‘The staircase was part of the original design of the house before I renovated it,’ says Julian Treger of this feature at his farmhouse in Plettenberg Bay. ‘It’s clearly inspired by classic modernist buildings such as the
Villa hyere in the south of France. It’s a beautiful, simple detail, but it’s practical, too, in that it provides access to the roof. Despite health and safety concerns – it has no balustrade and a steep pitch – my kids love using it to look down on all of us in the courtyard,’ he says.