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Kitchen Renovations

At Paramount Creations we specialise in Kitchen, Bathroom and Laundry renovations in Canberra & the surrounding areas. We want our clients to have access to the best in customer service, the highest quality materials and the premium trades people in the area. If you are looking to renovate your kitchen and would like some additional information, we have compiled some useful points below to help understand all aspects of the renovation. Whilst we would love to be able to renovate your kitchen for you, we understand that picking a kitchen design and project management team is important and you need to feel comfortable with them.

Whether you would like to appoint us to help with your renovation or not, we hope this information is useful to you. If there is something else you would like to discuss or go into in more detail, please call our project manager (Dan) on 0404 606 290, alternatively shoot him an email at dan@paramountcreations.com.au. He will be more than happy to help where he can.

Kitchen Renovation Cost

A common question asked is ‘How much will a kitchen renovation cost me in Canberra’. Generally a full kitchen renovation will range from $14,000 to $26,000 plus appliances. This will include removal of the old kitchen, the new cabinetry, hardware, doors & benchtops and will also include the trades required to do the work. This is just the average kitchen renovation, kitchen renovations can realistically range from $8,000 to $90,000+.  

Kitchen size is obviously a big variable when it comes to price but other variables will be:

Benchtop choice – Generally Stone vs Laminate (laminate is at least half the cost of stone).

Door choices – most basic is melamine then vacuum formed or vinyl wrapped and then the most expensive door options are 2pac painted, veneer or solid timber.

 

 

Other costs to consider:

  • Are there walls being moved or adjusted?
  • Can services like electrical, but mainly plumbing stay where they are?
  • How much pull-out hardware will be used in the kitchen?
  • Will the door finish be texture, matt or gloss?
  • Is there Asbestos in the lagging around the hot water pipes or in the fibre cement sheeting?

 

When it comes to cost, a great idea would be to know the amount that you feel comfortable investing and work with a kitchen renovator to design the kitchen to suit that amount.

We suggest not compromising on quality hardware – We use Blum and have never had any issues with them, they are highly regarded in the industry and have lifetime warranty.

Kitchen Renovation Timing

When it comes to scheduling a kitchen the biggest variable is confirming everything including the design, materials, colours and hardware. The time this takes can range from a few days to a few months. We believe it is important that you are happy with the design and the colours you have selected before anything is put into production or materials ordered.

Once everything has been confirmed we allow 4 weeks before any onsite works commence (This lead time can vary depending on the renovation company you’re with). This allows us to order the materials and book in the trades.

Once the renovation starts on site, the on-site works will last at least one week if the kitchen has a laminate benchtop and tiled splashback and up to 3 or 4 weeks if you have a stone benchtop and glass splashback.

The reason it is longer for a stone benchtop is because, whilst some small kitchens can have the stone pre ordered, it is normally better to wait for the cabinets to be installed before having the stone supplier measure the benchtop and then cut the benchtop to suit. Especially considering the cost of a stone benchtop, it can be worth waiting to have it done right.

The reason a glass splashback takes longer is because it is worth accurately measuring the space for the glass once everything else is installed. Glass splashbacks need to be toughened and once glass is toughened you cannot cut it down or alter it in any way, it is worth the wait.

If you are renovating an investment property time is money, so having a tiled splashback may be something to consider. Also using a laminate benchtop or if possible pre ordering the stone top can also be a viable option.

If you are renovating your home, putting up with not having a fully usable kitchen for an extra couple of weeks may be worth the agony in the long run.

Reface Vs Full renovation

When your kitchen is starting to look out dated, sometimes it is hard to consider if it is worth doing a full renovation or just a reface. We offer both services so we won’t be biased and instead we have a list of considerations below to help you decide depending on your situation. Refaces generally cost between $4,000 and $20,000. It can be more than this, but generally it is worth doing a full renovation if it is. 

Things to consider:

  • Are you thinking of refacing your benchtop or doors or both?
    • If you are just looking at changing over the doors, this can be easy, well priced and as long as the internals of the cabinets are fine then a reface may be the best way.
    • If you are looking to do your benchtop only be aware that you will still need a plumber and possibly an electrician to disconnect & reconnect your sink and cooktop. This will still be much cheaper than a full renovation.
    • If you are looking at replacing both, whilst it will still be cheaper than a full renovation it will still be pricy. The benchtop and doors are some of the most costly aspects to a kitchen renovation and you will still need to pay for a plumber and an electrician.
  • Do you like the current kitchen floor plan?
    • If you still like the floor plan a reface may be the right option
    • If you would like to alter the cabinetry or add cabinets to the existing kitchen design then whilst it will still be slightly cheaper than a full renovation it is not the best value for money. Generally it wouldn’t cost too much more to have the full renovation done.
  • Do you want it done quickly with as little interruption as possible?
    • If you want as little disruption as possible and the existing cabinetry is in good shape than a reface may be the best option. A reface may only take a couple of days and the maximum on site time wouldn’t be much more than a week.

Generally if you are happy with the existing layout, the internal cabinets are fine and you don’t want to do any other alterations, a kitchen reface is the way to go. Outside of that you will need to consider cost and interruption time.

Contractors

The contractors chosen to do the renovation can make or break the job. We believe that we use some the best contractors available in Canberra. A good contractor is much more than someone who has a qualification in their trade. Obviously choosing someone with the right certificate for what they are doing is a must, but that’s just the start.

A good contractor is not only good at their trade, they are also reliable, easy to talk too, will treat your home with respect and will look at the renovation as a whole to make it easier for everyone involved not just for themselves (if you are a trades person with these attributes, please get in touch with us and we will add you to our contractor database).

Sometimes the most expensive trade’s people are not always the best, in saying that it is never a good idea to choose the contractor based only on price. Word of mouth is generally the best, a friend or family member who has used them and would recommend them. You will be amazed at how many recommendations you will get if you reached out to friends on social media.