Kitchen Renovation Project Management: A Complete Guide

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Australians simply LOVE to renovate. In fact, home renovation spending soared to $12billion in 2021 — up 33% on 2020! 

Kitchens, considered as the heart of the home, is one of the most popular spaces to renovate. Everyone congregates in the kitchen to cook, share hearty meals, and feel warm and cozy around each other’s company. 

If you plan on renovating a kitchen and are wondering how to tackle elements like project management, installation of new cabinets, kitchen renovation cost, and more, stick with us as we walk you through the process.

All you need to know about a kitchen renovation project management plan and how it works

Despite having some knowledge on kitchen ideas Australia and being fairly handy with planning and doing your own kitchen cabinet renovation, you will still be needing tradies and contractors with all the right qualifications for plumbing, electrical, gas fitting, ordering materials, and other jobs. 

There will also be specialist tasks involved in a kitchen renovation project management plan that are better off left to the experts to make sure all work is executed safely, within budget, and to the relevant industry standards.

At McColl Cabinetmakers, we guarantee our full commitment in planning, overseeing, and executing your kitchen project management plan.

What are the things involved in renovating a kitchen?

Planning a kitchen renovation usually involves a design phase that ensures meeting all prerequisites for the homeowners, demolition, and construction. 

If you hire a kitchen renovation planner, they will submit a cost-efficient quote itemising all aspects of the job that meets all of the homeowner’s specifications and requests. They will also ensure that all materials used meet safety and efficiency standards as per the Building Code of Australia.

Project management steps to redesign kitchen

Below are steps involved in renovating a kitchen:

  1. Sketch a rough plan of your space. An initial layout will help you figure out what you can actually do with your kitchen since you will be accounting for the available space, restrictions, and potential refurbishments.  
  2. List down everything in your kitchen. This list could include things that are already there (e.g., pots, pans, tools, appliances) and things that you have yet to buy. This way, you can already get a clearer picture of the outcome you have in mind, and you can prioritise the features you want your dream kitchen to have.
  3. Choose your storage solutions. A big reason to renovate is to maximise the space in your kitchen area. So it is best to come up with ideas for basic and clever storage solutions that would fit your kitchen. Remember that cabinets and other space saving mechanisms will influence the cost kitchen renovation  Australia. This may call for a specialist like McColl Cabinetmakers to do this for you.
  4. Let your creativity run wild. Here is where you can explore various kitchen ideas Australia for inspiration and assistance at identifying your style and establishing your design outline. Pick the colour, shape, size, marble benchtop cost, and extra details that align with your vision of a kitchen you’re happy to have.
  5. Oversee the technical aspects. Form a solid electrical plan, factor in appliances, plan the plumbing, and consider where your fixures and fittings will go.
  6. Choose the right benchtop. Obviously, the kitchen benchtop will command the most attention in the kitchen, not to mention it wil also be the busiest part. Your design may have to hinge on what your benchtop will be. 

7. Stylise some more. You can decide on whether you want a splashback or not, and what your kitchen flooring should look like. Add a personal touch and find a way to incorporate into your kitchen renovation plans something you love and you think is unique, e.g., wall paintings, family portraits, knickknacks, etc.

Some modern kitchen ideas Australia  you can try

At McColl Cabinetmakers, we always keep an eye on the latest kitchen designs Australia so we are always up to speed with new and better ways to improve storage, organisation, integration of appliances, space utlisation, and other aspects of planning a kitchen renovation.

Here are some kitchen renovation ideas Australia for your kitchen project:


Easy to clean new kitchen benchtop


Marble tones

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Timber kitchen finishes


Moody colour palette


Bold splashbacks


Butler’s pantry

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Fitting “handle-less” kitchen cabinets


White kitchen

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Black kitchen

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Pendant lights

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Curated space

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Interesting colours and finishes


Concealing appliances inside laminate cabinets


Floating shelves

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Finishes akin to retro kitchens Australia


Outdoor kitchens

Kitchen Renovation Cost Australia

Kitchen renovation costs vary from state to state. As of September 2022, the national averages are $22,000 to $40,000. A ballpark figure would be around $20,000 to $40,000+ depending also on the materials used, appliances, and the size of your kitchen and home. 

How much are kitchen renovation? A smal kitchen renovation cost would be between $20,000-30,000. A mid-range kitchen would be between $30,000 to $45,000. High-end kitchen renovations can cost above $45,000.

FAQs on Kitchen Renovation Plans

Yes, McColl Cabinetmakers are fully licenced and insured for all types of kitchen renovations in Queensland. We are Registered Building Practitioners (QBCC Licence No: 61004) and members of the Housing Industry Association (HIA), which is the major industry association for cabinetmakers and builders in Australia.

Yes, it is definitely allowed! However, we cannot guarantee this for every project as there are many factors that our kitchen renovators also have to consider, like your electrical, plumbing and even gas connections. But we are open to discussing with you the changes that you want and how we can make that happen for you and weigh the pros and cons with you before you can commit to a final design.

To establish the budget that works for you, we encourage you to work with our team during the pre-planning stage to discuss your overall design idea and budget. This gives you and our team the right grounds to launch a kitchen renovation project for you without unnecessary stress on your end. As a best practice, we also encourage customers to allow for a 10% buffer on top of their overall budget to cover unexpected expenses, such as finding rotted timber during the demolition process, for example.

Work with the best kitchen renovation planner

Having been in the business since 1993, McColl Cabinetmakers is one of the leading kitchen contractors in the country. Our team provides hassle-free services in Brisbane, Ipswich, Cabinet Makers Gold Coast, and surrounding suburbs. We’ve helped thousands of homeowners renovate their homes by designing beautiful kitchens that work perfectly for their lifestyles.

We know what works and what doesn’t, which means our designs are always practical and functional. Plus, we offer free design consultations to make sure you get exactly what you want out of your kitchen renovation project.

Contact us today to learn about our kitchen project ideas and design process, and find out if we’re right for you!

Kitchen Renovation Ipswich – Reviews

The best way to look for a kitchen renovations company to hire is by asking around. Word of the mouth is powerful — and credible! 

See what other customers are saying about us.

“Absolutely delighted with our new kitchen!! 

We couldn’t go past using McColl Cabinetmakers after seeing what they created in mums new kitchen. 

Billy is amazing, from designing the kitchen exactly how we wanted to having every aspect of the renovations so well organised, nothing was too much trouble. 

The whole team where professional and the quality of workmanship is astounding. 

We will definitely be recommending anyone needing a new kitchen or bathroom to McColl Cabinetmakers. 10/10” 

 Ironbark, QLD 

Darren & Shannon

Geoff and I would like to thank you so much for our beautiful new kitchen and laundry. We truly are over the moon! Installing a new kitchen is always daunting with so many things to decide on and we really just put our trust in you to manage it all.  The project ran so smoothly and the constant communication ensured that we were aware of what was happening at all stages.  Even a trade running slightly late ensured we received a text direct with an update. None of my last-minute changes (love my waterfall) were a problem and each of your contractors were polite, professional and most importantly respectful of the new social distancing requirements and hygiene measures. We will be looking forward to 'showing off' our new kitchen when we are allowed visitors again. Please pass on our thanks to each of your team.

Geoff & Sandra

Could not have asked for anything more with my new kitchen. Corey and the team made the whole process from start to finish so easy. All trades used throughout the renovation were friendly and professional. I would highly recommend McColl Cabinets to anyone wanting professional and prompt service and an outstanding result.

Tony and Gai, Beenleigh

We have used McColl Cabinetmakers on many of our projects now and have found them to be very easy to deal with. Corey is very knowledgeable and very helpful in designing the right kitchen layouts to suit our needs. We have also used McColl Cabinetmakers to build kitchens, wardrobes and vanities, they are always willing to help. The products are always of good quality and the installers are always happy to help adjust their schedules in case we run behind. Nothing is too much for these guys!! Price is fantastic, quality is awesome and communication is over and beyond my expectations. I highly recommend them!

Jodie Lamborne

Quite undoubtedly the best service we have ever received. Our new Kitchen and WIP looks amazing and is a dream to be in and has received many jaw dropping "WOWs" from friends and family. Corey was absolutely fantastic from initial consultations to project managing the entire job. Communication was exceptional. We loved that McColls took care of all the required tradies and found them all to be professional, friendly, polite and exceptionally tidy. We were provided with a timeline for all works to be completed and it was spot on! We are still in awe that our renovation has been completely stress free and couldn't be happier with the end result. We highly recommend McColl Cabinets to anyone needing a kitchen, bathroom or cabinetry. Great team, great work, it's a big thumbs up from us. Sincere thanks to you all.

Dave and Steph

With over 25 years of experience in kitchen renovations, our Ipswich kitchen cabinet makers offer a professional approach and real outcomes.

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