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Cabinet Design Options

A helpful guide to our most popular kitchen and other cabinet design materials options

Our cabinet designs are full of bespoke options and it pays to get the look right because rooms such as kitchens are the most seen and utilised area of any home.

It is common for Australian kitchens to be built in open plan rooms that spill out to the dining, lounge and outdoor areas. Laundries located adjacent to kitchens are being converted in to butler’s pantry to hide the messier aspects of a kitchen while still retaining the function of a laundry – a perfect solution for those who lead busy lives but like to retain order at home.

While social media shows off an amazing array of sexy cabinetry, sometimes it is hard to know exactly what is beautiful, functional, practical, available in Australia and compliant to Australian Environmental and Safety Standards.

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Transition your indoor living outdoors with innovative alfresco products. Photo: Caesarstone

Our list of the most popular cabinetry materials

By the end of this blog you well on your way to starting using our online checklist, and one step closer to completing our cabinetry design package service.

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Doors/drawer fronts and end-panels

80’s Salmon Pink and 90’s Cream has given way to natural timber finishes, warm greys, monochrome, and even vibrant pops of colour. Our suppliers constantly bring out new stylish products to keep up with global trends. Technology has also seen some of these suppliers bringing in some finishes with anti-fingerprint technology through to realistic laminate boards in concrete and timber looks but at a fraction of the price when comparing the real deal. 

If your style is classical, you may like to opt for doors in your own shape or bespoke colours with 2 pack paint and routered doors (aka shaker or farmhouse doors). Of course, there is also timber in solid or veneer which is available in a range of grain-cuts and timber species. Below is a list of options ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices.

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L-R: Laminate; MDF routered doors with 2 pack paint; plain MDF with 2 pack paint; timber veneer; solid timber

Drawer runners and cupboard hinges

Our cabinetry hinges are made and engineered by Blum in Austria and hold a lifetime warranty. To learn more about the full range of Blum products click here.

Legrabox is our go-to runner range as the significant reduction of man hours to construct each box is offset by the chic assembly system.

TypeDetailsLifetime Warranty*Spring-Loaded,
Soft-Close
BudgetCustomisable
Blum Standard HingesOur entry-level product. These hinges make a slight thud when cupboards are closed however are a cost-effective option for budget-conscious projects
Blum Soft-Close HingesQuiet cupboard closure. No door slamming
Blum Standard Drawer RunnersIdeal for the budget conscious. This is our entry-level product
Blum Movento Drawer RunnersConcealed runner system for the highest expectations
Blum Legrabox Drawer RunnersAward winning elegance with revolutionary new runner technology, functionality and design

Handles

Choose any combination of these functional and stylish designs.

We can even custom make handles in timber, steel or brass for a luxurious finish

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L-R: touch to open, a square handle, a bow handle, a knob and a mitred finger pull

Bench tops

Laminate bench tops can be a cost effective option for the budget conscious home owner, however as the market for engineered stone grows, prices have become more competitive. With eco-friendly living high on the Norther Rivers’ agenda, locals may prefer a solid timber bench top sourced from a mill. Below is a list of options, ranked approximately from lowest to highest prices*.

Kick board colour

  • Brushed aluminium laminate
  • Colour-matched to your cabinetry
  • Extend your flooring (tiles or floor boards)

Those special touches

It’s nice to have those special extras to add a bit of luxury to your home and some are more affordable than you may think

  • Integrated appliances or sinks
  • Integrated LED lighting strips along kick boards, splash backs or inside cupboards or pantries
  • Integrated vacuum cleaners
  • Corner cupboard carousel systems
  • Mini bar features, e.g., wine rack, glassware brackets, drinks fridge
  • Waste or storage bins
  • Spice racks
  • Drawer organisation partitions
  • Wine racks
  • Butler’s pantries
  • Booth seating
combined kitchen and mini bar design
These clever cookies opted for a mini bar instead of a breakfast bar under the island bench top.

Finishing your room

We do not typically supply these items but choosing the below before you get started on your cabinetry design may make your decisions much easier

  • Appliances
  • Splash backs
  • Sink/tapware
  • Lighting
  • Wall/ceiling paint
  • Flooring
  • Seats and stools
  • Windows
To learn more about Product Warranties and Maintenance click here.

Footnotes: 

* Please read the Blum product information to get a full understanding of warranties.

** Subject to final plans/requirements.

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Steel Joinery Design

100%.

Customised designs are the only style of steel door we make. We are a small business and focus on tailored solutions for individual needs.

We primarily partner with industry professionals like architects, interior designers and builders who would provide in the first instance complete specifications to quote from.  

WHAT IF I AM NOT AN INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL?

If you are not an industry professional and the scope of your project is too small to warrant using an architect or designer, it is entirely attainable for you to do your own homework to gather enough of this similar information. Additionally, send a reference image you found on the net: “a picture paints a thousand words”.

CRITICAL INFORMATION

Regardless of your level of experience, we require all clients to fully complete our enquiry form plus ensure all of the following information is provided in drawings:

  1. top and front/elevation views
  2. measurements
  3. position of mullions (cross bars)
  4. configuration of openings (hinges, sliding tracks, fixed panels, etc)

Due to a large amount of sales requests, we have a strict policy of not pricing projects until all information is completed.

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There are limited bi-fold hardware products available in the Australian marketplace in which we are confident to endorse.

We are currently researching and prototyping a small sample of hardware brands for bi-fold steel door configurations.  

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Yes, we can.

If you are budget-conscious, we recommend using steel joinery for the featured areas of your home and consider other options for the utilitarian areas.  

Steel joinery delivery & installation

Our first step in our quoting process is to use your provided measurements using our request form.

Once you have confirmed the job and paid the deposit:

  1. if we are installing the job: we have already allowed in our pricing for travel time to measure up accurately onsite.
  2. if we are not installing the job: we rely on accurate final measurements from your builder or carpenter. If your site is in the Byron Shire, we may be able to measure up onsite depending on the scale of the job and our workload.

Due to the incredibly high demand of this product, it is highly recommended you contact us as soon as you receive your finalised architectural plans.

We do not mass produce nor pre-fabricate our joinery. We manufacture everything from scratch so lead times may take 2+ months from point of accepting the quote, however this may be negotiated upon and subject to product selections, scale, our workload and your own deadline.

Best practice is confirming your job by paying a deposit during the first stage of construction which will lock in your job.

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If you do not require installation, we can offer an Australia-wide third-party freight company to transport goods or you can organise your own collection from our Mullumbimby workshop.

Delivery is included our installation estimates.

Our workshop is in Mullumbimby, near Byron Bay, Northern NSW.

Our staff can travel to install

  • within a two-hour drive from our workshop e.g. (Brisbane, Coffs Harbour)
  • in cities directly connected to Ballina-Byron Airport (or Gold Coast Airport subject to COVID-related border restrictions)

All delivery and installation by our staff may incur fees that relate to:

  • vehicle, travel and/or freight expenses,
  • staff/contractor time charged on an hourly rate, and/or
  • accommodation and meal expenses (subject to installation duration and distance from our workshop)

We do not recommend DIY or handyman installation.

You can arrange your own experienced and qualified builder or carpenter to install on your behalf. A minimum of two people is required for installation. 

Inclusions

  • Bolts, screws and all accessories will come with your frames
  • Ancillary supporting frames and packaging may be included where deemed appropriate
  • Glazing is optional. Clients may have access to their own local glass shop. Please specify this upon quoting

Exclusions

  • Installation tools
  • Installation instructions are not included but we can give your experienced tradesman advice, if required

Steel Joinery FINANCIALS

Steel joinery is to most tastes and often not to most budgets. There are three main reasons why our products fetch a high price, especially when drawing comparisons to other metal joinery products.

  1. We only offer the highest standard of craftsmanship. We present a solutions-based, holistic approach to design and fabrication. This is evident in the detail of our work and supported by our reputation.
  2. We only make custom steel joinery that is unique and tailored for luxury architectural and heritage remediation projects. We do not manufacture off-the-shelf products.
  3. Steel is overall an expensive commodity (don’t forget to allow for the cost of glass on top).

 

Secondary factors to consider with custom steel joinery

  • Size of frames
  • Design details
  • Finishes including paint, hardware systems, handles, glazing
  • Manufacturing hours
  • Economy of scale

We do not make standard products, therefore, we do not issue standard prices. If you like to receive a price for your bespoke project, please fully complete this enquiry form.

Why is your price different to other quotes?

We find that pricing against others is often a case of not comparing apples with apples. Please consider if other quotes detail:

  • Custom manufacturing vs mass production
  • Steel vs aluminium glazing beads
  • Australian made
  • Reputation and quality control
  • Freight
  • Glazing and hardware inclusions
  • Technical levels of frames

We offer competitive pricing for steel doors and windows and will soon be offering three different framing options within our steel joinery range to suit every clients’ needs.

If you are not sure 100% sure about the details in your quotes, please email them to us for comparison.

We stagger all our progress payments as follows:

  1. 50% of in-house materials and manufacturing costs, security deposit, time spent quoting and preparing your job. Due upon confirmation of booking. This is non-refundable.
  2. 50% of in-house materials and manufacturing costs. Due upon completion of in-house manufacturing and prior to delivery.
  3. 100% of delivery costs. If applicable, due before delivery.
  4. 100% of installation costs + variations. If applicable, due upon completion of installation.


The abovementioned payments may be subject to further payment increments, (i.e., weekly progress, variations, etc.) if we deem the job large.

Information is key. The more information we have, the more definitive we are in our pricing for our customised products.

We will provide a quote with a firm price once all information is at hand.

We will provide an estimate if we have most of the information yet still lacks minor details. Estimates may present as a price range as we are making a budgetary allowance for variations which still need to be confirmed at a later point.

If you still do not have enough information for us to do estimate, we will postpone pricing until enough information is gathered.

Customised steel doors and windows are to most tastes but not necessarily to all budgets.

We are here to have an open conversation about finding solutions for each clients’ requirements. Fitting into budget ranges is a critical part of the equation. We offer a range of product options and if we do not know how much has been allowed (or not allowed) in budgets, we will not know how to find the right solution.