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Cooking Up A Modern Kitchen Design Reno?

7 August

Reasons why we go the reno route vary. Maybe, every morning over a hot cuppa, you’re reminded that your kitchen needs a little (or a lot of) love. And so, you get inspired. Now, you want a modern kitchen design. You start to consider a few additions to freshen up the hub-of-the-house, maybe some new custom made cabinets, or even decide to go for a full-on knockdown. Or maybe, you want renovations because it can be a drag-out — ‘eat takeaway for weeks, while the dream kitchen takes shape’ scenario. Do any of these ring proper for you?

Signs You’re Due for a Modern Kitchen Design
Old Kitchen Photograph

Deterioration – it’s apparent that it’s the busiest room in the house – it’s showing wear and tear. That’s why, it’s time for a full-on quality kitchen project.

Value – it’s one of the critical rooms in your home that, when renovated well, can add value. So, if you’re thinking of selling, this is especially important.

Lifestyle – maybe your own needs have changed. And now, your kitchen and your lifestyle are currently not a match.

It’s outdated – unless retro is the vibe you’re going for, it’s high time you made yours more contemporary and brought it forward a few decades with a new kitchen.

It doesn’t look like those on TV – when you look at your kitchen, it doesn’t come close to anything you’ve seen on Better Homes and Gardens or My Kitchen Rules. Then, it’s time yours was camera ready.

Special needs – the needs of an aging or special needs family member may need to be accommodated, so some changes are a priority for you.

Energy savings – from more efficient lighting to energy-efficient appliances, there can be some terrific energy savings to be gained from an upgrade. Let’s make your kitchen more planet-friendly.

2020 Top Modern Kitchen Design Trends

If you’re going to go the reno route, you’ll want to be on-trend or something in a timely and detailed fashion for your cooking space.

To help you be fully informed, here’s what’s on Trend for Modern Kitchen Designs 2020

  1. The use of natural materials – from bamboo to quartz, most kitchens boast natural materials and kick synthetics to the kerb.
  2. Splashes of colour make a statement in everything from seats to cabinetry to multicoloured splashbacks!
  3. All area lighting is creating some moody kitchen feels
  4. Incorporating some clever storage solutions is now the kitchen status quo
  5. Open shelving provides an opportunity to get creative and make a statement
  6. Clean and fresh benchtops add clean and uncluttered lines to add to the openness of even the smallest kitchen
  7. Stylish tapware that’s both functional and beautiful – from the trust stainless steel to the warmth of rose gold, to the added drama of black or bronze, tapware is adding a contemporary accent
  8. Innovative technology, innovations and increased energy and water efficiencies are being built in from the start
  9. Under counter fridges and gas hobs integrated into benchtops are providing improved functionality along with energy efficiency
  10. Scratch and stain-resistant flooring is yet another feature of the in style on-trend kitchen that is both functional and Fido-friendly!

Our Team Knows Their Way Around a Kitchen Plumber In New Kitchen

Not to toot our own horn (okay, maybe just a little!), the Gold Coast Plumbing Company team is pretty handy to have around the kitchen in the whole process of getting the best end result. Not only do we make a mean cuppa when it comes to kitchens, but we’ll also help you:

  • Fix those leaky faucets
  • Clear those blocked drains
  • Install, fix and replace kitchen tapware – from mixers to filter taps and pullouts and pillars, we’ve got fixtures on tap for purchase too!
  • Rescue valuables dropped down the drain.
  • Install, fix, and supply sinks of all sorts
  • Supply, install, fix and remove garbage/waste disposal units or Insinkerator and related products.
  • Install, fix and supply reverse osmosis unit or standard filtration water filtration systems, cartridges and related products
  • Install dishwashers
  • Install, fit and connect your household gas appliances
  • Install gas lines and prepare gas system compliance certificate submissions

Tips for Kitchen Renovation Success

Success doesn’t just happen. It’s planned for. And, that is true with any reno project! So, here are some tips to get it right:

  • Don’t overspend – set a practical budget and stick to it
  • Complete a section at a time where possible so that it’s still usable. Start with the kitchen island first or the cabinets.
  • If you can’t do it all at once, clarify your vision and bring it to life a phase at a time
  • Avoid an identity crisis – honour the existing style of the rest of your home and work with it rather than against it
  • Keep up with trends, determine what works for you, don’t rush it, let time work for you as it may lead to identifying less expensive options or shopping the sales.
  • Hire licensed professionals – cabinetmakers, tilers, electricians and of course, us plumbers
  • Consider salvaging existing kitchen cupboards, appliances and decor pieces – not everything has to be new.
  • Don’t scrimp on new hardware – in a high traffic area like the kitchen, getting the highest quality you can afford will serve you well.
  • Take advantage of free advice and tap into the plethora of DIY resources available to amp up your know-how.
  • Use this as an opportunity to Marie Kondo the crap out of overstuffed drawers and cupboards.

Kitchen Renovation Costs

When it comes to kitchen upgrades, you gotta ask yourself, “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”

In other words, are the costs worth the added benefit of even a low-end budget renovation? Usually, the answer is yes, but how much will that ‘squeeze’ cost you?

There are no absolutes when estimating a kitchen reno. Even if it’s only a small kitchen and your kitchen design ideas are only minimal. But, according to the Housing Industry Association’s 2019 report, the average cost to renovate a kitchen is around $26K.

  • Budget Renos usually come in under $10k
  • Mid-range improvements can run between $15k and $25k
  • The spic high-end variety can start at $35k and grow from there.

If even the budget end is more than you have to work with, don’t worry. A new appliance, an updated sink, and new tapware can go a long way in improving the look, functionality, and efficiency of the hub of the house.

For Modern Kitchen Reno, We’re Here to Help!

So, if a kitchen reno is on the menu in your home, we’d be happy to help. From gas fittings to water filters, from chrome mixers to goosenecks, we’ve got everything plumbing related for your modern kitchen design reno, including the kitchen sink! Call us on 1300 390 361.