Renovation FAQs

Our friendly team have put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand our services. These questions mainly cover our kitchen design & renovation and custom cabinetry offering — if you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Where are your cabinets manufactured?

All of our cabinets are made to measure at our own factory here in Brisbane using only Australian made board by a team of highly skilled professionals.

Which areas do you service?

We welcome enquiries from clients anywhere in the greater Brisbane area, including the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

What experience does your design team have?

Our company has been operating in Brisbane for over 40 years.  All of our designers are professionally trained and each have several years of experience in the cabinet making industry. All of our cabinets are custom made in our own factory by our professionally-trained and highly skilled team.
To read more about our designers visit our team page.

Do you supply cabinetry for a particular home or interior style?

All of our designers are experienced in designing custom cabinetry for homes of all styles and eras — from traditional Queenslanders to contemporary, minimalist apartments. We can supply streamlined flat-fronted cabinets right through to cabinets with detailed routed profiles and ornate trims. To view a selection of kitchens and cabinetry that we have designed, please visit our portfolio.

How much does a consultation cost?

We offer free initial consultations and quotes from our showroom at Windsor. It is advisable to make an appointment to meet with a member of our design team to discuss your project. We ask that clients bring along some rough measurements of their space, some photographs, a list of appliances that they would like to incorporate in the space, and any inspirational images they may have gathered together.

How much does a new kitchen cost?

There is no “one size fits all”. All of our kitchens are as individual as each of our clients.

We offer a wide range of materials, finishes, and hardware options with something to suit every taste and budget. We are happy to provide our clients with cost comparisons for different options so that they can determine which option suits their home and budget best.

What materials are your cabinet fronts available in?

We offer a wide range of materials and finishes for cabinet fronts. Choices include laminated board, wood veneer, 2pac lacquer, vinyl wrap, and acrylic — all of which are available in a wide range of colours. Finishes include matt, satin, semi-gloss, and high gloss depending on the look you would like to achieve in your space. Vinyl wrap and 2pac lacquer finished cabinet fronts are available in both flat and a selection of routed profile designs.

What materials can I choose for my benchtop?

You can choose from a wide range of materials and finishes for your benchtops. Choices include reconstituted stone (such as Caesarstone or Silestone), solid surface (such as Corian or Staron), ultra-compact surface (such as Neolith or Dekton) natural granite and marble, solid wood, stainless steel, and laminate. We will talk you through the pros and cons of using each of these products in your home so that you can choose the perfect material to suit your needs.

What hardware do you use?

All the drawer hardware and hinges that we use are Blum. Blum products are extremely high in quality and bring enhanced user convenience to the entire home — particularly to kitchens. The Blum hardware that we offer includes heavy duty soft closing drawers, soft-closing hinges, lift up door mechanisms, push to open mechanisms, and even servo drive mechanisms.

Do you supply wardrobes, vanities and cabinets for other rooms?

Yes. We can manufacture cabinets for any room in your home. Our offering includes kitchens, wardrobes, vanities, laundry cabinets, study desks, entertainment units, window seats, linen storage cabinets, garage storage cabinets, and even outdoor kitchens.

Do you supply cabinets for outdoor use?

We can design and manufacture cabinets for use outdoors such as in BBQ areas and outdoor kitchens. We offer a range of materials that are designed specifically for use outdoors. Our design team will be happy to explain the different options available that will best suit your space.

Are your cabinets standard size?

All of our cabinets are custom designed to suit your space and made to measure at our Brisbane factory. You are not restricted in any way to standard sizes.

Can we have handle-less cabinets?

Absolutely! There are a couple of options for handle-less opening cabinets which we can show you during your consultation with our design team. Choices include recessed rails for pull to open, and tip-on or servo drive for touch-to-open. To view some of our handle-less kitchen designs visit our portfolio.

What accessories and storage solutions do you supply?

We can incorporate a wide range of pull out storage solutions and accessories into your new kitchen design. Options include Blum Orgaline drawer organisers, pull out pantries, lazy susans and pull outs for corner cabinets, servo drive bins, oil and spice pull outs, pop-up power points, wine racks, laundry baskets and drop-down ironing boards.

Do you supply just new cabinet fronts and benchtops for existing cabinets?

Yes, we can custom make new doors, drawer fronts and end panels to suit your existing cabinet carcasses. We can also supply new benchtops and soft-closing hardware to suit your existing cabinets.

What materials are your cabinet carcasses made from?

All of our cabinet internal carcasses are manufactured from 16mm thick high-quality particleboard with a non-porous, hardwearing, white melamine surface. The reconstituted wood fibres used to manufacture this board are sourced from Australian pine plantations – a sustainable renewable resource.

What edging do you use on your cabinet carcasses and laminated board cabinet fronts?

We use a durable and high quality 1mm ABS edging on all our board products. ABS edging is a rigid plastic edging that doesn’t peel or flake and is available to perfectly match your chosen board colour.  It is suitable for use in all internal areas of the home including kitchens and bathrooms. Edging is applied to each individual door, drawer front and panel using a specialised edge banding machine at our factory. ABS edging is light fast so won’t discolour and is resistant to common household cleaning agents.

Do you use environmentally friendly materials?

Yes. All of the board that we use to manufacture our cabinets is Australian made board. Materials that we offer are moisture resistant and include products manufactured from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified timbers and low formaldehyde products (starting at E0) which helps to improve indoor air quality.

Do you offer installation services?

We do not carry out onsite work ourselves however we are happy to recommend QBCC licensed installers whom we have personally vetted.

Can we install our cabinets ourselves?

Yes, of course! Some DIY experience and understanding of how cabinets are installed is desirable. You will need some basic tools to complete the installation and we will supply you with a set of useful guidelines to assist you.

Can you help with sourcing appliances and tiles?

Yes. We can recommend quality retailers in Brisbane who can supply your new kitchen appliances, sinks, basins and tiles.

What if we need to have a wall removed or have building work done?

We are happy to recommend a builder who can carry out this work for you.

Do I have to replace my flooring?

Not necessarily. If your flooring does not continue under your existing kitchen cabinets then we can design your new kitchen layout to ensure that it covers the existing footprint. If you would prefer to change the layout of your kitchen, then you may need to purchase some additional flooring to cover the exposed areas or completely refloor the space if that is your preference.

What our clients say

Nothing was too much trouble for Kathie and her very competent and professional team and as we got to know how easy they are to work with, we increased the scope of work to also include a new library extension, entertainment unit and study nook. We will only ever use and recommend Kitchens by Kathie.

– Christine and Ian

I just wanted to thank you for the kitchen, bench tops are now installed and look great. The colour and finish is fabulous and I am extremely happy with them. The kitchen feels much bigger! Thanks again for making this a very problem and stress free reno.

– Margaret Kerrigan

We are delighted with our new kitchen and would like to express our appreciation to you for the quality service and high standard of workmanship applied to the job. We would have no hesitation in recommending Kitchens by Kathie to anyone contemplating a new kitchen.

– Radojka & Brett MacRae