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House and Leisure Before and After - - #4 COURTYARD - TEXT KHOLEKA KU­MALO STYLING AND SHOP­PING COM­PILED BY CHRIZANDA BOTHA PHO­TO­GRAPHS KARL ROGERS, SUP­PLIED

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

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