A 21st CENTURY SANDCASTLE
Designed to suit the needs of the owners and their many guests, this contemporary beach house on the Garden Route makes the most of its scenic location
A young family’s seaside retreat on the Garden Route
This tiny slice of coast near Stilbaai on the Garden Route has, over the years, attracted holiday residents thanks to its quiet beach, warm water and laidback atmosphere. The owners of this property had spent many happy times here visiting family. As it’s also a holiday destination popular with their friends, they decided to build here. Fortunately, they found the perfect plot right on the beach with lovely views over the sea.
With a large family and friends to accommodate, the owners wanted at least four bedrooms, a spacious entertaining area including a braai and open-plan areas that were conducive to socialising yet still provided some privacy for quiet time alone. Above all, they wanted large windows and doors that embraced the coastal location.
They turned to AB4 Architects in their home town of Klerksdorp to design it for them and commissioned
local Jongensfontein contractors
DJ van Tonder & Seuns to build it. As the best ocean vistas were from higher up, the architects decided to place the kitchen, living and dining areas and the swimming pool and braai area on the first f loor. The bedrooms, most of which have verandas, were placed on the ground f loor. With comfort and convenience in mind, each en suite bedroom has a coffee station and its own TV and bar fridge.
Placing the pool upstairs involved a fair amount of engineering as it’s situated above the main bedroom and the support had to be designed so that it didn’t obstruct the views from
this room. But it was worth it as the family tends to gather around the pool and the braai area, especially on windy days. “And it’s bliss lying in the pool looking over the sea,” say the owners.
Also involved in the design and choice of finishes was interior designer Anna Correia who had decorated the owners’ home in Klerksdorp and knew their taste and lifestyle well. “They presented me with pictures of interiors that appealed to them and we took it from there,” recalls Anna. The prerequisites were that it had to be practical and child-friendly, but stylish too. “They love entertaining and having guests to stay but they didn’t want to be too precious about the house, which, at almost 500 square metres, is substantial. Large format f loor tiles were used throughout the house so it doesn’t matter if a bit of sand is tracked in and the fabrics we chose are hard wearing and most can be easily cleaned. It had to be a fun home from home for everyone.”
Anna feels that it’s important for a house to ref lect the setting and the decor to suit the house. “The look and feel had to be modern and fresh, in keeping with the architecture and have
a relaxed holiday atmosphere ideal for the location. We kept the colours very neutral with shades of sand and beige and brought in lots of natural wood and textures all offset with lashings of fresh, crisp white.”
Anna also included a number of luxurious touches such as the deep-buttoned chairs and headboards and plenty of scatters in the living room. “After all, just because you’re on holiday, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo comfort,” says Anna. Everything was designed for this house and made either in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Plettenberg Bay. “This is what makes this house so personal.”
Logistics also played a major role. “All the furnishings had to be ready at the same time as the transport van first picked up a consignment in Jo’burg, then went on to Cape Town for the rest before making the final journey to Jongensfontein,’’ explains Anna who spent almost a week arranging the furniture, installing the light fittings and hanging the art.
Now all the owners have to do is sit back and relax, and enjoy time out with their friends.
THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:The house was positioned to take advantage of the view and give protection from prevailing winds. The living areas, including the pool, are on the upper level while the bedrooms are downstairs. The upstairs terrace has both a braai and pizza oven. The roof has louvres, which can be opened to allow light in or provide shade in summer. The pool is the perfect spot to cool off in while admiring the views.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: With glass on two sides, the living room has magnificent views. The TV wall was clad with Nubia wood-look wallpaper from Mavromac & Gatehouse to introduce a luxe element. The sofas are from Wunders and the white Barcelona chairs from Chair Crazy. Making a statement in the entrance is a chandelier from Weylandts and a table from Melonwoods Indonesian Furniture & Decor.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:A boat frame from Nook Decor & Design hangs above the pool table in the gamesarea behind the bar. The bedlinen in this guest bedroom is from @home, the headboards were made by Arteriors in Plettenberg Bay and the light fitting by High Thorn. The bathroom vanity was custom made.
Anna created a sense of luxury in themain bedroom with a quilted headboard and bed end and a deep-buttoned chair all from Wunders in Cape Town. Adding an organic contrast is the log side tablealso from Wunders.