Welcome to House G. This 1930’s home in Vredehoek, Cape Town, was purchased earlier this year by our clients and is about to undergo a slow, phase-by-phase renovation process.
Initially our clients were all about stripping the house back to the studs and bringing in a contemporary style to this somewhat dated space. However upon consultation and reflection, they’ve agreed to make mostly cosmetic changes to the overall feeling and circulation spaces within the home. This will help preserve the character and period features of the space.
You may remember that just last week we talked about three important renovation pointers, which are truly relevant to this home and it’s renovation plan. Our goal is to retain any unspoiled architectural details, like the pressed ceilings, wooden floors and door frames. We made amendments to the clients layout ideas, in order to preserve as much as the original layout as possible.
Let’s have a look at where we are starting….
So this is house upon viewing, still with the previous owners belongings in the space. As we said to our clients, simply removing these pieces will change the overall feeling in the entrance. The original plan included changing the front door and entrance window, new floors, new dropped ceilings for recessed lighting, new door trims and new doors, new skirting….
Instead we’ve dialled this back quite dramatically. The basic plan is to sand the floors and stain them a richer, deeper colour. The side windows at the front door get replaced with a single panel piece, for a modern feeling, and the front door is also updated. Everything else stays, and simply gets painted. A fresh perspective.
The one thing that everyone has agreed upon is that in the main entrance and circulation of the home, white is out. It is all about deep, saturated colours.
Those of you who follow along here on the blog may have noticed we’ve had a green phase going on. It stared with a restaurant interior, then a few home spaces and most recently a ‘cloffice‘ design. We love how green combines so beautifully with beiges and warm wood tints, for a very soothing and serene setting.
On the other hand our client has a thing for shades of blue. We love the idea of a deep blue entrance space, taking the colour right through to the ceiling. Having this dark and cosy cocoon at the entrance will contrast beautifully with the light and white space you encounter on the other side.
We also believe the most effective installation of this style and look, is when the ceiling is painted the same colour as the walls. Have a look at the space below. Beautifully installed and styled to dramatic effect with the dark walls. However notice the white skirting, door trim and ceiling. It completely changes the overall style and atmosphere in the space.
Follow along with us as we take you through the concepts and designs for the rest of House G one the coming weeks. With a short timeline until demolition starts, things are starting to move quickly!