By Justine Olivier, Project Consultant Jenni McCallum, Photography Grant Pitcher

Thorough planning, insight and creativity, combined with practicality, are the formula to the successful culmination of a desired home.

The residents feel their dream home projects the tone of a Cape Cod beach house, while simultaneously maintaining the feel of Africa. The breathtaking views and more than generous outdoor area, equipped with a contemporary swimming pool, are a South African’s delight, perfect for our southern hemisphere climate and late afternoon braais. The outdoor entertainment area has a gorgeous sea view, and stylish outdoor furniture.

No interior designer was required, as the home owner used her own flair and insight to furnish and decorate the home herself. “I had the idea of combining shabby chic with a slight French influence and classy African feel,” the home owner says. One of the latest trends in interior decor, shabby chic makes use of furnishings which are distressed (making an object appear older) in order to achieve an antique appearance. Employing this style, the home owner created an immaculate amalgamation of contemporary and stark timeless elegance.

The bathrooms follow the theme impeccably, with each bathroom portraying a quintessential sereneness with polished vanity, frameless elegant shower and free-standing bath tub. The kitchen creates the perfect juxtaposition with the dark hues of the classic countertops and the pale neutral tones of the rest of the room.

The mesmeric appearance of this home, commingled with the unique taste and style of the home owners, heightens serene living and also ensures an overall jubilant ambience throughout each living area.

Cronje Associated Architects (032 946 3830)Cronje Associated Architects undertook the architectural design and conceptualisation of this home, inclusive of detailed documentation, and was the principal agent of the project from administration through to completion and occupation. The architectural firm, in keeping with the architectural guidelines of Simbithi eco-estate, designed the home to suit the open lifestyle of the owners through the ingenious use of casual, flowing open-plan spaces, while simultaneously showcasing a modern interpretation of a traditional Natal verandah farmhouse. Pool World (082 455 8752)Renowned for its work ethic, Pool World specialises in the construction of commercial and domestic pools. With years of expertise, trading since 1988, Pool World guarantees a high quality of workmanship, as owner and nephew manage all sites personally, as well as both being physically active in the construction of the pools. Taking great pride in every endeavour undertaken, Pool World offers astute planning and construction, leaving clients more than satisfied, as is evident in numerous testimonials.RHOMS TIMBERWORLD (011 456 4150)Renowned for its superb flooring and decking, Rhoms Timberworld professionally installed the Vintage wooden floors throughout this home, cladding the staircase in solid oak to match the flooring. The floors and stairs are white oiled, with additional protection for guest toilets and kitchen areas, resulting in an elegant appearance and increased longevity.MANGAR PROJECTS AND RED CHERRY INTERIOR DESIGNS (031 766 1968)With flair and professional expertise, Mangar Projects and Red Cherry Interior Designs designed, manufactured and installed the kitchen scullery, built-in cupboards, vanities, TV unit, study and specialised beds, inclusive of pedestals. Ensuring high-quality top-end products, Mangar Projects and Red Cherry Interior Designs promise unsurpassed excellence, superior service and customer satisfaction. AMBIENTE LUCE (082 372 4262)Renowned lighting specialist, Ambiente Luce, supplied the single steelworker’s lights (colour rust) within the kitchen of this home. The company offers an array of light fittings to add an opulent, yet ambient, touch to any home. Ambiente Luce provides products of exceptional quality as well as on-site consultation where necessary.MGA EMPORIO (032 946 3934)Priding itself on outstanding client service as well as a high commitment to excellence, MGA Emporio supplied an array of sanitaryware, ranging from exclusive Italian imports of tapware and sanware to custom internal doors, complementing its IXIA exclusive brassware brand. The company, which is renowned for its sophistication, class and distinction, also supplied all custom showers and baths with designer floor marble tiles, as well as all accessories, including the heated towel rails.