Total dimensions: 1200 m² (Area)
Total Cost: R15,000,000
This prime piece of real estate is located on the banks of the Ebenezer Dam in the Limpopo Province, known as “the land of the silver mist”. For his holiday home, the client requested a 6-bedroom house with en-suite bathrooms and wide open layouts to take full advantage of the site’s breathtaking views.
And Cape Town-based interior design firm AB Design was the ideal professional team to take on this deluxe project. For the firm's Managing Director Aidan Bennetts, part of the attraction of this particular project was the fact that it took him out of his comfort zone: literally, in the sense that it relocated him from Cape Town to Tzaneen (two completely different worlds in terms of, among other things, climate and landscape), as well as figuratively as it was up to him to find and train local contractors and tradespeople for this majestic project.
Adding to the complexity of the project was the fact that Aidan and his head interior designer, Andries Van Niekerk, fit out all of the interiors in addition to landscaping, which included a multi-tiered cinder-block layout.
However, obstacles were seen as opportunities by the entire team; hence, the first-class results…
Part of the brief from the client stipulated a home free of unnecessary clutter. This was in order to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a calming retreat complemented by the idyllic surroundings – which is enhanced even more thanks to the fact that the house is located atop a sloping landscape.
In Aidan’s own words: “The beauty of a considered minimalist approach is that it’s contradictory to what people tend to think an interior designer does. It’s an exercise in discipline to design with a minimalist mindset, the natural tendency is to overcompensate and to add more to a space, as opposed to taking away from it”.
An immaculate exterior view is one thing to enjoy, but top-notch interiors is another. Fortunately, Aidan and his team dedicated themselves to pristine results, evidenced by the layered look of the exterior façade.
It may be majestic in size, yet the house exudes a homely and welcoming ambience made all the more remarkable by its textured look, seen particularly in the dining room – the perfect marriage between opulence and minimalism.
The sublime multi-faceted approach to textures works exquisitely well in the dining room. Thus, it made perfect sense to repeat this look in the main suite with its layered neutral tints, materials and textures.
In fact, the main bedroom turned out to be one of Aidan’s favourite spaces in the entire house. Here is where smooth surfaces meet up with rough textures to present an abundance of detail and character. Raw granite floors, brass tables, and a king-size bed made from solid wood co-exist in perfect harmony in here, brought together by a calming colour palette of soft creams, stone greys, and light mochas.
The minimalist style continues beautifully into the en-suite bathroom, yet a touch of glamour is ensured via the golden trimmings and oversized wall tiles - not to mention the wooden floors and claw-foot tub.
As far as world-class views go, the house's pool and entertainment deck certainly provides heaps of inspiration for exterior socialising and relaxation. Notice the glass balustrades enhancing the minimalist style without diminishing the quality of the view.
The guest bedroom: a different design than the main bedroom's, yet no less appealing in terms of furnishings, decor and mesmerising landscape views.
An open-format shower with built-in drip tray made from solid Afromosia (African teak).
The elegance factor is upped considerably in the bar area, complete with custom-made wood fascia, solid marble countertop, leather-clad wall, tufted sofa, and dangling pendants.
The library, which flows out of the lounge and bar area.
A majestic L-shape sofa in royal blue stylishly anchors the seating- and relaxing area in the pyjama lounge. A textured accent wall, timber-coated decorations and furnishings, plus eye-catching pendants ensure some strong visual character for the rest of the space.