By Svenja Gernoth

Seamlessly fusing with the picturesque views that effortlessly embrace it, this abode is timeless in its appeal. Adhering to a simple yet elegant style from the outside in, every step was taken to ensure that the feeling of openness is preserved.

Natural materials such as wood, stone and expanses of glass were incorporated and the architect, Mark Leslie-Smith, notes, “Strict guidelines had to be followed which are based on the historic farmhouse ethos of incorporating simple practical spaces, deep and airy verandahs and a bond with the immediate outside.” The large open-plan living and dining room is host to stack doors that can be opened up exposing the expansive covered wooden deck that leads towards the refreshing swimming pool.

The interior decor follows a natural palette of brown and beige, and hues of colour are brought in through scatters and accessories. Texture is provided by the use of fabric and leather and the warmth of the home is further enhanced by some exquisite antique wooden furniture.

With three large bedrooms, each themed to reflect the individuality of its inhabitant, a culinary space with a separate scullery, large living areas where the owners enjoy entertaining, and a full upper level guest suite, this home holds, and indeed exceeds, everything a young family could desire.

But the main attraction is the exceptional view of both the forest and a dam. Private access to various walking routes ensures the family can enjoy their surrounds to the fullest, and with only a few other houses in the near distance, privacy is a guarantee.

MARK LESLIE-SMITH ARCHITECT (031 207 68100) AMEND-A-HOME (072 286 2290)The architecture of this exquisite abode was drafted by the experts of Mark Leslie-Smith Architect. The clients’ brief was to create a home that was compact but still exuded a feeling of openness by bonding with the outside environment. Amend-A-Home, a renowned turnkey construction company, undertook all the elements of construction for this house. The company places special attention on all finishes and quality control, thereby offering its clients superior service and products at fair prices. The project was completed within a tight budget and two months ahead of schedule.

EAST COAST GARAGE DOORS AND GATES (032 946 3861)The installation and automation of this horizontal slatted meranti garage door was done by East Coast Garage Doors and Gates. This particular garage door was selected as it fuses perfectly with the natural surroundings of the home and also proves durable and weather-resistant in the coastal climate.