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This was our first time renovating, so it’s fair to say there was a little bit of trepidation on our part. But our experience was very positive and we’re thrilled with our new kitchen.
Julie Davie, Camberwell
Julie Davie never warmed to the kitchen in the Camberwell home her husband and young twins moved into more than a decade ago.
It was impractical with insufficient bench space, and after ten years of enduring the space, Julie decided it was time for a more modern look, with clean lines and natural light. That has been provided by a new east facing window and white cabinetry and bench tops.
The installation of an outdoor pool had also served to emphasise the kitchen’s poor orientation – and outlook.
Now that’s all changed, thanks to a Rosemount Kitchens renovation that has transformed how the Davie family view and use their most important room.
“We’ve made quite dramatic changes,” says Julie. “We’ve gone from black to white and now have a much better use of space and orientation, maximising the outlook to the pool and garden. We’re really, really happy with our new kitchen.”
Check out images of the kitchen pre and post renovation taken by Rosemount designer Reuben Hurst.
You can also read our Q&A with Julie below – where she discusses her first kitchen renovation experience and explains why she chose Rosemount over other providers.
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What made you decide to renovate?
The layout was poor. There was a big kitchen area but a very empty square space right in the middle. It felt like a ballroom space and the position of the sink was the bane of my life.
We put in a pool a few years ago and felt the current kitchen design and aspect didn’t really maximise the outlook.
The children were now teenagers and our family dynamics and needs had evolved. We felt the kitchen needed to reflect this too.
Why did you choose Rosemount for the renovation?
This was our first time renovating, so it’s fair to say there was a little bit of trepidation on our part.
We had a couple of kitchen reps come to our house but their suggestions seemed fairly ‘pedestrian’ and not unique or specific to our space. We wanted something different and dramatic and with a ‘wow’ factor. Unfortunately we were left wanting.
Our first meeting with Reuben was different. He has a background in interior design and his passion was evident. He could see the bigger picture and his eye for detail and finishes were so refreshing. We were very impressed.
The light and rangehood are real focal points in the new kitchen.
I was concerned, because it was such a big island bench space, about having a visible “join”. Reuben said, ‘if you’ve got a big focal light, bronze rangehood and the window, that’s what will draw people’s eyes’.
And he’s right. The join itself is not an issue, but no-one even looks at it. People come through those doors and it’s a “wow”. You’ve got the window outlook onto the garden and the light from the window, and the lovely big light and the rangehood – and it just all works.
We’d originally looked at a group of three pendant lights but Reuben suggested one really big dramatic light.
With the rangehood he suggested doing it in laminate rather than stainless steel. People think it’s bronze copper, and it really is a bit different, more authentic, individual and classy. It matches the trim too and it’s a great focal point, along with the light.
Was changing the orientation of the kitchen important?
We wanted to orient it more towards the pool and wanted a big square bench in the middle, because we knew we couldn’t change that space.
Reuben’s skills and expertise when it came to detail were just terrific. Things like the orienting of the cupboards and whether to have handles or not.
And I now love looking out the window at the garden. It’s like another room really. It’s just beautiful sitting there looking at the garden and the pool.
Rueben visited recently and suggested painting the inside trim of the new window in black, which would frame the garden outlook. I thought, ‘that’s a great idea’. So it’s on the list. We will do that.
What practical aspects of the new kitchen stand out?
I guess I always thought you’d have overhead cupboards but Reuben advised us to keep the majority of the cupboards/storage at waist height and below.
The kicker drawers are just great for storage. I love to cook so it’s a great place for all those trays for entertaining, and for plates – otherwise it would just be a dead space.
The corner solution that just comes out is also great because it’s so easy to access. We all know how useful that is because corner cupboards are notoriously hard to navigate and get stuff in. I’m thrilled with that.
Overall, it’s a much improved functional layout and use of space. We have gained significantly more bench space and our children are much more motivated to cook and develop their skills.
Was there much disruption during the renovation process?
We sold our existing kitchen prior to the installation of the new one so had to use the laundry which was not ideal but fine in the interim. Also being late October and pre-Christmas, it was a demanding time work and family wise.
Once all the paperwork was sorted, we received our “schedule of installation” and the works progressed. Rosemount’s staff, associated builder and electricians were highly skilled, professional and a pleasure to deal with.
Their attention to detail and consultative, professional manner is to be applauded. They were always happy to answer questions and allay any concerns. We were very impressed with their strong work ethic too.
Reuben was particularly helpful and patient in sourcing appliances and offering advice regarding lighting and stool recommendations and suppliers.
Our experience was very positive. I thought there might be hiccups with teeing up tradies, delays and things. But we didn’t experience any of those. We were always kept in the loop and knew what was happening.
Working together with customers on a project is so important. We listen to their ideas and bring our professional expertise to ensure the end result is exceptional. This renovation is a great example of that philosophy.
Mark Tonkin, Rosemount Kitchens
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Rosemount made this an easy and mostly seamless undertaking for us and the results are significantly better than we anticipated. To say we are delighted with our new kitchen is a gross understatement. It is just sensational.
The quality of the build cannot be faulted and the level of service we have experienced from Rosemount has been exceptionally good. Everyone we spoke to over the phone and those that visited our house were a delight to deal with.
Rosemount’s service was outstanding from start to finish. We love our new kitchen and couldn’t be happier with the experience we had. I would highly recommend Rosemount without hesitation.
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