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Moving Away From Modular Cabinetry

Retreat Design prides itself on the ability to custom make kitchen components to suit your unique space.   Whilst Ikea, Bunnings and other imported flat pack cabinetry suppliers are limited to modular sizes, our manufacturing partners can custom make any size cabinets that need to be produced to create your dream kitchen. With modular cabinetry [...]

Top Kitchen & Bathroom Trends for 2020

With the start of a new year we’ve compiled a list of design trends for the kitchen and bathroom in 2020. Whilst our designs are based on longevity and relevance for the years to come, its also nice to incorporate a few modern touches into our work. See below for our design trends forecast for [...]

2019 Highlights from Retreat Design

What a massive year!   2019 signalled our 12th year in operation and with it bought some impressive projects spanning a wide range of styles and budgets. This year we partnered with a new supplier, Arredo3, which has enabled us to offer Italian cabinetry at very good value for money. Our product offering has diversified [...]

Debunking The Myths of Imported Cabinetry

If you’ve ever considered purchasing imported Italian cabinetry but ultimately been scared off by the thought of lead time or expense, then we have all your questions answered! Retreat Design prides itself on supplying quality Italian made cabinetry to the Perth market and we truly believe our product offering is unique and superior. Let us [...]

High Tech Ideas for the Kitchen

Cutting edge technology in the kitchen With our ever changing requirements around the home, especially when it comes to services in the kitchen, we thought we’d share some ideas to incorporate technology into your everyday lives and future proof your renovation.   Home Automation The control and automation of lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and [...]

Project Review | Dalkeith Bathroom

DALKEITH BATHROOM RENOVATION   The team at Retreat Design thinks this Dalkeith ensuite may well have Perth’s best residential bathroom view! Creating a restful retreat for this Perth couple was a true pleasure. The end result was a spa-like luxury bathroom. The theme of Statuario marble in the master bedroom balcony was continued into the [...]

Your Guide To Kitchen Benchtops

With so many products on offer, design choices for bench tops have never been so great. Here’s the Retreat Design guide to kitchen bench tops. We also highly recommend having a read of Choice Australia’s article where they’ve put 16 benchtop materials to the test in their labs, assessing their ability to resist heat damage, [...]

How much does a kitchen renovation cost?

The latest 2018/19 HIA Kitchens and Bathrooms survey found the average value of a kitchen installed in new homes to be $25,707, which is now lower than the $26,280 average value of kitchens installed as part of renovations. As a general rule of thumb entry level kitchen renovations will start around $10,000 to $25,000. A [...]

Steve Johnson’s Interview with Houzz

Open Book: How 3 Kitchen Designers Went From Start-Up to Success   Check out the ‘Open Book’ interview Houzz have recently published with our Owner & Director, Steve Johnson. The article covers all bases including the challenges, turning points and must-have tools for three Australian kitchen designers. Have a read of the full interview here [...]
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