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Are They Really the Most Expensive Rooms in the Home to Renovate?
There are a multitude of reasons why homeowners renovate their kitchens. Primarily, kitchen and bathroom renovations are an easy way to update your space and put value back into your home. This is especially true if you are seeking to sell your home in the near future. Perhaps you are working on a budget, or you are looking to get the most value for money from your renovation. What room would be best to renovate?
When most people think of updating, kitchen and bathroom renovations come to mind as the first ones to do. After all, you spend quite a bit of time in both spaces. And because of wear and tear they are often are the first areas in the home to need updating. That of course leaves us to wonder; are they really the most expensive rooms to renovate?
There is no clear-cut answer to this.
DIY vs. Hiring the Experts
Part of it depends on how you look at it, and the other part of it depends on your personal taste. A person who does a lot of DIY could achieve these renovations at minimal costs, but on the other hand, someone wanting high-end finishes and materials will obviously have a higher cost. The difference in these two situations can create quite a difference in the expense of a renovation. Those who do it themselves will not have labour costs associated, whereas those who utilise contractors to complete their kitchen and bathroom renovations will have labour costs to consider.
Investment in your home
The other consideration is that different areas of the home retain value from renovations better than other parts of the home. Minor kitchen renovations can provide 90% resale value. That means for every dollar you spend (within reason) 90 cents of it adds value to your home’s value. This means that even if the cost of your kitchen renovations is higher than another room of the house, it still makes sense to do the kitchen as in the end it is worth more.
Bathrooms are much like kitchens in the resale value where they retain much of what you put in to them. There is an exception though. Higher priced bathroom renovations do not always make financial sense. Changing fixtures, the vanity and toilet, and other such items will add value, whereas changing layouts and remodels of that level just don’t bring back the same value. But if upgrading your living space is the reason for your renovation then those factors far out-weight the cost involved.
So What’s the Verdict on Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations?
Although kitchen and bathroom renovations may appear to be pricier, and more expensive, in reality they are well worth doing because of the value they add to your home, and the happiness and functionality they add to your everyday life.
When you are considering renovations of any kind, it can often help to speak to local contractors and those who are in the business of renovating the types of spaces you are looking to update. Wonderful Kitchens is the perfect place for those considering kitchen and bathroom renovations. Sydney has been home to Wonderful Kitchens for over 35 years and has benefited from our experience and expertise in creating the perfect home for your needs and your budget. Check out one of Sydney locations today, view our kitchen galleries for design ideas, or contact us to see how we can help make your dreams a reality.
Almost every home in Australia has an issue with storage. Why you ask? Well … because we love STUFF! We live in a consumerist society and unfortuntely storage issues can come into play regardless of the size of home you have and the lifestyle you lead. At some point, everyone is left wondering where to store their items and how best to store them. Is it something you use all the time? or is it something that is just used a little bit that can be store more effectively elsewhere? Kitchens can be the worst area of the home for trying to store gadgets, appliances and extra dishware – not to mention food supplies and the like. No matter what the items are, ultimately, you need to find a storage design that works for you. In a kitchen, the most obvious place of storage is the cupboards. But what happens when the cupboards are full? Where then do you store all your items?A kitchen pantry might be the perfect solution!
A Kitchen Pantry is a simple solution:
- One of the simplest and most effective storage solutions is to put in a kitchen pantry. They can be the perfect combination of function and design. Pantries can range from very simple to very complex. A kitchen pantry can be built into the kitchen if you are currently building or renovating your home. Additionally they can be an add-on later when you run out of space.
- You can get closed door pantries that take residence in the corner of your kitchen area – much like a refrigerator. Alternatively, you can opt for a simple solution of adding shelves to bare walls in the kitchen area. Even at only a few inches wide, shelves or pantries could be the perfect way to store canned goods or other items that don’t take up a lot of space. But together can take up entire cupboards.
- Another option is to get a custom built mini kitchen pantry. These are designed to slide in and out of the small spaces that are often found between cupboards and the refrigerator. These narrow pantries can do much the same thing as the small shelves on the wall. However, they remove storage items from sight and utilise a dead space already present in many kitchens. This mini pantry can be used to store cans, dry goods, or spices.
If you are looking for the perfect design to help with storage issues in your kitchen, Wonderful Kitchens would love to help. We can offer you our experience and expertise and assist you in coming up with a perfect solution to your storage needs. Whether that means adding in a kitchen pantry, or finding other simple effective solutions, we are happy to help. Our team of experts are standing by to help you at any of our Sydney locations.
Kitchens are one of those rooms we love to update. After living in a space for a while, it’s normal to want to make changes. We learn what functions well, and what parts just don’t work for our family or our needs. Sometimes doors open oddly, or the layout just doesn’t function for the size of the family. This is when we begin to look at renovating, and perhaps finding kitchen designers to help us improve our overall experience of the kitchen.
With any renovation, there are two options: doing it ourselves, or finding someone to do it for us. For basic things, there isn’t an issue in undertaking a DIY project. But for more elaborate changes, such as changing the layout or a complete overhaul, professionals are needed. Lucky for those of us who cannot take the DIY route, there are kitchen designers who can help make all of it that much easier.
Are they necessary?
It depends on how you look at it. On one hand, the issues you may be encountering in your home may be the result of a previous renovation – where someone inexperienced has planned the layout, and where cupboards should go etc. They may not have considered things that could make it difficult for the kitchen to function well, like a drawer that can only open if the dishwasher door is opened, or a fridge that bangs into the oven door if they both need to be opened at the same time. Things like this could have been easily avoided if the original planners had made use of kitchen designers.
What are the benefits of using kitchen designers?
Designers have software available to them to make it easier for homeowners to understand and visualize what the renovation would look like afterwards. Using this software, they can bring to life your ideas so you can see if there are any areas that just won’t work or need to be changed. This also helps to get a better feel about what the space would look like and feel like once completed. This can make a big difference to the cost (nothing like building something to find out it just doesn’t function) and to your peace of mind.
Kitchen designers will also come with experience that you may or may not have. Designers like Wonderful Kitchens have over 35 years of experience in building and designing kitchens and bathrooms. They can advise you on the current trends that will not only impact the aesthetic of your home, but will impact its re-sale value – now and in the future. Designers can also assist you in deciding what materials work best for your home. A kitchen on a farm (e.g. a provincial kitchen) will vary greatly in layout and design from a more urban setting (e.g. modern kitchen). Little tips and tricks can ensure your home renovation is a success now and into the future.
This means that yes, in many ways designers are very much worth the investment. If you are looking for a kitchen designer to help make your renovation complete, Wonderful Kitchens are happy to assist. Contact us today at one of our Sydney locations.
When it comes to getting the most out of your home design aesthetic, one of the most important factors you will want to consider is the colour scheme. Anyone looking to create a cohesive feel inside their homes will want to have a solid understanding of colour scheme essentials. This will help to continue the scheme throughout their home in a seamless manner. The colours you choose are up to you, whether you go with cool blues, or warm reds that reflect the atmosphere. Sydney bathrooms and kitchens often receive the most attention when it comes to home design. However, to have a truly seamless décor, you will need to consider the house as a whole.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features of a good colour scheme.
This is probably the most important part of choosing a colour scheme that will vibe well throughout your home. You want to pick one colour, then a few colours to compliment the first, and stick to it! The biggest problems in colour design comes from people wanting to do too much, and making things too colourful. It might seem like a good idea at the time, but will make your home appear disorganized and aesthetically unappealing. Consider what sorts of colours are already present in your home. What you would like to change or keep in order to conform to the new colour scheme?
Objects as Colour
When people are designing a colour scheme, they often only think of painting the walls, and perhaps adding a piece of art here and there. However, there is so much more that can be done to coordinate a colour scheme throughout your home. Everything should match up the overall theme to an appropriate degree. That means that the objects on your hallway table should mesh well with the towels in your bathroom. As well as the plates in your cupboard, and the cushions on your lounge. How complex you want to get with this is largely up to you, but the more objects you incorporate into the colour scheme, the better things will look.
One of the best ways to determine a colour scheme is to take inspiration from the area in which you live. There’s a reason many houses in coastal areas tend to be painted cooler colours, while colder areas tend to have more warm colour schemes. Obviously, the sky’s the limit when it comes to options, but coordinating your colour choices with the local environment can be a powerful way to bring an added level of seamlessness in any design.
A good colour scheme is an invaluable part of any home décor, and is something that should not be overlooked. Bathrooms and kitchens, hallways, and bedrooms should all be taken into account when considering your color decisions, and all should be made to conform to an overall vision. Wonderful Kitchens, winners of Best Of Houzz Service 2017 can not only help you achieve your dream kitchen, but also design an appealing colour scheme based on your current location. We service areas from Western Sydney, all the way to North Sydney. Contact the experts at Wonderful Kitchens today to find out how you can seamlessly add colour and design into your home.
Kitchen island bench designs vary significantly. They are fast becoming a normal part of kitchen design and even though the kitchen island is usually a feature that is commonly seen in larger kitchens, we are seeing more and more smaller homes incorporate them into their living spaces. Why you ask? Storage! Not only do island benches create great alternatives to tables, they are also jam packed with valuable storage space. More and more people are now considering it a vital aspect of good kitchen design.
This raises the question, however, of how you should go about providing seating for an island, or if you should provide seating at all. There are a lot of options in the way of seating, from kitchen stools to bench seating. Some people will argue that one choice is superior to the others, with many thinking bench seats are the end-all-be-all, and others arguing for stool seating. In the end, the choice is entirely up to you.
Let’s take a look at some of the options for island seating and how they can be incorporated into a good kitchen design.
While there are ton of different types of kitchen island bench designs, the form follows essentially the same structure, that is, a bench type-seat that is capable of fitting two or more people. Bench seating is often built into the island itself, and sometimes even faces a small table adjacent to the island. There is also the option of movable bench seating, which is very similar to stool style seats, although much wider, and often a single bench will take the place of many stools.
This is a very popular method of providing island seating, and is perhaps even more common than bench seating. Because the island is generally taller than a traditional table, stools, or tall chairs, provide a good height as to allow people to sit comfortably at the island. The major drawback of this is that the number of people is limited to the number of stools, where as bench seating will generally fit more people.
Many people choose to not provide any seating at their kitchen island, preferring to use it simply as additional counter space for cooking. This is often the case when the island contains a sink, or other areas for food preparation. While this eliminates seating at the island, it gives the advantage of dedicating the island to kitchen purposes, rather than for dining or whatever else you may find yourself using the space for. It also means you will not need to invest in island seating, as well as free up a small amount of floor space.
As we can see, there is no reason to think that one option or the other is best when it comes to the seating, or lack of seating, that you choose to incorporate into your island. Whether you are exploring kitchen island bench designs, or choose to go with tall chair seating, the decision is entirely up to you. The important thing is that you have a space that looks and feels the way you want it to, and that you are happy with the end result. Remember, you can always change or update the design if your not happy with it!
Wonderful Kitchens is a family-owned business backed by over thirty five years of experience. We are proud of our history and of the quality of our workmanship. If you are looking for a modern or provincial design, or would like to explore kitchen design ideas, then we warmly invite you to talk with one of our friendly and expert designers. Contact us now or visit us in one of our showrooms.
When it comes to kitchen styles, there are a ton of people who feel dissatisfied with their cooking space. But they are uncertain as to how they can improve their kitchen without having to spend a ton of money on remodeling, new appliances, countertops, or flooring. Luckily there are a lot of ways to improve the feel of your kitchen without having to spend a bundle on renovations. One of the best ways to brighten up the kitchen space, and make it feel warm and comfortable, is to add colour. Let’s take a look at some different ways that colour can be incorporated into your kitchen.
This is the most immediate, dramatic, and obvious way to incorporate additional colour into your kitchen space. When choosing to repaint your kitchen, it’s important that you have an overall colour scheme in mind. This will be used to base all your other design decisions on. The colour you choose will vary depending on what sort of kitchen styles you prefer. If you are going for a bright, warm feeling, you might want to consider warmer colours. Variations will depend on your personal preference.
Once you’ve made a decision about how to paint your kitchen, it’s a good idea to consider using art. If you are clever, art can really bring out the complexity and resonance of the colour scheme that you’ve chosen. Paintings, photos, or objects d’art can make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your kitchen, and make an invaluable counterpoint in style. Art of any kind will also work to break up the space of the wall or countertop. This makes the design feel more complex, harmonious, and well thought out. You want to be careful, however, that you don’t overdo it, as too much art can make a space feel crowded and ruin a good design by being too complicated.
The last, but certainly not the least step you will want to take in creating a harmonious kitchen style is the incorporation of your colour scheme into the necessities of your kitchen. This includes plates, silverware, bowls, and anything else in the kitchen that add to the colour scheme. If you want to, changing appliance colours can also make a huge difference to the feel of your kitchen; however, this is obviously a somewhat expensive option.
With so many great kitchen styles to pursue, there’s really no reason to be dissatisfied with the look and feel of your kitchen space. Whether you are looking to make minor adjustments, or do a complete overhaul of your kitchen, choosing a colour scheme and will work wonders to how you feel about the space. No matter what design decisions you make, the important thing is that you get a cohesive result that you are satisfied with.
Wonderful Kitchens designs and installs modern and provincial kitchens for Sydney homeowners with discerning taste. We offer designer kitchens built to the highest standard. We can also help you with your kitchen renovations! Contact us today to talk to one of our expert designers.
Kitchen redesign can be a confusing process for anyone, no matter how much experience you have in the realm of interior decorating, or home renovation. Whether you are looking to do a complete kitchen overhaul, or merely want to revitalize the look and feel of your cooking space. There are several principles of design that should always be kept in mind in order to make your kitchen looks it’s best. Let’s take a look at some must have kitchen design features.
This is by far the most important aspect of designing anything, from kitchens, to bathrooms, to a brand label. You want all of your decisions to be based off of a central theme or aesthetic that you decide on before hand. This is often done by choosing a single piece of the design and then picking all the subsequent parts to compliment that initial choice.
A Good Colour Scheme
Colour makes a massive difference in the look and feel of your kitchen space, and is one of the foremost must have kitchen design features. It’s important not to get too complicated, as too many colours will clash and make your kitchen feel disordered. Try choosing a single colour, then one or two complimentary colours to pair with it.
There are a lot of different aesthetics to choose from when it comes to kitchen design, from the more traditional to the hyper-modern. What you go with is entirely up to you, but it’s vital that you stick to your decision. Make sure that all design decisions work within the central style.
While this is often something that people don’t consider as a primary concern of kitchen design, lighting will make a huge difference in the feel of the space. Both in the look of the fixtures, as well as the warmth of the light that they produce. Consider your options for fixture styles, and coordinate it with the design. And lastly, find a bulb that produces the type of light you are looking for.
This includes everything from countertops, to flooring, to splashbacks and paneling. While color is a part of the material choice you make, you will want to consider aspects such as texture and feel, as well. While you may be able to find two materials that look similar, they will bring vastly different personalities to your kitchen, and the choice you make is anything but arbitrary.
Kitchen redesign can be a headache, and it can be tough trying to figure out what must-have kitchen design features you should approach first. As with anything, the best thing to do is simply begin visualising the style and design features you would like to have and then contact the experts to help you make that dream a reality. Wonderful Kitchens, winners of Best Of Houzz Design 2017 are not only experts in the realm of installing kitchens, but designing and styling your interior spaces as well. They can take your dated, drab kitchen and turn it into a luxurious living space. Take a look at their amazing showrooms and see just how modern and stylish your home could be.
As people seemingly want to live increasing close to one another, house spaces are becoming smaller and smaller. That cosy kitchen you once enjoyed is possibly in danger of being reduced to a breakfast nook. But without spending a fortune, you can still pull off small kitchen renovations by making changes that allow you to reclaim your space and fulfill your organizational destiny.
These are just a few simple ideas you can use to make your small kitchen renovations successful.
Polish Your Pantry
An enthusiastic cook can never have too much pantry space, but what can you do when it’s the size of a cabinet? Instead of remodeling your kitchen, you can remodel you pantry to make the most of every last inch. Long, shallow shelves are a great way to ensure you have extra storage space and can still easily visually identify everything. Another option worth considering is a rolling cart. By stocking it with frequently used items, you can easily roll it over to the preparation area! Win!
Get Some Hang Time
Thinking of your kitchen as a truly three dimension storage space will really open up your options. There are numerous ways you can utilize existing space simply by adding storage racks and hooks. Some stores will sell ready-made inserts that are designed to increase the amount of stuff your cabinets can hold. But there’s nothing wrong with buying hooks and designing your own custom space. Get creative and use the forgotten spaces like the side and inside door of your cabinets.
Your Very Own Island
Not all kitchens have islands but when it comes to space-saving they’re a win. Maybe a portable kitchen island and combined cabinet is right for you. The real beauty of their design is the flexibility they offer. You can take advantage of extra counter space, valuable storage space, and move it around to wherever you like.
Organise Your Pans
Pots and pans can take up a lot of space if you don’t consider the most efficient way to store them. For most people, hanging them seems to be the default storage method but where you hang them and how will make all the difference. By storing them over the stove, you’ll take advantage of otherwise wasted space and they’ll always be at hand when you need them.
Maximise Under sink Storage
No matter what you store under your kitchen sink, you can bet there’s a better way to organise it. Rolling drawers and smart organisers will help you make the most of that space.
Invisible Storage Solutions
Finally, consider how much wall space you have that isn’t being used. Not only can you use the flat surface for shelving and hooks, you can also create hidden wall spaces. An obvious one is the space between your fridge and the wall. By creating roll out shelves you can add a huge amount of space that would otherwise be wasted.
Wonderful Kitchens has many great ideas on how best to use your storage space and on how to get the most out of your small kitchen renovations! Contact us today to talk to one of our friendly, expert designers.
The kitchen bench is the perfect space to cook, serve food and mingle around while you discuss which celebrity will be the next to leave the jungle. A kitchen has become less about just a place to prepare food and more about an area to commune together. If your’e wanting to give your kitchen a facelift, consider a new benchtop. Kitchen bench design has come a long way, and can drastically transform your old space into a modern and chic communal space.
But what exactly makes a good benchtop a GREAT one?
An ideal benchtop should be highly functional and perfectly matched to your kitchens design. Because it’s such a prominent feature, your kitchen bench design can change the entire look of your kitchen. Therefore, there are a number of questions that you should discuss with your kitchen designer before making any decision.
A bold contrasting kitchen bench can be a statement-making centerpiece, but perhaps you would prefer a more seamless and blended approach? Do you need added functionality and additional storage space? Or do you simply need something durable for chopping and preparing food? Have you considered colours? Materials? Dimensions?
To avoid feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to understand which materials are available to you, the function they perform, and how to choose the right one for you. Your budget will largely dictate what choices are available to you. For added clarity it’s best to consult a professional designer.
Choosing the style and material for your kitchen bench design
There are some things worth considering to narrow down your choices. Do you like the look of laminate? Although this has a long history of use in kitchen bench design, the modern patterns and colours that are available today are absolutely amazing. Laminate is cheap to produce, easy to maintain, long lasting and incredibly versatile.
Perhaps you prefer the sleekness and cool lines of stainless steel? Stainless steel benchtops are incredibly popular with chefs for good reason. It’s easy to clean, with fewer places for bacteria and germs to hide and grow. You can set both cold and hot items on the surface without damaging it. The flavours of your food will be unspoiled as the stainless steel is one of the most hygienic surfaces you can choose and won’t react with your ingredients. Plus it looks sensational and matches well with almost every other material and style in your kitchen.
For a warmer look, timber is a great option. It’s, inviting and gives your kitchen a beautifully finished appearance like no other material can. Timber benchtops are susceptible to damage and scratches however so it’s worth paying extra for a quality finish. However some people may prefer a rustic look and the scratches and cracks can certainly add to a timber benches appeal.
There are several other materials available to you such as concrete, engineered stone, brushed stainless steel and numerous others. By providing you with some contrasted options, you can see how a kitchen benchtop can completely change the look of your entire kitchen. Therefore, it’s worth putting some extra thought into your kitchen bench design, to achieve a result you’ll be happy with for years to come.
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Wonderful Kitchens are the experts in kitchen benches and counters. They are always eager to offer their professional advice. To take away your kitchen design headaches, call one of their friendly staff today on 02 9772 2988.
The kitchen is one of the most utilized and traveled through rooms in many homes. Choosing appropriate kitchen lighting is essential to its overall functionality, comfort and feeling. The concept of designing and implementing suitable kitchen lighting doesn’t need to be challenging. These days, there are so many options available to a homeowner, giving their kitchen an individual touch while maximizing functionality.
Don’t be limited by old thinking
There are many places to fix lighting aside from traditional fixtures in the roof. Have you ever considered under cabinet lighting to create additional ambiance for a well-lit kitchen? It makes a kitchen look complete, illuminates the room and makes food preparation and cooking a snap. Lately, LED lighting has become common due to its cool hues and the long life of the bulbs. Under cabinet lighting is easy to install and there are several different variations available, depends on the design of your kitchen.
Consult a designer
By consulting with a kitchen designer from Wonderful Kitchens, it’s easy to choose the right layout for your new lighting. By planning your lighting to suit your kitchen, you will significantly enhance its appearance. Not only that but create a beautiful bright atmosphere that will add to your home’s value. And amaze your family and visitors.
If you’re remodeling or designing a kitchen from scratch, it’s absolutely essential to consider lighting early on. Give thought to where you’ll place it, what kind of lights you’ll use and how the lighting will fit in with the rest of your kitchens layout. You’ll have to consider if you want your lights to be ambient lighting, decorative lighting or accent lighting. They all offer differing benefits so it’s good to be familiar with each style of lighting and the benefits they offer. This will give you a stunning result as your kitchen comes together and save you time and headaches as your kitchen project progresses.
Consider mood lighting
Ambient lights have been the most common kind of kitchen lighting fixtures for some time now. The low intensity lighting created by ambient lights emits a soft glow that blankets the space without causing a harsh glare. Ambient lighting will make your kitchen seem welcoming and homely. It is ideal if you are trying to create a relaxed atmosphere.
At the other end of the spectrum is accent lighting. Accent lighting is a very concentrated light that serves the function of drawing your attention to a focal point. This is ideal if you are seeking to add drama and style to your kitchen. Accent lighting is idea for highlight artworks or furniture, while shadowing dull areas. Used intelligently, accent lighting can completely change the appearance of your kitchen at night and in low lighting situations.
By researching the different lighting options available to you and selecting the type that is most applicable to your daily needs, you will enjoy the illusion of increased space and be impressed by the increased comfort and feel of your kitchen. No matter what your budget, Wonderful Kitchens can help you incorporate the perfect lighting into your kitchen design! Contact us today to talk to one of our expert and friendly designers.