To advise, manufacture and install contemporary, high quality joinery as part of a house extension and renovation from supplied architectural drawings by Greenhouse Architects. The client particularly wanted to ensure the renovations provided value for money by being able to stand the test of time.


The kitchen and joinery were built using solid bamboo plywood cabinetry with solid bamboo doors. Solid timber, veneer, hoop pine plywood and granite were also chosen to contrast and complement the bamboo cabinetry and doors. Stringybark timber was used to contrast with the light colour of the bamboo as well as add a feeling of warmth to the joinery.

To maximise space and accommodate the needs of the client’s growing family, the stairs from the living room to the kitchen were built to incorporate storage boxes. In order to ensure safety, gas struts were installed to prevent the lids of the boxes slamming down on tiny fingers.

The design of the kitchen and internal joinery has incorporated different thicknesses, colours and “grains” of the bamboo plywood boards to create interest and ensure durability and functionality. Instead of trying to hide the edge detail of the bamboo, the edge has been emphasised and used it as part of the design, as bamboo has such a unique appearance.

The finished design provides a contemporary look whilst also being very functional and using sustainable materials.


  • Natural Bamboo plywood
  • Recycled Blackbutt and Kashmir White granite benchtops
  • Veneered Stringybark on plantation hoop pine plywood
  • Osmo Oil

Design: Greenhouse Architects

Photography: John Tucker Photography