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Kitchen Renovation by the Beach – Before & After

This feature kitchen sits well with the surroundings by perfectly complimenting its view of the Pacific Ocean. Designed by Jesykah Gordon and crafted by Mastercraft Kitchens Bay of Plenty, this renovation by the beach featured as an entrant in the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bathroom Association) Awards. We caught up with Jesykah recently and this is what she had to say:

What did you want to achieve with the design of this kitchen?

This was a renovation and the previous kitchen was extremely dated and tired. The clients wanted something with ‘wow’ factor, which we achieved with the mixture of glossy surfaces and light boxes. We needed to maintain the practical aspects required in an entertainers kitchen while ensuring the aesthetic wasn’t compromised. The island is small, but looks much bigger and more robust with the waterfall enclosures down 3 sides.

What inspired you to use the colours for this kitchen?

We wanted a clean, contemporary look that didn’t contrast with the incredible beach view. The client chose Glass Art “Tracey’s Cloud” for the splashback. It was a very close match to their Oak & Glass table in the adjoining dining space so it gave the open plan area some continuity.


Where did you get the ideas for the lighting?

My client found images in some European magazines that they liked, and we developed these ideas to create the light boxes. The entire unit glows at night and looks incredible.


And finally, the amazing bar downstairs, what was the inspiration for the colours?

Where the kitchen colours are pale & clean, the bar/media room has a more masculine palette. The black & red are very dramatic and show off the lights and stainless steel to its very best. These powerful colours are striking while still blending well with the purpose and decor of the room. This is one of my favourite projects!

Thanks for that Jesykah.

If you like what you see, contact Mastercraft Kitchens, and talk to one of our Design Consultants about your next kitchen.

Jes Gordon

Jes Gordon

I have been designing kitchens since 2006. Initially in my hometown of Tauranga, I ventured off to work in Europe as a kitchen designer, working on high end and entry level German kitchens. Since returning to the Bay in 2009, I have been with Mastercraft Kitchens, taking a few years out to start my beautiful family. I was always going to return to the job I love, as I am a self-confessed “kitchen geek” and property fanatic (having built and renovated multiple times.) I bring a practical approach to design, and a knack for working within budget to make your dreams a reality.
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