Home Camps Bay as seen in The Great Escape issue. Photographs Warren Heath; Styling Sven Alberding / bureaux.co.za

With pristine views over both Camps Bay beach and Table Mountain National Park, this home was designed to ensure a holiday mood and a relaxed feel is a year-round experience.

The exterior deck made of sugar gum wood leads off the living space Photographs Warren Heath; Styling Sven Alberding / bureaux.co.za

A recently renovated contemporary house in Camps Bay blends into it’s natural, rugged surrounds with style. The owners fell in love with and purchased ‘an old, rundown house built in 1984’, then proceeded to live in it as-is for four years before embarking on a carefully planned overhaul after getting a true sense of the location and space.

‘The owners’ brief to their architect included the request that the design create a feeling of relaxation and holiday, as well as reflect their enjoyment of the outdoors.’

The home blends into the wild mountain landscape surrounds. Photographs Warren Heath; Styling SVen Alberding/bureaux.co.za

‘We didn’t want to cut into nature more than had already been done’

A primary concern for the owners was environmental sensitivity – a sentiment often not followed by other properties in the Camps Bay area. The timber used for interiors, decking and shutters is sourced alien tree species sugar gum (currently being removed from Cape Forests) and all natural oil products used on the wood. The design allows a sense of spaciousness all the way from mountainside at the back to ocean vistas at the front. Movable wooden and metal shutters are used to shade and protect from the sun and changeable weather elements.

The tranquil main bedroom with kiaat wooden finishes and Vogel bench. Photographs Warren Heath; Styling Sven Alberding / bureaux.co.za

Be sure to purchase your copy of Elle Decoration’s The Great Escape issue for the Little Black Book contact details for the incredible architectural and building team who made this home happen – apparently in budget and well on time…we all know too well what a rarity that is.

Original Text Robyn Alexander | Photographs Warren Heath  | Styling Sven Alberding, bureaux.co.za

…with our latest Great Escape Issue and our Exterior Motives outdoor surfaces shoot.

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