Top Billing tours a stunning Val de Vie home inspired by the Caribbean
The owners of this stunning Top Billing home are used to living on dream islands but on this estate, the closest thing to a beach are the bunkers on the surrounding golf course. The house itself has to reflect the sea, sun and surf they have enjoyed, and that lent itself to some challenges.
Like most estate developments, this one outside Paarl is governed by architectural guidelines to keep with the character of the estate. Added to those, a lot of work had to go into the renovation of an existing structure.
The plan was to modernise the exterior of the house and free up movement inside. Happily, architect Louis Phillips has won international awards for his work on the estate and was up for a different test of his skills.
For a family who have lived in The Caribbean and Mauritius, this house had to welcome the outdoors in, especially since the family wanted to raise their young children with as much access to nature as possible.
Louis incorporated a U-shape to the house as well as plenty of glass to create a light, open and natural feel.
As for the interior design Clinton Savage understood that a couple used to island archipelagos, are also accustomed to the colour schemes, touch and feel of a beach. Ones which he has recreated with the interiors.
The design consists of a lot of warm woods in the floors, walls and ceiling panels. He also managed to balance minimalistic neutral tones with gorgeous pops of colour.
The birds in the home capture the wandering spirit of a girl from Durban and guy from Pretoria who met, travelled the world and returned for the best of home. The wine room is a hit with guests, and the kitchen is as family friendly as it is a showpiece.
The natural stairs to the children’s room upstairs reflects children whose best times are spent outdoors. Born in Mauritius, surrounded by The Indian Ocean and bird life everywhere, they don’t seem to need much in the way of entertainment.
As for the Master bedroom, its gorgeous views of the dam and surrounding golf course are enough to make anyone want to stay.
After almost a year in their home, the family miss their island life a little less, each day.
Architect: Louis Phillips
Interiror designer: Clinton Savage