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Kitchens with punch: Misco Joinery

Kitchen design in 2020 is going to be all about introducing feature colours and textures that add depth and style.



Moving away from neutral tones and white features, we’re now looking ahead to a whole new world of design to create a much more personalised, user-friendly influence for the heart of your home.

For more than 30 years, local, family-owned company Misco Joinery has been making ideas come to life throughout the Canterbury region and providing the whole package from design right through to installation.

This year they’re noticing that, in line with global trends, people are moving away from white kitchens and adding more colour, feature shelving and additions that make life in the kitchen much easier.

Waterfall kitchen islands are going to remain popular and melamine boards in grey, or warm wood grains, are being introduced to add texture and depth. Colour is even finding its way onto benchtops in a range of natural grey and marbled tones.

Outside the kitchen, the laundry is also going through changes, as they receive more attention. They are starting to include more design elements, a variety of storage options, and there’s also a growing emphasis on it feeling more like a room of its own.


The team at Misco Joinery say that while New Zealanders do tend to follow some of the Australian and European trends, Kiwis always make their homes their own by incorporating clean lines and making space work best for their lifestyle.

Misco Joinery is located at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, employing more than 45 staff who work with residential and commercial builders, as well as private clients in both the South and North Islands.

The team of designers, manufacturers and installers may specialise in creating stunning kitchens, but they’re also the people to call for installing new wardrobes, laundries and commercial fit-outs.

To see the full scope on offer, features a range of imagery to give you an idea of the styles available, and builders’ showhomes are dotted around the country so you can see the product first-hand and discuss your options with the friendly and helpful staff.

For more information on how Misco Joinery can help with your next project, phone 03 383 4384, email, and check them out on Instagram @miscojoinerynz.



New heart of the home: Misco Joinery

You’ve been thinking for some time that your kitchen looks dated, but there’s so much else going on in your life… besides, tomorrow’s another day, right?



Uh-uh. Postponement is just putting off what we know we should’ve tackled yesterday. From now on, be decisive. Carpe diem – seize the day; and make that day today!

Next step is to contact the wonderful people at Misco Joinery. This is a family business that’s been outfitting Canterbury homes with bespoke kitchens for 30 years. From planning and design through to completion and installation, clients are consulted with every step of the way.

Aside from kitchens, the team at Misco also specialises in the design and manufacture of laundries, wardrobes and study areas, plus fixture shelving for storage, surrounds for TV and entertainment areas and window-seats.

Marketing Manager Penny Abell says the kitchens produced here are more than just about being a functioning work space; more importantly, they’re about the people working in them, which is reflected in theme, colour, design and cabinetry finishes. “We can utilise feature colours in the joinery cabinets, upper cabinets, kitchen islands and bench back panels. Darker colour kitchens are becoming popular, as are different design textures with the cabinetry – such as woodgrain effects.”

With Christmas as your incentive, imagine welcoming family and friends to your beautifully renovated home over the holidays. Penny recommends contacting them now to avoid the queue. “If you leave it to October, unfortunately that will be too late to get your kitchen installed for Christmas.”

The process of achieving your dream kitchen is done in three stages: design, manufacture and installation.




  1. Design process:
    • House plans, measurements and a wish list with client specifications are required
    • An initial renovation quote and plans are drawn up by the designers (received by clients within 7-10 days)
    • A meeting is arranged between clients and a member of the design team to discuss all changes to the plans and answer any questions
    • Revised quote and plans are again drawn up
    • Once all parties are in agreeance with revised quote and plans, a sign-off meeting is arranged to finalise quote, colours and appliances
  2.  Manufacture process:
    • Begins after sign-off, with a final measure conducted at client’s property to ensure accuracy before manufacturing the joinery
    • An install date is confirmed between clients and Misco’s installation team
    • Joinery production gets underway using world-class machinery to cut and edge all panels
    • Joinery assembly is carried out by trained joiners and made ready for transportation
  3. Installation process:
    • The kitchen joinery is delivered to site one day prior or on the day of installation
    • Misco’s skilled installers will install the kitchen over two days

Now your dream becomes your reality, and yes, you can pat yourself on the back. After all, who decided to seize the day? You!

For more information, phone 03 383 4384, email or visit



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The Craft of Kitchens: Misco Joinery

Misco Joinery has been building and installing kitchens in Canterbury homes for more than 30 years. The locally owned family business has a solid reputation for providing a high quality product and great customer service.


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From humble beginnings in farm buildings behind the family home in Mairehau, Owner and Director Michael Chernishoff, along with his fellow Director and brother-in-law Glenn Colenso, built the company which now proudly operates from a 3500sqm purpose-built manufacturing base in Kaiapoi.

The benefits of replacing an old, tired kitchen are well established. In addition to adding value to your home, the look and feel of a new kitchen, one of the most used rooms in any house, adds to your quality of life.
For many homeowners, the prospect of a kitchen renovation can be a little daunting, but the team at Misco aims to make it as stress free and rewarding as possible. The process is straight-forward, transparent and totally customer-focused.


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Any plan to upgrade your kitchen begins with a wish list, including an understanding of how you currently use your kitchen and how you may want to use it differently. Browsing the gallery online, or spending some time in the showroom at 62 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, is a great place to start. In the showroom are several model kitchens, and a vast selection of accessories, swatches, and examples. An initial consultation at your home, usually with Mike, is scheduled, where the wish list is discussed, measurements are taken and a plan is devised.

Misco’s design team works with you to finalise the plans, including any changes you may want. From simple upgrades to complex renovations, qualified builders and installers are on the job.
The joinery is produced at the Kaiapoi plant using the latest computerised equipment, ensuring accuracy and efficiency. There it is assembled and made ready for installation by qualified and skilled tradespeople who pay close attention to the smallest details to ensure complete satisfaction.


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Misco kitchens feature the latest technologies and quality brands such as Hafele fittings and hardware, Marbello and AGB granite, quartz, or acrylic bench tops, and the Biesse Air Force System which provides colour continuity between the edges and surfaces, and a “zero glue line”, improving the aesthetic of your new kitchen.

European soft-close drawers and cupboards are standard, and quality brand appliances such as Bosche, AEG, Westinghouse and more, can be included in the design, sourced through Harvey Norman Commercial and supplied with the joinery.

For homeowners wanting to upgrade the kitchen, Misco is the perfect one stop shop. From concept to installation, their experience, expertise, and quality products guarantee satisfaction. The company also manufactures and installs walk-in wardrobes, laundries, or shelving, providing these ensembles for commercial enterprises such at resthomes, preschools and others nationwide.


For more information visit or phone
03 383 4384.


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Future-proofed kitchen nirvana: a visit to Misco Joinery’s Kaiapoi showroom

It was 30 years ago that Misco Joinery first opened its doors. And now, nearly a year on from its move to a purpose-built factory, the company’s full potential is being realised – a result of family values, consistent workmanship and solid experience.

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Director Michael Chernishoff first launched Misco from the farm shed of his family home in Mairehau Road in support of his father’s building business. Glenn Colenso, a Director and Michael’s brother-in-law, started as his apprentice at the age of 17. When work flourished, they just added another shed. However, 12 years ago Michael had the foresight to purchase land at 62 Williams Street in Kaiapoi.
This future-proofed factory is a true kitchen nirvana. The showroom has four kitchens installed so far – showcasing stone benchtops and European hardware from Hafele through to soft closing doors. “As a move from post-earthquake all-white kitchen styling, we’re now seeing more neutrals, blacks and colour,” says Marketing Manager Penny Abell. She’s been part of the Misco family for 10 years.
“We aim to give clients an X-factor kitchen at an affordable price. Make an appointment for a measure and quote with Michael or a project manager. Using their experience and design flair they will create clever ways to use your available space. After clients talk over recommendations and ideas with our designers, and confirm plans and colours, it’s about eight to ten weeks to your new kitchen installation.”
Misco is spreading its wings fast. Kitchen designer Liselle, along with four installers, are now fully established in the Auckland region. While in Wellington the company has just completed the joinery fit-out at a new preschool. However, the loyal residential clientele in Canterbury will always be a family staple.

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A stage like no other: Mike Greer Homes launches their seriously stylish new showhomes in Prestons Park

Nothing grants a building company the stage to illustrate their flair better than a showhome. The very stylish designs of the two new Mike Greer Homes showhomes in Prestons Park, Marshlands exhibit an endless supply of fabulous ideas that can be implemented into most of the company’s home plans.


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The single-storey home at 21 Prestons Park Drive is impressive. Designed for luxury living, the choice of colours and designer wallpaper is an interior feature that manages to be both bold and subtle, simultaneously. The bathroom is fit for a goddess. The way the shape of the bath complements the shape of the room and window is no accident, nor is the luxurious vibe provided by the marble look tile you notice as you step up to the raised bathing platform.
The kitchen is another focal point, with Velux skylights in the raised ceiling over a waterfall kitchen benchtop. “The kitchens in these showhomes are very high-end and offer inspiration to clients who want to build their absolute dream home,” Mike Greer Homes Sales Manager John Callaghan says.
The 226m2 home has three double bedrooms, a family bathroom (that also features the eye-catching Velux skylights), ensuite, office, two living rooms and a double garage – all the space for modern family life.

Next door at number 19, the 275m2 two-storey home is designed to maximise site and sun, featuring four double bedrooms, three bathrooms, internal laundry and double garage. Carefully designed to be spacious without feeling overwhelmingly large, the open plan layout of living spaces creates the heart of the home.
The exterior plaster cladding (Integra Facade System in white) on number 19 was completed by Resene Construction Systems, with the Resene team playing a significant role, given the nature of the project: a two-storey dwelling with over-roof areas and multiple claddings. “The homes look very sharp,” Resene Construction Systems National Sales Manager Simon Petrie says.

“The recess plaster features two gable ends, with acute angles and a clean and sleek finish. The contrasting dark cedar shows the best of both products in a fantastic combination. We enjoy working closely with Mike Greer Homes. Their front-line communication is of a very high standard. Their design team and project managers have a wealth of knowledge to ensure a high standard of work is undertaken and met for their clients, meaning our products end up showcased beautifully. We review all details on projects collectively to ensure expectations are exceeded.”

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The tile supply for both showhomes was done by Garey Burgess of Giovanni Tiles, who works closely with the Mike Greer Homes inhouse colour consultant Haley Cleine. They discuss trends and designs while having a play with new products to see what will work best for each project. “Haley sees the bigger picture, so once she is happy with the concept I work to her vision and provide solutions, sourcing products especially,” Garey says.
“I travel internationally personally selecting tiles. Because Mike Greer Homes is my biggest customer I keep them in mind when sourcing product and immediately introduce Haley to the new top of the range tiles that I know work well with their customer base. We have a reciprocal loyalty and I know the entire team. Both companies receive great benefits from our long-term relationship.”

Dyers Road ITM supplied the building products and worked with the design team on both projects to ensure they met council criteria and the design briefs. “Our close working relationship with Mike Greer Homes means we are involved in the design process, which in turn leads to higher quality end products,” Dyers Road ITM Commercial Sales and Business Development Manager Andrew Reeves says.
“After more than a decade working together, the relationship has flourished to a point where we work not as supplier/client, but as a team – a partnership to achieve high quality homes built in a timely fashion while still meeting the competitive pricing demands of the both the market and individual clients.”
These homes feature traditional design methods, as well as new panelised technology, the results of which Andrew is very proud of, his favourite feature being the cedar claddings on both houses. “They are eye-catching and look incredible,” he says.

The high-spec kitchen and walk in pantry in number 19 is courtesy of Misco Joinery, which supplied Hafele European hardware with soft close drawers and powder coated handles. “The cabinetry has lasered edges which removes the glue line and makes them very smooth and ultra-watertight,” Penny Abell of Misco Joinery says.
“This is a standard measure for all cabinetry we supply to Mike Greer Homes.”


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A launch party for the Mike Greer Homes sales team and project managers was held at number 19 to introduce them to the new line products from Misco, Hafele Hardware and Grass Componentry Range – such is the depth of knowledge Mike Greer Homes likes the team to have. Penny’s favourite part of the kitchen? “The size of the benchtop – all that entertainment space, people seem to be going for larger benchtops more and more,” she says.
It is obvious why Mike Greer Homes consistently wins awards at the Master Builder House of the Year: it gets the details right. The company’s long-term industry relationships fuel high-quality results and there is synergy on every project. John says of those involved in the project, “They are all fantastic, great quality, service and great installation teams” – and it shows in the finish of these breathtaking homes.

Project Partners

  1. Mike Greer Homes
    Ph: 03-354 0166
  2. Misco Joinery
    Ph: 03-383 4384
  3. Giovanni Tiles
    Ph: 03-423 1696
  4. Resene Construction Systems
    Ph: 0800 50 70 40
  5. Dyers Road ITM
    Ph: 03-373 6049