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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, May 20, 2013 --- 13 Oscar is no longer a grouch; he's one happy puppy. The Jack Russell doesn't sleep in the kitchen anymore, and his human, Jaki Healy, has won her kitchen back for the family. But that's not why Jaki entrusted the redevelopment of her kitchen to Warren Smith and Kitchencraft; relocating Oscar was just an added benefit, like many other features that have now made her kitchen more user-friendly. "There was no scullery before Warren worked his magic; that's where Oscar had his bedroom. Now it typifies the kitchen itself; loaded with clever fea- tures." For Jaki, the kitchen is more than just a place to dash together a quick bite; a keen cook, she not only serves up healthy delights, she is studying to become a clinical nutritionist. "Cooking is my passion," she says. "How my kitchen functions and feels is very important. I can happily spend three or four hours a day just cooking dinner. And when my family gets together -- thereare15ofus--andI'mthecook,I need everything handy." Jaki's new kitchen replaces a '70s-style room, complete with vinyl flooring. "Aside from the dated look, it was cumbersome to work in. While it had loads of storage, things were less acces- sible. My new kitchen, however, is so easy to use; we have plenty of space for cookware, appliances and such, but still have ample room for people too. "We socialise in this room, that's why it's designed the way it is and how we came up with this kick-ass island! "Now everybody can sit around while I cook. We have drinks and nibbles, and I interact with people without being ban- ished to another room." Jaki first sought the services of Kitch- encraft some 12 years ago -- after a recommendation from a friend -- when remodelling another kitchen. "Warren sat on the deck and chatted with us. He took time to get to know us and our lifestyle before he even looked at the kitchen. When it came time to renovate this room, he was the only one to call." Although there were some challenges during the renovation, Jaki says the Kitchencraft team provided plenty of options to overcome these. Warren says when it comes to kitchen design, 'can't' is never an option. "Because we don't sell kitchens off the rack, so to speak, we can encounter more challenges. Some companies will just work with the space as it comes, but we'll move heaven and earth, and even walls if necessary, to make everything work for our customers," he says. Now the kitchen is complete, Oscar's tail is wagging, Jaki's a happy cook and even her husband, John, is impressed. "My husband said 'it's your room,' so I had my way with the renovations, which is what every woman wants," quips Jaki. 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