Kitchen Renovations: The Complete Guide



Have you recently bought a new house, or have you decided that it’s time to update the decor of your home? For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the hub where everyone gathers to hang out, enjoy meals together and catch up on the day’s events. If you’re thinking about overhauling the aesthetic of your kitchen, there’s a lot to consider. Kitchen renovations require careful planning and preparation, and it’s always beneficial to have clear ideas about what you want before you start looking at wall colours or dining tables. If you’re ready to embark upon a renovation project, and you’re looking for tips, inspiration, and professional advice, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about creating a magnificent new kitchen.

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Kitchen renovation costs

Amazing ideas for a kitchen renovation

Modern options for a kitchen renovation

Small kitchen renovation inspiration

Kitchen cabinets and counters: exploring the options

Smart thinking: making the most of your storage space

Your kitchen renovation checklist


Kitchen renovation costs

Most people don’t have a bottomless pot of money available for home improvements, and this is why setting a budget is crucial. There is no universal answer to the question, ‘How much does a kitchen renovation cost?’ The cost can vary hugely from one project to the next and will depend on a multitude of factors, including:

  • The location of your home

  • The size of the kitchen

  • The type of renovation and how much work is carried out

  • The materials, fixtures and fittings you choose

  • The types of flooring and lighting you select

  • The duration of the project and how much labour is involved


Studies suggest that the average kitchen remodel in Australia costs approximately $17,000, but you could spend a lot more or a lot less depending on the ideas you have in mind. Work that is purely cosmetic will work out a lot cheaper than adapting the layout and fitting new flooring, units, and counters, for example.

When exploring your options for a kitchen renovation, it’s essential to bear your budget in mind. Work out what you can afford to spend in total, divide the pot to cover different aspects of the project, for example, flooring and cabinets, and try and set aside a contingency fund. Get some quotes, look at different ideas, and think about the vision you want to create. If you have your heart set on a specific type of kitchen, but your sums don’t quite add up, at Smith & Sons, we’ll do everything we can to provide an alternative plan that ticks all the boxes without blowing the budget. We can recommend types of materials, flooring and cabinets, which could help to bring the project in on budget.

If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, and you need advice about prices, or you’re interested in getting a quote, why not get in touch with us? We’ll be happy to discuss your ideas, and we can provide you with more accurate answers to any questions you have about the cost of your proposed remodel.

Amazing ideas for a kitchen renovation

The world is your oyster when it comes to kitchen renovation ideas. There is a host of popular design options, but planning a makeover is your chance to really put your stamp on the design of your kitchen, and celebrate your style and taste. At Smith & Sons, we have experience in creating an array of different styles of kitchen, and our gallery features projects from rustic country kitchens to cutting-edge, contemporary designs. We encourage our clients to get involved in the design process and share ideas, but if you’re looking for inspiration, here are some suggestions to get you thinking:



Do you love to spend your Saturday mornings at a farmer’s market, or can you often be found sipping on a fresh blend at a trendy coffee shop? If so, the artisan trend may be just up your street. Think cool cafe combined with quirky food store. Opt for slate floors, a solid wooden island, industrial-style small white tiles on the walls, and oversized pendant lamps hanging from the ceiling. Add a few cookbooks and potted plants, and you’re good to go.



Do you love the idea of huddling around the kitchen table with a pot of tea and a slice of cake? If so, the country kitchen could be the ideal option for you. This rustic style is incredibly popular, and you can check out images of projects we’ve completed in our gallery. Go for cream painted wooden cupboards and units, sturdy wooden tables and chairs, and a range cooker, and add storage pots, gingham or floral printed curtains and an oversized clock to finish the look.


Modern minimalist

If you have a modern home, and you’re looking to create a cool, contemporary kitchen, the minimalist look is ideal. Channel New York loft living, and opt for clean lines and a simple colourway. Monochrome works brilliantly, and you can choose from black or white counters and units, and add stainless steel fixtures and fittings for a contemporary luxe feel. Keep clutter to a minimum with hidden shelves and drawers and opt for slate or polished dark wood for the floor.

Modern options for a kitchen renovation

If you have grand plans to bring a dated kitchen into the 21st century, or you’re in the process of renovating an old house and you have a contemporary design in mind, there are some stunning options out there. Modern kitchens tend to feature open layouts, plenty of natural light and storage that enables you to cook, eat, and chat without being surrounded by clutter. There are myriad styles to choose from, but if you’re stuck for ideas, here are some popular trends to bear in mind:



Contemporary cool

If you’re eager to be part of the minimalist movement, the contemporary cool look is a perfect design concept for you. This trend is all about keeping things simple and chic and adding an edge. Keep the layout basic, and avoid cramming the room full of furniture. The overall aesthetic should be fuss-free and effortlessly stylish. Opt for a simple palette of white, black and shades of grey, and store everything inside cupboards and units. Granite and marble surfaces work well with this trend, and tiles, vinyl, and slate are excellent flooring options. High gloss counters add an opulent feel if you’re keen to push the boat out.


Industrial chic

The industrial trend has been popular for a while, and it doesn’t show any signs of losing speed. To carry off this kind of renovation, focus on materials like metals, brickwork, slate, and solid wood, and don’t forget the details. You can lift a relatively simple design with features like an exposed brick wall, metal shelving, string lights featuring bulbs with oversized filaments and rustic, heavy-duty tables teamed with mismatched bucket chairs.

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Small kitchen renovation inspiration

If you’re short on space, don’t panic. It’s possible to bring about incredible transformations even in the most compact of kitchens. When square footage is at a premium, it’s essential to plan carefully, and to think about the layout of the room. If you have a very small kitchen, it’s worth exploring the possibility of expanding, if this is a viable option. If you have an adjoining laundry space, or a dining room, for example, you may find that you can knock down the wall to open up the space and create one larger room. If this isn’t an option, we can help you make the most of the space you have available. If you’re looking for inspiration for a small kitchen renovation, here are some great ideas:


Open layouts

When you have a small kitchen, the last thing you want is to make the space look even more compact. Create the illusion of more space with an open layout. Keep the design simple, and avoid adding an island or any other features or furniture, which will divide the space.


Minimalist designs

Clutter should be your worst enemy if you have a bijou kitchen. Shelves stuffed full of jars, units filled with baskets, and counters covered in appliances can make the space look even smaller. Embrace the minimalist way of living, and opt for clean surfaces and muted tones. Keep furniture and accessories to a minimum, and make use of units with pull-out drawers and racks for storage.


Light colours

Light colours can make all the difference to a small space. Lighter shades brighten up the area, and they can make even the most minute kitchen appear larger. Stick to white or neutral shades on the walls and choose light units and countertops. Opt for stripped wood or vinyl for the flooring, and maximise natural light by hanging a mirror on the wall. If you do want to add a splash of colour, do this with accessories or appliances.


Kitchen cabinets and counters: exploring the options

When you’re putting plans together for a kitchen renovation, one of the most important things to think about is your kitchen cabinets. There are various options available, and it’s wise to consider your budget, the style and vibe you’re going for, and the size of the kitchen before you make a decision.

Laminate-covered wooden units are a very popular choice. They are usually the most affordable option, they suit most styles of home, and you can choose from different finishes.

Timber: solid wood cabinets are an excellent choice for country kitchens, and designs that blend old with new. These units are sturdy and robust, they last for a long time, and you can choose from a range of different types of wood to suit the style of your kitchen. Solid wood tends to be more expensive than laminate, but it does last longer.

Granite: granite is hard-wearing and durable, it looks great, and it works for both modern and traditional homes. There is a range of colours available.

If you’re on the hunt for new cabinets or counters, check out our gallery and take a look at some of the incredible transformations we have achieved.

Smart thinking: making the most of your storage space

Modern kitchens are amazingly versatile spaces. On any given day, a kitchen could be used to cook, entertain, work, play, chill out and catch up with friends and family. As a result, kitchens tend to attract clutter. To make the most of the space you have available, storage is key. If you’ve got sufficient storage, you should never have to worry about clutter. It pays to be smart when it comes to storage, and we’ve got some fabulous ideas.


Pantries and larders

If you have space in your kitchen, or you have an adjoining room, which doesn’t really serve a purpose, creating a pantry or a larder is a great idea. Here, you can store everything from kitchen utensils and baking paraphernalia to jars, tins, and pots.



If you don’t have a huge amount of floor space, it’s wise to take advantage of your wall space. Hanging shelves or mounting a unit will provide you with the space you need to store recipe books, jars, and crockery. You can also add decorative touches like vases of flowers or houseplants.


Hidden storage

When you look at a newly-renovated kitchen, you may see a collection of units and cabinets, but you won’t be able to see the savvy storage features lurking behind those doors. Modern kitchens often come with a raft of hidden storage options, including pull-out drawers and racks, which are ideal for spices, herbs, tins, and jars.


Your kitchen renovation checklist

Are you ready to renovate? If so, here are 12 essential points to bear in mind:

  1. Figure out what you want: look for inspiration in magazines and blogs, take a look at our gallery of kitchen renovations, and note down some ideas.

  2. Set a budget: it’s essential to make sure you know how much you can afford to spend.

  3. Consider the size and layout: think about the size and shape of your room, and then figure out what kind of layout would suit you best. Think about your lifestyle and how you use the room, as well as the amount of space you have available.

  4. Flooring: if you plan to change the flooring, take a look at the options on offer to you.

  5. Colours: colour can have a major impact on the overall aesthetic, as well as the tone and feel of a room.

  6. Cabinets and counters: what kinds of cabinets and counters are you looking for? Make a decision based on your budget and the aesthetic you’re looking to achieve.

  7. Walls: are you going to paint or paper your walls, or do you plan to add tiles? If so, have a look around, and work out the quantity of tiles you need.

  8. Lighting: lighting adds to the ambience of the space, as well as providing extra light for cooking and food prep. Consider the kind of lighting you want to add to your new kitchen. Spots and strip lights are popular choices, and you can soften the mood by adding a dimmer switch. You could also hang pendant lamps or go for simple spots.

  9. Appliances: every kitchen needs appliances. If you plan to replace existing models, consider the style and colour of your new kitchen before you go shopping.

  10. Unique features: your home should be a representation of your personality, so consider ways you can make your renovation unique.

  11. Storage: most people have a lot of stuff in their kitchen. Investing in clever storage solutions can help to keep clutter at bay.

  12. Furniture: if you’re thinking of adding furniture to your kitchen once the flooring and units are in place, figure out what you need, and opt for pieces that complement the style of the room.


If you’re dreaming of a brand new kitchen, and you’d like more information about renovations, why not get in touch with us at Smith & Sons today?

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