Kitchens are by far the most read part of this blog. And I’ve had a few offline questions about this very important room!
So lets indulge a little more. How do you decide to design your kitchen? What comes as standard?
Firstly, none of the amazing images you see from the M marketing team, or on any blog for that matter, are standard kitchens.
The standard kitchen is very basic. The designs or schematics above show you the cut n paste that comes as part of your draft plans.
Depending on the house you choose, there will already be a base-line kitchen configuration. This just a starting point. You can pretty much do what you want within the existing walls.
As a rough guide, the M team work on a provisional sum of around $6,000 on top of the base price for the generic kitchen upgrades that most people consider.
One of your appointments – cabinetry – is your chance to work with a kitchen design guru who will help you get the most out of the space.
You are not alone. You get some very custom work at this point. Just be careful to keep in mind that cabinets – as great as they are – can get quite expensive quite quickly.
The fridge cavity also came as standard in our design, so we left that alone. All we did was upsize the size of the cavity to fit a larger fridge if needed (we added 50 cm to the height and width)
Our base kitchen came with an L shaped kitchen, but that didn’t suit the way we wanted to use the space so we removed the L and replaced it with a large floating island bench. We chose the largest island possible for our space, within the constraints of a single cut stone (no joins) and the maximum allowed overhang for stools and ease of sitting.
We put overhang on two sides so there will be plenty of seating room should the bench become a poker den or a mass tomato sauce up party or pasta making party.
Our package did not include a splashback, so we went with a feature window. We did add some feature tiling to the areas around the window for some added detail. A number of packages include a glass/tiled splashback.
Also the base kitchen configuration – for us – was a little cramped and the drawers and cupboard were a little small and not overly usable. So we pretty much custom designed each cupboard and drawer (oversized).
The benchtop standard was a very limited laminate range of category one. I’d be surprised if anyone finds too much in that list that is okay. The good colours – and range – really kick in at category 2.
After much debate, we decided to go for a feature piece of stone at 50mm. We cheated on the stove/sink side and only used a 20mm piece of stone. In the butler’s pantry, we cheated even more with a laminate that is the identical colour of the stone (but hidden away and hard to tell it is).
The big decision is trying to work our where your hot workspace, water and cold workspaces will be. We decided to have the sink and stove off the island so we have a large clean bit of real estate to work with.
- Laminates (standard or upgrade)
- Vinyl wrap
- Diamond gloss
- I’m not sure these are a standard. We went with a slightly more expensive kicker that gives the impression that the kitchen bench is floating.
Appliances as standard
- Canopy exhaust (we upgraded)
- Stove with built in oven (we upgraded)
Other items as standard that we were happy to accept: