MAKEOVER: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

The ter­race of this clas­sic Jo’burg home was up­dated to suit a fam­ily that loves the out­doors

South African Garden and Home - - Contents -

A tired pa­tio gets a facelift

“THE POOL TER­RACE had no struc­ture or f low,” says de­signer Ce­leste van Lin­gen (pic­tured), owner of this 1940’s home in Sax­on­wold. “The pool was an odd shape, sur­rounded by dark clay paving and there was no shade. As a re­sult, this huge out­door area was barely used. “I wanted an out­door liv­ing area with ca­sual seat­ing, a built-in braai and an un­der­cover din­ing area that my fam­ily could en­joy all year round.”

HOW IT WENT FROM DRAB TO FAB A bench was built in to cre­ate a fo­cal point and a place to sit. To add sym­me­try, planters were built in on ei­ther side of it and filled with low-main­te­nance plants like conifers, jas­mine and buxus. The dark paving was re­placed with large light-coloured stone pavers to give a sense of space and the pool was re­con­fig­ured into a more sym­met­ri­cal, con­tem­po­rary shape and re­fin­ished. A steel and tim­ber roof was added above the far end to shade the din­ing area, and a braai, which con­verts into a fire­place dur­ing win­ter, was built in.

Adding colour are scat­ters from Ce­leste’s home decor brand, INCdecor, which in­cludes a range of printed out­door fab­rics that are wa­ter-re­pel­lent and mildew-re­sis­tant. “To add to t he fur­nished feel, I hung a large wrought­iron clock above the bench and beaded chan­de­liers from the roof,” says Ce­leste.

NOW THE TER­RACE can be en­joyed by the whole fam­ily all year round.

THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: A bench was built in and ac­ces­sorised with scat­ters cov­ered in Ce­leste’s out­door fab­rics. The wall clock is from Gar­den Bleu.To shade the new din­ing area, a roof made from poly­car­bon­ate sheet­ing was in­stalled. Tim­ber slats pre­vent it from get­ting too hot.

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