Nouvelle’s expert design team has the answers to your frequently asked questions about kitchen design
How much will my kitchen renovation cost?
It’s very difficult to put an exact price on any kitchen renovation, as the room should always be designed to meet the unique needs of your family and the way you live, cook and intend to use the space. But there are a few items that can affect the overall price of your kitchen and these include:
• Do you require any structural work such as moving or removing walls, adding or enlarging windows?
• Will you require council approval for your renovation?
• Do you have a feature item on your “must have” list? For example, a large piece of marble on your island bench.
• Will the new kitchen be substantially larger than the existing kitchen?
• Will you re-use your existing appliances or purchase new?
• Are you looking for a makeover rather than a complete renovation?
• Are there technology items you wish to incorporate? For example, soft-close drawers or lift hinge systems.
• What work needs to be done to the floor and/or walls to complete the look?
How do I know which layout will best suit my space?
The final layout chosen will depend on the size of your family, the size of the kitchen, how the kitchen relates to the adjoining rooms, how you live, how you cook and what other functions you require of the kitchen space. There’s a real risk of “over designing” the space by trying to cram in as much storage as possible but a qualified kitchen designer will always be able to find the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality.
What colours should I choose for my kitchen to make sure it doesn’t date?
The colour scheme of any personal space should reflect your own tastes as well as suit the look and feel of your home. It’s important not to focus too much on what is currently “trendy” but look at where you can add splashes of personality, colour or panache to make the kitchen your own. Look for one area of the kitchen in which you can inject a sense of style – maybe it’s a feature splashback, or a waterfall edge to your island bench. Your kitchen designer will listen to all your ideas – both what you love and what you don’t – and incorporate them into a design that ticks all the boxes.