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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? This comprehensive Badel Kitchens guide will give you a clear understanding of the typical costs for Sydney homeowners this year. You’ll find out what you can expect for your renovation dollars, as well as tips from our experts on where you can make big savings (and where not to) in order to get the best out of your kitchen reno budget.


Maybe you’ve finally had enough of your 1990s “Pretty in Pink” kitchen cabinets or perhaps you’ve been finding yourself spending more and more time on Pinterest dreaming about organising your pantry by colour and category. Either way, if you’ve been wondering “how much does a kitchen renovation cost in Sydney these days?” you’re in the right place. Understanding the typical kitchen renovation costs is the perfect first step towards making your dream kitchen a reality.  





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’re likely curious about the financial investment required to turn your dream into reality. So, let’s delve into the average expenditure Aussies are dedicating to kitchen renovations today…


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 – $80,000+




Budget Kitchen Renovation Costs

To keep costs low, budget kitchen renovations typically focus on aesthetics and cosmetic upgrades. Homeowners often choose to enhance their current kitchen layout rather than undertake a complete gut job and reconfiguration, involving major structural changes. This approach ensures they get the most value for their money.

One popular budget option is a “kitchen makeover” or “kitchen facelift,” this type of renovation aims to preserve the “bones” of the kitchen while beautifying and modernising it. That usually means sticking with the original footprint, layout and the position of the electrical and plumbing. If the existing cabinetry framing is in good nick, it can also be preserved and simply refaced with new cabinet doors and hardware. Add new benchtops, splashbacks and appliances and voila, you have totally transformed the look of your kitchen and brought it bang up to date!


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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).

So, summarising the things that are likely to go over budget in this price range:

  • Moving the kitchen sink or stove
  • Enlarging the kitchen’s footprint
  • Changes to the layout like changing from a peninsula to an island
  • Opening up the kitchen into the dining room to create an open-plan space
  • More ornate kitchen styles such as French Provincial


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, head designer of Badel Kitchens, “with this price range, you can definitely get that coveted dream kitchen. With a mid-range budget, 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.”


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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 bi-fold doors out to the pool area and move your kitchen sink to the kitchen island so you can watch the kids while you prep? Yep you can definitely do things 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.


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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.


Badel’s kitchen designers are here to help you start your journey.

Book a free personalised design consultation and get helpful advice and expert guidance for your kitchen reno.

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. The cost of Sydney kitchen renovations varies 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)? Here are Some of the Best Ways to Save Money on a Kitchen Renovation:

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. Here at Badel Kitchens we design, manufacture and install kitchens which means we can build you a premium kitchen, without the premium price tag (but, more on that a bit later).


Flooring Options

To keep kitchen renovation costs down, consider exploring various budget-friendly flooring options. For instance, vinyl flooring is an affordable and versatile choice that can mimic the look of more expensive materials like hardwood or tile. Laminate flooring is another cost-effective option that offers durability and a wide range of styles and colors, making it easy to find a design that complements your kitchen. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, consider cork or bamboo flooring, which are not only affordable but also sustainable. By choosing cost-effective flooring materials, you can significantly reduce your renovation expenses while still achieving a stylish and functional kitchen.


Consult a Kitchen Designer

Consider consulting with a kitchen designer to achieve both quality and style without breaking the bank. A skilled designer can assist you in selecting fittings and finishes that are not only affordable but also meet your aesthetic preferences. By exploring alternative options, such as different finishes and materials, you can achieve the desired look while staying within budget. From tile backsplashes to benchtops, significant savings can be found with the guidance of a knowledgeable designer. At Badel Kitchens, our dedicated designers offer consultations as part and parcel of every kitchen renovation project. They’ll guide you through your options, ensuring a harmonious balance between your desired aesthetic and budget for a stunning end result.


So, Where Does Badel Kitchens Fit in Terms of Kitchen Renovation Price?

At Badel Kitchens we primarily work within the budget and mid-range price categories, ensuring you get a beautiful custom kitchen or kitchen makeover without breaking the bank. And yes, we truly believe it’s possible to get high quality without spending a fortune!


We make premium custom kitchens (without the premium price tag). Here’s how we do it.

Since Badel are the actual kitchen manufacturers, we can deliver affordable excellence in all our kitchens without compromising on quality. There are no middlemen, no fancy showrooms in Drummoyne and no salespeople. Because we build everything ourselves right here in Sydney’s Eastern Creek and skip the fancy showroom and salespeople, we can offer top-quality, hand-crafted kitchens at prices you’ll love.

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A premium custom kitchen renovation by Badel in Sydney’s Earlwood.

Hand-Crafted Quality at Affordable Prices

We offer incredible value without skimping on quality. Every kitchen we create, whether it’s budget-friendly or high-end, is hand-crafted by skilled cabinet makers using top-quality materials as standard. Our kitchens are designed to withstand tough Aussie conditions and meet the needs of busy families.



The key factors in pricing up a kitchen reno are size of the kitchen, scale of work, materials and finishes. 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.


We’d Love to Help You with Your Kitchen Renovation

If you’re looking for a beautiful, affordable custom kitchen renovation, we’d love to hear from you and help bring your kitchen vision to life. We invite you to learn more about Badel’s kitchen renovations or to book a free design consultation to help you start your kitchen renovation journey.


When you book an obligation-free design consultation you can expect:

  • Helpful advice on how you can get the most for your money.
  • Guidance on materials, fittings and finishes to help you stay within your budget.
  • Ideas on layout options to best maximise your space.
  • Costings and timeline for your project.


Badel’s friendly team is here to make your dream kitchen a reality with great Aussie craftsmanship and unbeatable value. Let’s chat about how we can bring your kitchen vision to life!


Still browsing? Take a peek at our kitchen reno page for a fuller picture.

Learn more about the whole kitchen renovation process and how we do it at Badel. Or if you have a question, give us a call.

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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.


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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.


pendant lights in Hamptons style kitchen




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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Give Your Kitchen a Fresh Start for the New Year

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January is all about new beginnings! We’ve asked Sydney kitchen renovations experts how you can reset your kitchen for the new year.

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1. Deep clean your cabinets

Your cabinets and kitchen joinery is subjected to a lot of abuse throughout the year. Give it a little TLC this month to keep it in tiptop shape.

Simply mix dish soap and warm water together in a spray bottle and spritz it all over the exterior. Dish soap is a great degreaser and can cut through any buildup you may have accumulated throughout the year. Use a dish cloth to work the solution into the nooks and crannies to get it really spotless. Thoroughly rinse it off with another clean cloth, then dry with a final cloth. Make sure to wipe it down well as any water droplets left could leave stains!

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2. Update your hardware

Everyday usage of kitchen cabinets and drawers can seriously do a number on your hinges and cabinet pulls. A quick way to reset your kitchen for 2018 is to upgrade your hardware by installing easy-living features.

Blum offers a variety of hinges (both for kitchen cabinets and drawers) which utilise a soft close feature for maximum efficiency and ease of use!

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3. Clean out your refrigerator

Everyone’s least favourite kitchen chore… cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer. A year’s worth of takeaway, old condiments and leftovers can easily be accumulated and is often forgotten. Take the time to not only clean out your fridge of any old food and condiments but to also deep clean both your refrigerator and your freezer.

The NY Times has an in-depth article on how you can properly deep clean your refrigerator.

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4. Sanitise your countertops

Nearly all of our food is prepared or touches our kitchen counters so it’s incredibly important to sanitise and disinfect it for your family’s safety!

Whatever the material may be (laminate, granite or engineered stone), countertops can easily be cleaned with just two materials: warm water and isopropyl rubbing alcohol! Just mix equal parts of both in a spray bottle and thoroughly spray down your countertop. Wipe down the surface (or if you’re up for it, really put in some elbow grease to buff it to a shine) with a soft cloth and your countertops will be good as new!

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5. Disinfect dishwashing tools

We often forget about our dishwashing tools but think long and hard: when was the last time you actually changed your sponge, scrub brush or dish rags?

Soak your dishwashing tools in vinegar and lemon (both of which are natural disinfectants) before rinsing off completely with hot water. Or better yet, start off the year fresh and replace them all with new ones!

Reset your kitchen for 2018 and start the year fresh with these simple tips! For more helpful advice about kitchen and bathroom renovations, trust the experts in Sydney – Badel Kitchens and Joinery!

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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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16 Kitchen Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

With these, you would spend less time organising, searching, and cleaning the kitchen and
have more time for cooking and eating.

1. Use magazine holders to create freezer shelves.

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If your freezer is a mess and the frozen items are all over the place, you can use some magazine
holders to protect flat-shaped goods.


2. And to organise your bakeware and cutting boards.

bakeware and cutting boards The most common mistake committed in kitchen planning is not allowing enough storage. Make sure cabinets go all the way to the ceiling, instead of leaving space for dust to accumulate. Invest in custom drawers that allow easy access to stored pots and pans as well as in creating space for appliances so your kitchen wouldn’t look cluttered.


3. For utensils, you can try hanging them onto a rod.

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Perfect for small kitchens, maximize the wall space by hanging up some utensils and cooking ladles
against the wall, so you can easily grab them while cooking and use the drawer space for something


4. Or hang them inside your cabinet.

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Keep them organised by using a coat of chalkboard paint and labelling them accordingly.


5. Or use them to make an entire wall space stand out.

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This is created using a pegboard, wood, some screws, and hooks. Check out the steps here at
Apartment Therapy.


6. Create a labeling system

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Label your jars and canisters to remove the guesswork and easily get the spices and ingredients you
need. You may also put labels on top of containers located inside the drawers.


7. Or save on paper and simply use chalkboard paint on the lids


8. Extend the shelf life of food in plastic bags and make them easier to store by covering them with the tops of water bottles.

Just like this.


9. Turn the spice containers into ref magnets.

And save space in the process.


10. As well as small canisters so they can save as pen and note holders to help you remember errands and recipes.

As well as small canisters so they can save as pen and note holders to help you remember errands
and recipes


11. Use rolling shelves to maximise cabinet space.

Rolling shelves are a great way to ensure every corner of the cabinet is maximised. Ask us about
building custom-designed cabinets for your kitchen here.


12. Or create new drawers using unopenable parts of the cabinet.

You can change the old design of your cabinets with our help. Our team can change your cabinets’
look and kitchen design to maximise space and improve function.


13. Lazy Susans are the best way to make use of awkward corners in cabinets and

They make everything really accessible.


14. A rolling cart can also give you extra storage.

A rolling cart can also give you extra storage.


15. Invest in kitchen renovation by adding a kitchen island.

If you have space and the budget, get your kitchen renovated to add an island that can serve
both as a place to eat or prepare food and provide more storage space.


16. Or better yet, have your cabinetry customised to fit your kitchen’s size and design.

You can get corner cabinets and top kitchen cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling for more

Need help with or renovating your kitchen designs? Contact our team today!

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How to Make Your Small Kitchen Look Bigger

Planning on getting a kitchen renovation makeover? Don’t fret if you’ve got a small kitchen. Work with what you’ve got and maximise the space you have. Here are some kitchen designs to help you maximise your space and make it appear bigger and more spacious than it actually is.

1. Pick a white-centric colour scheme

1 Maximise the colour white

White is the perfect choice for small kitchens because it reflects light; enhancing space and making the walls seem to recede. Justine Hand from the Remodelista agrees. “It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this cloud-like effect. And it serves to blur the boundaries between wall and celling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher.”

2. Consider using glass panels for your cabinets

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Glass panels help lighten the look of the cabinets and allow the eyes to travel back, making the room seem more expansive. This would be more effective if all the items inside the cabinets are organized and colour-coordinated; a cluttered and disorganised cabinet will make the room seem smaller. Check out this kitchen designed by Weil Friedman Architects for inspiration.

3. If plain is too boring, you can try using elongated patterns

3 elongated patterns

If you want to add a little more flair to your kitchen, rethink getting bigger kitchen accents. Geometric and vertically striped walls or floors add just as much character but will draw your eyes forward along the lines, making it seem like the room is longer or taller than it actually is.

4. Choose light décor and furnishings

4 Choose light décor and furnishings

Choose kitchen accessories and fixtures that do not obstruct the line of sight and reduce visual weight. Shop for backless bar stools, wire kitchen islands, and glass pendant lights which are just as chic but minus the bulk.

5. Flood the space with light and mix it with ambient lighting

5 mix it with ambient lighting

A skylight will open up the ceiling and visually expand the space. Having large windows will also create a more open feel around the room. Balancing this natural light with some ambient lighting will surely provide the same feeling during the night.

6. Shiny surfaces can also do the trick.

6 Shiny surfaces can also do the trick

When shopping for kitchen appliances and furnishings, you can opt for stainless steel appliances, glossy floors, glass tiles, and sleek cabinets. These work similar to mirrors that reflect light strategically.

7. Consider maximising the room’s layout.

7 Consider maximising the room’s layout

If the kitchen is connected to another section, such as the dining area, you can borrow space by cutting walls and make it seem that the other room is a natural extension of the kitchen design. You can also consolidate the appliances, for example, putting the cooktop and oven in the same area to save counter space. You can also build the appliances into the cabinetry to prevent clutter.

Thinking of a kitchen renovation project? Talk to our team and we will provide customised recommendations to help you change the look of your small kitchen and transform it into a more functional and visually appealing room. For bespoke small kitchen designs, trust Badel Kitchens and Joineries, the leading experts in kitchen makeovers in Sydney.