Web_m203913LEONGATHA Kitchens and Bathrooms has once again been named the overall Kitchen Project winner at the 2013 HIA South-East Victoria Regional Housing, Kitchen and Bathroom Awards. The awards night was held at the RACV Resort Inverloch on September 13 and as a result, Leongatha Kitchens and Bathrooms will now go forward as an automatic entrant in their category at the HIA Victorian Housing, Kitchen and Bathroom Awards to be held in November at the Crown Towers in Melbourne.

To win at the South-East Victoria region awards is quite an achievement in itself as it covers the expanding areas from Portsea on the Mornington Peninsula to Mallacoota in East Gippsland. The criteria for the Overall Kitchen Project emphasises quality of workmanship, design appearance and innovation, technical compliance and presentation drawings and specifications. Judged by industry professionals, the HIA Awards acknowledge the talent of designers, builders and building companies. HIA is Australia’s largest residential building organisation. Members include builders, trade contractors, design professionals, kitchen and bathroom specialists, manufacturers and suppliers.

The nomination follows Leongatha Kitchens’ success at the awards in 2012. Leongatha Kitchens and Bathrooms (formerly Don Bruce Kitchens) have won several HIA awards for kitchen design and construction over the years, including 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 South East Victoria Overall Kitchen Project, 2009 Winner of the Victorian Special Needs Project of the Year, and also 2012 Winner of the inaugural Victorian Outdoor Kitchen Project of the Year. “It is gratifying and inspiring to receive this award as recognition for both our design and workmanship,” said co-owner of Leongatha Kitchens and Bathrooms, Carrie Bruce. “At the end of the day, it’s a real team effort and we thank our visionary designer Dan Bruce, and our team of qualified cabinet makers for their outstanding workmanship, talent and dedication.”

The project
The award-winning kitchen’s owners, Anthony and Louise Matthews of Leongatha, approached Leongatha Kitchens and Bathroom to redesign a floor plan to accommodate their modern lifestyle but still embrace the traditional time-honoured features of the home. “The simplicity of the classic cut vinyl doors and reconstituted stone bench tops pays homage to the home’s character while integrating modern style and functionality, including built-in flat panel cabinetry and floating shelving,” said Carrie. “Modern features include a range of quality appliances and the best in cabinet hardware, fixtures and fittings. “The revamped design truly makes this kitchen a multifunctional power centre for the home, boasting the latest in design trends including contrasting colour combinations and timber grain finishes. “Essential features include layout, zoning, spaciousness and storage to accommodate a multitude of the homeowners’ needs for preparation, cooking, entertaining, laundry and even home office work, providing a place for everything; minimising time spent organising and cleaning. “This kitchen’s layout proves that functionality is just as important as style.” As well as winning the main kitchen project award at a regional level, enabling them to be a finalist at state level, Leongatha Kitchens and Bathrooms has also been nominated in several other categories, including once again in the outdoor kitchen section which they won a state award for last year. One way or another it’s going to be a busy November for Leongatha Kitchens and Bathrooms.