Stunning New Kitchen For Under $5000!

When it comes to transforming your kitchen there’s a quality and style to suit almost every budget and the rise of DIY and ‘flatpak’ kitchens means you can have a stunning transformation for less than $5000!

The amazing 2-tone kitchen pictured below was one of our own property renovation/flipping projects where the cabinets and benchtops cost just $3700. But if you’re not doing it yourself you will have to add on the installation, any alterations if the design requires, and any appliances you might want to replace/upgrade. So how much could these extra costs be…

Installation Price Guide $2,500+        Installation Time: 4-7 Days

The installation process usually starts with the decommissioning of your existing kitchen which can either be offered for sale by removal or just dumped at the local landfill. If your kitchen is a ‘flatpak’ DIY from the Bunnings ‘Kaboodle’ range or from ‘Ikea’, then assembly is required. What I like about purchasing through Ikea is that the kitchen you have just designed and ordered can be delivered next day into your home for under $100. Now that’s money well spent, because who wants to be lugging 500 kg’s of kitchen cabinetry and benchtops in and out of cars and up and down stairs…Not Me!!


Appliance packages that include an oven, ceramic cooktop and rangehood can be purchased new for under $1000, although you could spend $5000 or more if you’re a bit fussier. There are also great deals to be had on used and second hand appliances through Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. Even on eBay you will find the same products, but with an unrecognisable brand for under half of what you would pay retail.


Splashback’s are both decorative and functional with the most common forms being glass, steel, or tiles. Tiles are a great DIY project where you may be paying less than $50 to purchase your tiles, adhesive and grout. Glass and steel on the other hand will most likely cost between $600 – $1000 for the average sized kitchen splashback area.


Our aim was to bring a small secluded kitchen into the open and to become part of the living and lifestyle space in this small apartment. We included a built-in dining table to conserve more space while making the kitchen/dining area appear bigger. 

Record price

As well as this being one of the cheapest kitchen reno’s we’ve done, it was also a huge factor in the full apartment renovation that helped us secure not just a full price sale, but a RECORD PRICE for the whole apartment complex. It was beautifully styled and furnished by our amazingly talented Property Stylist, Shelena Russell, which showcased the apartments successful transformation.

So don’t spend heaps more and wait heaps longer for a custom made kitchen, when a quality built, supplied and installed DIY kitchen will look amazing in nearly any home! Call us anytime for a free no obligation chat and quote.

Warren Kibblewhite
The Property Artists

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From the Ground Up with Laminate Flooring

When you’re serious about a home makeover then consider starting from the ground up because your flooring will dictate how the rest of your home is styled and coordinated.

The Property Artists know all too well that today’s economy has home owners looking for ways to improve the value and comfort of their homes, without breaking the bank. In this article, we will demonstrate what’s to love about laminate flooring and why it’s so hot in flooring trends.

When most people think of renovation projects that instantly give our homes a fresh new feel, they tend to think of painting first, followed by renewing the kitchen and bathroom(s), window dressings, and so on. However, the biggest improvement in both the home’s value AND appearance occurs when laminate flooring is used to replace old carpet, tiles, worn out wood floors and vinyl. And what’s really hot with laminate flooring at the moment is loose lay vinyl planks…bu whats so ‘hot’ about it? Well, laminate flooring has come a long way – but still today the term “laminate” is often treated negatively. It’s made up of several layers and at its core, high density sustainable fibre board is bound together with eco friendly melamine resin. A high resolution image of real wood is then laid on top and then on top of that, multiple layers of transparent melamine designed to resist wear and tear. But ultimately it’s the look!

What we love about laminate flooring is its durability, relatively quick to install/replace and is available in a wide range of widths and styles that mimic real timber. Your pets won’t scratch the surface from walking across it, unlike wooden flooring, it doesn’t warp, bend or fade over time and it won’t stain or damage from household chemicals. If it somehow does become damaged, it is so easy to remove and replace the area slat by slat.

COSTS: Laminate flooring is sold by the square meter and we can get prices on top quality products and styles for as low as $40/m2 ( of course you can also pay less for inferior quality products). So for an average 2 bdm apartment with around 60 square meters to cover the main living areas and bedrooms, thats a supply cost of just $2400. On top of that you will have whatever floor prep is required if any, and your flooring installation labour costs which for 60 square meters could range from $1,200 to $1,800…and more. So for around $4,000 you can totally transform and modernise your home.

Now you can see why we think your flooring should be the start of your next home makeover or renovation project.

Happy home improving!


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