How to plan an on-trend kitchen renovation with an industry ‘under pressure’
You may have heard that there is a lot of renovation going on across the country following the lockdown.
And it’s true. People are spending money on their kitchens and bathrooms like never before. The New Zealand National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) describes it as “an industry under pressure”.
Her advice is: “Get in quickly and be patient”. And they suggest, before you even think about trends, it’s a good idea to hire a designer and manufacturer and get the process going.
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This year we can expect that more kitchen splashbacks in marble and marble look will be seen in the kitchen in the coming years. This is the winner of the 2020 NKBA Excellence in Design Supreme Kitchen Design Award. The kitchen is by Chelsey Mathieson from Vekart, Tauranga.
“Because of Covid-19, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and everyone in the construction industry are in great demand,” says Managing Director Susie Rees.
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And there are delays. Rees says that in addition to the pre-Christmas rush, there have been shortages of most products, materials, hardware and equipment in New Zealand, with the supply of overseas materials causing the biggest delay – and these are the materials most in demand.
Wanaka designer Melanie Craig combined white cabinets with an illuminated sculpture on an oak wall in this kitchen.
“This demand creates supply and delivery issues for designers, carpenters and our customers, and a tight supply chain across many of our industry brands, with the pressure increasing,” Rees said.
According to Rees, home renovators must meet their expectations to get the best result.
“NKBA designers, manufacturers, and suppliers know that delays are not optimal. We recommend staying in close contact with your designer to understand where delays can occur and consider a plan B, whether included in product selection or in a plan to manage a wait to complete is. We ask for your patience and kindness, ”says Rees.
KITCHEN TRENDS FOR 2021
One of the fun things to do while you’re in the planning stage is determining if you want to follow trends, do your own thing, or maybe have a little bit of both.
According to NKBA members, the ideal kitchen in 2021 will be a combination of matt white wood and wooden furniture, countertops made of artificial stone and a seamless kitchen rear wall, preferably with a marble look. The most sought-after kitchens will also have a kitchen island, butler pantry, and organized closet.
In 2020, NKBA predicted a return to white and wood details, and it seems that this trend will continue through 2021. In a recent member survey, 26 percent of those surveyed predicted that wood will be the most popular piece of furniture in the next twelve months, followed by white (22 percent).
We can also expect the return of the white kitchen, along with predictable wood. This kitchen was designed by Morgan Cronin. It was a finalist in the SBID International Design Awards.
Cube Dentro designer Karen Brown said that white with wood accents would be the most popular in 2021 because it makes us feel that way.
“I think we’ll keep it light and light to give us some continuity in these strange times. Color is always directly related to the way we feel, both politically and, in this case, our health, ”says Brown.
Fifty-four percent of respondents said matt would be the finish of choice, followed by 18 percent of those who said “textured” would be the preferred furniture finish.
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Stone countertops wrap around the sides of the island in this white kitchen by Melanie John of Cube Dentro.
NKBA members predict the majority of countertops will be cut from engineered stone by 2021 (46 percent).
Although artificial stone was at the top, 18 percent of those surveyed said that porcelain was on the rise.
Mark Bruce of Designmarked Kitchens said that porcelain will be the material of choice ten years from now, but it will take more time in the market to seal its popularity.
“Engineered Stone has been around a lot longer, it’s more affordable and has a wider reach. However, porcelain is a high quality and innovative product that many designers prefer to work with. Porcelain offers much greater freedom of design and this means more unique options for the designers and their customers. I would see this room, ”says Bruce.
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Designed by Trudi Rabbitte of Rabbitte Joinery, this kitchen won the 2020 NKBA award for kitchens in the $ 25,000- $ 40,000 price range. The countertop features organic white Caesarstone.
SPLASHBACKS – MOVE OVER TILES
As predicted, tiles were a strong trend through 2020, but a new trend is emerging. According to the NKBA, the hot trend for 2021 is a back wall that is seamlessly connected to the bank. Other designers predict an increase in interest in marble kitchen splashbacks.
Cooper Webley’s Craig Hooper said the seamless look can be completed in a variety of materials. The goal is just that it be seamless.
“A designer might use artificial stone, porcelain, marble, or other, but the key is that it goes seamlessly with the bench. We also see brass and copper which look very cool and a little different. In one of our current projects, the rear wall reaches a height of 1600 mm. It looks very impressive, ”says Hooper.
Beautiful, seamless kitchen splashbacks are the preferred option for 2021 – and it helps when you have the space and the finances for a scullery or butler pantry. This kitchen was designed by Shane George.
Elizabeth Karam, an NKBA kitchen design student, says tiles aren’t inconvenient, but it may be best to stay away from the subway and hexagon.
“I think subway and hexagonal tiles get tired,” she says. “There are some new and exciting tiles coming out that haven’t been used as much. I would recommend exploring some of the strains available. If you really love hexagon or subway, consider a variation on this popular style to give it a fresher look and stand out. “
What’s number one on most people’s wish lists in the kitchen? According to respondents to the NKBA survey, it’s a kitchen island, butler pantry, better-organized closet space and of course a kitchen that inspires.
The islands aren’t much larger than those in this Mal Corboy-designed kitchen. Wooden furniture is expected to shine again in 2021.
Rees says that it really is a combination of many elements that makes the perfect kitchen.
“It’s about form and function and about a kitchen that matches the home and the needs of the customer. We know the majority of homeowners want more seating, organized space, and a meeting place. I think that’s why kitchen islands and butler pantries are so popular. They create a hub and a place where the essentials are kept. “
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A survey shows that homeowners put islands and laundry rooms at the top of their wish lists. This scullery is part of a kitchen designed by Kira Gray of Fyfe Kitchens.
What about the cost?
The cost of a kitchen varies greatly and ultimately depends on the choice of material and finishing. As a guide for 2020, the majority of NKBA designers were working without equipment on a budget of $ 20,000 to $ 30,000. It was followed by 25 percent with a budget of $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG?
According to NKBA members, there are some pitfalls to avoid when designing a new kitchen.
- Don’t buy your appliances until the kitchen has been designed.
- Go with your gut, with what you want, not with the opinion of your nearest and dearest.
- Don’t design or color your own kitchen, leave it to the experts.
- Contact a designer first, not when it’s too late to change things or when you’re too far away.
- Be realistic about your budget and what you can achieve.
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Designed by Angelique Armstrongwon, this masuline bathroom won the TIDA New Zealand Designer Suite Award in 2020. The trends for 2021 show that integrated lighting and free-standing bathtubs are still in the foreground alongside a two-person shower.
We invest a lot of money in our kitchens, but the bathrooms are also being modernized and the NKBA designs and manufactures thousands each year.
In 2021, bathroom trends will be all about luxury. Rees suggests considering built-in lighting, a stand-alone tub, and shower for two.
Jessica Valintine Design’s designer Jessica Valintine agrees that a luxury bathroom will consist of a stand-alone bathtub and walk-in shower.
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Angelique Armstrong’s award-winning bathroom has a shower that seats two.
“It will also have either a sense of retreat with a softer / calming color palette or a more contrasting eye-catching color palette, depending on the interior style of the bathroom,” she says.
NKBA members said that in 2020 the majority (50 percent) of the bathrooms they designed were priced between $ 10,000 and $ 30,000. However, 19 percent of designers said the average price for a new bathroom was under $ 10,000.