How to do a kitchen renovation?

Lately we get a lot of quotation requests for kitchen renovations.
There are three reasons to renovate your kitchen:

  1. it is too old and it is falling apart
  2. it is old and damaged
  3. tired of it and want something new, more appealing to your changed personality and bank account.

If #3 applies to you, you don’t really need to read further, because this post will tell you how to save some money on kitchen renovation, and “cheap” DOES NOT apply to your personality, does it 😉
I’m joking of course; each personality is priceless, and saving money is priceless too.

OK, lets move to the point.

Do you really need completely new kitchen?
Are you happy with the working space and the cupboards arrangement?
If yes, then check the boxes of your cupboards.
Are they still in good condition?
If they are not rotten then you only need to change the doors.
Do you like your counter tops?
No? Then you’ll have to change them too.

Changing only the doors and the counter tops is way less messy, much faster and cheaper.
A refreshing touch would be a nice small crown on the wall cabinets.
It is easy to make and easy to install.
Now if you have some extra money, you can change the oven and the hob.
Their sizes are standard and the new one will fit in the places of the old one.
New sink will make your kitchen look like completely new.

Here is a photo from part of an old kitchen which we renovated.

The sink before the kitchen renovation

The sink before the kitchen renovation

I’m sorry that I don’t have more photos from this old kitchen, but you can get an idea how it was looking before the renovation.

Here is the same part of the kitchen after the kitchen renovation.

Battler Sink

Same place but now with battler sink, granite top and new doors

What is interesting here is that instead of putting same type new sink, we put a battler sink, and of course we changed the cheap melamine counter top with expensive granite one.
For the purpose we had to build new box, but the customer insisted for battler sink and we had to do it.
Beautiful, isn’t it?

Here is another photo from the other side of the kitchen (steam extractor is missing, it came latter)

Part of the renovated kitchen

Part of the renovated kitchen

See that small nice crown on top of the wall units?
Nice and refreshing, isn’t it?

And now lets summarize:

  1. we don’t change the boxes
  2. we don’t change the drawers
  1. we change the doors
  2. we change the drawers faces
  3. we change the counter tops
  4. we put new crown for the top units

You would probably wonder how much would you save from the boxes and the drawers.
Not much as material price, but a lot as work and installation charges.
A dissent woodworker would give you quite good price, which will save you more than one third of the price for completely new kitchen.
And it will still look new 😉

All this we did for Dr. Andrew Smith and his wife, a British couple who loves South Africa so much that they bought not one but two houses in Johannesburg, where they come from time to time, escaping from that lovely, foggy, smoggy, wet, royal England.

And guess what – we are busy renovating their second house.
Come back in a month and I’ll show you how it looks before and after the renovation.
This time I’ll show you more pictures.

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9 responses to “How to do a kitchen renovation?”

  1. Sharleen James says:

    Would like a quote

  2. Bernine Booysen says:

    Good day. Can you change the melamine on existing kitchen cabinets or do you have to replace the kitchen?

    • Nick & Nelly says:

      Hi Bernine,
      We use melamine prime base and then paint the visible melamine parts of the boxes.
      The doors we make from MDF (supawood), and we spray them with water based enamel paint.
      The result is what you see from the photos above.

  3. Susan Le Grange says:

    Hi am looking to redo my kitchen, replace cupboard doors and melamine surfaces for granite – need to replace carcass where sink is as has been flooded. Possibly new sink and taps. Also need to replace carcass of cupboards over hob and install extractor. Please contact me to discuss.


  4. namz says:

    I am based in lenasia ..and I’m interested I’m getting a quote to renovate my kitchen ..please email me .
    Thank you

  5. namz says:

    I am based in lenasia ..and I’m interested in getting a quote to renovate my kitchen ..please email me .
    Thank you

  6. Herman says:


    We had water damage in our kitchen and we would like to get a quote to fix it. We stay in Cresta, Randburg. Would it be possible for someone to come out?


  7. Pat Loffler says:

    I would like to revamp my old kitchen.

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