Cooking up a Storm


Whether it’s a massive overhaul or a minor renovation, Bunnings has some great tips for building a kitchen and making sure you avoid any hiccups along the way.

Measure up

Measure your space and then measure it again. It’s important to get this first stage right. Check points Check where all your existing plumbing and electrical points are – the less you have to move around and the cheaper it will be. Make it user-friendly We have some great kitchen design ideas to suit everyone’s taste, but it’s important to make sure your design is functional. Bench space is one of the most sought-after kitchen features. Ideally, you want two benchtops; one for preparation and one for serving food. Make sure you design a space that works around your appliances. A good rule of thumb is to create a work triangle between your fridge, sink and cooker. Bunnings’ 3D Kitchen Planner is a great way to try out different layout ideas.

Basic design rules

Here are a few design rules to keep in mind. Keep your stovetop at least 600mm from your sink and allow 300mm either side for pot and pan handles. Avoid putting your stove beneath a window (Leave this area for the sink, it will give you a view while washing up). Don’t put a fridge or freezer next to your stove or oven. Make sure you allow room in your design for all cupboard and appliance doors to open.

Check before you wreck

Before taking a sledgehammer to a wall, use a small hammer to make a few holes and check for any electrical or plumbing behind the wall. If its all clear, use a reciprocating saw to cut out the wall section you want to remove.

Easy with the sledgehammer

If you need to completely demolish your existing kitchen, take care in dismantling it. You might be able to save money by reusing or recycling old materials in your new kitchen. Cupboard doors can be sanded back, repainted or wrapped with vinyl to completely transform their look.

Plan out your project

It’s important to think about the order that each step of the renovation is going to be carried out. The last thing you want is for your nice new benchtops to be installed and then used as a workbench for the next three weeks. It’s also a good idea to paint all the walls before laying the flooring and installing the cabinets. Make sure you have a helper when it’s time to install your cabinets. Start with the wall cabinets first and work your way in from the corners.

Leave water, electrics and gas to the professionals

When it comes to water, gas or electrical – never do it yourself. Always hire a qualified tradesperson to do these jobs for you. While you might be tempted to try and save a few dollars, cutting corners here can be the biggest and most costly mistake you ever make.

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