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  Reply # 1653183 18-Oct-2016 21:55
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Re @antoniosk -- Corian - we have that in the house we bought (surface probably 15 years old), and I don't think I'd recommend it:  (1), seems to have very large heat expansion -- outs cracked down a join when I foolishly put a hot pan on it -- the crack was about 10 mm, but closed up again when it cooled! (2), the surface looks pretty matt and scratched now, but I believe you can get it resurfaced; (3), I hate the built-in sink, integral with the working surface -- soaks up the heat out of the washing-up water!

 

Next time (maybe soon), a different surface.

 

 

 

 

1. we were warned about that too. so have lots of briscoes boards for placing very hot stuff on

 

2. yep. when ours was delivered, took 8 of us to carry into the house (weighed 220kg). we put a big scratch in it while getting past the gate - but the joiner sanded it and it came up a real treat. marble is worse - i really wanted that, but it scratches if you look at it funny :-/

 

3. Dishwasher. first time in 12 years. pure joy and well well worth it. i was so sick of washing up. but when i do use the sick, i've never noticed the water cooling quickly.... will look out for that, thanks





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  Reply # 1653199 18-Oct-2016 22:48
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We did our kitchen in late 2014 and at the time the kitchen designer in Wellington said that "as a rule of thumb" amount to spend on kitchen was 10% of your GV. Probably makes no sense in the hyper inflated market these days esp in AKL. We ended up spending $55k for appliances and a totally integrated kitchen (i.e fridge etc built into cabinetry).

 

Our place has lots of angles to consider in the ceiling which made the price higher than normal.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1653203 18-Oct-2016 23:01
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We did our kitchen in late 2014 and at the time the kitchen designer in Wellington said that "as a rule of thumb" amount to spend on kitchen was 10% of your GV. Probably makes no sense in the hyper inflated market these days esp in AKL. We ended up spending $55k for appliances and a totally integrated kitchen (i.e fridge etc built into cabinetry).

 

Our place has lots of angles to consider in the ceiling which made the price higher than normal.

 

 

 

 

10% of GV in Auckland means some very expensive kitchens these days ;-)





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  Reply # 1653205 18-Oct-2016 23:11
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This isn't a DIY job, but we are looking at getting our kitchen done, and the pricing we got back seems pretty expensive - but I don't really know if that's just par for the course.

 

Not counting electrical, plumbing, and appliances; what does a nice kitchen cost these days? What have others spent?

 

 

 

 

Our new kitchen for our small house cost about $25k all up. The actual kitchen itself (including granite bench-top) was about $13k.

 

 

 

My advice is to shop around (but dont go cheap)

 

 


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  Reply # 1653292 19-Oct-2016 08:41
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Totally renovated our large kitchen back in Feb this year.  Got 3 different quotes which varied considerably, but finally went with Kitchen Mania as a friend had hers done by them just previously.  Super happy with everything they did and definitely recommend them.  Another friend has now gone on to use them in both her rental and her own home and is also very happy with the product and the service.

 

Total cost of my new kitchen was $45k including plumbing, electrical, new appliances, splashback and kitchen units (which were about $26k).  My island is HUGE so that added a fair bit to the price.  Definitely recommend getting different quotes because i learnt from each different design so that the final one was exactly what I wanted and an improvement on my initial thoughts.

 

 

 

Just to give you an idea

 

 


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  Reply # 1653305 19-Oct-2016 08:59
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Our kitchen dining room in the last place cost about $40k to redo.  That started with me completely gutting it (cost = beer and snacks).

 

Completed to reasonably high standard (especially hardware), with a new stove and dish-drawer.





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  Reply # 1653328 19-Oct-2016 09:36
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Thanks for all the input.

 

We are looking at a reasonable amount of cabinetry, but I still think what we've been quoted sounds on the higher end.

 

Sounds like I definitely need to get a couple more quotes to get a like-for-like price comparison. If they all come back roughly the same then at least I know that's just what it will cost for what we want.

 

Does anyone have recommendations of kitchen places in Christchurch that are affordable, but still deliver good results? I know there are loads of them, so recommendations would be helpful.

 

Thanks again.


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  Reply # 1654859 20-Oct-2016 06:19
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Paul1977:

 

 

 

Sounds like I definitely need to get a couple more quotes to get a like-for-like price comparison. If they all come back roughly the same then at least I know that's just what it will cost for what we want.

 

Does anyone have recommendations of kitchen places in Christchurch that are affordable, but still deliver good results? I know there are loads of them, so recommendations would be helpful.

 

 

Don't just go to kitchen places. When I was last shopping around for a kitchen I had several quotes from kitchen places and wasn't happy with any of them. A friend recommended we talk to some joiners. The work was superior to anything we had seen at the various kitchen places. We got a better kitchen for over $5,000 less than the next lowest price. Also (important to us) being a custom-built kitchen meant everything fitted perfectly in our 80-year-old slightly wonky house.

 

I suggest you get a list of local joiners and cabinet-makers and phone each one to ask if they do kitchens. Then go see those that do. The guy we used had folders full of photos and plans to show us, and a kitchen in the process of installation that he took us to see. He didn't advertise kitchens at all yet was really busy making them. Just a thought...


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  Reply # 1654891 20-Oct-2016 08:30
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That's actually really good advice Elpie. About to go down this journey ourselves and that's got me thinking.

 

My parents just sold the family home and one of the things we miss the most and proved it's timeless-ness after 30 years was the Kitchen.

 

Built in real Rimu wood by a cabinet maker. Was incredibly functional and truly an asset to the house. Was also easy to modify when appliances worn out and needed to be replaced with ones of different sizes.

 

In their new place of 4 years. the dishwasher had a minor brain fart and about 200 mls of water seeped out around the toe kick. It's lifted and turned to weetbix. Absolute rubbish.

 

 

 

Sometimes there's just something about a beautifully crafted dovetail joint. tongue-out


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  Reply # 1654908 20-Oct-2016 09:08
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At most kitchen design places you're paying for their secretaries, designers and site rent. Their cabinetry may come from the same factory as a cheaper supplier. There is no point going to them unless you want the added value from their design and organisational ability.

 

Many of the benchtop materials people get aren't very usable. It's meant to be a kitchen so do you want something that can chip, gouge, swell, stain, crack or melt. 




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  Reply # 1654927 20-Oct-2016 09:53
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Elpie:

 

Don't just go to kitchen places. When I was last shopping around for a kitchen I had several quotes from kitchen places and wasn't happy with any of them. A friend recommended we talk to some joiners. The work was superior to anything we had seen at the various kitchen places. We got a better kitchen for over $5,000 less than the next lowest price. Also (important to us) being a custom-built kitchen meant everything fitted perfectly in our 80-year-old slightly wonky house.

 

I suggest you get a list of local joiners and cabinet-makers and phone each one to ask if they do kitchens. Then go see those that do. The guy we used had folders full of photos and plans to show us, and a kitchen in the process of installation that he took us to see. He didn't advertise kitchens at all yet was really busy making them. Just a thought...

 

 

That hadn't even really occurred to me, but now you've said it it seems so obvious! I will definitely do that, thanks.


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  Reply # 1654948 20-Oct-2016 10:23
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Hardware is really important.  Soft close, and clever things like drawers within drawers, pantry drawers, sliding racks is what I really liked about the kitchen in our last house. 

 

We no doubt paid extra for involving a specialist kitchen place, but their input into the design was really useful.  They were millimetre perfect.  The kitchen was great to cook in.

 

In the current house we have a kitset type kitchen and it's fine.  But it isn't as enjoyable or easy to cook in.





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  Reply # 1654995 20-Oct-2016 11:06
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We completely renovated our kitchen (and associated family room) a couple of years ago.

 

We went for German (Alno) which (having metal internals) is pretty bullet proof, but expensive.

 

It's a large kitchen, but the cabinetry alone was around $30k.  (then add tiles, splash back, appliances, marble bench tops, lighting ... stools, TV, furniture! .... that'll be a cool $130k thanks)

 

Really pleased with the end result and understandably won't be expecting maintenance for years


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