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The 5 Best Materials for Kitchen Benchtops

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on The 5 Best Materials for Kitchen Benchtops

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Whether you are redesigning an old kitchen, creating a new one from scratch, or simply looking to improve a small but significant aspect of a kitchen you are otherwise happy with, the benchtop is likely to be one of the most important pieces you will consider. Good choice in benchtop material and design can make or break the look of a kitchen, as well as the feel of working within it. Since the benchtop is where much of the work of cooking will be done, it is important to make a choice that you are happy with. Let’s look at 5 of some of the best benchtop materials currently available.

1. Stone

Stone is an incredibly popular choice for kitchen benchtops, as it is extremely durable, stain resistant, and very aesthetically pleasing. There are many types of stone to choose from, and there are a huge variety of styles, from the classic granite to the modern quartz. It’s hard to go wrong with stone, although the price can be a little more on the expensive side.

2. Concrete

Concrete is another popular choice for benchtop material. It is very durable, and provides an industrial look and feel that can go very well with certain kitchen designs. Usually concrete needs to be cast on sight, and it’s important that it has a seal to prevent stains.

 3. Laminate

This is perhaps the most popular material for kitchen benchtops, and is made from a pressed combination of natural and synthetic materials. While it less durable than stone or concrete, laminate is much cheaper, and comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors.

 

4. Hardwood

For those seeking an all-natural look and feel for the kitchen, hardwood is a fantastic choice. Although it lacks some of the durability of other materials, hardwood benchtops more than make up for it in with beautiful form and function. A favourite of chefs and serious cooks, these benchtops will bring a warmth that is unparalleled by other materials.

 

5. Stainless Steel

Probably the most commonly seen material in commercial kitchens, stainless steel brings a strong sense of modernity to the kitchen. This material can also be ideal for those seeking a more industrial look. While it can scratch, stainless steel is one of the easiest materials to clean and maintain, and will last for an extremely long time.

As we can see, the right choice of kitchen benchtop material largely depends on the overall design of the rest of the kitchen, and the benchtop chosen should fit nicely, be durable, and economically feasible. The benchtop is a vital part both of the design, and function of the kitchen, and it’s important that you make a decision you are happy with. As always, it’s best to consider a variety of options, and find the one that works best for you. View our suggested styles by clicking here.

 

5 Pro Tips when Restoring Your Old Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on 5 Pro Tips when Restoring Your Old Kitchen

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Just like anything else, kitchens accumulate wear with time, and what started out as picturesque can quickly seem drab or worn out. This may prompt some people to feel that they should tear their kitchen apart, and make an entirely new kitchen. While this is a good option if you have the budget, it’s often not necessary to reinvigorate the kitchen, and restore it back to its initial glory. There’s a lot that can be done to make your kitchen feel good as new. Here are 5 tips for making your kitchen restoration beautiful.

1: Repainting/staining

Colours fade over time, often without our noticing. Before you tear out your old cabinets, consider re-staining them, or even changing their color altogether. The same applies for walls, and for many floors. Color restoration can have a massive effect on the look and feel of a kitchen. If your cupboards are aged to the point of no return, replacing them can be a simple job with a bit of professional help and an give an old kitchen the facelift it requires.

2: Changing the floors

There are several different ways to improve your kitchen floors. You can choose to replace the material altogether, finding something that better fits your tastes, or you can attempt to rejuvenate the floors through buffing, staining, or painting. If you are happy with the material of your flooring, consider the latter options for a cheaper alternative to tearing the floors out.

3: Lighting

Lighting can make a huge difference in regards to any space, especially the kitchen. Not only do the light fixtures add a valuable component to the overall aesthetic, the type of light will have a huge effect on the atmosphere. Consider changing out bulbs and light fixtures to give your kitchen a warmer feel, or perhaps a cooler, modern look.

4: Decoration

No matter what room we are attempting to restore, decoration can add a lot to a space, and the kitchen is no exception. If the walls in your kitchen feel bare, consider putting art up, or adding decorative dishrags. There are a ton of ways to be creative when decorating your kitchen, and if you do it right the improvement will be significant.

5: Make it a theme

When renovating a kitchen, it’s important not to go one direction with aspect of the space, and a different direction with another. If you decide to repaint the walls, you should harmonize the colors with any decorations. Perhaps there’s already something that stands out in your kitchen, and a single change can bring into the overall theme. When restoring a kitchen, it’s always best to keep the overall design in mind. Look no further than our kitchen design page on our website for great ideas.

Kitchen restoration is a fantastic alternative to those who want to breath new life into their space without having to shell out the money for an entirely new kitchen. Whether you are simply changing a few paint jobs, or replacing entire materials, kitchen restoration can change the way you feel about your “old”

Designing Your New Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Designing Your New Kitchen

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For many people, the kitchen is a place that receives a lot of thought. While many rooms of the house can be radically changed with some new decoration, the kitchen is a bit more complicated, as it has more elements to consider. Replacing the appliances alone can result in extra costs, and it’s important that when making decisions, you think everything through thoroughly to get a result that you like. To do this, it’s vital that you consider every element that goes into creating a great kitchen, and that each element works together. Let’s take a look at some of elements that constitute the most important factors of the designs of kitchens everywhere.

 

            Layout

This is the most general aspect of designing a kitchen: where everything will go. If you are starting from scratch, or willing to do a lot of overhaul, everything from the counterpace, to the sink needs to be mapped out in a way that will make the kitchen functional and stylish. Consider how windows will affect the space, where the cupboards should be placed, whether you want an island, and how the various appliances should be installed. Click here to view a great range of functional kitchen layouts.

 

            Materials

It’s extremely important that any design decisions reflect the effort to build a cohesive whole, and as such the look of the chosen materials can make or break a kitchen design. While it is also important to pick practical and cost effective materials, the main thing is that they work well together. Consider what type and color of wood the cabinets should be, what the benchtop should be constructed from, the flooring, et cetera. All the chosen materials should be of similar or complimentary colors and patterns. In making these decisions talking to a designer can be extremely helpful.

 

            Appliances

Now that you’ve planned the build of your new kitchen, it’s time to pick the appliances. You will want to consider the function of your appliances, such as a gas versus electric stove, what features you want your refrigerator and dishwasher to have. Once you have an idea of what you want, you can begin searching for appliances that fit well within the overall design of the kitchen. You may want to include money in the budget for extra appliances you may want, as well, such as microwaves, blenders, or food processors, to name a few.

 

While these give the broad strokes of kitchen design, the details are up to you. And Although there are many success stories of kitchen remodels that haven’t used or consulted a designer, it never hurts to speak to one, and the designs of kitchens everywhere have benefited from a professional eye. Whether or not you choose to hire a designer, or do the work yourself, the most important thing is that the outcome of the kitchen reflects a cohesive vision, and is one that you personally enjoy.

Restyling Your Kitchen Without Renovating

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on Restyling Your Kitchen Without Renovating

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The problem of feeling stale within a space can be a persistent one, and when we lack the funds to renovate it can be beneficial to get creative and consider what changes we can make without tearing out walls or cabinets.

A lot can be done with a designer’s eye, good decoration, and minor changes. When it comes to kitchen inspiration, there are a lot of great options to change the feel and function of the kitchen without having to go all the way and tear things down.

One of the most striking things you can do to change the overall look and feel of your kitchen is to change the colors, introduce new ones, or both, which can be done by painting cupboards, cabinets, and walls. To make a space feel brighter, aim for light colors, and vice versa. Remember not to go overboard on colors, unless that’s your thing.

To add highlights consider hanging some art on empty wall space, and choosing pieces and other accessories that work with the overall scheme. Just by making these relatively minor changes your kitchen feel new and restored.

 

Needing Some More Drastic Changes?

For a more serious change to the way your kitchen works, there is always the option of purchasing new appliances. Very often one of the most frustrating things about a kitchen can be an appliance that either doesn’t work like we wish it would, is outdated, or clashes with the design of the kitchen.

You may want to swap your stove, refrigerator, or dishwasher, for a more modern, efficient, and stylish one. If replacing these hefty appliances is too much of a money commitment, consider adding more tools to your arsenal, such as a blender, pressure cooker, food processor, etc. These small but unbelievably useful appliances can radically change the way we cook for the better.

Something immediate that you can do to improve your kitchen is change the organization. Try using hooks to hang cups in your cupboards, getting an organizer for your silverware, or simply rearranging things in a more organized manner. Use logic when assigning places for things, so that you always know where everything is. Just the act of cleaning up can often make a big difference to the look and functionality of the kitchen.

These are just a few of the examples of things you can do to improve your kitchen without spending the money to renovate. Kitchen inspiration is something that is open-ended, and there are endless ways to get creative, from choosing art and new paint colors, to organizing your plates, cups, and silverware in more efficient ways.

As with any design project, it can be very beneficial to talk to a designer, but the most important thing is that you get an outcome you are happy with. Whether you are looking to radically alter the look of your kitchen, or just slightly improve its functionality, there are a ton of great ways to get what you want without having to spend a fortune. Check out our design considerations page on our website for more kitchen inspiration.

 

Upgrading Your Appliances – How Simple Things Can Make the Biggest Difference

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Upgrading Your Appliances – How Simple Things Can Make the Biggest Difference

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For many of us who spend a large amount of our time toiling away in the kitchen in order to feed ourselves, or our families, there can often be dissatisfaction with the form, style, functionality, or all of the above. This may leave some of wishing we could tear down our boring old kitchens, and completely redesign them. While it’s wonderful if you are able to do so, many of us simply do not have the means, and quite often a total kitchen overhaul is unnecessary. Appliances alone can be a great way to upgrade our kitchen without having to tear it apart. Let’s take a look at some of the options, as well as some of the must have kitchen appliances.

 

            The Refrigerator

Often one of the biggest eyesores in a kitchen will be the refrigerator, which can stick out like a sore thumb and suck up massive amounts of electricity. While it is certainly one of the pricier appliances to replace, a better refrigerator doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and can save you money in the long run via electrical efficiency, not to mention bringing vast improvements in the look of the kitchen, as well as the way you use it.

 

            The Stove

Probably the center of any cooking that you do, the stove is the most quintessential appliance in the kitchen, which means it’s one of the first things you should consider upgrading if you are unhappy with the state of your kitchen. This may mean a simple upgrade to a more modern, sleek looking stove, or perhaps a move from the boring electrical stovetop to the cooks-favorite gas stove. No matter how large of an improvement, upgrading your stove will make a massive difference in the way you cook, and how you feel while working within your kitchen.

 

            The Blender

This is a tool that often gets overlooked, and can provide a huge amount of versatility. Whether you are making smoothies, blending greens, chopping ice, onions, or potatoes, the blender is one of one of those absolutely must have kitchen appliances for any serious amateur cook, or anyone who simply enjoys milkshakes. Whether you go with a countertop blender, or the more stylish immersion blender, the amount of beautiful design options and functionality won’t disappoint.

 

            Slow Cooker

For those with busy, stressful lives, the slow cooker is a gift from above. Simply put in the ingredients, set the timer, and your good to go. While it takes a while to cook (thus the name), the slow cooker can change the way you think about meals, and lets you get back to your life, knowing dinner is already in the works.

Clearly there are a ton of great options when it comes to upgrading your kitchen that don’t require power tools or tearing out any walls. Whether you are replacing an outdated appliance, or adding any of the must have kitchen appliances to your arsenal, the decisions you make will work to make your kitchen a joy both to look at, and work in.

These are just a few of the Must have kitchen appliances for the modern cook, for our full range of kitchen appliances and fixtures check out our kitchen design page.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Planner

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Designer Kitchens | Comments Off on How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen Planner

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When you’re ready to design your dream kitchen, hiring a professional designer or kitchen planner can make the whole renovation much easier.  Whether you’re planning a minor facelift or a complete renovation, getting help from a certified professional designer can be well worth the investment.

Not only do kitchen planners have access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners don’t, but it’s also their job to keep on top of the latest trends, designs and materials.  The general rule of thumb is if you’re spending more than a few hundred dollars, it’s best to consult with a professional.

 

Do Your Homework

There are a multitude of different types of architects and designers, including do it yourself and software versions available at hardware stores.  A kitchen renovation involves many steps and separate decisions and a professional kitchen designer will help you pull it all together, creating your dream kitchen.

Wonderful Kitchens in Sydney have over 35 years of experience executing amazing renovations and designs.  It’s what they do for a living!  They can design, manufacture and install your kitchen, incorporating everything that you may have on your wish list.  They even have kitchen showrooms so you can see what works and what options are available.

Note The Pros and Cons of Your Existing Space

Kitchen design has changed a lot in a short space of time.  Perhaps your kitchen works just fine for your needs but you want to change the colours and finishes. Or perhaps you want to modernize your existing kitchen space.  Taking the time to assess your kitchen over a period of time and make a list of its positives and negatives will provide your designer with valuable information.

You can also use this time to develop a wish list, where you identify what you need and what you want in your new kitchen.  Needs are items that are essential for it to function and meet your objectives.  Wants are items that you’d like to include in your renovation, but are optional.  Which leads into our next point;

 

Do Your Research But Stay Flexible

Your meetings with your kitchen planner or designer will be a lot more productive if you have some general ideas about the look and flow of your dream kitchen, as well as the equipment you want.  It’s a good idea to spend some time browsing magazines and websites to get a feel for where trends are heading and what you like. We have created a Gallery for you to view our wonderful kitchen designs.
However keep in mind that your designer may be able to point out flaws or obvious issues in your plans or wish list that just won’t work, no matter how much money you throw at it.  On the other hand, they may introduce you to concepts that you love and hadn’t previously considered.  Be open to suggestions, as expertise is the reason you’re consulting with a professional in the first place.

If you want to see how working with a professional kitchen planner can benefit you, call Wonderful Kitchens on 02 9772 2988

Considering Luxury Kitchens? Wonderful Kitchens Can Help!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Designer Kitchens | Comments Off on Considering Luxury Kitchens? Wonderful Kitchens Can Help!

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A luxury kitchen can be a tricky thing to define on paper.  This is because everybody has different definitions of their designs and concepts.  For some, this can mean using exquisite, hand crafted materials, for others it’s elegant design, and for some people its enhanced functionality.  But while there are many elements that come together to define a luxury kitchen, let’s take a look at four common ones.

Choice and Flexibility

A luxury kitchen gives you freedom from design limitations.  Manufacturers and designers today offer more choice in design and size than ever before.  They can offer you a vast choice of products, finishes, textures and colours.  You can even get your kitchen custom designed to perfectly match your lifestyle.

No particular style is more common for a luxury kitchen than another, however some designs seem to naturally lend themselves more easily to a luxurious approach.  Gallery kitchens, L-shaped kitchens and U-shaped kitchens are probably the best choices if you’re considering a luxury kitchen installation.

 

Enjoyable Formal Spaces

Since our family and friends always seem to gravitate towards the kitchen, it makes sense to want a design that is an enjoyable alternative to a more formal space like a dining room.  This means having a kitchen that our family wants to live in as opposed to just a place to prepare food.

Luxury kitchens are often large and well planned to accommodate even the most spacious family.  In addition to this they feature plenty of practical space and places to enjoy and entertain such as kitchen bars, informal dining areas or breakfast nooks.

 

Double The Functionality

The latest trends in luxury kitchens it to have double the number of everything.  Two dishwashers, two sinks, two fridges etc.  This is to allow both a less visible heavy duty style of kitchen for mass food preparation as well as a light more formal option for easy cooking and entertaining.

This not only allows a kitchen that is easy for multiple cooks to navigate, but also makes your life a lot easier.  If you have children it makes keeping up with the cleaning a breeze.  If you have a small family you’ll understand how many dirty dishes they can conjure up, and the benefits that having two dishwashers can offer.

 

Accommodate Healthier Eating and Living Habits

This not only means kitchen design is changing but appliances are getting smarter as well.  Larger cook tops are becoming more popular because people need larger cooking areas to steam fresh veggies.  At the same time, refrigeration spaces have become smaller and more intelligently designed as more people are enjoying the benefits of fresh food.

The times are changing and what used to be an area only used for preparing food has now become the hub of the home. More people than ever before and gravitating towards installing luxury kitchens. Sydney residents are now able to choose between several eco-friendly benefits such as energy efficient lighting and eco-friendly materials in the build which makes the kitchen functional and environmentally friendly.

Looking for a specialist who understands the design elements of luxury kitchens? Sydney company Wonderful Kitchens can make it happen! For more fabulous designs click here. Call them today on 02 9779 2988.

 

How To Achieve A Stress Free Kitchen Renovation

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Kitchen Renovations | Comments Off on How To Achieve A Stress Free Kitchen Renovation

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All too often during a kitchen renovation, homeowners are expected to juggle the various tradesmen and workers as well as solve any problems that arise.  At Wonderful Kitchens, we handle every aspect of the design and renovation process, sparing you from the headaches that renovation projects demand.

Wonderful Kitchens will handle every detail including electrical, plumbing and structural.  Our site supervisors are present to ensure every job is followed through and meets our high standard of quality.  It’s one of the toughest rooms to renovate, but Wonderful Kitchens will guide you through the process.

But if you’re still not convinced that DIY isn’t the way to go, here’s why you should consider hiring a professional with years of experience.

 

More Experience Equals A Better Result

Your brother-in-laws mate may have watched a couple of seasons of ‘The Block’, but you’ll want to trust such an important job with a company with over 35 years renovation experience instead.  Wonderful Kitchens have literally decades of experience installing kitchens of every imaginable style and complexity level.

If you do it yourself, you will quickly realise there are many, many options to be considered.  Not only do you have to consider design options, but also balance cost and time constraints.  Wonderful Kitchens know exactly what is needed to achieve the desired result, we know how to do it quickly and affordably.  And you can relax knowing the end result will look beautiful.

 

Better Options and Quality Assurance

By using Wonderful Kitchens, your instant access to materials, parts and specific accessories is greatly expanded due to years of building strong supplier relationships.  We will make sure the products and materials that are going into the build are the best for your investment.  When doing your own kitchen renovation there are several things that can possibly go wrong which can be time-consuming to redo.  By using Wonderful Kitchens you have the peace of mind of their quality guarantee knowing that you are dealing with a proven and trusted company.

 

Time Is The Most Valuable Asset You Have

Another benefit to having Wonder Kitchens perform your kitchen renovation is that due to our decades of experience, we will complete the job in a relatively short period of time.  Since most homeowners are unfamiliar with the complexities of renovating, it generally takes them longer to complete home improvement projects.  If you have a family, or are on a deadline, you will benefit immensely from using the services of Wonderful Kitchens.

We will sort through and organise your ideas and goals, and come up with the perfect plan and execution based on our experience and expertise.  We can make it simple to keep all of your options and plans prioritised and organised and make sure your renovation is completed without the dreaded time or budget blowout.

If you’re ready for a stress free kitchen renovation, call Wonderful Kitchens now on 02 9772 2988 or visit their showrooms in Willoughby or Padstow. Click here for more information about our Showrooms.

 

Four Tips To Avoid Kitchen Design Failure

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Four Tips To Avoid Kitchen Design Failure

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For most people it would seem easier to figure out what the universe is made of than to take on the task of designing a kitchen. There seems to be an endless array of impressive options, colours and styles to try and decide between. But fear not, daring reader, for I will help you find clarity by making your kitchen design a dream and not an endless nightmare.

Before You Start
The first step before you start looking at what options are available is to decide whether you want to update your current kitchen or start completely afresh. Take this time to have a good look around your current kitchen and take stock of what you have. Consider what you like and what you don’t like about it. Think about what you want to move or remove. If the current layout works, then it’s a good idea to keep it, and only change the layout or design if it will bring you some additional benefits.

Is It Just A Kitchen To Your Family?
Now it’s time to start thinking about who uses your kitchen and for what exactly? Is it a central hub for your family or a quiet sanctuary for yourself? Do you have kids that will be doing homework and playing drums on your pots and pans? Will you be entertaining other people in this space? Or perhaps you’re a passionate cook who loves to experiment with new ideas? Once you’ve identified how you’ll be using your kitchen it will make it a breeze to finish up with something that’s smarter, better and easier to clean than your current kitchen design.

Get The Measuring Stick Out
The next step is to consider exactly how much space you’re working with. This allows you to determine how much cupboard space and how many drawers and shelves you’ll be able to incorporate into your design. It’s important to note measurements from the floor to the ceiling, the distance between walls, the size of doors and windows, and any sockets and pipes or fittings that are used. This can be moved to new locations but it will save you some headaches later on if you take note of exactly where they are.

Time To Get Stylish
It’s incredibly easy to design a kitchen that works well on its own, incorporating matching flooring, cabinets and appliances. But before you start considering colours and design for your new kitchen, you should regard how it will flow with the rest of your home. Your kitchen will look its best if it compliments or incorporates elements from surrounding rooms. Remember that you don’t have to sacrifice style for efficiency, no matter what kitchen design you are aiming for and you can always get an expert designer from Wonderful Kitchens to help you out or steer you in the right direction. A great idea is to consider coming in and checking out one of our showrooms, for more details on locations, please visit our contact page we have one located in Willoughby and one in Padstow for your convenience.

Ready to let Wonderful Kitchens give you the kitchen you’ve been dreaming about? Call them today on 02 9772 2988

Needing Help Choosing Kitchen Benchtops? Sydney Offers the best!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Kitchen Design | Comments Off on Needing Help Choosing Kitchen Benchtops? Sydney Offers the best!

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When it comes to adding the finishing touches to any kitchen design or renovation, the benchtop you choose will go a long way in bringing together the aesthetic of the kitchen, as well as providing functionality that make a massive different in the use and feel of the kitchen.

 

Trust the Experts!

There are a lot of different options to choose from, and it is always recommended that you speak with an expert regarding your choices in kitchen benchtops. Sydney based company Wonderful Kitchens is a fantastic resource when it comes to design and advice, and has experts at the ready to meet all of your design needs.

If you are still in the preliminary stages, however, the first thing you will want to consider for your kitchen benchtop is the material. View our complete range of bench top materials in one of our fabulous showrooms. Click here for contact details and locations.

 

Choosing materials – matching your style to your budget.

Before you make any final decisions, you should consider the style you are going for, as well as your budget, as different materials will have different costs. Generally the most expensive benchtops are made from natural stone, such as granite, travertine, or quartz. There is also the option of engineered stone, which is made from a blend of natural and synthetic materials, making it less expensive, as well as giving more options in the color of the material. Both natural and engineered stone benchtops provide very durable, stain and scratch resistant surfaces.

If your looking for something a little more sleek and low maintenance, as well as often having a lower price tag, a metal benchtop may be the way to go. These are usually made from either stainless or brushed steel. While durable and stain-proof, metal benchtops are prone to showing streaks and fingerprints, and can be fairly easily scratched, although brushed steel benchtops tend to be more scratch resistant.

There is also the option of concrete benchtops, which provide an industrial, single-mold aesthetic many people find very attractive. A very resilient material, concrete is heat and scratch resistant, although it does have a tendency to chip, and needs to be sealed in order to resist stains and water damage. Concrete can either be pre-molded, or cast-molded on cite, both of which can add up to large labor costs.

For those going for a more natural look, timber may be the right choice. The price varies depending on the type of wood you use, although you generally want to stick to the more resilient hardwoods. While it needs to be sealed for full-resistance, timber provides a warm and calming aesthetic many people are extremely fond of.

These are just a few of the options when it comes to benchtops, and there are so many great options it’s hard to go wrong. One of the best things you can do when making any kind of design consideration is go and look at the various options in person, and this is especially the case with kitchen benchtops. Sydney residents are recommended to take advantage of the Wonderful Kitchen showrooms available to them, as any kitchen renovator will benefit from getting a first hand look at the various