Kitchens-Renovations & Equipment
Renovation apps to make project managing a breeze
If you are project managing your renovation, you'll want some tools to keep you on track, and to help make decision making a breeze. Here are our top renovation apps to keep in your pocket to keep you on top of the details.
Bright ideas for cheap kitchens
A limited budget doesn't have to hamper your vision of a 'dream kitchen' - in fact it can ignite your creativity. Here are some ideas for budget, discount and cheap kitchen renovations, and how to avoid costly mistakes. 'Maximum impact, minimum spend' is a good philosophy when it comes to renovating a kitchen on a budget. The general manager of architect David Hallett says planning and prioritising are the key to keeping kitchen renovation costs down.
Choosing a kitchen bench top
When renovating a home, chances are you're working to a strict budget that doesn't blow out once you've finished remodelling, which is why choosing everyday items like a kitchen bench top is vital to keeping below the red bottom line.
Choosing a tiled splashback
Glass splashbacks or natural benchtops? Choosing kitchen materials is not only one of the trickiest decisions, it's also one of the most important. Many designers believe that when it comes to deciding where to spend your precious kitchen renovation budget, surfaces should be given priority. "Not only are they the things you'll spend most time looking at, they're also what creates impact in your kitchen," says kitchen designer Jenny James.
Choosing the right cafe espresso machine for your kitchen
Just because you're making that cup of coffee at home doesn't mean your only option is the instant variety. Enter the cafe espresso machine - a way to create the perfect cafe-style coffee in your own home. But what should you look for and what do the different types do?
Country kitchen with a modern twist
Mention the words 'country kitchen' and most people think of a room that's either cutesy or full of gingham, and very definitely homely rather than stylish. But these days, not only are country kitchens stylish, they're taking on a modern look. But how can you get it right? And should you even try? Here are a few things to consider:
Create a showroom kitchen for the home
Anyone who's set foot inside a kitchen showroom - with thoughts of a new design or renovation in mind - knows the meaning of temptation. Those gleaming surfaces and luscious benchtop finishes can be enough to entice the most budget-conscious kitchen designer.
Designing a family kitchen
As anyone who's hosted a dinner party will tell you, guests always gravitate to the kitchen. And it seems the same rule applies to the family.
Eliminate kitchen clutter with a top design
Keep your kitchen space in tip-top shape by eliminating the clutter with some handy kitchen tips.
Granite used for landscape etched in stone
A landscape construction contractor applies his expertise to flesh out this garden design, in which beautiful grey granite is the star. After their new home was built, Sonja and her family needed a landscape to be created around it. They engaged garden designer Mary Graham to come up with a conceptual design for the garden, and when Mary suggested landscaper Dean Speldewinde to manage the construction, they gladly accepted her advice.
How to design your own eco-friendly kitchen
These days, 'eco-friendly' is a buzz term in kitchen design, where energy and water-hungry appliances once reigned supreme. But there's more to creating a green kitchen than just buying the most efficient fridge or dishwasher. Here are some other things to consider when designing an eco kitchen:
How to maximise benchtop space in a kitchen design
Kitchen benchtops should be saved for cooking, which is why it's important to plan your kitchen renovation around the space you'll need to prepare meals. Read how you can increase the space with alternative kitchen designs.
How to remove a kitchen
Pondering how to remove your kitchen for a fresh start as a new room? Kitchen removal doesn't have to be a headache - but be prepared for plenty of mess!
Kitchen designs for people that don't cook
Every house needs a kitchen - no secrets there. But, if yours needs renovating and you prefer eating out or ordering takeaways rather than cooking, it can be tricky to justify spending money on a room that you won't spend much time in. So how can you strike the right balance?
Kitchen displays that ooze of modern trends
When you're in the market for a new kitchen there are a variety of styles and 'looks' to choose from, but how do you know which kitchen displays will last the distance and which will go out of fashion? While there are no hard and fast rules, and predicting what looks will still be 'in' from one year to the next isn't an exact science, there are a few things to bear in mind if you want to set your new kitchen on the right track.
Kitchen gadgets for a modern home
When you're renovating a kitchen, there's no better place to immerse yourself in the new innovative products available than in the kitchen.
Kitchen island style: Finding a good fit for your kitchen
Kitchen islands are wildly popular in kitchen renovation projects, offering versatility in style and function. Available in an array of colours, sizes and materials, they're a great way to maximise bench space and make your kitchen cook-friendly.
Kitchen prices : what will your renovation budget get you?
If you don't have a big kitchen renovation budget, what is a realistic guide to kitchen prices and how much can you hope to achieve with your kitchen makeover?
Make a kitchen work for you
Spending some time figuring out what you need your kitchen renovation to do can save you a lot of hassles down the road. Ask yourself some basic kitchen questions to create the best design for your home.
Make a small kitchen look bigger
When you're designing a kitchen, no matter how much space you have there are a few inclusions that you can't do without. But how and where you choose to position them, as well as what type of finishes you opt for, can play a big role in how roomy your kitchen feels. Get it right, and even if your kitchen is on the small side, you can easily give the impression of more space. Here are a few things to consider.