A 2pac finish is when two packs of liquids are applied to your kitchen cabinetry surfaces resulting in a thicker and harder paint finish. This is an expensive upgrade for those who demand a high quality and very durable cabinetry surface.
Benchtop Shadow Line
Usually an upgrade, the benchtop shadow line is spacing between your benchtop and the cabinetry below. Pricing for this upgrade will vary; ask your new home sales consultant for more information.
Benchtop Waterfall Edging
Benchtop waterfall edging often isn't a standard inclusion even if you've upgraded your benchtop. Waterfall edging provides a cascading side finish for one or both ends of your benchtop down to the floor. Pricing will vary; speak to your new home sales consultant for further details.
Bulkhead to Cover Overhead Kitchen Cupboards
A bulkhead will allow you to remove the space between the top of your overhead cupboards and the ceiling. Having your bulkhead installed during the build will be much cheaper than adding it after construction. Bulkheads are usually not an expensive upgrade.
If you like the idea of a butler's pantry but don't have the budget for one right now, consider having power, water and wastewater provisions installed during your build. Ensure the location of these services matches the planned layout for your butler's pantry - this will significantly reduce the complexity and cost of installing services after your build.
Caesarstone Benchtop Joins
If you want a Caesarstone benchtop be aware that the maximum stone slab size is 3000mm long and 1440mm wide. Any benchtop longer or wider than this will need a join in the stone.
Some builders only provide a dishwasher provision as standard - speak with your new home sales consultant to check if a dishwasher is included with your new home. Sometimes it can be cheaper to purchase and install your own dishwasher after handover - just ensure the dishwasher dimensions fit the standard provision and access to power and water is available.
Ensure that your fridge will fit in the standard fridge recess and remember that it's not just about width and height - the depth of the recess is also important for a good fit. Always allow extra space around the fridge for adequate airflow; refer to the manufacturer's installation instructions for more information.
Fridge Water Provision
Installing a water provision will allow some fridges to provide filtered water and instant ice. We recommend that the water provision is installed inside an adjacent cupboard rather than directly behind the fridge, and a hole drilled from this location to the rear of the fridge recess. This will allow you to change your water filters without pulling the fridge out of its recess.
Handleless Cupboards & Drawers
Handleless cupboards and drawers will give your kitchen a modern, minimalist look. This can be an expensive upgrade as handleless drawers and cupboards will require shark nose 45-degree edging or push-to-open catch mechanisms installed.
Rangehood Exhaust Ducting
Most builders will vent the kitchen range hood into the roof space and not outside if you're building a single storey home. We recommend upgrading the range hood to be vented outside via flexible, semi-rigid or rigid ducting.
Replacing Cupboards with Pot Drawers
Upgrading standard kitchen cupboards to pot drawers will give you more accessible storage. Pot drawers reduce unnecessary bending over and can stop you from accidentally knocking items over while trying to reach into the back of a cupboard. This upgrade will make your kitchen a lot more usable.
Soft Closing Drawers & Cupboard Doors
Soft closing drawers and cupboard doors use hydraulics to deliver an almost silent close regardless of the force applied. We recommend considering soft closing cupboard doors and drawers for your kitchen as they'll reduce noise in open plan areas.
Most standard splashbacks are basic tiles that can become difficult to clean. Glass splashbacks are a popular upgrade as they come in many different colours and are easy to clean. If you've chosen a glass splashback, keep in mind that all power points and other wall service points will need to be specified as the glass can only be cut before it's installed.
Window splashbacks have become a popular choice in many display homes; be aware that they'll need more frequent cleaning and limit wall service points.
An undermount sink will disappear into the benchtop, giving a streamlined look. This can be an expensive upgrade because undermount sinks are more difficult to install than standard overmount sinks. If you have upgraded your benchtop to 40mm Caesarstone, be aware that profiles around undermount sinks are normally 20mm as standard.