Kitchens by Mastercraft 2018 Look Book

Kitchens by Mastercraft Kitchens
2018 Edition

Welcome to our 2018 Look Book

At Mastercraft Kitchens our designers first listen to your ideas, understand your kitchen space and then with their design flair, innovative ideas and expertise, will design a masterpiece just for you.

This Look Book features just a small sample of our kitchens, and is packed full of tips and ideas. We hope we inspire and challenge you, and help you decide what look and feel is right for YOUR dream kitchen.

Country charmer

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Wairarapa
Designed by Jannah Crossan

This new build in Masterton was briefed as a Country/Modern kitchen.

By mixing the classic lines of the doors and panels with a brick tile splash back wall and steampunk style lights and stools, the designer, Jannah Crossan, was able to find an elegant balance between traditional and contemporary.

The 30mm benchtop in Granite River White adds a subtle pattern which connects well with the timber floor.

The clever scullery/laundry provides a double bench space and takes on a restrained and practical approach. Benches are finished in Duropal 39mm Marmor.

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Raise the bar

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Kaitaia
Designed by Emma Matthews

In this kitchen, Emma Matthews from Mastercraft Kitchens Kaitaia has hit the sweet spot: The stainless steel island with foot bar, is a truly stand-out feature. The industrial theme is extended with stainless steel appliances and stools, and chrome overhead pendant lights. The inclusion of soft materials, including the stool padding and contrasting bamboo bar feature, give this kitchen a warm and inviting feel.

The bench cavity stores chopping boards, knives and fresh herbs for easy working flow. It can also be filled with ice and champagne when entertaining!

A cleverly hidden walk-in pantry provides added storage and preparation space. A bar area to the left of the main kitchen provides space for pouring drinks, without interrupting the cook.

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Mixing hard and soft materials produces stunning results. Functional stainless steel is softened and balanced by beautiful natural wood textures.

Classic Contrast

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Whangarei
Designed by Neil Hill

The brief for this stunning new-home kitchen in Whangarei was ‘Keep it simple with a classic black and white palette.’

Neil Hill from Mastercraft Kitchens Whangarei did just that by making a feature of Black American Oak cabinets, and surrounding them with a mixture of gloss and satin white floor cabinets and island. The powerful Black American Oak not only draws the eye, but also features throughout the house. The bench tops are pure white Caesarstone.

This kitchen features a hide-away scullery set behind the double fridge-freezer wall. The stainless steel appliances, along with the beautiful polished concrete floors, provide a neutral colour to balance the black and white palette. A stylish bar is cleverly hidden by foldaway doors in the hallway adjacent to the kitchen, making entertaining fun and easy.

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A large kitchen island is an open invitation: Come and chat. Come and do homework. Come and spend time together.

Focal Point

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Otago
Designed by Robyn McFarlane

Having previously designed and produced a kitchen in this home for a former owner a few years ago, Robyn McFarlane from Mastercraft Kitchens Otago had a unique opportunity to rethink the same space for a very different family.

This new family of six entertains a lot and needed generous space around the island bench. In addition to a spacious, functional kitchen, the brief also called for light, modern colours.

Robyn incorporated a schist-style splash back to provide a spectacular focal point. Lacquer joinery, stone bench tops, and push-to-open drawers add to the feeling of elegance and sophistication.

Inset ceiling lights, LED strips on the centre island and hanging pendants for task lighting provide both a practical lighting solution and a luxurious ambience.


Use light to create drama and draw attention to detail. The LED strip lighting under the island bench highlights the beautiful wood grain effect.

Simply effective

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Tauranga
Designed by Jes Gordon

This clean-lined contemporary kitchen for a family of four was designed as part of a major renovation to a modern-style 90s house. The brief to Design Consultant Jes Gordon from Mastercraft Kitchens Tauranga was for a more modern, open and family friendly space.

Pared right back, it is now predominantly white, warmed up with some timber highlights at the base of the island and the overhead cabinetry unit above that houses the extractor, and detailed with black accents.

A full-height bank of cabinetry stores crockery and cutlery so the table can be laid without interrupting the cook.

Hide and seek

The compact scullery is extremely useful, There is an abundance of storage and bench space, plus the addition of the second sink allows a second wash-up space.

More storage cupboards are cleverly hidden beneath the kitchen island, giving this compact kitchen ample storage.

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Minimal Looks, Maximum Effect

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Ashburton
Designed by James Donaldson

Less is more – a phrase that is often associated with the renowned architect and furniture designer Mies Van Der Rohe – puts forward the notion that simplicity and clarity leads to good design. This kitchen design by James Donaldson from Mastercraft Kitchens Ashburton, draws the same conclusion.

Clean lines, handle-less drawers and cupboards, and a monochromatic colour palette all add to the simplicity, yet hidden beneath its minimalistic façade are all the functions and practicalities of a large kitchen and scullery for a busy family.

Tucked away behind a sliding door at the rear of the kitchen is a very functional butler’s pantry that contains even more storage, another dishwasher, sink and space for small appliances.

The lighting plan was minimalist. LED strips recessed into the overhead cabinetry provide task lighting, and a slick LED blade light hanging over the island benchtop blends in so well with the clean lines of the kitchen, it’s almost unnoticed.

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Less is more. A minimalist palette will allow other items of interest to really ‘pop’.

Art Deco Do-up

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Christchurch
Designed by Dominique van Roosmalen

As this cute galley kitchen sits in a house that exudes Art Deco style, it was obvious that the kitchen follows suit.

This kitchen makes very clever use of the limited space available. LED downlighting set under the generous overhead bench cupboards helps to create a sense of warmth and spaciousness. A stainless steel mounted rod provides a stylish and practical storage solution for frequently used items.

The extending island, finished in American Oak with a white wash stain, contrasts beautifully with the kitchen’s 20mm granite benchtop (Nero Angola ‘suede’ finish).

Opposite the bench area, the pantry and extra storage cupboards are beautifully finished in American Oak veneer with dark stain and clear lacquer finish.


The less space, the more important it is to find design strategies that work. Overhead cupboards and on-wall storage are both great space-saving options.

Coastal Connection

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens Wellington
Designed by Krisy Gibbs & Tony Hawes

This entire house was built to take in the expansive Wellington Harbour views and the superb kitchen is an integral part of that thinking.

Designed by Krisy Gibbs and Tony Hawes and installed by Mastercraft Kitchens Wellington, the open plan nature of this design connects the cook with the rest of the house and does so in a fun and relaxed manner.

The kitchen island is a feature – topped with a white macaubus bench top and waterfall. This top contrasts with the Black Pearl Granite top that surrounds the hob and cute hide-away ledge behind the sink. A scullery sits beyond a sliding door and provides a practical extension of the kitchen area.


When planning your kitchen consider how you cook, entertain, and share this space with the rest of your family.

Back in Black

Produced by Mastercraft Kitchens North Canterbury
Designed by Larissa Breukelaar

The house this kitchen sits in overlooks Sumner/Scarborough in Christchurch. Stunning views and loads of natural light created a superb blank canvas for designer Larissa Breukelaar to work with. The challenge was to complement the view – not compete with it.

Larissa’s solution is this beautiful galley-style kitchen featuring stunning black cabinetry and components. The doors are finished in luxe matte black. Even the cabinet carcasses are black and are topped with black acrylic benchtops in the kitchen and scullery.

The walnut timber feature bench boasts a dovetail detail and waterfall end. The use of this timber brings warmth and texture into the space and matches other elements in this lovely home such as the stairs and bathroom cabinetry.

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White is a great choice for a kitchen colour but there are other options. Black is classy and practical. Using a mixture of gloss and matte surfaces creates a stunning look.

Every cabinet solution

At Mastercraft Kitchens we specialise in extending themes and materials to other rooms in your home to create a sense of consistency.

We design and install bespoke cabinetry for bathrooms, living areas, garages, and anywhere you can think of that requires custom cabinets or shelving.

Your home, and your lifestyle is unique to you so come and talk to us about your ideas.

Add value to your home with customised cabinets that complement the kitchen’s themes throughout the entire house.

Go with the flow

Of course kitchens are not the only wet areas in your home – designing your new kitchen creates an excellent opportunity to also stamp your style on your bathrooms and ensuites.

Create harmony throughout your home by continuing bench top and cabinetry from your kitchen through to your bathrooms, or compliment them with similar features. Take soft-close or push-to-open drawers in there too!

Well designed, quality kitchens and bathrooms add real value to your home. Styles have changed extensively in the last few years so it’s a great idea to get our talented designers involved in your renovation or new build.

Quality kitchens and bathrooms not only sell houses, they turn your home into a luxurious haven. Let us help you transform your home from ordinary to exquisite.

Why choose Mastercraft?

  • Designed exclusively for you

    We don’t use a cookie cutter approach to our customers’ kitchens.

    We will work with you to understand your wants, needs, and personality, and then design a kitchen uniquely for you.

  • Surprisingly affordable

    Our kitchens will generally cost the same or less than comparable big store kitchen packages. When you consider that we guide you through the process and install the kitchen for you it’s a straightforward decision. Why do all the work and pay more for it?

  • Award winning designs

    Mastercraft are multi award winners. We bring the same flair, attention-to-detail, focus on quality materials, and precision installation to your kitchen — no matter how big or small.

  • Locally designed, manufactured and installed

    We have an extensive network across New Zealand — all with design, manufacture, and installation capabilities. So no matter where you reside or where your kitchen project is located, Mastercraft Kitchens is in your area.

  • Ten year guarantee

    We are so confident in our workmanship, we guarantee that our kitchens, manufactured in-house, will be free from defects arising from faulty workmanship (for each and every owner of the property) for ten years from the date of installation.

The heart of your home

As a devout foodie, I believe the look and feel of the kitchen is crucial to the character and flavour of the home.

When you choose Mastercraft Kitchens, you’ll be in the hands of qualified, experienced people who understand that a kitchen is more than affordable custom design, more than durable, quality materials.

Mastercraft understands that your kitchen is the hub where families and friends congregate. Where food is prepared and shared.

Mastercraft understands that your kitchen is the beating heart of your home.

— Trudi Nelson is a radio / TV host and newsreader and a Past President of The New Zealand Guild of Food Writers. Trudi also runs an online foodie blog: Fresh in the kitchen (