Hout Bay Renovation
The owners had a crush on this house for several years, they say of the expansive, slate-roofed English manor house they began courting around 10 years ago. The low-slung property, which holds the main house, an adjacent guest suite and an eclectic mix of vegetation, sits sentinel on half an acre of land that is tucked rather unassumingly into a suburban Hout Bay neighbourhood. The house was on and off the market for a time and when the previous owners finally became serious about selling, they were ready to pounce. Their primary aim was to tear down walls in the downstairs area in an attempt to transform a warren of smaller rooms into expansive living spaces that would better allow this social couple to entertain friends and extended family. The original structure of the house situated the main bedroom downstairs overlooking the rear garden and pool. It was a no-brainer to convert this into their primary living area, knocking out three walls and widening a narrow staircase to transform the main bedroom into a contemporary entertainment lounge and dining area.
WHAT THEY DID
1. The main bedroom downstairs led to a small sitting room but they knew that by knocking down walls they could combine the two rooms and create a contemporary open-plan lounge/dining area. There was even enough room left over to create a TV nook and play room for the kids. The narrow staircase that led to this sunken space was a problem – they decided to widen it and turn it into a feature of the new space. The broad sweeping stairs facilitate flow for this high-traffic area as family and friends move between the kitchen, the bar and the lounge.
2. The outdated home office setup under the eaves did nothing to deter them from earmarking this site for the couple’s main bedroom. From the window that frames their bed they enjoy uninterrupted views up towards Klein Leeukop, a local mountain peak. There’s still plenty of space under the eaves and they plan to convert these soon into an ample walk-in closet and a larger en-suite bathroom.
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This article was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of House and Leisure.