BAL­ANC­ING ACT

A mod­ern farm­house with in­dus­trial touches, this new build is the re­sult of the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a skilled ar­chi­tect and cre­ative in­te­rior de­signer

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A 21st-cen­tury farm­house with edgy ur­ban el­e­ments

WHO LIVES HERE

A cou­ple, their three teenage chil­dren and six small dogs.

THE HOUSE

A dou­ble storey in Sil­ver Lakes Golf Es­tate, Pre­to­ria. The open-plan kitchen, din­ing room, TV room and cigar lounge are sit­u­ated on the ground floor, along with a guest suite. The bed­rooms, study and cof­fee bar are up­stairs.

When this Pre­to­ria cou­ple bought a water­front stand in Sil­ver Lakes Es­tate, they saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to build a mod­ern farm­house – a dream they had shared for some time. “We both grew up on farms in the Free State and wanted our new home to cap­ture that nos­tal­gia with all the com­forts a mod­ern fam­ily needs,” they ex­plain.

They had a very spe­cific look in mind, so they as­sem­bled their dream team in the form of ar­chi­tect Karel Keuler and in­te­rior de­signer Lloyd Cook. “Karel has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in mod­ern farm­house ar­chi­tec­ture and we knew he would de­sign some­thing both sen­ti­men­tal and unique to us,” they

say. They in­volved Lloyd af­ter the first plans were drafted and the out­come is a home where fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings com­ple­ment the ar­chi­tec­ture beau­ti­fully. “Al­though Karel and I hadn’t worked to­gether be­fore, we un­der­stood each other,” says Lloyd.

De­signed as a se­ries of rec­tan­gu­lar sheds linked by si­los, the house fea­tures pitched steel roofs, stone cladding and me­tal wa­ter tanks. The shell is neu­tral through­out, with a ce­ment fin­ish on the walls of two three-storey-high con­crete si­los. “The first silo forms the en­trance hall and the sec­ond en­cases the spi­ral stair­case that leads to the first f loor,” ex­plains Karel.

In keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the de­sign, Lloyd opted

for a nat­u­ral scheme with or­ganic tex­tures, which he mod­ernised with in­dus­trial touches. “The client specif­i­cally re­quested this, so we paid at­ten­tion to de­tails such as rails, hooks, door han­dles, lighting and cabi­netry to give the in­te­rior a con­tem­po­rary edge,” he ex­plains.

Lloyd col­lab­o­rated on the open-plan kitchen with Slavin and Com­pany. “Karel’s de­sign in­cluded a sep­a­rate scullery, so we could in­clude a table for fam­ily meals,” ex­plains Lloyd. Con­nected to the kitchen by a small eat-in nook, the TV room with its mod­u­lar sofa is an ideal space for a fam­ily with teenagers.

En­ter­tain­ing takes place in what the fam­ily refers to as their cigar lounge and the for­mal din­ing room. Here, Lloyd cre­ated a stylish, re­laxed am­bi­ence with a bold, yet neu­tral scheme. Be­cause of the large pro­por­tions, most fur­nish­ings

The out­come is a home where fin­ishes and fur­nish­ings com­ple­ment the ar­chi­tec­ture per­fectly

were cus­tom made. “As the ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments are so strong, I opted for fewer pieces, but ones with large pro­por­tions, rather than fill­ing rooms with un­nec­es­sary clut­ter.”

Up­stairs, a cof­fee bar on the land­ing fea­tures in­dus­tri­al­style pen­dant lights, f lamed Rusten­burg coun­ter­tops and a cor­ru­gated iron fin­ish treated with acid to give it a rus­tic ap­pear­ance. “Sit­u­ated be­tween the bed­rooms and stud­ies, the cof­fee bar is where the fam­ily gets to­gether in the morn­ings.”

“Both Lloyd and Karel in­ter­preted our life­style and taste to a tee. The home has a great f low and it’s fin­ished beau­ti­fully,” com­ment the own­ers. “A high­light is the cigar lounge. Whether you curl up in front of the fire with a book in win­ter, or open all the doors in sum­mer, the cosy at­mos­phere is just what we en­vi­sioned.”

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: The cou­ple’s teenage chil­dren love re­lax­ing on the mod­u­lar sofa from Wey­landts in the

TV room. For the study, Lloyd com­mis­sioned a fil­ing cab­i­net made from ceil­ing pan­els from Amat­uli. The desk is also a cus­tom de­sign and the chairs are from Wey­landts.

SOURCES Amat­uli amat­uli.co.za Es­que es­que.co.za Home­wood home­wood.co.za Karel Keuler Ar­chi­tects kkar­chi­tects.co.za Laforma Barcelona Liv­ing lafor­masa.co.za La Grange In­te­ri­ors la­grangein­te­ri­ors.co.za LIM lim.co.za Lloyd Cook In­te­ri­ors lloy­d­cook­in­te­ri­ors.co.za Ne­olith ne­olith.co.za Pen­ny­lane pen­ny­la­neon­line.co.za SHF shf.co.za Slavin and Com­pany slav­inand­com­pany.com Wey­landts wey­landts.co.za Wool­worths wool­worths.co.za

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: A view of the façade of the house and the first silo from the street. A wooden walk­way leads into the main en­trance. The spi­ral stair­case is vis­i­ble through the large tim­ber doors. The din­ing room seats at least 10 at the ex­tra-length din­ing table il­lu­mi­nated by a beaded pen­dant, both from Wey­landts.

In the en­trance hall, the sec­ond silo fea­tures a dra­matic stair­case. Pen­dants hung at dif­fer­ent heights add to the im­pact of the dou­ble-vol­ume space.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOT­TOM: The kitchen, made by Slavin and Com­pany to Lloyd’s de­sign, has sleek, han­dle­less cabi­netry. The coun­ter­tops are Ne­olith in Basalt Black, while the is­land is fin­ished with Ne­olith in Arc­tic White. The cof­fee bar is a cen­tral meet­ing point on the first floor.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE: In the cigar lounge, cus­tom-made sheer cur­tains by Lloyd Cook In­te­ri­ors pro­vide pri­vacy. A wooden panel head­board from SHF forms a fo­cal point in the main bed­room. The bench is from Amat­uli. Lean­ing shelves from Pen­ny­lane pro­vide space for pho­to­graphs and ac­ces­sories in the main bed­room.

With its pitched steel roof and stone cladding, the house is a mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a tra­di­tional farm­house.

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