House in Beverly


The tradition of a South African stoep, or patio, is ingrained in our culture. It is a meeting place, a transition space between the house and the outdoors. This poolside pavilion is permeable, flexible and adaptable, enticing us to spend every minute outdoors. After all, our highveld climate lends itself to it.

The covered patio overlooks a sparkling blue pool, and is surrounded and shaded by tall trees and a landscaped garden. Uninhibited views out are offered from three sides, with the fourth side housing the services and facilities, i.e. a double braai and pizza oven. A long countertop stretches from side to side, with showcase style fridges and storage beneath. Sun screens in the form of roller blinds roll up discretely to the underside of steel beams, and can be unrolled where and when shading is required. The lightweight steel structure and roof was immaculately detailed to be light and minimalist, allowing the structure to sitting elegantly in the landscape. The lowly, bulky and heavy thatched roof patio that once stood there is now a distant memory.

The renovated bathroom in the main house, as seen here, also epitomises the modern and minimalist qualities the owners sought. The shower, with its skylight roof and high windows, makes one feel at one with nature. White and grey undertones in the tiles are enhanced by the use of black tap ware and white sanitary ware.

The clean lines and understated style of the architecture achieved here speak to the nature of the setting. The clients, both of whom love to entertain and share their home with those nearest and dearest to them, fell in love with this home upon viewing it for the first time, precisely for its location and scenery. It is an oasis in the middle of the larger busy Fourways area – and the design of the space certainly entices us to seek an invitation to the next party that will be hosted here.