I cannot speak highly enough of Allstar Kitchens for giving me the fabulous kitchen I have always wanted.
From the moment I walked into the showroom the friendly service, guidance and support I received from Kym convinced me I was in the right place, and the whole experience from the design process to the installation was excellent.
Thanks again Kym I couldn’t be happier with my new kitchen.
Laminate benchtops consist of layers of paper with a decorative overlay. Textured laminates are among the hardest-wearing and most affordable benchtop materials. High gloss laminate can easily scratch and is difficult to repair. New types of edges are available to give laminate benchtops are more modern profile and can provide an inexpensive and stylish solution.
The laminate industry has responded to the popularity of stone with an amazing range of photographically reproduced stone, woodgrains and designer laminates for the budget conscious client who wants the look of stone or timber, but whose budget only allows laminate.
There are many very good brands available, such as Laminex, Egger, Formica, Polytec and Wilsonart to name some of the better known.
Most of the best quality laminates are around 1mm thick, and have the capability of being “postformed” or rolled on the edge with a very tight radius which gives the benchtop a more modern square edge which is quite different from the rounded bull nose edge most associate with laminated benchtops. There are some limitations. Not all laminates can be rolled so square and this profile only works with benchtops with straight lines.
Another option to get a square profile is with use of ABS edging. The edging hides the dark line that typifies laminate benchtops and allows a benchtop to incorporate any shape. The range of edging colors has not yet really caught up with the range of laminates, but there are more than enough to satisfy most people.
Huge range of colours, textures, woodgrains and styles
Is installed with the cabinet – no waiting as with stone
Kitchen is operational at least 2 weeks faster
Can’t be so easily shaped
No fancy edge profiling
At risk of water damage
Can be scratched, stained marked more easily than stone.
Very difficult to remove scratches & stains.
Doesn’t help resale in the same way stone does.
Overall, when the budget is tight it’s a great choice and can give a good WOW factor without the WOW cost.
The first step to your new kitchen is careful design and planning with Allstar Kitchens in our showroom at Maroochydore which will help you with ideas, colours and designs. We follow this up with a free in-home consultation where we can advise you while you are developing your kitchen design. This allows us to look at your kitchen’s design and plans in the context of rest of your home and gives us a better understanding of your needs and lifestyle.
Step 2- Quote
Based on your design consultation with us, you will be presented with an obligation free quote for your new kitchen. This includes a plan that takes into account your design ideas and requirements, as well as meeting your budget. We recommend an appointment in the showroom to ensure you have a full understanding of the finishes and options in the quote so you can make an informed decision. An Allstar Kitchens quote is a full-cost quote for the entire project from manufacturing through to installation. It will also advise you of costs for potential upgrades to finishes as discussed through the consultation. This is all you will be charged for your kitchen unless you specify modifications during the process.
Step 3- Working drawings
Once you have finalised and approved the design and pricing, you can pay a deposit so we can schedule your job into our Sunshine based factory for manufacture. Once the deposit is paid, you will receive all finalised working drawings, designs and the specifications of your impending kitchen and cabinetry.
Step 4- Onsite measure and assessment
Measure twice, cut once. Your kitchen design will be double checked with an onsite measure and assessment to ensure that the manufacturing and installation process runs as smoothly as possible. The second progress payment is due at this step to allow for the ordering of the materials for manufacture of cabinetry.
Step 5- Manufacturing process
The careful planning and design process plus the extensive experience of the Allstar Kitchens team makes the manufacturing process quick and efficient. Your kitchen in manufactured right here on the Sunshine Coast under the watchful eye of the Allstar Kitchens team.
Step 6- Co-ordination with tradesman
To make the installation of your kitchen as quick and smooth as possible, the Allstar Kitchens team co-ordinates with the other tradesmen involved to take pressure and stress off of you. You can either use our recommended tradesmen or we are happy to work with your preferred tradesmen – simply provide their details as well as access to site at the right time, and you can sit back and watch your new kitchen come together right before your eyes. The third progress payment is due prior to installation.
Step 7- Installation
Allstar Kitchens take pride in being among the most efficient and cleanest installers of kitchens on the Sunshine Coast. More than 90% of standard kitchens cabinetry is installed in less than 2 days, including disconnection and pull out of the existing kitchen. Stone benchtops and splashbacks are installed after the cabinetry. Please see the Allstar Kitchens Renovation Guide for more information. The final payment is due at the completion of the full job.
Thank you so much for sending the photos of our new kitchen. It all looks wonderful. Also we have to say it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with your company, especially the time you took with us in selecting colors and the way you have kept us totally up to date with what was going on. It can be very difficult as you can imagine when you are ‘absentee owners’ but with the help also from Kay and Ross the whole process has been an absolute pleasure. And I can say that paying the rest of your account will be a pleasure too.