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The Initial Steps towards a Successful Gold Coast Kitchen Renovation
Monday, September 26, 2016 Susie Linscott

The Initial Steps towards a Successful Gold Coast Kitchen Renovation

Did you know that of all the renovations you can undertake in your home, a kitchen renovation is the one most likely to yield the highest return on investment? That’s the truth according to US Remodelling Magazine, who found that a kitchen renovation could provide you with a 90-94% return on investment. The figures in Australia are pretty close to the mark as well, which is a great motivator for home owners.

To actually see those returns for yourself though, you need to carefully plan your Gold Coast kitchen renovation and ensure you are prepared for the challenges ahead.

First of all...what is the reason for your Gold Coast kitchen renovation?

Are you remodelling a kitchen for an investment property or your own home? If you are renovating a kitchen for a home you live in, do you plan on staying in the house for long or do you intend on selling it within the next year or so?

If your kitchen renovation is for an investment property or a property you want to sell in the near future, the key is it choose a kitchen design that is modern and highly functional. Go for a sought-after kitchen design, because chances are it will appeal to tenants and prospective buyers.

Once you’ve determined the reason behind your kitchen remodelling project…

…It’s time to get to work on your new kitchen design

If you’re designing your own kitchen, this is where the real work starts. On the other hand, if you are going to have a Gold Coast kitchen renovation firm create your design, you will need to undertake some homework in order to provide a brief to them to work from. Here’s what you must do:

  1. Start looking online to get a good idea when it comes to the styles of cabinetry, flooring, appliances, layouts and of course, finishes.
  2. Accurately measure your kitchen space, so you know exactly where the positions are when it comes to existing cupboards, doors, plumbing, electrics and fixtures. You need to do this before you decide on potential new layouts.
  3. Draw the floor plan of your existing kitchen and draw floor plans of the new kitchen layout you have in mind.

Once you have done this, you can get out there and meet and chat with Gold Coast kitchen renovation contractors and designers. You will also be ready to start looking around for your new kitchen appliances and fittings.

If that sounds pretty hard going, there is always the option of hiring a kitchen designer to do the whole thing for you – from initial design right through to the organisation of its instalment. Either way, here at Cuisine Kitchens, we can help you.

Our Top Space-Saving Ideas for Your Gold Coast Laundry and Wardrobe Design
Saturday, June 18, 2016 Susie Linscott

Our Top Space-Saving Ideas for Your Gold Coast Laundry and Wardrobe Design

When it comes to your laundry and wardrobe, perhaps the most important thing is that they are big on space maximisation. Your laundry needs to make use of as much space as possible to allow for optimum functionality, and your wardrobe needs to provide you with essential space for your clothing, shoes and other belongings.

Whether you’re looking to renovate your laundry or wardrobe, or tear your existing one out to create something completely different…

Here are our top ideas to help you get the most of your laundry space!

  1. Avoid placing your dryer directly on the floor: Dryers take up precious floor space, so install a wall bracket on the wall to accommodate your dryer.
  2. Use the space behind the laundry door if possible: A built in cupboard with sliding door behind your laundry door is a great idea and will free up floor space as well. Great for storing your “to wash”, “to fold” or “to iron” laundry and of course those essential mops and brooms.
  3. Look up and see the potential for cupboard space: Cupboards don’t have to all be at floor level, so perhaps combine lower level cupboards with overhead ones. You can never have too much cupboard space! Floor level cupboards also provide you with valuable bench space as well, which is great when folding clothes!
  4. Choose light colours: Light colours give the illusion of space, so opt for light shades when choosing bench tops, tiles and floors for your laundry.

Laundries are notorious for clutter, so by choosing a layout that allows easy access to all of your cupboards, you will quickly determine what can actually stay in your laundry and what should be thrown away for maximum space saving results.

Space saving also extends to your wardrobe of course!

Organisation really is your best friend in the mission to maximise space in your wardrobe. Thankfully, smart wardrobe design can make staying organised, a whole lot easier. Here are our tips to help you get on your way to an efficient, spacey wardrobe:

  1. De-clutter right now: Go through everything and decide what to keep and what will be donated to charity or thrown in the bin! You don’t need to keep every item of clothing you’ve received since 1982!
  2. Consider the seasons: Pack the out-of-season clothing into space saving bags and ensure you have top shelves to store these away in. This ensures your primary wardrobe space holds only the clothing you’re likely to use right now.
  3. When it comes to shoes, go vertical: Vertical shoe racks are a great inclusion in any wardrobe design, because we all know just how much floor space in a wardrobe shoes can take up. Keep the commonly worn shoes out and store the others vertically.
  4. Place suitcases inside each other: Suitcases and travel bags take up so much space in a wardrobe, so simply place them inside each other. It’s always a winner, particularly if you have nowhere else aside from the wardrobe to store your suitcases.

Of course, these are just simple hints that will help you make the most out of your laundry and wardrobe space. For more ideas and expert advice on all aspects of your laundry and wardrobe design, don’t hesitate to call us here at Cuisine Kitchens on (insert). We design kitchens, laundries and wardrobes and service the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay.

Add Style, Functionality and Value to your Home with a Custom Media Unit
Friday, May 27, 2016 Susie Linscott

Add Style, Functionality and Value to your Home with a Custom Media Unit

Have you been thinking of ways to really add to the character and experience of your living area? Do you have a lounge room that is missing something to make it a more appealing room to be in? If that sounds like you, it may be time to consider your own media unit.

A media unit goes beyond those run-of-the-mill cabinets and low lines that you see when you visit your local furniture store. A custom media unit design will take into consideration absolutely everything you want for your entertaining space, and it can be as multi-functional as you like.

Here’s what’s possible with a Gold Coast Media Unit Design!

By chatting with a media unit designer or browsing home improvement magazines and websites, you’ll get a great idea when it comes to what really is possible with your media unit. Here are some of our top media unit design ideas to help you when it comes to your Gold Coast media unit design project:

  1. Simple, functional media unit design: Incorporate all of today’s modern, streamlined trends to accommodate your LCD wall mounted television and your collection of DVD’s. House your Playstation or Xbox, as well as your surround sound system – showing as much or as little as you like. Shelving can also be designed to display your favourite ceramic ornaments, books and paintings.
  2. Add a touch of warmth to your media unit…with a fireplace: It really is possible and despite the relatively moderate winters we experience on the Gold Coast, some home owners are embracing the trend of incorporating a gas fireplace into their media unit design. These media units don’t just look great, but they make for a pleasurable winter evening of entertainment.
  3. The family friendly media unit: For a super functional media space that provides the kids with the opportunity for easy access to their toys and books, consider a media unit design that thinks of them as well. A plethora of colour choices abounds, and if you choose to add to an existing nursery or play room with a media unit, you really can go to town. Alternatively, if you wish to incorporate the needs of your kids into a common family room media unit, you can decide on a custom design that ticks all the boxes – functional, family friendly, child-safe, yet not too “kids-only” if you understand what we mean!
  4. Classical media unit concepts: You may prefer to create a media unit that looks every part like a media cabinet, complete with shelving and closed cupboard space. Choose a rustic timber look for a country house feeling or opt for a modern, simplistic design with sleek streamlining.
  5. Go all out with an entertaining media unit fit for a king: If entertaining is what you really love to do, why not create a really incredible experience by incorporating a bar into your media unit? Believe it or not, it can and has been done many times over. Forget clutter and designs that will take up precious floor space. Today’s media unit designs really allow you to have it all – a place to display your wall mounted television, accommodate all of your CD’s, DVD’s, associated entertainment systems and even your bar fridge, sink, glasses and wine rack!

Basically your media unit can be whatever you want it to be, and with expert custom designers like those here at Cuisine Kitchens, we really can bring to life any idea you have! Add that extra something special to your home today…and call us to discuss the possibilities!

Looking to design a brand new bathroom or renovate an existing one? Then leave the design and construction to the professionals here at Cuisine Kitchens!
Friday, May 13, 2016 Susie Linscott

Looking to design a brand new bathroom or renovate an existing one? Then leave the design and construction to the professionals here at Cuisine Kitchens!

With 30 years of bathroom design and construction experience, it’s fair to say that we know a thing or two about how to design and renovate bathrooms and create the space you’ve long dreamed of.

Whether you have an idea in your mind for what your new bathroom will look like, or you are a complete novice who doesn’t know where to start, our expert team at Cuisine Kitchens will guide you through one step at a time. Our service is second to none and affordable, so there’s no need to feel daunted!

It all starts with a visit to our Gold Coast showroom!

Our design professionals will show you the bathroom displays on offer and from there, you can let your imagination take over. We’ll show you what’s possible and discuss the options for your bathroom. You will also take home samples, so you can place them in your bathroom space to get a good idea on colour, etc.

Once you’ve visited us, we’ll then send one of our design experts to your home to assess the bathroom space you have and determine the best options for design. From here, the design team will create a selection of bathroom designs that will work for your bathroom, and provide you with the detailed plans to consider. Three dimensional illustrations of your potential bathrooms will also be provided to you. These literally provide you the opportunity to explore your new bathroom.

Choose the bathroom design you like, and we’ll then send in the trade professionals to create it for you.

Bathroom design and renovation made simple, affordable and stress-free – so give us a call today!

Check out the happy testimonials from our wide selection of customers and see for yourself some of the many bathroom renovations and designs we have created in the past. Combine those with our affordability and decades of experience and your bathroom renovation and design are in great hands!

Call us now on 07 5564 8518