Do you have a budget for a flat pack kitchen but would love the look of a designer kitchen? Something from a magazine? Are you worried about the cost? Well it’s possible to save literally thousands of dollars on your next project but still end up with a modern kitchen design.
A flat pack kitchen is perfect for homeowners, DIYers and investment property owners. They are the perfect mix of quality, style and value for money. But what makes Flat Pack Kitchens so great and why should you purchase one?
What makes a quality Flat Pack Kitchen?
Home renovators usually shy away from Flat Pack Kitchens for the wrong reasons. Poor construction, limited design options and lessor quality materials are the most common complaints. But Flat Pack Kitchens have come a long way. They now offer more options for customisation, including exciting range of door styles, colours, finishes, hardware and various cabinet options.
A good flat pack kitchen uses better quality material and hardware. The recommended construction is a screw and dowel style. This can easily be established during the research phase with some simple questions. For eg Ask for the warranty details as higher quality options are always backed by strong warranty T’s & C’s.
How to save on Flat Pack Kitchens?
A big cost in any home renovation project is the labour costs. With a kitchen, this typically means spending your money in design construction, delivery and installation of kitchen components. You can easily put these costs back into your pocket by buying a quality Australian made flat pack kitchen. Another cost saving is to make sure you are getting as involved as you can. By being project manager, designer, and general roust-a-bout, you can save hundreds on labour costs.
Don’t forget, some costs are unavoidable so be sure to budget for these. For example; as you progress through the installation you will need to hire a plumber and electrician, but you will have saved hundreds of dollars in labour costs. Even if you need help with the installation, a local handyman will be able to help you, but their cost will be far less than the cost of a team of kitchen installers.
Can I really install a Flat Pack Kitchen?
The biggest differences between flat pack kitchens and custom kitchens typically become noticeable after the cabinets are assembled. If you’re handy or if you have a relatively simple design, you can install a flat pack kitchen yourself, but there can be more involved than you might think? Once the cabinets are assembled and fitted off, you still have to:
- Install the benchtop. Unless you have outsourced for stone. Again, depending on layout this can be relatively straightforward. Look for quality Flat Pack suppliers who provide benchtop joins machined for you (like Semble).
- Install the sink and hook up the plumbing. Plumbing can only be done by a licensed plumber, so you’ll need some help with this.
- Connect electrical or gas services. Again, you’ll need licensed tradesman to help you. This is not the place to make savings!
- Your design will need to be completed by either tiles or splashbacks.
Don’t let these important details put you off. Flat pack kitchens can still save you significant money. Regardless of the degree of professional assistance you need for your project; a flat pack kitchen still offers substantial savings, so why not have a go?
Questions about quality flat packs!
Quality flat pack kitchens are made with exactly the same production equipment as any Australian custom kitchen suppliers. There are very few Australian cabinet makers that are produced off a modern Australian production line. So it is important to ask the supplier where they are produced otherwise you can end up with a flat pack disaster?
Also if you are ordering online it is important to find out about freight rates and delivery time. Timing is everything as you won’t want to be paying for a tradie when he is not required. Other questions that you want to research include how is it installed, what is the flat pack made from and what hardware is used? Does it have adjustable shelving and what other extra’s are included?
New Kitchen appliances?
You may find that by driving this whole renovation process that you have saved so much money that you can afford those new kitchen appliances you’ve been wanting. Just be sure to plan these into your kitchen design from the start for a functional layout.
You don’t want to buy a oven after you have installed your kitchen, only to discover it doesn’t fit in the space provided. Or worse, find that the dishwasher door hits the island cabinets when fully opened! Just make sure everything is considered in your layout and budget in your kitchen design before you get to work and you’ll be right. Check out this great Kitchen Design course to help you plan.
Flat Pack Kitchens are the perfect choice for homeowners, DIYers and investment property owners. If you are passionate about a new kitchen and saving money then you have what it takes to start your next project! Choose quality but affordable products that are fit for purpose. Roll up your sleeves and get involved in every step. Just remember to understand your own limitations to avoid making costly mistakes and always use licensed tradesman wherever required.
There has never been such a large and wide choice of Flat pack kitchen options available so take your time in the research and design stage and you will set up your project for a huge win. You can definitely end up with a showroom look on a strict budget with some common-sense planning and sensible design choices.
For more information on designing your kitchen click here!