A Lakeside Dream

Luxury joinery on the shores of Lake Rotoiti

Luxurious fittings, natural materials, and layers of texture combine in this project to create the perfect lakeside retreat.


Lee Brothers were chosen as the main cabinetry and timber joinery partner for this Lake Rotoiti new build, for both our technical experience and our competence in fulfilling the design brief. We were also uniquely positioned to work directly with both the designer, Yvette Jay, and the client to bring their ideas to life. We helped engineer solutions for the challenging aspects of the build and created the detailed shop drawings for the other trades.


Some designs required us to flex our engineering skills to make them fit for function, such as the heavy marble-wrapped, floating bathroom vanities. These needed to be affixed correctly to the wall, supporting the weight of the vanity, and still allow the soft-close drawers to open smoothly.
We were also called upon during the project at different times to provide technical support that came from the mix of expertise in our team.

luxury bespoke kitchen

Special features

The design called for a modern yet inviting feel, so natural materials like hardwood and stone were used throughout, including in the kitchen. The kitchen cabinetry was made with European oak veneer to provide a unique, warm feel.
In the bedroom, a vertical oak battened bedhead and wall conceals a hidden door to the ensuite and wardrobe, along with a custom-designed American oak daybed perfectly positioned for idyllic lake views. These elements were made to match and flow through to the rest of the house and surroundings.


Besides great satisfaction in ensuring the work was up to the highest quality standard, the stunning kitchen was chosen for the 2022 TIDA awards and was awarded “Highly Commended”. It is no doubt the amazing quality of work and dedication from all trades involved helped the property reach a huge $5.7m price tag at sale in 2022.

Case Study Lake Rotoiti


While we are sure the clients are thrilled with their sale, the designer was also incredibly pleased with the realisation of the project, saying that Lee Brothers translated her designs into a triumph.

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