There is absolutely no doubting the fact that renovation and restoration tasks are always more challenging for architects and designers than conjuring up a home from scratch. The restrictions placed by an existing structure make the task of a ‘makeover’ a creative challenge.
We have already showcased some gorgeous contemporary homes from Nico van der Meulen Architects and in Johannesburg is another one of these in this fabulous line of modern residences. Located on the side of a hilly terrain and surrounded by green canopy the home offers some wonderful views of the city below. Sleek and stylish to the core the interiors of this affluent home are as appealing as the façade on the outside.
Brazilian walnut floors glossy marble surfaces and a large fireplace greet you as you enter the large and open living room. Extravagant use of glass allows for a seamless connectivity with the outdoors along with ample natural lighting.
The two new cantilevered structures added to the original residence do not alter the street elevation of the home and most would be surprised to find such modern interiors as they step in. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows accentuate the open living plan and also offer ample ventilation. A spacious courtyard with a refreshing pool lovely deck space a fireplace and lush green surroundings tempts you to spend more time outdoors than inside!
The new and extended feature seems to steal the spotlight and falls in line with the trend of home owners opting for renovations clad in glass and protruding into a spacious backyard. The visual connectivity with the world outside combined with its contrasting presence makes the ‘glassy’ kitchen and family space an instant hit. A glass extension on the top level also promises unhindered views of the distant sea. A bespoke staircase with its stylish railing in white completes the list of fabulous additions to this striking.
But probably the most interesting feature of the bathroom is the bath tub that is “wrapped oh-so-neatly with a quartz composite deck and apron so that it looks like a simple block of white”. Add some stunning views to the picture and I bet you can already imagine yourself sipping champagne and listening to music while bathing in utmost style.
Luxury might seem like something inessential only conducive to pleasure and comfort but the geometry of great design can uplift the spirit just like art does. Colors and shapes have a direct influence on us our decisions and perspectives and we are naturally inclined to admire the beauty around us.