Veejay’s Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Renovations

Every homeowner wants their dream kitchen, from the ultimate cooking setup to the latest appliances, clever storage solutions, and a beautiful new space to hang out with family and friends.

At Veejay’s, our goal is to create custom kitchen renovations that deliver joy for our clients—throughout the entire process. As one of the most important rooms in your home—and a significant investment—a successful outcome starts with getting the basics right.

Read on as we share the key steps to achieving your perfect custom-made kitchen renovation.

Choosing Your Kitchen Renovation Style

Your overall design style defines successful kitchen renovations. So, before getting into the finer details, spend some time thinking about your tastes, design preferences, budget, and how your beautiful new kitchen will fit within the rest of your home.

Popular design styles across Western Australia include Traditional, Contemporary, Mid Century Modern, and Country Farmhouse—but the choice is yours.

At Veejay’s, we aspire to create a perfect kitchen space for your lifestyle, not somebody else’s. Throughout the process, you should be in the driver’s seat, regardless of whether you want a bespoke but price-conscious kitchen or a luxury design with the finest materials and latest features.

Choosing the Right Designer for Your Dream Kitchen Renovation Project

Kitchen renovations are a major life decision, so we recommend you choose the design team you want to hire.

We suggest working with experienced designers who can share design ideas and visualise your kitchen before installation. Ideally, you want to visit their kitchen showrooms to get an idea of their latest work and meet their professional team in person.

Don’t be scared to ask questions about the design and renovation processes. A qualified interior designer will be happy to share their insights, offer advice, talk through any concerns, and answer any questions.

We recommend you find a first-class design consultant with plenty of building industry experience—ideally, one who will manage all the trades and renovation specialists required to see your dream kitchen designs come to life.

Setting Up a Temporary Kitchen

Unfortunately, as with a bathroom or laundry renovation, any Perth kitchen renovation comes with a level of disruption to your day-to-day life.

If outdoor kitchens aren’t an option, we always suggest our clients create a temporary kitchen space that allows for food and drinks to be made. If it’s not too much trouble, you may also want to fill your freezer with your favourite home-cooked food before the renovation begins.

While a makeshift kitchen isn’t ideal, it’s better than relying on expensive takeout for an extended period.

In terms of temporary kitchen design, you don’t need to hire an entire team of kitchen designers to make it work. Instead, just get yourself kitted out with a couple of cooking appliances, a prep area (such as a table or countertop), and somewhere you can access water.

Kitchen Finishings

The renovation process can be daunting, especially when choosing the fittings and finishes that make up the final product. Here, we share some insider tips for selecting the key finishings that will take the whole project to the next level.

Kitchen Cabinets

Storage space is high on the agenda for most kitchen renovations—and it usually accounts for a fair chunk of your budget—which is why kitchen cabinets are a big choice. The two main factors here are material choice and hardware:

Material Types

Engineered wood products, like particleboard and MDF (finished with a layer of plastic laminate), are popular choices—costing less than traditional wood cabinets, with more options with aesthetics.

However, if your budget allows, timber is still an attractive choice for cabinetry and can really breathe new life into a space.


Hardware choices are the final pieces of the puzzle when putting together the perfect kitchen. Consider the balance between comfort, style, and functionality—and how that balance will set the room apart.

Material choices, quality, size and ratio (compared to the cabinetry), and position on the cabinets can easily make or break the final look of your kitchen renovation.

Lighting Options

Your kitchen is a multi-use space, so it’s important to have different lighting for different uses. As any kitchen designer will attest, a layered lighting combination of general, ambient, and task lighting will help each area (or zone) perform their functions.

Also, consider the lighting controls you require, the desired colour temperature (and how it combines with the natural light levels in your home), and the colour and style of the light fittings.

Electrical Outlets

Electrical outlets aren’t usually the most exciting aspect of a renovation project, but well-considered outlets make a huge difference to your kitchen’s day-to-day functionality.

Today’s outlets can truly complement the aesthetic design of your custom kitchen—whether choosing concealed, pop-up outlets for a minimalist look or bespoke, design-led outlets that act as a statement piece.


Kitchen benchtops play a significant role in your renovation project—acting as a day-to-day workhorse while defining its overall aesthetic. Aside from their style, consider how you will use your countertops, how much cleaning and maintenance you can handle, your budget, and your material choice.

Visit our kitchen showroom to see the latest bench tops available across Perth. Our team will be happy to share the latest design styles, countertop features, and their role in bringing your kitchen to life.


As a high-traffic room, your kitchen floor needs to be durable enough to withstand the scuffs and spills of day-to-day life but aesthetically stylish to complement your renovation.

But, not all flooring materials are created equal. Depending on how you use your kitchen, you may want to choose between ceramic tiles, laminate, hardwood, vinyl flooring, or polished concrete.


When renovating your kitchen, we recommend choosing appliances that fit your needs and your budget.

If cooking’s your passion, investing in high-quality appliances can bring years of joy—making cooking a breeze and taking your talent to the next level. But, if you’re simply looking for an upgrade from your old, outdated kitchen, you can choose lower-cost appliances that still offer great functionality.

Dishwashers, for example, are a big choice. Think about the noise levels you can put up with, the drying times required, how many times you will use it per day, and how energy efficient you need the model.

How Much Does A Full Kitchen Renovation Cost?

The cost of a standard kitchen renovation starts from around $30,000. But, the total cost of a renovation will depend on the size of the kitchen and selections (which don’t usually include the kitchen appliances).

Costs vary depending on the scope of the work; for example, we can alter walls to enlarge your kitchen size or build dividers to make separate spaces.

For the finest kitchen renovations Perth has to offer.

As Perth’s renovation company of choice, we also offer quality bathroom renovations and laundry renovations. Check out our dedicated pages to see how Veejay’s can transform your home.