A Kitchen Renovation Guide

Essential Steps for a Successful Kitchen Renovation

A new kitchen should be one of those lovely experiences. Just like buying a new car or a fancy electric bike, you want to make the right choices from day one.

Here’s how to make your kitchen remodel as smooth as possible.

Firstly, deal with the experts! Don’t rush it. Listen to the advice of your chosen designer. Trust your company and let them do what they do best.

Choosing the right kitchen designer and company is a crucial first step, in fact, the most important step.

You’re looking for someone who is highly experienced and has the support of an experienced manufacturing team behind them.

Look for years in the industry and reputation. If lots of other customers have had a great experience, chances are you will too.

Your designer will have built up many relationships in the local area over the years and can guide you best on who to use for building work, plumbing, electrical, and appliances. Avoid companies that are only interested in making a sale and are not willing to share their contacts and expertise.

NZ made: I honestly can’t emphasize this point enough. Many “kitchen companies” are actually just importers of foreign cabinetry and benchtops and will give you all sorts of flowery stories about European quality. I can assure you that this is an absolute fallacy. No country builds better kitchens than those manufactured in NZ. New Zealand has strict regulatory standards for supply and manufacture, in accordance with NZ conditions. The materials will have to be certified and approved by the strict regulatory bodies in NZ, unlike imported products.

You will also have more protection under the Consumer Guarantees Act when dealing with a local NZ-owned and operated company than with an overseas-based importer. If you insist on using imported products, may I ask that the concerned company provides you with several customer contacts who bought their products at least 5 years ago, so you can inquire about how the product is holding up? Don’t be swayed by cheap prices and smooth talk.

Warranties: Check your company’s warranties, and read the fine print. You want a company that will stand by its product in the long term, not one that washes its hands off you as you walk away with your new kitchen neatly packed into a box.

Things To Consider In Your Kitchen Renovation


This is a good time to consider replacing older appliances. Most kitchen companies can arrange appliance quotes for you, helping you save some money. Before purchasing new appliances, consult with your kitchen designer and finalize your appliance choices after the kitchen design is settled. This way, you can make the best use of your space.

Kitchen Flooring

Decide whether you will replace the flooring in your kitchen. Discuss your flooring plans with your kitchen designer, as certain types of flooring require design considerations and can impact the kitchen installation process. Some materials may turn out to be more expensive in the long run compared to alternatives.

Kitchen Power Points & Lighting

Will you upgrade the lighting in your kitchen? Consult with your kitchen designer for insights on kitchen lighting and additional power points. Whether you’re considering toe kick lighting, downlights, or other options, it’s important to seek expert advice before making any decisions.

Kitchen Splashback

Tiles, glass, stone, or Laminam—there are plenty of options for kitchen splashbacks, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. If you’re installing a gas hob, ensure the material used for the splashback is fireproof and meets the required gas standards. Your kitchen designer can provide valuable advice in this area.

Delivery & Installation

Choose a company that offers delivery and installation services for your new kitchen. Even the most amazing cabinetry won’t look its best without a skilled and experienced installation team. While many people may claim to be kitchen installers, handymen, or builders, the final finish of your kitchen depends on the details. A skilled installer will ensure that your New Zealand-made, world-class cabinetry fits perfectly. Don’t compromise on installation quality after investing your money—aim for the best possible result.

Our Kitchen Renovation Checklist

  • Carpenter/Builder
  • Gib Fixer
  • Gib Stopper
  • Painter
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Gas Fitter (if you have gas or a gas hob)
  • Flooring contractor
  • Appliance installation
  • Rangehood installation and supply
  • Tasks/Issues to Consider:
  • Remove the existing kitchen (Trade Me is good for selling the old kitchen)
  • Plumbing disconnection of your existing kitchen
  • Wall relocation (if the kitchen footprint is changing)
  • New plumbing location
  • Templating drawers under the sink once the plumbing is fitted
  • Additional electrical plug locations and appropriate electrical switches if appliances are shifting
  • New flooring or flooring repairs
  • Kitchen lighting location—discuss this with your designer
  • How will you cook while you are without a working kitchen? (It could take several weeks, especially if you’re installing a solid benchtop)

Our Kitchen Installation Process

Installing a new kitchen typically takes more than one day, as multiple trades need to be coordinated. A normal timeline could look like this:

Day 1: Kitchen delivered and first day of kitchen installation commenced

Day 2: Cabinetry installation completed and benchtop templated (if you’re having a solid surface benchtop)

Day 3 to 12: Flooring installation

Day 12: Solid surface benchtop installed

Day 13: Plumbing and electrical connected

Day 14: Second installation—panels, toe kicks, and any cabinetry that sits on the benchtop installed; glass doors or shelves installed

Day 14: Glass splashback templated

Day 24: Glass splashback installed

While not all these processes may occur in your renovation, it’s important to be aware that this is the potential process required. We will help you work through your project and provide you with the best possible information regarding the expected timeline for your new kitchen.

Finally, good luck with your kitchen renovation! Choose the right kitchen company, and the process will be straightforward, fun, and easy.