Kitchen Distinction Award and Invitation to Judge

’70s kitchen replaced with winning design under $30k

Formica benchtops and copper rangehoods were commonplace in the ‘70s. And you have to say they were durable – the kitchen in this Havelock North house had lasted for 50 years.

But, not surprisingly, designer Trudi Rabbitte of Rabbitte Joinery says the original kitchen was tired, and it was also a dark space that needed a revamp.

“The clients were wanting to renovate the home, and the brief for the kitchen was for it to be in keeping with the home,” she says. “They had a preference for black and white; they wanted good storage and a place to hide small appliances away, and a seating area was a ‘must’.”

Rabbitte says the tight space was challenging – there needed to be enough storage, but she didn’t want the kitchen to feel cramped.

To lighten the space and make it larger, walls were moved and the hallway was straightened out. This created enough space for a small walk-in pantry where small appliances could be kept.

The kitchen won an NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award for a kitchen under $30k in the 2023 awards. Rabbitte has been invited to be one of the judges for the 2024 awards, which will be announced in September.


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