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The big reveal

Finally … I am able to show my daughters new house. It took quite some convincing for her to allow me to publish these and it was on the understanding that I explain that they are still busy varnishing floors, skirting boards are still missing, and, and, and … there are unfinished things all over the place – so please bear that in mind.

Still not quite finished (notice the work people and equipment in the photos) they have been scrambling and working around the clock to get things as ‘finished’ as they can. The reason for this final rush to finish is that they have guests arriving from the UK on Friday and are hosting Christmas Lunch at their new home next week. You can see how much they have achieved in the last two weeks if you look back at this post where I showed the “garden” – or rather, the soon-to-be garden. What a change … the pool is almost ready to be filled, the entertainment deck and patio have been tiled and lawn has been laid. A new wall is being erected around the front to accommodate the new entrance gate and to replace the awful wall that was / is still there (will be removed once the new wall is completed) and more cobble stones are being laid to complete the driveway.

A quick recap: They bought the house primarily for the location and mostly for view from the property of the mountain which they fell in love with. The original house was demolished (except for the foundations which were sound) and they designed their dream home (no architects involved). This was partly due to limited funds but also because they had a dream of building their own house for quite some time. A student then helped them draw up their plans, they got the plans approved by council and then employed a small team to help them with the build*. All the beams and doors have been made from wood they salvaged from the existing house, they’ve installed solar panels (I can’t believe how little electricity they are using – I am seriously considering going that route next year) and they have invested in a big Jojo tank (for collecting rain water) and wherever possible, built using reclaimed material from the old house.

But enough with all the waffling, let me show you what they’ve done …

First, inside downstairs in the open plan living / dining and kitchen (remember that they bought the house for the view which they want to see from nearly every room. Hence the massive windows all looking to the mountain).

[one_half]Downstairs living room area to patioDownstairs living room area to patio[/one_half]

[one_half_last]From lounge to double volume dining areaFrom lounge to double volume dining area[/one_half_last]

[one_half]From the lounge looking to the kitchenFrom the lounge looking to the kitchen[/one_half]

[one_half_last]From living room to the patio and poolFrom living room to the patio and pool[/one_half_last]

[one_half]View from patio onto the driveway and lawnView from patio onto the driveway and lawn[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Back inside … the kitchenBack inside ... the kitchen[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Dining and kitchen area from stairsThe dining and kitchen area from stairs[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Another view of the downstairs areaAnother view of the downstairs area[/one_half_last]

[one_half]From behind the kitchen islandFrom behind the kitchen island[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The downstairs Guest suite (off the living area)The downstairs Guest Suite[/one_half_last]

The downstairs guest suite (which looks small in the photo but is actually very large) has an en-suite bathroom and separate loo, and the doors lead out onto the back yard area – potential here is for a created garden, something lovely and private.

Now let’s go upstairs … the banister is still being completed, the lamp doesn’t live there and there is still a bit to be done, as you will see.

[one_third]Going up the (unfinished)stairsWe're going up those stairs[/one_third]

[one_third]The unfinished bannisterThe unfinished bannister[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Three bedrooms up thereThere are three bedrooms up there[/one_third_last]

[one_third]The double volume dining areaThe double volume dining area[/one_third]

[one_third]As seen from the landingAs seen from the landing[/one_third]

[one_third_last]The landing to the bedroomsThe landing to the bedrooms[/one_third_last]

The main bedroom leads to a private patio with the lovely view they bought the property for, I won’t bore you with photos of the two other bedrooms (each has its own en-suite bathroom) and their windows look out to the back of the property.

[one_half]Looking down from the stairsLooking down from the landing[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The landing seen from belowThe landing seen from below[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The main bedroom with its viewThe main bedroom with its view[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The view from their private patioThe view from their private patio[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Towards the dressing roomLooking towards the dressing room[/one_third]

[one_third]The dressing roomThe dressing room[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Seen from the dressing roomSeen from the dressing room[/one_third_last]

Ok, now for the outside and what still remains to be done …

[one_half]The House that Steffi built!The House that Steffi built![/one_half]

[one_half_last]Here it is from the front …Here it is from the front ...[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Trellises will go in between the pillarsTrellises will go in between the pillars[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The new lawn and newly built, unfinished wallThe new lawn and newly built, unfinished wall[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Old vs new wall (incomplete)Old vs new wall (incomplete)[/one_third]

[one_third]Almost there, tiling the lap poolAlmost there, tiling the pool[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Still lots to be done hereStill lots to be done here[/one_third_last]

So there we have it! The house that Stefani & Iain built – they are both notorious for starting projects and not finishing them … lets hope this is not one of those 🙂

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “The big reveal”

Hey that’s one gorgeous home! After studying a unit of architecture with my students, I can appreciate all the time and work that goes into such a wonderful place.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
David/:0) Tropical Texana

Congratulations to them on a gorgeous home, and congratulations to you for being the parent of such a talented, hard-working daughter! I love the high ceilings and large windows. Beautiful!

Wow, we want this house. Can you believe, that in Scotland solar panels are being used extensively. I think in recent years they have been improved to such an extent that even in our climate it is a worthwhile investment. Have a great Christmas and best wishes for 2013.

This has been a mind-blowimg project!!! It is looking totally stunning – so impressive and inspiring! Well done Stef and Iain!!! You both can be very proud with this amazing achievement! 🙂
Just WOW WOW!!!!!

Looks stunning – congrats on what they achieved 🙂

Are they completely off grid? Would be very interested in more detail on the solar installation – how many panels, what wattage are the panels? Batteries – 12 volt or 2 volt in series? How many batteries?

And how much power are they generating / using per day?

Guess their geyser is solar or gas, as is the stove? Would they be interested in a solar oven? 🙂

Now – all that’s left is the garden… 🙂

Oh, and, if, and when, there is the patter of tiny feet, and they need a glass pool balustrade, please, ask them to contact RMan. A side mounted one would look stunning there.

Hi Dani – no they are not completely off grid (they have electricity as a back up for the geyser, but so far have not had to use it). They have a gas stove – but I don’t know any other details except that they have only used +/-R240.00 worth of electricity in the past 6 weeks. I don’t want to tell you what my electricity bill was for the same period – its embarassing when I compare, hence my desire to ‘go solar’ in the very near future. I will ask Stefani to answer your questions here.

I agree, a glass balustrade at the pool would be stunning 🙂

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