READER RENOVATION #6
KITCHEN SENSE WALK-IN WINE CELLAR
On a rural plot in Stanford, a couple sought to reconfigure a historic structure into a rustic-chic home with plenty of heart
The matt Neolith counter tops were chosen because the hi-tech porcelain slab is indestructible and impervious to knives – perfect for a carefree bachelor. ‘Oddly enough, it gets all the women’s attention,’ laughs Duncan. ‘It’s the first thing they notice in the kitchen.’ Just outside the kitchen window, a fragrant herb garden perfumes the air. Within easy reach of the counter, it can be plundered while cooking.
What was once the garden shed became Duncan’s wine cellar, and subsequently the talking point of his house with all visitors. The freshly clad cedar walls offer a welcoming scent, the protruding rock was sealed and waterproofed to become an architectural feature, and randomly placed pegs create an abstract artwork on the wall that can also hold wine bottles. At his housewarming, Duncan asked his guests to bring a bottle to add to his growing collection and to personalise them by signing the wine’s label (he has yet to sample these special bottles). James Mudge customised his Stick Table at the back of the cellar to accommodate the rock feature.
The handleless kitchen cabinetry is by Andy de Klerk of Cabinetworks (cabinetworks.co.za).
BEFORE ABOVE, FROM LEFT The Jolie barstools at the breakfast bar are by Ligne Roset (ligne-roset.com); the wine cellar features cedar cabinetry custom-designed by Ashleigh Gilmour and manufactured by Cabinetworks. The James
Mudge Stick Table (jamesmudge.co.za) was customised to stand over the waterproofed rock.