The kitchen is in many ways the most important part of any home. Renovations to Kitchens can be stressful projects as you must make a lot of decisions relatively quickly, the projects are not inexpensive, and are time consuming.
All residential kitchen renovations are unique projects. Successful renovations depend on what you want, the space available, your budget and your time frame.
Working with a qualified local business which has experience in listening to your needs and supplying what you require will help take the stress out of the project.
Many Kitchen renovation businesses offer design and build/fit out services separately. You will want to make sure that the installer to be used for your project also has a good reputation in your community.
Kitchen renovations are very budget and time driven. Many services cater to low, medium and high-end projects.
The renovation companies mentioned in this article offer services in the Sydney metro area. Have a look at each of these as a starting place for your own project.
1. Freedom Kitchens
Freedom is a large furniture supply chain which also offers an online and in person kitchen design and supply services. Freedom does not install kitchens and refers its customers to recommended installation service providers to complete the job.
The product range is good, and prices are very competitive. Sales staff are helpful, professional and responsive.
Supa Centa Moore Park 2a Todman Ave
Kensington, NSW, 2033
(02) 8006 5545
2. Ikea Kitchen Design and Supply
The well-known Ikea furniture range includes a comprehensive online design and order experience for DIY kitchen renovations.
Ikea provides a slick looking lower cost kitchen package, based on DIY or engaging your own contractor. But if your budget does not allow for a custom, locally built kitchen then an Ikea kitchen remodel may be an excellent second choice.
The experience can save money, but you must devote your time to assembly and installation.
The products are generally of good quality. Ikea promises full refund if product is not delivered as promised.
634-726 Princes Highway Tempe, NSW
no phone number online support only
KitchenKraft has been completing full-service kitchen renovations in Sydney for many decades. This service involves the complete package from the initial design to complete kitchen installation in your home. The complete kitchen renovation usually involves removing the existing kitchen, plumbing, electrical, gyprocking, tiling, stone masonry, carpentry and other trade work depending on the renovation.
To manage the project, KitchenKraft promises that customers have one contact to coordinate their renovation project. The contact will work with customer to:
- Design your new kitchen.
- Final check measure before manufacturing.
- Provide 3D drawings and detailed manufacturing plans for your approval.
- Arrange all tradespeople for the onsite work.
- Arrange appointments for the stone or glass to be measured.
- Check that all work is completed.
365 Blaxland Rd, Ryde NSW 2112
(02) 9807 3766
A Granite Transformation kitchen makeover is a cost-effective way to update your space, by reusing parts of your existing kitchen. Granite Transformation kitchen makeover services can include:
Free in-home consultation
Benchtop resurfacing Engineered stone surfaces can be an affordable alternative that can be placed on top of your existing old bench space.
Reshape Your Bench Changing the shape, material used or the layout of your current kitchen can provide function, efficiency and improve the look of your kitchen.
- a wide range of benchtop colours
- Reface Kitchen Cabinets
- Colour or Timber Kitchen Cabinets
- New Kitchen Cabinet Handles
- New Drawers and hardware
- Updated Kitchen Splashbacks
- New Kitchen Sink and Tapware
- New Appliances
With fresh colours, finishes and appliances, you’ll get a new kitchen look at a fraction of the cost and without the mess and demolition of a new kitchen.
24 Ada Ave Brookvale, NSW
02 9939 3800
A Plan Kitchens and Bathrooms
Since 1984 Aplan Kitchens and Bathrooms have been designing and Installing Sydney Kitchens utilising high quality materials and hardware, Aplan kitchens are built to last.
A Plan Kitchens are designed for cooks, entertainers and families. Your A-Plan kitchen is designed to your needs and can include Drawers that glide; cupboard doors fold from blind corners; recessed lights add emotion; and hidden electrics open doors, bins and dishwashers at a touch.
Kitchen experience begins with the professional designer who will explain what is possible for your space and budget.
A-Plan will work with you to explore your options, and if you’re comfortable to go ahead, your designer will be with you from the preliminary drawings to the complimentary clean before you prepare your first meal in your new kitchen. A Plan service includes:
- A company that’s been standing by its guarantees for more than 25 years in NSW
- A single point of contact throughout your entire project
- Professional project management of your trades
- Transparent pricing for all trades and joinery
- Constant communication
- Always available for questions
- Manufacturing is done in Sydney
208 Parramatta Rd
Camperdown NSW 2050
Shop 1/50 Victoria Rd
Drummoyne NSW 2047
(02) 9516 3222
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Outdoor furniture is not what it used to be. Long gone are the rickety timber settings and faded plastic chairs. Thanks to innovations in surface development, outdoor furniture and fabrics can now be hard to distinguish from their indoor counterparts. Water, UV and mould resistant, they have been engineered to withstand weather conditions while still maintaining their good looks. With summer almost here, we’ve assembled our best 10 outdoor furniture retailers to ensure that when the sun comes out, you’re ready to enjoy your own great outdoors.
Susan and Gordon Tait started their outdoor furniture business in 1992 with a commitment to Australian designed and made outdoor furniture created to withstand local conditions. Thirty years later, they have an enviable reputation for sustainability, offsetting 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide and diverting almost a tonne of soft plastic from landfill each year, as well as continuing to manufacture out of Melbourne. Oh, and their ranges of steel and timber chairs, tables, benches and accessories have a timeless beauty and durability that makes them incredibly desirable.
Another business committed to sustainable practices, Mamagreen furniture is manufactured using materials that are either recycled or can be recycled. More than 90 percent of the teak Mamagreen uses is sourced from old buildings, with the remaining timber from managed plantations. If you’re looking for that resort feel at home, this is the place to go. In fact, their products can be found in hotels around Australia. We love the circular Begonia lounge, which is perfect for hosting friends while, for shade, you can’t go past the flexible Sombrero shade.
This Australian business headed up by Anthony Spon-Smith has been making great strides with its outdoor furniture ranges in recent years. Perhaps more than any other of the leading brands, the outdoor furniture looks and feels like the indoor equivalent, with upholstered seating (designed to get wet and dry off quickly) and chunky timber or stone-look tables and pedestals. Taking inspo from Mediterranean resorts like the French or Italian Riveras, this is one brand worth staying home for.
Founded in 2008 on an ethos of Live Life Well, Cosh Living offers a comprehensive range of products for outdoor use, from pots, tables and chairs, through to outdoor lighting, rugs, daybeds and more. With leading brands such as Manutti, Tribu, Dedon and Coast at their disposal, the look is one of relaxed sophistication, whether it’s a bean bag poolside or an oversized sofa on the deck. With such an extensive range of products, this is one company where a visit to the showroom is useful, to help coordinate your look.
Equally well known for their range of outdoor building supplies such as pavers, walling and pool surfaces, Eco Outdoor’s selection of outdoor furniture is just as popular, thanks to its focus on European styling and durability. Specifically designed for outdoor living, there’s everything from outdoor dining tables and chairs in teak, wicker or aluminium through to lounges, beanbags and umbrellas. With showrooms in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, you can drop in and assess the quality for yourself.
Whatever you need to furnish your outdoor space, chances are Satara has it. From lounge chairs and barstools to outdoor rugs and pot stands, this retailer has everything you need to create a comfortable and stylish outdoor space. With showrooms in most capital cities, you can experience the quality for yourself before making a final purchase. Designs range from classic Australian style through to contemporary Euro.
If it’s flexible outdoor furniture with modern lines you’re after, check out the range of sofas, coffee tables and dining suites from GlobeWest. Materials range from teak and aluminium to woven resin and ceramic in contemporary styles suited to a variety of architectural styles. Available direct to trade, the website also has an easy stockist search option to locate your nearest retailer.
There’s a reason why this legendary outdoor furniture supplier has been in business for more than 40 years. Known for its classic, durable outdoor furniture, Cotswold has longstanding associations with brands such as Vincent Sheppard and Fast Outdoor Lifestyle, as well as Cotswold Teak. While their loyal client base loves the classics, including Lloyd Loom and teak Adirondack chairs, this company has continued to evolve and innovate with contemporary ranges designed to stand the test of time.
It’s hard to go past Ikea for knockabout, versatile outdoor furniture that retains a sense of style. If you have an outdoor space to fill, chances are Ikea has the chair, lounge, outdoor table or accessories to fill it. We particularly love the classic moulded frame of the Skarpo chair (pictured) but could be persuaded by the highback woven Hogsten chair. For smaller spaces, the Torparo is a great shelf or mini table you can attach to the railing or fence.
This largely online furniture retailer initially sought to provide adaptable, compact furniture for the apartment market in Singapore. As it turns out, it’s a great fit for the Australian market too, as backyards and balcony spaces decrease in size. The range of dining and lounge suites is classic, with slimline armrests and legs. Colours are limited to greys and beiges but could easily be brightened up with accent cushions if that’s your style.
How do I choose the right outdoor dining setting for me?
While many of the same principles apply whether you’re dining indoors or out, the big difference is the weather. Outdoor furniture can take a beating if it is exposed to UV and rain for extended periods of time, so your choice will depend on whether your furniture will at least have some covering or will most likely be completely in the elements. Aluminium furniture can be a great option because it is lightweight and easy to move around, while teak ages to silver grey when left in the sun. If space is a factor, folding or stackable chairs can be useful.
What’s the difference between indoor lounge cushions and the ones on outdoor lounges?
Outdoor cushions are specially designed for the weather conditions, with quick dry foam inserts to allow water to drain away relatively fast. They’re also covered with UV, water and mould resistant fabrics specified for outdoor use. Sunbrella is the market leader for outdoor fabrics in Australia and uses solution dyed acrylic to create fabrics that are almost indiscernible from their indoor equivalents. Interior designers have been known to specify high quality outdoor fabrics for use in high traffic indoor spaces, such as family and rumpus rooms.
I have an outdoor space I want to furnish. Should I choose a lounge suite or a dining setting?
It’s really a lifestyle decision here. If you enjoy entertaining friends regularly, a dining setting might be the most useful option. In some homes, outdoor dining might also provide a bit more room to move, making it a great option for hosting bigger groups. However, if you already have an indoor dining setting facing onto the outdoor space, there’s not much point doubling up. An outdoor lounge can create a flexible space for casual relaxation, or somewhere to sit to enjoy coffee or drinks with friends before or after dinner.
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