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Compass Kitchens are proud to have had some of our work written about by several well known lifestyle magazines.

Tasmanian Oak Benchtops & Sage Thermafoil Doors by Compass Kitchens of Adelaide

Tasmanian Oak Benchtops & Sage Thermafoil Doors.


This particular kitchen first caught the interest of the "Our House Magazine" in 1999 and featured in their special Annual Kitchen & Bathroom feature Volume 4 Number 4, running in conjunction with the "Our House TV program" hosted by Reg Livermore and the late Shirley Strachan. At the time of contact, the national Our House Magazine was looking for new Australian kitchen designs from all around Australia and not just their local east coast, we made contact and they keenly sent out a reporter and a photographer and did a review about this Kitchen. In our design, we had used the then new to the market,  (thermal foil vinyl) Thermolaminated Doors which we had teamed with Solid Tasmania Oak benchtops and trim.


The Our House Magazine reporter described our Adelaide kitchen design as having "a natural elegance" with timeless appeal and a standard of design and construction that was "built to last a lifetime". Our Kitchen was designed in the Scandinavian style and its universal appeal blending light colours with natural timber elements was quickly picked up by other magazine publishers. Later that year our Kitchen also featured in the publications; "Classic Kitchens Magazine" and "The Very Best Kitchens & Bathrooms" Magazine. These were followed into the new year by Kitchen Annuals with a full three-page feature in the "Modern Kitchens and Bathrooms" Magazine and then the "Innovative Kitchens & Bathrooms" Magazine which ran a four-page feature of our kitchen; all demonstrating the broad appeal of these material finishes when mixed with efficient functional design.


Two Decades have past since we built this kitchen and the popularity of different Kitchen Styles have also changed but people still comment to us about the charming natural appeal of this particular Scandinavian Style Kitchen.


Kitchens Built to Last a Lifetime by Compass Kitchens of Adelaide
Contemporary Scandi Style Kitchen

 Tasmanian Oak, Thermafoil Doors & Stainless Steel

This Scandinavian Style Kitchen with its simple clean lines incorporated warm solid Tasmanian Oak timber tops for the main work areas matching the Tasi Oak country furniture and red baltic timber flooring throughout this period home at Prospect, South Australia. We also mixed this with Stainless Steel Benchtops and Splashbacks for the opposite cooktop area set into an old Inglenook fireplace. The kitchen face panels were a simple flat panel Thermolaminated door in Antique White. We also made matching Stainless trim for the old Boiler hearth and Chimney where our client also installed a potbelly Gas Heater. Before installing this kitchen we also removed the small existing 600mm wide window and replaced this with a wide two-meter timber window so to bring more natural light into this space.


We were contacted by the publishers of the Country Home Ideas Magazine in 2002 asking if we had recently done any new work on period homes that may be of interest to their readers, where we had recently completed this kitchen. On seeing this Adelaide kitchen renovation the Country Home Ideas Magazine publishers featured our kitchen in their 2002 Yearbook as a Two Page Feature along with four other kitchens in their "Kitchen Special" section.

Kitchen Thermolaminated Doors, Tasi Oak & Stainless Steel Tops by Compass Kitchens of Adelaide
Granite Benchtops & Thermafoil Doors by Compass Kitchens of Adelaide

Granite Benchtops & Thermafoil Doors

This kitchen was originally enclosed by four walls where we renovated it, converting it into an open ended galley kitchen for our Adelaide clients at Westbourne Park. This opened the room to the dining and lounge making is a more sociable family friendly space while incorporating many features into a tight space to maximize functional workspace, flow and storage. These Included making two pantries, which flank the refrigerator which we centred to the room and enable full access of its French Doors. These pantries house 14 custom drawers with specific depth and spacing to suit our customer’s pantry storage needs. This kitchen used quality Miele appliances, including a hidden integrated Miele dishwasher and a ducted retractable rangehood. Making good use of all the space, we introduced an appliance centre, an extra deep 700mm Granite working Benchtops in Juparana Champagne and another 13 storage drawers with full extension runners for full storage access, making it twenty-seven drawers in total. This Galley kitchen featured in the Country Home Ideas Magazine in 2003, and then the Country Decorator Magazine and made it into the Country Home Ideas first Kitchen and Bathroom Ideas Yearbook Volume 1 Number 1 at the end of the year.


Compass Kitchens Best of Houzz 2020 Award for Adelaide

2019 South Australian Kitchen Designer of the year, Compass Kitchens of Adelaide

Designer of the Year Award 2019:


Kitchen Design with Cantilever Granite Tops & Two Pack.


In early 2019 we were shortlisted for the Build Architectural Design Awards category of South Australian Kitchen Designer of the Year and then in July of that year, we went on to win this prestigious award.


This award-winning Design was for the kitchen we Designed and Renovated for Kathy & Michael in their home within the conservation area of Aldinga Scrub. This beautiful Kitchen Design and Kitchen Renovation made better use of the kitchen living area while incorporating innovative design elements and increasing the overall footprint of the Cabinetry and tripling the storage space of the original old kitchen.


We had created an innovative Cantilever Benchtop and incorporated much more usable benchtop space which we also better organized the functional workflow around this kitchen. Features include smart storage of Appliances with easy access, dedicated Cookware and Pantry food storage with everything having a home adjacent to where they are each needed. We also included a spacious Undermount double Sink with stainless draining board below Granite tops and a Quiet but highly efficient Falmec Undermount Rangehood with a powerful remote motor. In this Kitchen Design, we also incorporated a large kitchen island unit that is integral to servicing all the different work areas surrounding it; acting as a central supporting workspace for each area while it also is the place where family and friends gather, sit and share time together. See more about this Kitchen by clicking here.

Kitchen Designer of the year 2019, Compass Kitchens of Adelaide

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