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DIY Disaster to a Beautiful Kitchen

Don’t let your next renovation project turn into a “DIY Disaster”!

Renovating your kitchen can be one of the most exciting, yet daunting, tasks you’ll ever undertake. With so many decisions to make – from colours, to where to put your appliances, to finer details such as handles or tiles – the planning, design and execution of any kitchen building project can be very overwhelming.

Taupo’s Stu Martin Joinery specialises in custom-made kitchens and recently renovated a very deserving kitchen as part of More FM’s “DIY Disaster” competition – where entrants submitted their own renovation “disasters” for the chance to win a complete room makeover.

The winning household on Rifle Range Road received a full kitchen renovation thanks to Stu Martin Joinery and other industry suppliers. Now the team at Stu Martin Joinery, along with their major hardware supplier Hettich, have put together their Top Five Tips to make sure your next kitchen renovation project isn’t a DIY Disaster!

  1. Think about your kitchen layout – Is your current kitchen organised? Does it function as well as it could, or are you just used to the way it is now? The team at Stu Martin Joinery can help organise your kitchen using Hettich’s Intelligent Kitchens concept, which involves separating your kitchen into five functional areas for food storage, food preparation, pots and pans, cleaning agents and waste, and china and cutlery – thus creating an intelligent and ergonomically friendly kitchen space.
    “The last thing you want is a brand new kitchen with the same old problems, so it’s important to use your current kitchen and take note of any improvements that could be made,” says Mr Stu Martin, owner of Stu Martin Joinery.
  2. Do your homework – “Google is a fantastic tool to get you started looking at all the available options, materials and kitchen appliances,” says Mr Martin.
    Consider the items you need and the things you want – through proper research you’ll be able to get an idea of whether you can afford both, or if you’ll have to make sacrifices.  
  3. Maximise your storage space – Stu recommends replacing existing lower cabinets with deep drawers and pull-out shelves to make the most of your storage areas.
    Hettich’s most popular drawer offering, the InnoTech Drawer System with soft close technology, can be tailor-made to suit your needs and comes in a range of different sizes. Hettich also has an ingenious Pull-Out Pantry for efficient storage of food items, and clever corner units that help make maximise cupboard space.
  4.  Invest in your kitchen bench top – “A stone or stainless steel bench top will last a life time and is worth the extra investment,” says Mr Martin. “Natural Granite or an Engineered Stone is a highly polished, hard wearing bench top option that will really give your kitchen the ‘wow’ factor.”
  5. Let the experts take care of everything – Renovating a kitchen is a big job, especially for first-timers, so recruiting expert help is always a good idea. 
    “Here at Stu Martin Joinery we have trusted tradesmen for you to utilise. We can co-ordinate the plumbers, electricians and flooring contractors so the job runs as smoothly as possible,” says Mr Martin.
    “We’ve done countless renovation projects so let us take care of the hard work for you!”


Stu Martin Joinery is part of leading hardware fittings manufacturer Hettich’s exclusive Endorsed Showroom programme. To be selected as a Hettich Endorsed Showroom, businesses must produce quality work and demonstrate exceptional customer service.

“Stu and his team are one of the best in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region. Stu Martin Joinery stocks all our latest Hettich products and has a beautiful showroom that highlights all their wide variety of work. Their recent involvement in More FM’s DIY Disaster competition highlights their community spirit and commitment to helping customers – this makes them a perfect fit for our Endorsed Showroom programme,” says Charlotte.

Call Stu Martin Joinery on 07 378 8049.

DIY Disaster Kitchen before Photos

DIY Disaster New Kitchen