By Heidi Olivier, Project Consultants & Property Coordinators Debbie Zeelie & Wadoeda Brenner, Photography Nazreen Essack
Wanting to create a comfortable family home with a contemporary feel, beautiful views and a garden, the home owners opted to demolish the existing house on the site they had bought, and start anew. Wherever you are in this three-storey house there is a view – even the shower looks out across Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Since the atlantic seaboard sites are often steep, the owners chose to enter the home on the level of the main living area.
The homeowners enjoy entertaining so needed a space to accommodate friends and family. “We love having friends over, so our architect created spaces for relaxed entertaining. We have lovely, deep balconies with large windows set back,” the owner says.
There is no wasted space in the home; every areas is used to its full potential. “My workroom is off the open-plan kitchen-dining-lounge area, so I am always part of our family life even when working. “It was important to create entertainment areas for the entire family, such as the media room, games room and, most importantly, a private study for the man of the house – even though he does struggle to work with such a view,” she says.
The architect told the owners that every house needs a wow factor, and in this house it’s the guest bathroom. “We had a custom-made towel rail suspended from the ceiling, and we love the freestanding basin and Hansgrohe tap with the LED spotlight – the whole look works so well together and it’s just different from anything I’ve ever seen.”
The kitchen is also a much-loved room. “I have great appliances and it has been well-designed from a cooking perspective. One never feels divorced from visitors and family when cooking,” she explains.
The games area downstairs houses the pool table and table-tennis table. The TV is used mainly by the teenagers for Xbox. “We want it to be our home and reflect a bit of us, instead of decorated to perfection but with no soul,” the owner adds.