IN good com­pany

Tired of be­ing stuck away in a dark and poky kitchen, this cou­ple cre­ated an open-plan space that’s per­fect for cook­ing to­gether and so­cial­is­ing.

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“My mom al­ways jokes that I build sand­cas­tles and my hus­band Daryn makes them come to life,” says Stefnie. And in­deed this is an apt de­scrip­tion of their 2015 kitchen ren­o­va­tion.

“We fell in love with an old house in Cen­tu­rion but the kitchen was small, dark and cut off from the rest of the house, which left me feel­ing ex­cluded from ev­ery­thing,” ex­plains Stefnie. “So I started imag­in­ing what I could do to change the sit­u­a­tion. With a pen and mea­sur­ing tape in hand, I jot­ted down a few ideas and soon a pic­ture of my new kitchen came into fo­cus.”

Stefnie de­scribed her vi­sion to Daryn and to­gether they started plan­ning the big open-plan liv­ing space she longed for, in­clud­ing a “mas­sive kitchen is­land right in the cen­tre” where Stefnie could pre­pare meals while still en­joy­ing the com­pany of fam­ily and friends. “I’m the overly cre­ative and crazy one, while Daryn is the prac­ti­cal prob­lem-solver – to­gether we made magic,” she says with a smile. >>

Beatrice Moore-Nöth­nagel • Elza Cooper Juané Scheep­ers

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