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, Production Manager
Joe Goodman, Cabinet Maker & Installer
James Davis, Lead Installer
Kingsley Lang, Production Programmer
Ryan Morris, Apprentice Cabinet Maker
Shaun Coburn, Designer & Estimator
Victoria Beare, Cabinet Making & CAD Drafting Apprentice
Bre Parkes, Designer & Digital Marketer
Andrew Coombs, Lead Installer
Josh Graham, Apprentice Cabinet Maker
Jack Joyce, Cabinet Maker & Installer

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

Production Manager

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.

Joe Goodman

Cabinet Maker & Installer

We’re always searching for good men (and women) to join us. So when this Goodman – by name and nature – came along in January 2016, we snapped him up. A strapping young lad and a very hard worker, Joe hails from Murray Bridge: the perfect launching place for all his favourite activities like wakeboarding and camping, as well as soccer. Sorry, ladies, but this quietly spoken, old-school, country gentleman and family man is engaged to marry his lovely fiancée, Mel. He’s also something of a dancer to boot, although the bridal waltz doesn’t appear to be in his repertoire. As an up-and-coming hip-hop dancer, we’ll often find Joe busting some new moves around the workshop. But that’s Joe: he’s always eager to learn anything, whether it’s a new skill or a new break. And you know what they say: you can’t keep a Goodman down.

James Davis

Cabinet Maker & Lead Installer

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.

Ryan Morris

Apprentice Cabinet Maker

Who needs Seek, LinkedIn or Career One to find us staff when we have Jalen to recommend another one of his mates? That’s how we’ve come to meet two outstanding staff members so far, including our latest apprentice, Ryan Morris. We just might have to promote Jalen to Director of Human Resources. (No, that doesn’t mean a raise, Jalen.) Now, it has to be said that Ryan isn’t your normal apprentice: he’s an adult. So, he’s certainly not going to fall for any of the old stunts. And that’s a great shame because we desperately need some striped paint, elbow grease and left-handed shifters. But what it seriously means is that Ryan is mature, thoughtful and a self-starter, who also has an old-fashioned thing called initiative. And that’s something our small team truly appreciates. Although, our small team does insist on getting bigger by the month. A Murray Bridge local, Ryan already has skills with timber, having worked as a fencing contractor. Dissatisfied with the infrequency of work, he decided to seek another trade and when Jalen introduced him, we were delighted to introduce him to the joys of joinery. You can tell he’s fitted right in because he already has more alternative nicknames than the rest of the staff combined. So far, he’ll answer to Moz, Little Moz, Morrie and Brian. Mind you, he doesn’t answer with much. You see, Ryan is one of those reserved, quietly spoken types who just gets on with his work. (Don’t you love that?) But don’t let that fool you: like the proverbial duck, with Ryan, there’s plenty going on below the surface. In fact, he’s actually quite a character with a wicked sense of humour. Being a Murray Bridge boy, does it need to be said that he’s a mad-keen fisherman? And on those rare occasions when he’s not reeling them in, he’s running out for the Peake Football Club out Coonalpyn way. Perhaps it shouldn’t have surprised us when this natural-born sportsman tore up the course at our staff golf day and led his team to victory. Then again, as we’re learning in the workshop, Ryan picks things up very quickly. So far, he’s been helping to deliver jobs to sites, installing and getting stuck into learning the trade. All with a can-do attitude that tells you Ryan, Moz, Little Moz, Morrie and/ or Brian will go a long way in this business.

Shaun Coburn

Designer & Estimator

The day Shaun joined SpaceCraft Joinery, it was like the cavalry arriving over the hill. You could almost see the weight lift off Nathan’s shoulders. At last, we now have another designer-cum-estimator to uncork the bottleneck. Release the doves.

Mind you, it was no easy matter to find someone of Shaun’s experience and creative calibre. In the end, though, it was like he’d been trained perfectly just for us. Shaun started out on the tools, clocking up 22 years as a qualified cabinetmaker. That hands-on, practical experience, as with Nathan, translates into great designs that actually work. About a decade ago, he started to design and manage his own projects with his long-time previous employer, making him stable and loyal, too, before he sought this new challenge with us. All traits we value.

So, now, we have two people, who can design, quote and draw in our computer-aided design software and manage your project end-to-end. And, as they say, two heads are better than one.

Immediately, we’ve noticed Shaun’s calming influence settle the office. But what we also couldn’t help noticing was his man bun. Naturally, he’s copped some good-humoured stick over that. But no-one’s disputing this bloke knows exactly what he’s doing. Maybe we can expect some new variations in the grooming department. Hmmm… or not.

Our biggest break was that Shaun moved to Strath a couple of years ago with his daughter, Grace. On weekends, he’s devoted to her extra curricular pursuits, being swimming and ballet. That doesn’t leave much spare time but what he does have is spent on a motorbike, where he can clear his head and let his man bun fly in the breeze.

We may give him a ribbing over his hair but we have nothing but respect for the way Shaun goes about his work. Considered, calm, methodical and conscientious, he’s very quickly become an integral part of our team. And stopped Nathan pulling his hair out.

Victoria Beare

Cabinet Making & CAD Apprentice

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 & Digital Marketer

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.

Josh Graham

Apprentice Cabinet Maker

It’s starting to look like Cornerstone College just might be the cornerstone of our business future. It really is the gift that keeps on giving. After all, it’s where Nathan Wundersitz went to school, with Nathan and Ellen’s eldest son, Kiefer, following on in his father’s footsteps. But now, not only has the school’s career counsellor found us one sensational apprentice, Victoria, at the end of 2019, but doubled down in 2020 with our latest wonder-recruit: Josh Graham.

When we first met Josh – and immediately judged he was right for us – we suggested he do some work experience, to see if our job were right for him. One week later, he melded seamlessly into our happy crew and we offered him job on the spot.

Like Victoria, uncannily, it was almost as if Josh were built-to-order as a SpaceCraft apprentice. Not only is he a clear communicator but he’s engaging, fit, honest, reliable, good with his hands, and has a head for maths along with a strong work ethic. Just as well we found him before the United Nations. On top of that, from an early age, he’s had a passion for woodwork and wants to become an accomplished cabinet maker. He even plans to fit out his own campervan soon. Mind you, his appointment has already made us a bunch of happy campers here at SpaceCraft.

Living with his family in Mount Barker, at the time of writing Josh is finishing year 12 and can’t wait to work with us full-time after a string of part-time jobs that showed us he’s not afraid of hard work. His first job, after all, was as a cook at Carl’s Jr. (That first-hand knowledge just might come in handy when he’s helping us design kitchens.)

Unlike a lot of teenagers, he’s often out of bed before sunrise. And, no, that’s not when he’s coming home from parties. You see, Josh is a surfer. (Hence the need for the obligatory campervan, no doubt.) Some of his friends think he’s crazy to get up at 4.30 a.m. to offer himself as shark bait in the freezing cold waters of the Encounter Bay before heading off to school. (Maybe they have a point.) But we think it shows real commitment. Not to mention bravery.

At the time of writing, we’re delighted to report that Josh has swapped his previous part-time job stacking shelves at the Foodland in Littlehampton to work with us here at SpaceCraft two days a week. And the way he’s fitted in, we can’t wait for him to graduate from the old alma mater and join us here full-time. Victoria, especially. Because then she’ll not only be free at last to come into the office and focus on CAD work; it will also mean she won’t be the last one in and the most junior member anymore. Everybody happy.

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