A modern farmhouse with industrial touches, this new build is the result of the collaboration between a skilled architect and creative interior designer
A 21st-century farmhouse with edgy urban elements
WHO LIVES HERE
A couple, their three teenage children and six small dogs.
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.