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New heart of the home: Misco Joinery

You’ve been thinking for some time that your kitchen looks dated, but there’s so much else going on in your life… besides, tomorrow’s another day, right?



Uh-uh. Postponement is just putting off what we know we should’ve tackled yesterday. From now on, be decisive. Carpe diem – seize the day; and make that day today!

Next step is to contact the wonderful people at Misco Joinery. This is a family business that’s been outfitting Canterbury homes with bespoke kitchens for 30 years. From planning and design through to completion and installation, clients are consulted with every step of the way.

Aside from kitchens, the team at Misco also specialises in the design and manufacture of laundries, wardrobes and study areas, plus fixture shelving for storage, surrounds for TV and entertainment areas and window-seats.

Marketing Manager Penny Abell says the kitchens produced here are more than just about being a functioning work space; more importantly, they’re about the people working in them, which is reflected in theme, colour, design and cabinetry finishes. “We can utilise feature colours in the joinery cabinets, upper cabinets, kitchen islands and bench back panels. Darker colour kitchens are becoming popular, as are different design textures with the cabinetry – such as woodgrain effects.”

With Christmas as your incentive, imagine welcoming family and friends to your beautifully renovated home over the holidays. Penny recommends contacting them now to avoid the queue. “If you leave it to October, unfortunately that will be too late to get your kitchen installed for Christmas.”

The process of achieving your dream kitchen is done in three stages: design, manufacture and installation.




  1. Design process:
    • House plans, measurements and a wish list with client specifications are required
    • An initial renovation quote and plans are drawn up by the designers (received by clients within 7-10 days)
    • A meeting is arranged between clients and a member of the design team to discuss all changes to the plans and answer any questions
    • Revised quote and plans are again drawn up
    • Once all parties are in agreeance with revised quote and plans, a sign-off meeting is arranged to finalise quote, colours and appliances
  2.  Manufacture process:
    • Begins after sign-off, with a final measure conducted at client’s property to ensure accuracy before manufacturing the joinery
    • An install date is confirmed between clients and Misco’s installation team
    • Joinery production gets underway using world-class machinery to cut and edge all panels
    • Joinery assembly is carried out by trained joiners and made ready for transportation
  3. Installation process:
    • The kitchen joinery is delivered to site one day prior or on the day of installation
    • Misco’s skilled installers will install the kitchen over two days

Now your dream becomes your reality, and yes, you can pat yourself on the back. After all, who decided to seize the day? You!

For more information, phone 03 383 4384, email or visit



Making the old new: M.F. Turnbull

Why replace when you can reuse, recycle or restore? That approach is as true with kitchens and furniture as it is with other more obvious elements of our throwaway and acquisitive society. It is also the mantra and the fundamental philosophy of M.F. Turnbull, the specialists in making the old new again.



“More and more we are seeing a trend towards refinishing and refurbishing kitchens rather than totally renovating them,” Monique Turnbull says. “A facelift for a fresh new look may be all a kitchen requires if it has been well designed in the first place and is functional. This could cut the cost of renovation by up to 50 percent.”

So rather than replacing perfectly good cabinetry to get a new kitchen, M.F. Turnbull can refinish – i.e. recolour – your kitchen. No matter what the current finish is – timber, lacquer or a pre-finished board such as melamine – they can repaint it to the colour of your choice to bring your kitchen right up to date.

“You can have any standard colour you like off any colour chart. If you have something different in mind, or a specific colour or tone you may want, we can work with you and make it happen. You can also choose the gloss level for the paint from a textured matte to a mirror-like high-gloss.”

M.F. Turnbull can also do minor alterations to cabinetry, or provide new cabinets where required such as overhead fridge cabinets, microwave areas and oven surrounds. If you require new door fronts, soft close hinges and drawer runners, they can organise that as well.

As for process, after a free no-obligation consultation and quote the company’s specialist kitchen installers will remove all the items to be repainted. Once this work is completed at the made-for-purpose Christchurch factory, the installers will put your new kitchen back together – from removal to reinstallation takes about three weeks.



M.F. Turnbull certainly doesn’t limit refinishing and refurbishing to kitchens. The team also specialises in furniture restoration and renovation. Pieces that have gone out of fashion can be revamped and updated. Much loved older pieces can be revitalised by being stripped, repaired and refurbished back to their original condition. M.F. Turnbull can update and revitalise virtually everything – from sideboards, chairs and lamp bases, to bedroom suites, dining tables, coffee tables, wall units, vanities and wardrobe doors.

Monique suggests you send in photos of your kitchen or furniture with a description of what you would like and the team can provide a quote. You can do that either by emailing or uploading directly to the website. Please include your contact number in case there are any questions.

You can also contact M.F. Turnbull on 03 365 2519 or visit and




Kitchen Dreams to Reality: Dream Doors Kitchens

It’s no surprise that Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch earned Best Franchisee of the Year for the sixth year in a row. With the company’s expertise and attention to detail, you’ll be left dazzled while admiring your new kitchen.




Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch is skilled in renovating kitchens because they manage projects from start to finish. Adrian Kay, owner of Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch states, “We really look after our customers; we manage the whole process for them so it goes smoothly and according to plan.”

Instead of leaving you with the weighty responsibility of coordinating with the plumber, electrician and other builders necessary to renovate your kitchen, Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch utilises the services of trusted craftsmen to make your dream kitchen a reality.
Similar to how craftsmen are critically assessed, so too are the materials used to renovate and build your kitchen.

Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch only uses custom made, locally sourced cabinetry to meet your specifications. Adrian and the team are confident enough in the calibre of their work and materials to put a ten-year guarantee on each kitchen completed by Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch.

Whether you’re starting from scratch on a new build or you’re looking to update your kitchen, you can expect it to be done right the first time with Dream Doors Kitchens Christchurch. To make an inquiry, phone 03 338 1081 or submit one online at

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