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Kitchen Renovation Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Kitchen Renovation Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Kitchen Renovation Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

The new year is all about creating fresh beginnings for yourself and your home. Bid goodbye to your tired and dated kitchen and welcome these kitchen trends to your home in 2017.




Pantone is not the only authority nowadays when it comes to colour forecasts – Pinterest is quickly gaining traction as one of the most influential sources of inspiration on the web.

Pinterest recently declared gray to be the the next big colour when it comes to Sydney kitchen renovation ideas. This isn’t the dull and boring grey of year’s gone by – this warm grey contains purple undertones making it the perfect colour for an inviting kitchen.


Hidden appliances

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Stainless steel appliances have run their course. Our kitchen experts are predicting a rise in hidden appliances that seamlessly blend in with the rest of the kitchen.

Appliances now come in a wide range of colour to complement your kitchen colour palette.

If coloured appliances are not your thing, custom joinery can keep your appliances from sight while creating a cohesive look for your kitchen.


Tall joinery


2017 is all about minimalism while making the most of the space you have. We believe that tall cabinetry is one of the kitchen trends you should embrace in 2017. It draws the eyes upwards, giving the effect of a larger area while utilising all the available space.

Talk to a professional about how you can use custom joinery to maximise your kitchen space.


Big Kitchen Islands

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If you still don’t have a kitchen island, then now is the right time to invest in creating one. Kitchen islands not only provide an additional work area; it can serve as additional storage or even house your appliances.
(Read our tips to creating the perfect kitchen island here)

Start your year with a kitchen makeover – contact the experts at Badel Kitchens & Joinery today.

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Design Your Kitchen for Entertaining


A kitchen is more than a place to cook and prepare meals – it’s a place to party and entertain guests as well.


Here are our tips to creating the perfect kitchens for entertaining.

      1. Open Plan


Open-plan rooms make for the perfect kitchens for entertaining.

They create a smooth flow between the different living areas to make it easier for the host to interact with guests while preparing the meal at the same time.

  1. Kitchen Island

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  3. A beautifully-done kitchen island can become the focal point of perfect kitchens. It provides additional surface for prep work and can double as a seating area for your guests. Read our tips on planning the perfect kitchen island here.
  4. Work Triangle


  5. A good workspace is necessary to maximise efficiency in any kitchen. The work triangle ensures that your range, preparation area and refrigeration zone are all within easy reach.
  6. Sleek Appliances

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  8. Bulky appliances take up more space than necessary. Sleek appliances, especially ones made from stainless steel, occupy less space and are easier to clean than others.

    This compact oven from Baumatic works as both an oven and grilled while allowing you to steam and cook food simultaneously.

  9. Finishes

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  11. The perfect kitchen for entertaining is not only functional – it’s stunning as well. Well-made joinery provide a beautiful backdrop for when you host. Choose complementary colours and finishes to complete the entire look.
  12. Kitchen Designer


  13. A kitchen designer has had years of experience and training building perfect kitchens for various functions. Consulting with one can make your kitchen renovations run smoother and quicker. Hire one that’s accredited, licensed and trusted by various organisations to get the most out of your investment.

Create the perfect kitchen for entertaining and consult with an expert from Badel Kitchens and Joinery today.

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Top 4 Reasons Why Kitchen Renos Go Over Budget


A great peril homeowners often face when undergoing a kitchen renovation is going over budget. Houzz recently asked kitchen designers about the common reasons kitchen renovations cost more than initially anticipated.

Here are the top 4 reasons you should know about.

  1. Upgrading products or materials to a more expensive version

    In the process of making perfect kitchens, homeowners tend to upgrade finishes and materials to a costlier option. In the middle of a project, some homeowners suddenly decide on switching to a different, more expensive model or an entirely different material at twice the cost (such as jumping from granite to marble). Oftentimes, homeowners even get overexcited at the different special features included in some items that they end up purchasing more than is necessary. Remember, once you’ve decided on your budget, have the discipline to stick to it.

  2. Finding out that services/products were costlier than expected

    This is where research is important. Although there are a lot of kitchen renovators in Sydney, a good one will be transparent to you about all costs. Make sure your kitchen designer and renovator can explain to you why certain products and services cost that much and what part of your budget you should allow a buffer to.

  3. Making the project bigger

    Some homeowners don’t end the project with dreams about perfect kitchens. Instead, they decide to expand the project to other parts of the home as well. While it may be tempting to re-do your dining room alongside your kitchen, stick to your task at hand and renovate the rest of the house at another time.

  4. Unforeseen construction issues

    There are instances when, in the middle of construction, workers will encounter a wall completed eaten away by termites or perhaps a rusted pipe badly in need of changing. Sadly, when it comes to these problems, no amount of planning can prepare you for these sudden expenses. It’s best to leave a buffer when allocating a budget (but be sure not to spend the buffer money on spur-of-the-moment purchases!)

Don’t turn your dream kitchen renovation project into a nightmare. Decide on your budget early on and stick to it! Hire a kitchen renovator in Sydney you trust who cannot only stick within your timeframe but within your budget as well.

Begin work on your kitchen reno and contact Sydney’s trusted kitchen renovators, Badel Kitchens and Joinery, and request for a free quote today.

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7 Laundry Room Upgrades You’ll Be Dying to Have


Laundry rooms are an underappreciated room in most houses but often prove to be one of the most utilised rooms in the home.

If you’re looking to update your dated laundry room, here are 7 laundry room upgrades we’ve think every home should have.



Elevated washer and dryer

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Doing the laundry entails bending over and lifting heavy loads in and out of your washer and dryer. Give your back a much needed break and install your washer and dryer on an elevated platform. Our experts suggest a platform of around 40 cm for the optimal height.


Deep basin

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Some spots have to be taken out by hand. A deep basin such as this one that holds 21.5L from Caroma should do the trick!


Pull-out ironing board

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If you’re low on space, look into installing a pull out ironing board. Once all the laundry’s been washed, ironed and sorted, just slide the ironing board back in! Make sure you use sliding drawers that can bear the weight and pressure of ironing. Invest in these Blum Movento runner systems that can carry up to 60 kg.



Sturdy countertops

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Just like kitchen countertops, laundry room countertops can take quite the beating. Invest in a sturdy non-porous countertop that can withstand any nicks and scratches.



Hidden laundry basket

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Utilise the space beneath your granite countertops by installing hidden laundry baskets. For the ultimate convenience, allot space for three baskets – darks, lights and coloured.



Tiled floors and floor drain

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Clean-up will be a breeze with a fully-tiled laundry room floor. Make sure you include a floor drain so you can easily mop whatever water pools up right into the floor drain. Hire an expert in bathroom renovations in Sydney to ensure that the job will be done right in a minimal amount of time.



Open shelving

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You can never have too much storage space in a laundry room. We love open shelving because it allows you to easily see the contents, making sorting a breeze. Find a Sydney contractor who can provide you with different storage solutions.

What are laundry room upgrades you looking to add your home? For laundry room expert you can trust, turn to Badel Kitchens and Joinery. We go do more than just kitchen and bathroom renovations, and well make sure you get the best ROI for your money.

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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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Why You Should Hire an Expert Kitchen Supplier

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Homeowners often hire general contractors for various jobs around their home. While general contractors can, in theory, do the job, it’s become a question of “can they do the job well?” What homeowners sometimes overlook is that for certain tasks, specialty contractors are the way to go.

General contractors have a working knowledge of how things are done and how things go. Specialty contractors, on the other hand, focus on a specific aspect such as plumbing, electrical wiring, kitchen renovations, etc. When planning a major project, such as a complete kitchen renovation, it’s vital to hire an expert kitchen supplier who’s had years of experience and training. Here are some reasons why.

They know what they’re talking about

Because they specialise in kitchen renovations, they’ve had years to hone their craft and gain significant experience in their field. It’s best to ask them for advice and their honest opinions on your project because they’ve gone through multiple successful kitchen renovation projects throughout the years and know how to efficiently work on your kitchen renovation.

They have connections

When you hire an expert kitchen supplier, you’re not only hiring them for their services – you’re hiring their connections as well. Unlike general contractors, seasoned professionals have a string of vendors where they can easily source materials you’ll be needing at a good rate.

They pay close attention to detail

Unlike general contractors, expert kitchen suppliers know what about the potential problems they may experience and how best to counteract these. Apart from just attention to detail, they have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to design and functionality. Rest assured that your kitchen supplier will develop a design that reflects your personal style and is the best it could possibly be.

Hiring a general contractor may seem like the cheaper option, but hiring an expert kitchen supplier will be more beneficial in the long run. Badel Kitchens and Joineries is made up of a team of highly skilled kitchen suppliers who can assist you with every detail of your kitchen renovation. Contact Badel today and get a free quotation.

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Kitchen Review: Popular Countertops in Kitchens Across Sydney

Kitchen Review: Popular Countertops in Kitchens Across Sydney

Countertops are arguably one of the most important parts of any kitchen. At times, homeowners and designers choose a countertop and designing the entire kitchen around it. If you’re still torn about which material would best suit your needs and your budget, read more to find out about the most popular countertops in kitchens across Sydney.


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Granite has been the leading kitchen countertop material for years, and for good reason. It is one of the sturdiest materials in the market and comes in a wide variety of colours, finishes, and thicknesses. Its price ranges depending on the quality of granite you choose and the thickness. It is quite porous so ritual sealing is necessary.



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Much like granite, quartz is quite sturdy and can withstand heat, pressure, nicks, and scratches. It’s non-porous so it doesn’t require sealing of any sort. Caesarstone is one type of quartz that is quickly becoming a favourite of homeowners everywhere and provides the look of granite at a lower cost. Quartz, however, can be quite heavy (significantly heavier than granite) and lacks the natural variegation granite can offer.


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Laminates are plastic-coated and come in a range of colours – some even resembling marble and granite. It’s one of the most affordable materials in the market but is prone to scratches, burns, and stains.


Stainless Steel
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Often associated with commercial and industrial kitchens, stainless steel is quickly making its way into family kitchens. It’s easy to clean up and is resistant to heat and bacteria. Fingerprints show up easily on stainless steel so you may end up constantly wiping it down. It is also prone to dents and scratches, so cutting boards are an absolute must.


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These days, concrete is no longer restricted to just floors and walls. It is easily customisable – made to fit any kitchen and tinted to any shade you desire. Although quite sturdy, it doesn’t absorb heat quite as well as other materials. It is porous so it has a tendency to stain if not sealed frequently.

Your countertops can set the tone for your entire kitchen or can serve as a great accent to whatever kitchen design you choose. When choosing countertops, make sure to choose one that suits not only your look but your lifestyle as well. Consult with an expert to find out which type best suits your needs. Badel Kitchens and Joineries employs a team of seasoned professionals who can assist you with any questions you may have. Contact Badel today and begin work on your new kitchen.

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Kitchen Design: Building a Cosy Family Kitchen


Kitchens are more than just a place for cooking. Oftentimes, it’s serves as the heart of the home where family members hang out to talk about their day. Design your kitchen to make it a welcoming space for you and your family.

Make It Bright
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Nothing’s more inviting than a bright room. Incorporate as much light as you can into the room. Natural light is always best so look to add large windows or even a sunroof. Strategically positioned lights work just as well if natural light isn’t available.


Add Comfortable Seating

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Adding comfortable chairs or even a couch to your kitchen/dining area is sure to attract family and friends and make them want to stay there longer. Create a middle kitchen island where family and friends can gather and socialise while preparing a meal.

A couch can section of different living areas in an open space without making it seem too cluttered.


Create a Breakfast Nook
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A breakfast nook is more than just for eating breakfast. It can be a comfortable place for family members to spend the weekend lounging or a great place to just read a book. Have a custom built booth added to your kitchen and be sure to fill it with comfy pillows and upholstery.


Build a Snack Bar
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Create a place where your kids can study and do their homework while you’re preparing dinner. Add a snack bar where you can easily store snacks for them to eat throughout the day.


Incorporating the Outdoors

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A great kitchen can be made even better with an amazing view. While planning your kitchen’s layout, think about what view you will have. Also think about how you can bring the outdoors in.Bring life into the kitchen by opening it up to the garden or patio. This not only allows light to flow in, but makes it more welcoming and appealing.

A kitchen should serve as the heart of every home. With these tips, you and your family will surely want to spend a lot more time in the kitchen. Badel Kitchen & Joinery is the leading expert in creating unique kitchen designs and layouts. Contact Badel today and ask about our new kitchen installations, remodelling, kitchen design and kitchen renovation services.