The term refers to the local architectural language of the Cape farm houses since the arrival of the settlers in the 17th century. Today "Cape Vernacular" also encompasses a modernising of the gables and other contemporary features, to create a charming residential style endemic to the Western Cape
HOUSE BREYTENBACH also in De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate, features a collonade right next to the swimming pool, that links it to the entertainment areas.
The copper bath
The copper bath with exposed roof trusses overhead make this bathroom a special place to relax and recharge.
HOUSE MALTMAN was designed for the Stellenbosch golf Estate "De Zalze" in 2007. The house is striking with it's white walls and symmetrical facade as it reflects in the 12m long swimming pool at the center of the design.
Open plan living
A large window to the East fills up the double volume living area. The trusses are exposed and don't have any tie beams creating an uncluttered open plan living area with an impressive feeling of space.
THE STYLE is indigenous to the cape and is a charming blend of historical reference to Cape farm buildings and modern living. This is something special that is unique to South Africa, and many visitors to the country wish to build their own when they return to their country of origin.
HOUSE WOOD IN SOMERSET WEST
HOUSE WOOD: A much celebrated feature of this award winning home is the central courtyard, which contains the pool and planting boxes where vineyards grow to cover the pergolas. An enchanting space with many aspects that delights visitors.
Rooms with Balconies
ROOMS WITH BALCONIES from the top floor allow for sundowners overlooking the magnificent views of a park and False bay in the distance. This home has a charming farmhouse feeling, with many different but harmonious components.
THE TIMBER SHUTTERS
The genuine timber shutters add an appealing warmth to the facade. Aptly named "House Wood", the home won an award for best in its estate for 2010.
The timber shutters
THE LARGE BARN DOORS
An outside room was the perfect opportunity to create the effect of a barn, and accentuate the farmhouse references. The client loved the space so much he converted it into an entertainment room after it was built.
The Barn Doors
The view of the courtyard as seen from the kitchen.
HOUSE BREYTENBACH is a luxurious home with striking white gables that reflect the African sun at various angles. The daring black window frames contrast strongly with the white walls.
HOUSE MALTMAN AT NIGHT
HOUSE MALTMAN AT NIGHT: The house seems to glow during sunset hours, as the windows that light the open volumes now reveal the trusses.
THE LONG POOL IS THE HALLMARK OF THE DESIGN
THE LONG POOL was a particular request of the client for practicing lengths for professional swimming. Set as it directly on axis with the central gable, it creates a striking first impression that stays with you for a long time.
HOUSE BOTES IN JOHANNESBURG
HOUSE BOTES is a perfectly symmetrical design that emulates a Cape Dutch Manor house - but with modernised straight gables. The custom crafted timber door is a focal point for the design.
A TRENDY FARM-HOUSE KITCHEN
THE KITCHEN with ceasarstone countertops adds hearty warmth to the expansive open plan interior. This kitchen featured in the Home Owner Magazine of 2010.