By Esther Moloi, Project Consultant Candice Jin, Photography Bronwyn Greeff

Modern architecture that features exposed raw materials, clean lines and glass allows this compact, but open, unit to become the perfect home for a small family.

Concrete, glass and white walls are set off with wooden floors, to add a bit of warmth to the open and airy environment – it’s a perfect blank canvas for decorating the home your way. The open-plan spaces flow out to a patio and garden, which allows the owners to easily entertain family and friends.

For the decor, the emphasis was on creating a home that offers value for money. With this house geared towards a small family, the furnishings also had to be durable, and offer quality and craftsmanship that lasts. Pieces have been sourced from all over the world, giving the home a global appeal; there are interesting clocks, side tables and wall accessories. A number of sculptures and artworks break the clean, white spaces, adding depth in just the right areas.

The main bedroom is compact, but offers more than enough cupboard space, while the second room has been suitably decorated to grow with the child. The study – for those times when work goes beyond normal office hours – has been furnished with striking occasional chairs and a wooden desk at the window, offering a view of the surrounding complex.

On the patio, a large outdoor dining table is accompanied by both chairs and a long bench, to offer an interesting seating arrangement, while a retro park bench with bistro-style metal tables and chairs takes you out towards the garden, offering the family a park allure in the comfort of their own home.