PRODUCTS TO FIT ANY BUDGET HIGH OR SMALL
Benchtops are the staples in your kitchen and one of the final products to be installed. Here is a few different types of popular materials available on the market.
- Engineered Stone
Each stone is manufactured and imported from different regions around the world. All engineered stone is man-made. This product is the perfect solid benchtop, varying from low-cost common colours to more expensive luxurious colours.
Granite blocks formed over thousands of years inside the earth, each slab is removed from all regions over the world. This results in some spectacular individuality. No granite benchtop is the same. You may put hot pot’s on this surface.
You have a tight budget? Laminate is the staple benchtop product throughout the industry. It can be applied vertical or horizontally and comes with an ever changing range of colours to suit all designs. Laminate is not heat resistant and will get damaged if a hot pot is placed on it.
Need a top that is easy to clean and is going to last a long time without much degradation of quality? Stainless is a perfect choice and can come in many different finishes to suit your design. You sinks can even be welded directly to the top to make it look absolutely seamless.
Timber is a combo of natural beauty and stunning colours. Each top is built for purpose with only the most expert attention to the detail. Normally timber tops can be finished with an oil or a highly durable clearcoat. Oiling requires the most care in the long-term but can yield the most natural looking finish to your space.
Cabinet fronts come on many different substrates and have a large range of finishes and styles. Each substrate and style can significantly alter the price of the kitchen.
A fairly new product in the market place, Acrylic fronts provide a far more superior finish to cabinet fronts than your average melamine. These usually come in high-gloss (which is not achievable with paper based melamine). There is also anti fingerprint technologies available on some of the matt colours. If you are looking for a sleek finish and don’t mind spending a little more money this product could be for you.
Melamine is the cookie cutter of cabinet fronts. It has been around for a long time now and gets the job done. There is a wide range of colours available from many different suppliers and a great selection of finishes to the surface. This is the most cost effective product for your cabinet fronts and gets the job done while still looking fantastic for years to come.
Need a colour and finish that just isn’t available in any of the ranges? Paint is a great alternative and can be mixed to suit the rest of your home. You can paint MDF or Timber using a two pot that finishes from a matte to high-gloss.
A plastic is heated and wrapped around a MDF substrate or door pattern. If you are after a cottage/shaker or classical style kitchen this style of door is usually perfect. It is an expensive venture but the final result can pay dividends with seamless edges to boot. They offer flat panels to if you just like the thermally wrapped product.
If you want a product that looks and feels like real timber. Veneer is a great way to achieve this. Though it is a bit more expensive than melamine it gives you the natural grain that most people seek in timber.
There are many different ways styles of door fronts but there is just as many different pieces of hardware that can give you solutions to open and closing your doors.
- Bi-Folding Doors
- Bi-Folding Lift Up
- Lift Up Hinge
- Non Soft Close
- Pocket Doors
- Push to Open
- Soft Closing Hinges
A perfect solution for spaces where you don’t want the door opening too far into your walk way or you want to conceal toasters in a on bench pantry. There is many variations of these systems on the market. You can even get push to open ones.
If you are looking for a premium solution to wall cabinets bi-fold lift ups look amazing and are an elegant solution. They come in all shapes and sizes but the biggest drawback to these systems is they can only go to a certain size and weight depending on the substrate selected for your doors.
If you are after a simple lift up single door these types of hinges are perfect. They open and close easily but their biggest drawer back is if you’re short you may be unable to reach the door when it’s open.
What was once an industry standard non-soft close is a thing of the past. The difference in price between a soft close and non are almost minuscule these days. They still have their uses on push to open doors. If you are seriously budget conscious these are still available as an option.
Don’t want your doors in the way at all? Pocket sliding door systems are fantastic to get your door open and keep using that cupboard without it affecting your passage way into or through the kitchen. While a very awesome looking solution pocket sliders can often take quite a large amount of space away from your cabinet to house the running track.
Don’t like handles or want something that looks ultra-modern? Handle-less kitchen doors is the perfect solution. There is a few options surrounding these mechanisms but the basic concept – you lightly push around where the mechanism sits (normally rebated into the cabinet carcass where the door will most like be touched) The door will then push open.
Now the industry standard a soft closing hinge simply dampens and pulls the door shut to negate the loud bang of a non-soft closing hinge. There is all types of soft closing hinges and some can even have the pressure changed to suit the size of the door.
There is a few options when it comes to drawers, each drawer has certain applications to any given project.
- Internal Drawers
- Push to Open Soft Close
- Side Mounted
- Soft Closing Metal Sides
- Undermount Runners
Want to hide away a drawer inside a drawer or have drawer fronts on the inside of a pantry? These are perfect and normally fit alongside any standard runner. These get cut to suit the length of your drawer cabinet.
If you are after a handle-less kitchen solution these are the best type of runners for your drawer. They allow it to push open and soft close. There is a cheaper alternative that offers a push open non soft close.
Often used in furniture these types of runners are a basic run of the mill runner and require a bit more labour than a standard runner as you need to make the box of the drawer up then attach the runners to that. They run averagely for a kitchen but work really well for timber furniture.
These are the standard in the industry at the moment and offer a quick and easy way to assemble a kitchen drawer. They soft close and offer a gallery rail solution or metal sides to make up heights of your drawers. They can come in different weight variations to suit larger drawer widths.
If you want a full extension runner and have the side of your drawer larger than a standard drawer. These are a great solution to customer under window box seating or wardrobe storage solutions. They also conceal themselves under the lip of the drawer box.
Handles are the finish to your cabinet fronts and can give the final styling to your kitchen. Some require a lot more work to fit than others.
- Flush Mounted
- Negative Detail
Bow handles are great for a tight-budget kitchen and offer a simplistic look. They come in a variety of types of finishes. If you bump into one when walking by you normally don’t get hurt by them.
Square handles come in so many different form factors and are the most common type of handles chosen by customers. They come in different finishes and have different curves on the inside or the outside. Sometimes bumping into these can hurt if you pick quite a squared edge!
A fairly modern approach to handles, these handles come in different types but the most common is one that sits on the topside of your doors and drawers and are then screwed or rebated into the top and fixed. This creates a seamless line all the way around your kitchen. They can come in all different finishes to.
Flush handles are great for handles that don’t need to be sticking past the door or for large sliding doors. They sit recessed into the door.
Knob handles are a very traditional handle and are normally only used in a shaker style kitchen or something with a classical touch. They’re great for furniture to. You won’t normally see these on modern style kitchens.
Sitting on top of the edge of your cabinet front pull handles come in pre-set lengths that can either be rebated into the edge tape or sit on the edge of the door. You can get some very interesting pull handles even ones shaped like leaves.
Negative detailed handles come in different forms using different metal profiles but a more premium finish is a 45 degree edge on the top of the cabinet door / drawer. This has a rail sitting behind the front that matches the rest of the kitchen (or not). This creates a shadow line which just screams stunning. There is quite a bit of work involved in getting these handles but the payoff is something definitely worth showing off.
You may want something that is a bit more accessible in the pantry, these systems take care of getting the most out of your space while being able to get what you need.
- Tower Drawers
- Pull out Pantry
- Wire Basket Drawers
Also known as a space tower. These systems are a great way to get access to the majority of the storage in your pantry without having to move stuff around. They have different coloured finishes to suit all tastes.
Don’t want to get up to the top shelf to see what’s in there or have a bit of an awkward space? Pull out pantries have got you covered. They use a basked system (solid or wire based). That sit on the rack. This means you can pull them out to clean them or to get to the item you need without any extra hassle.
These are great in the bottom half of your pantry where you want to store dried goods or make more use of the bottom space. These don’t provide anything to fancy but get the job done with a relatively lower cost.
Sinks are an essential item in the kitchen, they come in various substrates to suit your bench material.
- Composite / Granitek
- Acrylic (Solid Surface)
- Stainless Steel
If you want a black bowl this is what you will need to get, but composite bowls come in various bowls and provide you with a scratch resistant product that looks fantastic and has been made from a composite granite.
These sinks are used to work alongside the Corian or solid surface benchtops. These are sanded and glued at the seams to provide a quality and jointless finish. These bowls give the best of both worlds with a stainless bottom to take the heat. These bowls must be undermounted and aren’t guaranteed when using a waste master (also known as a scrap eater).
This is your standard stainless steel sink type, it’s been around for a very long time, don’t be fooled you can get really cheap stainless then you can get quality hand-made stainless bowls. If you want something that is going to last you are best to stick to the hand-made stuff as it’s built to last. Stainless bowls come in all shapes and sizes and for many applications. Some bowls come with their own types of accessories to make better use of the space.
Porcelain sinks have been a staple in interior design for decades now. They are a premium sink style and are used a lot when you want an apron sink (also known as a butlers sink). These bowls are hand-made and normally come in set sizes. They can be quite pricey but look stunning if applied to the right kitchen or vanity style.
When choosing any sink you need to consider how many bowls you want - and if it will fit your cabinet.
- Double Bowl
- Double Bowl with Drainer
- Single Bowl
- Single Bowl with Drainer
Double sinks are fantastic for maximizing the size of a 2 sink spaces, they normally will take up a large cabinet so always check before picking your sink that this is going to work.
There are different configurations surrounding these types of sinks. They normally come with 1 bowl and ¼ to 1 bowl and ½, there are some double bowls with drainers but normally take up a very large space of the bench.
From very skinny and small to a large laundry tub. Single sinks are fantastic for getting the job done. It’s always best to pick one that will fit your cabinet, but also remain function to fit what you need in there when working in your space.
The most generic sink but it’s timeless and works. These sinks normally end up being the cheapest of the bunch but they offer a great way to just get the sink part of the kitchen done. Perfect for laminate setups as it gives you somewhere to put your hot pots when cooking, and let water drain away when washing up.
Sink mounting is how the sink will be sitting corresponding to the benchtop. The most common is top mount.
- Flush Mount
- Top Mount
This is not really done with laminate anymore as it can swell benchtops up. It sits in line with the top of the benchtop. This is a great way to have a single bowl and drainer board still be able to have the water wipe into the sink rather than up against the flange.
The most common types of mounting for a sink bowl when it comes to laminate. But not really done with stone. A cut out for the bowl is created and then the sink inserted and sitting proud of the top of the bench. This can make grime build up around the sinks edges when wiping down the bench so be sure to clean in there regularly.
Under mounting a sink is usually an additional cost but can look absolutely stunning and make your kitchen clean up a lot easier. It also means your getting the most space from your bench. This method is mostly done in stone tops and solid surface but can also be done in laminate (though not often). It’s stylish and practical.
Looking at a stainless benchtop? Sinks can be welded to look pristine. This is a perfect way to make your bench fit all together as one and look stylish doing so.
Sink mounting is how the sink will be sitting corresponding to the benchtop. The most common is top mount.
- Sink Mixers
- Wall Mounted
A sink mixer combined with a pull-out head, this helps when washing hard to reach places and also makes it convenient for rinsing vegetables and maybe those indoor plants nearby. They come in different pressures so make sure to select the right tap for your home. If you aren’t sure on what you need, make contact with your local plumber and he will give you the correct recommendation.
Mixing the hot and cold water into one tap and handle, this enables you to control your hot and cold water blend. These are the most common taps on the market and provide some unique designs. They come in different pressures so make sure to select the right tap for your home. If you aren’t sure on what you need, make contact with your local plumber and he will give you the correct recommendation.
A more traditional approach to the tapware is using a wall mounted system. This means all your plumbing sits inside the wall but conceals anything from within the cabinet. These sort of taps usually are reserved for a specific style such as a traditional kitchen faucet or a bathroom vanity. A more recent addition to this style is a floor mounted tap. These come in different pressures so make sure to select the right tap for your home. If you aren’t sure on what you need, make contact with your local plumber and he will give you the correct recommendation.