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Kitchen dilem­mas In the Oc­to­ber 2017 is­sue of Home, a Mile­stone Kitchen worth R50 000 was up for grabs – ul­ti­mately, the win­ner was Jenna Schoeman of KwaZulu-Natal. Sil­via Miles, the owner of Mile­stone Kitchens who spon­sored the prize, de­signed a new kitchen for her, and had a clever plan for the run­ner-up too.

#1 THE WIN­NER

Jenna Schoeman of KwaZulu-Natal

writes We live in an old stone farm­house, but it needs a new kitchen to suit its beau­ti­ful ex­te­rior. The space is long and nar­row, and the floors are dark. I’d love to up­date the look and make the most of the avail­able space with a view to un­der­tak­ing struc­tural ren­o­va­tions at a later stage; right now, we’re not in a po­si­tion to knock down walls or re­place the floors.

THE SO­LU­TION

Sil­via replies While the width of your kitchen is lim­ited, the space is still big enough to ac­com­mo­date cosy ar­eas. Cre­ate a com­mu­nal zone with a cen­tral ta­ble and benches. To coun­ter­act the nar­row­ness of the space, make the most of the walls with tall wall units and open shelv­ing; Mile­stone Kitchens of­fers a mi­crowave wall unit, a uten­sils unit and a recipe book unit to ac­com­mo­date books and other kitchen items such as serv­ing plat­ters and jugs. Our free­stand­ing units are equipped with cas­tors so you can eas­ily re­lo­cate your kitchen fur­ni­ture when the time comes to redo the floors or ren­o­vate.

Our solid wood units are durable and will last a life­time. Whether you opt for the more bud­get-friendly pine op­tion or more ex­pen­sive ash wood, you can sand and seal the tops to keep them in pris­tine con­di­tion.

#2 THE RUN­NER-UP

Maura Hard­man of KwaZulu-Natal

writes My mother is re­tired but she loves to keep busy and runs her en­tire house­hold from her kitchen. The space is very small and can feel clut­tered. Any ad­vice?

THE SO­LU­TION

Sil­via replies The most ob­vi­ous chal­lenge is a short­age of space. I sug­gest re­mov­ing the wall be­tween the kitchen and din­ing room to open up the area. I’d also brick up the open pantry cup­board to make space for a cor­ner unit – these units work beau­ti­fully in small rooms, mak­ing use of ar­eas that other fur­ni­ture can’t.

Clever stor­age so­lu­tions are also im­por­tant when you don’t have the lux­ury of space. With Mile­stone’s deluxe gro­cery cup­board (pic­tured above) and cor­ner unit, you can fit so much more into the kitchen. This helps to keep the kitchen un­clut­tered and or­gan­ised and cre­ates the il­lu­sion of more space.

African Al­lure mi­crowave wall unit (1 800mm W x 400mm D x 900mm H) from R10 913

Re­mem­ber the work tri­an­gle when plan­ning your kitchen: the stove, fridge and sink must be in close prox­im­ity, as in­di­cated by the dot­ted line (above).

Deluxe gro­cery cup­board (900mm W x 700mm D x 2 400mm H) from R22 735

Butcher’s block Re­move ex­ist­ing wall

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