FAQs

Q. How much does a new kitchen cost?

A. It depends on a variety of factors such as material, size and finishes. A kitchen can start from $6,000 onwards and an average new kitchen is around $20,000 (excluding appliances, painting, flooring, structural work) - See our 'How much does a kitchen cost' page which can give you more information about costings & quotations and then contact us for an estimate.

 

Q. Can we buy just cabinets and benchtops from you?

A. Yes.
We can supply custom cabinets as flatpack, (includes quality Hettich door and drawer hardware & adjustable legs).
We can supply custom cabinets as fully assembled.
We can supply laminated bench tops (all bench tops are supplied pre-jointed includes joining bolts).
We can also arrange delivery.

 

Q. How long have you been in business?

A. Aneka Kitchens is a famiy owned and operated business and was established in 1991. See our 'About Aneka Kitchens' page for further information.

 

Q. Do you provide kitchens outside Canberra and Australian Capital Territory?

A. We install in Canberra and local NSW regions.

 

Q. Can you supply all trades and associated works?

A. Yes, We can supply all trades required for your joinery project OR only a few OR none if you prefer to use your own. We are very flexible when it comes to project managing your job.  See 'Complete Kitchen Project Management' page for more information.

 

Q. Where are your Kitchens made?

A. Right here locally in our own factory in Mitchell A.C.T!  We prefer to have full control over every stage of the manufacturing process and all our kitchens are manufactured in-house and controlled by a team of fully qualified cabinetmakers and skilled craftsmen. Our modern equipped factory has the latest in CNC machinery to ensure a top quality job and expertise to custom make your kitchen from start to finish.  No out-sourced or imported cabinets used here, everything custom made to order. Our quality management system which has been perfected over the years, ensures a high level of production. See our 'Kitchen Manufacturing' page for more information.

 

Q. Do you have a Design Service?

A. Yes, we offer a full Professional Design Service with our own in-house designer, Christine. She will guide you through the whole design process from conception to completion, see our 'Design' page for more information.

 

Q. Can you design only?

A. Yes upon receipt of a fee, you will receive a fully detailed, dimensional design including elevations and perspectives (and you own the copyright).
Note: This fee is 100% refundable when you have your kitchen installed by Aneka Kitchens.

 

Q. Can you take out a wall or build a new wall?

A. Yes, we have an experienced licensed builder who can modify your room to suit your new renovation and we have a structural engineer who can check to see if walls or beams are load bearing.

 

Q. Do you renovate bathrooms?

A. Yes any joinery. Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundries, Studies, Bedrooms, Entertainment Units, Bookshelves, Wardrobes, Walk in robes, Storage Cabinets. 

 

Q. Do you use environmentally friendly materials?

A. Yes, where ever we can. We are committed to increasing the use of environmentally friendly materials and practices and reducing waste. The Australian boards we use are all low formaldehyde emissions, always Ultra Low Emission (EO) where possible.

  

Q. Do you modify or reface (face-lift) existing kitchens?

A. As a specialty joinery, we work with new projects from start to finish. We don't reface or modify existing joinery.


Q. Do you sell appliances? 

A. Appliances today are so varied and the technical specifications differ for every appliance, so as a general rule we don't specialise in selling appliances. We can sell a small variety, but this is very limited. We are more than happy if you source your own appliances and then we will ensure they are fitted and installed correctly.  See our 'Appliance Advice' page for more information which also has links to specialised appliance suppliers who can better assist you.

Q. What is the latest kitchen trends?

Here are the top 30 trends:

1.  Ergonomic design eliminates the need to bend or twist.
2.  Joinery is becoming sophisticated and elegant. Lines are either invisible or work with the design
3.  Handles are square edged or not at all (handle-less design)
4.  Custom design the height of the bench top to suit you, don't settle for a 'standard' height.
5.  Square is in, so to are clean lines and the un-cluttered look
6.  Quality cabinet hardware such as hinges, drawer runners and handles are a must, as they need to last a lifetime and be a joy to use.
7.  Drawers over doors, as the drawers provide better ergonomics (less bending, items pull-out to you) and give you more storage space. Ten years ago, kitchens had more cupboards than drawers -- now they're all drawers accept where necessary.
8.  Storage & lots of it (Built in storage, shelves, pull-outs & corner carousels have become essentials)
9. ' White' is still the most popular colour choice, however the trend is that white is the base colour and is mixed with other materials (like a dark bench top) and rarely used all by itself
10. Install the oven at eye level and the single dishdrawer is popular at waist level.
11. Larger capacity refrigerators are on the incline
12. Following the European trend for black appliances, including refrigerators and ovens, is emerging in Australia as a stylish alternative to white or stainless steel (It's an ideal way of making a design statement, with the darker surfaces adding contrast and depth)
13. Appliances that can be totally integrated into their kitchen cabinetry for a sleek and uncluttered look
14. Open plan living
15. The integration of kitchens with living spaces to further facilitate social interaction as well as deal with decreasing living spaces is a continuing trend
16. Premium kitchens continue to build on the trend of motorised doors and drawers, with solutions for more types of cabinet and cupboards (but these do come at a higher cost of course)
17. Including a scullery or butler’s pantry in a new kitchen design is increasingly popular (the perfect place to house an extra oven, dishwasher, microwave or wine fridge)
18. The death of the formal dining room has brought meal times into the open, merging the kitchen and living-room spaces.
19. In the premium designs there’s a move towards kitchens with dark, dramatic features. These kitchens perform a practical function and look as stylish as their surrounds. Major appliance companies have designed black products to accommodate this growing market
20. Our Australian trend is less formal than the classic English or European kitchen -the US East Coast vibe suits Australia’s more relaxed lifestyle
21. Our love of cafés, bars and restaurants has seen their influence popping up at home. Bistro-style seating, suspended lighting and commercial wine storage are being incorporated into residential kitchens.
22. It’s been happening for some time in Australia, and considering our climate, it’s both logical and practical: the indoor kitchen that flows seamlessly to the outdoor entertaining space. Appliance companies have rushed to satisfy the needs of this increasing trend by offering a growing range of outdoor products, not just barbecues but cooktops and even specialised outdoor dishwashers.
23. Round-edged sinks with draining boards are out. Manufacturers are carving grooves into the stone to create a natural, invisible draining area and there's a big push towards dead-square sinks.
24. Eight out of ten taps sold are flick mixers and the trend is here to stay, with a growing focus on water efficiency.
25. Deep drawers were once only for pots & pans but now deep drawers are now used for most under-bench storage.
26. Sleek, flat doors, drawer fronts and panels are definitely in and the push is still away from molded door, drawer fronts and panels.
27. Natural looking materials such as timber veneer prints are also being revived as there's a trend towards reflecting the wider environment.
28. The recent trend towards assimilating the kitchen with other living spaces has also led to integrated colour schemes -More than ever before, we're choosing cabinetry colours that are in keeping with the home's overall palette and style.
29. People are spending more on good brands that are environmentally friendly and will last longer -for instance, dishwashers that use less water, ovens that don't waste energy and fridges designed to make food last longer.
30. Lighting both under cabinet and in cabinet with the use of energy efficient LEDs is on the increase