Meet our design team

Our professionally trained designers will unlock all the possibilities for your kitchen, bathroom, wardrobe and laundry.

A curated team of design and project management experts

Our in-house designers are here to listen, present opportunities and guide you through the vast options available to make maximum practical use of space. Your designer is an essential relationship. For your convenience, she is your single point of contact—from design to installation—who is intimate with your design and requirements and can expertly project manage your trades.

Esteban Valderrama

As Aplan’s Kitchen & Bathroom Company Director I am proud to Introduce you to my Team, who are here to assist you with your project.

I work hard to keep all my staff happy working with Aplan, a happy environment creates a better caring team member who will assist you in transforming your home into the dream renovation you aspire to.

We are always creating better showroom displays, which change as the moods change with the introduction of new and exciting materials. Your journey is made easier at Aplan which a fantastic choice of materials set out over our 4 Showrooms across Sydney.
Our focus is you, our client.

Building a relationship with you is so important in capturing the essence of your vision for your Renovation. Creating a smooth transition from material & hardware selection, layout verification to create an effortless conclusion to your project. Joining the thousands of happy customers which have traversed this path since 1984.

Welcome to Aplan, and enjoy the journey.

Esteban Valderrama
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Karen Crossley

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Karen came to Australia at 18 and studied Social Work, Interior Design before proceeding to study Fine Arts majoring in painting. Her portraits have been hung in the prestigious Portia Geach and the Mosman Art Prize.

As a portrait artist, Karen studies a space like she would a face. She carefully examines the bone structure before using her skills and technique to apply design principles within a given space.

Karen sees the kitchen as a space that needs to last, and accommodate the lifestyle of each client, taking into account every family member

Suzanne Jones

Suzanne is a tactile person who is enchanted by nature’s textures. With a degree in Interior Design and Decorating, she weaves inspiration from the outdoors into the central room of the home.

For her, designing bespoke living spaces is a very human exercise, equal parts collaborative, imaginative and practical. It all starts with understanding the people who will be living in it, and leads to a creatively designed space that supports and elevates their lifestyle.

Suzanne sees the kitchen is a meeting place for family and friends. Today, it’s often an open space and she believes it should be imagined accordingly.

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Claudia Arancibia

Claudia Arancibia

With more than 20 years in the Kitchen and Bathroom industry, Claudia brings a wealth of knowledge to Aplan.

She excels in providing a personalised service with an eye to intricate details, colours and functionality.

Her dedication to each project and her tireless pursuit to achieve an outcome is admirable and appreciated by every client who enjoy working with her and her patience in what can be at times a daunting task to renovate.

Simón Sosa

Simón is a new addition to Aplan and brings a fresh approach to our company. All companies should embrace the youth and passion they bring to design and the enthusiasm they have to get things done.

He has a passion for music and writing his own score, delivering tales of love, struggles and injustices’.

He brings this passion to Aplan and believes that as a daily used space, the heart of the home should be a thing of beauty, practicality, versatility and attuned to your senses. A custom design is necessary to create an inviting environment tailored to clients’ homes and everyday living. 

Simón enjoys assisting clients with amazing design solutions in which a client can afford to live their best, for life.

Simón Sosa
Nick Valderrama

Nick Valderrama

Nick has a flare for beauty and design, his many years in the Kitchen and Bathroom industry has led him to Aplan.

He enjoys functional design solutions, however his favourite aspect about design is to create a unique interior space for his clients, the use of lighting, textures, moods and exciting transformations are his passion.

Nick’s favourite residential design projects are bathrooms! A room where one can kick back and take a refreshing shower after a long working day or where you can get ready for a lovely evening out on the town. 

Nick enjoys assisting clients not only with the layout of bathroom designs but also seeking options with different tile sizes and patterns to create a bold colour scheme.

Lucrezia Leone

Lucrezia studied Interior Design in her native Italy, inspired by the great Italian architect Renzo Piano, before moving to Australia.

Her focus to understand the person she’s designing for - their tastes and desires, but also their constraints. She builds a vision for her client around the picture they have painted for her.

She sees opportunity where others might see restrictions, and uses her skills to improve a given space in line with character that will be poured into it. She looks for the perfect balance between aesthetic and practicality.

As a true Italian, Lucrezia considers the kitchen to be the main room of the house. It’s where most colourful moments of our lives happen, so it has to be designed to support those moments - to look good, feel good and be practical.

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Belinda Cacciotti

Belinda Cacciotti

Belinda is A-plan's Kitchens and Bathrooms Trade Co – Ordinator.

Whilst she has a background in Interior design, decoration and architectural interiors she also carries a Bachelor's degree in Design Management, topping her class in Project Management.

Belinda is a multi-tasker who is happy to assist when planning and managing your renovations. She seeks efficiency in our trades While keeping an eye on their workmanship and progress. Working closely with our Project Manager Omar, she helps work with any complications that may arise and works best in Problem Solving.

The kitchen may be the heart of the home and a lovely new bathroom with a relaxing bath is the perfect way to relax, Belinda will take the stress out of your Renovation.

Omar Valderrama

Our Project Manager, Omar is A-plan’s Kitchens and Bathrooms expert.

He manages all of A-plans renovation projects, at your home and is ready to check in on our renovation sites daily to ensure all renovations are progressing smoothly.

Clients are always pleased with our progress and he plays an integral part in ensuring the trades complete your renovation in accordance to the schedules provided, to a high-quality standard and most importantly smoothly and hassle free.

Omar’s favorite part of the job is when all works are completed accordingly to plan and ahead of the schedules & seeing the customers’ satisfied handover. An old and tired aspect to their home transformed by our Aplan Team.

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