Commercial Projects

Commercial environments generally have an entirely different set of requirements to residential ones. Whether it be a school, hospital, aged-care facility, corporate office, restaurant or a hotel, they all require a specific product knowledge in order to achieve the desired results – both aesthetically, practically and to comply with site-specific safety requirements.

Often these projects are in highly sensitive environments where total respect for the occupants is paramount. Pip and her installers understand this and work closely with the managers of the facility or site to ensure the least amount of disruption occurs.

Furnishings in these extremely high-use environments come under rigorous use on a daily basis by many different people so all the products specified are chosen and manufactured to withstand these demands. Pip works closely with suppliers of contract-grade products to ensure that the fabrics and components used on each project are fit for purpose.

Over the past 20 years Pip has managed many small and large-scale commercial projects including child care centres, rest homes, hospitals, hotels, schools and large offices. Below is a selection of some of the projects she has completed since starting McKenzie House in 2012.

If you have a commercial project, however large or small, that you would like to discuss with Pip please contact her by email or call her on 021 241 9444.


Little Sisters of the Poor – Catholic aged care facility, St Marys Bay, Auckland

Completed 116 windows in total including 31 residents’ rooms and 5 living/service areas.

The brief: To use the existing double curtain rods across all windows and measure, make and install new main curtains to fit them. Fabric had to have flame retardant and blockout qualities for the main curtains and the sheer curtains were also made from flame retardant fabric. Work completed while facility in use.

Gillies Ave Southern Cross Hospital, Auckland

Completed 102 bed covers and 4 shower curtains.

The brief: To make new bed covers for patients’ beds in a

flame retardant fabric that would withstand the rigours of

constant laundering in hospital-grade commercial laundry


Tui Village – aged care facility, Papakura, Auckland

Completed window curtains for 21 resident’s rooms and bedscreen curtains and tracks for 14 rooms.

The brief: To measure, make and install new curtain tracks and curtains in a flame retardant fabric. Work completed while facility in use.

Young and Amazing – early childcare centre, Mt Smart, Auckland.

The brief: To measure, make and install new flame retardant and blockout curtains on new tracks in babies’ sleep rooms. Fabric chosen to coordinate with acoustic wall panels. Work completed prior to centre opening.

Capella House – aged care facility specialising in dementia care, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland

Completed 42 windows in total in 24 residents’ rooms and all recreational and service areas.

The brief: To measure, make and install new flame retardant, blockout curtains and tiebacks on new tracks across all windows. Fabric colour had to be soft and restful to help keep residents calm. Work completed prior to facility opening.

Papatoetoe Residential Care – rest home, Papatoetoe, Auckland

Completed 14 residents' rooms and new dining area.

The brief: To measure and make replacement window and bedscreen curtains and tracks when required on an ongoing basis. Fabric must be flame retardant and blockout.