What made you decide against simply renovating the existing kitchen?
We tried a number of ways to fit what we wanted into the existing room. At one stage we were thinking about maybe knocking out a wall and making a bigger kitchen in the existing space, with a smaller lounge.
But it was too much of a compromise. We just weren’t achieving the effect we wanted, which was a big inclusive kitchen, with perhaps a smaller TV area, because most of our time spent entertaining is around the kitchen and the dining table.
It was a timber kitchen, and it was very small and separate from the rest of the house. We tried to work with that space, but we wanted an island bench and it just wasn’t going to work.
We also wanted to make it bigger so it was more open, so we decided to put the kitchen on the other side of the house, and also extend the house.
As we can see from your photos, the result is a transformation.
I love everything about it. From the pantry doors coming out, to the fact it’s now far more open, and the use of the yard with the house is definitely much better.
I love everything about the bench. We use it for breakfast every morning, and then there’s the social aspect. Before, I always used to be in the kitchen when everyone else was out in the lounge or the yard. That was great for keeping a mess “hidden”, but this new set up is just terrific. It allows for far more interaction when I’m cooking.
I also love the drawers – they’re terrific for storing things. We only had cupboards in the old kitchen, and in this one we also don’t have corner cupboards where everything gets lost. We had people here last week and they were saying: “Oh my goodness, where did you get the kitchen from.”
I think it’s also important to say that it doesn’t have to be a new home to have a new modern kitchen.
Essentially this is an old style house, and we’ve created a modern space without compromising the look, feel or character of the home itself.
2-pack high gloss cabinetry in Dulux natural white and black glass splashbacks: Enhances the flood of natural light and complements the rich polished floorboards.
Expansive Caesarstone island bench: Large uninterrupted space for preparing and serving, and perfect for entertaining.
Caesarstone benchtops in Ocean Foam: Allow the backyard to be the “hero” through the new large bi-fold doors.
Pantry and Tandem Pantry: Flexible state-of-the-art solutions, including the innovative Hafele Kesseböhmer range, that fully utilise the space but keep everything within easy reach.
Blum Soft-Close Drawers: Work beautifully with the lightest touch and stand up to the heaviest loads.
Rosemount’s Mark Tonkin discussed the project with Linda and Mark for 12 months before the couple made the decision to go ahead.
This is an outstanding example of a kitchen that transforms a home – and how Linda, Mark and their family use the space. There were too many compromises in the old kitchen. To work with them and see what they have now is really satisfying.
Mark Tonkin, Rosemount Kitchens
Mark and Linda chat to Rosemount’s Mark Tonkin
How did you end up choosing Rosemount?
It was one of my girlfriends, and she’d been recommended by another friend. So we went round there for dinner and she was really, really happy. The transformation of her kitchen was amazing.
“We just got on the Rosemount website after that, saw the gallery and said, “well, this looks really good”. And then we made the phone call.
Your building and kitchen project took four months. How did everything go?
It was fantastic. We had a builder working on the rest of the house and he couldn’t believe how well the kitchen was made and put in, and the after sales service from Rosemount was fantastic.
When Mark or anyone picked up anything that had a chip or something – straight away it was fixed. He arranged for people to come round to fix small issues we weren’t even aware of.
We’ve had a lot of people coming here who may not be getting a kitchen right now, but will ultimately get one, and they’ve loved it.
What advice would you give to others looking to renovate their kitchen?
My auntie used to say: “You only pay for quality once.”
And I think that sums up how to do a kitchen renovation. If you go to Bunnings you will get something cheaper. But if you want something that’s going to stand the test of time and get really solid after-sales service, that’s what really sold us.
It’s the fact we just feel comfortable, we know Rosemount will be around for a long time and if we ever need anything done we just pick up the phone.
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Our designer was just fantastic. He wanted our kitchen to come to fruition as much as we did.
We’re thrilled with how the kitchen renovation has turned out. It’s gone from the darkest to the lightest room in the house. It looks so beautiful and I just love it.
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.
We did a full kitchen and bathroom renovation. Everyone within the company is fantastic, from the reps to the managers/owners to the tradesmen. We couldn’t have asked for a better team to look after this build.
Daniel & Anastasia
I’m sure we could have done our reno cheaper (although we did have a more expensive quote), but we couldn’t have done it better or had a smoother trouble free experience with such great trades and final result.
People love the kitchen, and are blown away with the transformation. And for me it’s not just beautiful, every part is so functional.
We have referred loads of people to Rosemount. They weren’t the cheapest company but for me it’s about the quality of the product. You get what you pay for.
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.
Sue and Howard Epstein
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.
Tony and Michelle
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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