On a budget
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.