blumotion

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

For more :

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

 

 


4. Storage for a kitchen makeover NZ

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

 

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

 

6 ways to maximise storage for your mid-range kitchen

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

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

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

 

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Spice Rack storage  in Hillsborough

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Magic Corners storage  in Hillsborough

4.Pantry with pull out drawers

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

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

To see more on custom built-

See case study on kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

 

5.Pull out bins

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

 

6.Island which doubles as storage- 

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

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5.Kitchen Countertops

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Mary Stuart’s countertop in NZ

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Lynette and henry’s countertop remodel in Bucklands beach 

Stone Engineered countertops options for kitchen renovation in  NZ 

 

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

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Splashbacks- 

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

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 


7. Kitchen Flooring

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

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

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

  •  Luxury Laminate Flooring is also another option for kitchen flooring. They are warmer than tiles but are not water resistant which could be an issue with maintenance. If you are installing laminate flooring, then make sure that you wipe away any water spills immediately.

 

  • Hybrid Neptune has a new range of kitchen flooring called the stone polymer composite. This hybrid flooring is great for mid-range kitchens as it has all the best properties of stone and laminate. The stone used in Limestone and the Neptune SPC is water resistant, warm, soft on the feet, and muffles the sound of your footstep.

 

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Hybrid Neptune Rustic Oak flooring(Tile Depot, 2021)

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Hybrid Neptune kitchen flooring best features (Tile Depot, 2021)

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Hybrid Neptune mountain flooring (Tile Depot, 2021)

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Hybrid Neptune Soho Smoke flooring (Tile Depot, 2021)

Hybird Neptune Picture credit to Tile depot

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

 


8. Smart Kitchen features and Lighting

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

 

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

 

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

 

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LED Lighting under cabinets in Massey  

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Change lighting settings with a remote controller in Parnell 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Superior Renovations luxury kitchen renovation cost in NZ


1. Hiring a kitchen designer for your layout

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Customised Cabinets, Cabinet features and Joinery

 


2. Customised Cabinets, Cabinet features and Joinery

Cabinets

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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  • Lacquer on MDF

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

 

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

 

  • Timber Veneer

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

 

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Custom Timber cabinets at Superior Renovations

  • MDF Vs Plywood Vs Particle board for your carcass

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

Details on your cabinets

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

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

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Country cottage style kitchen in Mangere Bridge, Auckland

 

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Modern Kitchen cabinetry renovation in NZ 

Joinery

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

Types of joinery we recommend:

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

 

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Hinges that can support more weight:

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

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

 


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

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

  • Butler’s pantry/ kitchen

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

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  • Walk in pantry or pull out drawer pantry

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

 



4. Natural stone Countertops and Designer Splashbacks

Countertops:

1. Granite and Marble

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

2. Concrete

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

 

3. Mix different textures, materials, and finishes

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

 

 Splashbacks and Feature Walls

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

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

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Glam wall designer tiles at tile depo 

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

 

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

 

Feature walls

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

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

 

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Tile Depo’s glam cube collection for a splashback wall


5. Designer appliances to complement your designer kitchen

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

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

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

  1. Style options for kitchen appliances

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

2. Traditional kitchen appliance ideas

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

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SMEG appliances for a 1950’s retro style kitchen. 

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

 



6.Luxury Flooring options for designer kitchens in New Zealand

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

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

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

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Tile depot range of Urban cement collection (2021)

 

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

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Macchia Vecchia Floor Tiles from Tile Depo 

 


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

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

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

 

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

  1. Lighting to carry out tasks

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

 

Tips of installing your Task lights

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

       2. Ambience lighting

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

 

Tips on installing ambient lighting

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

 

  1. Accent Lighting

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

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

Tips on installing Accent lighting

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

 


8. Electric work and SMART Kitchen features

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

Ideas to incorporate SMART features in your kitchen design

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

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To Summarise,

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

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

Frequently asked question

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

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

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

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

How long will it take to renovate a kitchen ?

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

Do I need to hire a kitchen designer ?

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

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

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

 


Further Resources for your house renovation

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

Need more information?

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

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 


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How much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in NZ? (2021)

An average cost for renovating a kitchen in New Zealand is between $22,000 and $30,000 if you are renovating with a renovation company. Kitchen renovation cost NZ wide can differ based on the company you choose or if you are doing a DIY job. You will save money if you are doing a DIY job but they can be risky if you are not a trained professional. Costs to renovate a kitchen depend on various factors. The intention to renovate or your reason to renovate the kitchen is one of the major factors that will determine your budget.

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

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

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

Table of Contents

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

 


1. What is the average cost of a renovated kitchen in 2021?  

An average cost to renovate your kitchen in 2021 is approximately around $22,908. However, if you are creating your dream kitchen then you can expect to spend between $17,664 to $29,256. The total cost of a kitchen will depend on the cost of cabinets, appliances, countertop, flooring, quality of materials, labour and if there is a change in layout. 

 

Average Range  

Minimum Cost  

Average Cost  

Maximum Cost  
$17,664 – $29,256 $16,832 $22,908 $173,880

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2. Kitchen Renovation Cost (NZ)

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

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

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

Item  

Budget %  

Average Cost  

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

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3. Cost for renovating a kitchen per square meter. 

On an average homeowner spend about $2300 square meter for their kitchen. You might think that $207 is a very high number but this is only an average. The starting price per square meter is $1,533 and people doing high-end kitchen renovations might spend as much as $4167 per meter.  Before you start your renovation, it is wise to ask a few questions to yourself. 

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

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

 

Basic, Mid-range, Luxury kitchen remodel guide 

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

 

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

Up to $173,880 

 

 

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

 

  

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

  

 

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Basic Kitchen Renovation in Hillsborough

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Mid Range Kitchen  in West Harbour

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Mid Range Kitchen renovation in Massey

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Mid to Luxury Kitchen in Stanmore Bay

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Small Kitchen-  

 

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

 

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

 

TOP 16 DESIGN IDEAS FOR SMALL KITCHEN DESIGN NZ GUIDELINE

 

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

 

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

 

10’x10’ vs 12’x12’  

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

 

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

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

 

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Before Renovation

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After renovation in Stanmore Bay

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

 

 Expert tip

Renovation Companies

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

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

 

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

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6. How much do Renovation Companies charge you?

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

 

Kitchen Cabinets  

 

What is the average cost for Kitchen Cabinets? 

 

When you think about your kitchen, the first thing that pops into your head is the space available to store your dry groceries such as canned items, snacks, pasta bags and rice. The kitchen cabinets make a great impression when family and friends come over due to the various textures, materials and colours used within your kitchen renovation. You can expect to spend between $4,140 – $11,040 on an average. 

 

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

 

 

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Melteca destressed custom cabinets (Epsom)

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Melteca Oak wood look cabinets

 

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

 

Refinishing Kitchen Cabinet – Average Cost  

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

 

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

Stellar ways to organise your kitchen cabinets 

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Kitchen Appliances  

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

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

 

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Kitchen Countertops 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Budget-friendly Tip- 

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

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

 

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Kitchen Splashbacks  

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

 

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Kitchen renovation in Parnell

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Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach

 

Project specifications

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

 

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

 

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Kitchen Flooring Cost 

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

 

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

See full project specs for above kitchen

 

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

 

For instance,  

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Plumbing Cost 

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

Answer:  

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

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

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

 

Painting Cost

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

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

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

Tilers and Flooring

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

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

  

Permits

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

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

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9. How to remodel a kitchen on a budget?  

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

 

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

Basic Kitchen on a Budget.

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

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

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

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

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

from start to end.  

For instance,  

  • Hiring Kitchen Designer  
  • Modern appliances  
  • New kitchen layouts 
  • High end luxury products 
  • Designer products 
  • Natural stone countertops or concrete countertops 

 

Top 4 tips when renovating on a budget

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

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

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

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

 

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11. 7 Tips on planning your Kitchen Renovation 

Before  

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

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

 

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After 
 

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

 

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

 

9 things to look at before choosing your renovation company

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Featured Projects – Basic, Mid Range and Luxury

Basic Kitchens

Full kitchen renovation in Papatoetoe

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

See before + After pictures and full project specs.

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Full Kitchen renovation Hillsborough

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

See full kitchen transformation + Before and After pictures

 

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Before renovation

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Mid Range Kitchen renovations

Lynette and Henry’s Kitchen renovation in Bucklands Beach

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

See full project details

 

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Cottage Style Kitchen in Mangere Bridge

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

See Full project specifications + More Pictures

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Luxury Kitchens

Guru and Neeta’s kitchen in Massey

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

See before and after pictures + full project specs

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to renovate my kitchen?

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

Do I have to get my own kitchen designer?

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

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

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

How do I renovate my kitchen on a tight budget?

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

 


Further Resources for your house renovation

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

Need more information?

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

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 


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Kitchen Makeover in Auckland: What’s your style?

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

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

You might think  as though you have  few options when it comes to your kitchen makeover in Auckland. However this is far from the truth. A kitchen makeover is a possibility if your kitchen is in the hands of a skilled team . We can transform it into something more functional in terms of convenience and give it a real makeover with the help of our expert designers.  – even with a limited budget or building restrictions.

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

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

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

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

Modern Kitchen Makeovers:

Modern kitchen makeovers are all about sleek finishes, contemporary design and comfort! The monochromatic palette, streamlined furnishings and well-thought-out storage design that come with modern kitchen makeovers create the illusion of spaciousness. That is why the fuss-free modern kitchen aesthetic is perfect for a smaller space where every inch counts. By incorporating efficient design details and layouts, you can achieve a fantastic kitchen makeover. You will find that a lot of north shore residents opt for modern kitchen makeovers as these sleek designs complement the bay and sea areas.

Read: How to create a modern kitchen in Auckland

Here are some of the elements of a modern kitchen:

  • The colour of your kitchen has a significant impact on your mood and makes a strong impression on people visiting your house. Usually, modern kitchens showcase monochrome hues such as white and black. However, sometimes bright colours are also added for a wow effect.
  • Storage system. Modern kitchens are all about organization and comfort. You might be wondering: “What does my kitchen makeover need in terms of storage?” A kitchen is made up of a lot of different elements that should be readily available when you need them. Hence, your kitchen makeover in North Shore or any other Auckland suburb needs to include an efficient storage system. Not only does it makes the kitchen look better, but it also adds comfort and efficiency. So you don’t need to look for utensils when you need them. Marie Kondo would be proud!

Traditional kitchen makeovers

Traditional kitchen makeovers are all about sophistication and class. They are famous for traditional architectural elements that originated from the Old World countries like England and France. Elegant lines, craftsmanship and expensive materials are important. Here are some of the most common elements of traditional kitchen makeovers  in North Shore (again a high demand in the shore!) area:

  • Hands down, furniture-style cabinets are the most prominent feature when it comes to traditional kitchen makeovers. They may have mitered door panels, glass inserts and carved trims and decorative embellishments. It’s also essential that the modern kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers can be covered with cabinet doors.
  • Stone or quartz countertops. Usually, traditional kitchens showcase natural stone or quartz countertops. Other popular materials are marble and granite. Traditional countertops also feature prominent edging of the stone. The most popular styles are bevel and bullnose edging that adds a distinct look to the traditional kitchen.

See project specifications for Traditional kitchen renovated by us

 traditional classic kitchen for a historic home in Epsom

Rustic Traditional Kitchen for Mary Stuart’s home in Stanmore Bay

Classic Kitchen renovation for a bungalow in Greenhithe

 

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Contemporary kitchen makeovers

“Can my kitchen makeover include contemporary elements?” Absolutely! If you’re thinking of giving your existing kitchen a new, modern look, a contemporary style might be right up your alley! The beauty of a contemporary kitchen makeover is defined by sleek design, geometric lines and innovative appliances. Here are some of the elements that define a contemporary-style kitchen:

  • Cutting-edge appliances. Nothing speaks of a contemporary style than new technology. People all over North Shore have been looking for better appliance performance, lighter materials, durability and advanced features when it comes to contemporary kitchen makeovers. Built-in coffee machines, integrated house systems and high-functioning electronics are among one of the most frequently requested additions to the remodelled kitchen.
  • A mix of materials. Contemporary design is known for pushing boundaries. One of the most prominent tell signs of a contemporary kitchen makeover is the use of layered materials. Feel free to mix and match different shapes, textures and various types of wood to achieve a sleek, contemporary look.

 

Contemporary Kitchens renovated by us

Luxury Urban kitchen renovation in Parnell

Entertainer’s dream kitchen renovation in Massy 

 

Cottage kitchen renovations

“I’d like my kitchen makeover to include a cottage-style kitchen design” No problem! Ah, cottage life. Cosy, happy and relaxing, a cottage-style kitchen is a pure heart of the house. A cottage kitchen makeover is all about going back to simpler times and evoking a sense of care-free living. Here are some of our favourite elements of a cottage kitchen makeover:

  • Open shelving. A cottage-style kitchen usually takes its inspiration from farm-houses and barn-style life. Installed in place of traditional cabinets, open shelves recall the day when a kitchen was more practical than decorative. It also all about practicality: the openness of open shelves help to create an illusion of a larger space.
  • Farm-house sinks. Also called apron-front sinks, these sinks made a huge come-back in a recent couple of years. They create a sense of country-living and are unfussy enough to work with more modern-style cottage kitchen makeovers.

Read: Cottage kitchen makeover done in Mangere Bridge 

 

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 Rustic kitchen renovations

Rather than going for a clean, sleek look, rustic kitchen renovations turn to simplicity and warmth of the old colonial design. Rustic, Old World-style kitchens are also designed with functionality in mind to accommodate the busiest area of the house. Some of the elements of the rustic kitchen include:

  • Hardwood floors: Made out of expensive natural wood, hardwood flooring lends for an earthy, countryside living feeling. Solid hardwood suits the rustic kitchen best, especially if it’s unpolished and shows off the wood grain.
  • Decorative stone. Elements of rock also work great in the rustic kitchen. Whether it is placed in the fireplace hearth or covers an entire wall, it’s a fantastic feature to achieve the rustic look.

See: Rustic Style kitchen renovation in Stanmore Bay

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Let’s design the kitchen of your dreams!

 

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What is Double Glazing Vs Retrofit Double Glazing? – Which is right for your home?

A well-insulated house helps you maintain optimum temperature throughout all seasons. It protects you against cold in winter and heat in summer. This way you spend less on additional heating and cooling systems which makes insulating your home a very good investment. Insulation also provides a healthy environment for your home by preventing the build up of mould.

The four main areas that you can expect heat loss is your ceilings, walls, floors, and windows. In this article we will delve further into insulating windows and glass doors for homes in Auckland.

Single glazed windows (or pane of glass) has been insulating and protecting our homes for centuries, but is there anything better than glass? The answer to this is double glazed windows and doors.

Most new built homes have double glazing in accordance with New Zealand building code. However most older homes have standard glass for their windows and are struggling to keep their homes healthy which are often prone to moulding or they are paying high electricity bills for cooling/heating systems.

In this article we will discuss the following:

  1. What is double glazing, triple glazing and Secondary glazing?
  2.  4 Factors that affect the performance of your double glazing (Spacers, type of glass, still air Vs gas and correct installation)
  3. R rating for windows and what is right for you?
  4. Pros and Cons of Double Glazing – Make a wise choice.
  5. How much does it cost to install double glazing in Auckland?
  6. Cost comparison between New double glazing, Retrofitting double glazing and Secondary glazing
  7. Retrofitting Double glazing or Double glazing/ brand new windows (new frames + IGU) – What is right for your home?

 


What are Double Glazed Windows?

What is Double Glazing (Brand new windows + Insulated glass unit + New window frames)?

Glazing was a middle English term used for glass. A single glazed window is essentially just a sheet of glass. Double glazed windows on the other hand have 4 components that help with temperature control and insulation. First is the 2 panes of glass sheets that run parallel to each other. Then there is a spacer in the middle of the sheets which is bonded together with the panes of glass with a sealant. This space or cavity is filled with either still air or a gas to improve insulation. Brand new window frames are also manufactured for this Insulated glass unit. This basically means that the entire window of your home is replaced which contains a new frames as well as a Insulated glass unit.

 

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An example of an Insulated Glass unit used in double glazing. Picture by https://www.oneglass.com.au/igu-glass/

 

What is Retrofitting Double Glazed windows?

Retrofitting double glazing means that you fit an Insulated Glass unit like mentioned above and fit this unit into your existing window frames or joinery. This is only possible if your current frames/joinery are in very good condition. It is often not possible for older homes as their window frames are worn out.

What is Triple Glazing?

Countries with harsher climates often get triple glazed windows installed in their homes as it provides added insulation. With triple glazed windows and glass doors, there are three parallel glasses with spacers filled with still air or gas. New Zealand homes do not require triple glazed windows as it does not require triple glazing as we do not experience extreme harsh climates.

 

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Double Glazing Vs Triple Glazing. Photo credits: https://www.scheuten.com/en/insulation-glass/functionalities/double-insulation-glass

 

What is Secondary Glazing?

Secondary glazing is when you add another sheet of glass to the existing frame and clear glass. This is a much cheaper way of increasing the insulation of your home as compared to double glazing (IGU unit). Double glazing however is a lot more effective in insulating the house. Adding secondary glazing to an existing window frame and glass is also not always possible because often the old frames do not have space to add another glass, or the integrity of the old frame is compromised.

 

 


 

5 Factors that affect the performance of your Double Glazing

There has been a growing trend of building smart homes in the renovation and construction industry. More people want to use energy efficient materials for their homes with low carbon emissions. This trend towards smart homes has also revolutionised and changed the way double glazed windows are manufactured.

There are 4 main factors that will affect the performance of your double glazed windows and doors. Some homes need more insulation than others and might require glazing that has a higher R rating. We will discuss R ratings further down the article.

1. Spacers

Spacers are strips of plastic, metal, or foam between the two parallel glasses in a double glazed window or door. They support and seal air or gas that is injected between the 2 panes of glass. They are fixed between the glass panes with sealing materials to help create an airtight cavity.

The transfer of heat energy between your window frames, two panes of glass, the spacer at the sealed edge of your double glazed window. If there is less heat transfer between the outside and inside of your window, then this means that there is less heat loss through the sealed unit.

An ideal spacer should have the following:

• Tight seal that would prevent still air or gas from the cavity between the two glass panes.
• Repeal moisture from the seal
• Having a stable and strong space between the two glass panes
• Well made so the temperature buffer is good enough to prevent the transfer of cold and hot air from one pane of       glass to the other
• Can withstand expansion and contraction caused by heat

  • Sealant

    The function of the seal is to reduce water vapour and gas permeability from the edge of the panes of glass. Sometimes when the sealant is not applied properly it can lead to condensation between the panes of glass. This will also reduce the effectiveness of the double glazed windows in maintaining a desired overall temperature of within your home.

    Over time however, it is common that there will be gas leakage from the double glazed windows. A great way to prevent that is adding a secondary sealant. Synthetic rubbers are often used as a primary sealant and their function should mainly be to keep permeability low. The effectiveness of the primary sealant will reduce over time due to external temperatures, how well they were initially installed and the quality of your windowpanes. Synthetic rubbers are usually used as a primary sealant. As they do deteriorate overtime, a secondary sealant such as silicon, polyurethane or others are also used to prolong the effectiveness of your double glazed windows and doors.

  • Keeping Moisture out

    A good sealant and correct installation are key to creating a double glazing that will ensure that water vapour does not end up being trapped between the panes. Hence it is important to carefully select the manufacturer for your double glazing. They need to have a good quality assurance process as well as they need to take correct measure to avoid this. Some manufacturers will use descants which basically absorb any moisture around them.

  • Strong and Stable Structure

    A spacer needs to hold the two panes of glass together along with the air/gas within the cavity. They provide structural integrity to your double glazed windows while ensuring that the entire structure is sealed against moisture, promoting minimal heat loss and high insulation.

  • Temperature Buffer

One of the key functions of a spacer is allowing minimal heat transfer from one glaze(pane) to another which allows for well insulated and efficient double glazing. Spacers come in a variety of materials and each material provides for a different level of insulation.

We also recommend using thermal spacers instead of the traditional aluminium as they provide better ‘warm edge’ or low heat loss than aluminium. However not house might need a thermal spacer as they might just need standard insulation that aluminium provides.

  • Expansion and Contraction

The material of your spacer will determine whether it easily contracts or expands during different seasons. Rigid metals do not easily expand or contract. Some metals such as aluminium are more flexible than other metals and can be used for Auckland homes. Stainless steel can also be used as a spacer, but it provides 1/10th of thermal insulation as compared to aluminium.

Aluminium however can be susceptible to condensation and more manufacturers are using 100% polymer foam as spacers.

 

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An Insulated Glass unit with 2 panes of glass with a Spacer in the middle. Photo credit by https://build.com.au/what-are-double-glazed-windows

2.Type of Glass panes your glazing you use

Glass is another very vital component in a double glazed window. You can use clear glass for your double glazing but there are also many other types of glass available today.

  • Laminated glass – This is a popular choice for double glazing as well as single glazing. This type of class involves having a plastic or resin layer on top of the two panes of glass.t absorbs UV rays and is great for keeping your home cooler in the summer months. They are also great for restricting noise from outside and works well for homes which are in high traffic areas. They are also very safe because they cannot be easily broken. During impact, the glass is still held together by the resin layer.
  • Tinted Glass or reflective glass – Like all types of tinted glass, it helps keeping the UV light out. It also keeps the home cooler in summer by restricting light as well as heat out.
  • Tough Glass – This type of glass is much tougher against impact which makes it a safe option for ground floor windows and doors. It also shatters into small pieces when broken and does not leave big chunks of glass.
  • Low E-glass – This type of glass allows light as well as heat inside the house, but it also prevents the heat from escaping the house.

3. Air Vs Gas (Argon) you use for the insulated cavity

Before we discuss the benefits of Air Vs Gas for your double glazing, it is good to understand what U value is. U value is the measure of insulating capacity of a window. It refers to thermal conductivity of the loss of heat from a room. If the thermal conductivity or U value of a window is low, then that means that they will keep your room warmer as the windows are preventing the heat to leave your room. They also keep your home cooler in summer as they prevent heat from the outside entering your home. Windows with a low U value make for very good insulators.  The heat in this case does not mean sunlight as the windows do allow sunlight to come into your home.

Double glazed windows have either air or gas between the two panes of glass. When you hear the term ‘air filled’ double glazing then it merely means that there is normal air filled within the glazing. Argon is usually used in gas filled double glazing due to its low thermal conductivity and hence prevent heat loss substantially as compared to air.

Double glazing filled with Argon provide a much higher level of insulation as compared to air. Argon is also a non-reactive, inert gas which means that your windows will stay effective for a longer amount of time. Air on the other hand has oxygen which is a reactive gas and can cause if you have aluminium spacers which will reduce their efficiency sooner.

Argon double glazing however is more expensive as compared to air filled double glazing but will prove to be a better investment in the long run for your home.

4. Frames of your Windows

Aluminium and Timber are the two most common window frames in New Zealand. The interaction of the frame with the double glazing is an important part of how efficient your windows will be as insulators. Aluminium is a popular choice for New Zealand homes as it is strong and very easy to maintain material but as a metal it is a good conductor of heat which means that more heat is lost through them. You can however rectify this situation by installing thermally broken alluminium.

Timber is another popular choice in New Zealand with relatively less heat conductivity as compared to Aluminium frames.

5. Correct Installation

Correct manufacturing and installation of double glazing is vital if you want to maintain the integrity of your home. Choosing a trusted manufacturer will make all the difference to the effectiveness of your double glazing. The manufacturer should have good skillset and knowledge about different materials for glazing and your needs so they can recommend the best type of glazing for your home.

Choosing the right double glazing is a balancing act of the type of frame, spacer, sealant, choice between air vs gas, the frame of the window as well as the type of glass. If you are living in a very noise surrounding which experiences extreme climates, then you might want to consider using a low e glass filled with Argon. Fitting a manufactured double glazing might seem like a simple task but we recommend clients not to do it as a DIY project. Get your double glazing fitted by a professional to ensure that it is done correctly.

 


R Rating for Double Glazing – What type of double glazing is right for you?

Consider the climate of your city before choosing your glazing

Finding the right combination of materials to form the most effective double glazing for your home can sometimes feel like a balancing act.

The aim should be to choose a glazing combination that is the most effective for your climate to provide a healthy and insulated home. As discussed above, some combinations of glazing are only needed for extreme climates where it is too cold or hot. An example is triple glazed windows with low e glass and Argon filled cavity. This however is not needed for Auckland climate as we do not experience such extremes in weather.

Also consider where your home is situated in Auckland. Is it near a sea? Is your home north facing or is it south facing? Do some rooms get more sunlight that than others? These questions are important, and you must consult with your manufacturers to achieve the most optimum overall temperature for your home based on the above factors.

R-values

R-values are a measure of efficiency of insulating materials. Higher R-value of insulating materials basically means that there will be lesser heat loss from said materials. The table below shows the R-values of glazing and how the combination of different frames, glass and gas/air contribute to this value.

Note: We have not included R-values of secondary glazing as we do not recommend our clients to use that as further insulating windows and glass doors. While they are a cheaper option compared to getting IGU or double glazing and are often ineffective.

 

Glazing

Description

R-value

Single glazing Aluminium frame + Clear glass 0.26
Single glazing Timber frame + Clear glass 0.19
Double glazing (IGU) Thermally broken Aluminium frame + Clear double glazing + Air filled cavity 0.31
Double glazing (IGU) Timber frame + Clear double glazing + Air filled cavity 0.36
Double glazing (IGU) Thermally broken Aluminium frame + Low e glass panes + Argon gas in the cavity 0.43
Double glazing (IGU) Timber frame + Low e glass panes + Argon gas in the cavity 0.53

 

As seen above, the R-value differs based on the combination of materials you choose for your glazing. Another way to increase insulation and decrease heat loss is by installing thermal drapes. Good quality heavy drapes or thermal drapes can add up to 0.26 R-value. This only holds true if these are drawn and covering your windows. In order for these drapes to be effective, you have to also ensure that they are touching the ground and have pelmets on the top.


 

Pros and Cons of Double glazing

Installing double glazing for exiting homes is an expensive undertaking which means that you should be fully aware of their advantages as well as disadvantages.

Pros of using double glazing

  1. Increase in Security: Double glazing provides a higher level of security to your home as they are much stronger as compared to single glazed windows. It would be much harder for burglars to break a double glazed window. You can also increase the security of your double glazing by laminating the glass panes.
  2. Reduce Noise: Double glazing can significantly reduce noise levels and are good for homes in high traffic areas. They can reduce neighbourhood and traffic sounds by up to 35 decibels. If you live in a very noisy area, then you can even think about installing triple glazing. Single glazing tends to rattle on windy days, but double glazing windows eliminate this issue due to their more solid foundation.
  3. Prevent Condensation and Insulation: The biggest advantage of double glazing is that it prevents condensation which in turn protects your home from mould and damage. Still air or Argon gas trapped between the two panes of glass also provides insulation to your home which promotes a healthy and comfortable temperature.
  4. Reduced Bills: The insulating gap between the two panes of your double glazing is filled with either still air or Argon gas and it hence prevents heat loss in winter, keeping your home warm. In summer it prevents heat from entering your home and keeps your home cooler. Therefore, it significantly reduces the need for heating and cooling systems for your home. This will reduce your electricity bill and is also good for the environment.

Cons of Double Glazing

  1. High Initial Cost: Installing double glazing in existing homes can prove to be very costly. It is a good long term investment, but the initial cost is high. When you install single glazed windows, you are only paying for one sheet of glass. With Double glazing, you are paying for two panes of glass, the insulating air, sealant as well as new frames (in most cases). Sometimes you can install your Insulated glass unit (IGU) within the existing frames but in most cases, this is not possible as the old frames do not have the space to accommodate a IGU or are damaged.
  2. Aesthetics: Double glazing might look too modern for heritage homes because they look too ‘modern’. This is especially true for bungalows and villas found in Epsom, Parnell, and Remuera.
  3. Hard to Repair: Double glazed windows and doors are not easily damaged due to their sturdy structure. They can however, have issues with the air/gas gap if not manufactured well. This is when there is a leak in the Insulated glass unit which means that their effectiveness in terms of insulation can reduce. If this happens then the only way to fix this is to replace the entire window which can be costly.

 


 

How much does it cost to Install Double Glazing Windows in Auckland?

There are a few factors that can affect the cost of double glazing in New Zealand. As discussed above, double glazing is made of a diverse set of materials and the combination you choose will affect the overall cost. For example:

  • Double glazing with Argon has is more expensive compared to Still Air. Having still air however is less effective compared to an Argon gas filled cavity.
  • Low-e glass panes are more expensive that clear glass or laminated glass
  • Timber frames are more expensive that Aluminium frames
  • The type of sealant you choose will also affect the price of your double glazing

Costs for Double Glazing (with new frames) Vs Retrofitting Vs Secondary Glazing NZ

Term glossary

Double Glazing with new frames: This consists of creating an Insulated glass unit of two panes of glass with a gap between them. This gap is filled with Still Air or Argon has for insulation and also has a sealant to keep the glasses in place. As the name suggests, this glass unit is manufactured in the factory along with new window frames to fit together.

Retrofitting double glazing: Retrofitting involves manufacturing an Insulated glass unit in the factory and installing this into the current frame of your window. No new frames are manufactured or installed.

Secondary Glazing: This involves installing a second parallel pane of glass to your existing frame and glass of your window. This is not an Insulated glass unit as it does not have an insulated cavity between the panes. It does not have any gas or still air in the cavity.

 

How much does double glazing cost?

Double Glazing is the most expensive as compared to retrofitting or installing secondary glazing. This involves replacing your current windows with a IGU and new frames. If your priority is to increase the insulation of your home, then this is the best option to go with as it is the most effective. On an average it will cost you above $38,000 to double glaze a 100m2 home in Auckland. If you choose Low-e glass panes along with Argon gas in the cavity then the price for double glazing will go up.

Tips to reduce the cost of double glazing for your home

Different combinations of your IGU (window-panes, sealant, gas or still air and frame) will yield different R values. Some combinations will be more effective in insulating your home but not all homes need a high level of insulation. For example, if your home does not need high insulation then it is a waste to install low-e glass panes or Argon gas in the cavity which is a more expensive combination.

Reduce costs by:

  • Choose clear glass or laminated glass instead of a low-e glass for your panes
  • Opt for still Air instead of Argon gas for your insulated cavity between your glass panes
  • Choose Aluminium as your window frame

How much does it cost to Retrofit your double glazing?

Retrofitting double glazing costs, a lot lesser than getting entirely new double glazing with new frames. You can expect to pay about $15,000 to $18,000 for a 100m2 home. An insulated glass unit and drainage system is installed in your current window frames. While this is a cheaper option, it is not possible to install the insulated glass unit in your current frames for most homes in Auckland.

It is only possible for new homes where the window frames are in great condition. Older home in Auckland do not have frames that are in good condition as they are often damaged or skewed. If you have a newly built home with single glazing, then opt for retrofitting your double glazing as it is a more cost effective option with similar insulation levels as new double glazing with new frames.

How much does it cost to install Secondary Glazing?

Secondary glazing is the cheapest option compared to double glazing and retrofitting. This is because there is no Insulated glass unit involved in secondary glazing.

Secondary glazing does not replace your single glazing with a IGU, but it means that you are attaching a second pane of glass on the inside of your current glazing and frame. Secondary glazing however does not improve the insulation of your home and it also does not prevent condensation.

 


Retrofitting or New Double Glazing – What is right for your home?

The main factor that determines whether you can get your retrofit double glazing or get new windows with double glazing (new frames) is the condition of your joinery. If the condition of your joinery is good, then you will be able to retrofit double glazing. In a lot of cases, the joinery has either been damaged or is not viable to be retrofitted.

Aluminium Joinery (frames)

Durable and good quality of Aluminium joinery was seen in New Zealand houses only around the 1980s. The quality of Aluminium joinery used in houses before the 80s was of an inferior quality with no scope of being retrofitted now.

All windows need maintenance over time to ensure that they do not get damaged due to moisture or wear and tear. A professional window glazing company will be able to assess the joinery of your windows to see whether they can be retrofitted.

Before you get a professional, you can also check for signs of damage to your Aluminium joinery. If the joints of your frame are coming off or have issues, then this is the first sign that your joinery is at the end of its life. This often happens due to moisture seeping in and this can in turn damage your walls.

When comes to maintenance, it is good to check the seals of your frames and change them periodically to prolong the life of your joinery.

Timber Joinery

Just like Aluminium joinery, Timber frames also need to be maintained well to be retrofitted. Bungalows and Villas in New Zealand built before the 1950s are fitted with a more durable form of Timber as compared to the homes built after the 1960s. Timber joinery which was installed in homes after the 1960s is made of a softer wood which means that they are not as durable and are susceptible to moisture.

You will not be able to retrofit double glazing in windows that have water damage or very worn out. Some of the signs of moisture damage is mould and wood that has started to rot.

The Verdict

The answer to this is simple. Get the condition of your window frames checked by a professional. If your frames/joinery are in good condition, then you should retrofit your double glazing. This will be more cost effective that brand new windows with double glazing while giving you similar insulation.

If your frames/joinery are worn out, old, have water damage, or are compromised in any way then investing in brand new windows with double glazing would be a wiser option.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Double glazing?

Double glazing involves removing your old window and frame. A new frame for the window is manufactured which is fitted with an Insulated glass unit. An Insulated glass unit which consists of 2 panes of glazing or glass that are parallel to eachother with a gap between them. A spacer is attached between the glass which is bonded with the the panes of glass with a sealant. This keeps the two glasses in place and provides a stable structure. This cavity between the two parallel panes of glass is filled with either Still Air or Argon gas.

What is Retrofitting Double Glazing?

Retrofitting double glazing involves installing a Insulated glass unit into your existing joinery or frame. An insulated glass unit has two parallel panes of glass with a gap in the middle. This gap has a spacer which is bonded to the panes with a sealant. This cavity is then filled with Still Air or Argon gas.

How much does it cost to double glaze my house?

Double glazing an average 100m2 home in Auckland will start from about $35,000. The cost will vary depending on the glass you choose, whether you get Still Air filled cavity or an Argon gas filled cavity. The material of the joinery/frame you choose will also affect the price.

How much does it cost to retrofit double glazing?

Retrofitting double glazing is cheaper compared to double glazing as you are not making brand new window frames. The cost to retrofit am average 100m2 home in NZ will start from about $18,000. Retrofitting double glazing is not always possible for most homes as your current joinery needs to be in near perfect condition to retrofit double glazing.

 


Further Resources for your house renovation

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

Need more information?

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

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Top 16 Design Ideas for Small Kitchen design NZ Guideline

This guide has been republished to include 7 additional small kitchen design ideas for New Zealand homeowners and to reflect the trends of 2021.

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

Planning is key when it comes to small kitchen design in NZ. The cost for basic things like labour and project management will still remain the same as you still have to bring trades in like installers, electricians, plumbers, tilers, painters etc. However, you will save on materials as there will be lesser cabinets, lesser tiles and other raw materials to work with.

Innovation is also important when thinking about planning a small space design ideas in NZ. Look for innovative ideas within the space for storage and work areas. An example would to make hidden storage cabinets that can be integrated into your living space. These closed cabinets will allow you to store appliances and at the same time will not make your space look bulky.

You can also custom build cabinets which can finish at the ceilings. Keep less used appliances on the top shelves and incorporate an aesthetically pleasing ladder in your decor which can be used to access appliances on the top shelves.

Kitchen things (our preferred supplier for appliances) has products from various top brands which primarily makes appliances especially catered for small spaces. These appliances can be dismantled and stored in a cabinet without taking any counter space.

1. Play around with your Colours 

Did you know that some colours have a tendency to make a space feel tiny and narrow while some are perfect for creating an illusion of added space? We recommend clients to use more neutral colours to make their space look larger. Use Dulux’s Mason Bay Quater WN27 or Epsom VW C100 as the main palette for your kitchen in order to open up your space. 

However, using neutral or shades of white does not mean that your kitchen has to look dull or boring. Choose a colourful or textured splashback to draw attention and create interest. The colour of your cabinets can also be a few shades darker to create some contrast. Use colourful knobs and tapware to add some colour in the space.

2. Lighting is important

Natural lighting is the best lighting you can have in your kitchen. You can maximise natural lighting by having large vertical windows to create a sense of height or add skylights to heighten the ceiling (and get extra space for more kitchen cabinets).  If this however is not possible then there are still ways of incorporating lighting into your kitchen design.

5 lighting ideas for small kitchens

  • Lights that are close to your ceiling: Consider installing chandeliers or lights that are close to the ceiling. Avoid low hanging chandeliers as they will make your kitchen look cumbersome. Having close to ceiling lighting will also let you skip any wall lighting fixtures. These walls can be better used for shelving.
  • Recessed Lighting: Recessed lighting is a great option to light up an area without infringing into your kitchen space.
  • Pendant Lighting: Pendant lighting is a lone lighting fixture suspended by a chord or metal chain. This is a variation to a chandelier and is less space consuming. You can either use a series of pendant lights or just one depending on your space. Pendant lighting also creates a lot of drama and adds character to any kitchen space.
  • LED strip lights underneath cabinets: Install LED strip lights underneath your cabinets and cabinet handles save on space as well as enhance the mood of your kitchen. Most of these LED lights can be dimmed which can also act as a mood enhancer.
  • Flush mount Lighting: Most houses in Auckland feature flush mount lighting. They are great as there come in many styles and save a lot of space.

 

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Above are examples of lighting that can be incorporated into your kitchen design

3. Choose your appliances wisely

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

Choose  kitchen appliances and furniture that are specifically designed for tiny spaces. There are many options for kitchen appliances which are flexible, versatile and efficient regardless of your small space. Bosch and Kitchen Things specifically make appliances that are designed for small kitchens. For example think about appliances that can be dismantled and put into a drawer rather than ones that take up counter space. 

An example would be a hand held mixer or grinder that can be put back into a drawer rather than a bulky mixer and grinder. Also think of multi functional appliances which can do several tasks rather than just one specific task. These smart and innovative appliances often have several functions like being able to mix, grid, whisk etc.

4. Become a Shelving master

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

Floating Shelves

You can use floating shelves as an easy and inexpensive way to add much-needed extra storage for your kitchen. They can be great for spices, cups, tea and coffee pots while adding a personal touch to your kitchen design. If you are completely redoing your kitchen then incorporate floating shelves within your kitchen design to match other cabinets. These floating shelves can also be added in your dining area. You can buy colourful mugs, plates, and kitchen accessories to give your space some character as well as using it for storage. 

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Full Kitchen renovation in Mangere Bridge – Floating shelves add a focal point as well as storage for the kitchen

Drawers and Pantry Shelves

Shelves within your drawers can make organisation and storage much easier. Think of incorporating shelving within the drawers to store cutlery. Another emerging trend has been to create storage pull out shelves within a pantry. This allows you to keep the pantry looking sleek and uncluttered. This kind of a storage pantry can also be built within your other living areas and does not have to be in the immediate vicinity of the kitchen.

5. Kitchen storage

Storage is of paramount importance in any kitchen, but particularly a small one. One obvious way to maximise storage space is to have wall units running above your base units, effectively doubling your kitchen storage potential.

 

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Storage solution for our clients in Auckland

 

5 ways to maximise storage in small kitchens

  • Open shelves till the ceiling: You could also look to have some open shelving, which, as well as being practical, will help give your kitchen a more open feel.
  • Magic corners: Magic corners are great for corner cabinets which are awkward and the space in the corners is often wasted. Magic corners feature pull out trolley like drawers which let you utilise that corner space.  We often work with products from Blum which are very innovative in storage solutions for small kitchens.
  • Islands that double as a storage solution: More storage the better for most people. Your breakfast island is another great place which can double as a storage space within your kitchen design. Breakfast islands can be custom built to have storage cabinets and drawers to further increase storage space.
  • Cabinets with storage shelves: As discussed above, building organisational shelves within the cabinets can make your darwers uncluttered as well as have a dedicated space for items. Pantry storage drawers are also becoming popular for organisation and saving space.
  • Hooks for Pots and Pans: A hanger for pots and pans or utensils can be another great way to store items that would otherwise take up space in your cupboard. A style tip would be to buy cubs and utensils which are colourful and vibrant.

6. Islands that double as storage and dining

Whether you have a small or large kitchen, islands have becoming a great addition to any kitchen design. This is because islands are very versatile and can be used as a counter top for preparation, as a dining solution and for storage.

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Kitchen renovation in Blockhouse Bay – This island provides plenty of storage cabinets as well as counter space

 

Read: Which layout is better for your Kitchen?

People often think that islands cannot be incorporated within a small kitchen design. This however is far from the truth. Small kitchens are often found in an open plan living setting. They could either consist of one wall with a couple of counter tops, cooking range and a dishwasher. If you are doing kitchen makeover then think about ‘breaking’ the kitchen from the living room by installing a small breakfast bar in the middle. You can eliminate the dining area all together and use the breakfast bar as a space where you can eat your meals and also use as a counter top.

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Kitchen renovation in Greenlane – The island doubles as a dining area, has a sink and counter space for prep and storage on the other side in form of cabinets

If you do have a small kitchen which is not in an open plan settling then consider breaking the wall between your living and kitchen to open up the area. You will be amazed how spacious your kitchen will feel when you make it into an open plan kitchen.

For further ideas for great storage solutions check out the following projects

7.Hideaway kitchens

Another emerging trend for best kitchen design ideas is a concept that has been quite popular over the past few years – the concept of hideaway kitchens.

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

8. Small kitchen layouts

Layout has a huge impact on how easy your kitchen is to cook in, and how pleasant it is be in. Whether you’re starting from scratch or adapting a current space, think about how you use your kitchen and what tasks you do most. Don’t just think about putting breakfast together and cooking dinner every night, but be more specific.

If you personal preference is an L shaped kitchen but if it makes your space look congested then opt for putting your kitchen counters on one side only. Instead, think about putting in a small breakfast inland that can provide counter space and double as a dining space. If your kitchen is closed off then consider breaking the wall that divides the kitchen from the rest of the living space. Open plan kitchens often make the space look larger and provides more of a cohesive living space.

9. Use Larger Tiles for your Kitchen floors

Contrary to popular belief, larger tiles actually make a space look larger. If you are using tiles for your kitchen floors then consider using 900 by 600 or 600 by 600 dimension tiles are they will make your floor look space look larger. This is owing to the fact that there will be lesser ‘breaks’ due to lesser number of grout lines. If you want to know more about large kitchen tiles and how they can give an illusion of space them read our Q&A article with Tile depot. 

 

Further Kitchen Design ideas for Small kitchens by our designers

10. Replace kitchen cabinets with drawers  

Normal cupboards do not effectively store your appliances and utensils. They are also inconvenient as things stored at the back of the cupboard are often hard to reach. Instead, try and install drawers that can be pulled out. When you install a drawer that pulls out, you can easily see all the contents and be able to organise your kitchen a lot better.

 

Read: Guide on designing Classic, Traditional, Contemporary, Modern, Cottage and Industrial Kitchens in Auckland

 

11. Be Mindful of the texture of your cabinets, and Add Mirrors

Having a small kitchen often means that you must choose materials that will not make your kitchen look smaller than it is. Shiny and smooth surfaces will reflect the light within your kitchen which will make your kitchen look larger. Most small kitchens do work well in a modern style due to its minimalistic look but if that is not the look you want then just remember not to make your materials too ornate and dark as they will make your kitchen appear smaller.

If you like modern and contemporary styles, then you can also use glass as a splashback which will create an illusion of space. If you are not going for a modern and contemporary style, then think about adding a mirror on the wall which is suited to the style that you are designing your kitchen after. An example is a framed large horizontal mirror with a simple white frame for a classic kitchen

Choose a no-handle set up for your drawers and cabinets if you are designing your kitchen in a modern or contemporary style. If you are going for a traditional, country, classic or cottage style kitchen then choose small matte knobs instead of bulky handles.

 

12. Rolling Kitchen Carts and Tall dining table

There is often a lack of counterspace in small kitchens. Think of creative ways to add counterspace for your small kitchen which work well for your layout. One way is to get a rolling kitchen cart that you can use as an additional counter for prep and store things. When not in use you can either remove it from your kitchen space or fold it up and store it away. Another way is to have tall dining table which you can also use as a prep counter while standing. Add some bar stools to the dining table to elevate the design of your space.

 

13. Think about your Wall Patters and Feature walls as a design element

It is not very easy to add design elements in a small kitchen as the cabinets are streamlines and there is not a lot of room to add decorations. You can however add character to your tiny kitchen by adding a feature wall. Avoid putting paintings or decorative items on the walls as this can make your small kitchen feel closed in. You can however draw attention to the wall by installing bright coloured tiles or painting your wall in a contrasting colour to the rest of your kitchen. You can also add tiles which are textured to add an additional dimension to your kitchen.

 

14. Bring in Nature into your small bathroom

Incorporating natural elements within your kitchen design can add the much-needed warmth to your kitchen. Larger kitchens have the freedom a mix of materials like wood, and stone but with small kitchens it is often hard to have too many wooden elements without making it look closed in. Hence think about living plants that can be added to the corners of your cabinets.

You can also add plant creepers that start from the top and fall on parts of your cabinets. If you do want to add wood, then you can add tiles to your feature wall that look and feel like wood. Woodgrain tiles are often found in kitchens these days as they have the texture and look of wood but are easy to clean with a mop. If you are using woodgrain tiles on the walls then opt for a lighter colour instead of a dark colour.

Read: 15 Top Kitchen design trends and 10 trends to avoid in 2021

15. Paint your Kitchen cupboards the same colour as your walls

Matching the colour of your cabinets with the walls allows you to create a kitchen which feels airy and spacious. To spruce up the design of a neutral kitchen you can add a coloured feature wall, contrasting lighting fixtures and cupboard handles.

16. Install a Large Sink

Installing a large sink in a small kitchen can be very handy especially if you do not have a dishwasher. A large sink allows you to conveniently wash dishes as well as put the unwashed dishes out of sight while cooking and not clutter your counter space.


Featured Kitchen Renovations for small spaces

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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Compact Kitchen in Greenlane

Joanna and Steve wanted to renovate this house to make it more modern as this was an older house. Their kitchen was closed off and so we broke down a wall to make it an open plan living space. There was a constraint in space and hence we created a breakfast bar that could add further storage, provide more counter space, and double as a breakfast bar see more

 

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Further Resources for your house interior design

  1. For kitchens with great storage solutions read the following project specs
  1. Ideas for Kitchen renovations in our kitchen renovation gallery for kitchens we have renovated in Auckland
  2. Featured projects and Client stories to see specifications on some of the projects.
  3. Real client stories from Auckland

Need more information?

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

Download Free Renovation Guide (PDF)

 


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Bathroom Renovation

How Much Does It Cost To Renovate A Bathroom NZ – 2021

This article has been updated with additional content and project portfolios to reflect the bathroon renovation cost trends in 2021. 

A Bathroom renovation might seem simple and straight forward. This however is far from the truth. The fact is that a bathroom renovation is the most complex of all renovations due to the number of trades involved in a relatively small space.

Average bathroom renovation cost in Auckland 2021 can only be determined when all the various factors are considered. Trades involved in a bathroom renovation include a designer, demolisher, plumber, electrician, tiler, water proofer, installer, painter, grouter, and plasterer. Imagine managing the above trades within a small space. You can easily understand why organisation and planning is key to a bathroom renovation. Bathroom renovations typically should take about 2-3 weeks to complete if you have a project manager on site managing the trades for you.

Managing the trades on your own comes at a risk of either blowing your budget as you are dealing with so many different companies or extending the timeline of your project. Our first advice would be to get a company that provides project manager as part of their service.

But more on project management later, lets talk about the costs related to bathroom renovations.

Before you renovate your bathroom ask yourself the reason for your renovation and plan from there. Once you have determined the reason for your renovation then we can work out a plan and costs related to them.

In this article we will discuss the following:

  1. How much does it cost on an average in Auckland for a bathroom renovation
  2. Why the reason for your renovation will determine the budget for your bathroom renovation
  3. Tips for reducing the cost of a new bathroom renovation
  4. Cost to install a tile shower
  5. Cost to install a new toilet
  6. Average cost for a Basic bathroom renovation, Mid-range bathroom renovation and Luxury bathroom renovation
  7. A sharable condensed version of this article in a form of infographic
  8. Featured Case studies of bathrooms that we have renovated in Auckland

 

1.How Much Does It Cost to Renovate a Bathroom in Auckland?

Whether you have lived in the same house for several years or just purchased an older home you may be facing the need to renovate that old bathroom. As most Aucklanders know, renovating a bathroom can be one of the most expensive renovations that can be undertaken. Hence it is only natural that one of the first questions people have when considering renovating their bathroom is What is the average cost of a new bathroom renovation?

However, that is also one of the most difficult questions to answer since renovating a bathroom means different things to different people.

For example, a major bathroom renovation can involve changing the layout of bathroom, purchasing new bathroom appliances, purchasing fixtures, changing flooring, new paint, changing plumbing and electrical work may mean an average cost between $18,000 and $22,000 for a mid-range bathroom (this seems to be the most popular choice)

 

See further examples of Mid-Range bathrooms

Bathroom and Toilet renovation in Papatoetoe

Rental renovation in Hillsborough 

Classic Kitchen and bathroom renovation in West harbour

Bathroom renovation in Greenlane

 

On the other hand if you are only planning on a new coat of paint and making few other small changes then the average cost of a new bathroom renovation could only run a couple of thousand of dollars.

However, since most bathroom renovations falls somewhere in between the two extremes the average cost of a new bathroom renovation will fall somewhere between these two extremes.

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How to Figure Out Your Average Cost of a New Bathroom Renovation

While the average cost of a new bathroom renovation can change from job to job and situation to situation, you are probably wondering how much your bathroom renovation is going to cost you.  We here at Superior Renovations we have some tips to help you determine the cost of your bathroom renovation.

  • Start by determining the purpose of your bathroom renovation. Do you need more space? Does your bathroom need to be modernized to fit with the décor of the rest of your home? Once you determine your purpose you will have a clearer idea of what you will need to accomplish your goal.
  • Make a list of everything you need to remodel such as fixtures, lighting, paint, tiles, cabinetry, flooring and more.
  • Figure in the cost of hiring people to do the renovation.

Keep in mind that you can do the bigger projects of your bathroom renovation first and then add in some of the smaller details to help you spread out the cost of that renovation job.

2.Why do you need to renovate your bathroom?

Having a plan will ensure that you are spending your money at the right places.

Different families have different needs to renovate a bathroom. The fittings they choose and the choice between a bathtub or shower or both will be determined by your reason to renovate.

 

1.      A young family

A young family has very different needs compared to a mature family with older kids. If you have a toddler or a new baby on the way and there is no bathtub in your bathroom then it would be a wise choice to include a bathtub for your renovation.

Bathroom renovation for a young family

 

2.      Growing family/Increase convenience

A growing family might mean that you need more space for adults to live comfortably in the house. This could either mean creating a separate toilet or dividing one en-suite into a toilet and a bathroom. If you have space in your home, then you can add an entire bathroom to increase convenience.

Bathroom renovation in Avondale for a growing 3 generational family

 

3.      Adding Value for Re-sale

We advise clients to not over capitalise if you are looking at adding value before a sale or renting your home. Renters and buyers alike prefer homes where they do not have to renovate. They want homes that are updated with little or no need of repairs.

Generally speaking, bathroom renovations add $1.50 for every $1 spent. People looking at selling their home should look at using simple yet updated products and fixtures. There is no need to buy a designer sink costing you $3000 if you are selling as that will not yield any return on investment.

Bathroom renovation in St Heliers to Add value to sell

 

4.      Improving quality of living/Adding a luxury bathroom

If you are renovating with the idea of adding comfort and a bit of luxury, then overcapitalising is not a bad idea at all. You can opt for a Wet room style bathroom if you have a small space, create a spa like feel or even splurge on that $3000 sink. The possibilities are endless depending on your budget.

Contemporary bathroom renovation in Titirangi

Luxury Bathroom in Parnell

 

3.Tips for Reducing the Average Cost of A New Bathroom Renovation

You also need to keep in mind that the average cost of A new bathroom renovation is just an estimate.  However, there are some ways to reduces the costs of your bathroom renovation including:

  • Your Bathroom Cabinets- Instead of replacing those bathroom cabinets consider restaining them or painting them in a new modern color. You can also refinish your bathtub and sink and give it a new bright look.
  • Go for New Faucets and Handles Instead of All New Bathroom Appliances- Many times simply changing your sink and bath tub handles and faucets is enough to give your bathroom a more modern look.
  • Go Lighter- You don’t have to actually enlarge your bathroom to make it look spacious. In fact painting your bathroom in a lighter yellow or beige can make it look spacious without breaking down a wall.

Whether you want a complete bathroom renovation or just want to give your bathroom a new face lift then give us a call at 0800-199-888 between the hours of 9 and 5 and we will be happy to be of assistance.

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Average cost to replace shower NZ

An average replacement shower costs can be between $1,150 to $8,850, depending on the size and features you want. You might pay as little as $1,150 to install a new acrylic shower box – while tiled showers are a more luxurious option they are harder to clean, so those who are time poor may prefer to go for the easy clean acrylic option. If you need to add plumbing or you want to use expensive materials, the total will run higher, particularly if you’re wanting to do a full re-tile.

Unit Parts

Cost of Labour and Materials

Acrylic Shower Box $700 – $1,600
Custom Shower $1,200 – $3,200
Shower Glass Door $800 – $2,000
New Faucet $100 – $1,200
Adding Plumbing $700 – $1,800

 

4.Cost to Install Tile Shower

Tile showers are on the higher range and it is reflected in the price, installing a new tile shower runs $1,550 to $8,250. If you only need to replace the wall and floor materials, the cost to retile a shower ranges from $1,500 to $3,500 which doesn’t include waterproofing costs. It offers more options in terms of colour, pattern and design. Well-designed tiled walls can look stunning.

Ceramic tiles are around $25 per square metre. Natural stone and other high-end options can go up to $75 per square metre.

Costs to Replace a Shower

Remove Old Unit $100 – $200
Haul Away Debris $200 – $400
Prepare Surface $400 – $900
New Shower $850 – $6,750
Total $1,550 – $8,250

 

5.Average Toilet Renovation Cost

Most homes in Auckland have a separate and often neglected toilet. Usually the space is small, there is the old style discoloured Vinyl flooring and an a toilet hardly to be proud of. If you are renovating your bathroom then this would be a good time to consider renovating your toilet as well. This would save you time as both the bathroom and toilet can be renovated side by side. Generally it works out cheaper if the toilet renovation is done together with the bathroom renovation so there is no double up in labour/resources and product.

This includes removing all fixtures, toilet, basin (if any) and accessories in the bathroom before re-tiling. It takes about 5-10 or so working days per toilet, and new accessories have to be purchased prior to commencement.

Below is a rough toilet renovation price and job scope as a guide.

Tiling Works

  1. Supply & Overlay Wall Tiles To Ceiling Height — $1900-$3150 (Depending on Size and Complexity)
  2. Supply & Overlay Floor Tiles For Toilet — $800 – $1000

Plumbing Works

  1. Supply & Install 01 Set Toilet Bowl & Bidet Spray For Toilet — $520 – $850 (Depending on Model)
  2. Supply & Install 01 set Wash Basin w/ Tap — $250 – $420 (Depending on Model)
  3. Supply & Replace Stainless Steel Piping for Toilet — $450 – $800 (Depending on Hot/Cold)

Haulage & Disposal

  1. Haulage & Disposal of Debris Generated — $350 – $600

Items To Purchase

  1. Purchase of New Toilet & Accessories for the Toilet Renovation — $200 to $300 and above

Estimated Toilet Renovation Cost: $6xxx.xx and up for full toilet renovation overlay job
Estimated Turnaround: 5-6 Working Days

6.How much does it cost to renovate a bathroom – NZ average

Pricing guide for 2021

Once you know your exact reason to renovate then you can start planning your budget for your renovation. If you are carrying out your renovation through a renovation company then your renovation would include demolition, supplying of products and fixtures, installation, water proofing, flooring, painting and most importantly project management.

 

Type of Bathroom Renovation Average Bathroom Renovation Cost
Standard Bathroom Minor Alterations (Not Demolishing Everything)

If you’d like to keep the cost of your bathroom renovation on the low side or at least lower than the average cost, you have options. Instead of completely rearranging the bathroom, it’s less expensive to leave the sink, bathtub, shower and toilet where they are. Simply swap the older models for newer, updated versions.

$8,000 – $13,000
Mid Range Bathroom Renovation

Renovating a bathroom has several benefits for the homeowner, aside from making the room look better and improving its function. Adding another sink to a master bathroom, improving the lighting and making the shower function better are a few examples of bathroom updates that pay off in the long run.

$18,000 – $22,000
Custom Bathroom Renovation (high-end)

If you have a bit more to spend, you can upgrade your renovation in a few ways. One option is to get higher-quality, custom countertops, such as quartz or custom-cut granite. Also, you may want to invest in higher-quality fixtures, such as faucets made of bronze or copper and solid wood, glazed cabinets.

$23,000 – $26,000 +

7.A condensed version of this Article

8.Example’s of completed bathroom renovations

Completed by Superior Renovations


Featured Projects (Mid Range to Luxury)

Sarah’s Luxury Bathroom renovation in Redvale, Auckland

We renovated two of these bathrooms to give a luxury feel but was actually a mid range bathroom. The bathroom was fully renovated before selling the property. One of the highlights of this project was the custom built vanities to maximise the space in the bathroom. See full project specifications + photos

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Todd Chandler’s Mid-Range Bathroom renovation in St Heliers 

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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Luxury Contemporary bathroom renovation in Titirangi, Auckland

Our client wanted to renovate her bathroom to match the aesthetics of the rest of her home. The highlight of this renovation was the clever use of patterns for their tiles to give it a contemporary artisan look. See full project specifications + Photos.

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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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To summarise

How much does it cost to replace a shower NZ?

An average replacement shower costs can be between $1,150 to $8,850

What is the cost to install a tile shower?

Tile showers are on the higher range and it is reflected in the price, installing a new tile shower runs $1,550 to $8,250

How much does it cost to renovate a toilet only?

The average cost to renovate a toilet in NZ is around $6,000 which includes products, installation, plumbing, and labour.

How much does a full bathroom (mid-range) renovation cost?

A major bathroom renovation can involve changing the layout of bathroom, purchasing new bathroom appliances, purchasing fixtures, changing flooring, new paint, changing plumbing and electrical work may mean an an average cost between $18,000 and $22,000 for a mid-range bathroom.

 

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