Peeping out of a narrow street in Joburg’s Hyde Park is an alluring house, owned by a couple with two small children. The house is characterised by many built-in spaces that are functional and doesn’t leave much room to admire the details.
The floors are tiled with flamed granite tiles from World of Marble and Granite. Books lean together under Carrara marble counters in the open-plan kitchen. Beyond a fridge concealed inside a white oak door/wall is a back-of-house kitchen, blending with the rest of the open-plan living area.
The main aim was to go for a distressed look which is clear from the kitchen to the three bedrooms and lounge upstairs, complete with natural materials like distressed white oak and natural stone to offset the hard lines of the design.
The bedrooms are hugged by meranti shutters that fold and stack away outside the sliding glass windows. To avoid harsh direct light in intimate spaces such as the living areas and the bedrooms, the LED downlights are integrated into recessed troughs to soften the light.
Artworks by the likes of Beezy Bailey, Deborah Bell, Angus Taylor and Dylan Lewis greet visitors from the lushly treed motor court. The patio with a fireplace adjoins a manicured lawn and pool, and a guest bedroom leads off the patio.
This Hyde Park home prides itself on putting function and form under the same chisel, less is more.