Renovation

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 [...]

From Concept to Creation

From Design Concept to Realisation..   As a team of passionate interior designers, there is nothing better than watching a concept creation come to life. Whether it be a kitchen renovation, new home cabinetry, extensive home remodel or whatever your cabinetry design needs, we go into every project hoping to truly nail your brief so [...]

Claremont – Bathrooms

As part of a entire new home build, Retreat Design supplied the cabinetry for these beautiful bathrooms. In keeping with the impressive kitchen we supplied for this residence, Arrital’s AK_Project cabinetry was specified for use as the floating vanities in the two bathrooms. Finished in ‘Noce’ (walnut) laminate, the wood grain adds warmth and dimension [...]

Bathroom Renovation Process

At Retreat Design, your bathroom renovation starts with a comprehensive design phase undertaken by one of our experienced interior designers. All of our projects are individually tailored to specific client requirements. Bathroom renovations typically involve more trades than a kitchen renovation as there are usually tilers, glass and plastering trades. This means that the process [...]

Supplier Spotlight: ARRITAL CUCINE

Our long standing relationship with supplier Arrital Cucine continues to grow with a large portion of our kitchen renovations utilising the quality Italian made cabinetry. Situated in Fontanafredda, Italy, Arrital’s headquarters and world class manufacturing facility supply kitchens to the global market, with 2019 being the company’s 40th anniversary. Renowned architect Franco Driusso has designed [...]

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

Planning a bathroom renovation or new build? Looking for inspiration to create the perfect bathroom retreat? Here’s our top tips for creating your dream bathroom:   Floating cabinetry makes the space feel larger and more spacious. Floating shelves are also a gorgeous way to display perfume bottles or indoor plants. Large wall mirrors with integrated [...]

Kitchen Design Trends 2019

Less Is More Streamlined and simple design will continue to be a kitchen design trend for 2019. Removing bold features such as bright splash-backs and de-cluttering work surfaces allows cabinetry to be the real hero of a kitchen space. The focus is on creating simple spaces where the timeless appeal of good quality cabinetry is [...]

West Leederville – Kitchen

This West Leederville kitchen renovation is not only super stylish and on trend but also highly functional for the needs of a growing family. Black powder coated stainless steel was used to great effect on the kitchen island and as wall storage highlights; giving the space a slightly eclectic feel.   Arrital’s AK_Project cabinetry range, [...]

Italian Kitchen Cabinetry | Effeti’s Luce

Effeti’s Luce Italian kitchen cabinetry range has been one of the staple cabinetry offerings here at Retreat Design for over 10 years and is hard wearing, versatile and 100% Made in Italy.   The Luce kitchen cabinetry range is characterized by a low profile aluminum handle that runs either horizontally or vertically along the length [...]

Nedlands – Kitchen

The winning formula for this Nedlands kitchen renovation was having a great design that was respectful to the home’s mid century heritage. Designing a space that works for modern lives whilst being kind to a home’s history is something the team at Retreat Design pride ourselves on doing well. This family home was no exception, [...]

Floreat Kitchen Joy | Making Memories

In many family homes the evening meal is created whilst homework is being done, kids are de-briefing on their day and balls are being kicked indoors with the faint shrill of “take that outside” heard over the din. Adding a neighbourhood friend that drops by will create even more happy chaos. So the kitchen really [...]

Laser edged laminate – what’s all the fuss?

For those in the market for a new kitchen you may have heard the term "laser edged laminate" bandied around. Kitchen cabinetry manufacturing technologies are continually evolving and the latest advancement in laminate door finishes is what's called laser edging. This is where a high efficiency laser is used to join the edges between the [...]

Best of Houzz 2018

Retreat Design is thrilled to announce our portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community, receiving a ‘Best of Houzz 2018’ badge for both Design & Customer Service to add to our profile. We update our profile regularly with professional images of all of our projects and links to our exclusive products. The Houzz platform has [...]

How To Maximise Space In The Kitchen

Homes with smaller than desired kitchens come with a range of natural restrictions you have to deal with. Nevertheless, smaller kitchens can be renovated in creative ways to maximise functionality and capitalise on the available space. Here’s our top tips for renovating a small kitchen:     Knock Down a Wall The most obvious solution [...]

Our Expert Advice Interview on the Complete Home Website

Check out the ‘Expert Advice’ interview Complete Home have recently published with our Owner & Director, Steve Johnson. The article covers all bases including the design process, his inspiration & advice for anyone undertaking a new project. Have a read of the full interview here //   Steve Johnson is a Perth-based kitchen, bathroom and laundry [...]

Project Feature: Leederville Renovation

Retreat Design renovated the kitchen of this Leederville home in 2016 for our client who wanted a contemporary looking space. Using Arrital ‘Village’ cabinetry, a Falcon oven with recycled timber railway sleeper and a statement butler’s sink, we achieved a classic looking kitchen that ties in perfectly with the Jarrah floorboards and character features of [...]

Our Top Tapware Picks

Choosing the right tapware for your kitchen or bathroom project should be a well thought out decision. The range on offer is extensive and there is a huge difference in price and quality. At Retreat Design, we are proud suppliers of European brands such as Gessi, Zucchetti, Hansgrohe, Armando Vicario and KWC to name a [...]

BEFORE & AFTERS – What a transformation!

There’s nothing more rewarding at the end of a project than looking back on how far you’ve come. Renovating can be messy and time consuming so it’s nice to have a before and after shot to see the wonderful transformation of the space. At Retreat Design we have some great photos to compare our projects [...]

New Project Inspo

We have recently completed some great new projects which have been professionally photographed by our friends at Silvertone Photography. Here’s a sneak peek of the photos to get you motivated and hopefully inspired for your own home project! All of the projects are now up on our webpage under ‘Portfolio‘. To enquire about a renovation [...]

The Design Process With Retreat Design

Our team of designers are often asked about the design process and what is involved in the scope of works with our company. At Retreat Design we offer a complete yet flexible service from initial design through to handing over a completed project. We can be involved in your kitchen and bathroom project as little [...]

Win A $2000 Design Package From Retreat Design

Enter our Facebook Competition for your chance to win a $2000 Design Package from the team at Retreat Design. This exciting prize package includes: 1 x In home consultation 2 x Design meetings with one of our interior designers at our showroom 2 x Material and colour selection meetings at our offsite suppliers 3D Visualisation [...]

How To Design A Functional Laundry

Whilst its not something we generally like to spend money on or much of our time in (for that matter!), the laundry is an essential part of home life. Having completed many different laundries over the years, we have compiled our top tips for creating a functional laundry that will stand the test of time. [...]

How To Choose The Right Splashback

Benchtops and splashbacks are a key design element in our kitchens and choosing the right finish depends on your personal taste and budget constraints. Having previously covered the topic of kitchen benchtops in our blog post here, we thought we’d share our comprehensive guide on how to select the right splashback for you. A kitchen [...]

City Beach – Kitchen

Retreat Design worked with the client to redesign and reconfigure the entire kitchen, dining, living & office area in this City Beach home to better utilise the space and create a modern, classic look. Using a sophisticated palette of dark Berlin Oak and crisp white cabinetry, the quality fixtures and fittings take centre stage. Retreat Design were [...]

City Beach Residence

Retreat Design worked with the client to redesign and reconfigure the entire kitchen, dining, living & office area in this City Beach home to better utilise the space and create a modern, classic look. Using a sophisticated palette of dark Berlin Oak and crisp white cabinetry, the quality fixtures and fittings take centre stage. Retreat Design were [...]

Watermans Bay – kitchen & bathroom

For this project, our oceanside friends were keen to create the wow factor. The clients worked closely with one of our interior architects, Shaye Starr, to revamp their family home.  The result was a sensational kitchen and sensuous bathroom with so much wow factor the new spaces will provide a topic of conversation for many dinner parties to come. Products Used Kitchen [...]

Six tips for a successful renovation

Below we’ve compiled some of our top tips for planning a well executed home renovation. We always recommend you invest time at the start of the design process to research your ideas and make the all important decision of choosing the right professional to help oversee your home renovation. 1. DO YOUR RESEARCH | Plan [...]

The Design Process at Retreat Design

Our team of designers are often asked about the design process and what is involved in the scope of works with our company. At Retreat Design we offer a complete yet flexible service from initial design through to handing over a completed project. We can be involved in your kitchen and bathroom project as little [...]