A stork brought a bundle of joy in the New Year, but last Christmas, one expectant family received more than they bargained for thanks to Jag Kitchens.
With a baby boy on the way, time was of the essence for Philippa Stiebel and Chris Smith. The Forrest Hill couple had been living in their house for four years and the impending arrival of their firstborn spurred them into action to create the ultimate family space.
“The kitchen, living room and dining room were all three separate rooms which was very ’70s,” says Philippa. “The kitchen was a little cove and there was no way to talk to anyone in the lounge.”
Although functional, the U-shaped kitchen with its Melteca pale yellow cabinetry and wooden trim appeared to have been a DIY job. As a result, the expecting parents decided to call in the professionals.
“We had a friend who had used Jag Kitchens and they recommended we use them,” says Philippa.
Travelling to Botany’s Danske Mobler Home Centre, Philippa and Chris met with the Jag Kitchens design team and hit it off.
“The Jag team were awesome to deal with and had some great solutions – the things that we wanted they made it happen.”
That included ample storage for appliances, a bookshelf for cookbooks, as well as a generous island bench. It was a challenge to configure all of the necessary components under the island bench.
“We needed to fit in a bookshelf, microwave, sink cabinetry, dishwasher, cutlery drawer and rubbish drawer all while staying within the length of a slab of granite, which was quite a mission.”
In the end, the width of the cutlery drawer was tweaked, as well as the bookshelf with success.
“That’s the good thing about Jag, because we offer a custom-built service rather than modular, we could play around with the measurements down to the millimetre.”
It seems perseverance has paid off with the new kitchen being the true heart of the home.
A black-and-white beauty, it gleams with high-gloss cabinetry, a black granite bench as well as a light strip illuminating the splashback. Three Scandinavian-style pendant lights hover above the island completing the polished look.
Best of all, the kitchen is now linked seamlessly to the dining and living areas, opening up to two large decks on either side of the house, creating a bright and spacious feel.
Importantly, Philippa and Chris cannot speak highly enough about their kitchen renovation experience.
“We worked with so many companies for the rest of the makeover, but Jag was by far the most efficient and organised.”
What’s more, the young family is now complete with the arrival of their young son at the end of January. While the sleepless nights have been a struggle, the kitchen is already proving its worth with the washing and sterilising of milk bottles a breeze.
“And we have Jag to thank for that,” says Philippa. “They were so amazing to deal with, I can’t recommend them enough.”
Jag Kitchens specialise in custom-designed kitchens and has its own manufacturing plant. The staff also use a state-of-the-art 3D computer design programme to show clients beforehand exactly how their new kitchen will look.
Jag Kitchens has an excellent reputation for designing and building for all budgets and for providing an outstanding design service with sound advice.
Visit the Jag Kitchens Showroom, located inside the Danske Mobler building at the Botany Town Centre, for more information on a wide range of materials and design options or to see more kitchen examples.