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Average house transformation

With a layout typical of many older homes in South Africa, this average house adds on and transforms into the best house on the block.


With a reorganised floor plan and the addition of a new extension, this average home takes on new dimensions and a completely new look. Architect Caroline Wilding, of Construct Design & Architecture, started by looking at the existing floor plan. The entry was moved and allowed for more open space.

Adding on an extension to serve as a new entrance to the house created more impact as you enter, with far more space to work with to create an open sequence into the kitchen and dining room.

The open space in the dining room allowed more room for a luxurious, formal dining area with beautiful ebony-stained hardwood floors.

More floor space also allows for the addition of a breakfast area in the kitchen, as well as an extended kitchen island with casual stools. Large drum pendants light up the space and form a link between the kitchen and breakfast area.

Dark wood cabinetry and black Kartell chairs contrast with the light grey quartz countertop and marble backsplash. Light ceramic floor tiles enhance the lightness in the open space.

Located off the formal dining area, the living room carries through the ebony floor and continues the theme of dark wood cabinetry in the kitchen.

The eclectic design ethos of the entire home is a combination of modern and mid-century furniture, art and accessories. A large Persian rug adds comfort underfoot and introduces warmth into the space, while a modern coffee table / ottoman seating combination sits in the centre of the room.

The colourful home study features a mid-century style wall unit with a combination of open shelves to display treasured pieces, and closed cubbies to hide office essentials.

The orange desk is the feature piece in this room, and ties in with collectibles on display. Still continuing with ebony flooring, a neutral grey rug protects the floor and brings together the patterned wallpaper and fabric colours used in the room.





In the luxuriously appointed and spacious master bedroom the velvet upholstered headboard is the centrepiece of the room. On either side of the bed off-white drapes frame a pair of windows that let in an abundance of natural light. The off-white theme is carried through into the room with upholstered chairs and a floor rug.

An upholstered storage ottoman at the end of the bed provides storage and a comfortable place to sit whilst dressing. The off-white and chocolate brown fabric add colour and pattern that ties in the statement wallpaper on one wall.

In the guest bedroom, a pair of wooden bedside tables flank the silver upholstered headboard. The silver wallpaper and fabrics are livened up with the introduction of purple and orange accessories.


In the en suite bathroom graphic tiles in a herringbone pattern continue the mid-century design. A comfortable wood armchair adds texture and warmth, as does the thick, wool rug.


To allow a seamless transition from indoors to the outdoor area, the back patio was raised and connects to the kitchen area with sliding glass doors. New concrete site walls define the outdoor area and echo the dark materials used inside the house.