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Kitchen renovations

By Lilminx - 7 May 2012 31

Hey all

We are gathering quotes for kitchen renovations. I realise this has been asked before, but some of the companies that were mentioned previously are now out of business .

Feedback on costs, timeliness and whether the product met your expectations much appreciated.

What’s Your opinion?

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Kitchen renovations
Parkway Parker 10:58 am 16 Nov 12

From the recommendations here, we went to see Simplicity Kitchens and explained we wanted to re-do half our kitchen, he spent ages telling us what they could do and we organised a time for them to come and give us a quote.

Arrived to give us a quote (dashed home from work in time to be there), sat his rather large bum on my kitchen bench and said “nah, we only do rip out and replace”.

Wasted our time and his, so annoying.

kiwigirl 2:03 pm 26 May 12

Do not go with Kitchen Connection!! We got a bit sucked in as they offered finance, and initially everything was fine, good service, kitchen delivered on time etc. It was the tradies they used that were the problem, the guy who installed the kitchen was a complete A-hole to deal with. We were advised we would be able to chat with him at installation time about the placement of the island bench etc and he couldn’t care less, actually walked away from us while we were asking him a question and was really rude the whole time. He didn’t bring one of the power points we had marked through and when we called to get this fixed the response was “well the cupboard’s in the way now i don’t know where it is, you’ll have to do it”. He didn’t install the rangehood correctly (we had to get the manufacturer out to fix it) and the plumber broke tiles on the roof instead of cutting them for the rangehood ducting, plumber also didn’t finish the work on the drain under the house. It took 3 calls to get this fixed. We were also promised a $200 Myer voucher on completion of our kitchen. It was installed in March and we are still waiting for the voucher, I have emailed them no less that 5 times about this and all I get is a response that they have forwarded my request onto head office.

The ownership with regards to fixing problems has been terrible. The kitchen it’s self is fine, no issues with quality etc, but it certainly cost more than it would have with a smaller outfit (but we couldn’t afford to pay for it outright) and the service has been some of the worst I’ve encountered!

Warwick 11:45 am 26 May 12

HI Rioters,

How about Ray Browne in Mitchell?

Ally31 12:25 am 13 May 12

Benchmark kitchens in Mitchell

switch82mac 9:23 am 10 May 12

I would definitely go a speak to crown kitchens and joinery as you can see from this other post here.

Have had 2 kitchens, 3 bathroom vanities and many other joinery projects completed with them such as entertainment units and laundry cupboards.
Could not be happier with how easy they are to deal with, quality of the workmanship, price and design ideas they come up with to make better use of all available space.

They are always a pleasure to deal with and no job is too big or small for them.
Highly recommend at least going in and meeting Paco and getting a quote from him and as from the post link above I am not the only one.

can check out their website at

rapunzel1 3:50 pm 08 May 12

Oh, forgot to mention, that John from Purr-fect Bathrooms 0409 986436 also works on kitchens, carpentry, any plumbing and electrical work, general maintenance as well ad removal and installations of windows and doors. He has a wealth of knowledge. Not the cheapest around, but you will never be disappointed.

rapunzel1 3:45 pm 08 May 12

We used John from Purr-fect Bathrooms, and he certainly lived up to his name. The transformation to our house after John renovated our bathroom, toilet, ensuite, laundry and outside deck is beautiful and really much more than we had hoped for. John loves his job and really respected our needs. He listened to our requirements and offered his honest and professional opinion and advice. John and his team of professional tradesmen were very prompt, efficient and very friendly completing the job within the stipulated time frame (usually 2 weeks). He used only quality products and gave us a fixed price. We did ask for some variations to our existing quote and John was only too happy to work with us, discussed our wishes and incorporated these into the work after discussing the extra costs involved beforehand. He was recommended to us via some friends whom he had previously done some work for and I can not recommend him highly enough. He is an incredible man with over 30 yrs experience in the building industry, so no issue too great. I am sure that he would not mind me giving you his number which is 0409 986436

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 5:28 pm 07 May 12

Excellent service. Very professional and also very personal.

Stratomaster 2:27 pm 07 May 12

Water tight constructions – Ben Janes 0415 203 511. Ben normally does bathroom renovations but also does kitchens.

Mshell 1:34 pm 07 May 12

+1 for Simplicity kitchens. They did a great job on my kitchen with almost no fuss or problems.

Duffbowl 1:11 pm 07 May 12

Dave from Simplicity Kitchens. He designs and builds in Canberra, and nothing was too much trouble. When we had problems with tradies that we thought were organised, Dave rang around and got his blokes over the next day. His workshop and display is in Mitchell, and he lives in Lanyon, so was happy to stop by on his way home from work to talk to us about what we wanted, etc. Certainly beats a couple of responses we got along the lines of “Oh, that’s too far away for me. You’re best finding someone else.”

HeighwayQueen 12:26 pm 07 May 12

Depends if you want it all done for you or if you want to do it yourself.
We recently built our house and organized our own kitchen through United Auctions in Queanbeyan.

They offer a 1 hour free design session but you need to have all your measurements, window locations etc and then they will sit down with you and help you design it using some software so you can see how it will look.

If you choose standard sizes and colours etc you can get it withing a few weeks, if you want non standard stuff it has to be made in China and shipped over and can take ages. Mine too 15 weeks, mind you that was over Christmas and New Year.

My bench top wasn’t exactly right, I recieved a bullnose edge when I’d asked for straight edge but I put up with it as I wasn’t waiting another 15 weeks for a new one! I did demand some money back as compensation.

The other thing is that you have to pick it up and install it yourself, which worked for us but isn’t for everyone.

End result I have a huge kitchen, with soft close cupbaords and drawers with a granite bench and breakfast bar for just over $4000.

niknak 12:06 pm 07 May 12

Knebel designed and project managed our new kitchen about 5 years ago. My only beef was that every trade was organised except the painter. It took ages to find someone to do the small but very fiddly patch job.

Knebel wasn’t the cheapest but it wasn’t the most expensive either. We remain happy with the results.

77Eliza 11:06 am 07 May 12

We used Mark Foley (he has a facebook page with pics) to do our kitchen last year after getting 4 quotes. He was $3K cheaper than the other quotes, made everything to measure here in Canberra and project managed the plumbers, electricians and plasterers.

We paid just over $8K plus appliances for a pretty basic fit out (no stone benchtops). They were in and out in 3 days and did an awesome job – absolutely nothing went wrong and nothing has fallen apart or needed repair.

PigsFly 11:06 am 07 May 12

I’d be interested in hearing people’s recommendations, etc too as we’re looking at replacing parts or and extending our existing kitchen.

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