Kitchen Love

When we signed up to build the Hudson, we did so without the luxury of walking through a showroom. The video and image gallery on the Metricon website were enough to hook us in but I must admit to feeling slightly apprehensive that the house design might turn out better on paper than in real life! So far everything about the house has surpassed our expectations.

If you’ve been following our building journey for a while now, you may recall our bumpy experience over the kitchen and butlers pantry design. Michael from Castlewood Kitchens has been phenomenal and really gone above and beyond to get us over the line. With all the weeks of painful to’ing and fro’ing, I’ve been dying to see our vision come to life.

From this….


Final 3d Kitchen Plans


To this…


Base cupboards in Smokey Sapelle and Silk White overheads



Integrated utensils drawer


Twin hideaway bins

We originally chose to have the full height pantry door in  Smokey Sapelle. But after consulting with the interior designer who helped us with our colours, I made a last minute change to White. Now I’m not sure if I did the right thing. What do you guys think?



Built-in wine rack


Pull out pantry drawers

Love love love all the integrated drawers and plenty of storage space! The stone benchtop and glass splashback will be measured next week and should take roughly 10 days to manufacture. I wonder if they will install the waterfall end to the kitchen island before or after the floorboards are laid? We paid the hefty variation to delete the scotia beading so I’ve been wondering how the  jobs will be lined up to get it right?

12 thoughts on “Kitchen Love

  1. jackson says:

    Was the kitchen consultation included in the build cost? How much extra did you spend for the kitchen roughly if you don’t mind sharing.

    With all the shelves and wine holes and bins and intergrated compartments…….they would cost a fair bit I say.

    • Sheilzy says:

      We didn’t get charged a fee for the consultation but I’m sure the designer’s fee was somehow included in the upgrade price! From memory, the variation for the customised kitchen/butlers pantry was approx $15k. We also paid extra to upgrade the stone bench top, splashback and Laminex gloss/silk on top of that.

  2. Johanne says:

    White pantry was a good decision. Darker would have made that nook seem like a cave. So fancy with all the special, functional touches. What a luxury that will seem.

  3. trixee says:

    Love it Sheilzy! I think the white looks great, it’s just about the look you are going for. I love your kitchen design and absolutely love the integrated stuff and especially the pantry drawers. So glad it’s coming to life the way you wanted it to.

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thanks trixee. I also love your taste so your feedback is reassuring! It feels surreal to be at this point and the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter every week😄

  4. lunar62 says:

    Yay, kitchen photos!
    It looks lovely, I feel the same as Johanne about the pantry doors. Don’t forget it will all look different once your splashback, bench top and floor tiles are in as well not to mention your appliances.

    • Sheilzy says:

      I’m feeling more confident about the pantry the more I look at the photos. The poor kitchen designer! I called him straight after I saw the kitchen and talked his ear off about my concerns. He’s been such a trooper dealing with a client like me! He also told me just to wait until everything is in. If I’m still not feeling it, then he’s happy to work something out. 😄

  5. Yvonne Lee says:

    Looks lovely!!! I agree that the white pantry looks good. I think in such a small space the darker colour would have been a bit overwhelming.

    Very interested to find out what happens with the island/scotia!

    Are your upper cabinets push to open/finger grip opens?

    It’s definitely the exciting part of the build!!!

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thanks Yvonne. The more I look at the pic, the more I’m convinced we did the right thing. It is a small space hence the reasoning behind going with white. Upper cabs are finger pull. The base cupboards are crystal gloss and the kitchen designer convinced us not to do handle less because of the finger marks. That’s another thing I’m not particularly 100% sure about. I think it would have looked better to keep all cabs no handles. Who cares about the extra cleaning! Oh well, next house😄

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