Simple and uncluttered,
Taking the Koringberg climate and landscape into account, Pippa decided on a bone-coloured cement screed floor throughout (opposite) – it not only complements the palette, but also enhances a cool, tranquil atmosphere when temperatures soar into the 40s in summer. Typical of a small community, the Koringbergers were generous with their advice. “I mined the very welcoming locals for information. As far as possible, I used local artisans and sourced the building materials and finishes from the surrounding towns of Piketberg and Moorreesburg,” Pippa explains.
She prioritised replacing the tiled roof with white Chromadek and replacing all the old steel-framed windows and broken doors with solid wooden ones. All the outdated finishes were stripped – from the bathroom and kitchen fittings to the floor tiles.
“I worked very closely with the builder, ordering all the materials myself and making sure they were on site when needed. This way, I saved both time and money. The roof, doors and windows were my biggest expense, but it was well worth it,” says Pippa.
In March 2015, after two months of work, Pippa moved into what she remembers as “a mess of epic proportions”. With the help of some incredibly talented and resourceful local artisans, she got stuck into the finishes. “And my Afrikaans improved exponentially!”
Listening to Pippa waxing lyrical about her new life in a smaller space, it’s evident that it’s not only her Afrikaans that has improved. “My life in Koringberg couldn’t be more different to my life in Durban, but I absolutely love it and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. As an artist, I can work anywhere so being in a city is unnecessary. The landscape is endlessly inspiring and I love exploring the area.
“It never gets old, this huge gift of living here. The mountains look different every hour of every day, sometimes crystal clear and sometimes so hazy you can barely see them. Walking home beneath the stars after dinner at someone’s house is magical and I feel very lucky every time. As someone said to me recently: small house, big life.” >>
I want to keep my life
a great incentive not to have too much storage space.
Windows and doors from Swartland Windows and Doors; painting and finishes by Willem Jagers