From envisioning your dream space to optimising functionality, our kitchen planning guide will take you step-by-step through the essential considerations, design choices, and expert tips to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams. Trust in our expertise and let us guide you on this transformative journey, ensuring every detail is meticulously planned for a truly remarkable result.
A successful kitchen renovation involves several key phases that come together to transform your space into a culinary haven. At McColl Cabinetmakers, we take pride in guiding you through each step of the process for a seamless and stress-free experience with this kitchen renovation guide.
Before diving into the renovation process, it’s crucial to identify the reasons behind your kitchen renovation. Are you looking to enhance functionality, update the style, increase the home’s value, or create a more inviting space for socializing? Understanding your motivations will help guide your decision-making throughout the project.
Developing a project schedule to keep your kitchen renovation on track. Consider factors such as the desired completion date, any upcoming events or occasions that may affect the timeline, and any potential constraints or limitations. Having a rough schedule in place will help you coordinate with contractors, suppliers, and other involved parties.
To kickstart your creative process, gather references and conduct thorough research on different kitchen styles and designs. Visit kitchen showrooms to immerse yourself in the latest trends, explore various layouts, and get a feel for different materials and finishes. Collect images, create mood boards, and note down specific elements that resonate with your vision.
Take the time to outline your practical needs and priorities for your new kitchen. Consider factors such as the number of people using the kitchen, cooking habits, storage requirements, and any specific functionalities you desire. Assess your current kitchen’s limitations and areas that need improvement.
Embarking on a kitchen renovation involves a critical decision: whether to tackle the project yourself or enlist the expertise of a professional renovations company like ours. Consider the following factors when making this choice:
Here’s a breakdown of ballpark figures:
$10K to $25K
$25K to $40K
$45K to $90K
$20K to $30K
$30K to $45K
$45K and up
While the difference in costs between a DIY kitchen and a professionally done one is obvious, the price is hardly the sole aspect to consider when choosing between the two.
A kitchen renovation requires a diverse set of skills, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, and design. If you lack confidence or knowledge in any of these areas, it may be wise to hire professionals.
Consider your availability and commitment to the project. DIY renovations require dedicating significant time and effort. Hiring professionals allows you to focus on other priorities while the experts handle the renovation efficiently and within a reasonable timeframe.
Undertaking a kitchen renovation can be overwhelming, particularly if you lack experience in construction project management. Coordinating trades, dealing with unexpected issues, and handling permits and inspections can add stress to the process. Hiring professionals alleviates these concerns.
Below are some key considerations to help you navigate this phase effectively:
Selecting the right layout is essential for maximising functionality, efficiency, and overall enjoyment of the space. Consider the following practical considerations for storage, task zones, and different pantry, drawer, and kitchen layout options.
Below are factors to consider when planning a kitchen layout:
Walk-in Pantry: A separate room or dedicated space for storing dry goods, small appliances, and more.
Pull-out Pantry: A tall cabinet with shelves that pull out for easy access and maximize storage space.
Cabinet Pantry: Traditional cabinets with adjustable shelves designed to store food and other pantry items.
Slide-Out Bench: a storage solution that combines a countertop surface with hidden storage compartments underneath. It provides an additional surface that can be easily pulled out
Kicker Drawers: an innovative storage that are installed in the kickboard, which is the recessed area at the bottom of the cabinets. Kicker drawers offer hidden storage for items such as baking trays, cutting boards, or rarely used items
Drawer Dividers: inserts or partitions that fit within drawers to create separate compartments. They are designed to help optimise storage within drawers.
Utility Drawers: versatile storage drawers that are deeper than standard drawers, providing ample space for larger utensils, baking sheets, cutting boards, or even small appliances.
Step Drawers: also known as tiered or layered drawers, are multi-level drawers that feature different heights or depths within the same drawer, allowing you to store and organise items of varying sizes. Step drawers are especially useful for
Bin Drawers: also known as trash or recycling drawers, feature built-in bins or containers that can be easily accessed and concealed within the cabinetry.
Task Zones and Workflow
Preparation Zone: includes the countertop space where food is prepped, as well as nearby storage for cutting boards, knives, and other utensils.
Cooking Zone: consists of the cooktop or range, as well as surrounding countertop space for food preparation during cooking.
Cleaning Zone: includes the sink and nearby storage for dishwashing supplies, garbage, and recycling bins.
Storage Zone: encompasses the pantry, cabinets, and drawers where ingredients, cookware, and kitchen tools are stored.
Serving Zone: a space where finished dishes can be plated and prepared for serving, with nearby storage for dishes, glasses, and utensils.
Galley Kitchen: A narrow layout with parallel countertops and workspace on either side, ideal for maximizing efficiency in smaller spaces.
L-Shaped Kitchen: This layout forms an “L” shape and provides ample counter and storage space, allowing for an efficient workflow.
U-Shaped Kitchen: This layout features countertops and cabinetry along three walls, forming a “U” shape, offering extensive storage and workspace.
Island Kitchen: Incorporating an island in the kitchen layout adds additional countertop space, storage, and can serve as a central hub for food preparation and dining.
Open Concept Kitchen: This layout combines the kitchen with the living or dining area, creating a seamless and spacious environment, ideal for entertaining.
Here’s a common list of cabinets, appliances, and fixtures that are typically found in a kitchen renovation:
Base Cabinets: Lower cabinets that provide storage space and support the countertops.
Wall Cabinets: Cabinets mounted on the wall above the countertops for additional storage.
Tall Cabinets: Vertical cabinets that offer ample storage space and often house pantry items or appliances.
Corner Cabinets: Specialised cabinets designed to maximize storage in corner areas, such as lazy Susan cabinets or corner drawers.
Specialty Cabinets: Customised cabinets for specific storage needs, such as wine racks, spice racks, or display cabinets.
Cabinet Accessories: These include features like drawer dividers, pull-out shelves, trash/recycling pull-outs, and utensil organizers.
Range or Benchtop: The primary cooking appliance, available in gas, electric, or induction options.
Oven: A separate unit for baking or roasting, available as a single or double oven.
Refrigerator: An appliance for storing perishable food items.
Dishwasher: Used for efficient cleaning of dishes, utensils, and cookware.
Microwave: Provides quick heating and reheating of food.
Range Hood: Installed above the cooking area to remove smoke, grease, and odors.
Sink and Faucet: Essential fixtures for food preparation, dishwashing, and general cleaning.
Fixtures and Hardware:
Benchtops: Surfaces for food preparation, available in materials like granite, quartz, laminate, or solid surface.
Backsplash: Protects the wall from splashes and spills, typically made of tiles, glass, or other materials.
Lighting: Includes task lighting (e.g., under-cabinet lights), ambient lighting (e.g., overhead fixtures), and decorative lighting (e.g., pendant lights).
Cabinet Hardware: Knobs, handles, and pulls for opening and closing cabinets and drawers.
Sink Accessories: Sink strainer, soap dispenser, and other accessories for convenience and functionality.
We have compiled a list of the most sought-after kitchen planning design styles by Australian homeowners along with considerations for choosing colours, materials, and finishes.
Features: Clean lines, minimalist design, and a focus on functionality.
Colours: Neutral colours like white, gray, or beige, often paired with bold accent colours.
Materials and Finishes: Sleek and glossy finishes, such as high-gloss or matte cabinets, quartz or stone countertops, and stainless steel appliances.
Features: Coastal-inspired design with a mix of traditional and contemporary elements.
Colours: Light and airy colours palette with whites, creams, soft blues, and greens.
Materials and Finishes: Shaker-style cabinets, marble or granite countertops, subway tile backsplash, and brushed or antique finishes for fixtures and hardware.
Features: Raw and rugged design with exposed brick, metal accents, and utilitarian elements.
Colours: Earthy tones like grays, blacks, and browns, often with pops of vibrant colours.
Materials and Finishes:Concrete or stainless steel countertops, open shelving, metal or distressed wood cabinets, and industrial-style lighting and fixtures.
Features: Relaxed and breezy design inspired by the seaside.
Colours: Soft and muted colours like whites, blues, greens, and sandy neutrals.
Materials and Finishes: Light-coloursed or weathered wood cabinets, natural stone countertops, glass tile backsplash, and beach-inspired accessories.
Features: A blend of modern and rustic elements for a cosy and inviting space.
Colours: White or neutral backgrounds with warm accent colours like blues or reds.
Materials and Finishes: Shaker-style cabinets, butcher block or quartz countertops, farmhouse sinks, and vintage-inspired fixtures.
Features: Emphasises a blend of traditional and contemporary elements with a touch of vintage charm.
Colours: Neutral and earthy tones, often with accents of pastel colours or pops of vibrant hues.
Materials and Finishes: Natural and textured materials like timber, including recycled or reclaimed wood for cabinets and countertops. Other common choices include marble or granite countertops and classic ceramic or subway tile backsplash.
Factor in your personal preferences, the overall aesthetic you want to achieve, and how it complements the rest of your home. Here are considerations for selecting colours, materials, and finishes:
1. Ensure the chosen style of your kitchen complements the design of the rest of your home for a harmonious flow.
2. Consider the amount of natural light in your kitchen and choose colours and finishes that enhance brightness and create an open feel.
3. Select colours, materials, and finishes that align with your personal taste and lifestyle. Consider factors such as ease of maintenance and durability.
4. Opt for designs that will stand the test of time and won’t quickly go out of style, ensuring your kitchen remains appealing for years to come.
5. Consider the climate and natural lighting, as certain hues may enhance or detract from the available light and overall ambience.
6. Choose materials and finishes that are durable, easy to clean, and suitable for the demands of your lifestyle. Consider factors such as heat resistance, water resistance, and stain resistance.
7. Shop around for energy-efficient appliances and lighting to reduce environmental impact and energy costs.
A well-defined kitchen design and construction plan in place during your kitchen renovation. We have provided you with an overview of the design and construction process, as well as the services McColl Cabinetmakers offers:
By offering comprehensive planning, renovation, and construction management services, McColl Cabinetmakers provides a streamlined and hassle-free experience for our clients. We have a team of experienced professionals with almost 30 years of industry experience, attention to detail, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. We can guarantee with confidence that the entire process, from design to construction, is handled efficiently and effectively.
Whether clients are looking to transform their existing kitchen, upgrade outdated features, or create a brand-new space, McColl Cabinetmakers is dedicated to delivering high-quality results that bring their kitchen renovation dreams to life.
Your Project Manager will ensure your Brisbane kitchen or bathroom renovation project is delivered on time and on budget. As a standard inclusion in our renovations, our experienced Project Manager coordinates all suppliers while overseeing the project schedule to ensure the relevant trades are onsite when they are needed to keep the project moving smoothly. They’ll keep you updated about everything throughout your renovation and will handle any issues that arise.
Yes, McColl Cabinetmakers are fully licenced and insured for all types of bathroom and kitchen renovations in south-east 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.
When choosing a custom cabinet maker, it’s important to look for a company with a track record of high-quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. Make sure they have experience working with the materials and style you’re interested in, and that they offer a detailed design process to ensure your cabinets are exactly what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask for references and check online reviews to get a sense of their reputation.
Check out our glowing online reviews from our satisfied customers here.
You can expect your average kitchen or bathroom renovation project to be completed in two to four weeks. The completion timeframe does depend on how big and complicated the renovation is, the time of year you book in and any lead time required on custom or imported finishes. Book a consultation with us to find out our current lead times and how long your specific project idea will likely take to complete.
Yes! We’ve seen it all in our 28 years of cabinet making in Brisbane and with our tried and tested techniques we know how to design the perfect solution for your home. We specialise in custom-designs because we understand your home should be as individual as you while lasting the test of time for style and function. Whatever you need for your renovation, we have the expertise and experience in Brisbane to help you accomplish your renovation dreams.
We can do any type of cabinetry you need! Our skilled craftsmen have experience designing and building custom solutions for bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and more. Basically, if you can dream it, we can build it.
Of course! We have a portfolio of previous projects that we’d be happy to show you. We’ve built everything from sleek, modern kitchens to cossy, rustic bedrooms. Our custom cabinetry work is our pride and joy, so we’d be thrilled to share it with you. Head over to our Showroom page and book an appointment with us. We look forward to meeting with you! Our appointment hours are 8:00AM-3:00PM on Mondays through Thursdays, and 8:00AM-12:00PM on Fridays.
We use only the highest quality materials for our custom cabinetry projects. We have a range of options available, including solid wood, laminate, and high-end composite materials. We’ll work with you to find the perfect fit for your project, taking into account your budget, aesthetic preferences, and durability requirements.
Getting started on a custom cabinetry project is easy! Just give us a call at (07) 3288 0711 or send us an email at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can visit our kitchen showroom Brisbane at 3 Monique Court, Raceview QLD 4305.
“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”