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.”
Any joiner operating at the top of their game in the twenty-first century understands how to work with a vast range of materials and master the gamut of styles. Murray Hewitt, Director of Murray Hewitt Joinery, delights in the fact that the craft of joinery once relied on wood, screws and glue, and now it has added the latest in modern construction technology to its repertoire.
The head office of Ray White in Papanui is a case in point. Lining the walls are Muros lightweight fibreglass panels which give the effect of old railway sleepers. They are textured with deep aged wood grain, knots and weathered imperfections. In the staff relaxation area, tiles cleverly create artificial hedging to make a feature wall, while the reception area is lined in Plytech Light Beton – an MDF product surfaced in real concrete at just 2mm thick. The reception counter is also clad in the hedging tiles and flooring is T&G planking in Burnt Larch.
“This was a great project, coming in with completely new and disparate products and seeing how great the finished look is; the new products work together beautifully,” Murray says.
Another job utilised Kiwi innovated Kaynemaile – interlocking plastic rings like chainmail – to form a screen between vanity and toilet.
“Of course, we still relish the opportunity to utilise our traditional skill and craftsmanship on work in timber doors and windows,” Murray says. “And to rebuild and restore an original kauri staircase is a real joy.”
Murray Hewitt Joinery Ltd has celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Even after two decades of providing Cantabrians with the absolute best in joinery for a wide range of building projects, the company shows little signs of slowing down.
Formed in 1999, Murray Hewitt Joinery’s team of highly skilled joiners and cabinet makers have gained a sterling reputation within the industry, consistently growing, with plenty of repeat business gained from working closely with customers from early days and beyond. From your bathroom, kitchen, bespoke furniture and right down to your windows and doors, the customer can rest safely in the knowledge that this team will be with with you every step of the way, giving you advice from the start to the finish of your project.
The company has an extensive joinery portfolio, with solid timber playing an important part in the product range and is something they are passionate about. Murray Hewitt Joinery Ltd works with a broad range of products so there will always be a wide range to choose from — there is quite simply no need to go anywhere else. By choosing Murray Hewitt Joinery for your next project you’ll benefit from their personal service, experience and quality workmanship. Head in to see for yourself as they continue to grow.
There are few architectural details that can give a home a sense of mystery and wonder like a secret door leading to a hidden room.
If you’ve ever wanted a private hideaway, extra secure storage for valuables, or an almost magical escape to another world, a hidden room is sure to amaze and inspire. One local Christchurch builder renovating his home had just such a whim for a hidden room – actually a hidden office/workroom. The most common mechanism for accessing a hidden room is via a bookcase that conceals a secret door. That’s where Murray Hewitt Joinery came into the story.
“The client supplied us with a whole lot of recycled rimu and asked us to turn a picture of a bookcase cum door from the Internet into practical reality,” Murray Hewitt says. “Creative engineering certainly came into play as we scratched our heads about how to create the required pivot in the bookcase so it would open as a door, but when shut would look like a single unit. It was a fascinating challenge – something different and out of the ordinary.”
The team at Murray Hewitt Joinery really enjoys the ‘out of the ordinary’. “They had fun working out the complex design then cleaning up any defects in the recycled timber, laminating it and adding details such as architraves to the bookcase itself to fit in with the style of the home. We definitely can turn our hands to anything and everything.”
Located at 25A Lunns Road, phone 03 343 0360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the extensive joinery portfolio on www.mhj.co.nz.
The name Murray Hewitt Joinery goes hand-in-hand with a reputation that has been hard won over two decades. Established in 1999, it has developed an impressive portfolio full of referral and many repeat clients – the latter of which, in many cases, have been with the business for its entire history.
As its name suggests, Murray Hewitt Joinery is made up of a highly skilled and loyal team of experienced craftsmen who take considerable pride in all they do, ensuring a quality product every time. Working with an extensive range of products, the team can deliver joinery services from residential to commercial, kitchens and bathrooms to staircases and more.
Within these environments, the company’s expertise can be channeled into delivering joinery for entry doors, exterior doors and windows; interior doors; stairs and hand rails; wardrobes and shelving; bathroom vanities; kitchens and laundries; lounge entertainment units and commercial and shopfitting.
Murray Hewitt Joinery can also create made-to-measure, hand-crafted furniture to the highest standard. Its high-quality craftsmanship and attention to detail produces bespoke furniture which adds value to homes. All pieces are created in the workshop in Christchurch and traditional joinery techniques are utilised to produce cabinetry which will last a lifetime.
Owner Murray Hewitt says, “After all this time in the industry I still have the passion to create beautiful products from solid timber. Oak, walnut, rosewood and mahogany give me particular pleasure.”
Murray’s passion for his work is a common denominator between each of his team members. “Each member of our team is able to follow a project through from its initial concept to completion and installation, so they take real pride in what they do and ensure a quality product every time.
“We enjoy challenges and have earned a reputation for thinking outside the square to find solutions and to make design ideas work in reality. There is nothing we enjoy more than undertaking a whole house – from the front door, to the interior doors, the laundry and the kitchen and everything in between, including one-off items of bespoke furniture such as bedside cabinets and entertainment units. We truly believe there is no reason for our customers to go anywhere else.”
Murray Hewitt is located at 25a Lunns Road. Phone 03-343 0360 or email
email@example.com. See the extensive joinery portfolio at www.mhj.co.nz.