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Bespoke and inspired kitchens: Trends Kitchens


Trends Kitchens has long established itself in New Zealand as a trusted brand with a stellar portfolio, sealed with a gold stamp of approval from thousands of Kiwi homeowners who have had a bespoke kitchen and joinery designed, manufactured and installed by Trends.

 

 

The individually New Zealand-owned and operated company has been leading the way for nearly 25-years, drawing on its experience in the field to provide expertise in kitchen and joinery design, manufacture and installation across our branch network.

Chosen by design-savvy homeowners, architects and builders who want more than just a kitchen, Trends delivers only the highest standard of product and service.

The company sources a mixture of trusted local and exclusive high-quality products from Europe to bring homeowners the most innovative products at an affordable rate.

The product range is a result of well-considered decisions, and above all shows the team’s devotion to quality.

TriStone 100 per cent acrylic solid- surface, silica-free, BPA-free benchtops, Lazio sinks, AGT doors and panels are just some of the options available as well as finer details such as hardware and fittings.

Many of the products have 10-year or lifetime warranties and Trends’ own workmanship is guaranteed for 10 years.

All cabinetry is custom-made to fit exact measurements so homeowners have a design tailored to their exact requirements, further strengthening the company’s brand worth.

Whether you’re looking to create strong forms or a no-nonsense kitchen, Trends will ensure homeowners have confidence in their decision-making and are kept in the loop throughout the entire design process.

Combine expertise, craftsmanship and top-of-the-line products and you have highly functional kitchen and joinery solutions for modern families who seek beautiful workmanship and attention to detail.

Trends is the perfect place to find inspiration and talk with experienced and knowledgeable designers who will offer expert advice.

View the range of high-quality products on display at showrooms located nationwide, Christchurch, Cromwell, Blenheim, Nelson and Auckland.

If you’re building from the ground up or updating for modern family life, visit Trends for all of your joinery needs. From design and manufacture through to installation – you will be inspired every step of the way.

 


 

Kitchens of envy: Oakleigh Fine Furniture


“Working with clients to help them realise their concept for a kitchen is extremely satisfying and rewarding.”

 

 

Richard Hutt of Oakleigh Fine Furniture has always been passionate about solid timber and creating fine furniture.

Some years ago he diversified into making kitchens using the full range of materials from timber to laminates, melamine, stone and painted finishes.

“People like working with us because we are a small firm and can give them that individual point of difference. We really listen to clients’ ideas, take them on board and turn them into reality.”

A Kristen Reid-designed kitchen, completed only a few weeks ago in a new home, is one of which Richard is especially proud.

“It’s a large kitchen, including a scullery and an island wide enough to accommodate several people dining – a true entertainers’ kitchen. The client was great to work with as she had a clear vision. It was up to Kristen Reid and us to make that vision into a practical and workable, yet attractive space.”

The kitchen is indeed stunning. It has a classic palette of charcoal, light grey, off white and chrome.

There is an industrial flavour with the huge metal pendants over the island.

The grey concrete-like engineered stone of the bench tops and the brick work of the splashback and range hood further contribute to this style.

Storage and food preparation space is abundant and the appliances are state of the art.

“It was a joy to see our client’s face when everything was finished.”


 

Timber stands the test of time: Timber Tru


If you’re planning a new kitchen build, or are renovating or upgrading the existing space, the experienced team at Timber Tru specialises in creating stunning, bespoke designs.

 

 

As a member of the Registered Master Joiners’ Federation, they’ve been making quality timber joinery for more than 22 years, and have a combined timber joinery and carpentry experience of more than 50.

Whether you have architectural plans ready to go, or are still compiling ideas, Tony van der Plas and his team are happy to work alongside clients from start to finish to ensure the best result possible.

“We can help with the concept and design if clients ask for this, or we can work with their plans. Every one of our kitchens is different and clients really love this exclusivity.

“We’re also happy to work with any material clients want – from veneered timber, to plywood or melamine. It all depends on personal choice and budget. We can also organise the benchtops and all the hardware, as well as installing the kitchen.”

All joinery is made on site at Timber Tru’s workshop. “To build and install a quality kitchen takes between three to six weeks and quality is of the utmost importance to us.”

The team also make joinery for laundries and bathrooms; timber windows and doors and they can also do commercial joinery for schools or shop fit-outs.

To request a free consultation, phone 03 389 2986 or email Tony at tony@timbertru.co.nz


 

Update a tired kitchen: M F Turnbull


For many of us, a stretch of time to reflect and plan was an unexpected addition to our year, a rare positive effect of our lockdown experience. With time on our hands, all to be spent in our homes, we were able to think about what we would like to change, and take the time to consider and research options.

 

 

M.F. Turnbull, where the in-house saying is, ‘if you think it could be spray finished, give us a call because it probably can,’ was available throughout lockdown for enquiries and they are now busy bringing that work to fruition.

“We’ve always been a cost-effective option for making fittings and furniture new again,” co-owner Monique Turnbull says.

“But now more and more people are considering how to get what they want with less impact on the environment. By changing the colour, you get to reuse and so reduce waste going to landfill and energy used in manufacturing new.”

This year the longstanding company is further enhancing its green credentials, working with suppliers to start phasing out solvent based products in favour of waterborne applications.

“We find that many kitchens are already well laid out and some are kitchens by name designers. They often only need minor alterations such as changing a cupboard to drawers, removing or replacing cupboards over fridge, microwave areas or oven surrounds,” Monique says.

“A fresh surface and adding new handles can be all you need to bring a kitchen up to date.”

The team can strip back surfaces but it is not usually necessary.

“We can recolour any type of kitchen surface that manufacturers can make. Even doors where the plastic coating is breaking down, we can remove the coating and apply the colour you want to the underlying substrate,” Monique adds.

Often clients are happy with the existing colour of their joinery but some parts of the kitchen have become a little tired.

“A refinish to match the original and its like a new kitchen again. It is also an easy way to refresh the kitchen if you are looking to sell, or if you have just moved in and are looking to make your new home ‘feel like you’.”

M.F. Turnbull Kitchen Renewal are also the experts for refinishing bathroom vanities, wardrobe doors, internal doors, and all kinds of furniture from a lampstand through to bedroom or dining suites.

The team thrives on challenges and loves it if an unusual request comes in.

The challenge can sometimes lie in bringing out of people’s heads the vision that they have.

By talking through the end goal using samples and options to clarify, the team is very good at turning visions into reality.

Send your enquiry with photos through the website or to info@mfturnbull.co.nz and they can give you an estimate or call them to discuss on 03 365 2519


 

Time for a change: Dream Doors


We’ve all had more than enough time on our hands to nit-pick things around the home. You might have noticed things that you want to throw out, change or improve. Adrian Kay from Dream Doors Kitchens knows the feeling all too well, agreeing that, “People have been staring at their kitchens during lockdown and will be wanting to make a few changes”.

 

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The team has been working to help you make those changes with ease and even from the safety of your own home.

“During lockdown we were quoting our customers via photos, videos and video conferences” Adrian says.

“But now that lockdown is lifted, we have been inundated with requests to visit people’s homes to help them modernise or update their kitchens.”

Dream Doors provides a complete package for both a facelift or a bespoke kitchen design service.

“We guide the customer through each stage of the process from concept to installation. We can take care of everything from arranging the electrician and plumber, to splashbacks and appliances.”

Dream Doors can also help with other important rooms in the house such as laundries, garage and study/office joinery.

For more information have a browse of their website, Facebook www.facebook.com/Dreamdoorschristchurch/ or phone 03 338 1081.


 

Burst of blue


If there was one defining design trend of the 2010s, it was the all-white kitchen. But in 2020, designers predict there’ll be a shift toward spaces that go beyond just white. For a kitchen with a pop of colour, why not go for a burst of blue? It is after all, Pantone’s colour of the year!

 

 

  1. CABINET: Kitchen cabinets are a great way to add a pop of colour without it feeling like overkill. Make sure it’s a shade of blue that you love, after all the kitchen is the heart of the home!
  2. WALL: Despite Classic Blue being crowned as Pantone’s colour of the year, it’s navy blue that will steal the show on large wall spaces; it’s not too over powering but still makes a serious statement.
  3. BACKSPLASH: If you really want the blue to take centre stage in the kitchen, then the backsplash is for you. Not only is it very functional, preventing water damage to the wall behind the sink, it’s very eye-catching and allows for you to play with the aesthetics of the room.

The Beauty of Bespoke: Bates Joinery


The Bate Joinery team has introduced virtual showroom tours and online design consultations to assist clients with their building and remodelling projects from afar.

 

Kitchen designed by Emma Morris at ETERNOdesign

 

During the lockdown, owner Mark Allworthy says some members of the team were able to work through stages of the planning process remotely from their own individual bubbles, such as pricing up plans and designing kitchens.

However, the family-run company has now returned to full production under Level 3 conditions.

Bates Joinery specialises in all kinds of bespoke joinery, including kitchens, wardrobes, vanities, stairs and balustrades, timber windows and doors, wall units and commercial projects.

Using both modern machinery and traditional tools of the trade, they continue a skill that has successfully been handed down through the generations.

“Bates Joinery has been around for more than 60 years and has experienced several recessions, which we have managed to navigate,” Mark says.

He acknowledges the support they received from Registered Master Joiners, clients and colleagues during the lockdown, particularly that of suppliers who kept them informed and updated on health and safety information.

To view a portfolio of work completed by the Bates Joinery team, visit their website and, for the full experience, ask about taking a tour of their virtual showroom.

For a free design consultation, email jaden@batesjoinery.co.nz or call 03 388 8111.


 

A sheer beauty: Murray Hewitt Joinery


Stylish, sleek, modern – these are adjectives applicable to many a new kitchen, but few can claim the title of sheer beauty. Designer for Murray Hewitt Joinery, Donna Weir has created a new kitchen of such loveliness it is difficult not to stare.

 

The Clarkville homestead is mud brick construction with deep eaves, so it was important to retain a simplicity that complemented rather than clashed with the exterior wall.

The design of the galley-style space was driven by the clients’ wish to have a pantry. Rather than simply renovate, Donna re-planned the space, to utilise an area where a family dining table once stood.

Adding a wall to make the pantry, Donna then created access from the kitchen directly to the previously underused formal dining room.

Murray Hewitt Joinery did the new timber French doors to the dining room in a traditional style, but they are deceptively slick – cavity sliders to save space.

The architraves were manufactured to fit with the existing architraving in the house.

The benchtops are in engineered stone Archant Virginia, while the cupboard fronts are in a satin lacquered finish of Resene Quarter Thorndon Cream.

Handles are porcelain and black and come from Tradco, while the Provence tap came from In Residence.

“The original U-shaped layout with black benchtop felt claustrophobic and visitors are blown away by the change,” Donna says.

“The client loves the light brightness, the range of practical storage and that it’s entirely in keeping with the house’s character – it really looks like it belongs.”


 

Natural beauty


“It is true that the kitchen is the heart of a home and we really enjoy helping clients to style that room.”

 

 

The word ‘style’ is key here because Tony van der Plas and his team at Timber Tru create bespoke, made-to-order kitchens.

“We make exactly what clients require,” Tony says.

“We can help with the concept and design if clients ask for this, or we can work with their plans. Every one of our kitchens is different and clients really love the exclusivity.”

Timber may be in their name but don’t be fooled into thinking that Timber Tru works only with this material when it comes to kitchens.

“We can work with any material clients want – from veneered timber, to plywood or melamine. It all depends on personal choice and budget. We can also organise the benchtops and all the hardware, as well as installing the kitchen.”

All joinery is made on site at Timber Tru’s workshop.

“To build and install a quality kitchen takes between three to six weeks and quality is of the utmost importance to us.”

Quality extends to all the other work carried out by Timber Tru’s craftsmen.

They make joinery for laundries and bathrooms; they make timber windows and doors and they can also do commercial joinery for schools or shop fitouts.

“One service we offer is ‘house lots’ – the joinery required for all the rooms of a house. That certainly saves clients a good deal of time and effort.”

To request a free consultation, phone 03 389 2986 or email Tony at tony@timbertru.co.nz.


 

Kitchen facelifts!


“We specialise in kitchen facelifts,” says Adrian Kay of Dream Doors Christchurch.

‘Facelift’ is a perfect description. The magic that the Dream Doors team perform means the hub of your home will have a brand new look, but without a new kitchen price.

“A facelift is convenient, quick, non-invasive and certainly saves money. Importantly for many people, it is also environmentally-friendly. Because we retain the bones of a kitchen and its existing cabinets, this material is not being sent to landfill.”

Adrian explains that in many cases small changes to a kitchen’s decor, such as new doors, drawer fronts and benchtops, have a huge impact.

New Zealand materials are used and all the joinery is custom-made in Christchurch.

The company offers a wide range of benchtop options and colours to suit just about any dream kitchen.

European fixtures and fittings are standard and it all comes with a 10-year guarantee.

Dream Doors provides a complete package for either a facelift or a bespoke kitchen design service.

“We can take care of everything from arranging the electrician and plumber, to splashbacks and appliances.”

Dream Doors can also help with other important rooms in the house, such as laundries, as well as garage and study/office joinery.

Dream Doors is located in Wigram. Phone 03 338 1081 or email adrian@dreamdoors.co.nz for a free consultation to breathe new life into your kitchen.

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