Do you replace benchtops or do small projects?
At Ben’s Kitchens we specialise in kitchens for new homes, full kitchen renovations & complete kitchen reface projects, all of the above projects can include new bench tops if requested. However if you are looking to only replace bench tops there are specific businesses that make bench tops. If you are wanting to replace laminate bench tops, a post former is what you are looking for and if you are looking to replace stone tops, a stone mason is the correct trade for the project.
How much does a kitchen cost?
There are many of factors to consider when pricing a kitchen, not only is it the kitchen cabinets that need to be priced but also appliances, sinks, tap ware, lighting and other trades. As a general guideline a small kitchen can cost anywhere from $8,000 with the average kitchen cost around $17,000. Most Australian homeowners doing a kitchen renovation will spend between $12,000 – $19,000.
Is it a good idea to buy a DIY flat pack Kitchen?
Ikea and Bunnings offer flat pack kitchens for the DIY enthusiast. In our industry it is important to be aware of how our competitors work in order to stay competitive. This is what our research came up with: Ikea and Bunnings Kaboodle Flat pack Kitchens offer high volume cabinetry at a discounted rate to the customer. Ikea and Kaboodle cabinets are sourced from China.
The particleboard from China is very low-density. Just like any flat pack to reduce shipping costs the components are made, dissembled and then the buyer assembles the cabinets at home. This is where you could run into problems due to the low-density particleboard, if you need to re-drill or nail the cabinet, there is a good chance the material will crumble.
You can run the risk of missing pieces with thousands of components in just one kitchen, even just one missing piece in a kitchen can cause all sorts of headaches. Before long what seemed like a weekend job can easily turn into a week long project with no operating kitchen plumbing or electrical.
There can be a colour variance in doors and drawer fronts due to the painting process being performed at different times and in different batches.
Another thing to take into consideration is the quality of hardware, we source European made hardware which has been engineered to last and work considerably quiet. The level of sound your hardware makes certainly counts for those early risers in the household.
How long will the process take?
Just like any renovation there are a number of steps to a kitchen renovation. Below is an outline of the process bearing in mind that this is a general guideline and subject to already active projects and also what is entailed in your particular project.
- Receive your free quote following your free onsite design consultation (1-2 weeks)
- Clarify and finalise drawings and scope of your project (2-3 weeks)
- Select materials, appliances and trades and place order (1-4 weeks)
- Construct cabinetry and deliver to site (4-8 weeks)
- Removal and disposal of existing cabinetry (1-2 days)
- Installation of new kitchen cabinets, appliances, plumbing & electrical (2-3 weeks)
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What do I need to do to prepare for my kitchen installation?
We will communicate with you every step of the way. We will be sure to let us know with plenty of notice prior to installation you will need to clear away all of your personal property. Although we cover our work areas and try to keep mess to a minimum there will be a measure of dust, it is advisable to cover your furniture with plastic or sheets to protect them.
Do I need to have design ideas?
If you already have ideas that is great! If you already have a plan, even a rough one that is even better. If not that is absolutely okay too, we are here to work with you in getting the most out of your space and fulfill the specific needs of your family.
How much will a new kitchen increase the value of my property by?
Kitchens sell homes! The Kitchen is the number one way to increase the value of your home. Buyers want a move in ready home. Most sellers will make a substantial profit on their kitchen investment by having a new one installed prior to selling.