House LOW Design Description:
Nico van der Meulen architects re-designed a bungalow in Constantia to create this Mediterranean style home on a grand scale.
It consists of three levels with the kitchen, dining room, sitting rooms and an informal and formal living areas making up the bulk of the main middle level.
A spacious guest suite, a well equipped bar and a high tech home theatre below all have sliding and folding doors that open onto the garden and pool area.
The bedrooms, study and sitting area are situated on the top floor with a multitude of colonnaded balconies echoing the Tuscan theme. The finishes include a sweeping marble clad staircase, Romanesque water features, portico walkways, groin vaulted ceilings and unique customized roof construction with concealed downpipes.
On the middle level of the home, the double volume arched picture window, directly opposite the front door, overlooks an arresting water feature with the valley, seas and mountain as the background.
Twin arches frame the fireplace and lead to the open plan kitchen and adjoining family room. Elaborately carved limewashed wood surrounds the fireplace and timber shutters enhance the informal setting, concealing the set of folding/sliding doors that open out onto the patio.