9 Key
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New Kitchen

One of the unique features of Granite Transformations’ stone is that it can be installed directly over existing benchtops and splashbacks, without the need for demolition or removal. This makes the installation process faster and less messy compared to traditional renovating methods.
But what if your kitchen is too old, poorly designed or you just want to start again from scratch? A brand new kitchen is the answer!

Designing a new kitchen can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. In this blog I’ve outlined some important considerations when planning your new kitchen:

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Grace Anchique

Grace is a highly experienced kitchen design specialist with an impressive 25-year track record of helping homeowners choose the perfect finishes for their dream kitchens. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for design, Grace has worked with countless homeowners to create beautiful, functional kitchens and spaces that stand the test of time.

Plan your perfect kitchen.

1. Kitchen Layout

Consider the size and shape of your kitchen and decide on the best layout that works for you. The most common kitchen layouts that work for all kitchen trends include U-shape, L-shape, galley, and island. A kitchen designer can help you choose the best layout for your kitchen by assessing your needs, preferences, cooking habits and space. They can provide expert advice on the work triangle, traffic flow, and storage options to create a functional and beautiful kitchen that suits your lifestyle.

2. Storage

Determine how much storage space you need for your kitchen. Think about the type of cabinets, drawers, and shelves you want and where you want them to be located. To work out your storage needs, start by taking inventory of your current kitchen items. Consider the size and number of your pots, pans, dishes, and small appliances. Then, assess your lifestyle and cooking habits to determine your storage preferences, such as open shelves, deep drawers, or a walk-in pantry.

3. Lighting

Choosing the right type of lighting for your kitchen is important not only for functionality but also for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Consider the type and amount of lighting you need for your new kitchen. Think of task lighting for cooking areas, ambient lighting for general illumination, and accent lighting for decorative purposes. Lighting is a great way to express your personal style and taste. Keep up to date on current kitchen trends for inspiration. Understand the overall look and feel of your kitchen and choose lighting fixtures that complement your décor.

4. Kitchen Benchtops

Choose a benchtop material that suits your needs and style. Options include granite, quartz, marble, and stainless steel. Engineered stone has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its durability, low maintenance, aesthetics, hygiene and value for money. The versatility of our unique stone means it can be utilised as a resurfacing solution for kitchen makeovers as well as a stunning benchtop and splashback for brand new kitchens. We offer two stone ranges with a wide variety of colours and styles to suit any design aesthetic.

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5. Kitchen Doors

There are many different kitchen door choices available, including Melamine, Ultraglaze, Polyurethane and Shaker.  Shaker doors form part of our polyurethane range. They are a classic and versatile choice that work well in a variety of kitchen designs, from traditional to modern. Flat panel kitchen doors are available in all our door ranges. They have no decorative features so work well in modern and minimalist kitchens. The choice of kitchen door material will depend on your budget, style preferences, and the overall design of your kitchen. 2023 kitchen cabinet trends  include bold colours, 2-toned kitchen cabinets and matt finishes.

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6. Flooring

Consider the type of flooring you want in your kitchen. Options include tile, hardwood, engineered timber, hybrid flooring and concrete. When choosing flooring, consider durability, ease of maintenance, and how well it complements your kitchen’s style and color scheme. Tile, hybrid and engineered timber are popular options for kitchens because they are durable and easy to clean. Additionally, consider the amount of foot traffic and potential spills in your kitchen. Flooring trends in kitchen design include large format tiles, terrazzo and geometric patterns.

7. Colour Scheme

Decide on a colour scheme that complements your cabinets, benchtops and flooring. Consider the mood and ambiance you want to create in your kitchen. Creating a mood board is a great way to clarify your vision, stay focused and could save you time and money in the long run. It’s a good idea to learn how to create a mood board which is why I’ve developed our free mood board guide below.

8. Budget

Determine how much you can afford to spend on your new kitchen. Establish a budget that is realistic and comfortable for your financial situation. Start with the scope of your project, including the size of your kitchen and the level of customization you desire. Then stick to your budget by prioritizing the most important features and elements of your kitchen design. When you schedule a free design and quote, your kitchen design specialist will provide a range of options for materials and finishes, and help you make informed decisions based on your budget. They will also provide a detailed cost estimate for the project, including materials and any additional expenses. Not sure where to start? Try our Free Kitchen Cost Calculator for an idea of price.

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9. Personal Preferences

Consider your personal taste, lifestyle and kitchen trends when designing your new kitchen. Think about how you will use your kitchen and what features are most important to you. To understand your own personal style, collate inspirational images from different places such as Houzz, Pinterest and home design magazines. These visual references can include images, textures, colours, and patterns that inspire you and represent the mood you want to create. This is the first step to creating a mood board and you’ll soon discover an emerging theme.

Discover your new kitchen today!

Granite Transformations offers design and installation services which are performed by trained professionals who are experienced in working with the company’s materials and techniques. This ensures that each project is completed to the highest standards of quality and customer satisfaction. Book a free quote to discover the best way to transform the heart of your home.

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Our designer will come to your home for a free measure and quote with no obligation to commit. During the consultation, we’ll chat about your renovation goals and offer innovative kitchen design solutions and recommendations.


We prioritise a stress-free experience and avoid pushy sales tactics, preferring to provide helpful recommendations to assist with your decision-making.

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Curious about your new kitchen cost? Our user-friendly online kitchen cost calculator makes it simple. Enter your basic measurements to receive an instant price estimate straight to your inbox in just minutes.


Our online calculator is free and easy to use, making it a great starting point for anyone considering a kitchen renovation.

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Visit our recently updated kitchen showrooms, located in the Sutherland Shire, just 30 minutes from Sydney’s city centre. Browse our stunning display kitchens and extensive selection of premium stone and marble surfaces.

Our friendly and knowledgeable team of experts are on hand to help you make the best decisions for your home, from kitchen colour advice to kitchen layout.

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