Renovating a kitchen can be a significant investment as it involves various appliances, finishes, and trades. Therefore, it’s essential to choose a reputable and experienced kitchen company that can guide you through the process and ensure you achieve the best possible outcome
COMPLETE KITCHENS has been designing and manufacturing high quality custom kitchens and laundries in Melbourne for the past 45 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.
Proper design, planning, and execution are key to successful kitchen renovations. At Complete Kitchens, we understand this and offer a professional kitchen design service to ensure that everything is done right from the start.
Our Comprehensive Kitchen Design Service is led by our expert kitchen designers who will visit your home to take measurements and design the overall look of your space. They will carefully consider your “kitchen wants” and “kitchen needs” to create a design that suits your style, budget, and practical requirements. This includes selecting materials, styles, finishes, and ensuring functionality, space availability, and building restrictions are taken into account.
In addition to designing and costing your kitchen, our team will respect your budget and provide you with the best options and timeline for your project.
For a medium-sized kitchen with custom-made cabinetry, a budget of at least $25,000 is recommended. This price includes our professional kitchen design service, local manufacturing and installation.
At Complete Kitchens, many of the kitchens we install cost between $25,000 and $30,000. Our standard cabinetry is made locally using Polytec or Laminex boards, and features soft-closing doors and drawers from German manufacturer Hettich.
Keep in mind that the final cost of your kitchen may be affected by factors such as its size, materials, and accessories. For example, laminate products are typically more affordable than vinyl wrap or 2 pac paint. The type and thickness of the stone benchtop can also impact the budget.
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 porcelain, sintered stone, and natural stones like marble or granite vary from slab to slab.
At Complete Kitchens, our designers can include the stone benchtop in our quote for you. Alternatively, you can source your own supplier if you prefer.
Apart from the stone, there is also other options available for the kitchen benchtops, such as Laminate (HPL), Corian, Solid Timber, Stainless Steel etc.
When budgeting for your kitchen renovation, it’s important to factor in the cost of tradespeople. Depending on the scope of your project, you should allow at least $8000 for trades such as plumbing, electrical, plastering, and carpentry. Other trades you may need include tilers, painters and professional caulkers.
Prior to the renovation, the existing kitchen needs to be demolished, also known as ripped-out. This process typically starts at a cost of $850, which includes the removal of all debris. If you wish to keep the old cabinets to resell or repurpose, careful removal may cost slightly more than a standard demolition and disposal of debris.
When renovating a kitchen, it is generally more cost-effective to keep the kitchen in its current location rather than relocating it, as it avoids the significant cost of running new plumbing and electrical cables to a new location.
Kitchen plumbing and electrical work can be divided into two stages: rough-in and fit-off. During the rough-in stage, the plumber and electrician will install the necessary pipes and wiring required for the new kitchen design. This includes moving pipes and wires to accommodate new kitchen layouts or appliances.
After the new kitchen is installed, the plumber and electrician will return for the fit-off stage. This involves connecting the kitchen sink, tapware, dishwasher, and any other plumbing fixtures, as well as installing power points, lighting, and connecting the rangehood, oven, cooktop and any other electrical appliances.
It’s important to note that appliances should be available on site during the fit-off stage to ensure proper installation and fitting.
In most kitchen renovation projects, a plasterer is required to visit twice. The first visit is after the plumbing and electrical rough-ins to patch up any necessary holes. The second visit is after the installation of the new kitchen to do any additional patching and re-cornice work that may be required.
Tiled splashbacks have made a significant comeback in recent years. The availability of a new range of materials, patterns, and colours in the market has been one of the main contributing factors to this resurgence. Homeowners now have endless options to choose from, including unique shapes or finishes to add visual interest to their kitchens.
If you’re considering this option, the cost for tiles only can range from $80 to $500 per square metre, with an additional $800 to $1500 for the tiler’s labor in an average size kitchen. However, keep in mind that some contemporary patterned tiles may come at a higher cost, but they can also serve as an eye-catching feature in a simple kitchen space. If your walls are not perfectly square or you opt for more intricate tiles, additional charges for the tiler may apply.
At Complete Kitchens, we have a team of reliable and professional tradespeople that we work with regularly. They are familiar with our high standards, ensuring that your renovation runs smoothly. Your designer can provide you with an estimation of the trade costs, and you will pay them directly.
We charge a small coordination fee for each trade, so you won’t have to pay top dollar for a project manager. This option is cost-effective for our clients.
If you prefer to organize the trades yourself, please keep in mind that in Victoria, you need to use registered and licensed plumbers and electricians for disconnecting and reconnecting the appliances. The tradespeople will provide you with a Compliance Certificate upon completion, which you will need for insurance purposes.
While Complete Kitchens is a registered domestic builder, you may require the services of an additional builder if you are planning any structural work to enhance your kitchen area, such as removing a wall, relocating a door, or changing a window. If you need help finding a reliable builder, we can recommend one who can provide a quote for your project.
Your builder will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing all the trades involved in the project to ensure that everything is completed to code and within the specified timeframe. They will play a vital role in managing the construction process and ensuring that your project runs smoothly.
When it comes to kitchen appliances, there are many brands and price ranges to choose from. Entry-level brands can cost up to $5,000 for a standard kitchen, while market leaders will be more expensive. Integrated appliances cost more and may require coordinated cabinetry.
At Complete Kitchens, we do not resell appliances, but we are premium partners with leading manufacturers and retailers such as Miele Appliances, E & S Trading, and Harvey Norman Commercial. We also have a great selection of premium appliances on display in our showroom to help you envision how they will look with your cabinetry.
For fully custom-built kitchens, our clients have more flexibility to choose their preferred appliances. Our design and technical teams will carefully review the layout and specifications to ensure everything fits perfectly. In some cases, integrated appliances may need to be delivered to our factory for pre-fitting to your pre-assembled kitchen.