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    Default Kitchen renovations

    Hello everyone.
    We are moving into a house and I do not like the kitchen. The vendor put the cheapest simple kitchen just to get the place sell, but it's hideous and I want a kitchen that looks modern!

    I've never done a kitchen renos and do not even know where to start and how much it would cost.

    Current kitchen is a u-shape kitchen, it has brand new cook top, Oven, sink, hood, dishwasher, so I pretty much need new cabinets (soft close), new bench top and that's it. The kitchen is not big (3.9*3 m) , does not need new flooring and lighting.

    So can anyone give me any directions? Tips&tricks? Any recommendations on the kitchen renovations companies? What average cost am I looking at to get it done? Where to start??

    Thank you!!

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    Kitchens are usually expensive.
    Go to kitchen places and plan a kitchen and they should be able to install it also.
    Or design your own and get it in flat packs from IKEA or DIY places, Bunnings, etc.
    if you get a builder he will put you through to kitchen places and prob put a big commission on top of his price.

    Always get 3 quotes.
    Plan YOUR kitchen
    Get An interior designer (to give you ideas)
    Look online
    Go to display homes to see ideas
    Simply do your homework.

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    Regarding cost....it can cost anything from 5 grand to 30 grand less or more. It all depends. My best advice is buy everyone yourself.

    Good luck

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    In addition to the above, maybe see if you can sell the current kitchen through gumtree?

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    Thank you!!
    Never thought of selling a kitchen on a gumtree!!

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    My kitchen didn't cost me that much as we installed it ourselves I can't show you a photo as I'm not in my house it cost more in tracks etc as I didn't want dodgy ones (some soft close add crappier than others).

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    We're doing the same in the next couple of months. We'll be taking out the existing cabinets and selling them on Gumtree and getting new ones.

    Kitchen cabinets come in standard sizes - so 600mm deep, about 870mm high (usually with adjustable legs so that with a bench top the finished height will be 900mm), and then a range of lengths, eg. 450, 600, 900.

    You'll want to buy your cabinet carcass, doors and end panels all from the same brand as generally you can't mix and match across brands or the pieces won't fit together properly and the colours won't match exactly (there are 3 billion shades of white!)

    If you want non-standard sizes you'll need to either find someone that does a custom order, or get a cabinet maker - both of which are expensive!!

    We are doing a galley style kitchen 5m long, with island bench (1.2m x 1.8m) using all standard size cabinets/drawers, with a laminate benchtop (marble look) and it will cost us about $12K all up. We're installing all the cabinetry ourselves.

    I'd suggest going to talk to Bunnings or somewhere to start with as they'll give you all the info you need to start with, like design, layout, functionality, etc. Then you can go from there

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    If you use a smaller independent company/owner operator rather than one with a big flashy showroom you might get a better deal.
    We got a new kitchen last year with 2-pack high gloss white cupboards, al custom sized, all push catches so no handles visible, deep pot drawer units with high quality soft close drawers, stone benchtops, u shape fully installed for $11,700 plus sink/tap/appliances which DH installed himself as he's a tradesman and also tiled the splash back. It looks amazing for the price.
    We got other quotes from larger kitchen companies which were the same price but only with laminate tops and vinyl wrap or laminate doors so we got a much nicer kitchen for the same price. If you go to a small company (the guy that did ours I found through a friend, he only advertises sporadically on gumtree and gets most work through word of mouth) you can ask to see photos/visit finished kitchens.

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    I am overwhelmed with information! Thank you

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    Both Bunnings and Masters have consultants that can come to your home.


 

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