The Illustrated Brief
Newlands NouveauThe ‘bones’ of this house were already strong and the lines were exciting. The existing finishes needed an upgrade, so together with the client who in this case had quite a clear idea of what he wanted to achieve for resale, we sourced and deliberated over colour, texture and a mood that would have an instant universal appeal. Once again, when looking at adding value, we addressed the kitchen and both bedrooms ensuite and the exterior entertainment area.
Apart from skimming all the walls and painting the entire exterior, a wow factor with the splashback in the kitchen was created using seamless coloured glass which enhanced the overall appeal of the space and added warmth.
The exteriorThe run down back garden was levelled off and partially covered with belau wooden decking. The belau theme was continued to vertically enclose or ‘house’ the base of the magnificent giant palm tree to serve as a drinks or eating area while providing storage space for barbecue ‘bits and bobs’!
The guest and dining room open onto this space so therefore it received the greatest attention. For added privacy from the neighbours we extended the back wall with solid wooden lattice and combined this with a water feature, using natural stone that reflected the colours of the mountain. Star jasmine and eugenia was planted in the new planters on either side of the water feature and ... Voila: a scented, private space was created! This house sold within two weeks of being on the market with a healthy profit achieved!