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Thinking out of the box in the middle of the house
We spoke to Fiona about how the renovation project has changed the way that her husband, two children and herself spend time in their Camberwell home.
“We rearranged the front of the house,” says Fiona of a project that saw a wall knocked out to join the existing kitchen and formal dining room into one larger space.
Another wall was reconfigured to create a welcoming flow from the front door direct into the new kitchen / dining area.
And an additional skylight was installed to brighten the whole space.
“We weren’t really using the formal dining room anyway so now we’ve got a big large kitchen with a big island bench where we can socialise,” says Fiona.
“We spend more time as a family there – from reading a paper to having a meal. The kids can sit and chat or do their homework while I’m cooking.
“We love socialising and entertaining so it was important not to have a strip of stools down one side of the island. We have five or so seats and everyone gathered around so it’s more social.
“I often have a crew of people here where a glass of wine will turn into a meal.
“It’s a great social space.”
Functionality with added style
Fiona was absolutely determined to get the best result with her new kitchen.
She already had a keen interest in design, and took an interior design course as part of the preparation for choosing the best layout and style.
“I spent a lot of time trying to understand what style I’d like. I looked at lots of magazines and did a lot of research online,” she says.
Fiona decided on a modern Hamptons look with predominately white cabinetry, but colour was also key.
“We spent a lot of time choosing the right colour to make sure we got that really deep blue at the bottom of the island and also the desk area,” she says.
“That gives a bit of contrast so it’s not all white.”
Once Fiona settled on a style, she researched the quality components and materials that would best suit her family’s day-to-day lifestyle.
Fiona loves the specially built cupboards where the kids put their school gear, and her husband dumps his golf equipment.
“It’s just one part of a really functional design that’s right for your family. We also built a desk area where I work when I’m working from home.”
One element was a must-have: Calacatta marble.
“I love Calacatta marble, and in a perfect world I’d have that all over my island bench,” she adds.
“But with two children and a young family I felt it would have got ruined so we chose Caesarstone for the benchtops and island. It’s simply more durable, easier to keep clean and not going to get damaged.”
The Calacatta marble still takes pride of place in this kitchen – as a beautiful feature splashback.
Fiona has been bowled over by the Blum pull-out drawers in her large pantry.
“I’ve never had pull-out drawers and they are great. It’s so easy to get food in and out. I love them.”
Impressed by Rosemount’s quality and project management
Fiona considered a number of kitchen companies before choosing Rosemount to build and install her new kitchen.
She found Rosemount online and then went to two of our showrooms to see the quality.
“I think it’s really important to go into showrooms or houses that have been done to check the quality of the finishes yourself,” she says.
She enjoyed working with Rosemount’s designer, who also managed a number of tradesmen involved in structural and demolition work, as well as the kitchen renovation.
“Everyone knows that in a project like this, when so many people are involved, some things will go wrong,” adds Fiona.
“How you deal with that makes the difference and Rosemount were fantastic. The designer sorted out any issues and nothing was ever a trouble.
“When it came to the installation, if something wasn’t quite right he took it away and came back with the perfect fit, or whatever the issue was.”
It’s really important to listen to a client’s ideas, work together and realise their vision. Fiona had an excellent eye for design and we were able to bring professional expertise to ensure an exceptional end result
Mark Tonkin, Rosemount Kitchens
Key Kitchen Features
Island Bench – Caesarstone London Grey with 50mm edge profile
Benchtops – Caesarstone Pure White with 50mm edge profile
Cabinet doors, panels and kickboards – Elite 2 Pack Polyurethane in Dulux Lexicon Quarter and Sapphire Stone satin finish
Splashback – Calacatta marble
Storage solutions – Hafele Kessebohmer Le Mans II corner system, Blum pull-out drawers
Waste disposal – Hafele One2Five dual slide out bins
Appliances and Accessories
Oven and Steam Oven – AEG
Microwave – Panasonic
Rangehood – Whispair Barcelona
Hotplate – AEG
Dishwasher – AEG
Refrigerator – Fisher Paykel
Sink – Shaw’s Shaker double sink
Tap – Armando Vicario
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Our designer was just fantastic. He wanted our kitchen to come to fruition as much as we did.
Rosemount is a premium product and they should be very proud of the results they produce. Our neighbours walked in and just went ‘wow’. And that wow factor is the difference.
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.
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
I just love this kitchen. It’s worked out perfectly. 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.
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
A complete kitchen renovation was performed with as little disruption as possible to our household. Having had plenty of work done around the house over the years, I recognise and appreciate quality work, and Rosemount provide that in abundance. They’re also terrific people to deal with.
Our decision to contract Rosemount resulted in a high end result, within budget and on time. The company’s wonderful team had the expertise, experience and dedication to guide the project from start to finish making the renovation a great experience and not a burden.
Rosemount were by far the best of the trades we dealt with in our whole renovation, and continue to be. And we had a great kitchen designer who was clearly excited about doing something a bit different and edgier. He really brought some of my ideas in the kitchen to life.
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
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