Kitchen renovation guide part 1: Plan your kitchen renovation

Renovating your kitchen can be a daunting task but with a bit of planning your dream kitchen can become your reality.

Make a plan

If you’re looking to create a new kitchen space, planning out the entire project is the essential first step. By having a clear picture of what you want to achieve, the creation of your new kitchen will be a much smoother and rewarding process.

If you’d like some great advice, our expert Kitchen Designers can visit you at home and help you plan your dream kitchen.

When you have finished planning your kitchen renovation, the next step is to prepare for the build, which we cover in Part 2 of our kitchen renovation guide. Then in Part 3 we’ve got some easy-to-follow hints and tips for the building phase.


Set a renovation budget

The key influencers of cost in a kitchen project are the size of the space, the materials used and paying for the time of tradespeople and professional service suppliers. Think about if you’ll use the kitchen’s existing footprint or add to it; whether you’ll do any work yourself, and what products and features you want to include, will help you gauge an estimated cost.

Any changes to the room or services configuration – such as moving walls or gas/water pipes – will obviously have an impact on your budget. A Bunnings Kitchen Designer can help you get a better insight into the costs associated with particular kitchen styles and designs.

Dream big

If you’re looking at things from a big-picture perspective, consider a made-to-order kitchen – totally tailored to your design and style preferences. Or think about creating a high-end impact with a stone or waterfall-style kitchen benchtop.

Don’t forget about kitchen lighting. Investigate what’s possible with the likes of concealed and pendant lighting options and add a statement piece – be bold with your choice of splashback. Whether you use tinted glass, a glass and tile combination, or even large tiles, you can create an interesting and effective point of difference.

Consider your kitchen layout

Deciding on the layout of your kitchen is one of the biggest considerations in the whole process. Space, function and proportions all need to be factored into the mix. Also, remember the 'golden triangle rule' – the most efficient configuration of space between the sink, cooktop and fridge. But there are tried and true kitchen layouts to base your planning on:


A U-shape layout is a suitable choice for larger kitchen spaces. As well as providing excellent storage space, a U-shape design is a great way to gain ample bench space.


If you are planning on an open plan kitchen space, the L-shape layout should be considered. An advantage of this layout is that it allows a great ease of movement around the kitchen.


The galley layout is popular with those who love creating in the kitchen. This is because the layout allows for excellent accessibility to all kitchen work areas.


If you're working to fit everything into a tight or narrow kitchen space, the straight-line layout is a good option. This layout is also worth considering if you're also working with a smaller budget.


Measure your kitchen space

In order to create a plan for your new kitchen, the key measurements you need are:

  • The height of the room (floor to ceiling)
  • The length and width of the room (wall-to-wall)
  • The length of all walls to doorways and the height from the floor to any windows 
  • The location of any old or new light switches and any existing services, e.g. plumbing
  • Plan your renovation process

    It’s good to be aware of what’s happening at every stage of the project, so you can plan accordingly. Once you have decided on a design and your products have either been purchased or ordered, the process typically follows this schedule: 

  • The existing kitchen is removed. As a general guide, this should take one day. 
  • Get your plumber to rough in any plumbing and your electrician to start any electrical work that is required
  • The new kitchen cabinets are assembled and then installed
  • The benchtop is installed. For laminate benchtops, with all services, allow three days. Custom benchtops normally take three weeks from the time of order to delivery/installation. 
  • All appliances are installed and then the splashback is installed 
  • Drawers, doors and handles are fitted 
  • Kickboards and bulkheads are fitted 
  • Lighting is installed and flooring laid
  • Next steps

    Now you’ve finished planning it’s time to prepare to build your kitchen.


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