Last week our judges made their decision on the top 2 imported, and top 6 local Caesarstone kitchen designs in the Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year competition. This week our presenters, Lisa Aspeling and Danilo Acquisto, begin their Caesarstone Kitchen of the Year journey by visiting the first of the two imported kitchen design finalists, in Mossel Bay. After hearing the judges’ thoughts on the kitchen designed by Mathilda Pienaar of Eurocasa, they go and see this Emperadoro Caesarstone kitchen in the flesh. Unfortunately, the homeowners were out of the country at the time of our visit, but we get an exciting tour of the kitchen and come to a better understanding of why the judges selected this kitchen. View Episode 2 and enter this week's KitchenAid giveaway after watching the video below, and keep reading for this finalist kitchen's plans, interviews and more! HOMEOWNER INTERVIEW, PLANS & IMAGES Since she couldn't be with us when we visited, we quizzed Mossel Bay homeowner, Bets Claassen, for the inside scoop on this new-build kitchen: How prescriptive were you with your designer? As this was a new relationship (i.e. owner / designer), we had to convey our preferences with regard to our needs, lifestyle and vision of the new kitchen and how the kitchen should blend in with the rest of the house. Once this was conveyed and understood, Mathilda was mandated to design the kitchen and make recommendations to us when it came to colour schemes and appliances etc. Were there any specific aspects that you asked Mathilda to incorporate in your design? Yes, the kitchen was designed as part of a large, open-plan entertainment area, so it was important that certain features had to be taken into account. I'm quite short, so I requested that we include a split-level kitchen countertop to accommodate my height that could also cater for taller people with another regular-height countertop as part of the same kitchen island. This design also allows for the island to become an informal dining area while I'm cooking. I wanted the open-plan kitchen, bar and braai areas to complement each other in terms of their look and feel, but the separate scullery needed to still blend in with the formal kitchen space. With my height, I also requested that the ovens and microwave be fitted lower and that all the appliances be in close proximity in order to avoid walking a marathon when cooking! And lastly, I especially needed storage space for electrical appliances, such as the toaster, blender and mixer without having to take them out to use them, but that they would still be out of sight. How did you feel when you finally saw the finished kitchen? I was very excited to use the kitchen and WOW, it looked great - just as I envisaged it during the design phases. I was completely satisfied. How did you choose your Caesarstone countertops? They were always going to be dark or white. The Emperadoro Caesarstone is inviting and less sterile and fits perfectly with the rest of our minimalistic home. What is your favourite aspect of your new kitchen? There are so many! If I had to pick one, I would go with its functionality, but I love that I can be in my kitchen and still enjoy the beautiful sea views as well as engage with everyone around me. Were you surprised to be one of the eight finalists? I was extremely surprised, but then Mathilda did design an outstanding kitchen with so many pleasing features. If you're renovating or building a new kitchen, make sure you visit www.caesarstone.co.za to pick out your perfect Caesarstone countertops for the kitchen design of your dreams! What did you like about Mathilda's kitchen design? Let us know in the comments below.
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