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This bach has an ultra-modern look with new kitchen and bathroom benchtops from Stone Warehouse

New lease of life


Every project involves a challenge of one variety or another. For the contractors rebuilding this 1970s bach, a lack of road access was a problem that had to be overcome. The house, near Russell in the Bay of Islands, was on the site of an old garrison built in the early 1800s and the only access was along the beach at low tide.

Kira Gray of Gray Design reworked the space containing the old kitchen, fitting in a more functional workspace with a pantry and a separate refrigerator/freezer. Using Monet Imperial, South African granite from Stone Warehouse for benchtops, Italian whiteware and tongue-and-groove doors, the new kitchen combines modern with old.

The new kitchen was manufactured by Mike Olsen of Danska Cabinetmakers. Olsen worked closely with the owners to ensure the handpainted kitchen cabinetry blended in with the décor of the rest of the house and reflected the knotty beech timber flooring.

Gray also designed the vanity in the ensuite in a gloss white finish – a style reminiscent of a Roman bathroom. The ensuite walls are lined with Verde Chiffon Egyptian marble from Stone Warehouse. This marble, which is also used as a backsplash for the vanity, is used in a double thickness on the vanity top. A large, square vessel provides the finishing touch.

The two vanity cabinets in the new ensuite and guest bathroom were made by Danska Cabinetmakers.


For more information on granite, contact Stone Warehouse, 11 Cowley Place, Albany, Auckland. phone (09) 415 0715, fax (09) 415 0572. .

For design, contact Kira Gray Design, PO Box 62-252, Mt Wellington, Auckand, phone/fax (09) 570 7552. Email:

For Danska Cabinetmaking, contact Mike Olsen, 177 Lower Dent St, Whangarei, phone (09) 438 1100, fax (09) 438 1196. Email:

First published date: 23 February 2004

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