Set in the beautiful Witzenberg valley just outside Prins Alfred Hamlet, the site on the farm Welgemeend is a perfect place for owners Izak and Nerina Hanekom to retire to.
The brief was to design a compact retirement home for the Hanekoms that would be small enough for two people and the occasional guests, but at the same time would not allow them to feel “boxed in” as they are used to large farmhouses.
The house consists of two wings – cleverly separating the guest bedrooms on one side of the house from the main bedroom to the other side – linked by a central core which consists of a large open plan living, dining and kitchen area.
Higher than conventional windows have been used throughout the home to blur the boundaries between outside and inside and create the illusion of space. Open trusses and high pitched roofs in the living areas and bedrooms further enhance the feeling of space.
Top-notch insulation, Solarvue glazing and movable shutters keep inclement weather at bay while allowing the natural flow of air through the house. Solar panels heat water in summer, and boost the central heating system in winter.
Category : House Architecture
Date : Jan 2017
Client : Mr & Mrs Hanekom
Location : Witzenberg Valley – Ceres