How Much Should a Kitchen Cost in 2019?

Whether it’s a brand new kitchen or part of a renovation, the kitchen is easily one of the two most exciting rooms to design (the bathroom is the other). What is likely the question at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind before digging into this endeavour, is how much a new kitchen is going to cost. So how much does the average kitchen cost in Australia? Houzz found that in 2017/18 Australians spent an average of between $12,000 and $20,000 for a kitchen renovation. In reality, though, the price of a kitchen renovation in Australia can vary widely. There are several factors that will affect how much you spend on your kitchen, such as: 1. Materials used Choosing higher quality materials means paying more for your kitchen up front. But don’t let that deter you from choosing more durable and attractive materials for your kitchen. Investing in quality materials from [...]

How Much Should a Kitchen Cost in 2019? 2019-02-15T12:48:39+00:00

Five Things We Wish Our Clients Knew about Kitchen Design

Designing a kitchen is something most homeowners only do maybe once or twice in their lives. Because of this lack of knowledge and experience, there are a lot of mistakes they may make when planning their new kitchen. It’s a brand new year, and our Zesta Kitchens team wants you to have the most fabulous kitchen possible in 2019 and beyond. To help achieve this, here are five things we want to share about kitchen design before you start investing in the process:   Understand what size you want your appliances to be   A functional kitchen is one that benefits with all of the appliances you could ever need to prepare snacks and meals for yourself, your loved ones and your guests over the next several years. To that end, it’s good to know what appliances you want in your new kitchen. Whether this is a sleek, smooth style [...]

Five Things We Wish Our Clients Knew about Kitchen Design 2019-02-12T15:14:57+00:00

Kitchen Design Trends for 2019

The kitchen has come a long way over the past century. Once hidden and set towards the back of the house, today’s kitchens are gleaming gems, sitting front and centre in the home. It should come as no surprise to property owners that the majority of kitchen trends this year have everything to do with looks while still taking functionality into account. Let’s start with the first leading trend on our list:   Kitchen colour: bright and white   The sense of freshness and cleanliness white brings to a kitchen is the leading reason why white kitchens will continue to dominate kitchen colour schemes. Don’t like the idea of an all-white kitchen? Another top trend in kitchen colours is incorporating pops of colour throughout the space (like on splashback motifs, accessories, and accent walls). Expect to see lots of rich, creamy colours, dark blues, and green tones like olive this [...]

Kitchen Design Trends for 2019 2019-01-10T14:33:43+00:00

Surviving a kitchen renovation: How to live through it

One project on every homeowner’s wish list is a kitchen renovation. The problem: surviving one. From sometimes weeks without full access to your appliances and food prep space, to endless dust and noise, kitchen renovations are not for the faint of heart. But if you’re looking to take your kitchen from dreary to dreamy, these five tips are sure to come in handy when you’re trudging through those kitchen reno trenches. Tip #1: Create a temporary kitchen   Rather than packing away the pots, pans, and plates, create a makeshift kitchen in another part of the home (preferably away from where the action is taking place). Grab a friend to help you move the essentials, like your: Coffee machine and kettle Slow cooker Microwave Toaster/toaster oven Electric frypan If you have a refrigerator, consider moving it or invest in an inexpensive small fridge in the meantime. You can also use [...]

Surviving a kitchen renovation: How to live through it 2018-12-12T13:10:14+00:00

Patterson Lakes Kitchen Renovation

The client came to Zesta Kitchens Cheltenham with a need for more space for their modern Patterson Lakes home.  Wanting a durable, practical yet luxurious kitchen.  Although the old kitchen was practical, it was up to Andreas, the Designer to provide the client with more space using materials that would create an open bright environment. Using our world-class 3D Design software the client was able to visualise her space in real life to ensure it would work for her - an integral part of our kitchen design process.  We're sure you'll agree that the kitchen now looks open and inviting, taking advantage of the natural light pouring into the kitchen almost bouncing off the gloss white cabinetry beautifully.  This light further captured in the stunning subway tiles in the kitchen splash back. With storage being a key, the Designer has created an array of drawers, cabinets and pantry to make the [...]

Patterson Lakes Kitchen Renovation 2019-02-05T08:37:13+00:00

Kitchen Overhead Cabinets Versus Open Shelving

There are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to designing a kitchen, and that is especially true when it comes to overhead storage. The two most popular choices, overhead cabinets and open shelving, both come with their own set of benefits and drawbacks. But before we delve into that, let’s get one thing out of the way: What about no upper storage? Some exceptionally large kitchens, particularly those with butlers pantries, have no overhead cabinets or open shelving whatsoever.   If you don’t cook in the home often, have a more modest sized kitchen or are a huge fan of minimalist design, this style of kitchen may be the right fit. However, most of our customers want more storage not less. So if you are after a minimalist look, our Viva kitchen, for example, is perhaps as minimalist as it gets while still giving the kitchen an [...]

Kitchen Overhead Cabinets Versus Open Shelving 2018-12-12T13:05:02+00:00

The Evolving Kitchen: How Kitchen Design Has Changed over Time

The 21st-century kitchen is a hot spot of activity, a central hub for gatherings, and a space that serves a myriad of purposes. From food prep and cooking to homework and hanging out, the kitchen has changed drastically over the past 100 years. Kitchens weren’t always the heart of a home. Over a hundred years ago, upper-class families had their kitchens built behind main living areas and far from any social or dining areas. The room was purely used as a workspace and nothing more. The rise of the working middle class moved kitchens closer to living areas as individuals began occupying smaller living quarters. Margarethe Schutte-Lihotzky from Frankfurt is credited for building the first efficiency-inspired kitchen of the 20th century in the mid-1920s. In a space of only 6 feet by 11 feet (1.8m by 3.35m) she was able to optimise kitchen work by reducing cooking time and reducing [...]

The Evolving Kitchen: How Kitchen Design Has Changed over Time 2018-11-19T14:54:20+00:00

Handles Versus Handleless Kitchens: Pros and Cons

As many interior designers will tell you, one of the most in-demand features in the kitchen at present is handleless cupboards. But are handleless kitchens as awesome as people seem to think? Are handles the way to go? Why we love handleless kitchens At Zesta Kitchens, we receive numerous requests from clients for our handleless kitchens – and we are happy to make that dream a reality. Here’s what we like about the handleless design: 1. A modern and timeless look It’s easy for cabinetry to become dated over a matter of years. With handleless kitchens, your kitchen will retain its clean, timeless elegance thanks to its super sleek profile. However, some kitchens with handles will date more than others.  You can often tell the age of a kitchen by looking at the handle. Even if you chose a timeless white kitchen, the colour, shape and edge of a handle [...]

Handles Versus Handleless Kitchens: Pros and Cons 2018-10-12T11:35:10+00:00

Tiled versus Glass Kitchen Splashbacks

Once used solely as a way to protect your walls and fixtures, the kitchen splashback has transformed into a statement piece, turning this once-utilitarian panel item into great way for you to reflect your style and taste through design. There are a lot of kitchen splashbacks on the market today, including stone, stainless steel, and acrylic, but the two top choices for Australian homeowners continue to be tile and glass. Not sure which one to pick? Let’s start by taking a look at the more traditional choice: tile. What you need to know about tiled kitchen splashbacks Tile splashbacks are a classic. Although their popularity faded for a bit, they are back – and in a big way. A large reason behind this surge in demand is the colour and texture options now available to homeowners. There are different patterns and even statement tiles that you can incorporate into your [...]

Tiled versus Glass Kitchen Splashbacks 2018-10-12T11:42:53+00:00

Before and After Kitchen Renovation – Richmond Apartment

One of our recent Zesta Kitchens Kitchen Renovations was this sophisticated apartment in the heart of Richmond created for Shannon and Chris Tremain.  Chris currently plays cricket for Australia and is often travelling with the Victorian Cricket Team so Shannon set about creating her dream space.  After meeting Mary Maksemos (Designer) at the Richmond showroom and subsequent in-home consultation, the need for a kitchen that had increased functionality and better utilisation of storage was key.  This turned out to be a true testament to a well designed kitchen that is now fully functional, soft and inviting. As seen in the photographs below, the previous layout lacked the integration of the dining and living space adjoining. It was imperative that the new design allow room for ease of movement and create a natural flow with additional bench and storage space. Before Kitchen Renovation [...]

Before and After Kitchen Renovation – Richmond Apartment 2019-02-05T10:24:04+00:00