Old paving bricks re­pur­posed;

The Houbarts moved from a tiny flat into a dated house in Hout Bay – and trans­formed it into a French-in­spired fam­ily home.

Home Renovations - - La Une - By Kim Arendse • Pho­to­graphs Henk Hat­tingh Styling Shelly Bergh

The laid-back liv­ing room has a ce­ment-washed brick wall. Pas­cale drew in­spi­ra­tion for this fea­ture from the 16 years she lived in Toulouse, France. “Toulouse is also called La Ville Rose – The Pink City – as many build­ings are made with ter­ra­cotta bricks,” she ex­plains. To cre­ate the wall, red paving bricks from the old stoep were stacked on top of each other with white ce­ment be­tween; some lay­ers were se­cured to the wall be­hind with hoop iron. White ce­ment was then ap­plied to the front of the bricks with a sponge, cre­at­ing a lovely tex­tured fin­ish. Ni­cholas made the gor­geous wood-and­steel ceil­ing light.

Who lives here? Ni­cholas Houbart and Pas­cale Mouries Houbart with their sons Xavier (2) and Max (3 months) and Luna the dog WHERE Hout Bay, Cape Town SIZE 250m²

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