Your House, Your Home: Award-winning kitchens

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A small Strathalbyn family business renowned for its bespoke joinery has taken out every award on offer for South Australian kitchens at the national 2019 KBDi Designer Awards.

Not only did SpaceCraft Joinery win each of the three categories for its designs in the Small, Large and Kitchens Plus categories, but co-owner and certified kitchen designer Nathan Wundersitz was also crowned Kitchen Designer of the Year for SA.

It is a massive achievement for the Wundersitz family, although it seemed almost inevitable, with Nathan twice winning Kitchen Designer of the Year for SA in 2016 and 2017, and winning two of the three categories in last year's awards.

This year's clear dominance, however, has surprised and delighted the Wundersitz family.

"I get energised by a great creative brief from a client who wants to push the boundaries and is not afraid to think outside the norm," Nathan said.

"It's their trust and inspiration that drives us; the awards are a nice reassurance that our peers in the industry also appreciate our work."

Nathan paid tribute to his small but skilled design and production team, complemented by his wife and business partner, Ellen.

"It's the quality of their work in bringing my designs to life that really makes the difference," he said.

"Without craftsmanship, an idea is just purely that."

The Kitchen Plus category (new this year) was given to a project the KBDi judges "loved because of its balanced combination of materials... and the exceptional use of asymmetry" and because "the kitchen and its adjoining butler's pantry are well-laid-out and functional, with both spaces as practical as they are pretty."

Owner of the winning Kitchen Plus kitchen, Heidi, said: "This is such exciting news. The workmanship and quality of our bespoke kitchen is an absolute showpiece in our new home. How privileged are we to have worked with the incredible team at SpaceCraft Joinery. Massive congratulations."

This same project won Nathan the SA Kitchen Designer of the Year award and reflects the growing trend for SpaceCraft to create and build all internal joinery for building projects.

The three kitchens that won were;

  • SA Small Kitchen: a cool, 1960s vibe with clean lines and a groovy aesthetic for Fleur and James in Blackwood.
  • SA Large Kitchen: a monochromatic masterpiece for entertainers, Emma and Russell in Strathalbyn.
  • SA Kitchens Plus and Kitchen Designer of the Year: unifying colours and materials integrate Heidi and Nathan's 'forever home' in Strathalbyn.