Island Bay House: Kitchen

From our point of view, the kitchen is the most important area of the house to get right and design well. Not to mention that it is the most expensive room of the house, so we needed to ensure no mistakes were made in layout, materials and aesthetics.

When planning our kitchen we came up with a brief to help guide our decision-making right from the start. You can read more on our guide for kitchen planning here.

Necessities list:

  • Durable kitchen cabinetry in a colour we love (not a standard colour)
  • A large island bench to double as a breakfast bar for the kids to sit at
  • Extraction/Rangehood that is preferably disguised
  • An open kitchen that is great to entertain from
  • Good storage, fridge space, and dish drawers
  • Blum Hardware, so we could have the extravagance of soft closing and push to open functionality.

Cabinetry & Accessories.

Alex always knew she wanted a green kitchen, and was inspired by one of her favourite paint colours, Dulux’s ‘Raymond’s Gap’. Melteca by Laminex NZ released the ‘Tones of New Zealand’ range that has a beautiful selection of neutrals and greens, with one in particular catching our eye: ‘Possum’. This was the exact colour we were after, and of course we were sold on Melteca’s reputation of durability within the home.

After selecting this colour, we then made sure that all hardware, handles, and tapware matched in with the cabinetry. Brushed brass accessories with an earthy, matte finish paired beautifully with the Possum colour. We chose the ‘Beam’ handles from Powersurge for their simple design. For tapware, we worked with Kitchen Hub and came across the beautiful Astra Walker range. We chose a spout and hob mixer in ‘Urban Brass’ from this range.

Kitchen Island & Benchtops.

We used Laminam ‘Naturali / Bianco Statuario Venato’ for our kitchen bench tops, which is a full body Italian porcelain slab. We chose to work with Laminam for our kitchen benchtops and island design for it’s beautiful classic pattern and also the slim 12mm profile offering a minimal and clean design.

With most stones being porous we worried about the ability to clean, but this is where Laminam steps in. Not only do their slab sizes come in 3240 wide format (which is perfect for our grand scale island bench), but Laminam is remarkably strong and has very high resistance to scratching and abrasion. You can also safely use organic and inorganic solvents, disinfectants and detergents without ruining the surfaces. The other benefit of using Laminam is that it is suited to be used outdoors, and as we have grand plans to make an outdoor kitchen on our balcony this ticks all the boxes.

Fingerline tiles from Artedomus.


Ease of use in your kitchen is quite often overlooked. We’ve  previously had a kitchen that used Blum Hardware, and now couldn’t plan a kitchen without it. We went into the Blum showroom in Avondale and spent a few hours planning our full kitchen with every drawer and cabinet accounted for. We used the Legrabox with Ambialine dividers – all installed with Servo Drive technology.


The scullery is sister to the main kitchen, using the same colours but with a reverse effect. We loved the idea of a ceramic tiled wall that extended all the way up to the skylight. We used a handmade spanish tile from Surface Gallery in colour ‘Sage’. We used Melteca ‘Classic Oak’ for the cabinetry paired with the new crisp Caesarstone bench top ‘Empire White’.

Kitchen Details:

Cabinetry: Melteca from Laminex NZ

Bench tops: Laminam

Kitchen drawers function: Blum

Finger tiles on island bench: Artedomus

Scullery tiles: Surface Gallery

Tapware: Astra Walker from Kitchen Hub

Appliances: Fisher & Paykel

Flooring: Vidaspace

Back Kitchen Wall: Ambitec

Dining chairs and barstools: Dawsons

Fridge handles: Powersurge

Light: Designed by Alex, made by Corban

Dining table: Custom made by Corban


A&C Custom Designs:

Alex designed and Corban custom made the lighting and table.

If you would like to enquire about custom made furniture items like this dining table, Corban is available to quote. Please email: