How Aussies like their kitchens and bathrooms

by Chris Lang on January 11, 2010

Bathroom In 2 words? Bigger and better, that’s how Aussies like their kitchens and bathrooms.

Just to give you an idea of what people are prepared to spend on their kitchens and bathrooms, here is a quote from the HIA report: they predict that the amount spent on renovations and installations of kitchens and bathrooms will hit a record $12 billion by 2012.

But what exactly IS a better kitchen? The top-end hardware and storage solutions.

Lazy Susan Kitchen Cabinet People like lazy susans – if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a circular revolving shelf installed in your cupboards to utilize the space better. Often they are installed in corner cabinets to solve the so-damn-hard-to-reach-pots problem.

Another favorite is the soft closing drawers and cabinet doors. Push them as hard as you like – there will never be a “bang”, very helpful for people with little babies or folks recovering from the night before.

Lift-up doors are very popular, because of the ease of access to the cabinets’ contents and for safety reasons – these doors you can’t walk into (well, unless you try very hard). Touch-opening doors and drawers are in demand as well – imagine cabinet doors with no handles, how cool is that!

Kitchen also includes the appliances installed with it – and people are choosing to have wine fridges, LCD/ Plasma TVs, dishwashers, water filtration systems and free-standing stoves in their kitchens.

As for the kitchen bench tops, nowadays the preferred material is granite – and stainless steel or timber become less and less popular.

Giving their bathroom a makeover, most often people replace the basins with modern-looking ones, replace the older vanity units, tap ware and tiles. Apparently semi-frameless shower screens are a hit, and there is a growing trend for multiple basins and multiple shower heads.

That’s it from me, now it’s your turn to speak up – what does your dream kitchen or bathroom look like?

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RTA Cabinets January 14, 2010 at 5:21 am

I wish I could afford to invest as much money as the Aussie do. I’ve made some upgrades in the kitchen and want to makeover the bathroom. From an economic stand point, not many of us Americans can afford to make drastic changes.

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vancouver movers January 16, 2010 at 2:39 am

Reminds me of refrigerators that also have a television set built in. Too much? Naw.

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Voyage Montreal January 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

Wow, those look really nice

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Steam Shower May 18, 2010 at 6:06 am

Remodeling doesnt have to be expensive you just need to think outside the box when it comes to the materials you use. I do like the underlit vanity above. Very modern and calming look.

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