Patterson Lakes Kitchen Renovation

The client came to Zesta Kitchens Cheltenham with a need for more space for their modern Patterson Lakes home.  The client wanted 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.  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 most of the space.  The Nouveau white gloss cabinetry opens the space [...]

Patterson Lakes Kitchen Renovation 2018-12-12T13:39:44+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.  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 Kitchen Renovation The Tremain's brief [...]

Before and After Kitchen Renovation – Richmond Apartment 2018-10-12T11:45:34+00:00

Rookie Kitchen Design Flaws As Seen on The Block

Whether you appreciate friendly competition or are in search of home renovation inspiration, you have likely flicked over to the Nine Network and watched one of Australia’s top reality television shows, “The Block”. There was a lot to be learnt on season 14’s episode 25. Not only did the judges hand out the first ever perfect score on the show, but there was a lot of insight about how to design a kitchen the right way and what you should never do, like this first recurring mistake: Where’s the waste bin? If there’s one spot everyone knows to toss their garbage, it’s by the kitchen sink. However not one, but two kitchens on the show were missing a waste bin by the sink. This is a huge inconvenience for everyone. Whether hidden away behind cabinetry or set by the sink, when you’re buzzing around the kitchen preparing snacks and meals [...]

Rookie Kitchen Design Flaws As Seen on The Block 2018-10-12T11:32:53+00:00

Kitchen Drawers Versus Cupboards: Pros and Cons

Walk into the typical Australian kitchen, and you’ll find cupboards on the top and another row of deeper cupboards with a drawer or two below. But as you may have noticed while exploring your kitchen options, more homeowners are choosing drawers over cupboards – especially when it comes to below-the-waist storage. Should you install drawers instead of cupboards? Or are cupboards the better choice? The team here at Zesta Kitchens wants to make sure you design the best kitchen for your lifestyle, which is why we’ve put together this post laying out the pros and cons of kitchen drawers and kitchen cupboards. The classic kitchen cupboard The kitchen cupboard is a piece of furniture outfitted with shelving designed to hold a variety of items like cups, dishes, and cookware. Pro: Easier to organise Kitchen cupboards offer loads of shelving for a variety of items like plates, bowls, water glasses and [...]

Kitchen Drawers Versus Cupboards: Pros and Cons 2018-09-12T13:45:43+00:00

How to Pick The Perfect Kitchen Island Bench

It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the heart of the kitchen is the kitchen island bench, for those fortunate enough to have one. When carefully selected, your kitchen island bench will be the perfect blend of good design and functionality. But not just any bench will do. Before deciding on the right kitchen island bench for your space, here’s what you need to know: 1. Space matters Space around the kitchen island bench is one of the most important consideration when designing the perfect kitchen island bench. You don’t want a kitchen island bench that everyone can’t move around or that is too small for your needs. The bench space needs to be practical and allow enough space for you to stand to prepare snacks and meals as well as store items. Best recommendations from designers suggest that your bench should have around [...]

How to Pick The Perfect Kitchen Island Bench 2018-09-15T17:36:36+00:00

Six Top Laundry Design Tips

Did you know that the average family sorts, washes, dries, folds and irons up to ten loads of laundry every week? That’s a whole lot of time spent in the laundry room! In fact, most families spend four or more hours doing laundry each week. A well-designed and thoughtfully planned out laundry room can increase the functionality of your room as well as make this space a lot more enjoyable. Below are our six tips on how you can create a great looking and efficient laundry room for your home. 1. Plan how the washer and dryer will be mounted Don’t have enough room to stack the washer and dryer side-by-side? Consider going vertical. If that’s not an option, you can always mount the washer and dryer off of the floor to save yourself from having to bend to load and unload laundry. 2. Give the room some personality Make [...]

Six Top Laundry Design Tips 2018-09-06T09:38:56+00:00