Best Kitchen & Best Bathroom in Auckland!

It was a double whammy for Kitchens By Design at the recent NKBA (National Kitchens & Bathroom Association) Awards 2019, winning both the Best Kitchen and the Best Bathroom awards for the Auckland chapter. Designers Michelle Gillbanks and Shane George were absolutely thrilled with their respective wins, with Michelle’s kitchen going on to win Supreme Kitchen Design First Runner Up award nationally.


Michelle’s kitchen was designed for her clients who have a contemporary holiday home in the Coromandel. Her design is a warm and welcoming space, with organic and earthy hues, materials and textures—even incorporating a space high up on the back wall for a spread of high-quality faux plants that can be washed in the dishwasher, when needed.


Sitting centre stage and adjacent to exterior deck and the waterway views, Michelle says that the kitchen has quickly become the hub of this six-bedroom holiday home, and is capable of entertaining upwards of 20 people at any given time, plus has the storage capability for up to 10 guests’ holiday food, platters, wine and beer.


At the other end of the design spectrum, Shane’s bathroom is the epitome of calm and Zen. Part of a larger renovation of an apartment in Remuera, this relatively compact space needed to accommodate a large vanity, bigger shower, a Japanese bidet toilet and a feature, freestanding bathtub. The minimalist, glass-topped vanity was chosen by the client and formed the basis of the material palette. Full-size slabs of porcelain tile were used on both the floor and the walls to contribute to the clean, unfussy look. They also allow the stone pattern to come to the fore.


See more of these award-winning designs on the website,, or drop into on of Kitchens By Design’s beautiful showrooms at 3 Byron Ave, Takapuna, or 7 Melrose St, Newmarket—there’s always a designer on hand to talk with you about your kitchen or bathroom project.



Newmarket: 7 Melrose Street, Newmarket • (09) 379 3084

Takapuna: 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna • (09) 488 7201