So the cabinet maker decides to actually do something about his 1970's kitchen, just to compete with the plumber with leaky taps and the mechanic with a car that sounds like industrial machine.

Having many design ideas myself and also having to consider my wifes thoughts (being the primary cook and all) was always going to be a balancing act.

Some of the issues we came into probably like all clients

  • Design
  • Budget (have I accounted for everything)
  • Other trades
  • Blow outs (time and $)
  • The Knock on effect (if I do this, I will need to change, update, fix this)
  • Living in a construction zone

I will cover  more details of above in future posts. 


Even a budget kitchen can look amazing with the right design, choice of materials and something that gives the kitchen some character.

Our biggest issue was working with a kitchen that had 4 door ways, limited natural light and a closed planed room. What we did, removed a wall (eliminated a door way), widened another door way, added a glass door and changed the door swing direction ( also for more natural light also helped "open the space").

With a totally new floor plan involves a new floor, vinyl planks were selected for durability, water resistance and budget. So remember if you are just changing floor plan even just slightly the flooring is a consideration (rarely is a kitchen put after the finished flooring done)

Shifting services (water, waste, gas, electrical) generally speaking the easiest and often cheapest service to shift is electrical, so we decided we could work with the sink with its current location, adding gas to location we needed was cost prohibitive and electrical was a cheap option (installation wise)

Lighting - pendants, down lights and cabinet lights along with existing skylight and new glass door gave the space a much bigger feel. This was also assisted by white panel colour and warm neutral wall paint.

Workspace layout - the "work triangle" is one of the central design rules which basically say the sink - cooking and fridge must be close enough to be practical but not to far apart to make it feel like you have been to the gym running from point a-b. I feel the triangle should be more of a "work square" as I think the humble pantry is often neglected in the thought process. As such we have incorporated a smaller pantry for our daily access and a utility cupboard come 2nd pantry for bulk storage. 

For budget, durability and resale reasons we choose flat panel white gloss panels. Being very aware this could look very "flat pack" we had specific plans to give some more interest and redirect some budget to change that "flat pack" feel. 

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