Tim­ber and stone com­bine to cre­ate a dream home in the mountains

Rudi Oosthuyse used his pas­sion for DIY and an in­nate sense of cre­ativ­ity to build an im­pres­sive eco home for his fam­ily.

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Rudi and Karen Oosthuyse’s house is the first struc­ture you see when you turn off the Van der Stel Pass onto a

wind­ing track that leads to their fyn­bos farm just out­side Bot River. Built with stone ex­ca­vated on the farm as well as re­claimed black­wood, pine and blue gum – with huge win­dows af­ford­ing a glo­ri­ous view of the val­ley be­low – this home is en­tirely Rudi’s hand­i­work.

“Rudi is a dad, en­tre­pre­neur and cre­ative thinker,” says Karen. “I, on the other hand, am an ex­er­cise fa­natic and I can’t work with my hands at all. But I’m re­ally good at buy­ing things!”

To­gether the pair own and run a moun­tain lodge where they’re bring­ing up their two chil­dren as close to na­ture as pos­si­ble. “Ruan is a real an­i­mal whis­perer, while Karmi loves hugs and danc­ing,” says Karen.

The Oosthuy­ses’ dream home started to take shape in 2013. “We planted the trees in June that year and lev­elled out the ground; con­struc­tion be­gan in 2014. At the end of that year, we were able to move in.” >>

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Trees such as bald cy­press (Tax­odium dis­tichum), Chi­nese elm (Ul­mus parv­i­fo­lia), wa­ter oak (Quer­cus ni­gra), pin oak (Quer­cus palus­tris) and Amer­i­can sweet­gum (Liq­uidambar styraci­flua) are planted around the house.

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