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How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in 2024? The Experts at Badel Kitchens Weigh In


So, just how much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in 2024? Badel’s kitchen guide will help you get a good understanding of the costs for homeowners in Sydney in 2024. You’ll find out what you can expect for your renovation dollar, as well as tips from the experts on where to save (and where not to) in order to get the best out of your kitchen reno budget.


If you’ve found yourself wondering “how much does a kitchen renovation cost in Sydney these days?”, you’re in good company. Kitchen renos are on the rise and whether you’ve just finally had enough of your kitchen’s 1980’s “Pretty in Pink” cabinets or you’ve been finding yourself spending more and more time on Pinterest fantasising about organising your pantry by colour and category, finding out the typical costs is a great first step towards making your dream kitchen a reality.



If You’ve Got The Renovation Itch, You’re Not Alone…

Kitchens are the heartbeat of the house. They are a space where we come together to cook, chat, eat, work and have fun with our family and friends. It’s no wonder then that a recent survey of over 7000 Aussie homeowners, conducted by Houzz, found the kitchen is the most popular room to renovate. If you’re one of these homeowners yearning to transform your kitchen into a space that’ll make you feel as warm on the inside as a batch of choc-chip cookies (fresh out of your new euro steam oven), you’ll undoubtedly be wondering how much your dream will cost and what your budget will allow.


What Does An Average Kitchen Renovation Cost?

Getting a grip on the cost of your project is vital to planning and getting maximum bang for your buck. However, it’s a bit like asking how much a car costs. It really depends on your needs and can vary widely. Given the variation, probably the most helpful way to answer the question of how much a kitchen renovation costs, is to look at the typical ranges of cost for a new kitchen.

Kitchen renovations can typically be broken down into three categories:

  • Budget kitchen renovation cost – $15,000 – $ 25,000
  • Mid-range kitchen renovation cost – $25,000 – $45,000
  • Premium kitchen renovation cost – $45,000+


Budget Kitchen Renovation Costs

To keep costs low, budget kitchen renovations typically deal with the aesthetics and surface-level upgrades. In order to get the most bang for their buck, homeowners will often opt to upgrade their current kitchen layout rather than do a complete remodel involving major switch-ups in the structure and function.


how much does a budget kitchen makeover cost?


This type of reno is often described as a “kitchen makeover” because it aims to keep as much of the structural bones of the kitchen intact as possible whilst beautifying and modernising it. It typically involves new benchtops, splashbacks and appliances, which can give a tired space a new look.

Having said that, a really excellent new kitchen in this price range is still totally doable. Those building a completely new kitchen in this range should be aware that certain concessions may be required to keep it in budget. For example, the design might have fewer drawers and more cupboards (which aren’t as useful or storage friendly).

Other significant aspects that are likely to go over budget include:

  • Work involving major electrical or plumbing changes
  • Major structural changes – for example opening up the kitchen into the dining room to create an open-plan space


Recommendations and Tips for a Budget Kitchen Renovation

Our general recommendation is to invest in quality where it truly matters, such as solid, well-built Australian-made cabinets, drawers, and components like hinges and drawer runners. Expect to spend a big portion of your budget on cabinetry. This could be anywhere from $4,000 – $10,000. Although you can get cheap alternatives from places like Bunnings, high quality Aussie boards and hardware brands like Blum are a worthwhile investment in the long-run as peeling doors and wonky drawers are not a cheap fix. Instead aim to save on less expensive finishes. Melamine is a great option as it is the most economical material for both cabinets and countertops. Engineered stone in conventional colours is also a budget-friendly choice.



Mid-range Kitchen Renovation Costs

According to Zaia Badel, Director of Badel Kitchens, “with this price range, you can definitely get that coveted dream kitchen. With more money to spend, you can expect a kitchen that is custom-designed for your lifestyle and needs, while making the best use of the existing space. Kitchen renovations in the mid-range budget category include a lot of custom design and often, an overhaul of the layout, opening up of the room, creating big changes in function and form.”


how much does a mid-range kitchen cost?


Because it is custom designed, you’ll have more flexibility and freedom when it comes to the layout of your kitchen. You’ll be able to change the floor plan to suit your needs, which may entail reworking the electrical wiring and plumbing as well – want to add french doors out to the garden and move your kitchen sink under a big picture window (and make it a huge farmhouse apron sink while you’re at it?) Yep you can definitely do something like that in this price-range!

How much it will cost and the division of the budget will depend on what you intend to use it for. For example, with homeowners who love to cook, a majority of the budget could be spent on high-quality countertops such as natural stone or on a 6-hob cook-top. For homeowners who love to entertain guests, the money could be put towards getting quality lighting fixtures, seating and homewares.



High-end Kitchen Renovation Costs

For a lucky few, sometimes, the sky really is the limit when it comes to their kitchen renovations.

These custom designed kitchens come with top-of-the-line materials and finishes such as marble countertops, industrial cooktops and premium appliances. Think Sub-Zero appliances, Wolf ovens and a Miele dishwasher. With elaborate design elements which take more time and skill to craft, such as corbels, feature glass and mantels, Hamptons or French Provincial kitchens also tend to fall into this range.


high-end kitchen with all custom cabinets and oversized island


Apart from the pricey elements your kitchen may feature, high-end renovations are also expensive because of any structural, electrical or plumbing changes necessary to make your dream layout come to life. This may include tearing down existing walls to make way for an open layout kitchen or changing the layout to create a more efficient workflow in the kitchen.

Some homeowners also opt to have their appliances seamlessly hidden behind custom joinery so it blends it with the rest of the cabinets. This can easily ramp up the price tag as each part has to be carefully designed, measured and constructed.


How Does Sydney Kitchen Renovation Cost Stack Up?

Location also plays a big factor when it comes to computing for your kitchen renovation cost. The average kitchen renovation cost in Australia comes in around $17,000 but this average increases to $20,000 in Sydney.

Usually included in this are compliance certificates and permits, labour fees and materials.

Sydney kitchen renovations cost vary greatly from project to project and the complexity as well as materials used can greatly affect the end price tag.


What if you’ve got champagne taste (but beer money)?

As already mentioned, the average costs should be taken with a grain of salt. A low-budget makeover may cost as little as $10,000 for one property, while in another it could cost as much as $25,000 or more. No matter your exact budget here are our top tips to curb costs if you want to achieve a more luxurious kitchen on a budget:


Invest in Quality Cabinetry

Firstly, try to get the best quality cabinetry that you can afford. This is not the area to scrimp on cost. Cheap cabinets chip, scratch, peel and get damaged easily. There’s nothing quite as gutting as investing a healthy whack into a kitchen reno that should last you for years to come, only to have the shine wear off in the first year or two, literally.


Keep Plumbing and Electrics

Where you can definitely save money is in leaving your sink and electrical outlets in their existing location. This will save you big on plumbing and electrical installation.


Cut out the middleman

Do what big builders do and deal directly with a kitchen manufacturer. Rather than going to a retail store with a showroom of pre-designed kitchens, skip the middleman and skip a whole bunch of expense. Think overheads – that showroom and the team of salespeople adds directly to the bottom line of your new kitchen. Going straight to the source and getting your kitchen from the manufacturer is a great way to design and build your ideal kitchen for a fraction of the cost of large retailers.


Backsplash Selection

Instead of spending money on costly, designer wall tiles, opt for an attractive acrylic splashback.


Flooring Options

Instead of ceramic or porcelain tiles, consider vinyl flooring. There are alot of great modern flooring options that have good durability. These can save you a packet compared to tiles whilst still giving you an updated and modern look.



If any of your current appliances are still in good condition, keep them.


Consult a Kitchen Designer

If you pick fittings and finishes properly, quality and style do not have to be massively more expensive. Kitchen designers are educated to show you all of your alternatives, not just the most costly ones, if you need assistance.



It’s difficult to pinpoint how much a kitchen renovation will cost, but the key factors in pricing are size of the kitchen, scale of work, materials and finishes.

The great news is with a knowledgeable kitchen designer to help guide you, the amount of options available in the market today means there will always be places where you can reign in to costs and prevent your reno from going over budget. So at the end of the day, how much you shell out is entirely up to you.

So, where does Badel Kitchens fit price wise?

We typically fall into the second and third pricing groups indicated above. We do not provide more expensive or less expensive kitchens. In every kitchen we build, we employ the same high-quality components.

Blum drawer runners and hinges (the best on the market today), for example, or Australian-made boards and Hafele accessories.  Our quality standards inform our price point. Price differences are also influenced by the type of raw materials such as the stone and door materials that  you select, and the quantity of accessories you want in your kitchen.

Badel consistently aims to provide quality and value for money for our clients. We can work within your budget, and you can rest assured that quality will never be sacrificed.

Whether you opt for a budget kitchen renovation or go the whole nine yards with a luxury renovation, what’s important is to work with a knowledgeable kitchen renovation company. They not only have the proper licenses and insurance for peace of mind, but can guide you so you get the most from your money.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery has had over 20 years of experience designing and manufacturing the quality, value-for-money kitchen designs in Sydney. We invite you to get in touch for a free design consultation to find out what is possible.


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How to Achieve a Hamptons Style Kitchen – The Ultimate Guide in 2024

How to achieve a hamptons style kitchen


Are you dreaming of a beautiful, timeless kitchen that exudes elegance and sophistication? Look no further than the iconic Hamptons style. Loved by Australians all over, this classic design brings together elements of coastal charm and traditional luxury for a truly stunning space. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the top trends and must-have features of Hamptons style kitchens that are set to dominate in 2024. Get ready to be inspired and start planning your dream kitchen that will stand the test of time.


What is a Hamptons Style Kitchen?

Low-key Luxury

A Hamptons style kitchen is all about understated luxury – a lavish yet somehow low-key life by the sea. It’s a well-balanced mix of classic and modern elements, with a strong emphasis on entertainment. With a focus on soft neutrals, textured accents, light, bright areas, and decorative details, a Hamptons style kitchen design will encourage you to embrace the relaxed, luxury feel of seaside living and bring some of that vacation charm into your everyday life.

Relaxed Elegance

The Hamptons style is noted for being light, airy, and expansive, with a laid-back seaside atmosphere. At the same time, the styling exudes wealth, refinement, and subtle elegance.

If that sounds right up your alley, then read on and we’re going to look at what it takes to achieve a Hamptons style kitchen for your home… But first, in order to properly comprehend today’s enthusiasm for Hamptons style, let’s dive into a little about where this style originates from.


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A modern take on a coastal hamptons style kitchen designed by Badel Kitchens in Narrabeen, Sydney.



New York Inspired Hamptons Style Kitchens in Sydney

Playground to New York’s Rich and Famous

An Hampton’s style kitchen is an ode to the beautiful coastal Hamptons area near New York. The region was originally planned as a summer colony for well-to-do New Yorkers (hoytee toytee alert!), to give a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and today is still well-known as an idyllic holiday spot for the rich and famous, from Rihanna to the Kennedys.


homes in the Hamptons area


Why So Popular?

The Hamptons provide the ideal combination of oceanfront location, rural environment, historic charm, and exclusivity, all while remaining within driving distance of New York City. Think Whale Beach vibes. The region is also well-known for having a sophisticated art scene, great eats and fabulous parties. An Hampton’s style kitchen exudes the same elegance and relaxed aura that’s part and parcel of the Hampton’s appeal. In keeping with Hampton’s charisma and character, a Hampton’s style kitchen speaks of rich taste and refinement. A balanced mixture of casual and elegant.


The Hamptons area and coastline



Will a Hamptons Style Kitchen Suit My Home?

Fortunately, you don’t need a Long Island property to enjoy a Hamptons kitchen. Even if you don’t live anywhere near a beach, you can still get in on this stylish trend. To see if it will suit your home though, you need to look at the architecture characteristic of the style to see whether it will work for your space.

Open-Plan and Over-sized

On top of the list, Hamptons’ homes are usually spacious, even oversized, exuding an air of wealth, so ideally you want a large amount of floor space, preferably an open concept to pull off this look. A Hamptons kitchen, when used in tiny and confined spaces, may make the space appear tight and cluttered. Other architectural hallmarks of a Hamptons style kitchen are pitched or high ceilings, over-sized kitchen islands that have generous space to manoeuvre around, timber floors, and wide windows that let in lots of natural light.

While having these elements is a big advantage, an experienced kitchen designer can help you recreate the feel in smaller spaces. Let’s take a closer look at the key design elements that will help you achieve this look in your kitchen:


How to Achieve the Hamptons Style Kitchen: The Key Design Elements


The Colour Palette

The vibe so far is spacious and rich with high ceilings. That makes guessing the color pretty easy. In order of preference, white is the first choice. However, neutral colors along with soft and sandy tones also do a good job in blending with the coastal setup. Soft greys, blues and even greens that mirror the sandy beaches, blue/grey waters and coastal grasses.


Hamptons style colour palette



Pendant Lighting

Bright and functional lighting is a fundamental aspect of Hampton’s kitchen design. The key here is large, pendant lights that accent the tall kitchen ceilings. Glass pendants with metal accents or rattan pendants are popular choices.


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For a perfect Hampton style kitchen, white Shaker style cabinets are the go to style, however, other variations of traditional cabinets with edge detailing and small knobs can also work.


Shaker style cabinets in Hamptons style kitchen



Islands & Benchtops

In a Hampton’s style kitchen, you will never have to find the island; they are big, beautiful and prominent. The island is multi-functional – it can work both as a casual breakfast bar and provide additional space for storage. To add more charm to the island, panelled cabinetry with wood corbels are often added to it. Pairing the island with stone benchtops is a must. The best choice is marble, without a doubt as it adds the element of luxury that characterises the Hamptons. With that being said, reconstituted stone can also work well for the island and can be a more practical choice which minimises maintenance and the possibility of staining.


hamptons style kitchen island




Continuing the marble from your benchtops up on to the walls is one popular option for splashbacks. The other option for splashbacks would be subway tiles. They can be laid in a traditional brick pattern or, made into more of a feature by laying them in a herring bone pattern.


hamptons style kitchen splashback




The flooring has to be wooden, there’s no 2 ways about it. Natural tones and textures are a cornerstone to achcieving this look. Traditionally you see more of the lighter and whitewashed wood, however, darker wood tones such as walnut can also look stunning, providing contrast with the cabinetry and adding a slightly more contemporary edge.


Wood floors are a key design element



Looking for a French Twist, Perhaps?

You probably had zero time guessing that Hampton’s kitchen has many similar aspects of a classic French style kitchen. Nowadays, the coastal styles in the kitchen must carry more sophistication than the beach. However, it needs elements to give the beach vibe, like decorative items adding a beach-like character. Other natural materials such as linen fabrics, cane, coir, glass, and wood also feature. Cane stools, often painted white, are a popular seating option for the kitchen islands.


hamptons style kitchen with a french provincial twist



Need some advice designing your Hamptons Style Kitchen?

If you’re planning your dream kitchen project and would like some expert design advice, Badel Kitchens specialises in designing, manufacturing and installing custom luxury kitchens. We invite you to get in touch and book a design consultation with our kitchen designers for a free quote and guidance. Our knowledgeable designers and meticulous project managers can help you get the best value for your renovation dollars and create a truly stunning kitchen. Call us on 02 9677 0855 to enquire or book.

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5 Most Requested Kitchen Features According to Pros

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At Badel Kitchens and Joinery, we know how overwhelming kitchen renovations can be. With so many choices to be made, we asked our top kitchen designer Zaia Badel about the most requested kitchen features being requested in 2022 to help make your reno planning a little easier.


1. An Oversized Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands still remain 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.

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

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!

Large single sink

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 shelves

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!

Professional kitchen range

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!

Coffee bar

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!

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The Truth About Store-Bought vs Custom Cabinets

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Are custom cabinets a practical choice for budget and mid-range kitchen renovations or are they really a bit of a luxury option? Are DIY and flat-pack kitchen cabinets pretty much the same as custom cabinets, but with slightly less fancy finishes and options? What if I buy off-the shelf kitchen cabinets, am I getting a good deal or am I compromising on important aspects like durability?

If you’re building a new kitchen from scratch or planning a dream kitchen renovation, chances are you’ve been thinking about custom cabinets and all of the other cabinetry options and had questions like these. Deciding where to save and where to splurge on your kitchen can be confusing – and this is especially true when it comes to the choice between stock and custom cabinetry.

Cabinets are typically the single biggest investment in a kitchen renovation budget – not surprising when you consider that your cabinets are one of the biggest showpieces in the kitchen. Weighing up the options against your needs and budget is an absolute must if you want to get the most from your renovation dollars (and who doesn’t?)

In today’s post we’re going to lay out in practical terms what each of the main cabinetry options out there have to offer and any drawbacks, so you can decide with confidence which cabinets will work best for your new kitchen.


What Types of Kitchen Cabinetry Options Are Out There?

So what options are out there to choose from? When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, you can basically break it down into three main categories:


  1. Stock Cabinets
  2. Semi-custom Cabinets
  3. Custom Cabinets


What are Stock Cabinets?

Stock cabinets, also known as modular cabinets, are cabinets that have been pre-manufactured in a factory and are readily available to order or buy off-the-shelf. Think Bunnings kitchens and flat-pack options. No customisation is available with this option, these cabinets come in pre-determined styles and a limited range of sizes which you’ll need to make work within your space and vision. Stock cabinets are normally mass-manufactured in high quantities and are often sold as “DIY” or “ready-to-assemble” (RTA) cabinets. They are typically constructed of lower-grade wood or particle board. Taken together, these factors keep costs and lead times low, making stock cabinets an popular budget kitchen choice.
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What are Semi-Custom Cabinets?

Semi-custom cabinets are essentially stock cabinets with additional cosmetic detailing possibilities. As the name indicates, semi-custom cabinets are a compromise between stock and custom cabinets. Whereas their durability and quality are generally comparable to stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets provide additional design options, combinations and a wider range of finishes. Bear in mind that semi-custom cabinetry is still based on a limited range of looks and materials, so what exactly you’re able to customise varies by manufacturer and the distinctive cabinet designs and combination possibilities are not going to be comparable to those found in custom cabinets.

With semi-custom cabinetry generic cabinet sizes still applies, which means you won’t get that totally custom fit for your space, but depending on the manufacturer you can often make some limited changes to specific dimensions, like changing the size of the cabinet drawers or opting for a deeper cabinet. Expect some lead time compared to off-the shelf options as once you order your semi-custom cabinetry only then will your cabinets be put together.

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What are Custom Cabinets?

Finally, there are bespoke cabinets. These are considered to be the cream of the crop and the only way to go if you’re seeking for the highest quality. Because they are custom-made to your specifications, the sky is the limit as to what you may accomplish with them. With bespoke cabinets, you get something that is built just for you.
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Comparing Cost of Stock vs Semi-Custom vs Custom Cabinets

At first glance, store-bought and flat-pack may appear to be the clear winner of the cheapest cabinets category. While it’s true the price on the shelf is typically lower than what cabinet makers will quote you and there the added boon that they are ready at a moment’s notice, what people can tend to forget to factor in are the additional costs for delivery, assembly, trades and installation.

While custom cabinets typically come with a higher price tag, this is largely dependant upon the materials and appliances you choose and also already includes various other costs such as the delivery, installation and fees for any other minor repairs that may need to be done, such as patching walls and moving gas outlets etc. It also normally includes project management so everything goes smoothly and on schedule.

When you add in the time you spend putting together your store-bought or flat-pack cabinets, the frustration that it entails or the cost of having to hire someone to install the cabinets for you, install appliances, patch walls and move plumbing, store-bought and flat-pack cabinets can often work out to be very close in price to higher quality custom-made ones and sometimes they can even work out more expensive. So it pays to take all factors into account when weighing up.


At first glance, store-bought and flat-pack may appear to be the clear winner of the cheapest cabinets category. While it’s true the price on the shelf is typically lower than what cabinet makers will quote you, what people can tend to forget to factor in are the additional costs for delivery, assembly, trades and installation.

Comparing Quality of Stock vs Semi-Custom vs Custom Cabinets

Store-bought and flat-pack cabinets are cheap because of one simple reason: they use cheap materials. They are also often as bare as can be, with minimal shelving and simple hardware. While these may save you money initially, upkeep and maintenance may prove to be more demanding as they undergo the wear and tear of daily use.

When investing in custom cabinets, you’re also investing in the high-quality materials used to make these. Unlike store-bought cabinets, custom designed cabinets can be made with a wide range of materials such as various types of wood or even glass and use only premium hardware. You can also talk to your cabinet maker about including features such as pull-out drawers and soft-close hinges.


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Comparing Options and Functionality

Use it or Lose it

A very common snag homeowners face when purchasing store-bought kitchen cabinets is that off-the-shelf options are usually a one-size-fits-all arrangement. Because store-bought cabinets only come in a limited range of heights, depths and sizes, they won’t always “play nice” with the space you have to work with. This can cause major challenges in utilising the whole space and you can end up losing alot of potential storage space as well as having to add false drawers and “filler” panels that make things fit better. These filler panels and drawers mean you end up throwing away even more precious storage space. This often unexpected issue can really throw a spanner in the works, especially in kitchens with limited or narrow space or tricky areas such as low or uneven ceilings and irregular shaped floorplans. Having a cabinet maker create cabinets especially tailored for your space will allow you to make the most of your available space. Custom is the clear winner here.

Special Features

Special features that add functionality and maximise available space (and ultimately make life in your new kitchen just SO MUCH more enjoyable) are another popular reason why people go for custom. Custom cabinets, as the name implies, are built to your needs and specifications, so they may be just the ticket if you want to add one-of-a-kind elements to your new kitchen; options such as appliance garages, smoothie stations, an integrated computer/homework/bill-paying station or a pull out pet feeding station. Other popular bespoke cabinet features in 2022 include secret entrances to adjacent rooms or a butlers pantry, ladders within drawers to reach top cabinets, charging stations, hydraulics, and an abundance of storage space. The endless options available with custom cabinetry mean that this is where this option really pulls ahead of semi-custom and stock cabinetry. These are often the kind of features that you only fully appreciate once you start living in your new kitchen and enjoying the how the enhanced functionality makes your life easier. The opportunity to select a unique design and incorporate organising solutions will improve the practicality of any kitchen, and play a significant role in how in love you end up with your new kitchen.

Want to Know More About Custom Cabinetry Options for Your Home?

If you’ve decided that custom is the right fit for you, speaking to a cabinet maker who specialises in custom kitchen design is a great way to start the ball rolling. You can discuss your vision, budget and ideas with a professional designer and get advice on how you can maximise your space and renovation dollars. If you’re ideas are already outpacing your budget, they can also give you ideas on how to achieve the look you want for less and can assess the space. The knowledgeable team of designers at Badel Kitchens offer a free in-home design consultation and will also provide a free quote and design advice to help you start your renovation project on the right foot.

Badel Kitchens and Joinery is known for creating luxury custom kitchens in Sydney and bathroom renovations Sydney. Badel Kitchens and Joinery provide full project management of your renovation and old school customer service. from interior fit out companies in Sydney. Discuss your ideas and budget with one of our kitchen designers now!

5 Easy Ways to Create Extra Counter Space in a Small Kitchen

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Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the kitchen size of their dreams. If you’re worried about your limited kitchen counter space, not to worry! We’ve worked on dozens of kitchens in Sydney and have come up with simple and ingenious ways for you to add some much needed counter space to your kitchen.

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Island storage

It’s every homeowner’s dream to have a kitchen island as the centrepiece of their kitchen or dining area. While a beautiful addition to any modern kitchen for sure, it can take up a lot of valuable space. Make sure you get the most use out of your kitchen island by incorporating as much storage as you can with the use of custom joinery. Often-used kitchen utensils, silverware and even dishes can be conveniently stored in your island cabinets so they’re always within reach when you need to use them.

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Moveable kitchen island

If your space isn’t big enough to accommodate a kitchen island, consider using a moveable kitchen island instead. These moveable kitchen islands can serve both as extra food prep space as well as storage units. Best of all, once you’re done with them, they can conveniently be tucked away into a spare closet or corner of your home.

There are multiple options available in the market today, with some variants having expandable countertop surfaces which you can easily pull out when needed, and quickly store when not in use.

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Pull-out chopping board

If food prep is becoming to cumbersome because of the lack of countertop space, ask your kitchen renovator to install a pull-out chopping board directly into your joinery.our kitchen renovation specialists are experts to renovate a small kitchen perfectly. Once you’re done with the prep work, just slide it back into place – conveniently out of sight!

Custom joinery

Custom joinery

While having custom joinery made may be a little more time consuming and costly than flat-pack cabinets, they can make the most out of your space and give you precisely what you need.

Neglected areas such as corners or even slivers of space between appliances such as the refrigerator or oven are a treasure trove of storage space. Make sure these don’t go to waste! An experienced kitchen renovator in Sydney knows just how to utilise this through the use of pull-out pantries which are perfect for spices, pantry staples and even kitchen utensils!

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Convert a closet into a pantry

If storage and surface space is already absolutely maxed out in your kitchen, consider transferring some less frequently used items to another area of your home. A nearby spare coat closet is a great alternative.

Need help figuring out how to make the most of your kitchen space? Consult with the best kitchen renovators in Sydney! We’ve had over 20 years of experience in the industry and have grown a large network of satisfied customers. Talk to one of our experts today.

The pros & cons about custom made kitchens you need to know

The Pros and Cons About Custom-made Kitchens You Need to Know

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With the new year just a few weeks away, it’s time to consider giving your kitchen a fresh look. Start the year with a great new investment by looking into new custom kitchen designs.

To help you make a more informed decision, here’s everything you need to know about custom-made kitchens.

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Personalised space

The beauty of custom designed kitchens is that it’s made just for you. No more struggling to get to those hard-to-reach shelves or worrying about wasted spaces. With the help of an experienced kitchen designer, you can create storage, work stations and eating areas according to your specifications. This way, they can help you maximise the available space while maintaining your chosen look.

Best of all, you can also customise the space and make it work for you. A huge baker? You can specialised storage made to fit all of your baking pans and sheets. Have a lot of young kids? You can have a special “kids’ zone” built to keep your children entertained while you prepare their meals.

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Endless choices

While it’s true that the options available in the market have grown rapidly, you’re still limited to what is available. Custom-made kitchens give you the freedom to mix and match colours, materials, textures and even sizes to create a kitchen that’s uniquely you.

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Built to last

Opting for a custom-made kitchen means you get to choose every material that goes into your home. Because of this, you’re assured that only the best and highest quality materials are used to give you a kitchen that can stand the test of time. No more cutting corners and settling for sub-par materials that quickly deteriorate!

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Higher market value

Studies have shown that homes with updated and maintained kitchens have the highest ROI. Potential buyers have been known to inspect kitchens first and have made their decision on its condition.


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Longer to build

Because you’re generally creating everything from scratch, custom-made kitchens are going to take significantly longer to build than a flat-pack kitchen. You’ll also have to factor in the time it takes to choose, order and wait for the supplies to arrive before you can even begin constructing.

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More expensive

Custom-made kitchens cost more than flat-pack kitchens because of the attention to detail and quality of materials used. Not to mention the wages paid to the foreman, tradespeople and supervisor. But at the end of the day, the steeper price tag always equates to higher quality work and less maintenance than its cheaper counterparts.

If you’re still confused about which route to take, consult with the Badel Kitchens and Joinery, the leading experts in custom made kitchens in Sydney. We’ll gladly assist you with any query or concern you may have. Give us a call and let’s begin discussing your options today!

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Tips for Keeping Your Kitchen Safe Revealed

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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Big Ideas for Small Spaces

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Every homeowner dreams of having the most stylish kitchen renovations 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!


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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



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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.



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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.

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Why You Should Always Visit a Kitchen Showroom Before Renovating

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. We are also available for bathroom vanities in Sydney by our bathroom renovations experts.

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!

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The Hidden Fees from Low Quality Kitchens

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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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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.