When the criteria for a new kitchen is ‘wow factor’ combined with ‘function and forest floor character boasting well-balanced textures” it’s a bit like popping down to the wine cellar where dozens of fine vintages clamour for attention.
But Jill Jones knew exactly where to find her kitchen ‘sommelier” – a trained, knowledgeable kitchen professional accustomed to working with the finest materials and who specialises in all aspects of kitchen design and construction.
“It just had to be Superior Kitchens,” she says. “I’d previously worked with designer Annette Jenkins and owner, Kerry Hazleman when renovating the kitchen in our former home.
When we sold it, the new owners didn’t believe the kitchen was seven years old! The standard of workmanship was outstanding and because we had been well guided in our choice of materials they still looked fabulous.”
Jill’s new kitchen is very different from the last.
At the heart of her ‘new’ home – literally – is a 1980’s cottage which has been extended on every side, renovated, modernised and, in fact, completely transformed. There is little trace of the original structure in the stunning contemporary home now receiving its finishing touches.
What’s more, relocation of the kitchen, and its effective design with a meld of materials, exudes all the ‘wow factor’ Jill could have wished for yet it is a practical, easily negotiated kitchen for an adult family of five.
A freestanding island with satin black Dezignatek cabinets and integrated dishwasher with a Silestone benchtop in darkest tobacco/black tones rippled with gold plus black granite sinks is complemented by a wall of satin white Dezignatek cabinets, twin steam and standard ovens, induction cook top, double door fridge and a German Schwegin extractor with magnificent ‘chimney’ to take cooking odours beyond the high ceilings.
The black knotted, brushed and oiled Austrian smoked oak flooring (which extends to the dining and family areas) brings another level of quality and depth to the kitchen layout.
To one side, taking up an entire side wall, is a three metre scullery with double cavity sliders opening to reveal charred oak cabinetry, second granite sink, integrated cool drawer, and carefully planned accommodation of small appliances.
“The design process was started with Annette but, when she moved south, Jamie-Lee Clark took over and brought the design to completion,” Jill says.
“She ensured the scullery flow worked for more than one person at a time and that the mix of dark and light was nicely balanced.”
At Jamie’s end, working out of the Superior Kitchens showroom in, Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki, the focus was on retaining a sense of character from the past – evident in the use of those dark tobacco shades with a hint of metal – while ensuring a fresh, crisp, modern finish.
“Working with Jill was a joy. She was always enthusiastic and ready to take direction if needed. However, because she had a clear vision of what she wanted, the plan came together really well. We even went on to make the bathroom vanities, too.”
In particular, Superior Kitchens has given the Jones’ family a kitchen that is light, inviting and practical. Looking out through a bank of wide-opening doors it is but a step to a generous deck surrounded by a wooded glade.
Dappled light and the sound of bird song all add to the tranquil ambience of a home where the heart might be a country cottage but the hub is a kitchen fit for contemporary living.
From concept to construction, the Superior Kitchens team knows how to interpret individual needs and provide unique kitchen solutions.
Decisions regarding surfaces, taps and awkward spaces are expertly guided and clients can also visit the East Tamaki showroom for added inspiration. Furthermore, a 3D design service allows them to ‘live’ with their kitchen so they can be sure the end result meets expectations.
Once a kitchen plan has been finalised the production team takes over, providing a clear timeline and keeping clients updated on progress.
“All cabinetry is manufactured on site at our own plant which has been recently upgraded with the latest technology in machinery,” says general manager, Gavin Caddy.
“We’ve been doing this for more than 28 years and stand behind our workmanship with a full guarantee.”
- Supplied by Superior Kitchens, East Tamaki