Now for the kitchen

First home buyer’s guide case study: Anthony and Sarah part III


To achieve the goal of adding value to our home, it was apparent immediately that… the kitchen must go. In no uncertain terms, it was a hindrance to our liveability therefore it would have impacted upon the value of our home – something drastic had to be done!


A small stainless steel bench and sink represented our entire bench space and misfit cupboards cluttered the small area we had to prepare and store food. With around 8sqm of floor space, we had to get creative in the design process to maximise usable space. A water tank in the corner of the kitchen was going to prove too expensive to move, so we again had to work around a number of obstacles in order to achieve our vision, not to mention budget.

Without falling into the ‘borrow money to make money’ trap we decided to save intently for a few months prior to renovating and when the time came, we did the laborious work and left only the technical aspects to the tradesmen. But, not everything went as planned.

After tearing out the kitchen bench we realised the walls were in a terrible state, they all had to come off. For those of you who have renovated an older house, you will feel our pain as we ripped lathe and plaster out of the walls for days on end. However, with the kitchen back to the bare bones, we took the energy conscious step of insulating our walls (to add to our ceiling and under floor mentioned in the last issue).


After consulting with a joiner we decided a tailored fit would benefit our layout more than a modular kitchen.

After months of planning, waiting and saving, our ice-white cabinetry lined by chrome handles complete with granite-look benchtop finally arrived and our kitchen began to take shape. Within a few hours the empty shell of gib board and dust had transformed into a usable area… a pretty good-looking one at that.

The very nature of this publication is to highlight building and renovating and with this taken into account, our recent project has been very relevant and hopefully strikes a chord with many readers, especially first home buyers like ourselves.

If we were to offer any advice based on our experience it would be plan and seek advice, make sure any investment will add re-sale value and most importantly, have fun, it’s a learning curve!


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