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Top Tips For Creating Space Or Just The Illusion Of It

Monday, December 22, 2014

Whether you have a big or small space to renovate its very easy to get it wrong by trying to do too much. It’s as much about creating a feeling of space as actually having it. So here are a few tips for bathroom and kitchen renovations that we’ve discovered in our many years of working in homes just like yours.


  • Consider alcoves - not only do they can make a great feature but they can also give more depth to the room.
  • Vanity - rather than putting in the biggest unit that will fit, knock it back a size - bigger isn’t always better! You can also consider installing a custom unit - you can have all drawers or even offset the bowl to one side for a more continuous bench space.
  • Shower screen - go with semi frameless for less metal and also consider putting the door on a slight angle - it doesn’t have to be 45°.
  • Feature tiles - rather than running a horizontal strip, doing a vertical strip makes the room feel more spacious.
  • Sliding door - the type of door you install won’t change the actual size of the room, but putting a cavity sliding door, rather than a swinging door, does give the illusion of more space.
  • Fittings - less is more, only include what you actually need.
  • Greedy - don't be! Allow for space between things and space for you.


Kitchen design in small spaces can be very challenging. What you can get away with in a bigger kitchen can haunt you in a smaller one. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Fridge space - is valuable real estate. Don’t make a space for the monster fridge someone, someday might want to put in. There are a lot of fridges that fit into a 750mm space.
  • Pantry - rather than making the pantry bigger, make it smarter. Internal drawers are a great idea and if you're really stuck for space, look at incorporating the microwave into the pantry (hello bench space!)
  • Appliances and sinks - Do you really need a 600mm dishwasher or would a 450mm do? Do you really need a double bowl sink? Depending on the situation you can also consider a 2 heat cooktop. Don’t forget to look at integrated appliances for a sleeker, more spacious look.
  • Overhead cupboards - It's easy to end up with no useable bench space in a small kitchen. Consider either having shorter overhead cupboards or none at all to steal back some valuable bench space and create an open feeling of space.
  • Cooktop - having benchtop spaces on either side of the cooktop is a design must have. If you don’t have much room, and don’t fancy a unusable 200mm cupboard, a pull out spice rack/oil holder is super practical and gives you that bit of extra bench.
  • Keep it simple - panels, fillers, hinges and drawer runners are all stealing space from your kitchen so keep it simple to maximise usable volume.

So there you have it, our top tips to consider for your next bathroom or kitchen renovation. If you want to find out more about how we can help with YOUR specific needs, request a free 3d kitchen design and consultation today.