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Kitchen Renovations in the Inner North

By 77Eliza 28 February 2011 10

Hi all- long time reader, first time poster.

There’s an old post about kitchen renovations in Canberra, and I was wondering if anyone had any updates to add to this. I’m looking for something simple and affordable in a small space with minimal changes to the original layout.

Any recommendations/warnings would be great.

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Sasndaz 9:30 pm 18 Dec 11

Like many others, I had no idea who to use for a new kitchen. Both my husband and I grew up interstate and didn’t have the benefit of knowing good tradies. Our neighbours across the road used Crown Kitchens and then more friends used Crown Kitchens too.
So we rang and booked in a “chat”. Paco Snr and Paco Jnr came for a look, took measurements and were excellent to talk to. We had a rough idea of what layout we wanted and weren’t too sure of colours etc. When we said what we thought might be good, we got terrific advice that changed our minds immediately.
We found the whole family to be amazing. Nothing was ever too much trouble and when I was indecisive about all sorts of things, there was terrific advice but never pressure to decide in a hurry.
Once we got the quote, and were pleasantly surprised, we didn’t even bother to get any other quotes. We knew instantly that Paco and Jnr knew their trade and were exceptionally easy to deal with. We didn’t want anyone else in our home to do the job. All of the additional workers such as electrician, tiler, plumber etc were all recommended by Paco, but the choice was ours. We did use their tradies and have found them to be exceptionally helpful, all turn up on time and do an amazingly professional job too.
We have just managed to have our kitchen installed before Christmas. When we were promised this many of our friends were sceptical that the job would be half done and we’d be stranded over the Christmas holiday period with a half finished kitchen. But, the true professionals at Crown Kitchen delivered everything on time as promised, and we are absolutely delighted.
I really can’t recommend this business highly enough. They are a lovely family and amazing to deal with.

Padoof 6:23 pm 30 Jul 11

I’d love to hear how the OP got on with the kitchen reno.

From researching on RiotAct, it seems that Crown and Kitchens Direct are the best places to go?

We too are looking at updating the orginal kitchen (so no moving plumbing or electrics) with added utility/laundry work being required as well – we have what is called a ‘European laundry’ on the opposite wall to the kitchen and would like to bring the two areas in.

Any comments regarding removing two layers of tiles (yes, TWO!) from the wooden floor boards would be appreciated too.

Many thanks.

Holden Caulfield 1:56 pm 15 Apr 11

kean van choc said :

For appliances; The Appliance Gallery, also in Fyshwick, has an excellent range and superior service – I’d highly recommended them.

Sometimes their pricing can be a bit OTT, so it’s worth trying Winning Appliances in Sydney if you don’t mind shopping out of town. Generally, their prices are very competitive. IIRC they offer a free delivery service to Cbr once week (or maybe it’s once a month). If you need a delivery outside of their usual run that can be arranged, but there’ll be a cost associated.

nikster 1:32 pm 15 Apr 11

Thanks everyone – these recommendations are handy. Same boat, trying to decipher kitchen design quotes at the moment – but a general question for you: What are the pros/cons of vinyl wrap vs polyurathane (2pac) paint finish? Any preferences? Thanks, nik

kean van choc 6:49 pm 09 Apr 11

A quick report back on Kitchens Direct. In short, both the service and the quality of finished product was top notch. We’ve gone through a kitchen renovation before (one of the large national chains) and this experience was far superior. Highly recommend.

kean van choc 7:05 pm 02 Mar 11

‘their quote’, damn it…

kean van choc 7:04 pm 02 Mar 11

We’re using Kitchens Direct in Fyshwick for our kitchen – they are doing the pullout/install next week. Service has been excellent thus far. Will report back once the work is finished late next week.

We decided to use them based on some glowing reports posted on the Riot Act. And the fact that there quote came in considerably less than some of the others players.

For appliances; The Appliance Gallery, also in Fyshwick, has an excellent range and superior service – I’d highly recommended them.

switch82mac 2:06 pm 02 Mar 11

+1 for Crown kitchens

As you can read from my previous posts on this topic if you search for kitchen recommendations.
Have had 2 kitchens through them now and love the space, design and quality of the kitchen.
Everything is working like the day it was installed and still looks brand new.
Could not fault them on any aspect of their company.

Keijidosha 10:20 am 01 Mar 11

Kitchen Link in QBN. My mother recently had her kitchen reno’ed by them and was impressed with the results.

Pedro61 9:44 am 01 Mar 11

G’day all,
When we decided to renovate our kitchen I started looking for recommendations for Joiners / Kitchen makers in Canberra. The only useful place was right here on RiotACT. We initially went to another company to get quotes for new doors and a Stone overlay on the benchtop. They are a well known national company that specialises in that type of renovation. But after reading this posting we decided to go with Crown Kitchens and Joinery, run by a Spanish guy called Paco in Queanbeyan.
We have not regretted the decision one bit. For about $3000 more than the cosmetic makeover from the other guys, we actually go a totally new Kitchen. New layout of cabinets, new smooth glide, soft close drawers, a SOLID stone benchtop, more efficient use of space with lots of drawers instead of shelving, a full 100cm fridge space to replace the original 80cm, and overall much more storage. The kitchen looks fantastic.
When there were a couple of minor things that didn’t turn out quite as I expected (as there usually is with almost any project), Paco fixed them, quickly with no fuss and to my satisfaction. Paco and his son are full of good suggestions about design, colours, cabinet location and sizing etc. And they are also both excellent tradesmen. Backed up by Pacos wife Isabel at the office, they run small family company very professionally and very ethically. They appear not to have any advertising because all their work comes by word of mouth. Now I know why. Apparently they are now booked out for the next 4 months.
Would I use them again? Without hesitation. I work at an organisation of over 1000 people and occasionally people ask about tradesmen. Crown Kitchens will be at the top of my list.
Thanks Paco and Family

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