Supporting Role in Cromwell

White and timber scandi kitchen

It takes great teamwork to achieve a great kitchen: a willing client, a talented designer, and the skills of a fine cabinetmaker to pull the whole project together.

This slick, minimalist kitchen and scullery was manufactured and installed by Mastercraft Kitchens Southland in a brand new, architecturally designed home that has magnificent views out over a rural landscape.


Mastercraft Kitchens Designer Anne Finlayson says that they were approached early in the design stages of the build by the home’s builders, Cook Brothers, to take on the specialist cabinetry work for the entire house.

“As well as the kitchen and scullery, there were a lot of areas in this home that needed the specialised cabinetry skills and experience that we offer at Mastercraft Southland,” she says. “We were given a set of detailed plans from architectural designers Threefold Architecture, and from these, manufactured the bespoke bathroom vanities, the built-in wardrobes and entertainment units, and the cabinetry in the laundry. It was all custom-made. Nothing was bought off the shelf.”

Minimalist palette

To help achieve the desired minimalist look, the material palette was restricted to white Melamine and a pre-finished timber veneer from Laminex for the shelving and cabinetry, and white Corian for the benchtops.

Timber veneer creates cohesiveness through home

“In the kitchen, the timber veneer was used quite sparingly – just as a detail, framing the front of the island and as a frame around the cabinetry on the back wall,” says Anne. This same veneer was then carried through to the cabinetry in the adjacent dining are, visually linking the two spaces. The custom vanities and wardrobes are also finished in the same veneer, connecting and creating a cohesive look for all the rooms in the house. Photos below…

Collaboration with architects and builders

Anne says that Mastercraft Kitchens Southland is well set up to take on this kind of work – that of working with builders and architectural designers on their plans to deliver the highest quality cabinetry solutions. “Obviously, we can offer a full design service, too, but we have a large team here that can take on projects of any size. Nothing’s too big or too small,” she says.

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This kitchen was proudly manufactured and installed locally by Mastercraft Kitchens Southland.