House and Leisure Before and After - - CONTENTS -

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 (cabi­net­ OP­PO­SITE, BE­FORE BE­FORE

BE­FORE ABOVE, FROM LEFT The Jolie barstools at the break­fast bar are by Ligne Roset (; the wine cel­lar fea­tures cedar cab­i­netry cus­tom-de­signed by Ash­leigh Gilmour and man­u­fac­tured by Cabi­net­works. The James Mudge Stick Ta­ble...

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