For a standard kitchen renovation, you can upgrade your kitchen and make some changes to the kitchen's shell structure, such as new flooring, replacing a window or relocating lighting. However, this price point assumes that the major features of the kitchen will stay in place and the floor plan will not be changed dramatically.
Tastzidids reveals the factors that influence the cost of a standard kitchen revamp: "The cost really depends on the size and existing condition of the kitchen but I would say that a standard upgrade would set you back from $20,000 to $45,000 plus."
With respect to items such as your benchtop, Tastzidis explains that certain brands stand above others: "I would always choose Caesarstone or Corian bench tops as these are extremely durable and not easily damaged by moisture . Your cabinet maker will supply and install these bench tops, or they will employ a sub-contractor who specializes in stone bench tops to measure, cut and install the bench top for you."
"Kitchen styles have become a lot more open planned over the past 15 years so removing walls is always a possibility. Island bench tops and breakfast bars are becoming very popular in today's kitchen designs."
When choosing the functionality design for your cabinetry, Tastzidis demonstrates the importance of choosing quality hardware: "In a standard kitchen renovation I would always install cabinets with soft close drawers but be careful of manufacturers using cheap hardware as this will not last. I recommend using Blum hardware which is a reputable brand that sets the industry standard for cabinet making."
A larger scale renovation may include a new layout of the kitchen space or addition of walls leading to adjacent spaces. According to Tastzidis this could involve extensive alterations to your kitchen: "A premium kitchen renovation could involve relocation of the kitchen, removal of major walls, installing high end European appliances, auto-opening drawers, heated flooring, hot water taps or installing new windows. For this type of renovation, you'd need to budget between $40,000 - $75,000 plus."
In terms of the increased functionality of premium appliances, Tastzidis states: "All your appliances would be built in and will work in a seamless manner. For instance, your fridge and dishwasher will appear to be a cabinet, but when opened will function as a fridge or dishwasher respectively."
"The major difference between a budget and a premium renovation is the quality of the materials used. You can look at a budget kitchen and it may be aesthetically pleasing, but it won't have the durability, functionality or longevity of a premium kitchen. Sometimes it's worth investing now to reap the benefits later; you need to think about how this project can add substantial value to your home.
While renovating can be a costly option, it can add considerable value to your home and improve the space and functionality of your kitchen. It is estimated that the percentage of the project recovered upon resale of your home could be 75 - 100 per cent, depending on your suburb.
According to Tastzidis, renovating an existing kitchen is the fourth highest value-adding renovation type in Australia.
Having adequate storage is a crucial consideration for any kitchen space. Utensils, Tupperware and cooking ingredients need be stored and organized efficiently. You need to decide whether you would prefer a standard set or a custom fit, as well as choosing a design and colour scheme for your cabinets.
Your choice of hardware, such as your pulls or knobs, can provide you with versatility with respect to the aesthetics of your kitchen. You can change the look and feel of your kitchen by alternating between your hardware. For example, knobs come in a range of finishes from glass to ceramic so you can make your cabinets look more traditional or contemporary based on your preferences.
One of the most influential kitchen renovation designs you'll make is selecting the right countertop for your lifestyle. Factors such as durability and style are likely to guide your choice when contemplating different countertop materials. Are you all about an easy-to-maintain surface? Do you value stain-resistance? Or maybe you dream of launching a hot pot on a granite counter without making a burn?
Surface materials range from less expensive choices such as Formica® to more expensive surfaces like marble, stone or quartz.
Sinks range from simple under mount models to fully integrated; professional-grade sinks designed for heavy duty cooking.
From basic models with two-way handles to trendy curved tapware, there is an infinite choice of sink types to suit every budget.