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If you’re looking to sell your home in the short-to-medium-term future, a well-planned kitchen renovation can add value to your home – and then some.  As a central element of any home, a functional, stylish kitchen is on many buyers’ wishlist. So, if your kitchen is starting to feel dated or look a little worse for wear, it can be worth the upfront costs to renovate as this can significantly increase your home’s overall value in the eyes of prospective buyers.  While it may be tempting to head down the flatpack route for a quick update before bringing buyers through, these solutions can often stand out for all the wrong reasons.  A bespoke joinery solution not only creates a seamless space, but also helps buyers to envision themselves using your kitchen every day.  Here’s why buyers will appreciate the value of custom joinery in your home, and how to maximise the return

A good kitchen should feel intuitive and effortless to use – but there’s a lot of planning and thoughtful design that goes into a seamless end product. It makes complete sense to turn to a professional to help you renovate your kitchen, but there are a few different experts you can help you with your Sydney kitchen renovation. What’s the difference between all these different people, and who is the best fit for your project?  Read on to learn more about how the roles of kitchen designers, architects and kitchen manufacturers differ, and which one you may want to use to transform your space.    Kitchen designers For a comprehensive and cohesive design for your new kitchen, a kitchen designer is your best bet. Unlike an interior designer, whose focus is more on styling, a kitchen designer takes into account the layout, materials, finishes and fixtures to create a fully-realised design for your

The decision to commit to a kitchen renovation is an exciting one. Knowing that pain points and wishlist items you’ve been mulling over will finally be addressed is all the motivation you need! 

After deciding to actually go ahead with your kitchen renovation, you’ll need to decide on an equally important factor – your renovation budget. While it’s easy enough to determine an initial number, it’s important to spend some time up front crunching the numbers to avoid headaches down the track. 

So, how do you come up with this number – and just as importantly, how do you stick to it? Having worked on countless Sydney kitchen renovations in our fifty years of experience, we share our tips to manage your project budget.


Decide which type of kitchen renovation you want 

Not all renovations are created equally, and understanding more about what you want to update will help to narrow down your budget much more quickly. 


Broadly speaking, there are two types of renovations: 

  • Cosmetic: If your kitchen just needs a refresh, but it’s structurally adequate, you may only need to invest in some new cabinet doors, upgraded appliances and materials (like benchtops and tiling). This type of project is typically cheaper, as you’re not creating new cabinets or amending the foundational layout of your space. 
  • Full renovation: More typical for older homes or as part of a wider home extension, a full kitchen renovation involves structural changes like new walls, custom joinery, additions (such as an island bench or butler’s pantry) along with the design and aesthetic elements touched on above. While this project will cost more, you’re also able to completely customise every element of your new space without being limited by its current layout. 


Once you know which type of renovation you’re looking to complete, you can set a rough price range for your project. 

Break down your total figure

Armed with an initial figure for your renovation, it’s time to flesh out the scope of your project a little further. This will not only help you to identify any gaps in your planning, but also to check your total budget against what you’re wanting to achieve. 


Here are a few elements you’ll want to account for: 


-Design fees

Unless you’re an experienced renovator or tradesperson, it’s recommended to work with a kitchen designer for your project. While this does add a cost to your project, their services do also buy a peace of mind that your renovation will be completed to the standard, timeline and budget that you expect. 

A designer can also help you to shape the rest of your budget, including recommendations on where to splurge and where to save, along with taking care of the installation and trades component of the project for you. 

-Custom joinery

The cost of your cabinetry will vary depending on the number and size of cupboards, the door profile and opening mechanism you opt for, along with any custom features such as pull-out racks or swivel shelves for corner units. Include concealed/integrated appliances under this line item, too.