Kitchen Designs Adelaide | Award Winning SpaceCraft Joinery

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We are SpaceCraft.

Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au, Design Director
Ellen Wundersitz, Managing Director
Kelvin Sefton, Senior Cabinet Maker
Jalen Kowalick, Lead Installer
James Davis, Leading Hand
Kingsley Lang, Production Programmer
Victoria Beare, Design Team Support & Apprentice Cabinet Maker
Bre Parkes, Designer & Stylist
Andrew Coombs, Lead Installer
Karen Costa, Studio Coordinator
James Crabtree, Apprentice Cabinet Maker
Ted Hoskin-Murray, Cabinet Maker & Installer
Jake Welsh, Apprentice Cabinet Maker

Nathan Wundersitz CKD Au

Design Director

Whilst he mightn’t look it, Nathan has been in cabinet-making for over 20 years. As a motivated youngster, he commenced his apprenticeship with Walls Brothers in 1994, after which he paid his dues mastering his skills with both Gawler Custom Cabinet Makers and Weyland Cabinet Makers. Along the way, his talent grew and, inevitably, he knew he would only ever be satisfied working with his own clients in his own way to deliver a standard of product and service he could put his own name to. That’s why, in 2008, he and his wife Ellen lit the fuse and launched SpaceCraft Joinery. Appropriately, the business took off like a rocket. And the reason is simple. Whilst Nathan has all the skills of a master craftsman who takes painstaking delight in perfecting every detail (we call it ‘SpaceCraftsmanship’), he is much more than a fine cabinet-maker. Indeed, after two years of study, he is now fully accredited by the Kitchen & Bathroom Designers Institute as a Certified Kitchen Designer. But crucially, Nathan has that rare gift for connecting with you, your family, your lifestyle and your interests, allowing him to interpret your brief – even if it’s only the vaguest notion of what you want – and delivering something uniquely ‘you’. With a designer’s eye for balance, proportion, scale and colour coupled with his exhaustive product knowledge, Nathan can guide and inspire you to achieve a result beyond your imagination, but not your budget.

Ellen Wundersitz

Managing Director

SpaceCraft Joinery is truly a family concern. So, whilst Nathan is hands-on in the business, Ellen is the steady hand on the business. Nonetheless, having spent over a decade managing a number of high-profile graphic design studios, Ellen can offer her own creative input as well as the ever-practical family cook’s point of view to his kitchen designs. Behind the scenes, Ellen drives the marketing of our business, as well as managing our staff and finances.

Kelvin Sefton

Senior Cabinet Maker

Our resident Kiwi, Kelvin, completed his apprenticeship in cabinet-making in New Zealand in 1975, giving him 40 years of experience to draw on in any situation. That’s probably why nothing surprises him and, certainly, nothing ever fazes him. Although he’d moved to Australia in 2007, it took us till 2010 to discover him. That’s when we snared his services as an installation contractor. We finally convinced him to join us full-time in February, 2011. The installation is obviously the critical moment when all our hard work back in the factory can be undone in a careless moment. That’s why Kelvin is our man: he’s rightly earned a reputation amongst our clients for outstanding workmanship, meticulous attention to detail and helpfulness. He’ll always take whatever time is necessary to get the job right. Little wonder, then, we keep getting calls from clients eager to sing his praises.

Jalen Kowalick

Lead Installer

We always take great pleasure in building things from scratch in-house. And that includes careers as well as kitchen components. Take Jalen, for example. We first spotted him in 2010 at a careers expo, through the Doorways to Construction program, which he’d joined through his own initiative. We took him on as a school-based apprentice and were so impressed by his skills and commitment, we offered him a full-time apprenticeship. Just as Jalen was finishing his trade, the business was growing rapidly and Nathan was juggling his various roles. We scoured the recruitment channels for a leading hand/workshop coordinator – twice – to no avail. That’s when we figured we may as well give the young man a go. Well, we’ve never looked back. And neither has he. Jalen has taken over the responsibility for coordinating manufacture of projects and the workshop team. A natural communicator with maturity beyond his years, Jalen is an integral part of SpaceCraft who’s always eager to learn and try new things. Exactly what we need to keep us all on our toes.

James Davis

Leading Hand

Joe Goodman knew James (or, Jimmy, as he’s invariably called) and suggested he’d be the perfect man to join SpaceCraft’s installation team. All that he told us about him, though, was that he has small feet. Now, you know what they say about a man with small feet: he wears small shoes. And with our installation team’s reputation with our clients, it leaves big shoes to fill. Just as well, then, that Jimmy’s immediately fitted us as comfortably as an old pair of loafers. And that’s despite the fact he’s both a Kiwi and a Crows fan. Of course, Kelvin is now happy he has another bro from the Land of the Long White Cloud. And anything that keeps Kelvin happy is fine by us. Jimmy emigrated from New Zealand’s North Island in 2012 and now lives in Nairne with his wife, Kel, and their baby son, Amos. A qualified furniture maker, he came to us from another firm in Adelaide because he wanted to work locally as well as take on a new challenge. As soon as we met Jimmy, we could tell right away he’d be our kind of guy. It’s always a good sign when the good-natured gibes are being thrown around after only a few days. And he has the perfect skill set to complement our talented team. Not only that, Jimmy’s another who’s quiet and reserved but with a dry sense of humour. (He can craft a wisecrack as well as a kitchen.) Speaking of cracks, Jimmy does love a renovation project, putting his skills to very good use. At home in between these projects, he likes nothing better than throwing a barbie and hanging out with his mates, one of which is a four-legged canine friend who enjoys long walks with his energetic master.

Kingsley Lang

Production Programmer

If you ever see Kingsley with his shirt off, you’ll be struck by several eye-catching tattoos. Most impressive of all is the massive word ‘awesome’ that adorns his stomach. Now, ordinarily, we’d agree that self-praise is no recommendation. But in Kingsley’s case, we might make an exception. Especially given that, apart from thinking he actually is pretty awesome ourselves, the guy is very down-to-earth, social, chatty, fun and has a well-developed sense of humour. (Hence, the tats.) Kingsley was introduced to us when we suddenly needed a new production programmer by Andrew Coombs, who’d worked with him previously. (Thank you Andrew: our very own MacGyver has fixed another problem.) At our first interview, it suddenly became apparent he was our Mister Right: not only did he just happen to have experience in Microvellum, the CAD program we use here; he’s also a qualified cabinetmaker. When he started talking excitedly about the ‘back end’ of the Microvellum program and how he loves to work with formulae (yes, we’ve discovered someone who does) we had to interrupt him to tell him he was hired. Of course, Mister Right can never be perfect: Kingsley lives in Pasadena, making commuting something of a commitment. No doubt he gets through quite a lot of his collection of metal, punk and grunge music on the drive, as well as during Kingsley’s very loud Hour of Power in the office after Ellen has left for the day. We just hope he enjoys the challenges we can give him at work as much as the challenge of getting here. Obviously, Kingsley is very computer-literate and has immediately become our go-to guy for IT queries and problems, which is awesome enough in Ellen’s book. Just as good, he doesn’t try to blind you with science and always looks for the most practical, commonsense solution. In his spare time, when he’s not working here or commuting, Kingsley is a late-night gaming ninja. (Naturally.) But he also plays korfball – which is, of course, as we all know – a dynamic cross between netball, basketball and handball, and the only mixed-sex team ball-sport in the world. (Thank you, Google.) Kingsley is a member of the North Adelaide Roosters’ A-grade team as well as playing in B-grade alongside his partner. His A-grade team won the 2017 grand final (if only the SANFL team could do likewise) and their winners’ chant was “cocks on top”. We can’t wait to see that tattoo.

Victoria Beare

Design Team Support & Apprentice Cabinet Maker

On those rare occasions when we do get a moment to reflect, it rather startles us at the calibre of the people who’ve seemingly come out of the woodwork to join our joinery. And that can be said even of our apprentices. After all, our latest addition, Victoria, is the kind of youthful candidate people in our industry are screaming out for. (And you’ll certainly hear them screaming when they find out the talent they’ve missed.)

Victoria comes to us after completing year 12 at Cornerstone College (where, in a neat circle, Nathan and Ellen’s eldest son, Kiefer, has just enrolled). And we would certainly be very proud of him if he could emulate just some of her achievements: straight-A student; school house-leader; and recipient of a Citizenship Award from the Order of Australia Association, for a start.

Serendipitously, she was seemingly ‘made’ for us, with a passion for product design and – already – impressive skills as a hands-on craftsperson. In each of her last two years at school, her work was honoured: first, with a SACE merit in the Material Products (Textile) subject; then, a school merit in her Material Products (CAD) subject, having used computer-aided design to create a slick and sophisticated coffee table with a built-in marble maze that is nothing short of amazing.

This prompted Cornerstone’s Pathways Coordinator to recommend that she talk to us. When she wrote a letter with a folio of her other designs attached, we couldn’t have got on the phone quick enough to snap her up. And, in our favour, she decided to take an apprenticeship under Nathan’s guidance rather than the place in Interior Architecture she was offered at UniSA.

Accordingly, we’re framing Victoria’s apprenticeship a little differently: not only will she be honing and developing her cabinetmaking skills, but also flexing her creative muscle on the Microvellum CAD, a skill which she already loves to muck around with. So, just like that, we’re growing our own designer. But not just any designer. Like Nathan, we hope, she’ll gain that instinct and practical understanding that can only come from knowing how to build things yourself.

For such an overachiever, mercifully she’s also very grounded. That might have something to do with being a Hills girl who still lives with her family in Crafers West. And it might also be to do with her love for sport, playing both tennis and netball (which she also umpires).

Eventually, she’s hoping to travel, having caught the bug whilst volunteering on a service tour in Cambodia and taking a study tour in China. The world just might be Victoria’s oyster one day. (Marc Newson, you’ve been warned.) But for the moment, we’ll be very pleased to nurture her career and add her undoubted talent to the rest of our amazing team.

Bre Parkes

Designer & Stylist

It is said that problems create opportunities. However, that wasn’t what we were thinking the day we found out our previous studio coordinator had decided to move on. In fact, we thought we’d have a devil of a time finding someone who could fill this linchpin role. As we said in our ad, we were willing to give our right arms to find someone to act as our right hand.

But it was only a few days later we were astonished to open the morning’s email and find Bre Parkes’s resumé. The clouds parted, the sun shone brightly and the hallelujah chorus blared. Bre (it’s short for Breanna) was our godsend. And we feel blessed to have her on board, given her experience, skills and personality.
Bre comes to us after running her own business. So, she knows exactly how to help us run ours. At the end of 2016, she created a catering company, Gather & Graze, and two years later expanded to open a shopfront on King William Road, Unley. Through her own efforts in marketing and social media, as well as hands-on in the business managing small- and large-scale events, the business thrived. The opening of her coffee space gained media attention in Broadsheet, Glam Adelaide, the ‘Tiser, inDaily and the Adelaide Review.
Then, something called Covid-19 came along. And everything came to a shuddering halt.

What’s extraordinary is the timing. Because at the same time we had our headache of trying to find someone, Bre was swallowing the bitter pill of shutting up shop to seek a more stable and consistent industry in which to apply all the skills she’d gained. It’s true: problems do indeed create opportunities.

Today, we are thrilled to welcome Bre as our new designer & digital marketer. And she couldn’t be any more perfect for the role. Quite apart from all her proprietary experience, she’s studied design, interior design and decoration (which she used to render the complete design of her own shop’s fit-out), has skills in CAD, styling, photography, digital/social media, is a trained barista and – last but by no means least – is a fabulous, bubbly human being to boot.

Even her faults are fabulous. We asked her a curve-ball question in our interview: what do you do that others might find annoying? Her answer: take over in the kitchen. Given how well she cooks, that’s never going to be a problem here.

So, next time you visit SpaceCraft, you’ll know exactly who that friendly blur is who greets you and pops a perfect brew in your hand whilst doing a myriad of miracles to keep us in business.

Andrew Coombs

Lead Installer

They say that when one door closes, another opens. However, when Andrew left us in 2018, we were devastated to watch him walk out our door. But, to be honest, we always hoped that one day, he’d return to us. So, the door was always left just slightly ajar. And sure enough, guess whose head would pop through it every now and then to chew the fat? And who do you think we invited to the HIA Awards in 2018, because we missed him as much as he appeared to miss us?

That’s why we’re absolutely beyond excited to share the news that Andrew Coombs is back where he belongs at SpaceCraft Joinery. And this time around, he’s been promoted to the role of Lead Installer alongside Jimmy, becoming an invaluable member of what we can now truly call our installation Dream Team. Lock that door: nobody’s leaving.

Coombsy, Coo-cumba, Maverick: he has almost as many nicknames as he has skills. And even more reasons why we love him to bits. The most obvious professional reason is his vast experience, with over 20 years in the building and construction industry, having made everything from pieces of furniture to his previous home in the Riverland, where he hails from. (He now lives just down the road at Chiton with his wife, Kylie, and their daughter, Addison.)

He really has been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, including cabinetmaking, shopfitting, wood machining, joinery, first- and second-fixing, tiling, painting, cladding, design, CAD and drafting in his skills. (Actually, in retrospect, it may have been quicker to tell you what he hasn’t done.) Having tasted the life of a supervisor over the last couple of years away, he was super-keen to hop back on the tools with us and lead his installers from the front.

In fact, when we started looking for a replacement for our previous Lead Installer, George, who resigned to work closer to home, a little bird told us Andrew had seen our ad on social media and was sorely tempted to reapply. (That ‘little bird’ being Kylie.) A couple of days later, we caught up with Andrew in the pub and had a little chat. Before you could say ‘whose round is this?’, we’d made a formal offer and he’d accepted.

And now he’s back, it’s like he never left: he’s such a comfortable fit with the rest of our team. When you meet him, he may strike you at first as being rather tight-lipped. But when the moment is right, through those lips pass the kind of comments that are well worth waiting for, confirming that the very level-headed Maverick… er, Andrew, is a thinker just as much as a tinkerer.

Karen Costa

Studio Coordinator

As a famous man once said, this is like déjà vu all over again. It seems like only yesterday we were singing the praises of a new studio coordinator, Bre. And before you know it, we’re announcing a new one. The reason we’re delighted to do so is because Bre has unquestionably passed the audition in this role and shown all the talent we expected; so much so, we’re now easing her into a plum role in our design department. Bravo, Bre.

But, as we’ve said before, the studio coordinator role is one of the toughest gigs in our business: she or he (or whatever pronoun that person might relate to) is the lynchpin who just has to be across absolutely everything we do. So: why aren’t we panicking? It’s all because of Karen Costa.

In a rare moment of serendipity, we received Karen’s application for the role just as we were wrapping up Bre’s appointment. Bugger, we thought. It’s like buses: you wait ages and then two come at once. But when Bre demonstrated she was ready to rise, we knew we had Plan B. Or, rather, Plan K.

What immediately strikes you about Karen is her calm, composed and positive nature. We guess she would have needed all of that in her previous role as an administration assistant, sales representative and team leader at the Telstra store in Murray Bridge. After four years there covering three roles, it was time for a new adventure and all the roles she’ll perform with us.

Before that, Karen worked in her own family’s business, Surf N Chooks, in Mount Barker. So, a move to our family business suits her down to the ground. Especially seeing her parents still live here in Strath, where she grew up, and where she can now call in for a lunchtime serve of her mum’s magnificent spring rolls. (Jealous? Us?)

Karen lives in Mt Barker with her partner, Ninja Jim who works around the corner at Maidment Meats in Strath. If you’re wondering, he earned that nickname with an appearance on the Ninja Warrior TV show. And that tells you something else about these two: they are ridiculously fit. Karen loves running and hot yoga. (The only running most of us do is to get hot donuts.) She’s run nine torturous kilometres in the Dirt Wars obstacle course and seven kilometres in the similarly sapping Spartan Sprint. And, of course, she’s done the City to the Bay. She may not put herself in Ninja’s class but she’s got everyone here covered, that’s for sure. And throughout it all, her claim to fame is that she’s never broken a bone. (We’re more worried about breaking fingernails… and that’s just the blokes.)

As an avid traveller pre-COVID-19, who’s been to North America, Central America, Italy and the Philippines, Karen is longing to resume her wanderlust and add to her passport stamp collection. But, meanwhile, we’re very pleased this hard-working, bubbly and happy-go-lucky lady has agreed to drop her bags with us here in Strath. She looks forward to welcoming you through our doors.

James Crabtree

Apprentice Cabinet Maker

If you were a fly on the wall here at SpaceCraft Joinery, you’d no doubt observe what a diverse group of people we employ. (Well, actually, if you were a fly on the wall, you’d probably be more interested in our compost bin.) However, if you were a fruit fly, you just might be intrigued by the latest addition to our interesting bunch: Bananaman.

Now, most people might know our new apprentice as James Crabtree. Or even Crabby, for short. But soon after he arrived here, it became apparent that he loves bananas, eating four or more a day. And given that he’s also mad-keen on the comic-strip exploits of several superheroes, we couldn’t help but put two and two together and come up with Bananaman.

Now, he may not be able to see through walls like Superman or turn green and smash everything in sight like the Hulk. But what Bananaman might lack in these departments, his mild-mannered alter ego more than makes up for with some rather more winning ways. For example, James is always smiling. He’s genuine and considerate. He’s very personable. He’s a self-confessed clean-freak. And he has a can-do, positive attitude about any task he’s given, which – let’s face it – for an apprentice isn’t always the most appealing job in the place. (Just as well he’s a clean-freak.)

The truth is, like most of our best people, James has fit right in from day one, as we expected because not only was he recommended to us by Bre’s mum, who works with his dad; he also came with a glowing reference from Bunnings, where he’d really enjoyed working hands-on with timber. So, coming here was a natural progression.

At the time of writing, James still lives in Adelaide. But, seeing his girlfriend lives in McLaren Flat, he’s certainly used to heading out of town and, in fact, may well soon move a little closer to both the work and the person he’s become attracted.

In his spare time, James plays footy and basketball, and, given that he’s also a keen gardener, he’s happily taken charge of our chooks.

Our plan for James is for the Dream Team (our installation megastars) to mentor him to join their ranks and he’s already proven himself to be a great help on-site. Surely, even a Dream Team could use a superhero. Just as long as nobody slips on any banana peels on the job.

Ted Hoskin-Murray

Installer & Cabinet Maker

Bio coming soon!!

Jake Welsh

Apprentice Cabinet Maker

Bio coming soon!

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Senior Installer & Cabinet Maker

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