Thanks to a carefully planned renovation, this contemporary beach house is now the epitome of cool coastal living
Set above a secluded beach on the KZN South Coast, this renovated property is now an idyllic retreat for the Durban families who co-own it. However, it wasn’t always like this. When they bought it, it consisted of a warren of rooms and lacked outdoor areas where they could enjoy the sea views.
In their brief to Stefcon Projects, who undertook the renovation, they requested a practical, hassle-free family holiday home that could cope with sandy feet and wet costumes. And the main focus had to be on the ocean.
The Stefcon Projects team, led by Calvin Wright, set about creating a contemporary structure with balconies anchored by steel support beams from Avellini Bros, and this instantly modernised the structure. A new roof by Four Seasons Roofing features a large overhang to protect the new deck and patio.
“No one wants to be bothered with maintenance and repairs when they’re on holiday so we chose top-quality, long-lasting fittings that won’t rob the owners of their free time,” he explains.
Another important consideration was security. “To relax, one must feel safe, so we really did our homework here,” says Calvin. “No doors open directly outside; instead, they all open into courtyards or enclosed balconies.”
Surrounded by milkwood trees, which the owners insisted were not to be damaged, and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the house now has great flow between indoors and out. “The large, open spaces are ideal for relaxing and spending time with our children,” says one of the owners.
The light and airy downstairs living area has several different zones for lounging, entertaining and cooking. A separate TV room and a bedroom kitted out with bunk beds ensures that the children are happy too.
The interiors are modern with a hint of texture and warmth provided by the raw oak boards used as cladding in the living room and kitchen and the fun red stools around the kitchen island.
A particularly striking feature is the ‘floating’ timber staircase that leads to the upstairs bedrooms, all of which have been decorated with white bedlinen and subtle sea tones.
Large glass sliding doors open out onto a covered patio that’s also protected by folding shutters. “This area overlooks the ocean and it’s where we all usually end up. The view is like a beautiful, ever-changing picture and we love watching the whales, dolphins and birds all going about their seasonal routines,” says one of the owners. A few steps down is the deck and swimming pool and beyond this, a flight of stairs leads to a gate to the beach.
The weather here is not always perfect, which is why the renovation included the addition of a courtyard on the inland side of the house. Decorated with wicker chairs and abundant greenery, it’s a fabulous space to sit and read or socialise.