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Kitchen design and renovation as unique and beautiful as Newcastle


Modern and edgy interior decoration from Newcastle interior designer Julie Evans Design

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the average cost for a kitchen renovation project?

The cost of a kitchen renovation project will vary depending on the size and scope of the project, the quality of the materials used, and the labor costs in your area. However, some general ballpark figures can give you an idea of what to expect.


According to Remodeling Magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, the national average cost in the US for a midrange kitchen renovation project is $22,000. This includes replacing cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, and paint or wallpaper. In Australia, according to industry experts, the average cost for a kitchen renovation project falls somewhere between $18,000 and $36,000. If you want to update your kitchen but are working with a limited budget, there are ways to do so without breaking the bank. Replacing just your cabinet doors and drawer fronts can give your kitchen a fresh new look for a few thousand dollars.

Question: How long does a kitchen renovation take?

A kitchen renovation can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size and scope of the project. Typically, a kitchen designer will need at least two weeks to design a new kitchen, and then another two weeks to order and install the new cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. If any structural work needs to be done (e.g., moving walls), that will add time to the project.

Question: What are some benefits of having a kitchen renovation?

There are many benefits to having a kitchen renovation. A kitchen renovation can give your home a new look and feel. It can also increase the value of your home if you decide to sell in the future. A kitchen renovation can also improve the function of your kitchen. If your old kitchen is too small, you can enlarge it with a renovation. You can also add new features, such as a pantry or an island, to make your life easier. If you are unhappy with the layout of your kitchen, a renovation can fix that too. You can change the location of the cabinets, appliances, and even the sink and countertops. If you are not sure what you want, or if you need help designing your new kitchen, consider hiring a professional kitchen designer.

Question: Will a kitchen renovation increase the value of my home?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! A kitchen renovation can add tremendous value to your home. In fact, according to a recent study by the US National Association of Realtors, a kitchen renovation is the #1 way to increase the value of your home.


There are many reasons for this. First and foremost, a well-designed kitchen is essential for today’s modern family. It’s the heart of the home and where most of the action takes place. A well-renovated kitchen will make your home more functional and comfortable, which is why it’s so important to hire a qualified kitchen designer.


A good designer will help you create a space that is both stylish and practical, and that fits your specific needs and budget. They will also be able to recommend materials and appliances that will add value to your home.

Question: What is the process of kitchen design and renovation?

Kitchen design and renovation can be a daunting task. There are many factors to consider when planning a kitchen renovation, such as size, layout, materials, and appliances. The process of kitchen design and renovation usually begins with creating a plan. A kitchen designer can help create a plan that is tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. Once the plan is in place, the next step is to select the materials and appliances. Be sure to choose materials and appliances that are durable and will stand the test of time. The last step is to install the new kitchen. Professional tradesmen can help ensure that the installation goes smoothly and according to plan.

Question: What is the difference between a kitchen makeover and a kitchen renovation?

A kitchen makeover and a kitchen renovation are two very different things. A kitchen makeover is when you update your cabinets, countertops, appliances, or flooring without changing the layout of the room. A kitchen renovation is when you completely change the layout of the room, including the cabinet layout, countertop placement, and appliance placement.


A kitchen makeover can be a great way to update your kitchen without spending a lot of money. You can update your cabinets by painting them, replacing the hardware, or installing new countertops. You can also update your flooring by installing new tile or hardwood floors. If your appliances are outdated, you can replace them with newer models.


A kitchen renovation can be a great way to improve the function of your kitchen. If your current layout is not working for you, a renovation can fix that.

Find out more about what Julie Evans Design offers and how they can help you by checking out their suite of interior design services or stop by their instagram or pinterest pages for more idea and inspiration. Talk to Julie about how she can transform your space(s) and help them reach their full potential.

Kitchen makeover vs kitchen renovation?

Kitchen makeovers are a great option if you want to remodel and update the look of your kitchen without changing the layout. With a makeover, you can focus on what is seen, using existing frameworks which can save time and money.


Replacing the kitchen benchtop, cupboard doors, tiles or splash backs, kitchen appliances or tap ware can update the look of your kitchen markedly, depending on its starting age or condition. The downside of a makeover is that you keep the existing layout, which if not optimal to start with will remain so after the makeover.


A poorly functioning kitchen will still be a poorly functioning kitchen, but it will be nicer, brighter and likely more modern than it was before.


A kitchen renovation will undoubtedly cost more than a renovation. The results however will be vastly superior. A bespoke contemporary kitchen, designed and built from the ground up will deliver on your interior design goals and give you a beautiful new kitchen of your dreams.

Country kitchen white, blue and grey colour scheme
Modern kitchen with marble benchtops and glaxed railway tiles for splashback

Making your Newcastle kitchen renovation a success

There's no question that kitchen renovations in Newcastle, like anywhere can be a daunting task. But with careful planning and execution, it can also be a fun and rewarding experience. Here's what you need for the perfect kitchen renovation:​

1. Decide on a layout for your new kitchen. This will depend on the size of your space and what appliances and cabinets you choose. The layout needs to fit your needs, lifestyle and usage of the space.

2. Plan your renovation carefully. Assess what needs to be done. This means drawing up plans, budgets and schedules.

3. Choose the right materials and finishes. This is especially important in the kitchen, where durability and functionality are key.

4. Don't try to do everything yourself. Hire a kitchen designer to help keep the project on track.

5. Be realistic with time expectations. Rushing through a kitchen renovation can lead to mistakes and problems down the road.

6. Make sure the finished product meets your needs and expectations. If it doesn't, don't be afraid to make changes along the way.

Modern kitchen with white design aesthetic

Newcastle Kitchen Design and  Renovation

A well designed kitchen is both beautiful and functional. It's important to consider the layout, storage, and appliances when creating your beautiful kitchen design. Here are some of the key elements of good kitchen design:

1. Layout - The layout of your kitchen should be functional and efficient. Consider the placement of the cabinets, countertops, and appliances. This is a critical step - layout will determine how you use the space.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

2. Storage - Kitchen cabinets should be well-organized and provide enough storage for all of your cooking supplies. They should be accessible to all users of the space, and placement should make functional sense.

3. Appliances - The placement of appliances should be considered when designing your kitchen. You may want to place the refrigerator near the food prep area or dishwasher near the sink. Consider obstructions when placing appliances - what else can't you access while you're using an appliance?

4. Lighting - Good lighting is essential in a well-designed kitchen. Good lighting can make a small kitchen feel larger, and it can also help you work more efficiently. Consider installing a ceiling light and task lights under the cabinets or over the countertop.

5. Aesthetics - How your kitchen looks is important. These days, your kitchen is the heart of the home. Do the aesthetics make your heart sing? Are the colours right, the textures, the materials?

Modern kitchens and innovations

Kitchens have come a long way in recent years. They are no longer just a place to cook food, but instead have become the heart of the home. Modern kitchens are filled with innovative features that make them more functional and stylish than ever before. Here are some of the most popular innovations to help you design the perfect kitchen:

6. Bench seating on the back of kitchen islands - Create a booth effect in your kitchen with bench seats on the back of your kitchen island, with a kitchen table and chairs on the other side.

5. Double islands - If you have the kitchen space, a double island provides additional seating and storage that's separate to your food preparation area.

4. Built in fridges - Hide your fridge by building it in to your cabinetry and hiding it behind doors that match your cupboards

3. Open shelving - Open shelving is becoming increasingly popular because it allows you to easily see what's in your pantry or cabinets.

2. Quartz countertops - Quartz countertops are made from natural quartz, which makes them strong and resistant to stains and scratches. They also come in a variety of colors, so you can find one that matches your kitchen's style.

1. Draws instead of doors - Ready to save your back and make it easy to get to those pots and pans? Draws. Genius.

7. Beverage centres - Take your wine fridge to the next level by adding a bard fridge and co-locating your coffee machine to create a beverage centre or beverage hub.

8. Under/over cabinet strip lighting - The perfect lighting addition to create mood and ambience no longer requires professional installation thanks to Ikea and Amazon.

Modern kitchen with 2022 design trends including built in fridge, oversized island
Modern kitchen with some 2022 trends, including natural colours and materials

Dream kitchen design trends 2022

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where families come together to cook meals, eat together, and talk about their day. Kitchen design is constantly evolving, with new trends and technologies emerging all the time. It is important that the kitchen be a comfortable and functional space that looks great. Here are some of the top kitchen design trends for 2022:

6. Technology will play a bigger role in kitchen design, with smart appliances and virtual assistants becoming more common.

5. All white is out, but black and white is in. If you dare.

4. The all white kitchen is on the way out. The use of color will continue to grow in popularity, with bolder and more eclectic choices becoming popular. That said natural wood finishes, nude tones and earthy tones are also popular.

3. Open shelving - Open shelving is becoming increasingly popular because it allows you to easily see what's in your pantry or cabinets.

2. Custom cabinetry will continue to be popular, as homeowners seek unique and personalized spaces.

1. More homeowners will be choosing open-concept kitchens, which allow for greater flexibility and socializing. Kitchen islands take centre stage in the kitchen design and layout.

7. Low backsplashes are on the way out. Tiling to the bottom of over bench cabinets, or to the ceiling if you can, is in. Glazed tiles are definitely in.

8. For countertops, Quartz is king. White shades are the most popular with this long lasting and family friendly material which is more forgiving than marble.

9. At the luxury end of the market, marble is still the ultimate. No changes there with waterfall islands that are generously sized and countertop marble running seamlessly onto walls are all trending into 2022.

10. Mixed metals is now a thing. No more just sticking to one or two metal finishes for cabinets, sink fawcets and lighting. Mixed materials and colours are all the rage, so long as they work together and are harmonious with the overall kitchen design.

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