The kitchen is no longer just a functional space for preparing food. It’s now also the place for showing your creativity and unique personality.
The kitchen is also one of the most occupied rooms where cups of tea are prepared and friends and family gather around. Truly, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And yes, guests are sure to pay more attention to how your kitchen looks than anywhere else in your home.
That’s why many homeowners are willing to invest money and effort in their kitchens. Although building a new kitchen costs $10,000 to $35,000+, homeowners are still willing to invest extra thousands of dollars more to ensure the kitchen looks and feels unique. It’s also the case with homeowners who are not satisfied with their kitchens. A kitchen renovation may cost $10,000 to $40,000+ but it could all be worth it if you’ll have what you want.
- New kitchen – $10,000 to $35,000+
- Kitchen renovation – $10,000 to $40,000+
If you want to have a high-end kitchen (top-class materials and appliances), prepare at least $40,000 to make it happen. Here’s a sample breakdown of the possible expenses:
- Flooring – $4,500+ (labour + materials, which may largely vary depending on how big will your kitchen be)
- Cabinetry – $4,500+
- Benchtop – $3,700+
- Lighting – $1,000+
- Splashback, painting & miscellaneous details – $1,000+
- Labour & professional services – $10,000+
Estimated total is ~$25,000
It’s just a very rough estimate. The total costs could blow up if you’ll be having a large kitchen or you’ll be filling it with customisations.
With that significant investment for your kitchen, it’s just natural to expect that it will look and feel unique. To accomplish this, you require craftsmen on the scene so you can have a really nice kitchen that best expresses your creativity and personality.
About craftsmen & kitchen joinery experts
To make your kitchen look and feel unique, the key is to make its design reflect your personality and everyday use. Along with your unique requirements and personality, craftsmen then can come up with a personalised design that aligns with your vision while still incorporating essential design elements.
What does that mean? Uniqueness doesn’t necessarily mean utility. Good thing is both uniqueness and utility can be achieved in designing a beautiful kitchen. Here’s how it works. You discuss your unique requirements to your kitchen designer. Then, the craftsmen will come up with a functional design (and execute it later on upon your approval) that aligns with your original vision.
Perhaps your vision is to have a minimalist kitchen (commonly requested by young and technical professionals). The kitchen designer might then recommend the use of white, grey and black to achieve a neat look. Closed cabinets (instead of open shelves) will also dominate the overall design.
If you want to communicate clarity and transparency, cabinets with transparent (not frosted) glass panels might become the focal points. Or, there will be more open shelves that clearly display your kitchenware.
Whichever is the case, every detail should follow a common theme. That’s why kitchen designers and craftsmen also pay attention to the following:
- Wall units
The appearance of each and every one of these will contribute to the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Every item should be in its proper place and their individual look should align with how your kitchen should feel like.
You and your guests would immediately feel any inconsistency in the design of your kitchen. It’s like something’s off but you can’t pinpoint where. One main reason is that indeed there’s something off. Perhaps it’s a little detail or the overall layout of the kitchen.
Aside from ensuring consistency and beauty, customisation is also important if you want to have a beautiful kitchen. If your kitchen looks common, it’s another way of saying that it’s not beautiful.
For customisation, kitchen joinery professionals are often in the scene. They can create customised kitchen cabinets, drawers, vanities, shelves and other crafts. Aside from producing something unique for you, they can also create these items according to the layout and dimensions of your kitchen. As a result, you optimise the space available.
Going beyond customisation
Uniqueness and utility are the goals when building a new kitchen or renovating an existing one. Another main goal is almost everything in your kitchen should last for generations. In addition, the project experience should be smooth and hassle-free (so you feel delighted as your new kitchen slowly unfolds).
That’s why when hiring or communicating with craftsmen and kitchen joinery professionals, it’s good to search for the following:
- Priority on the use of top-class materials
- Focus on quality when it comes to manufacturing and installation
- Experienced team who has already handled various scenarios and projects
- Strong communication to clients (responsive and reassuring)
- Highly qualified and licensed (they’re serious about their craft)
- Extensive experience working with architects, interior designers, tradesmen & other professionals
- Total project control & timely completion (end-to-end the team should handle the project)
Notice that this also applies to when hiring other professionals. Of course, you want your kitchen to be in the hands of professionals. Also, you want the project experience to be smooth because after all, kitchen construction or renovation may take at least 3 months:
- Kitchen design & consultation – 1 or 2 months (including review & finalising of plans)
- Demolition & general site preparation – just 1 day
- Custom cabinetry – 1 to 3 months (depends on the level of detail, complexity of the project)
- Cabinet installation plus setup of lighting & appliances – 1 month
- Installation of flooring & utilities (plumbing, electrical) – 1 month
Two or three of these might overlap or can be performed simultaneously. But it’s safe to assume that the entire project will take at least 1 month. As a result, you’ll be closely working with a team for the successful completion of the project.
With the significant investment and your intense desire to make your kitchen look unique, it’s likely you’ll be closely monitoring the progress of the project. It can be stressful at times because of the time and energy demand of the kitchen renovation or construction.
But if you’re working with a great team, the entire process becomes a lot smoother. From the initial consultation and planning up to verification that the outcome matches the specifications, kitchen renovation or construction becomes an amazing experience. And yes, you’ll value the outcome more because you were a part of it.
Make your kitchen look and feel unique
It’s possible to make your kitchen unique and useful at the same time. It’s a significant investment ($10,000 to $40,000+) but the results could be very worth it. You will have a kitchen that best reflects your creativity and personality. At the same time, the kitchen will be an enjoyable and productive place to prepare delicious meals.
These are only possible if you prioritise customisation and working with a great team. Almost anyone can produce a unique creation. But the question is this: Can they produce something that will last?
Also, will the results align with your original vision and with the overall theme of the kitchen? This requires expertise and experience that are hard to come by (especially in the field of design and construction).
Thankfully, Signature Joinery & Design (SJD) is here. With our highly experienced team of kitchen joinery experts and craftsmen, you’ll get results that last and stand out. In each of our projects and crafts we only use the best materials to ensure longevity, quality and elegance.
The results of our projects only communicate quality and sophistication. We’ve been working closely with our clients so the outcome will align with their unique vision and requirements. Contact us today if you want to have that same level of excellence for your kitchen.