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How much is a Sydney kitchen renovation 2021

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

Sydney kitchen renovation cost guide

 

So, just how much does it cost to renovate a kitchen in 2021? Our guide will help you get a good understanding of the costs for homeowners in Sydney in 2021 and 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 recently wondering “Just how much does a kitchen renovation cost these days?”, chances are you (a) have finally had enough of your kitchen’s 1980’s Pretty in Pink cabinets or psychedelic 70’s backsplash (b) have found yourself scrolling through Pinterest on more than one occasion longing to replace your old laminate counters with a slick stone surface or (c) maybe you’re ready for a total gut job to make way for a whole new kitchen with an island bench, butler’s pantry, elegant cabinetry, and integrated appliances.

 

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 the kitchen is the most popular room to renovate, according to a survey of over 7000 Aussie homeowners conducted by Houzz. If you’re one of the Aussie homeowners yearning to renovate and transform your kitchen into a room that will 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 modifications your budget will allow.

 

Average Kitchen Renovation Costs

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 renovations – $15,000 – $ 25,000
  • Mid-range renovations – $25,000 – $45,000
  • Premium renovations – $45,000+

 

Budget Renovations

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This budget range is easily attainable for smaller or apartment-sized kitchens. To save on cost, budget kitchen renovations also typically just deal with the aesthetics and surface-level fixes. These include new cabinets and splashback, a fresh coat of paint or a new countertop. Work involving structural, electrical or plumbing changes will most likely not be within budget.

Expect to spend a big portion of your budget on cabinetry, especially if you’re going to opt for custom joinery. This could be anywhere from $4,000 – $10,000. If you’re looking to save, melamine is a great option as it is the most economical material for both cabinets and countertops. 

 

Mid-range Renovations

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According to Zaia Badel, Director of Badel Kitchens, with this price range, you can definitely get that coveted dream kitchen. He says “A majority of our kitchen makeover projects fall within the mid-range category and 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.” Mid-range renovations are commonly custom designed, so you can get one that’s tailored to your needs and specifications.

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 of your kitchen to suit your needs, which may entail reworking the electrical wiring and plumbing as well.

How much it will cost and the division of the budget will depend on what you intend to use it for. For homeowners who love to cook, 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 home ware.

 

High-end Renovations

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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 such as Sub-Zero appliances or Wolf ovens.

Apart from the pricy 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 Do Sydney Renovation Costs Stack Up?

Location also plays a big factor when it comes to computing for your kitchen renovation cost. The average kitchen renovation in Australia costs 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. 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 and will save you a packet compared to tiles whilst still giving you an updated and modern look.

  • Appliances

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.

Conclusion

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

At the end of the day, how much you shell out is entirely up to you. With the amount of options available in the market today, there will always be places wherein you can compromise in case you go over budget.

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 with the proper licenses and insurance so you get the most from your money. Badel Kitchens and Joinery has had over 20 years of experience designing and manufacturing the best kitchen designs in Sydney.

Get in touch with our experts now!

 

give your kitchen a fresh start for the new year

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 (https://www.kitchens.com), 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.

finding the best cooktop for you

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.

 

Gas

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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.

 

Induction

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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.

 

Ceramic

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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
else.

 

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
refrigerators.


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
space.

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

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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.