"We would like to thank you for all your help during our recent renovation. While we were first drawn to you as a kitchen designer, having seen some of your kitchens in the past, we rapidly realised that your skills extended much further than just kitchens. We were delighted to be able to use one person to take over the responsibility from design through to and including installation of our kitchen, three bathrooms and even the laundry. It took a lot of pressure off us to have you take over and work with your suppliers and our trades people to give us a result far in excess of what was expected. Having just attended the international design conference in Milan you were able to bring to us some features never previously seen in NZ kitchens. For us this was a bonus. Nicola, we enjoyed working with you very much, your friendly bubbly personality and knowledge within the industries you operate made the experience much easier for us. We are delighted with the end result and would have no hesitation in recommending you to other people about to embark on a similar journey as we did. Please feel free to pass on our contact details for verbal references."
Kind regards Fran & Phil Weinstein
Client: Neil Adams, Bucklands Beach - transcript of telephone message...
Nicola, Neil Adams here. There's just one thing I want to say to you - is sensational!!!
The kitchen looks magnificent !!!
There's one panel to go, but it looks absolutely fantastic and I just wanted you to know that we are incredibly pleased. Thanks very much.
"Experience, creative flair, an eye for detail, and seamless liaison between myself, my builder, and all the trades people involved in producing a beautiful kitchen were the attributes I was looking for in a kitchen designer to realise my Dream Kitchen. Nicola Cumming proved a good listener when I discussed what I wanted. My husband and I had renovated our beautiful old kauri house over a period of about 20 years, with a keen eye for historical detail blended with modern functionality. The kitchen was the last stage and had to match the rest of the house. I wanted natural light, lots of kauri, a kitchen for people to work and socialise in, and ready access to the back garden and garage. I also dislike clutter, so wanted hidden storage space and lots of clever practical features. Nicola interpreted my vision perfectly and I am happy to recommend her expertise. My grandchildren came up with a three-word description - "Granny's Magic Kitchen". Thank you, Nicola."
"We are writing to thank you for our dream kitchen and for your honesty and integrity throughout the project from start to finish. It's perfect, we love working in it and it really impresses our family and friends. We not only had the best designer, we now have a lovely friend. We would highly recommend you Nicola to any prospective clients."
Craig & Sharon Walker
"Geoff and I would like to say a great big thank you for designing the most wonderful kitchen. What can we say? It's perfect. It looks great, uses every inch of available space and is fantastic to work in. It's been quite a project from start to finish and it has been wonderful watching the dream becoming a reality. What I have been particularly delighted with is the way that the kitchen is integrated into the overall theme of the home. I definitely wanted a feeling that was casual, fun and a sense of being on holiday but without going over the top. You have managed to achieve that blend of fun in the design that you came up with. It is definitely our dream kitchen!"
Geoff & Jane Hindle
"Having seen your work in magazines over many years, you were the only person I called when we had the chance of renovating our kitchen. Your innovative design enabled us to create the ideal entertainer's kitchen in what was previously a compact room. You captured how we wished to use the space and through use of different products and ideas gave us a kitchen better than we imagined and in a style totally in synch with the rest of the house."
Joanne McCrae & Mark Dickie
"Just a quick note to thank you for the excellent new kitchen. We have now been using the kitchen for 3 months and have now got everything where we want it with the new layout working very well. The corner draws have proved a useful way of using what was previously dead space and overall the kitchen functions much better. Little touches like the moving of the waste-master on/off switch make all the difference in the practical use of the kitchen. We were pleased with the overall finish of the kitchen and found your design ideas and concepts valuable in reaching a decision on how the new kitchen would look and function. The reality has lived up to the concept. We would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone looking for a Kitchen Designer."
"We have been enjoying our new kitchen at Pakiri Beach for just over a year. There has been a remarkable transformation of our old kitchen to the stylish, elegant and extremely functional kitchen which designed and arranged to have installed for us. Operationally we have no problems of any kind - it all works wonderfully well. We have all enjoyed working in this splendid new kitchen and it has become a focal point for our family on our frequent visits to Pakiri. May we take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for your outstanding design and for the highly efficient and dedicated way in which you implemented the project on time and on budget."
David & Gail Williams
"We have known Nicola Cumming for 10 years. During that time Nicola has been responsible for masterminding a very successful kitchen renovation in a 150 year-old house where her ideas made very good use of the available space without compromising the character of the house. Also a bathroom renovation in the same house. Both of these made a vast improvement as far as useage and storage were concerned. Following this, we had no hesitation in recommending her to our daughter where once again she was responsible for designing a very workable family kitchen on a limited budget, which suited the house and was very smart.
A few years later we were on the move again ---this time to a more modern home. Unfortunately the kitchen was not entirely to our liking and, after initially trying to decide how to renovate it , the decision was made that it would be simpler and probably not too much more costly to remove what was there and install a new kitchen. Nicola designed this working with us to make sure that our needs were met and that the kitchen was sympathetic with it's surroundings in the living area of our home. Three years later we are still very pleased with the results. Nicola helped with purchase of new appliances by facilitating introductions to suppliers where we were able to purchase at very competitive prices. The standard of cabinetry throughout was excellent and any small problems were promptly rectified. Also the installation was on time and quickly and efficiently achieved.
Subsequently Nicola has been responsible for the designing and installation of under stair cupboards creating storage for glassware, china and various other items as well as storage for bottles of wine, in drawers. A wonderful use of useless space., Also an entertainment area with TV, Music and shelving for books and ornaments, along with drawers to accommodate CDs, DVDs etc
More recently we have enlisted Nicola's help to set up a home office which was being purpose-built to house a business to be run from home. We have to say that 18 months later this is working very successfully.
Six months ago we decided to build in a corner-seating unit with large storage drawers underneath. Thanks to Nicola's design skills and team of very competent cabinet-makers, this unit is now in place providing very comfortable seating and lots more very valuable storage.
We have no hesitation in recommending this very clever lady's skills for space you need designed. She is a pleasure to work with listening closely to our brief and making well thought out, sensible solutions to potential problems, working within a budget and having a great team of professionals who she works with.
Nicola is a true professional ---reliable, honest and competent and we now consider her to be one of our friends."
Gwyn & Ru Douglas