The fabulous kitchen I have always wanted

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. The trades were all very prompt and professional and I would highly recommend them. Thanks again Kym I couldn’t be happier with my new kitchen. 

Julie & Carl Buderim

Carl and Julie's NEW Kitchen
Carl and Julie’s NEW Kitchen
Carl and Julie's NEW Kitchen
Carl and Julie’s NEW Kitchen
Carl and Julie's NEW Kitchen
Carl and Julie’s NEW Kitchen

 

 

 

Carl and Julie's NEW Kitchen
Carl and Julie’s NEW Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selecting the right benchtop – Laminate

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.

The difference ABS Edging can make to Square Edge Laminate bench top
The difference ABS Edging can make to Square Edge Laminate bench top
Egger Laminate bench top with edging
Egger Laminate bench top with edging
Egger Benchtop with Edging
Egger Bench top with edging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Economical
  • Hardwearing
  • 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

Cons:

  • 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.

Thank you for a fantastic kitchen

Just a quick email to once again  say thank you for a fantastic kitchen.
Please pass on our thanks also to the cabinet installer, plumber and electrician for their very professional work and great manner.
The whole process was very smooth and stress free.
Everyone who has seen the kitchen are amazed and impressed with the whole job.
Wishing you all the best with the business and I will certainly recommend you to any friends and work mates.
Thank you also for the lovely cookbook.
Warm Regards
Maree and Dan, Buderim

M&D Buderim

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks Sensational

Thanks so much for everything you have done for us it has been lovely to meet you and to work with you. You have really made the process easy, friendly and rewarding. The kitchen upstairs and the bathrooms look sensational and we couldn’t be happier with them and the downstairs work is just as great.

Thanks so much again

Warm regards
Rob & Pat – Buderim