Once I decided to stay in my townhouse, my first priority was a new kitchen. The old one was wasn’t bad, but it was the original and I wanted something modern. My kitchen is small, 247cm by 310cm, and I didn’t want any structural changes. I knew I wanted:
someone to design and build me a kitchen—I did not want pre-designed units fitted in
the electric hob changed to a gas hob
the kitchen to go in at the same time as the new double glazed windows
more storage space with most designed with a short person in mind
a stunning look
something completely practical.
Thank you both. You delivered. I love my new kitchen. And it’s hard to believe that you did most of the work while I was working in Melbourne. Installation was, for me, hassle free. I am immensely grateful for Jennie providing the colour for the units. You might recall I was heading off to Melbourne and I left the final decision in her hands. I can stand in the middle of my kitchen, open the dishwasher, and put everything away. Despite the small space not one drawer clashes with another when open. I can reach all but the top cupboards. I love the black sink, black gas hob, black granite bench top and black glass splashback. Even the black taps. You gave me the courage and the conviction that black would work and would look stunning. While I had originally wanted a large oven, you wisely suggested a tower instead with microwave, one and a half ovens and the much wanted (and loved) warming drawer. Your idea was far more practical and useful than mine. I have used those ovens so much. What I didn’t expect, but am so grateful for is the stunning lighting. Everyone who sees the kitchen comments on that lighting. I liked that:
you provided the basic design and cost
I could then choose and add cupboards, utilities, and units that I wanted and could afford
you updated the cost after each of my choices—there were no surprises
you (Jennie) met me at the railway station in Paraparaumu when I couldn’t drive my car from my house in Wellington to your premises (eye operation)
you introduced me to the builder
you were so friendly.
And thank you too—the subcontractors were excellent. The painter has since been back to paint the interior of my house. You provided a wraparound service—a new laundry tub at the last minute and a new cupboard in the dining room! And you put me in touch the lovely Helen who did the tiles for me. I would recommend you to everyone. Kind regards and thank you so much
Recently we commissioned a house build on the Kapiti Coast. Although our Designer/Architect was from Hawkes Bay, in all other respects we were able to support local operators in relation to all aspects of the house. Possibly one of our greatest points of good fortune was to appoint Waikanae Kitchen and Joinery for all the cabinetry and joinery throughout the house. From their thorough approach to the initial brief and the innumerable complexities warranting design focus throughout the project planning, Peter and Jennie Young were consummate professionals to deal with. Employing a wealth of inherent and accrued skill and talent they accomplished even the most difficult of tasks with smooth efficiency inspiring confidence as integral planning advisers, invariably going well beyond what might have been expected over many months during the build. After we moved into the new house Peter and Jennie were frequently in touch and readily available to fine-tune or tweak anything which needed attention.
Peter's eye for detail is beyond exceptional as is his preference for producing an end product in the 'perfect' category. Jennie's complementary skill-set and attention to administrative aspects throughout the build made Waikanae Kitchen & Joinery an absolute pleasure to deal with. Their's is, without doubt, an outstanding team operation and they are genuinely delightful people.
We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Waikanae Kitchen & Joinery/Peter and Jennie Young to anyone who might be wanting the very best in terms of cabinetry and joinery.
We are also very happy to be contacted by anyone considering the appointment of Waikanae Kitchen & Joinery.
Deb & John Feast, Waikanae Beach
027 602 3085
We recently moved to Waikanae Beach after purchasing an 11-year-old house there in 2016. It had a ghastly kitchen but with generally good bones, so to be sustainable we decided to give it a serious makeover rather than demolish it and start again. WKJ were recommended to us and we were delighted that Peter and Jennie were happy to work with some of the existing cabinet carcasses. The result was astonishing – the kitchen looks brand new and is admired (and envied) by all our visitors. It’s the best kitchen we’ve ever had!
Peter was meticulous in every aspect – from the tiniest detail to the practical use of every drawer, cupboard, benchtop and shelf. We were consulted and provided with a range of options for every component, including appliances and accessories. Our budget was discussed at the beginning of the project and an accurate and realistic quote submitted by WKJ. Our time frame was tight as we’d already booked the floor tiler and Peter ensured it was met with time to spare. All the kitchen’s subtrades were organised by WKJ and they too were great to work with, being reliable, trustworthy and providing high-quality workmanship.
Our kitchen was finished ahead of schedule, on budget (with no blow-outs) and totally free of any stress. Peter, Jennie and their team were a delight to work with – always friendly and helpful, with great communication and always very professional. The invoices and supporting spreadsheets were incredibly thorough; fully itemised and easy to follow. The ideas and suggestions provided by Peter and WKJ were excellent too. Our kitchen is superb – it’s far exceeded our expectations.
We have no hesitation in recommending WKJ and are looking forward to working with them again soon to makeover our family bathroom.
Beverley Main-Bayly and Evan Bayly, Waikanae Beach
We engaged Peter and Jennie to design and manufacture our kitchen due to their flair and options to achieve something special in the hub of the home. We didn't want the kitchen to look like a mass made kitset type that lets the value of your property down.
Peter came up with great ideas to give us maximum storage and counter space that looks modern but timeless. Instead of having dead space in conventional pantry he designed pull out drawers so you can see everything at a glance and nothing can be hidden in dark spaces. The huge deep drawers all have secret inner drawers so again no waste of space but everything at your finger-tips, all soft closing of course.
My special unit is the purpose made wine pantry, the envy of our friends and guests, discreet but just so functional. The quality of the fixtures and fittings, materials and solid tops are second to none.
One of the best parts of the project was Peter project managed the whole installation with all the of sub-contractors. We found all the sub-contractors to be excellent, professional and nothing was a problem, we will use them all again.
Thanks so much, we LOVE our kitchen, no disappointing elements.
C & C, Raumati Beach
We used Waikanae Kitchen and Joinery to design, manufacture and install our kitchen. The team were helpful, the choices were well explained, the components and workmanship were good, and we had none of the installation nightmares that some of our friends experienced.
I & D, Waikanae Beach
We are absolutely delighted with our new kitchen. Like others, we began the process by interviewing various friend-recommended kitchen design stores. The most important thing Peter did was to listen to what we wanted. His overall design, layout, functionality and aesthetics are wonderful and we couldn’t be happier. The bold colour choice, huge island and awesome splashback are eye-catching features that make our kitchen special. Our space is now more user-friendly and much more suited to our lifestyle. The kitchen is the social centre of our home with plenty of room for prep and cooking while at the same time, staying connected to our family and friends, thank you.
Jeff & Jenny, Paraparaumu
Peter and Jennie have completed 2 interior projects at my small home, a total bathroom rebuild, and matching bookcases for the lounge. In both cases the work exceeded my expectations. Peter listens attentively and his design ideas have stylishly incorporated my special requirements. I wanted a bathroom with a big mirror, wide vanity unit and plenty of storage space and beautiful matching bookcases that would blend in to the lounge.
WKJ pay great attention to detail in both workmanship and adherence to design to produce a high quality job. An example of special service, I had mistakenly left an irreplaceable net curtain at the bathroom window - Peter called round late one night on his way home from work and retrieved it from the rubbish skip. The sub-contractors involved were all highly skilled and pleasant.
Lorraine, Paraparaumu Beach
We had our existing kitchen updated by Waikanae Kitchen and Joinery which included new cupboard doors, new drawers in an existing pantry and several new cupboard units.
We found Peter and Jennie to be very helpful in providing advice on the different options available and in accommodating our requests. We are extremely pleased with the result and the workmanship is of a high standard.
We would thoroughly recommend them for any kitchen project.
M & D, Waikanae
I am very happy with my new granite bench top. The care and attention to detail was much appreciated.
MS, Nikau Valley
It is with absolute confidence that I recommend Peter and his team for project managing and installation of kitchens to a very high spec completion. Peter brought to the process extensive experience and expertise and engaged specialist tradesmen who provided great support, ongoing communication and guidance. I am a highly satisfied client and grateful for the input from all the tradesmen, they all did a thorough job and went above and beyond providing great attention to detail. The team in its entirety were professional and I'm now enjoying the benefits. Thank you for being there.
M W, Petone
On two home projects, we chose Waikanae Kitchen and Joinery as our preferred supplier. These were alterations in firstly our bathroom, which included removing a bath, installing a new shower, reshaping the room, and building in a wardrobe in our study thus turning it into a bedroom. Secondly, they did renovation work in our kitchen including installation of electrical equipment of different sizes and specifications to that which was previously there.
We would unhesitatingly state that we always had the most professional and reliable work completed to more than our satisfaction. Peter himself was always involved even when sub-contractors like electricians or plumbers did some of the work. He was meticulous right through to the finished product, always here when he said he would be, and a joy to discuss the project with. Jenny was always pleasant and helpful, and both made it a breeze to make selections where choices had to be made. I would certainly use their services again.
P & M, Waikanae
WKJ have been our first choice for bespoke joinery over the past 30 years. They bring extensive experience to creating solutions for our needs and the quality of their work is always excellent. We also value the hands on approach of Peter and Jennie - they were directly involved with us in a recent job from concept ideas to installation. We were delighted with the outcome.
W & S, Waikanae
We had a kitchen makeover, doors replaced to a neutral colour and some great storage from existing cupboards.
Just delighted with the result and wish we had done it sooner!!
Would highly recommend their professional services.
C & G Waikanae
Peter recently gave our large kitchen an update with a new cooktop, double oven, cupboards and an ‘island’ benchtop with drawers. Peter very skilfully blended the original rimu joinery with the new and with all the extra drawer space and benchtop space we now have an excellent and attractive kitchen to work in. With the addition of the island, the kitchen has become a very sociable place for family and friends.
Peter and Jennie are a great team to work with and I can highly recommend the design ideas and the workmanship of the WKJ team.
J & J Waikanae Beach
P & K in Paraparaumu were extremely pleased with the quality of work put in by WKJ on two renovation projects involving a new en-suite bathroom and a separate dressing room.
At all stages we consulted with Peter Young, whose professional approach and trustworthy advice resulted in a superb job. We were given detailed quotations and were able to select various options for the fittings.
The installation team was well co-ordinated so the work proceeded with minimum disruption to us.
We would have no hesitation in recommending WKJ because of their high standard of workmanship, and in fact we have further renovation plans in which we will be pleased to continue the association.
P & K Paraparaumu
We have utilised Waikanae Kitchen and Joinery on a number of occasions for both large and small projects. WKJ have remodeled our kitchen, redesigned and rebuilt our pantry, plus completed other sundry bespoke jobs around our home.
In every instance we have been completely happy with the professional approach taken by Peter and his team, and of the workmanship of the final product.
We have had no issue with quality with any of the projects WKJ have completed for us, both at the time of completion, and subsequent to that - no rework has been necessary. We recommend WKJ as a first rate organisation.
I & R Waikanae Beach
We recently decided to upgrade our old kitchen. After asking around, we chose Peter and Jennie Young. We had a general idea of what we wanted, but needed guidance on how to get the detail right. We met Peter at his showroom in Te Roto Drive. He was able to show us practical examples of what we were looking for. He also offered many useful design details that we had not thought of.
He worked with us to arrive at a design that was simply superb.
But it was not just the design that delighted us. Peter is a person who has exacting standards of workmanship. He was obsessive about getting every component just right.
In summary, we found we had engaged not just a good tradesman, but a person who listened and came up with a tasteful and practical design. We would recommend him very highly. We love our new kitchen.
C & J Waikanae Beach
We would like to thank you for the work you have just completed on our Kitchen renovation. It has made the world of difference to the workability of the whole area.
Thank you also for the prompt delivery knowing that we had visitors coming to stay - everything went so smoothly.
S & H Paraparaumu
Waikanae Kitchen and Joinery Ltd
6 Te Roto Drive, Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast, Wellington