On a bud­get

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Zirk and Charné Kay built this kitchen in their home in Vier­lan­den, Dur­banville back in 2008 on an ex­tremely tight bud­get. Zirk, an ar­chi­tect, did ev­ery­thing him­self. “We wanted to cre­ate a deli vibe with free­stand­ing fur­ni­ture; all the cup­boards can be moved around if need be,” he says. “There also had to be space for books, open shelves for items in daily use and a place to dis­play trea­sures.”

A large is­land for so­cial­is­ing with friends was a must – in this in­stance, de­signed around the free­stand­ing stove. A def­i­nite no-no was any­thing “flashy” as were hard or cold sur­faces such as gran­ite.

“We love wood,” says Zirk. “The coun­ter­tops also serve as our chop­ping boards. We don’t mind mak­ing marks on the slabs; it might bother other peo­ple but we think it adds char­ac­ter.”

A work­bench is used as a cof­fee sta­tion with crates on the bot­tom shelf. Zirk made the pic­ture frame from an old back door. The Kays love the fact that their kitchen is an invit­ing liv­ing area that doesn’t look as if it came out of a cat­a­logue.

The 16m² kitchen forms part of the open-plan din­ing room where Zirk and Charné like to hang out with friends. A built-in fire­place keeps the room warm in win­ter.

Wooden crates from Mica

The cup­board on cas­tors – which now pro­vides stor­age space for plates and glasses – used to be Zirk’s ‘of­fice’ and housed his plans, files and com­puter.

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