Pool, Patios and Exteriors, Renovations

A Fab Face-Lift

Elsa Young


When the owners of this home in Morningside, Johannesburg first bought the property, one of several areas that they wanted to change was the front face of the property, including the pool area.

Rather than going for the expensive route of filling in and designing a new pool, they took advantage of the current pool's great positioning and updated its look by getting rid of the curved profile and ripping up the old red-brick paving.

Next they decked the veranda in Corymbia maculata timber. The lightweight pergolas not only provide shade (and a spot for morning coffee) but also echo the strong, linear aesthetic of the house's facade.

The monopitch roof amplifies light inside, simplifies the structure visually and adds volume to the living spaces.

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See the full renovation of all parts of the house in our July 2015 issue.