SUSTAINABILITY WITH STYLE
Reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t mean compromising on style and design
This eco-friendly house doesn’t compromise on style
WHO LIVES HERE
Corporate executive Kevin Page and his wife Lesley.
Twin barns, a double and a single storey, surround a central courtyard with pool, flat-roofed entrance hall and undercover patio. The double-storey barn houses the garage, open-plan living room, dining room, kitchen and guest toilet on the ground floor. The upper storey comprises the main bedroom suite, open-plan study and second bedroom suite. The singlestorey barn accommodates a guest suite, a laundry room and a studio.
The hot water generation and air conditioning systems are situated in the utility area in the roof.
When people think of ecofriendly, off-the-grid homes, they immediately conjure up visions of some corrugated iron buildings on a farm,” says Kevin Page.
This is not, he maintains, what people want today. They want sustainability combined with all the trappings of an urban life and stylish decor.
With this in mind and approaching retirement, he and his wife, Lesley, decided to relocate to the Cape and built a new house in Longlands Country Estate outside Stellenbosch. It offered a country environment and high security, but with strict architectural guidelines for barnstyle buildings conceptualised by the late architect Hannes Meiring.
The concept, says Kevin, was for simplicity and sustainability. “We commissioned Stellenbosch architect Tim Ziehl to design our 430m2 home.”
The project was a family affair.
Kevin took care of construction and sustainability systems, Lesley handled procurement, logistics and finance, and daughter, Jenna, a Cape Town-based interior designer, cast a beady eye over her mother’s interior design choices. “I did, however, sneak a few things under her radar,” quips Lesley. Daughter Penny, who lives in London, made sure that she secured the best suite for annual visits.
The concept was a modern, uncluttered, refined warehouse style, with simple materials and finishes. The
living areas have off-shutter concrete ceilings, which complement the larger, light grey porcelain f loor tiles from Tile Space used throughout the house.
The interiors were painted in grey shades with off-white bulkheads, which contain wiring and define the different areas. Vaulted ceilings in the bedrooms reiterate the barn style of the home. Light grey, sheer curtains and block-out blinds from Daniels Interiors in similar tones to the walls complete the neutral palette.
“We particularly enjoy a bold contemporary look and bought furniture from a number of local suppliers, as well as having some items custom made by a local joinery business, with great results,” says Kevin.
“Our objective was also to significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” he says, “while reducing energy usage through alternative sources.”
See details of how they did this on page 31.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The main bedroom is furnished with an imposing four-poster from Weylandts and an ottoman from @home at the end of the bed for blanket storage.
The dressing table in the main bedroom was custom made by DSD Shopfitters and paired with a light chair from @home.
THIS SPREAD, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The garden was planted with grasses and indigenous plants in keeping with the countryside around the estate. From the entrance hall, there’s a view across the pool courtyard to the covered patio furnished with a wooden table and polypropylene all-weather chairs from @home.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: On the patio, charcoal loungers from Creative Living are teamed with side tables from Weylandts and cushions made by Exquisite Cuts. The twin barns are linked by the flat-roofed entrance.
THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: In the living room, a red brick wall offsets a large animal print from Red Man Art. Most of the furniture came from Weylandts. The dining room table and chairs from Weylandts are highlighted with impressive twin pendants from La Grange Interiors. A cosy corner in the living room next to a log-burning fireplace is furnished with an easy chair from @home.
ABOVE: The kitchen features charcoal tones with black Caesarstone tops, pendants from The Lighting Warehouse and bar stools from Guideline Manufacturers.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: In one of the guest bedrooms a striped carpet from Hertex adds a dramatic touch under a wrought iron bed from SHF. Caesarstone tops on the wood-finish vanities give the main en suite bathroom a light, airy look.