The Best Kitchen Countertops for Every Kitchen

The most essential item in every kitchen are your countertops – these are not just vital functionally, but they will add to the overall look you are aiming to achieve with your renovation. Having a beautiful benchtop will give you an elegant and chic space to cook, no matter the size of your space. Whether you’re in a studio apartment or a mansion, we cannot recommend investing in your countertops more.

Your choice of countertops is an important aspect of your kitchen. The wrong choice can have a negative affect on your kitchen’s aesthetic and functionality. If you don’t choose one that is durable, you will have difficulty using the kitchen smoothly and the way you want to. 

When considering what countertop to choose for their homes, many renovators look towards current trends. The only negative of following trends is that they come and go, so eventually the countertop you choose will go out of fashion eventually

Here is our list of Melbourne’s top 8 trending benchtops

Engineered Stone Benchtops

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Engineered stone benchtops are one of the best choices you can make – they are the perfect mix of durability and natural elegance that everyone will love. These benchtops are made from quartz or other naturally occurring components with synthetic polymer resins.

These man-made benchtops are perfect for those who are on a budget as they are low-cost and are long-lasting. Engineered stone benchtops are resistant to stains and scratches due to their non-porous nature. This also means they do not grow mold or mildew. 

Engineered White Benchtops

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If you are looking for a minimalistic styled kitchen, then look no further than engineered white benchtops. While their popularity is debated, they have been popping up on the interest for a while now. 

Debates about aesthetics aside, if you’re looking for a minimalistic kitchen, we suggest that you look into these engineered white countertops.

Natural Granite Stone Benchtops

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Natural granite stone benchtops are very unique – however, it seems this is what is drawing many homeowners in. The granite’s distinctive pattern and texture comes from its grainy texture which many homeowners appear to be loving right now.

On top of their aesthetics, these benchtops are resistant to both heat and pressure, though sudden changes in temperature and pressure may cause some damage. 

The downfall of these beautiful benchtops is their price. If you’re on a strict budget, you might not be able to choose this benchtop for your home.

Natural Marble Benchtops

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If you have the option of choosing more expensive countertops, then you need to look at natural marble benchtops. These benchtops have been popular ever since people began putting thought into their kitchen benchtop. 

While natural marble benchtops are a durable option, they are sensitive to acidic foods due to their softness in comparison to other natural stones. Because of this sensitivity, it is important that you maintain these benches properly, this includes resealing the benchtop annually. 

Concrete Benchtops

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This benchtop option is a new trend that is gaining traction every day. It’s popularity is due to its resilience, durability, and the fact that, with the addition of polish, concrete can mimic the appearance of natural stones of glass finishes. 

These benchtops are perfect for those looking for an affordable yet beautiful benchtop option. 

Metal Benchtops

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Recently, it appears that metal benchtops have made their way into homes due to their popularity and stability in commercial kitchens. Their use in commercial kitchens was due to the extreme resilience and durability.

As they are made from metal, these benchtops are also very low maintenance and therefore popular among young men and in bachelor pads. 

Laminate Benchtops

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Laminate benchtops have recently become very trendy among kitchen renovations. What was once an economical surface is now a top-tier surface. This benchtop is not only inexpensive, but it is long-lasting, with the new addition that they can mimic the aesthetic appeal of expensive natural stones. 

More so than this aesthetic shift from past decades, laminate continues to be favoured due to their incredibly low prices. 

Wood/Timber Benchtops

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Wooden benchtops are making a comeback in recent years. What was once popular in the twentieth century has started popping up in homeowner’s kitchen remodels due to the rising popularity in warm tones and natural products. Many homeowners are beginning to believe that wooden benchtops are quaint additions to their kitchens. 

If you are trying to better care for the environment, then you will love these benchtops. Unfortunately, they do need a lot of maintenance as they are sensitive to water. 

All of these benchtops are great options, so it is important you do your research before making any decisions.

5 Tips to Renovate Your Kitchen on a Budget

Deciding to give your kitchen a makeover can be substantially draining – mentally, physically and financially. Kitchen remodelling projects are extremely tiring, especially when you are trying to stick to a strict – often small – budget. However, if possible, you can significantly reduce the extra costs by doing some of the work yourself – or maybe asking a family member or friend to help you out. 

One of the most important factors when beginning a kitchen renovation is knowing and understanding exactly what you need. This includes knowing the exact style you wish to achieve and making a list of things that take priority over others. 

By doing these simple things, you can significantly reduce the cost of your makeover by knowing what areas you can compromise the quality and/or brand to save money, and the areas where it is unavoidable to spend more money. 

On top of choosing the right materials, a great way to save money is to do some work yourself rather than hiring a contractor. In saying this, it is important that we recommend you leave the high-stake and complex jobs for professionals, and you simply take care of the low-stake jobs. You don’t want to attempt a complex task by yourself and end up needing to pay for repairs when you make a mistake that might be unavoidable for an inexperienced person.

Here are our 5 tips for keeping your kitchen makeover on a strict budget:

Get Your Hands Dirty with a Paint Brush

Painting is one of the best tasks that you can easily do yourself with a little bit of prior research and planning. Paint can completely change a space and can hide even the worst of defects. You’ll see this happen if you hire professional painters as they will use spackle in cracks and cavities to ensure the new layer of paint with be smooth. 

While many will recommend that you hire professionals, if you complete research and planning prior to painting, it’s easy to complete without extensive experience. To begin, you should choose both the type and colour of the paint you want to use in your space. 

One way of doing research before painting is to look up videos on how to paint your kitchen to ensure you’ve got all the knowledge you need to complete the task perfectly. However, make sure you’ve done enough research that you are confident you can get the job done. 

Revamp Your Flooring

If you don’t need to remove your existing flooring, inexperienced people can easily apply peel-and-stick tiles on top of their existing floor to revamp the style and aesthetic of the space. 

It is important that traditional flooring is completed by professionals as it involves trowelling on an adhesive and pasting tiles on the ground. On the other hand, peel-and-stick tiles can by applied by anyone. You simply remove the paper backing and press it onto the floor.

Doing the flooring yourself is a great way to save a lot of money. However, if you aren’t comfortable or confident completing this task, it is always best to hire a professional if you can.

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Do Simple Touch-ups

Many don’t acknowledge this, but you don’t need to renovate your entire kitchen to give it a complete makeover. It is possible to revamp your space by making small changes and adjustments.

For example, if your cabinetry is in good condition, maybe you could repaint, repolish or give them new handles. You could even add plants or new appliances or decorations to simply change up the appearance of your kitchen. 

Switch Up the Lighting

Whether you are revamping your bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, changing the lighting is a brilliant way to change the look of the space while saving money. Adjusting your lighting can bring new life to previously boring spaces.

For example, if you feel like your kitchen is too dull, then you can add pendant lights under the countertops to add more brightness. 

You have a variety of options when it comes to changing your lighting including installing new, fancier lights or changing the light bulbs to coloured or smart bulbs. 

Remember that it is integral to hire a professional if you need to change any electrical wiring. 

Pay Attention to the Details

Minor changes can completely change your space, even if you don’t initially realise it. Buy some new faucets or switch up the light switches to modernise your space and add something new to the property.

If you’re after a professional renovation team, or you just want to learn more, get in touch with us today!

How Long Does a Kitchen Renovation Take?

Even if it is isolated from other rooms, such as the dining room, the kitchen is the busiest space in any home. Your kitchen is more than just a space to cook, but the heart of your family home. This means it’s important that you understand the significant disruptions caused by kitchen renovations to your daily life. How long exactly does it take to complete a detailed, safe kitchen renovation, though? Continue reading to find out!

How Big Is Your Renovation?

A lot of the home renovation shows on television make it appear that a complete kitchen transformation can be achieved in just a single day, however this is far from the case. Real life is not quite as quick. Depending on the size and detail of your renovation plans, a professional, experienced renovation crew may take anywhere from four to eight weeks. 

While something like installing new units and worktops is simple, and therefore a lot quicker, other things such as custom-build storage, repositioning large appliances, flooring or lighting will add major time onto the renovation.

Ensure You Get The Right Team

One of the most important things any homeowner needs to know before renovating is that one person cannot do all the work – that is a lot of skills for one person to have. It is perfectly fine for a firm to use subcontractors for specialty jobs such as plumbing, electricity, flooring and more, however, we recommend that you hire a reliable team. It is often difficult to ensure that subcontractors turn up on time which can put your schedules days (or even weeks) behind.

At Casabella Built, our team is highly skilled, and we can coordinate your renovation for you. By choosing us, you will only have one number to contact for all your questions and concerns. Depending on the scale of your renovation plans, our average work time is 6 weeks.

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A Detailed Kitchen Renovation Timeline

Clearing the Kitchen – 2 Days

This is possibly the biggest (and messiest) stage in the timeline for your kitchen renovation. In this stage, our team will remove the existing cabinets, flooring, tiles and all the fixed appliances. The skin will also be removed, if this is necessary, therefore any water and waste pipes will be sealed off. 

Once everything necessary has been removed, the crew will examine the walls and floor to ensure there is no structural damage and all gas and electrical supplies are safely sealed.

Initial Clean Up – 2 Days

During this stage, our team will do an initial clean and then carry our any necessary repairs, which may include patching holes, repairing floor damage, or removing any wiring or pipes that need replacing.

Custom Cabinet Building – 10 Days

This seems like a long time but rest assured that this process is completed at a specialty workshop and is scheduled to ensure its installation coincides with the completion of other necessary work.

Plumbing – 2 Days

Before proceeding, a plumber is required to make any changes to water or waste supplies for the sick and appliances.

Electrical Work – 2 Days

It is important that all electrical cables run to the correct positions for lighting, power points and appliances. On top of this, new channels might need to be made if the position of fixed appliances has changed.

Plastering – 2-4 Days

This stage ensures that any damaged surfaces are fit for use. Then dry wall may be installed to conceal pipes or other fittings.

Painting – 2-3 Days

Once the plaster has dried, the painters will come in, starting with a watery base coat before adding a few layers of your chosen colour.

Tiling – 2-3 Days

In a kitchen, the tiling is often quite minimal, and includes the splashback behind the sink and a protective layer behind the stovetop.

Flooring – 1-2 Days

Different types of flooring differ with installation times. For example, vinyl flooring may take only a few hours. On the other hand, stone, tile or wooden flooring will take a few days, more if the pattern is complex.

Installation – 4-5 Days

After flooring is installed, the team will fit the cabinets, worktops and install your fixed appliances. All of the appliances, power points and lights will be connected and tested, and the painter will touch up any areas damaged during the installation process.

Inspection – ½ Day

To comply with local regulations, you will need to have an inspection to ensure that any electrical, gas or plumbing work is up to standard.

For more information, contact our professional team today!