An award-winning design
Although at first the Whitfields envisioned a log home, Dal and Neal suggested a combination of light and heavyweight steel – not only to accommodate the challenges of the site, but also to adhere to a nonnegotiable budget of R1.5 million. “We’d never heard of light steel before, but the idea excited us,” says Fiona.
Neal explains that the use of light steel was first and foremost a practical solution. Because of the extremely steep slope, the team needed to come up with a light structure – one that did not require heavy reinforced brick and concrete work to retain the house.
Fiona says: “We had a very tight budget and the architects, who also acted as project managers, were amazing at making it work.”
The construction was such a huge success that it bagged two architectural awards: the 2017 Eastern Cape Institute of Architects Regional Award of Merit and the 2018 Corobrik South African Institute of Architects National Award of Commendation.
“I’m thrilled for these young dynamic architects who had a great vision,” says Fiona. >>
Wooden walkways and decks are located among the trees growing on the slope, creating a lovely tree house effect.