It’s the dream of many New Zealanders to build their own house, and for writer Michele Powles and her family, that dream became a reality which has turned a naked bush site in West Auckland into a glorious, open, family home. They chose to project manage and build part of the home themselves and so were faced with a myriad of questions on fittings, layout, products and design. What helped was getting the right advice at the right time and ensuring they had a good mix of practicality as well as aesthetic appeal.
When it came to the kitchen, they’d learnt plenty of lessons in their last renovation, so were already persuaded of the benefits of Caesarstone’s engineered stone products. It was a product that stood up to the rigours of small children and a family who loved to be in the kitchen. With their boys rapidly growing, they knew they wanted something durable as well as beautiful. In their last home they chose a white benchtop (Caesarstone Osprey) but the new build had a polished concrete floor, so they wanted something to tie in with that look. The solution was to use Caesarstone Sleek Concrete. This also made the timber finish of the top cabinets pop. Echoing the soft grey of the floor, the benchtops look modern and sleek without being stark, and pared with black walls, give the kitchen a modern, European feel.
For the cabinetry, Michele and her family chose to break up the space using different materials. Ensuring the bottom cabinets were super durable was a priority for them, and with the hard polished floors, they chose to use products with texture to soften the final look. The majority of the kitchen cabinets and pantry were therefore made in Melteca Snowdrift in Puregrain finish, the grain effect tying it together nicely with the timber veneer (in Tasmanian Ash) on the upper cabinets.
In fact, Michele and her family loved the Laminex timber veneer panels and so used them in the kitchen, both bathrooms and in the built in storage and desk unit they made for the living area. It was a great sustainable alternative to solid wood for them, and provided continuity throughout the house helping to tie the different paint concepts together in all of the rooms.
For updates on the products going in and further commentary, you can check out the project build site at www.buildingboxes.co.nz and see the finished product in Homestyle magazine.