Firm on a winner with flood-proof cabinetry
A TOWNSVILLE cabinetry business has flood-affected home-owners in its sights with development of a kitchen impervious to water.
The kitchen uses a 100 per cent r ecyclable material made from household and industrial waste and has been developed by Donna Amory, who owns and operates Garbutt cabinetry business Stenibac Cabinets.
Mrs Amory said yesterday the project was borne of a flooding incident three years ago when she and her builder husband, GCA Built principal Gary Amory, were living in Ingham.
‘‘ We found ourselves confronted by 600mm of water throughout the house,’’ Mrs Amory said.
‘ ‘ Flood waters destroy kitchen cabinetry and we decided after our experience that we would like to have a kitchen that was impervious to floodwaters, and with removable kickboards, that could be hosed out,’’ she said.
‘‘ We relocated to Townsville two years ago and establishment of Stenibac a year ago gave me the opportunity to pioneer development of the kitchen, which is something entirely new. The fact we are building a house in Ingham, which we want to be able to survive a flood, has been an incentive.’’
Mrs Amory said she had trialled a number of products before discovering Nuvex and gaining support for her kitchen project from its national distributor.
‘‘ We received a visit one day asking if we did commercial work and whether the product was of interest to us,’’ she said.
‘‘ I asked whether it could be used to make cabinets, and now I know it can.’’
Mrs Amory said the were a breakthrough in water- proof joinery and would not break, swell, splinter or rot, and are resistant to moulds, odours and staining.
‘ ‘ They are solid -colour panels that do not require painting, laminating, or edging and therefore will not delaminate, peel, bubble or separate,’’ she said. ‘‘ Unlike tradi tional kitchen ma - terials, the panels contain no volatile organic compounds and no formaldehyde.’’
Mrs Amory said Nuvex came in a range of thicknesses, panel sizes and colours and could be worked with all normal cabinetmaking saws and can be routered and drilled. Nuvex is unaffected by rain or sun and takes about eight minutes to catch fire when exposed to flames which, I understand, is about double the time of other kitchen cabinetry materials.’’
Stenibac is building a display unit and Mrs Amory said she expected the kitchen to have wide appeal to insurance companies and homeowners in flood-prone and cyclone-prone areas.
‘‘ While it is hard to generalise, the cost is about 40 per cent more than for whiteboard cabinetry.
‘‘ We see that as a small price to pay for a kitchen unit that can withstand the impact of floodwaters,’’ Mrs Amory said.
WIDE APPEAL: Designer Donna Amory with one of her flood-proof kitchens at Stenibac Cabinets
Photo: FIONA HARDING