The Boys Cook Up The Winning Kitchen on The Block
June 2012 — Renovating a kitchen can be a daunting task, especially when the end result needs to impress a panel of judges. That was the latest challenge on The Block and in last night’s heart-stopping episode, where it was revealed that Sophie & Dale had the recipe for kitchen success, but with two points up their sleeve, Mike & Andrew’s sleek galley kitchen by Freedom Kitchens was ultimately lauded the winner.
“The kitchen challenge was the toughest in the competition and it was an enormous coup to win this week,” says Mike. “We were really conscious that this is the room that potential buyers will connect with the most so we pulled out all stops to create a space that was inviting and stylish and would stand the test of time.”
Bearing in mind your kitchen can make or break your home when it comes time to sell, transforming yours into a super-stylish (and saleable!) space is achievable. Follow the expert advice from Freedom Kitchens and renovation tips from the couples on The Block.
TIP 1. Consult an expert
Expert designers will pull the right products together the first time, eliminating mistakes and saving time and money without sacrificing style. Mike and Andrew say the most important criteria for their kitchen was a functional layout and good bench space, which they achieved with advice from a Freedom Kitchens designer. “We really valued the time with our kitchen designer playing with the layout of the space. We loved that they came to us, too!” Andrew says.
TIP 2. Stick to your budget
Keep costs to a minimum and maximise returns with smart planning.
Sophie and Dale created a checklist of everything they wanted for their kitchen and then highlighted the items that were non-negotiable. “To make your money go further, work your new design around existing plumbing and electrical wiring, and choose materials that are hardwearing and easy to maintain,” Dale recommends.
TIP 3. Open up the space
A sure-fire way to impress potential buyers is to open up your kitchen space and keep it bright. Consider accessibility and flow between workspaces when planning the kitchen layout. Dani says their kitchen island was a brilliant solution for creating additional seating space and storage. “It also creates a nice buffer between the living and cooking areas,” she adds.
TIP 4. Know your market
Plan and design your kitchen for your prospective buyers. Young families in suburban areas will be looking for space, storage and a kitchen that’s easy to maintain, while a trendy inner-city pad might lend itself to a slick, minimalist design. Brad and Lara recommend talking to local real estate agents to find out what people in the area expect when they walk through the door. “We created a neutral, stylish and light space that should appeal to the young professional market that are attracted to the South Melbourne area,” Lara says.
Remember, when it comes to selling a home, the kitchen is a major factor in determining its resale value. Your home is likely to sell faster with an impressive new kitchen than it would with a tired, dated one.
Get the Look with Freedom Kitchens:
MIKE & ANDREW
Functional, contemporary and timeless, the brothers created a perfectly polished handless, galley kitchen with carefully considered workflow. Eat-in dining is major trend right now that echoes our renewed love for food and entertaining.
SOPHIE & DALE
From the vintage-inspired Antique White Shaker doors to the integrated appliances, Sophie and Dale have created a welcoming, practical kitchen that’s filled with style and character. The Caesarstone® benchtop in Cocoa FudgeTM adds a touch of class.
DANI & DAN
Their two-toned design is bang on trend, producing a stylish kitchen with depth and interest. The complementary colours and textures work together beautifully to create a cohesive space. You can’t go wrong combining Alaskan Gloss in White with a horizontal timber grain.
BRAD & LARA
The island bench in this kitchen creates a buffer between the living and cooking areas, and is a clever way to add more storage space. Overhead pendant lights add drama, while the underbench LED strip lighting highlights the seriously cool Melway map.
The kitchen designs revealed on The Block 2012 can be viewed from today at freedomkitchens.com.au. To win your own $20,000 Freedom Kitchen or for more great renovation tips, head to www.ninemsn.com.au/theblock
For more great kitchen renovation tips, download Freedom Kitchens’ free renovation guide at freedomkitchens.com.au. Call 1800 113 733 for your in-home design appointment and you could soon have the best kitchen on your block!