About Designer Living Kitchens

Specialists at designing and manufacturing high-quality custom-built kitchens, laundries, bathroom vanities and cabinetry for home renovators and new home builders

A bit about Designer Living Kitchens..

There’s no doubt that your kitchen is the most important room in the house.  It’s where you gather to share a meal – and talk about your day. It’s a place to entertain friends and family. To laugh and talk about the day over a meal.

When you’re designing your dream kitchen, you want to make sure that it ticks the boxes on style and utility.

Not only does it need to suit your lifestyle, but your kitchen design should also be practical – with enough room to make food preparation a breeze, it’s easy to clean, and it provides you with plenty of storage.

The same can be said when you’re renovating other parts of your home – whether it’s your laundry or your bathroom vanity.

The team at Designer Living Kitchens will transform your vision into reality

For over 25 years, the team at Designer Living Kitchens have been designing and manufacturing high-quality, custom-built kitchens and joinery for both home renovators and new home builders.

Our commitment is to provide you with a professional, friendly, and personal experience throughout the entire project.

Port Macquarie Head Office

Building beautifully designed kitchens takes skill and careful attention to detail. Our team of experienced staff are committed to a job well done.

We have three factories – at Port Macquarie, Tuggerah, and a small factory on the Queensland Gold Coast. Our sites are equipped with the latest machinery and software to ensure our joinery is made to your exact specifications and is of the best possible quality.

Using our state-of-the-art computer software programs, we can tell you how your job is tracking at any stage.

We know it’s important to stay in touch, so once your job starts, we’ll be in touch as your job progresses.

We offer a free in-home design service for homeowners, or an onsite service for our retail or small builders from our five locations – Port Macquarie, Laurieton, Coffs Harbour, Tuggerah, and Helensvale in Queensland.

Home renovations can be disruptive. So, we always aim to keep a clean and tidy workspace, especially at the end of a workday. It’s all part of the service.

Our 6-step process to designing and installing a kitchen, laundry, or bathroom vanity you’ll love

01.

Let’s talk

Chances are you’ve already been searching online for ideas. When you’re ready to talk about what you have in mind, give us a call, and we’ll have a chat about your design. We’ll discuss the style you’re looking for, as well as your choice of appliances – and of course, your budget.

02.

We’ll help you visualise your design

At this point let’s start putting your idea’s together and our friendly sales team will work with you in making sure you get everything you want. Our team may also point out what will work better or easier for how you want to use your kitchen

03.

Your comprehensive quote

Once we’ve agreed on your design, we’ll send you a comprehensive quote.

As soon as you give us the go-ahead, the team will start working on your project.

04.

Our workshop jumps into action

Generally, it takes around 4 to 6 weeks to make your kitchen joinery. For a small kitchen or laundry, or for a simple cabinetry job, we’ll be a bit quicker. Time frames can change, but we’ll always keep in touch to let you know how we’re progressing and to set-up key dates for removal of your current kitchen and installation of the new one.

05.

We’ll put you in touch with reliable tradies

During the manufacturing period, it’s a good time for you to line-up other trades, like plumbers, tilers, and electricians. We have a list of reliable tradespeople we work with and are happy to recommend. We can also arrange a skip bin for the removal of your old kitchen, laundry, or joinery.

06.

Ready to install

Once we’ve arranged a mutually agreeable time to install, we start work.

As every project is different, we’ll discuss how long it will take to complete your new kitchen once we’re clear.

The story of Designer Living Kitchens

Our company had an ownership and name change in late 2011 to what is now Designer Living Kitchens. It was known as “Olsen’s Joinery “for the last 25 plus years. It’s still a family run business with two brothers and their wive’s now running the company.

On March the 1st 2014 in the early hours. Tragedy stuck the company. There Manufacturing plant burnt to the ground in Acacia Ave Port Macquarie (See photo’s in gallery).

Within 3 weeks 3 days we had found a new location (“The Port News Complex” in Milton Circuit Port Macquarie) and trucked in new state of the art automated equipment and were back on our own two feet.

The owners said, they couldn’t have done it without good insurance and great suppliers. Plus their dedicated staff that worked all but around the clock to get things back on track.

Late 2011

It begins..

In late 2011, we took over Olsen’s Joinery, a long-standing, multi-generational business. Having started at Olsen’s as an apprentice, Jamie Barnes never left! Joined by his brother Todd, the Barnes brothers are continuing the family-owned tradition. Our wives Belinda and Penny are also integral to the business, coordinating customer service and admin behind the scenes. Over the years we’ve built-up a great team of experienced tradespeople as well as trained many young apprentices.

Late 2011

2014

Fire hits..

This was the year we lost our one and only manufacturing plant in Port Macquarie to fire. Our dedicated staff worked around the clock to get us back on our feet. Within three weeks, we found a new location, installing new cutting-edge automated equipment – and we were back up and running!

2014

2016

Expansion..

We expanded the business by acquiring HK Joinery Design and in the process, upgraded the machine and systems in line with our other sites. 

2016

2017

Queensland..

In May, we opened a warehouse/small factory in Southeast Queensland.  Up until then, we needed to truck the joinery to our sites and stay overnight into Queensland. This really improved our delivery times.

2017

2018

Panda Kitchens..

Always looking for an opportunity to service more customers, we acquired Panda Kitchens at Warners Bay. This location is a design and supply-only location. Our aim is to give DIY customers an opportunity to save money. We’ll provide you with a list of reliable local installers so, if you choose, you can deal directly with the installer or you can opt to do it yourself. This was also the first year we won the HIA Northern NSW award for Kitchen Design. (We were rapt when we went on to win the same award in the following two years.)

2018

2019

Helensvale..

We moved to our well-equipped Helensvale factory and showroom.

2019

Quality Suppliers

We only use top quality suppliers and leading brands

Proud to be Supporting Locals

Designer Living Kitchens is proud to be sponsoring or have sponsored the following people and clubs.

Cooper Barnes is from Bonny Hills NSW

Cooper races in the very competitive excel series and in 2022 will also compete in the Toyota 86 series.

Follow Coopers socials  for updates

Levi Ward from Kundabung NSW.

Levi is the Number 1 Bull rider for his age in Australia. In 2022 Levi return to Las Vegas USA for the world junior title.

Follow Levi’s  socials for updates

Designer Living Kitchens also sponsors or has sponsored

Wauchope Little Athletics, Port united FC, Woolgoolga Netball club, Kendall Tennis club, Port city leagues cricket club, Port Macquarie Oztag Designer living Kitchens team, Port Hotel cricket club.

Rotary clubs Big dig in Port Macquarie.

Special Children’s Christmas party (Newcastle).

Trek4kidz.
Designer Living Kitchens has also helped &  supported the MJH group and their charities.

Designer Living Kitchens has also support local charity golf days in Port Macquarie and the Newcastle areas.

Meet Our Sales Team

Marcus Phillips

Coffs Harbour

Dedicated Kitchen Designer  for Designer Living Kitchens with 25 plus years’ experience in the industry.

Marcus is highly motivated to provide a professional experience and design for his clients and takes a lot of pride in his work.

Damon White

Newcastle

Hi, Im Damon White, I’ve been a certified tradesman in shopfitting, kitchens & detailed joinery since 1993. This is the backbone of my expertise in designing a space that is perfect for you.

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Not only do I know what looks great, I know exactly how to build it.

My 30 years of experience will bring you the peace of mind you need when taking on new projects.

A little glimpse into my life & work experiences. Born on the mid north coast, qualified as a tradesman in the riverina. Spending 10+ years on my craft in the Sydney basin from the Southern Highlands to Newcastle. Im confident I have the skills to create the design you are looking for. Living & working locally for Designer Living Kitchens since 2009. This continually ensures I’m here for you. Come in & see me.

Jason Currie

Tuggerah

Jason has been a detailed joiner now for 24yrs, he has extensive knowledge & experience gained in that time.

Listening to his clients has enabled Jason to support them to achieve their dream kitchen and joinery projects.

Wayne Byrne

Laurieton

Wayne’s industry knowledge spans 3 decades, from being a Rep within the industry. From product knowledge of the raw materials to the hardware within your kitchen.

Wayne has been with Designer Living kitchens for over 8 years.

Paul

Laurieton, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour

Paul has been involved in the joinery industry for over 13 years as a qualified cabinet maker and designer. Paul works closely with his clients including some of the states largest builders right down to Mum’s and Dad’s looking to do home renovations.

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