Penthouse Renovation



When Sue Gillbanks of Kitchens By Design arrived at the top floor of the penthouse apartment overlooking Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore, she immediately understood that a superior kitchen design with clever use of space in a confined area was a must.




Enlisting the team’s help at Kitchens By Design, the clients were reassured that they were getting a unique made-to-measure kitchen, something very special indeed. When it came to the brief, the clients had a particular look in mind, a contemporary, classic style that would not date.




Corian® Clam Shell instantly met their requirements. The clients were long-time supporters of Corian®, having previously used it in their kitchen, and they understood its longevity. They also loved the colour and movement of Clam Shell, which brought out warmth and light. A classic and sophisticated look was instantly achieved by having a chunky bench.




A few tricks of the trade had to be carefully considered within the project. Neither the plumbing nor ducting could be moved because it was a top floor apartment. Also, good lighting was a must as the kitchen space had no window. LED strip lighting and a natural-looking colour palette led by the Corian® all helped to bounce the much needed light around the space.



Corian® Colour(s):


  • Benchtop

Design By: Sue Gillbanks of Kitchens By Design

Photography: Gareth Cooke / Subzero Images

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