We are thinking about doing the kitchen up, the oven and stove will be cvered by insurance as our oven burnt out big time the other day, I may chip in a little more to get the one I really want though!!
I won't be getting a dishwasher atm but will get one cupboard made up to be removed down the track....... and we willl be looking at flat pack type kitchens that DH can put together and we will tile ourselves......
Can anyone help me with a rundown of costs????
We won't be changin the floor covering just yet (next years job!!!)
We did our kitchen last September, the pics are on FB. Ours was a pretty big job. Rip out kitchen, rip out laundry, knock down adjoining wall/plaster and move electricals. Original flooring ripped up and replaced with new boards. Floor in old laundry section needed to have channels cut in the concrete so that floor boards could be laid over the top of it. Also ripped out original window, knocked out bricks and replaced with a larger and new aluminium window.
Most of my laundry is drawers with the exception of under the sink. My microwave is tucked away in a cupboard with a door that opens up and over the top of the microwave. My panty is two huge drawers at the bottom and then shelving up the top (top section I use as the linen press). My washing machine and dryer are concealed in cabinets too.
All my cupboards go all the way up to the roof and have trim across the top so that I never have to worry about dust. All my drawers are self closing and have life time warranties on them. The cost of my kitchen also included the desk with drawers and storage/broom cabinet a the end of it, that runs straight off the end of the kitchen bench.
I chose laminate benchtops and vacuum form finish for the cupboards
I have a very good quality sink with excellent size bowls. I have a great wall oven, ceramic cook top, rangehood and a one drawer F&P dishdrawer.
A rough breakdown:
Sink and Mixer $1300
Rip out and installation of Kitchen/Laundry/Desk (including all electrical and plumbing work) $13 000
Remove wall/patch roof etc/install new window/rip up & re-lay new flooring (including concrete
cutting) $4 000
A few tips. Don't EVER buy the sink/mixer/appliances that are on offer from kitchen companies, unless you are going with a top quality kitchen company, but still do your research. What they offer are what is classified as builders products. Mass made cheap products, no bells or whistles.
Sinks are usually a satin (matt) finish and look old before their time. It is often difficult to get water stains off them too, and forget that shiny sink, you will never have it. The other thing is that the bowls are really shallow making washing pots and pans a pain in the bottom.
The over, they will offer an under bench oven. Usually the griller is inside the oven cavity. Even though it might seem like a good idea.... try grilling meat and cooking chips at the same time..... it is nearly impossible. Mum had bought a brand new upright with the grill inside the oven cavity and she HATED it.
My preference was to get a wall oven with seperate grill. Mine is classified as a 1 1/2 oven. Both sections have griller elements up the top and the 1/2 oven is just that, also an oven. I do not need to heat up the full oven if I only want to use one tray, it is EXCELLENT.
Splurge and get yourself a nice ceramic cook top. They aren't that expensive, again shop around.
Getting the dishwasher cupboard is a great idea, that way you can pick one up when your see a good one on special.
Get a good tap too Jess. The ones that kitchen companies/builders offer are cheap quality. Get something that has a good chrome finish that will last the years. Being on tank water I am not sure if mixer taps are recommended. In the past tank water was known for being too gritty and would scratch the ceramic discs which makes the mixer tap leak. Also, pressure may be an issue too. Mixers only work well if there is enough pressure. A local plumber could advise you on that anyway.
Everyone told me that there is little to no difference in the polyeurathane (sp) and vacuum form finishes. Vacuum form is much cheaper and is the newer technology, quicker and cheaper to make. Vacuum form is also more hardy when you have kids running around than the polyeurethane. Expensive isnt always the best way to go in the case.
You will find a great variety of prices between companies. One of the main differences I noticed was the drawers (type of sliders and drawer frames), hinges (soft closing or normal type), and the shelving itself (some of them don't join very well and you can see the chipboard where the laminate doesn't meet perfectly with the edge strips).
I could go on more... but I have already bored you to death... lol
Oh, I used to work or 2 manufactures of kitchen sinks/laundry tubs/tapware/accessories/bath tubs/toilet suites etc.... so I know what I am talking about when it comes to builders items and the quality.... lol
I know we spend alot on our kitchen, but it will last a long time, probably 20 years.