A–Z of kitchen renovation terms

Kitchen renovations aren’t easy – from planning through to styling there’s a lot you need to know. To help, we’ve put together a list of common terms you may hear when renovating the heart of your home.

Appliance

A piece of equipment or device (usually gas or electrical) used for a particular task such as cooking.

Apron sink

Also known as a ‘farmhouse sink’, apron sinks protrude out from the benchtop, so there’s no cabinet or benchtop between you and the sink.

Architrave

The moulding that goes around windows and doorways to cover the join between the frame and the wall finish.

 

Benchtop

A flat surface in a kitchen that sits on top of a cabinet and is primarily used for food preparation.

Bulkhead

A box type structure built to hide wiring, pipes and other fittings or to fill the space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling.

 

Cabinets

Cupboards built into a kitchen or chest of drawers used primarily for storage of crockery, dishes and silverware.

Convection oven

Also known as a fan-forced oven, a convection oven uses fans to circulate hot air around the food to cook it more rapidly and evenly.

Cooktop

A cooktop is the surface upon which food is cooked and primarily comes in electric, gas and induction formats.

Coring

Coring is the process of drilling or cutting through concrete floors, walls and ceilings using multiple holes.

Cornice

A profiled plaster moulding placed at the junction between the wall and ceiling.

Custom cabinetry

Custom cabinets are built to your specifications and can therefore be constructed to suit your particular needs.

 

Drawers

Multiple sliding drawers integrated into a base cabinet for storage.

 

End panel

An end panel is used to make the exposed end of your cabinets look more appealing.

 

Fit out

The process of turning a base construction or ‘shell’ into a final interior space suitable for occupation.

Fittings

Items that are fixed in your kitchen but can be removed such as refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee machines.

Fixtures

Something deemed to be part of the building such as a wall oven, cooktop, light fittings and built-in dishwashers.

Flatpack

A piece or furniture or equipment that has been ‘packed flat’ in a box for easy transportation.

Framing

If your kitchen renovation includes changes to the layout, it may require additional framing before plastering and cabinetry can be added.

 

Galley

A galley kitchen has two parallel counters and is an efficient way to make use of a small space.

Grout

A mortar-like mixture that is used to fill the space between tiles.

 

Hardware

The bits and pieces that are integral to completing your kitchen renovation such as hinges, brackets and more.

 

Induction

A cooktop that uses an electromagnetic field to heat while leaving the cooking surface cool to the touch.

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Island bench

An island bench is a freestanding piece of cabinetry that offers extra storage and workspace.

 

Jamb

The vertical sideposts of a doorway, arch, window or other opening.

Joist

A timber, steel or reinforced concrete beam that supports a ceiling or floor.

 

Kickboard

A panel that is attached to the floor of your kitchen cabinets to enclose the area underneath and give them a finished look.

 

Laminate

An alternative to hardwood that incorporates manufactured wood covered with a layer of protective material.

L-shape

A classic kitchen design that refers to the shape of the kitchen benchtops and cabintery within the space.

 

Mixer tap

A tap through which hot and cold water can be drawn using either a single lever or separate controls.

 

Open plan

Integration of kitchen and shared living area in the same space.

Oven tower

An oven tower is a piece of cabinetry that houses a single oven at just above waist height.

Overmount sink

A traditional sink design where the edges of the sink overlap the benchtop.

 

Pelmet

A frame placed above a window to conceal the curtain fittings.

pendant light

Pendant light

A pendant light hangs from the ceiling by a cord, chain or metal rod.

Pre-fabricated

Components that are assembled off-site and arrive ready to be installed.

Push to open

A drawer or cupboard door that opens by pressing the front of it.

Pyrolitic oven

An oven that uses extremely high temperatures (500C) to turn food residue into ash, which can be easily wiped clean.

 

Rangehood

A mechanical fan that sits above the cooktop and extracts steam, smells and smoke while absorbing grease and ventilating your kitchen.

Rough-in

The process of laying various lines such as plumbing, duct work and electrical but not making the final connections.

 

Services

Utilities such as gas, water and electricity that may need to be disconnected and reconnected during your renovation.

Shaker style

Furniture and cabinetry featuring traditional joinery and superior craftsmanship.

Silent rangehood

These have an external motor resulting in a much quieter operation inside your house.

Skirting board

A border fixed around the base of interior walls to protect it and cover the join between wall and floor.

Soft close

Kitchen drawers that use a mechanism to close gently.

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Splashback

Paneling attached to the back of a cooktop or sink to protect the wall from splashed liquids.

Steam oven

Steam ovens boil water from an inbuilt reservoir to create a cloud of hot, pressurised steam.

Straight line

Straight line kitchens remove any barrier between the kitchen and living area.

Sub-floor

The bottom most layer of flooring that holds up all other layers along with everything in your house.

Task lighting

Refers to lighting that is used to illuminate a particular area or function.

Undermount sink

Mounted underneath the counter so that the counter drops directly onto the sink basin with no visible lip or rim.

u shaped kitchen

U-shape

A three wall kitchen design that maximises space by using walls for cabinets and appliances.

 

Waterproofing

The process of protecting wet areas from a build-up of moisture, dampness and humidity.

Work triangle

The three spaces used in the kitchen through which a person should be able to move effortlessly: preparation, cooking and storage.

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