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When it comes to creating a home that truly reflects your personality and lifestyle, nothing speaks louder than a custom-built kitchen. At the heart of every home, the kitchen is more than just a place to cook; it's where memories are made, where families gather, and where the essence of home is most deeply felt. 

Creating your own custom-built kitchen gives you the wonderful opportunity to tailor this central space precisely to your needs, tastes, and the way you live your life. With the right planning, design, and craftsmanship, your kitchen can become a reflection of what you love most, combining beauty with functionality in a space that's uniquely yours.

Planning a major kitchen renovation or building a new kitchen involves numerous steps, and incorporating the expertise of professionals like an interior designer and cabinet maker can significantly enhance the outcome. Here’s an extensive list of considerations and steps to follow for a smooth renovation process.

1. Initial Planning and Research

The journey to your custom-built kitchen begins with envisioning what you want to achieve. Whether you're looking to update the aesthetic, enhance functionality, or boost your home's value, defining your goals is the first crucial step. 


Establishing a budget early on will guide your decisions and help keep the project on track. This stage is also the perfect time to immerse yourself in the latest kitchen designs, materials, and smart solutions to inspire your project.

Custom kitchen with green cupboard

Planning and research steps:

  • Define Your Goals: Understand why you are renovating. Is it to update the look, improve functionality, or increase home value?
  • Budget Planning: Set a clear budget. Include a buffer for unexpected costs. We recommend 10% as your buffer.
  • Research Styles and Trends: Look into current kitchen trends, designs, and functionalities that might suit your needs.
  • Start Collecting Pictures or Create a Pinterest Page: When you see an appliance, design, layout or colour you really like, take a picture or a screen capture and put it in a file dedicated to your kitchen design.
  • Understand Your Space: Take measurements and consider the layout. Think about the work triangle (the space between your sink, stove, and refrigerator).

2. Design Phase

A well-designed kitchen should harmonise with your home's overall aesthetic while standing out as a masterpiece of personal expression. This involves selecting a cohesive colour scheme, materials, and finishes that reflect your style. 

Custom cabinetry, designed and crafted by skilled cabinet makers, can make the most of every inch of space, offering tailored storage solutions and enhancing the room's overall functionality and flow.

Design Phase Steps:

  • Hire an Interior Designer: An experienced designer can help translate your vision into a practical design, considering aesthetics, functionality, and flow.
  • Space Planning: Work on the layout with your designer. Decide on an open vs. closed kitchen, island placement, and more.
  • Select a Colour Scheme: Choose colours that match your home's overall aesthetic.
  • Choose Materials and Finishes: From countertops to flooring, select materials that fit your budget and style.
  • Lighting Design: Plan both task and ambient lighting to make the kitchen functional and welcoming.
Kitchen designer holding an ipad

3. Get Detailed & Collaborate

Now it’s time to get others involved in the design. Especially if you haven’t been working with an interior designer. Working with experts can transform your space and design.

They bring a wealth of knowledge and skill, ensuring that every aspect of your kitchen—from space planning and material selection to the intricacies of cabinetry—is considered with precision and creativity.

The Steps:

  • Hire a Cabinet Maker: Custom cabinets can be designed to fit your exact space and needs. Create your custom cabinet design with your cabinet maker.
  • Create Your Team: Research and know who you want to hire for the following roles. Some you may take on yourself. Just know who is doing what and that they have time available for you:
    • Interior Designer
    • Cabinet Maker
    • Plumber
    • Carpenter
    • Electrician
    • Tiler
    • Painter
    • Project manager
  • Plan for Plumbing and Electrical: Work with professionals to ensure your layout accommodates the necessary plumbing and electrical work.
  • Select Appliances: Consider sizes, features, and energy efficiency. You may want to chat with plumbers, electricians, and cabinet makers to be sure the appliances you want will fit. 
  • Permits and Approvals: Check with local council about necessary permits for construction, electrical, and plumbing work.
Long kitchen with white, grey and blue

4. Execution and Project Management

The beauty of a custom kitchen lies not only in its appearance but also in its functionality. Once your planning stages are done, it’s time to get to work! This includes obtaining any necessary permits and ensuring that all installations meet local codes and regulations.

Project Execution Steps:

  • Create a Timeline: Develop a timeline for the renovation with your contractor if using one. Have an idea of when you’d like each trade to do their part.
  • Prepare for Construction: Set up a temporary kitchen if necessary, and prepare for disruptions.
  • Finalise Hiring Contractors: Besides an interior designer and cabinet maker, you may need a general contractor, electrician, plumber, gas fitter, tiler and possibly others.
  • Order Materials: Ensure all materials are ordered and will arrive in time for their installation. Details of the appliances (model numbers, etc) may be required by the cabinet maker at the design stage. The cabinet maker may request for the appliances be delivered to their workshop for the assembly process. 

5. The Work

With a solid plan in place, the transformation can begin. From demolition and construction to the meticulous installation of cabinets and countertops, each step brings you closer to the kitchen of your dreams. This phase requires careful management to ensure that the project stays within budget, meets deadlines, and realizes your vision with precision.

The Steps:

  • Demolition and Removal: Begin by safely demolishing and removing old fixtures, fittings, and structures that will not be part of the new design. This includes old cabinetry, appliances, flooring, and possibly walls, depending on the new layout. You may need to engage plumbers, electricians, and gasfitters at this stage. 
  • Structural Changes: Implement any structural changes to the kitchen layout. This could involve constructing new walls, enlarging windows, or adding doors. Structural changes must be handled by professionals to ensure safety and compliance with local building codes.
  • Rough-In Work: This involves installing the necessary plumbing, electrical, and gas lines according to the new layout. It's crucial that this work aligns with your design plans for appliance placement and lighting.
  • Flooring Installation: Lay down new flooring before installing cabinetry to ensure a seamless look underfoot. 
  • Cabinet Installation: With the flooring in place, begin the installation of your custom cabinetry. Precision is key here to ensure that all pieces fit perfectly within your designated spaces, providing both functionality and style.
  • Countertop Installation: After cabinets are installed, measure for the countertops. This step might involve a second measurement to ensure accuracy. Once ready, install the countertops.
  • Backsplash Installation: Add the backsplash, which not only protects your walls from heat and splatters but also serves as a significant design element.
  • Appliance Installation: Install your new appliances, ensuring they are correctly positioned and connected to power and water sources as necessary. This includes the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and any other appliances integral to your design.
Custom kitchen with wood

6. Finishing Touches

The final stage of your kitchen renovation is where personality shines through. Choosing the right paint colours, lighting, and decorative elements adds the finishing touch, turning a functional space into a warm and inviting hub of your home. The Fun Part:

  • Lighting Fixtures: Install lighting fixtures, including overhead lights, task lighting under cabinets, and any accent lighting that enhances the ambience of your kitchen.
  • Hardware and Finishing Touches: Add hardware to cabinetry, such as handles and knobs. This step also includes installing sinks, faucets, and any final touches like decorative elements or organisational inserts within cabinets and drawers.
  • Painting and Decorating: Once the major work is completed, it's time for painting and adding personal touches.
  • Cleanup and Inspection: Conduct a thorough cleanup of the construction debris, followed by an inspection to ensure everything is installed correctly and functioning as intended. This is also the time to make any minor adjustments or corrections.
  • Final Inspection: Conduct a walk-through to ensure everything is completed to your satisfaction.
  • Furniture and Small Appliances: Add your countertop or smaller appliances and place any furniture.

7. Review and Adjustment

After the hustle and bustle of renovation, it's time to step back and see your kitchen in action. Living in your newly designed space can reveal small tweaks that make big differences in comfort and functionality. This phase is about fine-tuning; whether it's adjusting cabinet heights, changing hardware, or even adding organizational tools inside drawers, it's these little adjustments that perfect your kitchen's design and usability. Remember, the goal is a kitchen that not only looks great but works seamlessly in your daily life.

The Steps:

  • Assess the Work: Live in the space for a few weeks to note any adjustments needed.
  • Final Adjustments: Work with your designer or contractor to make any necessary tweaks.


Your dream kitchen is not just about the beauty and functionality it brings on day one but also about how it ages gracefully with you. Maintaining your new appliances, countertops, cabinets, and floors is crucial for their longevity and continued performance. 

Regular care involves proper cleaning techniques, avoiding harsh chemicals on sensitive surfaces, and promptly addressing any wear and tear. Consider creating a maintenance checklist for each element of your kitchen to ensure that it remains as inviting and efficient as the day it was completed.

The Steps:

  • Care Guides: Learn how to properly maintain your new appliances, countertops, cabinets, and flooring to ensure longevity.
  • Enjoy! Enjoy this masterpiece kitchen you have created and how it feels for your design to have come to life. 


If the vision of a custom built kitchen excites you, it's time to take the first step towards making it a reality. At Adina Designed Interiors in Bundaberg, we specialise in bringing unique kitchen dreams to life. Our team of experienced interior designers and cabinet makers work closely with you to create a space that perfectly matches your vision, needs, and lifestyle.

Contact Adina Designed Interiors or our kitchen Bundaberg team today to embark on the journey to your dream kitchen. Together, we can create a space where moments are cherished, and life's flavours are savoured. Let's turn the heart of your home into a bespoke masterpiece that reflects everything you love about your world.

Adina Designed Interiors

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2/35 Enterprise St
Bundaberg Central, QLD 4670

07 4132 7755
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