Designing a home office that suits you!

Working from home definitely has some advantages but life can be tricky when everyone is at home!  Designing a home office that suits your needs now as well as the future is key. A successful home office requires creating a space that will promote efficient motivation as well as turning your space into an asset. A key to productivity is minimal distractions from daily life. Whilst this may be true for yourself this may not be the case for young children who need supervision.  To ensure you design a space that is right we’ve put together some tips to create a workspace that will grow with your family. Identify your needs Your needs will depend on the type of work you do and whether you will continue to use this space in the future. Ask yourself if you will work from home in the future and what that may look like. [...]

Designing a home office that suits you!2020-04-29T14:45:23+10:00

Planning your Kitchen

When you’re in self-isolation you may realise just how outdated your kitchen is and planning your new kitchen now makes perfect sense.  With families spending even more time in the heart of the home you get a feeling what's working and what's not.  The trick is what steps do you take and where do you start? Mary Maksemos, Zesta Kitchens Designer has advice on the steps you can take now that will bring your kitchen closer to an update. The great news is this can be your focus and new project now while in isolation. Kitchen Planning is key now. The first step when planning your kitchen renovation is to identify the styles and products you like. You can download our Kitchen Renovation Guide or collect ideas on the internet and home improvement websites like Houzz. Anywhere you find inspiration save the images and then create a mood board. For [...]

Planning your Kitchen2020-04-22T12:03:30+10:00

What Does a New Kitchen Cost?

You’ve been thinking about changing that dated, less than functional kitchen for some time now, maybe years. It’s time for a kitchen renovation, but you don’t know where to start. How about at the very beginning? What will it cost? Unfortunately, that’s a bit like asking, how long is a piece of string. Every kitchen has a different size, style and finish. Here's some cost indications to get you started on making a budget. What should you spend on a kitchen? Let’s start with what experts think you should spend on a kitchen. Consider the home prices in your suburb, particularly if it is an investment property or you plan to sell in a few years. For instance, if your property is valued at $1.5 million you can spend more on your kitchen than you can if it is $600,000 property. Buyers for an expensive property will demand a mid [...]

What Does a New Kitchen Cost?2020-04-19T10:38:28+10:00

Top 5 Kitchen Design Tips to Get That Timeless Look

Many homeowners would love to update the look of their kitchen regularly. However, with a median cost of about $20,000, a kitchen renovation is something most can afford to do only once. With that in mind, keeping your kitchen design simple and classic is usually the best choice. Not only does this mean it will stay in style for longer, it’ll also be easier to add little touches to keep the space on-trend. If you’d like a kitchen with timeless appeal, but aren’t sure where to start, here are our top tips.   Tip #1: Keep it neutral Bold colours tend to go in and out of fashion, so you want to keep your palette neutral. In addition to not ageing as quickly, a neutral colour scheme provides a clean canvas for your daily life. It also allows you to introduce personality through unique accessories (which are much easier to [...]

Top 5 Kitchen Design Tips to Get That Timeless Look2020-03-23T12:28:31+11:00

How Much Does a Well-Designed Kitchen Cost?

It’s official – when it comes to renovations, the kitchen sits on top of most homeowners’ hit list. According to a recent study by Houzz, of the 7,824 respondents to their survey, 26% said their 2018-19 renovation plans included an update of their kitchen. Given its position as the heart of the home, the popularity of kitchen renovations is hardly surprising. The Houzz survey also found that the median cost of a kitchen renovation is on the rise – up 16% (to $20,000) on the previous year’s results. With this extra cash being splashed around, getting the design and functionality right is more important than ever. But how much extra does a professionally designed kitchen cost?   The designer difference   With a wide range of home design tools now available to anyone with a smartphone, engaging a professional designer may seem unnecessary. However, while most apps allow you to [...]

How Much Does a Well-Designed Kitchen Cost?2020-03-29T11:02:34+11:00

How to Get the Timber Look in Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

As any professional kitchen designer will tell you, timber is a favourite. Some believe it’s because wood represents quality construction and holds a sense of nostalgia, while others think it’s because natural materials create warmth and connection. Whatever the reason, we all agree that timber has a timeless appeal that complements any design style. While timber is usually a luxury that’s beyond most people’s budget, it doesn’t need to be. Here are our top three ways to get the look of timber, for less.   Using a timber alternative While engineered materials, like laminate, have long been considered inferior, many of the new products are almost indistinguishable from the ‘real thing’ – except for when it comes to price. The finish manufacturers can now achieve perfectly mimics the colour gradients and imperfections that make timber grains so beautiful. Despite being one of the most budget-friendly options, laminate cabinetry – like [...]

How to Get the Timber Look in Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank2020-02-17T13:08:31+11:00

Top Five Kitchen Trends for 2020

Our taste in kitchen design has changed significantly over the last few decades. From the pastels and linoleum of the 1950’s to the resurgence of gas cooking and rise of benchtop appliances through the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, to the open plans and reworking of the ‘work triangle’ that marked the turn of the century, our kitchens have evolved from practical to statement showpieces. With a new decade now upon us, it’s the perfect time to look ahead at what’s next for the ‘heart of the home’. We’ve surveyed the latest styles from across the globe, reviewed upcoming releases from the world’s leading manufacturers, and come up with this shortlist of the top trends to look out for in 2020. Trend #1: It’s all about the tech Over the last few years, luxury fixtures and fittings have become the norm, with homeowners willing to spend more to get the [...]

Top Five Kitchen Trends for 20202020-02-21T11:48:48+11:00

A Close Look at Modern Kitchen Styles

There’s nothing like coming home to a beautiful space, and this is particularly true when it comes to your kitchen. Given that this room is often referred to as the heart of the home, a modern kitchen that reflects the tastes and lifestyle of a family plays an integral role in its comfort and functionality. There are a lot of exciting trends that are shaking up the kitchen landscape. Below are the six kitchen styles that are on our radar for 2020.   1. Matte Black Kitchen Cabinetry A dazzling white kitchen will always be a classic. More modern kitchen designers, however, are choosing to either incorporate black cabinetry among the lighter cabinets or shelves, or they are choosing to use black entirely. Sultry and dramatic, a black kitchen makes everything. From your tiling to glossy cabinetry, black kitchens pair exceptionally well with concrete benchtops and gunmetal or pewter hardware. [...]

A Close Look at Modern Kitchen Styles2020-01-23T13:10:10+11:00

Kitchen Colour Trends for 2020

Modern kitchens will always experiment  with a lot of different colours. But some colours are proving to be standouts for 2020. Let Zesta Kitchens serve as a source of inspiration by sharing five of the latest and greatest colour trends we’re anticipating for new and renovated kitchens this year.   White There is no question that the white kitchen has stood the test of time. While nearly one hundred years ago white was the only colour offered by kitchen manufacturers, today it continues to be a leading colour choice for even the most modern of kitchens. White offers a natural glow. It gives off positive vibes of happiness and purity. White makes any kitchen feel larger. It’s brightness will make even small kitchens feel spacious. White serves as a great design tool. Any colour, texture, or material can be paired with a white kitchen. If you’re thinking of selling your [...]

Kitchen Colour Trends for 20202020-03-10T09:49:52+11:00

Mount Martha Kitchen, Laundry and living reno

This Mount Martha home underwent a whole-house renovation.  Central to the renovation was new Kitchen, Laundry and living room which Zesta Kitchens designed and supplied. As can be seen in the before photo above, the parquetry flooring that was once very popular now looks dated when viewed in conjunction with Kitchen.  In addition, the flow and functionality of the kitchen space needed improvement. Central to the brief was for the style to be more consistent with the rest of the spaces within the home. Our lovely clients first visited the Richmond Showroom where they decided to work with Designer Mary to create their vision. Being such a large project it was important to ensure the design worked for the family when using it over the holidays. As a holiday home, the flow within the kitchen space needed to be improved and it was important that a large island bench for [...]

Mount Martha Kitchen, Laundry and living reno2020-02-11T11:50:04+11:00