ROOM RENOVATION #1 KITCHEN
BUILDING A LOW WALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE KITCHEN OF THIS PARKHURST HOME IN JOHANNESBURG HAS PROVED TO BE BOTH SUPER RESOURCEFUL AND FAMILY FRIENDLY
Adding a low wall in the middle of the kitchen of a Parkhurst house in Johannesburg turned it into an impressive galley-style chef’s space
Expat family David and Jill Lauren Barillot and their two young children moved to Johannesburg in 2013. The kitchen in their Parkhurst home, built in 1938, had plenty of historic charm, but lacked light and space, which prompted a renovation in 2016.
The then-gloomy beige kitchen held the promise of a garden view beyond the back-door window pane, making it the natural starting point for their renovation. To capitalise on the views, the Barillots opened up the kitchen by removing the back wall and building a Parisian-style atelier space.
‘We cook and entertain a good deal and needed a galley-type cook’s kitchen that maximises space and efficiency,’ says Jill. The original kitchen area was too small for an island, so it was Jill’s idea to build a low wall for the cooker and kitchen utensils collection. ‘Both our architect and our builder thought the idea outlandish, but they went along with it – much to Jill’s glee,’ says David.
‘The result is a real chef’s kitchen with a passageway for rambunctious children to run up and down while dinner is cooking away on the Smeg stove. Said passageway moonlights as a bowling alley, matchbox car speedway and marble run.’ atelier39.ch Find top tips from our room renovators on page 123 and online at houseandleisure.co.za
PAIR FUNCTIONAL METAL EQUIPMENT WITH CLASSIC BLUE ACCENTS FOR AN INDUSTRIALMODERN KITCHEN WITH A FRENCH TOUCH.
5 burner gas/electric
stove in Inox R10 499, Whirlpool.
(From left) Stainless steel Universo 2B 1D Drop In sink by Teka R2 557, Waterways; stainless steel Rondo prep bowl with tap lander and waste strainer in Chrome by Franke R859, CTM.
Essence Professional Supersteel single-lever sink mixer in Sheer Marble POR, Grohe.
Concert gas/electric cooker in Anthracite Black from the Classic Aesthetic collection R17 999 (90cm), Smeg.
(From top) 6th Sense stainless-steel hood in Inox R4 999 (90cm), Whirlpool; 3-oven Dual Control gas/electric cooker in Dartmouth Blue from R145 000, Aga.
(From left) Chrome-plated Sielo Elvis sink mixer R1 695, Bathroom Bizarre; Bijiou Cher singlelever kitchen sink mixer in Black R1 500, Tile Africa.