Re­duc­ing your car­bon foot­print doesn’t mean com­pro­mis­ing on style and de­sign

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This eco-friendly house doesn’t com­pro­mise on style


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.

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