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Posted by: In: Blog, Wardrobes 22 Nov 2018 0 comments

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Recently, we took a drive to Ocean Grove for a guided tour of the new Ocean Grove Chalet. Cabinetmakers Choice supplied the materials and installed the wardrobes in the new quality accommodation located in the heart of the seaside town. 


The modern 15-room, luxury style accommodation has a mix of king bed, interconnecting twin and spa rooms and two stunning penthouses with views of the ocean.

And what do stunning rooms like this need to make guests feel comfortable?

Practical but stylish wardrobes.  Enter The Wardrobe Blokes, the team at Cabinetmakers Choice.


The Perfect Wardrobes


Beautifully designed, the apartments have 2-door robes throughout. In keeping with the luxurious look and feel, the quality materials chosen for the robes are from Wilsonart.

Wilsonart,  (HVG Decorative Building Products is the distributor and the products are available at Cabinetmakers Choice), specialise in decorative panels and include a large range of curated designs and four exclusive textured finishes.

With the assistance of our Wardrobe Design Guru, Ross Sharrock, the colour chosen for the robes at Ocean Grove Chalet is ALASKA, a white that is pleasant on the eye.

The HEWN finish gives it an innovative textured vertical grain, making a quality statement.

And, care and maintenance is easy.  As the decorative panels are manufactured from the highest quality materials,  usually a  damp sponge will do the trick or for more stubborn marks, use warm soapy water (a mild dish washing detergent) via a damp cloth to wipe down the surface.

The main shelf inside the wardrobe has been given an added luxury feel with Wilsonart Compact Laminate CONCRETE 8170. 

Highly scratch and wear resistant, it looks like concrete, it feels like concrete. But really, you wouldn’t just hide this product inside a cupboard.  It’s an ideal surface for any cabinetry, is moisture resistant which means it can be used in wet areas, it’s really setting the trend in interior design.

Quality, hi-tech door hinges are from Hettich.


The colour scheme used throughout the Ocean Grove Chalet is stunning.

The choice of robes.

Just Perfect.



Why the Ocean Grove ‘Chalet’?  


Whilst it sounds more fitting for a Ski Resort than the beach, there’s a reason it’s called the ‘Chalet’.

Originally built in the 1887, The Chalet was used as a guesthouse for patrons of Ocean Grove, as well as headquarters for Methodists who resided nearby.

In the late 1960’s, the historical building was demolished to make way for new housing.

99 The Terrace was developed by Mark LeMaistre from LeMaistre Builders and local businessman Mark Edmonds.

Plans for building were well underway when it was discovered that the building site was previously the residence of the last known owners of the Ocean Grove Chalet.


It was just meant to be!


If you know anyone who wants to step into a state of relaxation, then Ocean Grove Chalet is the perfect choice for some time out.  Visit the Ocean Grove Chalet Website. 

And to find out more about Wilsonart products and your perfect wardrobe, contact Cabinetmakers Choice !


Chris, Nigel, Ross and the team at Cabinetmakers Choice are proud to have worked on such a quality project.


Pictured: Mark LeMaistre from LeMaistre Builders and Nigel Robinson from Cabinetmakers Choice. 

Posted by: In: Blog, Cabinetry Hardware 09 Jul 2018 0 comments Tags:

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Cabinetmakers Choice had the privilege of visiting AWISA 2018, Australia’s largest exhibition of cabinetmaking technology and design.

The trade exhibition held recently at Sydney’s new International Conference Centre in Darling Harbour had over 120 exhibitors.  

Here’s a few of the latest developments in cabinetry hardware and in particular drawer systems we are most impressed with:


Decorative Designer Drawer Systems by Hettich

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Posted by: In: Blog 20 May 2018 0 comments

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Julia Treuel competed with her partner Sasha Wright-Neville on The Block in 2016. They were tasked with renovating an apartment in the former J. Kitchen and Sons Soap and Candle Factory in Port Melbourne, Victoria. Since then, they’ve completed another renovation dubbed ‘Little Willow’ and Cabinetmaker’s Choice were thrilled to be part of it.

In this month’s post, Julia details her five hard-and-fast rules for nailing the joinery of your dreams.


There are so many decisions that need to be made during a renovation and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. How do I know? Because I’ve flipped three properties in four years and cried at every turn. Well, not quite every turn but there were meltdowns in the tile store and the paint shop and let’s not forget when I bawled for 12 weeks solid on national TV. As Alanis wisely sang however, ‘You Live, You Learn’, and I’ve banked a whole lot of knowledge in this sphere. Namely, how to design killer wardrobes and floating cabinets.


  • Knowing Your Style

This is hands-down the toughest thing to settle on but it’s oh-so-important. Are you into the classics or is modern your scene? Do you want to reflect your property’s location or opt for something left-of-the-middle? Is 2-pac your thing or do you prefer timber veneer? It’s all a minefield in the beginning but if you nail your theme from the outset, you’ll save yourself a lot of pain.


Before you select your door fronts, start a Pinterest board to garner inspiration then step back and take a look at the images as a whole. There’ll be common elements in those you were drawn to so pinpoint them and you’ll be off and away. We went with a classic meets contemporary theme at Little Willow and used Shaker joinery throughout. The panels blend the two styles beautifully and look as good with handles as they do without.


  • The Layout

Once you’ve locked in your theme, it’s time to work on your floorplan. A good layout is paramount to ensure you’re making the most of the space. Every bedroom should have custom robes and it’s always good to opt for a walk-in for the master. They add an element of luxury and can be styled like a department store, if our effort on The Block is anything to go by. #WelcomeToDavidJones


We always like to have a dress rehearsal once the frame is plastered. The smallest things will trip you up so measure out the zone and imagine using the joinery. Doing this will help you understand how the space works as a whole. Is there enough room to open every cabinet in full? Are they easily accessible or will you have to dodge and weave to get there? Do they open up the area or close things off? By asking these questions, you’ll iron out any kinks before it’s too late.


  • Storage, Storage, and More Storage

There’s no such thing as too much storage so pack in as much as your space allows. If you have lofty ceilings, consider taking the cabinetry sky-high like we did at Little Willow. It’s a great trick to implement if you have limited floor space but want to increase functionality and grandeur. Sure, you may not be able to reach the top shelves but they’re great for storing items you only use occasionally, like Christmas decorations and family heirlooms (or, if you’re a hoarder like Sash, copious amounts of ski gear from that one time at Falls in 1998).

Bespoke joinery in the living room is always a winner. At Little Willow, we installed two floating cabinets on either side of the fireplace. They balance the space beautifully and provide fabulous storage for the Foxtel unit and sound system. By installing infrared technology, doors never need to be opened when using the remote, keeping the space clean, clear, and free of messy cables. Genius!


  • Wardrobe Design

The internals of a wardrobe are integral and should always comprise of a mix of long-hanging and short-hanging rails, drawers, shelves, and shoe racks. Everyone’s needs are different so consider what your current wardrobe looks like and design accordingly. I’m mad for winter coats and have an impressive Ted Baker collection so long-hanging is my shtick. On the other hand, Sash is all about the blazer so ample short-hanging makes sense for her.

Of course, there’s much fun to be had in the wardrobe (no, not that kind of fun.) Strip lighting is a great way to add interest and rotating shoe racks are stunning and practical. If you’re feeling like Carrie Bradshaw, you can go all-out with a velvet-lined jewellery display and dedicated vanity. Go on, you deserve it.


  • Hiring the Right Supplier

This might seem obvious but there are tonnes of bad suppliers out there so ask around for recommendations. Joinery can have a lead time of 12 weeks so make contact as soon as possible. Decent suppliers will help design cabinetry from your plan, then attend site for a final check-measure once plastering’s complete.

We sure got lucky when meeting Cabinetmakers Choice on The Block. They came to our rescue in Week One of the Challenge Apartment and created the most stunning wardrobe for our kid’s bedroom. We had absolutely no hesitation when asking them to be part of Little Willow and we’re thrilled we did. The cabinetry they’ve provided is nothing short of quality and they’ll forever remain in our Little Black Book.


Julia Treuel

Little Willow Project

The Block 2016


Posted by: In: Blog, The Block 2017 18 Oct 2017 0 comments
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Study areas, home office, guest rooms, ensuites, storage areas … The Block garden studios offer multi-functional spaces.

In the final countdown, (last room reveals), tired Blockheads, with Ronnie even succumbing to ‘The Man Flu’, they really did well.

The studios are huge, really they are mini-houses and the inclusion of multi-car garages is sure to add value to the properties in Elsternwick. Read more…