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Kitchen renovation recommendations

By dollywolls 5 April 2010 22

I’m planning to renovate my small kitchen in the next few months.

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable and reasonably inexpensive kitchen renovator?


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batmantrilogy 6:30 pm 18 Dec 15

Hi Mate,

good, reliable and reasonably inexpensive kitchen renovator in Canberra = http://www.vibrantkitchens.com.au .

we got out kitchen a facelift done by them and are happy campers.

shelley0011 2:11 pm 19 May 15

I realise that this is an older post but I wanted to relay my experiences for anyone who is still looking for kitchen renovation recommendations.
I recently had a complete kitchen renovation. After “shopping” around, I decided to go with a smaller company as I felt that with the larger companies I was just an “address” not a real person who had ideas of my own. I went with Brad from Purr-fect Kitchens 0409986436. Brad provided me with a free quote as well as giving me some good design ideas to visually maximise my kitchen and also improve its serviceability. From some photos cut from magazines, etc. he was able to incorporate my ideas into a beautiful kitchen with made to measure cabinets, some glass, stone bench tops and glass splash backs. His quality to detail is exceptional, good time frame and good price, though I will state he is not the cheapest.
I could not be happier with the end result and highly recommend him for any kitchen and cabinetry needs including laundry renovations and wardrobe installations.

Home Fixtures 9:17 am 22 Sep 10

Hi All,

My name is Samantha and my partner has just started his own business importing all Home fixtures including Kitchen Joinery, tiles, vanities, timber flooring, stone bench tops etc.
He has a Fantastic range and great quality for cheap.

If you would like to get a quote, please email me at: creativehomefixtures@live.com.au
or you can call me on: 0423615473.

Thanks!!

switch82mac 12:48 pm 20 Jul 10

Just updating the post,

Recently bought a new house (sold my other one) and got Paco Snr and Jnr from Crown Kitchens around again.
Was great, gave me some good ideas and designs at no cost which I never would have thought of myself then had a free quote to me the next day.
Could not be happier with their service and price again second time around for a kitchen.
have also got them coming up with some designs for my bathroom vanities as well.
Highly recommend them!

Contact information below if you want to get in contact with them.

Paco
6284 2777
0431 061 742

dollywolls 10:45 pm 09 Apr 10

Thanks everyone for your recommendations and tips. Will check out some of these guys.

ML-585 12:13 pm 07 Apr 10

I had a kitchen renovation done last year by Mark Foley. He meets all of the requirements: good, reliable and reasonably inexpensive. He has a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/mfkitchensgmailcom/Mark-Foley-Kitchens-Joinery/335179641437

switch82mac 11:05 am 07 Apr 10

Crown Kitchens are the best I have come across.

Is locally owned and operated, very reasonably priced as well.
They have done my kitchen, vanity and entertainment unit and after recommending them to friends and colleagues have had around 8 others go with them for kitchens and other joinery needs after they received quotes from other companies as well.

They provide free quotes and also design ideas to improve your kitchens and maximise space at no charge.

They have never advertised as they are flat out from just word of mouth and recommendations from people who have used their services.

This company is also on-site joiners who make and install their cabinets themselves.

They have a decent showroom as well which can give you different ideas if you are stuggling to come up with some

They can be found in the Yellow/White pages if you decide to go with them.

Holden Caulfield 7:36 pm 06 Apr 10

@JC a few ideas is one thing, try recreating a plan from your favourite display home without the builder’s permission and see how far you get. Similarly, visiting a kitchen showroom and thinking, “gee that door detail was nice, I might use that” is a bit different to shopping around for a layout and measurements and then going somewhere else and saying make this for me. There’s a difference and you know it.

JC 5:15 pm 06 Apr 10

Holden Caulfield said :

@dvaey, your position is fair enough if the company is willing to give a design solution away for no charge. Even if your mechanic analogy is poor.

However, in this context it is morally bankrupt to seek a design concept from a company with the sole intention of stealing that concept with no intention of ever paying for it.

If representatives from kitchen companies currently willing to give away their ideas are reading this article I hope they now see fit to value their intellectual property and stop the practice of giving away free design solutions immediately!

Moreover, this applies to any design-related industry.

I was actually thinking more of the national kitchen companies who’s sole purpose in life is to fleece the consumer. I would never do that kind of thing with a local company.

But now you mention it based on your theory you would never shop around for anything either. Maybe I am strange but when I buy something I only plan to buy from one company, so clearly me visting other shops and taking the time of the sales person is stealing their time. So too is visting various shops for idea’s, that would be stealing interlectual property isn’t it? What about houses, how many people visit expensive design homes with the sole intent of stealing the ideas of the builder, without any intention of ever using that builder? The list is endless really.

dtc 3:05 pm 06 Apr 10

changing the subject slightly, has anyone ever had a wooden kitchen benchtop resealed (sanded back, re-sealed etc)?

I have tried a number of different places, both kitchen shops and even floor sanders. Some tell me just to replace the whole benchtop! I haven’t found anyone who will do the remedial resanding etc work.

Its beyond my personal skills I suspect (well, I could give it a go but others in the family may not want me to).

Holden Caulfield 12:08 pm 06 Apr 10

@dvaey, your position is fair enough if the company is willing to give a design solution away for no charge. Even if your mechanic analogy is poor.

However, in this context it is morally bankrupt to seek a design concept from a company with the sole intention of stealing that concept with no intention of ever paying for it.

If representatives from kitchen companies currently willing to give away their ideas are reading this article I hope they now see fit to value their intellectual property and stop the practice of giving away free design solutions immediately!

Moreover, this applies to any design-related industry.

troll-sniffer 11:16 am 06 Apr 10

Kitchensdirect and Capital Kitchens are both on-site joiners who actually make their cabinets and install. I’m sure there are many others, main thing is to check with the business that they don’t just import flat packs from interstate.

There are a couple of businesses in Fyshwick with nice showrooms who in reality are just salespeople. Sure, they’re competent and chances are you’ll get a reasonable kitchen, but nothing beats the tradesman who hepls design, measures, quotes, and then cuts and builds himself.

Rangi 10:58 am 06 Apr 10

These businesses (many of which are small businesses) are prepared to give you a free design and quote in an effort to get your business, but if you go to one with no intention other than getting a free design you are a lowlife. Deliberately costing a small business time, therefore money is disgusting. I would hope that they aren’t stupid enough to release their designs without some sort of contract inplace.

deezagood 10:48 am 06 Apr 10

Oh – and I highly recommend vinyl wrap cuboards (over paint and other finishes), paying the extra money for soft-close drawers, and essastone bench tops (much better than other stones, much more durable and lasting than laminate).

deezagood 10:46 am 06 Apr 10

We were absolutely delighted with the Kitchen Company, and especially our designer Jen. Our kitchen is a shocking layout, but we managed to come up with a workable design that I really love. Their quote came in at about $10,000 less than three other companies. We had a few minor hiccups with installation, but all were immediately rectified. Very satisfied with both price, service and quality.

dvaey 10:05 am 06 Apr 10

Holden Caulfield said :

@JC would one be expected to pay for the design expertise of the joinery company or are you just wasting their time and stealing their ideas?

If theyre prepared to give a free quote and design, then why not? If you took your car to a mechanic and they found 2 loose bolts and quoted you $200 to tighten them, would you pay that $200 or would you ‘waste their time and steal their ideas’ and tighten the bolt up yourself?

Having been looking at kitchen renovations recently myself, my best advice is to shop around and get a few different ideas and designs. Some companies may specialise in different areas or materials, such as granite or stone, so different companies will give you different ideas.

mzih8u 9:32 am 06 Apr 10

eh_steve said :

I don’t have a specific recommendation, but what I do recommend is checking out the professional register at http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/topics/hiring_licensing/find_professional/list

If you find someone check them against this list, if they are registered they will be there.

Actually no they wont steve, joiners are not licenced by actpla.

Inline Kitchens in Mitchell, Do a great job!!!

cranky 9:01 am 06 Apr 10

Choice Kitchens Qbn will charge in excess of $800 for a simple concept design. No measurements included.

HIA/MBA membership is no guarantee of competence or fair trading. Both these organisations are there to look after their members, and you have no hope of getting any adjudication from them if it all goes belly up.

Holden Caulfield 8:25 am 06 Apr 10

We’re about to use Benchmarc in Mitchell. So far they’ve been great and they came highly recommended from some friends of ours.

@JC would one be expected to pay for the design expertise of the joinery company or are you just wasting their time and stealing their ideas?

Gerry-Built 7:31 am 06 Apr 10

If ‘Clockwork Kitchens’ comes up in your list, just go ahead and cross them right off again…

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