Kitchens by Mastercraft 2020 Look Book

Kitchens by Mastercraft Kitchens
2020 Edition

Welcome to our 2020 Look Book

Welcome to the 4th edition of our popular Kitchens Look Book, showcasing custom joinery from around Aotearoa. It’s only a taste of what our fabulous in-house designers and craftsmen created during 2019.

With locations throughout NZ, we are a tight-knit team of experienced designers and cabinetmakers, who specialise in bespoke kitchens and joinery.

We collaborate with our clients to create kitchens that suit each family’s unique needs and desires. We bring you trending styles as well as classic looks and materials, partnering with the best suppliers in the industry. Each kitchen we create is locally made, unique and premium quality.

I hope you enjoy our 2020 kitchen collection. For more photos, visit the website links on each page – because a picture speaks 1000 words. Also check out our photo galleries on

Happy kitchen planning!

Kristen Reid
Head Designer, Mastercraft Kitchens

Feature-Filled and Fabulous

By Mastercraft Kitchens Christchurch
Designed by Fleur Jourdain

Quite aside from the fact that this magnificent kitchen exudes quality and style, it has so many features that are easy to miss on first glance.

The strong presence of the kitchen is created by using steel beams and columns surrounding the cabinetry, along with full-length custom-made handles for the pantry and integrated fridge doors. The steel range hood cover is also custom-made.

Packed full of everything a kitchen could need, it’s a highly functional space with pull-out pantries, a Space Tower, coffee machine, Le Mans corner storage unit and also a boiling/chilled/sparkling water dispenser.

The pièce de résistance however is the large raised breakfast bar, which can pivot out from the island to create a raised dining table that can comfortably seat eight people.

A skylight situated directly above the bench brings nature close and throws natural light down into the working space.

Adjacent to the kitchen is an impressive outdoor kitchen and lounge area, which is a functioning kitchen itself, and makes the most of the elevated rural views surrounding this home. See ‘Alfresco Living – Kiwi Style’ later in this book.

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  • Benchtop: – Main and back bench: Granite Absolute Black, Textured Finish
    – Raised pivoting bench: Solid timber
  • Cabinets: Prime Veneer Carob ¼ cut
  • Handles: Custom-made, finished in Anthracite Supermatt Luxe
  • Hardware: Blum Legrabox and Space Tower soft-close, Wesco Pullboy soft-close, Hafele Le Mans and Dispensa units
  • Sink: Franke Mythos Fusion
  • Splashback: Tiles
  • Acknowledgements: Bayshore Builders, Roz Hamilton Design, Celia Visser

Country Chic

By Mastercraft Kitchens Wellington
Designed by Tony Hawes & Kezna Cameron

This client had very definite ideas about creating a modern country kitchen with a classic look, in keeping with the rest of the style of this new home. Notably, the kitchen island with ‘criss-cross’ ends and table frame, and horizontal tongue and groove looks like a furniture piece.

Open shelves next to the large Aga oven, and the plate stands in the scullery add further distinctive elements to this kitchen. Attention to detail is everything – from the cabinet handles and panel style, to the taps and gas outlet above the Aga… all exude elegance, charm and chic.

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  • Benchtop: Silestone Yukon – By Bramco Granite & Marble
  • Cabinets: Panelform Lincoln Design. Painted Dulux China Mask (island T&G painted Dulux ¼ White Verdict)
  • Handles: Armac Corona Knobs
  • Hardware: Blum Legrabox and Bins soft-close, Hafele Lavido pull-out pantry (scullery)
  • Splashback: Tiled
  • Acknowledgements: Aramus Limited

Orange Is The New Black

By Mastercraft Kitchens Wairarapa

Stepping into this kitchen, one just wants to touch the perfect black surface of the cabinets – and when you do so, no fingerprints will be left behind! The flat panels, with a matte finish give a softness to the texture of this kitchen.

The combination 20mm Birch Oak Ply and Stone benchtop is a clever shift away from more common benchtop looks, and enhances this kitchen’s sleek, minimalistic appeal. Linking the timber bench to the shelf under the window, and framing the window with timber too, is designerinspired genius.

Orange is a bold and lively pop of colour that contrasts beautifully with the dark cabinetry. The splashback is painted glass, with Resene Trinidad.

A scullery is cleverly hiding behind a flush handle-less door, so when closed it looks like a wall… but it opens to uncover an Aladdin’s cave of kitchen goodies.

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  • Benchtop: – Stone: Silestone Merop
    – Timber: Plytech Birch Oak Plywood
  • Cabinets: Flat Panel, painted Perfect Sense Black, matte finish
  • Hardware: Blum Tandembox and Bins soft-close
  • Sink: Ikon Stainless Steel Single Bowl with Insert Sink Undermounted
  • Splashback: Painted Glass, Resene Trinidad
  • Acknowledgements: Thistle Building Company

Lustrous Lines

By Mastercraft Kitchens Otago
Designed by Rebecca McGoun & Robyn McFarlane

On approaching this kitchen, the long granite bench with half waterfall front and ends is a feature you can’t help but notice. This look is achieved by careful attention-to-detail to match the pattern of the black and white marbled granite on the corners. The end result is striking and oozes luxury.

The rest of the kitchen provides a subtle backdrop to the bench, allowing it to be the star of the show. This look is achieved by flush handle-less push-to-open American Oak Veneer cabinets in a combination of Natural and Black stained finishes.

The extended panel light above the benchtop is barely noticeable along the horizontal lines of this kitchen. It complements the overall feeling of calm and simplicity, which understates its many hidden features. The wine fridge with its timber shelving further ties in the black/ timber relationship.

Tucked under the window at the end of the kitchen is a subtle bar leaner. When dining outdoors, opening the window connects the two spaces.

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  • Benchtop: – Island: Granite Silver Forest
    – Back bench and bar leaner: Eurostone Absolute White
  • Cabinets: Bestwood American Oak Veneer, Natural and Stained Black, Crown Cut Finish
  • Handles: Handleless except for DishDrawers - Hafele Recessed
  • Hardware: Blum Tandembox Antaro, Aventos – push-toopen and Servo Drive. Hafele pantry
  • Sink: Blanco Undermounted, Black
  • Splashback: Eurostone Absolute White
  • Acknowledgements: Architectural Designer: Bryce Monk, Threefold Architecture
    Builder: Blair Coupe

Modern Meets Traditional

By Mastercraft Kitchens Whangamata
Designed by Nikita Woodhouse

Part of an extensive renovation, the clients’ brief for this kitchen included: Having good indoor-outdoor flow and incorporating leftover timber beams from the older part of the home.

The large square granite topped island is the centrepiece, with a butlers sink that pairs beautifully with the timber accents, white cabinetry and subway tiled splashback. The same benchtop is continued on the back bench and into the scullery.

The hidden scullery is a unique feature of this kitchen, and a clever use of the corner wall. It can be closed away using ceiling-hung sliding doors, and when open it becomes an extension of the main kitchen. It houses a convection oven and coffee machine, making it a coffee and breakfast preparation area. When entertaining, close it off and hide the dishes until guests have left.

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  • Benchtop: Black Honed Granite
  • Cabinets: Raised Panel Shaker Style, painted Dulux Okarito
  • Handles: Archant Delamore and Rewa
  • Hardware: Archant Butlers Sink
  • Drawers: Hettich Soft Close Drawers, Hideaway Bin Drawer
  • Splashback: Subway Tiles

Top to Toe Grandeur

By Mastercraft Kitchens Christchurch
Designed by Fleur Jourdain

Designed and created for clients who build high-end, bespoke homes, when it came to their own kitchen there was no doubt it would have the WOW factor.

The striking full wall granite look, with hidden door (to laundry) is Neolith, a large format sintered surface. The polished finish of the cabinetry reflects the lighting and gives the kitchen its opulent feel. This is continued throughout all three zones as the splashback.

The impressive engineered stone benchtop ‘Raven’ matches the Acrylic Gloss ‘Pewter’ overhead cabinets. The white cabinets are also Acrylic Gloss, continuing the polished look. The fridge and freezer are hidden behind integrated doors.

This large kitchen is extended even further with a walk-in pantry tucked away behind a bar area, both with open shelves which are high pressure laminate ‘Blackened Linewood’, chosen for their durability.

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  • Benchtop: Caesarstone Raven, polished
  • Cabinets: Prime Panels Acrylic Gloss Alabaster & Pewter
  • Hardware: Blum Tandembox, Space Tower & Orgaline Cutlery inserts. Hafele Cleaner Pullout, Wesco Pullboy Servo Drive
  • Sink: Archant Robique Undermounted
  • Splashback: Neolith Porcelain

French Farmhouse Charm

By Mastercraft Kitchens Tauranga
Designed by Jes Gordon

The kitchen in this new rural home oozes French farmhouse country charm, with its bold tongue-andgroove cabinets lacquered with Resene Avalanche. The look is completed by traditional brass cup handles.

A large window above the back bench lets in plenty of natural light, not to mention the views. The sink is situated on this back bench instead of a typical island sink. This leaves the island clear and gives more room for bar stools, inviting family and friends to come and side around it.

The benchtops are Silestone Quartz ‘Eternal Pearl Jasmine’ finished with a solid 50mm depth giving this kitchen its sense of solidity and quality.

The scullery complements the kitchen, with the same tiles and brass cup handles and a combination of subtly textured cabinets under the benches, and woodgrain melamine open shelving above.

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  • Benchtop: Silestone Quartz – Eternal Pearl Jasmine
  • Kitchen Cabinets: Panelform Tyburn Profile Doors, lacquered Resene Avalanche
  • Scullery Cabinets: Prime Melamine Honed Silica (velvet finish), Bestwood Melamine Tasman Elm (wilderness finish)
  • Handles: Enko Toronto Bright Bronze Cup
  • Sink: Burns & Ferrall Elleci Quadra Aluminium Grey, Undermounted
  • Hardware: Hafele Alto soft-close

The Trifecta

By Mastercraft Kitchens Botany
Designed by Caroline Charman

For those who love entertaining - and for larger families - it’s now common when designing kitchens to consider multiple zones. This newly built home showcases how to tie multiple kitchen zones together.

The light and airy galley kitchen is complemented by a bar/drinks area to the right side, and a scullery is tucked behind this. A divider wall and bulkhead cleverly separates these spaces and yet they remain connected by well thought-out colours and textures.

With a total of three working areas, complete with a sink and appliances to complement each space, there will be no falling over each other in this busy household!

The open shelves in the bar area are a stylish touch, and the bar also includes an instant hot water tap – no jug required.

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  • Benchtop: Uniquartz Sparkling White, Polished
  • Cabinets: – Kitchen and Scullery: Acrylic Alabaster Velvet
    – Bar and under kitchen bench: Prime Panels - Melamine Ironsand Velvet
    – Overhead cabinets/Shelves: Melteca Aged Ash Puregrain. Smartcube by Hafele
  • Handles: Enko Memphis Black
  • Hardware: Blum Tandembox and Bins soft-close
  • Sink: Blanco Metra 9 Anthracite Undermounted
  • Splashback: Tiles

Stately Charm

By Mastercraft Kitchens Palmerston North
Designed by Sue Healey

This renovation was about making the most of the view beyond the living area windows, creating ample space for entertaining, and storage, storage, storage.

The clever storage solutions are the gems that make this kitchen super functional. They include glass-fronted cabinets in back of the island, ample over-bench cabinets, toe-space drawers and spice drawers.

The long island bench is stylishly interrupted with Panama drop-in chopping board/herb/knife accessories. These also cleverly ‘hide’ the sink from view.

The splashback grapevine print gives this kitchen a cheerful, luxurious ambience and is complemented by white and timber cabinets with burnished iron handles.

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  • Benchtop: Silestone Daria by Bramco
  • Cabinets: – Main and back bench: Granite Absolute Black, Textured Finish
    – Raised pivoting bench: Solid timber
  • Handles: Archant Burlington Burnished Iron
  • Hardware: Hettich Atira soft-close drawers, Spice Drawers, Push-to-Open Toe-Space Drawers
  • Splashback: Glassart – printed photograph

Steam Punk Inspired

By Mastercraft Kitchens North Canterbury
Designed by Andrew Silcock

Kiwi ingenuity and a clear vision of what they wanted, enabled the owner of this home to create their steam-punk inspired kitchen full of unique and interesting elements.

The negative detailing on the stone benchtop is achieved by starting with a 30mm slab and creating a shark-nose edge to give the illusion of it being 20mm. The aluminium black powdercoated Hafele extrusion handle continued negative detail on the cabinetry results in a seamless visual effect.

The rich dark melamine cabinetry (Bestwood Black Wilderness) required something quite different to standard white internal cabinetry. Instead the carcasses are finished in Bestwood Honed Slate. Fitted with many storage features including a Blum Space Tower in black, the cupboards are brightened with LED lights that turn on automatically when opened.

The most unique element of this complex kitchen however, is the smoked glass splashback – behind which is the scullery. One can see out from the scullery into the kitchen and living spaces, but can only see through to the scullery and prep area from the kitchen when all the lights are on.

This is an engineering triumph, as the wall above the splashback had to be cantilevered so that it can support itself, rather than put pressure on the glass below.

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  • Benchtop: – Main bench: Granite Atlantic Stone
    – Second bench: Granite Jet Black
  • Cabinets: – Exterior: Bestwood Black Wilderness
    – Interior: Honed Slate
  • Splashback: Smoked Glass

Chef’s Haven

By Mastercraft Kitchens Central Lakes

The owner of this newly built home is a chef and author of multiple cookbooks, who spends a lot of time in her kitchen experimenting. This kitchen needed to be a space where friends congregate as they are keen entertainers. It includes a large pantry with enough room for an array of utensils, dishes, small appliances and jars of home-made goodies – all easily accessible on open shelves.

The kitchen island provides a large workspace to one side, with bar stools offset for friends and family to interact and sample delicacies, and it also leads to an outdoor entertaining area.

The striking iron-look splashback is a 100% natural product – Techno Porcelain, and is emphasised by LED strip lights above the cooktop.

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  • Benchtop: Granite Viscount White by Artisan Stone
  • Cabinets: Dezignatec Acrylic Slab Doors: Pewter Gloss
  • Sink: Ikon Stainless Steel
  • Drawers: Blum, Aventos lifters, Tanova soft-close bin
  • Splashback: Artisan Stone - Neolith Techno Porcelain, Iron Grey Satin
  • Acknowledgements: Plimmer Building Contractors

Cool, Calm & Country

By Mastercraft Kitchens Southland
Designed by Tracy Clearwater

Sometimes a renovation is the time to rethink your home layout and go right back to the drawing board. This kitchen was designed in a different part of the home to its predecessor, and fits into this space perfectly.

It’s a modern take on a traditional country kitchen, and the duck-egg blue cabinetry colour (Resene Nepal) gives it a unique cool, calm ambience.

The large double butlers sink is undermounted in the polished Caesarstone benchtop. The island has a large overhang to allow for bench seats, giving the cook ample room on the kitchen side.

Internal drawers are an elegant solution. They provide the visual effect of sleek, pared back cabinets, while retaining the functionality of cutlery, utensil and cup top drawers.

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  • Benchtop: Caesarstone, Nougat
  • Cabinets: Sunken Panel Drawer and Door Fronts, painted Resene Nepal
  • Handles: Archant Delamore Antique Brass Oyster
  • Sink: Butler sink – 1 ½ bowls
  • Hardware: Hafele: Alto soft-close drawer systems and pull-out pantry
  • Splashback: Subway tiles

Curves & Contrasts

By Mastercraft Kitchens Pukekohe
Designed by Kim Primrose

Building a new home can afford the ability to think completely outside the square. This homeowner has done this quite literally. They requested the kitchen area to be ‘softened’ to create a kitchen that was easy to socialise in.

By curving the kitchen bench, seating can be placed around three sides, making it a great place to sit and chat. Offsetting the sink to one end leaves more space for entertaining and serving. This is a clever solution when the overall bench size isn’t large.

The island sits on recessed toe kicks with coloured LED lights, which adds drama to the kitchen and contrast to the black and white.

The scullery is doorless with open shelves for quick access to everything the cook needs.

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  • Benchtop: – Curved island: Silestone Blanco Matrix Arris
    – Back bench: Jet Black Honed Granite
  • Cabinets: – Drawers and Cupboards: Melteca Snowdrift Naturale
    – Below Island: Bestwood Black Wilderness
  • Handles: Archant Swan Antique Brown
  • Sink: Santorine Lisbon 1 ¼ - stainless steel
  • Drawers: Hafele Alto soft-close
  • Splashback: Misty Mirror
  • Scullery Bench: High Pressure Laminate Formica, Ebony Oxide
  • Scullery Cabinets: Meltica Snowdrift Naturale

Scandinavian Style Bach

By Mastercraft Kitchens Wairarapa
Designed by Stephanie Barnes

The interior walls of this newly built bach is completely clad in Poplar/Birch plywood, including the kitchen cabinets. This kitchen may look understated on first glance, but every inch of the craftsmanship is on show, from the exposed end-grain profiles to the negative details between the cupboard doors and walls. Accuracy was paramount to ensure every piece of this kitchen sits perfectly flush.

A selection of the plywood cabinets are covered in black linoleum, and the black overhead cupboards are finished in a black matte Perspex, ensuring they are light enough to open.

Handholds have been cut into these cupboards, leaving the end-grain profile of the plywood to be the star of the show.

The splashback photo, taken by the homeowners’ son, has been printed onto glass. Printed splashbacks personalise and add interest, and this image complements the tones used throughout the kitchen.

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  • Benchtop: – Stainless Steel
    – Corner: Corian Glacier White
  • Cabinets: Birch Plywood. Three finishes: Clear Varnish, Charcoal Marmoleum, and Matte Black Perspex
  • Sink: Archant Robiq welded into bench
  • Splashback: Metro Glass & Capital Glass – printed photograph
  • Acknowledgements: Michael Cooper Architects, Crosson Architects, Thistle Building Company

Alfresco Living – Kiwi Style

In our modern homes we are increasing our cooking, dining and entertaining areas more than ever before. To complement this trend, we also now see more homes that include alfresco – or outside dining – areas. And why not?

We’re fortunate in most parts of New Zealand to have long hot summers (and usually autumns too), so a great many evenings are spent out-of-doors – if your home allows this comfortably.

When designing outdoor entertaining areas, the sky is literally the limit. Less constrained by wall space and structural beams, you can look more to factors such as the aspect of your home, where you get the most sun, views and what size deck or patio area you can have.

Pictured here are examples of outdoor kitchens our Mastercraft Kitchens teams from around New Zealand have designed and created for clients.

Some outdoor kitchens are simply in-built barbecues with an all-weather benchtop. For the more elaborate there are sinks (great for filleting fresh-caught fish too), appliances, and extra storage.

Our designers specify materials that are suited to outdoor conditions, creating outdoor spaces that look wonderful for years to come.

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Mastercraft Kitchens is the industry leader in kitchen and home joinery design and manufacture throughout New Zealand. Your kitchen will be designed and manufactured by locals who pride themselves on creating practical, stylish kitchens that clients will adore for years. We also specialise in bespoke joinery throughout the home – bathrooms, wardrobes, storage areas, office nooks, built-in furniture and more, as pictured above.

We love our Mastercraft Kitchen. The quality of the workmanship and the fact it is so user-friendly to work in would appeal to anyone wanting to update their kitchen or to have a completely new one. I love working in the kitchen – with the bonus of a butler’s kitchen and we have had so many positive comments from friends and family. Thank you for making this a pleasure to work it. It is quick and easy to clean and always looks good!

— P Blay, Rangiora

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We were introduced to Nathan from Mastercraft Electrical Taranaki when we renovated our home. He gave us excellent advice and we were thrilled with the result. Nathan and his staff were very professional. They were a pleasure to have in our home with their friendly confident attitudes.

— P Mullin, Taranaki