Kitchens are a favourite of mine when designing. Obviously all the practical boxes need to be ticked, as far as functionality goes, and all the components need to be in the right place for creating meals and entertaining, but the thing that I enjoy most, and what makes my kitchens unique, is that after a meal the kitchen returns to being a beautiful object to admire. It is more than the heart of the house; it gives the home a soul.
On this page you will see some of the kitchens I have designed and crafted.
When the structural part of a kitchen is still in great condition but it is time for a change, it is possible to replace or refinish the kitchen doors and make other changes that vastly improve the existing look and functionality of the overall kitchen.
An example of this is shown with the following before and after photos of this kitchen.
I sanded and re-finished the kitchen doors with a low sheen dark grey colour giving it a ‘velvet’ look and replaced the four overhead doors next to the range hood with new charcoal stained American Oak door frames with reeded feature glass inserts. This breaks up the continues colour above the bench giving the overhead cupboards a fresh and lighter look.
To introduce a feature into the kitchen, I designed and crafted a creative panel with sunburst and brass inlays simultaneously covering the range hood flue. The set of three drawers featured at the front of the kitchen bench, which was once home to 3 barstools, were moved from their original spot behind the bench to house a double bin instead. Next to the set of three drawers, I crafted 2 double doored cupboards featuring my signature latch and these in turn tie the orange tone in to the orange toned sunburst panel.
To give the barstools a home again, Zeb crafted an American Oak table as an extension to the island bench creating a more practical space for entertaining guests.The table is also free standing which allows it to be used in different areas of the room or house.
“It all started with wanting a bin cupboard! We asked Zeb to visit and talked about what we thought we would like for our update. Zeb gave great suggestions and support. He has a wonderful eye for complimentary aestethics within our living space. The three large pieces of furniture we commisioned are all works of art in themselves and have been produced with a supurb skill set. They are above and beyond what we expected. Our kitchen makeover has transformed the space and recieved many compliments. The additional features suggested by Zeb have made our space more individual while enhancing its functionality.
– T. S.
“I am really passionate about timber, so when it was time to renovate our kitchen and living areas, I spent a lot of time looking for someone I could trust with the design and who had a good feeling for working with wood.
There are a lot of good craftsmen around Melbourne, but none seemed to have the design flair I was searching for. Then, looking at an old magazine in a doctors waiting room (and aren’t they all old?) I saw a kitchen built by Zeb Walker.
It took some searching, but I did find Zeb, gave him a brief outline and left him to it. We now have an amazing kitchen, bookcase, fireplace over-mantle, and various other pieces; stools, tables, coffee tables, and media cupboard.
Zeb did the designs, built and installed everything. Not only are the designs breathtaking, they are subtly carried through each piece and even better it all works in a very practical way.
Such great designs, implementations, practicality, on time and within budget.”
– Bryan Bussell
“Many years ago we purchased some wonderful bespoke pieces of furniture from Zeb Walker and we still enjoy their beauty today. We had wanted to change our kitchen for some time but we could not find that right balance between aesthetic and functionality.
After giving up on the magazines and kitchen show rooms we decided we loved the pieces that Zeb had made so we gave him a call. Wow, I am so pleased that we did. The outcome is amazing. Unlike any kitchen from a magazine, it achieved the balance we sought and then some.
The process was a joy. Zeb took measurements, listened to what we needed, went away and came back with drawings. We loved the design, he went away and created our kitchen off site and installed it in two stages which hardly interfered at all with our lives.
It is now two years since we installed our Kitchen and we are now in the process of engaging Zeb to renovate a bathroom, stairwell and wardrobe. The plans look fantastic.”