All of the cupboards in our house have been made from wood. Chris Constanza from Wattle and Daub put the cupboards in for us. Chris volunteered on our natural building workshop where he did a lot of the cooking. We approached many kitchen cupboard companies to get quotes on using wood. Most conventional kitchen cupboard companies were reluctant to use wood stating that it would be to expensive and difficult to work with and strongly advised us to use melamine. One company suggested using wood in the kitchen would cost close to a R100 000 ($ 11 000).
Chris’s quote was very reasonable and his workmanship was of the highest standard. We can honestly say that of all the service providers that were involved with our house in the building of it, Chris far out-shone the others in terms of professionalism, quality and respect for our property. He was also the most accommodating and insightful when it came to understanding our vision for the cupboards and the “look” we wanted to achieve. He incorporated the recycled wooden boxes that my mother salvaged from my grandmother’s garage. These wooden boxes were used to deliver paraffin in and my mother stripped the paint of the boxes to reveal the old “advertising emblems” engraved on the sides of the boxes.
Chris used these boxes to build a food storage cupboard and pull-out drawers. The kitchen tops and doors are made from black wood (Acacia melanoxia) and karri wood (Eucalyptus diversivolor). These trees are invasive exotics from Australia and using it helps to clear alien vegetation and preserves our indigenous hardwood species.
We used all of our left over half tins of varnish for treating the interiors of the cupboards and a natural varnish for the exterior.
Chris Constanza lives in St Francis Bay and works in the Kouga area. He loves challenging and different projects (I think our house fits the bill :) ). Chris Constanza (www.wattleanddaub.co.za – 076 828 6100 – firstname.lastname@example.org)