Check out these tips to get the best kitchen makeover in Sydney. It’s guaranteed to give you the best value for your money.

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Are Custom Kitchens Worth It?


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Are Custom Kitchens Worth It?

Custom kitchens are they really worth it? When you consider today’s kitchen is so much more than just another room in your home, today’s modern kitchen is a place the whole family can come together, not just to eat, but to actually catch up and spend quality time together.

The kitchen is the perfect hang out for those lazy Sunday snacks. It’s where little future chefs get their training and the popcorn is prepared for movie nights. Today we are seeing more and more customers choosing to have a kitchen designed for their family’s specific needs. The need to create a kitchen that allows more quality time together is becoming a priority for most.

One clear benefit of having a custom made kitchen is you get to start with a completely new canvas. You decide on the textures, choice of materials, bench top and splashback styles, the appliances, accessories and so much more!

For example the choice of cabinets are by far the most popular aspect of designing custom made kitchens since they’re always the first to draw your attention. You can draw inspiration from your personal taste or add certain elements from your surrounding environment that you want to incorporate when selecting materials and colours. Your custom kitchen design also means your new cabinets will fit your kitchen space perfectly – providing you with more usable storage space than pre-made cabinets, which are cost effective to produce but are limited by size to fit the average kitchen space.

Lastly with a custom designed kitchen you can also choose all the features that you need. For example if you require extra bench space, no problem, looking for lighting for your cabinets, done!  Custom kitchens not only look great but will last for many years due to the high quality of materials. As your second largest investment after the purchase of your home, designing and building a new kitchen can easily add 5% to 15% to your home’s property value, just ask any real estate agent and they’ll be the first to tell you. In fact a kitchen renovation offers home owners the best return on investment when selling your home, which is why so many people opt for new kitchen designs.

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation in Sydney for your home be sure to call the team at Badel Kitchens & Joinery for an obligation free consultation and quote.

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Know Your Cabinet Terms Before You Start on Your Kitchen Refurbishment in Sydney

Your kitchen cabinet can make or break your entire kitchen’s look. Before you embark on your kitchen refurbishment in Sydney, understand all the terminology and lingo about your kitchen

Cabinet Door Types
There are three main types of cabinet doors. Each one functions slightly differently from the other.



Inset cabinet doors were popular in the early 1900’s and have recent kitchen refurbishment projects in Sydney have proven that they’re once again back in style. Inset cabinet doors and drawers are flush with the cabinet frame. Keep in mind though that because of this, there tends to be less drawer space.


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Partial Overlay
Also called “Traditional Overlay”, “Standard Overlay” or “Semi-Full Overlay.” These doors cover only a part of the cabinet frame but can still take up a bit of the drawer space. This is usually the least expensive option.



Full Overlay
Full overlay cabinets cover the entire cabinet frame and box so what you are actually looking at are the door and the drawer. The cabinet frame is only partially visible, if at all. If you’re planning a kitchen refurbishment in Sydney, then know that this cabinet type maximizes your storage space.


Cabinet Door Styles
Cabinet door style is all about the appearance of the cabinet door. Get to know more about each type before picking one out for your kitchen makeover in Sydney.



Recessed Panel (Flat Panel) Doors
If you’re looking for a clean and sleek look than this is the cabinet style for you. It is perfect for contemporary kitchens.


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Raised Panel Doors
The raised panel style door has a raised centre (often raised with a contour or profile). This is the most popular choice for a kitchen makeover in Sydney. Choose this style if you’re going for a traditional, transitional or classic look.



Open Frame Doors
Open frame doors are often seen with a glass insert but can also be left open. They’re usually used for decorative purposes.



Mullion Frame Doors
Much like open frame doors, mullion frame doors have the centre open but with vertical or horizontal bars, or mouldings that divide the opening into sections. They are typically installed to serve as accents in the kitchen.



Slab Doors
Slab doors are perfect for sleek or minimalist kitchens. They consist of just that – a slab of wood. They can be made of real wood, polyurethane or laminate.

It’s always a great idea to familiarise yourself with kitchen terminology before beginning a kitchen makeover in Sydney. Should you have any questions you’d like to ask us, contact us and fill out the form for your enquiries!

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Learn the 3 Zones for Storage in Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the entire house and houses a lot of various kitchen essential. Figuring out just how to store all your kitchen necessities can seem like a daunting task. Badel Kitchens and Joinery is here to help you organise your supplies to ensure you have the one of the best kitchens in Sydney.

Typically, there are three main zones of storage in every kitchen. The main areas of storage are: the refrigerator, the sink, and the range.

1. The refrigerator zone

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The refrigerator is arguably the most used appliance in the entire kitchen. It’s the receiving and initial food preparation area in your kitchen. For maximum efficiency, position your kitchen near the door so you can store groceries the moment you come in.

A countertop should ideally be placed across your refrigerator to serve as an area to set your groceries down while you sort them out.

Kitchen staples and preparation essentials (such as mixing bowls, measuring spoons, graters, etc.) are best placed in this area for quick meal preparation and easy access.

Your pantry and dry food storage should also be located in the refrigerator zone. Your pantry should be at least 500 cubic cm to be able to store all your dry goods.

2. The sink zone

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Following the triangle of work (, the sink should come in between the refrigerator and the range. The sink gets the highest amount of traffic in the kitchen so it’s important to plan your sink storage efficiently.

Glassware, silverware, and flatware should all be kept by the sink for quick storage after washing. A disposal unit should also be positioned nearby as well as storage areas for cleaning supplies, polishing, and drying.
Kitchen knives and cutting boards are best stored midway between the sink area and the refrigerator area.

3. The range zone

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Anything that involves the cooking process should be stored within the range zone. Ovens, cooktops, microwaves, and toasters, among others, should all be positioned close to each other. Store pot holders and the like close to any heat source for easy access.

Cooking essentials such as spices, pots, pans, and cooking utensils should be kept near the cooktop. Store them in order of frequency of use and personal preference.

Serving pieces should also be kept in the range zone for quick serving right after cooking. While the kitchen may include three main storage zones, how you choose to organise within these zones is all up to you. Find out how you like to sort out your kitchen necessities and what works best with your routine.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery is sought after for exceptional kitchen renovation services in Sydney (West). Talk to us about how you want your kitchen storage to look like. Contact Badel today.

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Finding the Best Cooktop for You

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Remodelling your kitchen can be a fun and exciting project. But with any renovation, it’s important to incorporate products that suit you and your lifestyle.

When it comes to the kitchen, however, the cooktop is oftentimes the most used tool. Finding a cooktop that complements your lifestyle and needs is essential to getting the biggest ROI.

Here’s how you can find the best cooktop for you.

There are 3 basic ranges available in the market: Gas, Induction, and Ceramic.



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Gas cooktops work best with people who love to cook but are on a budget.

Gas cooktops heat up quickly and can change temperature with a simple twist of the knob. Most chefs prefer gas cooktops because the visible flame allows them to see just how much heat is going into the pan.

Gas cooktops are the most flexible as all pans work well on a gas cooktop. The biggest con, perhaps, is the open flame which could be a potential safety hazard.



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Induction cooktops are best suited for people who love to cook or those who have small children. Induction cooktops use electromagnetic energy to heat up your cooking vessel, so you don’t have to worry about open flames or gas leaks. They heat up very quickly and keep the heat isolated to only the area that touches your cooking vessel.

With all the benefits of an induction, its main disadvantage is its steep cost.

If you’re looking for a great induction cooktop, check out Bosch PIE651F17E. It comes with 4 induction cooking zones with PowerBoost function for each cooking zone. It even shows you how much energy you’ve used for your most recent cooking function. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about your children accidentally turning on the cooktop with Bosch’s built-in child lock function.



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If you’re looking for a cooktop that’s easy to clean up like an induction cooktop but not quite as expensive, then ceramic is for you.

Unlike induction cooktops, ceramic cooktops use coiled metal elements under tempered ceramic glass. They’re safe to use around small children as there’s no open flame and models often come with child lock features.

Most cookware is suited for use on a ceramic cooktop, so you don’t have to worry about changing the cookware you currently have.

Before ordering your cooktop, make sure you order one which is perfect for you.
Badel Kitchens and Joinery is one of the best kitchen renovators in Sydney. Contact us for any enquiries about kitchen renovations in Sydney (West).

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Planning the Perfect Kitchen Island

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Kitchen islands have become a staple in homes all across the world. While seemingly easy to design one, it can involve quite a lot of planning and preparation.

We’ve worked on some of the best kitchens in Sydney and have gained decades’ worth of experience building incredible kitchen islands. Here are our tips for planning the perfect kitchen island.

1. Determine its main function

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Before picking out cabinetry and cooktops, it’s important to first establish your kitchen island’s main function. Will you use it for prep work, cooking, or eating? Knowing its function is necessary when it comes to figuring out how large your kitchen island will be.


2. Think about your appliances
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After determining your kitchen island’s function, it’s time to think about what appliances you’ll install in it, if any. If you’re thinking of using your island as a prep station, you’ll need to install a garbage, compost, and recycling area. For a cleanup area, perhaps a dishwasher or sink.


3. Allocate ample storage space
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Make the most out of your kitchen island and use it for additional storage. Cabinets will typically fit into a 60 cm deep kitchen island. Your island can be as short as 1.2 m but if you’re planning on installing a dishwasher and cooktop, you’ll need it to be at least 2.1 m.

4. Let your personality show

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Kitchen islands aren’t only for utility – they’re a great way to showcase your personal style as well. Forget about rectangular islands with solid colours. Experiment with different textures, materials, finishes, and colours.


5. Contact an expert

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With all the planning, preparation, and building involved, it’s best to hire an expert. An expert will not only have years of experience under his/her belt, but will also have a list of trusted suppliers who can provide you with good deals and prices.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery has long been trusted as one of the leading experts in kitchen renovations in Sydney. Contact us today and begin planning your perfect kitchen island.

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Top 5 Designer Kitchens in Sydney by Badel Kitchens

Want to be inspired to have the best kitchen in Sydney? We have rounded up some of the most memorable designer kitchens Sydney that Badel Kitchens & Joinery has completed in the past few years. Check out the top 5 kitchen remodelling and custom joinery in Sydney here:

1. Custom-Built Joinery for a New Kitchen in Putney

Located around 13 kms away from Sydney, a newly built home in Putney was in need of custom-built joinery. Aside from fitting the new kitchen, the client also tasked us to work on other areas in the house as well by building a laundry, butler’s pantry, a couple of stereo cabinets, wardrobes, vanities, linen room with laundry shoot, a bar table and tall storage cupboards.

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All joinery doors were finished in polyurethane, 40mm Caesarstone bench tops and colour glass splash-backs.


2. New Kitchen and Bathroom Wardrobes for a Home in Castle Hill

We love this kitchen we’ve designed for a client in Castle Hill. Initially, they requested a quote for a kitchen renovation. After our inspection, however, we found that more work needed to be done to the bathroom and wardrobes as well. The great thing about working with this client was that they were full of ideas that are actually pretty good. All we needed to do was to execute these ideas within a strict timeframe and budget.

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After we have completed the remodelling project, our client’s kitchen ended up with stunning stone benches and fine granite work while the bathroom was transformed into a modern and luxurious space.


3. Kitchen Makeover Sydney Project for a 40-Year-Old Kitchen in Eastwood

One of our most challenging projects, this Eastwood home renovation required massive planning with our in-house team as well as trade partners. As the client’s requirement required a major overhaul (transformation of the old kitchen to an open plan layout), our team came up with a comprehensive brief and plan that details all possible modern kitchen design mock-ups as well as colour palette selections. It also required expert project management as well as coordination with a reliable and highly experienced engineer who can advise us regarding the rebuild of the kitchen. The client was left with one of the best designer kitchens in Sydney.

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The client also requested us to work on the bathroom and to initiate the creation of storage solutions for the home.


4. Dream Kitchen Project for a Client in Petersham

Our client already has a dream kitchen in mind so she reached out to us to help make this into a reality. However, her house has a relatively small area allocated to the kitchen so the team is limited to maximising the existing space. At the same time, she also has a strict budget and timeline that our team needs to follow. It was quite a challenge, but we want nothing more than to provide our clients with the best kitchen in Sydney.

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Our team had to work on a design incorporated with the kitchen’s existing 2 sets of drawers, pantry, fridge space and pre-purchased appliances.


5. Improve the Function and Layout of a Kitchen in Manly

Our client wanted to maximise the space and layout of her kitchen and she hoped we would be able to provide a design that is both functional and practical. During the design period, our team recommended to switch the dining and kitchen areas, which required careful planning and execution since we would now be renovating two spaces. We had to remove walls and install new doors, work closely with our trade partners with painting, tiling, new lighting, etc.

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Despite the unexpected challenges along the way, we were able to build the kitchen they wanted and design it to achieve function while its aesthetic remains in the same theme as the rest of the house.

Is your kitchen in Sydney in dire need of a makeover? Get that dream kitchen you’ve always wanted with the help of Badel Kitchens & Joinery team, the best kitchen renovation team in Sydney! Contact us today to request for a free quote.