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For those who have rented or owned a small apartment that’s had some 30 years to mature (perhaps somewhere in Lane Cove North), you will be familiar with its kitchen.

Laminated floors, tiles coming unstuck, chip board cupboards slowly disintegrating, and the arthritic range hood that has been waiting 15 years to have its ineffective filter changed. However what is most notable is the constricting space. Only one place to do your prep work, which finds you placing things in all manner of places from the top of the fridge to the sink.

If you own such an apartment, or any apartment with a small kitchen, here are some renovation ideas that will help you get the most out of your investment.

  1. Increase counter top space. There is nothing more precious than open room to work. This can be done by:
    • Getting rid of knife blocks, gadgets, appliances, breadbins etc
    • Have a pullout countertop installed
    • Reduce the size of the sink (but not too small)
    • Use the wall space. Hang things there such as a magnetic knife rack
  2. Drawers not doors – These effectively maximise your space
  3. Opt for a pull out Garbage bin
  4. Install cabinets higher on the walls
  5. Knock down a wall and make it open plan. That wall could become one giant countertop between you and your living/dining area

Below is an example of work we have done to renovate a typical small kitchen. 

before after



  • "There was a high standard of workmanship by all trades people. The bathroom design and fittings selected well. I am very pleased with my bathroom and delighted that I organised the renovation with Hollywood."
    Margaret - Crows Nest

  • "We were worried about the mess that would be caused by the demolition of the old bathroom. However, Darren handled this problem with great efficiency and strength and so the rubble problem was kept to a minimum."
    Ian - Darling Point

  • "We liked the fact that we were able to continue at work full-time whilst the bathroom renovations were happening. If we were not happy with something, it was remedied with one phone call and no hassles."
    Kathryn - Cromer

  • "The tradesmen were courteous and carried out their work professionally with a minimum of disruption to the household."
    Howard - Davison

  • "Thank you to Ray and Andre for your patience and your professionalism. A special thank you to the office staff. It doesn't matter how many times I called her, she was always pleasant and helpful, would always return my calls ASAP and most of all have the answers for me."
    Vicki - Mascot

  • "I was very pleased that you handled everything. No problem was too hard, a welcome relief as renovation of a 1930s bathroom in a block of units is bound to be full of surprises."
    Jackie - Chatswood

  • "All jobs appear to have been completed in an efficient and professional manner."
    Tim - Normanhurst

  • "We were delighted with the courtesy and professionalism of every member of your team."
    Salvatore - Lane Cove

  • "My wife is especially grateful, with the prospect of a fantastic new kitchen early in the New Year. She is in a wheel chair and we plan to take most of the height out of the kickboard so that there is a double bonus for her replacement of the tired old kitchen with the beautiful new one, as well as it being much lower and therefore much easier for her to use."
    Rob and Judy - Merewether

  • "My friends have been impressed and I am happy to recommend your service to your future customers. I know I'm a bit fussy and have a good eye for detail, I'm very happy with the finished product."
    Victoria - Camperdown

  • "Tradesmen were brilliant. Everything was completed on time. We were never made to feel we were being a problem if we asked to have things corrected. We felt secure knowing Andre was attending our home frequently checking the work and progress."
    Tracey - Greystanes

  • "The finished job is excellent. We cannot fault the professional finish. The advice from Ray all the way through the job was friendly, always available and professional. It was his manner that impressed us most."
    Bob - Wollstonecraft