Kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in the home due to the many appliances, finishes and different trades required. Choosing a well established kitchen company is crucial to help you confidently navigate through this process and achieve the best result.
COMPLETE KITCHENS has been designing and manufacturing high quality custom kitchens and laundries in Melbourne for the past 43 years. From high-end designer kitchens for luxury homes through to mid-range kitchens for families, we specialize in listening to what our clients need. No matter how big or small the job, we deliver crafted cabinetry and excellent service on time, and on budget.
As a starting point, let’s get an idea about what’s included in a full kitchen renovation. We will help you to understand the scope of works and an approximate cost of your kitchen project with a custom kitchen company like CK.
Successful kitchen renovations are the result of proper design, careful planning and execution. That’s why at Complete Kitchens, we offer professional kitchen design service to make sure we get things right from the beginning.
With our Comprehensive Kitchen Design Service, our expert kitchen designers are available to visit your home to meet with you, take measurements and design the overall look of the space. In listening to clients’ “kitchen wants” and “kitchen needs”, they will consider every aspect of design & planning, including materials, styles, finishes, functionality, space availabilities, building restrictions etc.
Additionally, while designing and costing your kitchen, they will also respect your budget and provide you the best option and a timeline for your project.
As a guide, allow at least $15-20k for your kitchen cabinetry (locally custom made) in a standard medium-size kitchen. This includes our professional kitchen design service, local manufacturing and installation.
Many of the new kitchens installed by Complete Kitchens are around $20-$25k. This includes cabinetry and Engineer stone benchtops. However, the size of the kitchen, different materials and accessories can affect the price – in both directions. Generally, laminate products are more cost effective than vinyl wrap or 2 pac paint. The type and thickness of the stone top will also affect the budget.
To give some idea, for a 3m x 3m L shape kitchen without an individual island, in a standard laminate finish, allow $15,000. You will have custom cabinetry made from Polytec boards, German-made Hettich soft-closing doors and drawers as standard, with a Caesartone benchtop, delivered and installed.
For an idea of the costs of reconstituted stone benchtops, the average for a medium-size kitchen in Standard Caesarstone colour range is around $3k-$5k, however some of the marble look stones can be double that. Other premium reconstituted products such as Dekton or porcelain, and natural stones like marble or granite vary from slab to slab.
At Complete Kitchens, our designers will include stone (of your choice) in the quote for you from our reliable suppliers. Alternatively, you can source your own stone and stonemason if you prefer.
Apart from the stone, there is also other options available for the kitchen benchtops, such as Laminate (HPL), solid timber, Corian, stainless steel etc.
Don’t forget to allow at least $6k in your budget for your trades depending on what work needs to be done. The most common trades you need are as follows:
Before the renovation starts, the old kitchen needs to be demolished (Ripped-out). Cost starts from $850 including rubbish removal. If you wish to resell the cabinets, careful removal may cost a little more than a straight demolition and cart away of rubbish.
Generally, renovating a kitchen in its current location will be more cost-effective than relocating, as running the new plumbing and new cables will be a significant additional costs. But you will need these trades to ensure the kitchen space is ready to receive the new kitchen (rough-in) and then return to install your new appliances and sink etc. (fit-off).
Most of kitchen renovation projects require plasterer to visit twice. One visit after plumbing/electrical rough-ins to patch all holes necessary, plus a second visit to do any further patching and re-cornice as necessary after your new kitchen is installed.
Thanks to the new range of materials, patterns and colours now available on the market, tiled splashbacks are seeing a big comeback in kitchen renovations.
If you are looking at this option, expect to pay between $60 and $300 per square metre for the tiles only, and $700 to $1000 for the tiler’s labor in an average size kitchen. Some contemporary patterned tiles will cost you more but they can add a fancy feature to a simple kitchen space. If your walls are out of square, or you are using more intricate tiles, expect to pay a little more for the tiler.
At Complete Kitchens, we have a stable of reliable and professional trades that we use. They know us and work to our exacting standards, so your job will run smoothly. Your designer can work out an estimation of trade costs for you, then you will pay the trades direct!
Complete Kitchens will only charge a small co-ordination fee for each trades you require to take the burden from you. Instead of paying top dollar for having a project manager, it’s a cost effective option for our clients.
Of course you can organize the trades yourself. Just be aware that in Victoria you do need to use a registered and licensed plumber and electrician (to disconnect and reconnect the appliances) who will be able to supply you with a Compliance Certificate upon completion, which you will need for insurance purposes.
Although Complete Kitchen is a registered domestic builder, if you are planning any structural work to improve your kitchen space, eg: knocking out a wall, moving a door or changing a window, then you may also need a builder to help you oversee the construction. You can source your own builder or we can recommend a quality builder to quote your job.
Your builder’s job is to coordinate and manage of all the trades that will be working in your home and to make sure everything is done to code and to a time frame.
There are so many brands from which to choose, each within different price ranges. For entry level brands you would allow up to $5k for a standard kitchen, but expect to pay more for market leaders. Integrated appliances can give a very sleek look to your new kitchen but cost a little more plus the co-ordinated cabinetry to incorporate them into the kitchen.
Complete Kitchens do not resell appliances but we are premium partners of Miele Appliances (Manufacturer), E &S Trading (Retailer) and Harvey Norman Commercial (Retailer). We also have a great selection of premium appliances displayed in our showroom, so you can get a feel for how they could work with the cabinetry before you start shopping.
With fully custom built kitchens, clients have more flexibility to choose the appliances they like and our design & technical teams will overview the layout and check every details of the specifications to make sure they will fit. Some integrated appliances might be requested to delivered to our factory so we can have them pre-fitted to your pre-assembled kitchens.
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