By Anna-Marie Smith
This typical winelands setting lined with magnificent trees, reflects gracefully on the bygone era of grape-picking farms, where the newly refurbished family home was once a shed used for the storage of grapes. But, says the owner, the design of the house built on the original structure appealed to them because of its alternative, modern architectural style not commonly found in this area with its Cape Dutch heritage.
The final result is a contemporary ambience. For the owners this ideal north-facing location, which in Constantia translates into an abundance of light and sun, is what made this successful project possible. A contrasting theme of light and dark is carried from the roof exterior, window frames and finishes through to the interior as far as the kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms, complete with luxurious fittings. An exquisite kitchen design reflects favourably on the brilliant snow-white Caesarstone tops near the deeper tones of the surrounding timber cabinets.
The lengthy veranda, complete with an angular pergola design and contemporary outdoor timber furniture, enhances the perfect garden featuring tall trees and wide green lawns. A fascinating outdoor shower forms a feature on its own after undergoing a facelift during the renovation project, and is now accessible from inside the house as well as the garden.
The family’s blissful lifestyle in the fresh mountain air of this valley seems perfectly suited to their beautifully renewed abode.