This week our amazing ceasarstone benchtops went in and I couldn’t be happier, they look amazing (even with a layer of dust). They’re in Osprey which continues the light and bright theme of the kitchen and now sets up for the glass splashbacks.

By default we had an island and kitchen benchtop included, but invested in the higher quality finish in the butler’s pantry and ensuite, bathroom and powder rooms. I also fell in love with the look of waterfall edges to the island bench, so that was also upgraded (not cheap at for the 1100mm wide bench, but after seeing them, totally worth it.

These benchtops provide a solid surface that should stand the test of time, throughout our wet areas.

The double undermount is the AFA Cubeline 808, which also got installed this week and looks great. This means the only above surface item will be the tap, maintaining lots of room for food preparation, for quick meals like breakfast.

At Studio M, we decided to recess the front side of the island bench by 300mm providing adequate space for barstools to be neatly tucked underneath, or for your knees while sitting at the bench. Really glad we did this as the default is far too shallow.

In the bathrooms, the light stone really offsets the burnished wood cabinets well.

This was easily one of our best upgrades and best decisions.