John Crooks

John is one of Melbourne’s leading kitchen designers with over 30 years’ experience of creating stunning designs to suit his client’s needs. With a passion for form and function and the use of colour and materials, John’s clients can enjoy his legendary attention to detail and award winning designs.

John began his career in the building industry after completing a four-year apprenticeship as a carpenter and a three-year building construction degree at Swinburne Institute of Technology.

John worked initially as a sub-contract carpenter with Merchant Builders, one of Australia’s most innovative and award-honoured home builders. Following this formative experience, he travelled to Europe, where he spent seven years training and working as a commercial deep sea saturation diver in the North Sea, before moving to the USA.

Returning to Australia, John decided to apply his building knowledge to the kitchen renovation industry and became the protégé of the renowned Hans de Weerd, founder of one of Melbourne’s most innovative and respected kitchen design companies.

John undertook additional studies to further his qualifications and is a Certified Kitchen Designer and a member of the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute.
In 1992, he won the inaugural Trends/HIA – Kitchen Designer of the Year Award and has since been recognized as one of Melbourne’s most awarded kitchen designers having completed over 1500 kitchen renovations.

In 2006, John set out to create an environment in which the public could visit a world class kitchen showroom where they could immerse themselves in stunning designs, with the most up to date selection of materials and labour saving hardware and fittings. In collaboration with Peter Schelfhout and Michael Simpson, directors of Perennial Kitchens, The Kitchen Design Centre opened in 2007 with unprecedented success. In 2013, John undertook the task of designing the second showroom for The Kitchen Design Centre which again re-set the benchmark for innovative kitchen displays.

John’s commitment to his clients is such that he will always see the project through to the final handover and will pay attention to the smallest of details to ensure a proper installation and a totally enjoyable experience.

When not immersed in his clients kitchens you will find John training for his other passions which are triathlons and boxing, and spending time with his daughters.

See some of John’s kitchens here:
VermontMont Albert NorthPort MelbourneBlackburn Showroom, Eltham Showroom

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