Fresh ar­chi­tec­ture

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Any vin­tage piece should be func­tional, time­less and beau­ti­ful. – Se­rina

Although Se­rina is well-known for her vin­tage mer­chan­dise, she prefers con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture. “I’ve al­ways loved a house in a mod­ern style as it’s clean and fresh.”

The ex­te­rior of the home has a beach feel, es­pe­cially with its shiplap Nutec cladding. On the in­side, it’s clean and open with light grey-green walls and a sin­gle raw brick wall fin­ished in white ce­ment for a bit of tex­ture.

Just as Eu­gene and Se­rina wanted, the liv­ing ar­eas and main bed­room are sit­u­ated on the up­per level. Below are two bed­rooms, each with an en-suite bath­room and a sep­a­rate en­trance and pa­tio.

“Build­ing a house isn’t easy,” she says. “You re­ally need to be con­stantly in­volved in the process, oth­er­wise things can go wrong with huge fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions. At our age, you also don’t get a bond eas­ily, so we had to build with cash – it can be quite nerve-rack­ing and, for the most part, it was a mat­ter of faith!” Se­rina and Eu­gene tack­led the fi­nal fin­ishes of the house with the help of sub­con­trac­tors. They asked Chico Shu­mane, a con­trac­tor with whom they had pre­vi­ously worked, to come from Cape Town with his own team of painters and tilers. “It was the best de­ci­sion,” says Se­rina. “I re­ally be­lieve that good painters can recog­nise po­ten­tial prob­lems and with the cor­rect prepa­ra­tion and good qual­ity paint, they can make a huge dif­fer­ence to the fi­nal out­come. The right floor cov­er­ing com­pletes the pic­ture.”

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