THE INNOVATIVE UPDATE OF A COMPACT OUTDOOR SPACE ADDED OLD-SCHOOL CHARM TO AN ORANJEZICHT HOME IN CAPE TOWN
‘The front section of the house looked like a prison when I bought it,’ says Storm Wiggett, owner of packaging and graphic design studio Creating a Storm, of her new home in Oranjezicht, Cape Town. Although the garden was the last item on Storm’s renovation list, its update has transformed the entire property by adding instant appeal to the outside area – and created a much more welcoming atmosphere to boot.
‘I removed the burglar bars and created beautiful fencing along high pillars with a creeping potato bush, inspired by old Victorian cottages,’ says Storm. The back of the house had long been neglected too, she adds. ‘It was completely bricked up with a makeshift braai, and there was overgrown and dead ivy creeping up uneven walls.’
Alterations began with Cape Town landscaping company Signature Gardens replacing what turned out to be seven layers of brick foundation with rich soil, and framing the property with 2.5m-high grey trellises to complement the exterior walls and grey stone.
‘I wanted to create a tranquil, fairy tale-like space that could be viewed from my lounge and kitchen, or used for sipping wine outside on a lovely summer evening,’ says Storm.
Patterned tiles replaced concrete floors, and stone pots, grey wicker baskets and a custommade window basket add extra points of interest in which more greenery flourishes. signaturegardens.co.za Find top tips from our room renovators on page 123 and online at houseandleisure.co.za