A Scandi-style kitchen and bathroom with a coastal-cool feel

A budget of $36,000 and input from designers at DJ Cabinetry have resulted in this Scandi-style kitchen with a roomy scullery

At a glance

Who lives here? Fleur Clough (recruitment consultant at Eclipse Recruitment), husband Anthony (client relationship manager for directional drillers CDS), Emma, 1, and Persian cats Kinda and Lilly Bear.

Where is your home? Red Beach, overlooking the Orewa Estuary. We are lucky enough to have a waterfront section, thanks to the foresight of Anthony who bought a wee bach on the property more than 15 years ago. We lived in that until we bowled it and built our forever home.

Total budget: $36,000

Designer Q&A with Emma from DJS Cabinetry

The brief
The clients wanted an open-plan, light, coastal look and feel, incorporating warm wood veneer and a large scullery space. So our focus was designing a really functional kitchen for this young family, with sustainable, quality materials.

The design
Initially, we came up with a few concepts that were tweaked in discussion with Fleur and Anthony. Knowing that we were using wood veneer, I wanted a seamless, grain-matched look with quality hardware and finishes. Designing a kitchen which clients would be using for themselves makes it a lot easier to exactly tailor the space to their lifestyle.

The result
A warm, on-trend kitchen with flow and functionality in line with the initial brief. The initial estimate for the kitchen and scullery was just over $32,000; the final cost was $36,000 due to extra drawers and waterfall ends added throughout the process.


Fleur, where did you stay while your home was being built? We were lucky enough to be baby-free during the build of our home (Emma was born one month after we moved in). We lived in Anthony’s parents’ granny flat, which is just 10 minutes away.

Who managed the project? I managed a lot of the kitchen design myself but had never built a home before, so I picked the brains of the specialists. I was extremely happy with the open and honest working relationship with DJS Cabinetry for all aspects of the project from their design advice and pricing to the end product.

Describe the finished result... We have a kitchen which works very well in its entirety and is incredibly easy to live and work in.

Words by: Tina Stephen. Photography by: Larnie Nicolson.

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