MAKEOVER: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
The terrace of this classic Jo’burg home was updated to suit a family that loves the outdoors
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.