WHO LIVES HERE? Sharon O'Callaghan and Henau Marais
SIZE OF STOEP 60m2
When Sharon and Henau tackled their renovation the first time around, they opted for a roofless stoep, but they didn't account for the harsh summer sun in Riebeek-Kasteel. The house got too hot, so we had to move fast and initially erected a Bedouin tent, says Sharon. It was the most affordable option at the time.
Later, we fitted a proper roof with white IBR sheets and an IsoBoard ceiling. We opted for a smooth ceiling, instead of tongue-and-groove, as we didn't want to create a cottage look. While the stoep remains open in the front, the roof is deep enough to protect the space from rain. We love to sit outside and watch the rain fall, says Sharon.
The unpretentious cement floor boasts a brick inlay in a square format as detail, all sealed with a polyurethane sealant.
Since we had the space, we built a rather big 2m-wide braai. Going smaller would have looked silly. With Henau being on the tall side, we also built the braai lm high and it works perfectly.
The 1.2m pizza oven is also bigger than your standard 900mm oven and it's the main attraction on this stoep. “Every Friday is pizza night at our house, says Sharon with a laugh.
Our German neighbours joke that we are Riebeek-Kasteel's best kept secret.
Farm style in the city
Award-winning architect Johann Slee has always had a penchant for old farmhouse architecture, so when he got the chance to design his own house for the first time in 2015, this style was the logical choice - although he doesn't like to be limited by a specific aesthetic. The Slees' home consists of four barns' finished off with a combination of corrugated iron and 'kraal-type stone walls. This stone is the same as that used for the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.
I really love a stoep - at the front and at the back of a house, says Johann. You really feel part of nature on our back stoep.
The spacious veranda looks out over the beautiful Stellenbosch mountains and is everything the family has always wanted in a stoep. This is where they eat breakfast, relax, braai, entertain and hang out near the pool – they truly 'live' here.
The stoep creates the illusion that it's 'floating' in the garden, as it's open in front. The home's second storey forms a wide overhang of almost 4m without any pillars obstructing the view, providing a seamless aesthetic. Rectangular sandstone floor tiles enhance the natural look and contrast well with the darker stone of the walls.
Johann and René describe the décor as a typical mish-mash of styles as they have something of everything: old and new, beautiful, ugly and nostalgic!
Ideally, a stoep should never be narrower than 3.5m, otherwise it can't be used comfortably,” advises Johann Slee of Slee & Co.
Architects. Here are his top tips:
• When planning a stoep, make sure it forms a unit with the indoor living area.
• Build your stoep on the north-facing side of the house, otherwise it will be too cold and no one will want to sit there.
• If your house has a view, it's a good idea to position the stoep about half a metre lower than the house so as not to obstruct the view from inside. CONTACT slee.co.za
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