In most places, many are taking advantage of summer as the best time to renovate their kitchens. During sunny and dry days, the weather makes it ideal and beneficial for kitchen and bathroom renovators to work on your modern design. Even during a summer storm, it is still an ideal time to carry out interior renovations. It provides the resident owners with the convenience necessary, and it benefits the tradies of getting inside the house and out of the humidity.
If you missed the December holiday window, there’s still a chance to take advantage of the season. Don’t listen to the popular belief that “summer is too busy”. A sunny Brisbane summer is the perfect time!
Why Is Summer the Best Time to Renovate Your Kitchen?
- Less Intrusion – It’s the season when kids are out of school, most families go to the beach or travel for vacation, which means they’ll be away from their home for a period of time. Renovating your kitchen means you’re also having meal times without kitchen appliances and a sink. It is also when most parties are hosted outdoors. And since summer is the best time to grill – for homeowners, kitchen designers and renovators, this is a convenient time to install wood works, kitchen tops laminate and other kitchen bench materials.
- Show Off Your Kitchen this Spring, Autumn and Winter – Your kitchen is ready for indoor entertainment by the time autumn and winter comes around. It will be an inviting area for your guests. Whether you want to install stainless steel kitchen benchtops or laminate countertops, your space will be ready for cooking, prepping and featuring food. Start your parties and meals with an upgraded kitchen with modern kitchen appliances. It will be the talk of the party when you tell them that you cooked with the latest in appliance technology.
- Less Weather Delays – This is the most beneficial time for tradies as there are fewer weather delays. The dry and warm season means they can work with tools outdoors and indoors with fewer challenges when installing storage, furniture, fixtures and appliances. It also provides ample lighting, since summer days are longer, and ventilation – goodbye dust and odor!
We at Craftbuilt Kitchens can assist you in fulfilling your kitchen dream this summer. Take advantage of the warm weather and upgrade your home with your new 2019 personality, goals and modern kitchen designs. Our designers at 76 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner are happy to help you. You can also call us at (07) 3341 9172 to set an appointment.
At Christmas time we all like to show people how much we care by buying them a gift they will love. When a husband buys his wife a gift, he not only wants it to show his love and adoration for her but knows a gift a woman will love is a useful gift. Buying underwear is very useful, but it’s been done a million times. A massage or facial is always nice and makes a woman feel brand new, but there might be something else she wants brand new this year that will keep on giving every day.
Christmas Lunch Prepared with Ease
By knowing how much work is done in Brisbane kitchens by all members of the household, you would know how much time is spent here. And when Christmas day rolls around, it’ll get busier. For those who are preparing a traditional meal for Christmas lunch you can spend a whole morning organising, preparing and cooking. Even if you opt for cold meats and salads, there are still some work to be done. It would be safe to say that if a member of the household had a nice new, spacious and workable kitchen to prepare food in, the task would be so much more enjoyable and easier. With everything in perfect, working condition, and the work spaces set out just right to make cooking a breeze, wouldn’t this be the best Christmas gift you have ever presented?
Planning For Your Christmas Present To Be Built
If you choose a kitchen design team who is committed to helping you achieve the kitchen of your partner’s dreams for Christmas, their delight at your gift is ensured. When you are ready, you will be shown around the showroom so you can discuss with our expert consultants what you had in mind. This would be a good time to spring your gift idea and take your significant other with you to choose options as well. An experienced consultant will take note of your preferences and then an appointment will be made where a kitchen designer will come to your home to inspect the area. Once your kitchen design is created and finalised, you can make the decision to go ahead with renovating your kitchen. From here you will go through the kitchen installation phase and you will be appointed a team of meticulous installers and tradies who will work to complete your kitchen within a day, except where stone bench tops are required.
Your happy Christmas starts where the kitchen renovations end. You will now have a kitchen to be proud of and enjoy every day of the year.
Don’t forget to ask about our Platinum Rewards – Massive savings to be had off your kitchen appliances with Kleenmaid in partnership with Craftbuilt Kitchens! Visit our Stones Corner Design Studio and sit down with our Craftbuilt experts.
Have a Happy Christmas, Brisbane!
Gone with the old and in with the new. The client was ready to update this older kitchen and create a fresh new look that would suit the home. Situated in a large area and needing a lift, Craftbuilt Kitchens designers opened it up by removing the breakfast bar and added fresh clean white profiled doors for character and texture.
This was the old kitchen before our professional Craftbuilt designers turned it into a gorgeous white kitchen.
You can see the difference. The client moved from ochre cabinets to a fresher white theme.
The client has chosen to upgrade her kitchen appliances with a Kleenmaid induction cooktop, undermount rangehood, oven and a dishwasher.
The addition of a large appliance cabinet with a feature aluminium door was installed to hide all the everyday appliances.
Following a much more efficient work triangle, the cooktop was moved to be nearer to the sink.
The old position meant crossing the walkway from the cooktop to the sink which has safety concerns. The new position created a much better flow between cooking and preparation.
Maximising cabinet space, the pantry cabinetry was custom-built into the existing pantry, pull-out internal drawers inside to utilise the space efficiently. Taking into consideration the client’s personal needs, the oven and microwave were lowered to cater to the client’s need for the kitchen appliances to be at arm’s length and reach – a major benefit when designing custom built kitchens.
When it comes to lighting, LED downlights were installed under the overheads. Its placement picks up the sparkle in the beautiful grey glass splashbacks.
Because of the considerable space that was maximised, the clients are planning to add more cabinetry to the side so one area flows into the other.
Another Craftbuilt Dream Kitchen achieved! If you’re looking to accomplish your own dream kitchen project, our designers at 76 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner are happy to help you. You can also call us at (07) 3341 9172 to set an appointment.
Homeowners are now looking for ways to maximise their living space. Many are now opening their kitchen up to nearby rooms and to the outdoors, taking advantage of the space in surrounding areas. And when these clients came to us for their first design appointment, they indicated that they were wanting to open up their kitchen area & were even happy to remove the entry wall into the kitchen. The client wanted to make sure that her family can enjoy a spacious kitchen.
Removing one wall can bring out the best in the whole kitchen feel and design. The removal of this wall opened up the space, incredibly, and that saw us develop a number of designs that would all work. What wonders one less wall can bring in design opportunities. It also provided a massive improvement over the original 1980’s kitchen. Not that this was difficult, as the original kitchen was so cramped and fragmented in design. Sticking to its 80’s theme, it featured blue laminate benchtops and the client wasn’t sure how she managed to raise her family with such little benchspace and storage!
It was time for a change. We worked with the client on various kitchen designs and, in the end, the design featuring an open plan design with an island bench was selected. The design enabled two entry points, which was great as her boys becoming young adults, were becoming more and more involved in the everyday cooking.
The open plan design enabled us to incorporate a wall opposite the kitchen. In the same space, we fit a large double door pantry (with internal pull outs), a large double door fridge provision, and an additional appliance nook with open shelving for cookbooks. Perfect for a built-in microwave convection oven or storage of other kitchen appliances.
The client was so pleased with all this extra storage and bench space. With a large open plan kitchen, this meant that we could also now satisfy her final request. She was excited to fit a 90cm freestanding stainless steel stove.
When it came to the style, the client chose a shaker style door in a fresh classic white tone. It was then finished with timber laminate benchtops which complemented the freshly polished timber floors.
Transformation complete and we have another satisfied Craftbuilt Kitchens customer!
Call Craftbuilt Kitchens at (07) 3341 9166, or visit us at our new Kitchen Design studio at 76 Old Cleveland Road, Stones Corner and set a 3D appointment with our kitchen designers so you can see for yourself what your dream kitchen looks like virtually. You will be amazed at how simple it is, and will be sure of how the end result will look in your home.
This client met with Justine from Craftbuilt Kitchens on the recommendation of a friend. She came forward with concerns about a poorly designed pantry area and no overheads. Our client was struggling to find enough storage within an already small kitchen space to house the basics. Being in a unit complex, the upstairs bathroom plumbing ran through a dropped ceiling section across the center of the kitchen which limited design options.
Here’s a quick look at her old kitchen before Craftbuilt Kitchens set to work:
Our client wanted to improve on storage accessibility as much as possible.
By straightening the awkward corner pantry, we were able to fit internal pull out shelves to maximize storage within this one cabinet. We also followed the line of the dropped ceiling with the overhead cabinets, ensuring no wasted space. The decision to remove the return and extend the bench all the way to the back door created a more spacious feel by providing a wider walk through area.
It also removed another awkward corner cabinet where items got lost and opened up room for two banks of beautiful accessible drawers. PolyTec Classic White was selected for the bench and tall cabinets whilst using a softer contrast for the under bench cabinets in PolyTec Stone Grey.
To add to the character of the kitchen the client chose the perfect complimentary hexagonal tile which has finished of the kitchen beautifully.
This kitchen has been transformed from a pokey awkward space to a more spacious modern style kitchen that now comfortably allows three people to work in.
There is also more storage with the addition of a bank of drawers and extra overheads.
Our client was extremely happy with the finished product and upon reviewing her experience, (in her own words):
“I found Justine & her team to be very friendly, informative & helpful. The team of installers were as unintrusive.”
Our client was so impressed with her experience with Craftbuilt that she has already recommended us to her neighbours who now have their very own Craftbuilt Kitchen as well.
Another Craftbuilt Dream Kitchen achieved! If you’re looking to accomplish your own dream kitchen project, our designers at 2958 Logan Road, Underwood, QLD 4119 are happy to help you. You can also call us at (07) 3341 9166 to set an appointment.
Most apartments are equipped with a stock standard square look. A unit on the 21st floor was no different. When our Craftbuilt Kitchens designer, Justine, came in, she found that the existing kitchen was built within 4 walls with only one small entryway. It was going to be an extensive project. Further assessment of the space included plumbing and air conditioner ducts that were positioned in several locations which restricted the simplicity of the design.
The clients wanted their Brisbane apartment kitchen to achieve a stylish modern look with ample storage, modern functionality and a streamline finish. It was going to become a highly functional kitchen with maximum storage. At the same time, it was going to be a stunning focal point for a new open plan living area. This kind of lay-out provides the look and feel of a wider living space. Craftbuilt’s clients were also looking for a unique feature to make it their own with a touch of class.
To accommodate this, Justine designed the unique box mitred features, which border the two ends of the kitchen, and tie in beautifully with the feature colour on the wall of tall cabinetry.
The particular fridge chosen by the clients was extremely deep and they did not want to impede on any walk space. The design allowed for a new nib wall which externally looked like an extension to the hallway. It internally increased the footprint of the kitchen and allowed a step back in the wall to house the fridge’s depth without any impact to the walk space around the kitchen whatsoever.
And what a transformation to the entire living space! It was definitely far from the original stock standard square kitchen they knew.
The clients today proudly admit that anyone visiting their unit for the first time without fail always comment favourably on their stunning kitchen. To date, these clients have already had seven kitchen projects built and designed by Craftbuilt Kitchens. Four of which were for their own homes. Some were for real estate sales in Brisbane. Every time they sell off their home, they commend that the beautiful cabinetry of the kitchen were major assets to the sale.
Planning to sell off your apartment or Brisbane home? Craftbuilt Kitchens also services kitchen renovations in the Brisbane South East areas. Give us a call at (07) 3341 9166 for a kitchen renovation-lift or visit our showroom in Underwood and meet our lovely designers!
Some kitchens require a drastic change. We had one client that requested just that.
When they sat down with Craftbuilt Kitchens, they wanted our designers to keep the basic footprint of the kitchen area that had worked for the family for so many years. In addition to that, the clients required to lighten the area and still have room for interesting design and finish elements to complement the “quirky” architectural scheme of the home.
This is where the drastic change comes in. Gone are the 70’s style dark colours and curves that were so predominant in the old kitchen. These were quickly disposed of to make room for a modern-style large kitchen.
In its place, is a high gloss white finish with a textured timber grain feature that ensured the new kitchen would provide a light and spacious feel while still achieving a warmth and texture that satisfied the client’s desire for a tactile element.
A handle-less finish along with an undermount square sink neatly recessed in the low profile stone benchtops, ensures sleek, streamlined dimensions, finished with a discreet shadowline. Take note of the mirrored splashback. It provides an interesting touch to the area that jives with the stainless steel appliance finish.
For storage, internal pull outs in the new pantry, along with a fit out to their existing walk-in pantry, significantly increased pantry space. Rear cabinets on the back of one side of the new L-shaped island bench combined with many sets of drawers meant so much extra, easily-accessible storage ensuring they would never need to worry about having enough kitchen storage. Amazing how the light wood flat-panel cabinets can provide maximum storage!
The engineered quartz L-shaped island bench is perfect for the busy area and guests, family members are automatically drawn to the center of the kitchen. Lastly, gone are the old kitchen tiles and in its place is a smooth medium hardwood flooring.
Such a fantastic end result! A wonderful new Craftbuilt Kitchen for the family to the great room! Are you ready to design your new kitchen with us? Contact our Craftbuilt Kitchens designers at (07) 3341 9166 to book an appointment at our Underwood showroom or visit us at our new Kitchen Design Studio at Unit 15, 76 Old Cleveland Road,Stones Corner QLD 4120. See you there!
We had clients that approached us with one thing in mind: “We want a kitchen that doesn’t look like a kitchen”.
Imagine a home with the amazing view of the Brisbane River. Craftbuilt Kitchens went to work straight away with a stunning open plan unit overlooking magnificent views of the Brisbane River. The aim was to design a kitchen to provide storage and functionality, whilst aesthetically blending back into its surroundings and maximising the aspect to the outstanding views.
An open space for an amazing view! And Craftbuilt Kitchens set to work!
Enjoying the view would be great with a glass of wine or a cup of brew. So, with the added challenge of fitting a wine fridge and coffee machine outlet, on top of extra wide cooking appliances, our kitchen designer set to developing a number of layouts to review. With modern, clean lines imperative, the handle-less finish allowed us to disguise an integrated fridge, a tandem “touch-to-open” pantry and a tower to hide the microwave, coffee machine and huge double bin set up.
When it came to storage, layered overhead cabinets not only created an immense amount of storage. This fulfills the clients’ request as they enabled perfect positioning of the task lighting to create an outstanding ambiance for the open plan living. The choice in finish for the doors of these units, by using one of the stunning Laminex Innovations products, helped move away from that “standard” kitchen look. The design and construction of a perfectly finished boxed two pack display cabinet also utilising the Laminex innovation feature as a backing, ties the areas completely together.
The disappearing act! The essential large cooking appliances were fitted discreetly but comfortably into the corner, which allowed the adjacent bench to be free-flowing. Added to the design, white mother of pearl slumped glass splash backs behind the cooking area for pure subtlety, together with highly reflective mirror glass splashbacks along the adjacent wall, meant river views were reflected and visible from most areas of the unit.
Finish it all off with high gloss black quartz benchtops, with a matching black sink & tap, meant our clients were delighted with their “not there” kitchen.
The end result – outstanding stunning aspects from all areas in this modern Craftbuilt Kitchen. Are you looking to have the same open plan feel to your kitchen renovation design plans?
Craftbuilt Kitchens has fully qualified and experienced designers who will tailor the design to your specific needs and wants. Call us at (07) 3341 9166 and ask our consultant to book you a design appointment.