Often the expression of a historically significant style is misappropriated
when expressed in the modern day context. In this instance, however, a sensitive
expression, with a distinctly modern and clean-cut flavour of the old Natal
colonial house was used.
The house is arranged around a central "entrance" courtyard, which leads one
into the heart of the house. The wrap-around verandah is strongly expressed in
the external elevation and forms an integral part of the concept. The living
quarters are boldly expressed in an elongated and open-plan dining, lounge and
kitchen area, the trusses linking these spaces in a very appropriate and
sensitive manner. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor level while the
lower ground level comprises a "relaxation room" as well as a studio area. Above
the garage there is an office space a "work-from-home" lifestyle of the husband.
The main character of the house lies in its crisp lines and uncluttered nature.
In keeping with the colonial nature of the house, elongated, smaller door
openings of the same scale and size were used as fenestration leading onto the
verandah. These openings frame the view and protect one from the early morning
glare of the sun off the sea.
Rectilinear forms characterise the house, with simple roof structures and small
eave overhangs. The rectilinear nature of the house is further expressed by the
*Materials, Textures and Finishing *
The finer details of the house enhance its character. Polished, tinted
granolithic floors add to the simplistic nature of the house, while scissor
trusses in the main living area ad a sense of romance and flare. The balustrade
detail is simple in nature and includes a rectangular timber handrail and
stainless steel cables. Cobbled stones provide a useful textured covering for
the drainage system of the verandah on the courtyard side. This also compliments
the junction between the grassed area and the granolithic floors. A detail which
is often seen as a "latch-on" element to the interior of houses is the use of
security doors. By using an architrave and a recessed floor track, however,
trelli-doors are incorporated in a very clever way and are seen as integrated
parts of the whole design.
Everite - Roof Sheeting
Sally Adams - Architect
Margie Howard - Interior Designer