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tips for keep your kitchen safe revealed

Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Safe Revealed

The kitchen is often the heart of most homes. Most of our days are spent preparing meals with the family inside the kitchen or sharing a meal with them and guests. Here’s how you can make sure the kitchen is a safe spot for all members of your family.

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1. Proper kitchen storage

The kitchen is home to many potentially hazardous objects such as knives, cleaning agents and even certain spices! Keep them out of your child’s reach by having a custom made kitchen cabinet that only you and other adults can access.

2. Efficient kitchen flow

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good kitchen flow! Checking out good kitchen designs in Sydney is a great way to understand how your work stations should be spaced out. Always remember to follow the triangle of work when designing your kitchen. The triangle of work ensures that each work station is appropriately spaced out to ensure efficiency while reducing the risk of running into other people also working in the kitchen.

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3. High power outlets

Exposed outlets are hazardous (and could even be life-threatening) to small children. Small children run the risk of inserting their fingers into the power outlets and electrocuting themselves. While outlet covers are a good solution, they aren’t always foolproof. The best way to eliminate the risk of electrocution is to situate all of your power outlets above the bench top, if possible.

4. Appropriate microwave height

Often overlooked, your microwave’s height could actually be a source of potential accidents. Ideally, your microwave should be installed 7.5 cm below your shoulders. Install it too high and you risk spilling all of the hot contents of your dish onto yourself as you remove it from the microwave. Any lower and you would have to crouch down in order to open it.

5. Slip-resistant flooring

Marble has always been equated to luxurious kitchens but it isn’t the safest flooring material to be used. It could easily be prone to slipping if splashed with even a little bit of water from the sink. HGTV suggests looking towards other flooring options such as matte-finished wood or laminate, textured vinyl or even a soft-glazed ceramic tile which all provide more traction than marble. If you have small children or elderly living with you, consider adding non-slip area rugs beneath your sink as an extra safety precaution.

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6. Regular deep cleaning

You won’t believe the germs and bacteria growing in your kitchen! Don’t fret – you don’t need professional help to keep your kitchen germ-free. Check out how you can use household items to get your kitchen joinery and appliances spotless here. It’s important to deep clean your kitchen regularly to minimise the risk of food-borne illnesses!

Planning your next project? Consult with a member of our experienced team for top-notch kitchen makeovers and commercial fitouts in Sydney.

 

big ideas for small spaces

Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Every homeowner dreams of having the most stylish kitchen design for their home. Reality is, not
everyone is fortunate enough to work with a huge space in their kitchen. Check out these top ways to
maximise your space and make your kitchen seem bigger than it actually is.

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Create an Open Plan

Removing a wall or even just part of a wall is the most common way to create more space in your
kitchen. Creating a home that seamlessly flows from room to room enlarges your sense of space
even if the actual dimensions of your kitchen stays the same!

 

Recess Spaces

The main reason kitchens look cramped (no matter the size) is because of all the uneven edges.
Things protruding out of the wall, such as cabinets and counters, trick the eyes and make it think
the space is smaller than it is. By recessing a shelving unit into the wall, you guarantee that all the
edges line up with the wall giving it a more streamlined look. Doing so then gives focus to the wide
space you’ve created in the middle of your kitchen.

 

 

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Use Glass Cabinets

Switching out your old cabinet doors for glass ones is a great and easy way to make your kitchen
look bigger. Glass cabinets pull your eyes through the entire depth of the cabinet, making the walls
seem farther away. This simple trick works best with uncluttered cabinets and walls painted in light
hues.

 

 

Incorporate Low Contrast Colours

Using a variety of contrasting colours makes a space looks disjointed and cluttered. By incorporating
a monochromatic or low contrast colour palette, your eyes travel smoothly from one wall or
appliance to another.

 

 

Install Reflective Surfaces

A bright room instantly makes any room look bigger. Make natural light your priority fully-utilise the
natural and ambient light by opting for shiny and reflective surfaces. Think stainless steel appliances, light coloured ceramic tiles and marble countertops.

 

 

Consolidate Appliances

Save valuable space by keeping your appliances in the same space. Install your cooktop over your
oven, have your microwave built into your cabinetry and keep small appliances you frequently use
hidden behind an appliance garage to reduce clutter on your valuable counterspace.

 

 

Build a Pull Out Pantry

Utilise small, awkward spaces such as the area beside your refrigerator or door by installing a
custom pull out pantry. You’ll be surprised by how much you can store in such a small area. Best of
all, you can move it out of sight and back to its original position when you’re done!

You can still have the kitchen of your dreams even with a limited space. Talk to one of our kitchen
renovation experts now or visit our kitchen showroom for more ideas.

why you should always visit a kitchen showroom before renovating

Why You Should Always Visit a Kitchen Showroom Before Renovating

A problem most homeowners face before embarking on a kitchen renovation is that they seem to be brimming with ideas and can’t figure out how to narrow it down! With so many decisions to be made, from picking a stylish kitchen design to different patterns, colours and materials, it can be quite overwhelming.

Here’s why our experts believe taking a trip to a kitchen showroom is a must before every kitchen renovation.

1. Get inspiration

Visiting a kitchen showroom allows you to see some of the best kitchen designs in Sydney. You’ll be exposed to new ideas, both in terms of function and aesthetic, that you might not have considered in the past.

2. See things up close

While most people are lured into the convenience of shopping for fabrics, materials and finishes online, they may not always be as they appear on the screen. Colours and finishes can sometimes be difficult to translate through photos, and textures are sometimes lost completely. Visiting a showroom or display allows you to see, touch and feel various fixtures such as tiles and cabinet finishes which will help you make more informed decisions about your renovation.

3. Make a personal evaluation

Most kitchen showrooms and displays, such as ours in Eastern Creek, allows you to carefully inspect the quality of each of product. You’ll be able to scrutinise the workmanship and attention to detail that goes into making each cabinet, drawer, etc. You’ll also be able to judge how well the doors align, the durability of the shelves and even test out the hardware (such as the cabinet pulls and hinges) for yourself.

4. Develop smart planning

Kitchen showrooms allow you to see products in real life so you can better gauge the sizes and style that look and function well together. You’ll also be able to compare different materials and finishes (all of which come with different price tags) so you can better set and monitor your budget as well.

 

5. Ask for expert opinion

The great thing about kitchen showrooms is that there is always an expert around you can talk to! Our kitchen experts are very knowledgeable when it comes to different kitchen styles, materials, trends and suppliers. They can also provide you with a kitchen renovation checklist to help make your renovation process smoother and more efficient.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery has recently set-up a new factory and display room at Eastern Creek where you can see how we create all of our products. Our expert tradesmen will be there to answer any of your questions and give you innovative solutions to your renovation problems. Come visit us and ask us about our kitchen renovation package now!

hidden fees from low quality kitchens

The Hidden Fees from Low Quality Kitchens

When it comes to good kitchen designs in Sydney, cheaper is not always the route to go. Sure, you may be saving some money while undergoing your kitchen renovation but be careful about the hidden fees that come along with it!

We asked our best kitchen renovators in Sydney about the hidden fees that come with low quality renovations.

 

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Maintenance

One of the biggest issues home owners come across is the cost of maintenance. While opting for cheap alternatives to joinery and countertops may seem like a good idea, it often leads to higher upkeep down the line. Cabinetry and countertops are some of the most used features in any kitchen and are subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Because of this, low quality fixtures may not stand the test of time and force you to either constantly maintain and fix it or may even lead to replacing it earlier than expected.

Unutilised space

Nowadays, it’s common to turn to flat pack kitchens for an easy fix. The problem with this, however, is that the cabinetry has not been made to maximise the available space. Not only will this make your kitchen look cheap, but it will also mean giving up some valuable storage space.

 

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Decreased efficiency

With all the constant work done in the kitchen, the need for efficiency almost always trumps all other aspects. Opting to do a DIY kitchen renovation or hiring sub-par kitchen designers can mean misplaced positioning of the sink, refrigerator and range (i.e. the elements of the triangle of work.) When the triangle of work is not properly done, this could lead to kitchen traffic which could potentially spell more spills or even accidents for you.

 

Limited warranty

The true test of any kitchen renovations is how it puts up down the line with the constant use it endures. Low quality kitchen renovations do not always come with a warranty or if it does, it’s greatly limited (when it comes to coverage or duration.) The money you might need to shell out to repair, replace or maintain it may amount to even more than the cost of the actual product, so you end up having to pay double down the line.

 

Lower market value

The kitchen is the most popular selling point of any home. Because of this, it truly is worth investing on. Because of this, quality-made kitchens are oftentimes the clincher when it comes to making a sale and conversely, low quality kitchens have been found to be a deal-breaker.

Although budget kitchen makeovers may seem appealing at first, they may be hiding steep costs from sight. Choose kitchen designers you trust and discuss your options with them. Our dedicated team of experts can address any of your concerns. Give us a call to discuss your plans now.

 

trade offs to think about before your kitchen renovation project

Trade-Offs to Think About Before Your Kitchen Renovation Project


When it comes to kitchen renovations, compromise plays a huge role. The key to creating quality design kitchens, is to strike the perfect balance between what you want and what you need.

Before you dive head first into your remodelling project, sit down with your kitchen designer and discuss the goals you want to achieve for your kitchen.

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1. Daily Use vs. Special Occasions

Establishing how often you will be using your kitchen will dictate a lot about how you plan your kitchen. Think about how often you use your kitchen, what you use it for and how many will be using it. People who hardly have company over can do with minimal countertops, a small hob and oven. Entertainers, on the other hand, might allow a bigger budget for a wider space and more equipment.

 

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2. Price vs. Value

Figuring out where to save and where to splurge can seem like a daunting task but it all boils down to your lifestyle. Create a list of things you want to prioritise when it comes to budgeting – some homeowners have no time to spare to do the dishes and would rather shell out more on a high-end dishwasher while others can do with a basic one (even if in entails some pre-rinsing). At the end of the day, you determine how valuable a feature is and if it’s worth spending on.

 

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3. Efficiency vs. Aesthetics

Everyone has a dream kitchen in mind but that kitchen design may not always be practical. This is where the top kitchen renovators in Sydney come in handy – seamlessly merging design with functionality. How your kitchen will look should greatly be affected by how often you use it and what you’ll use it for. Discuss with your kitchen designer the best layout not just for the space available but also for your lifestyle and preference.

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4. Speed vs. Quality

As with any major renovation, a kitchen remodelling project will take a bit of time. Some people may find it a great inconvenience to not have a working kitchen and have several tradespeople coming in and out of their homes. Others might have a back-up kitchen or seldom use the kitchen in the first place and so have more time to spare. Determine early on how much time you are willing to spend on the renovations and add a buffer in case of emergencies. Keep in mind, however, that cutting down on renovation time could also mean sacrificing quality (i.e. choosing for a common backsplash instead of waiting on a customised one that’s been on back-order for months).

Badel Kitchens and Joinery has been the leading kitchen designers in Sydney for years. Get in touch with us today and begin discussing plans on your dream kitchen.

how your kitchen can attract home buyers

How Your Kitchen Can Attract Home Buyers

Kitchens have always been one of the most popular selling points of houses. In fact, studies show that
80% of home buyers decide on a purchase based solely on the kitchen!

If you’re looking to sell your house in the near future, consider investing in a kitchen makeover. Home
and kitchen renovation experts in Sydney have all agreed that a kitchen renovation is a great way to
boost your home’s market appeal and attracts more potential buyers.

Here are some ways your kitchen can influence a future buyer.

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Helps you Stand Out

Potential buyers go through dozens of homes each day so you really have to stand out! An
updated kitchen with easy living features such as soft-close Blum hinges or eco-friendly
appliances can easily make a difference when it comes to closing that deal.

If you have the space and the money, kitchen islands are a safe investment as it is still one of the
most sought-after kitchen features. Have great tiling installed not just for your backsplash but for
your floor as well!

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Shows Signs of Home Management

Future homeowners will be on the lookout for homes that require only minor renovations and
have been maintained well by the previous owner. Since kitchens are typically the most used
room in the house and are often the most expensive ones to repair, potential buyers will use
kitchens as a means of judging the rest of the house.

When buyers see worn flooring, they’ll think of all the money they have to shell out for repairs and
maintenance not just in the kitchen but possibly everywhere else in the house. An organised and
well-maintained kitchen gives them a good indication about the condition of the rest of the
house.

Gives an Idea About Future Family Life

For most people, the kitchen is the centre of the home. As such, it’s what sets the tone and
establishes how family life will be. A warm, inviting kitchen with lots of open spaces and natural
light will definitely be a good place for the family to spend time in whereas a dated, dim kitchen
will generally be avoided.

Increase your home’s property value by giving your kitchen a quick makeover! Our dedicated team of
experts can make anyone’s dream kitchen come to life. Give us a call to discuss your ideas for your
new kitchen and put your trust in the best custom joinery and kitchen renovators in Sydney.

creating a child-friendly kitchen

Creating a Child-friendly Kitchen

These days, the kitchen serves more than just a place to prepare food.  It’s become an interactive space where families can unwind and spend time together as they prepare and enjoy a meal. Because of this, more and more homeowners are shifting towards creating child-friendly kitchens to promote family bonding.

The problem most kitchen renovations in Sydney face, however, is how to marry functionality with aesthetics. If you’re planning your own kitchen renovation, don’t fret! Here’s what you should keep in mind when creating your own child-friendly kitchen.

Incorporate flexibility
Perhaps the biggest obstacle homeowners and kitchen designers face is building a kitchen that grows along with the children. Your kids won’t stay young forever and a good kitchen renovation lasts 10 years on average so you’ll need a custom kitchen design that works with your family no matter your kids’ ages.

Custom joinery is a great way to address this concern. Having base cabinets installed is a quick fix as it gives you a place to put items within your children’s reach while they’re young (such as sippy cups, snacks, etc) and can be used for miscellaneous storage as your children age.

Think about accessibility

Accessibility is dual in nature. You’ll want to think about what your child should have access to (such as snacks, kids’ dishes and utensils, etc) and what they shouldn’t (fragile china, certain appliances).

Strategically think about varying heights when it comes to planning your kitchen. We suggest planning a “kid zone” which serves as your children’s designated area and an “adult zone” for older members of the family. Your adult zone should have a higher prep area, like a kitchen island, that’s reserved for tasks such as chopping or housing appliances like coffee makers.

Designate a kiddie area
At the end of the day, your child should feel like a welcomed member in your kitchen! Dedicate an area that’s just for them.

Your kid zone can include a study nook and a lower prep area, such as a pull-out counter, so they can help out with small tasks such as mixing and washing the vegetables.

Using chalkboard paint on your walls or cabinets is also a great way kids can express their creativity while offering a unique point-of-interest in your kitchen.

Anticipate accident-zones
Kitchen-related accidents are nothing new but they can be avoided. Think about potential risk factors and plan around it.

Store “dangerous” items like sharp knives and cleaning agents in your top cabinets. To minimise burns and scalds, we suggest investing in an induction-type burner. Unlike conventional gas burners, induction hobs only heat up directly beneath pots and pans, creating a smaller danger zone for you and your young children.

Plan for easy clean-up

Cooking with kids will always mean spills – that’s part of life! But the stress of cleaning up doesn’t have to be. Opt for easy-to-maintain kitchen countertops like quartz, corsian or Smartstone. Porcelain tiles, both for flooring and for backsplashes, are a smart choice as they’re easy to wipe down and clean. For upholstery, consider leather or adding slip-covers for quick washing!

Make your kitchen a family-first area and create beautiful memories with your kids they’ll surely treasure. Talk to one of our kitchen designers today and begin work on your child-friendly kitchen.

5 requested kitchen features according to pros

5 Most Requested Kitchen Features According to Pros


At Badel Kitchens and Joinery, we know how overwhelming kitchen renovations can be. We asked our top kitchen designer on the most requested Sydney kitchen renovation ideas to make decision making easier for you!

1. Island

Kitchen islands still remain to be the most requested feature in many homeowners’ dream kitchens. The reasons for this vary from wanting it to be the kitchen’s focal point to providing extra prep space or storage.

Talk to our pros about the best shape, size and layout that suits the available space in your kitcen!

2. Large single sink

Most homes these days come with a double-basin sink but surprisingly, more and more homeowners are requesting for a larger, single-basin one instead. More clients are opting for one large sink around 76 – 84 cm wide and 23 cm deep. The simple reason? Because double-basin sinks can’t hold their pots and pans!

Consider making the switch and go for a stylish, deep single-basin sink in your kitchen.

3. Roll-out shelves

It’s common to hear of home owners wanting more storage space for their kitchens but the number one request we get is for roll-out shelving! While a walk-in pantry is a top ‘want,’ it’s not always feasible due to space and budget limitations. A great way to get the accessibility of a walk-in pantry without giving up so much space is to have your kitchen designer install roll-out shelving in your cabinets.

Roll-out shelving removes the guesswork of figuring our what’s behind the first row of items and makes it easier for you to see the entire contents of your shelf with just one pull. It also allows you to better organise your pantry and gives you better access to your ingredients.

Our experts can have customised joinery installed in your kitchen that maximises the available space that perfectly balances style with functionality.

4. Professional range

These days, more and more clients are becoming more adventurous and inventive when it comes to cooking. Fulfill your gastronomic dreams with a professional-level range in your home!

Bosch has a wide assortment of ranges available, both for gas and induction types, to suit your specific needs. Consult with our professionals to find out your best options.

5. Coffee bar

Mornings are not complete without a great cup of coffee. In 2017, a coffee bar was one of the top requested features for kitchen renovations in Sydney!

Get the feel of an artisan café in your home and ask our experts to create customised joinery for your kitchen that can store your coffee/espresso machine, mugs and add-ons like sugar, creamer, etc. Not only will a coffee bar elevate your mornings, it can seriously elevate your kitchen’s style as well!

Get the best kitchen in Sydney and begin plans on your kitchen renovation. Enquire about our services and consult with our experts now!

kitchen improvements you can do before the holidays

Kitchen Improvements You Can Do Before the Holidays

The beginning of the holidays brings about more get-togethers with friends and family! Whether you’re entertaining your guests at home or preparing dishes to bring to someone else’s, your kitchen will surely be seeing an influx of activity!

Here are some Sydney kitchen renovations and improvement projects you can squeeze in before the holiday festivities.

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New countertops
Christmas is often synonymous with desserts, especially Christmas cookies! Make baking and prep work a breeze by giving your kitchen countertops a much-needed upgrade.

If you love cooking and use your kitchen frequently, it’s a good idea to invest in a countertop that will withstand the constant wear and tear from frequent use. Opt for a sturdy countertop that’s resistant to heat and stains such as quartz or engineered stone like Caesarstone.

Talk to a professional kitchen renovator and discuss which countertop material is best for your personality and lifestyle.

Fresh paint  
Paint does a great job at giving kitchens a fresh look! Amp up the sunshine in your home and go for brighter, lighter colours which also help create the illusion of a bigger space. White is always a good paint choice but if you’re more adventurous, light yellows and greens can help bring life and character to any kitchen.

Stylish light fixtures
An easy way to dramatically change the look of your kitchen is to install new light fixtures. Pendant lights that hang above your kitchen counter do more than just add style – they help illuminate the counter, aiding in your prep work and cooking.

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Upgraded cabinet hardware
Give your kitchen joinery a quick makeover by changing your cabinet hardware. If you haven’t already, switch out your old cabinet and drawer hinges with soft close ones (such as these ones from Blum) which prevent your doors from slamming shut.

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State-of-the-art appliances
Christmas is perfect to spoil yourself with the appliances you’ve had your eye on for a while now! Get that new blender or juicer, invest in a good mixer or upgrade to a bigger refrigerator. With the holidays just around the corner, you’re sure to be using them more frequently.

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Eye-catching backsplash
Make your backsplash your kitchen’s new focal point and have your kitchen renovator quickly install a new backsplash. With so many materials, patterns and colours to choose from, it’s bound to be a great way to inject your personality into your kitchen.

Squeeze in these quick kitchen renovations and improvement projects before the holidays and wow your guests during your Christmas get-togethers. Talk to one of our kitchen renovators and discuss your ideas today!

 

10 kitchen built-ins you'll want for your home

10 Kitchen Built-Ins You’ll Want for Your Home

Have you been dreaming about a new kitchen or flipping through Sydney kitchen renovation magazines for some inspiration? We’ve got 10 kitchen built-ins you’ll definitely want in your home!

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1. Pro-style prep sink
For foodies out there who love to cook, a prep sink with an extendable cutting board makes preparations quicker and more efficient. Install a cutting board into your counter top that extends outward to give you more space and can easily be removed for easy cleanup.

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2. Trash disposal system
Make preparations and clean-up a breeze with a trash disposal system right beneath your counter. A bonus benefit is being able to collect and easily store your scraps for composting!

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3. Dishtowel rack
Have your dishtowels ready to be used with a conveniently positioned dishtowel rack located beneath your sink. No more rummaging around for new towels and dripping water all over your floor!

4. Wine rack
Australia is known for great wine. Proudly display your collection in your home with a built-in wine rack. Work with a leading kitchen renovator in Sydney who can make the most out of your space by utilising even the smallest areas.

Check out this wine rack we custom built that made use of a narrow vertical space which not only maximised the available area but also draws the eyes upward, creating the illusion of a much bigger room.

5. Appliance garage
Exposed appliances on your countertop can make it look cluttered and disorganised. Keep your appliances and tool out of sight but still easily accessible with an appliance garage!

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6. Bench storage
What homeowner doesn’t dream of having a quaint little breakfast nook? Make the most out of it by having your Sydney kitchen renovator install benches that double as storage areas. While benches that flip upwards to open are common, consider ones that pull outward as well.

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7. Canister drawer
If you love baking then a canister drawer is just for you! Store common baking materials such as flour and sugar in a custom built drawer to help make measuring quicker.

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8. Base microwave cabinet
Free up important counter space and have your microwave installed into the base of your counter. This also minimises the hum of your microwave. For added efficiency, use the space surrounding it to store your reusable containers for quick access.

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9. Cleaning supplies closet
Keep your cleaning supplies organised and waiting for you with custom joinery dedicated just to it. Talk to your kitchen renovator about your chosen dimensions to ensure each item has a designated area in your supplies closet.

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10. Pet dinner station

Don’t forget about your pets! Treat it like the member of the family it is and have a cute dining area to house its food and water right beneath your countertop or kitchen island.

While making plans for your next kitchen remodel, consider these 10 useful kitchen built-ins! Consult with Sydney’s leading kitchen renovator, Badel Kitchens and Joinery, about the best custom built-ins and joinery for your home.