Auckland Kitchen Design

Auckland Kitchen Design

Susan Templer, of Templer Interiors, designs unique and personalised kitchens for her clients. She loves both cooking and good organisation, and is enthusiastic about having a properly laid-out kitchen.

A new kitchen is one of the most expensive renovation projects a homeowner will undertake. Susan believes that if you are going to that expense, you should have everything just where you want it. “In design meetings, I ask my clients the questions that will give me all of the important details for designing a great cooking space.This includes not only the list of appliances and construction details, but also specifics such as my client’s preferred location for things like spices and cooking utensils. I make sure there is adequate work space and that the trash bins are nearby. I will even do an inventory with my client to assure that the type and size of cabinets will suit for items to be stored”.

While function is very important, Susan is also passionate about the finished look, “I like colour and detail and unique features. My clients are looking for something special in their new kitchen and I try to create that, while staying within my brief. And I always design for my client! I have worked with lots of people whose personal taste was different from mine, so I try to guide them towards what will work with what they like. I don’t believe that there is always only one answer or one better way”.


“Susan helped me pick out many different types of materials for my kitchen remodel and most importantly, ‘held’ my hand and gave me confidence when builders and installers encountered problems that I found confusing and overwhelming. Susan also encouraged me to add some personal ideas where I was unsure of the mix and it’s turned out beautifully!”

-Lisa Elizabeth, Auckland

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See some of our kitchen projects below…

Auckland Kitchen Design Showcase

So what kind of results can you expect when you choose Templer Interiors for your kitchen design?

Here is a showcase of some of our recently completed kitchen design projects:

Kitchen Design Showcase #1 – Step Down to the Bar

Under the half floor of this open plan loft apartment, and running the width of the room in a narrow area, this kitchen came with an extensive wish list. It needed to have lots of storage, have a good flow for entertaining and it had to include the loft’s only dining area. Add to that a low ceiling, and there were challenges to spare!

The cabinets were extended the length of the wall, at three different depths to open the space as it flowed to dining, then entertaining areas. The upper cabinets are also stepped, from top to counter, to detract from the low ceiling. Metal cabinet doors shine against their dark neighbors, while the glass tile splash back echoes the colours in the fireplace and paintings. And in the corner, the perfect “mini bar” for entertaining.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #2 - Beauty Borrowed from the Sea

The original kitchen in this old villa, while charming and historical, was not practical for today’s modern homeowner. My client requested a kitchen that would be attractive and welcoming, with all the modern conveniences, while maintaining the period feel of the house. And it had to blend with her first appliance purchase, the very distinctive Falcon AGA range.

The painted cabinets are dressy without being formal while blending well with the dramatic colour scheme in adjoining rooms. Glass doors in all the upper cabinets make the room seem larger and matching panels hide appliances.

The island in this elegant room is topped with a single slab of unique blue granite, a daily reminder of my client’s love of deep sea diving. The white granite topping the cabinets along the back wall is hardworking and beautiful, rising to a traditional shape on the splash back.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #3 - Now We’re Cooking

The challenge for this small kitchen in an Arts and Crafts era villa was fitting all the professional grade appliances my client, a serious home cook required for her frequent dinner parties. A large Wolf range is topped by a larger, matching hood and a second small Wolf oven is installed under the island.

Across the room is the drink and coffee bar area, which includes a wine fridge and second sink. This area is custom sized for a tall espresso machine, operated by the man of the house, a connoisseur of fine coffee.

The center island has ample counter space and just enough room for two, whether enjoying a light breakfast or casual dinner. This beautiful kitchen is also hardworking and practical, as evidenced by the functional storage in everything from the pantry to cutlery dividers.

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Kitchen Design Showcase #4 - Nothing Ordinary

This kitchen was originally a rabbit warren of small rooms. To create the large, open space requested by my clients, walls were removed and loads of cupboards were added, along with a huge island, consisting of a single slab of beautiful white granite. A unique piece of chocolate brown marble appears to float above the island, and seats four comfortably.

This heart of the home includes a lounge with comfy seating and a wall-hanging TV opposite the island. These creative clients requested a design that would look nothing like a standard kitchen. Brightly coloured walls, open shelves, a splash back of metal mosaic tile that seems to walk along the walls, are all elements that helped to satisfy the brief. Plus with all the mod cons, including two sinks, double ovens, high end modular cooktop and large pantry cupboard, this is truly a dream kitchen!

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Kitchen Design Showcase #5 - Mass Appeal

The kitchen in this new build house, had to be luxurious and beautiful while appealing to a wide range of prospective buyers. The windows and other features of the house have an Arts and Crafts influence, which was the inspiration for my design and choice of materials. In keeping with the style, I matched wood cabinets with white painted doors for a traditional feel.

The backsplash, of white brick tiles and insets with a raised motif, along with the light fixtures, continue the subtle Arts and Crafts influence. I added arches under the sink and island cabinets to complete these period details and add character to the cabinet design. Another arch accents the tall buffet cabinet that faces the breakfast room. This final touch provides storage and elegance in keeping with the style of the house.

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Contact us today about your kitchen design project.