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House and Leisure February 2019

House and Leisure – For those who want to celebrate all aspects of contemporary, stylish living in South Africa. House and Leisure is more than just a décor magazine. It’s the local premium brand with authority on Stylish SA at Home and Play. A source of warmth and pride, loved for celebrating the positives of life in South Africa, it’s the only decor home magazine that also offers strong leisure and lifestyle editorial content. Please note: this digital version of the magazine does not include the covermount items you would find on printed newsstand copies.

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in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

was working my way through the seasonal crowd at the V&A Waterfront the other evening, and after fighting through the masses getting their shopping done, I decided to walk over and take in the beauteous Zeitz MOCAA. What a great structure it is – standing so tall and proud, with those large, faceted windows bubbling light outwards from within and illuminating the entire surrounding area at night. And while I know I have mentioned my admiration for the design of the building before, isn’t it also a great example of a modern renovation? On an obviously much smaller scale, I think many homeowners end up doing something very similar for our own homes as was done for those neglected grain silos. We all try and breathe some light into our spaces…

1 min.

1 VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE RENOVATION AND WIN VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM AND HOME RENOVATION ON HOUSEANDLEISURE.CO.ZA AND STAND A CHANCE TO WIN EXCITING PRIZES: TURN TO PAGE 14 TO DISCOVER THEM ALL, AND SIMPLY SCAN THE CODE ON THE LEFT TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE VOTING PAGE. 2 VIDEO: FROM GOOD TO GREAT Cape Town’s 15 on Orange Hotel, Autograph Collection recently underwent a thoughtful refurbishment. Watch as we reveal the makeover that has made its public spaces more approachable and contemporary. 3 SEE IT. SCAN IT. SHOP IT . Taking inspiration from the Before & After issue, shop our online roundups of all the items you need for instant updates to your space. Simply scan the code above to go directly to the House and Leisure shop. 4 THE BLACK BOOK With the help…

2 min.
vote and win

1 DECOWOOD™ SHUTTERS TO THE VALUE OF R10 000 Manufactured from wood that is harvested from sustainable plantations, AMERICAN Shutters’ Decowood™ Shutters strike the perfect balance between style and practicality. The prize includes installation. 2 A PHILIPS AIRFRYER XXL AND VIVA COLLECTION PASTA AND NOODLE MAKER VALUED AT R8 000 Live the automated life with two of Philips’ most innovative home appliances. A healthier alternative to conventional deep-frying, the Philips Airfryer XXL uses hot air to fry your favourite foods with little to no added oil, while the compact Viva Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker will have you mastering Italian favourites in no time. 3 A SET OF PLANTERS BY PLANTR VALUED AT R6 700 Bring the beauty of the outdoors in with 100% locally handmade stainless-steel planters, boasting a sleek powder-coated finish. This prize…

1 min.
big idea #1

ENGAGE THE STREET The most simple and radical aspect of this house is its relationship with the street in front. Without any significant loss of privacy, having big windows directly overlooking the road helps to maintain the safety of the street and park outside. It’s almost like doing a bit of community policing and, Georg points out, it makes the neighbourhood seem more sociable. When architecture is about more than just the building – and also about the spaces between structures – it can make a difference to a whole suburb. ‘It’s a lot friendlier to people coming past,’ he says.…

5 min.
01 street style

At first glance, it might not have looked like anything special. It was the ‘typical late ’60s, early 1970s ranch-style abode that was almost ubiquitous in the suburbs of Joburg at that time, says architect Georg van Gass of his renovated home, which is beautifully positioned down a cul-de-sac in Johannesburg’s Victory Park, overlooking the Braamfontein Spruit. ‘The general bones of the house were great,’ he says – but, more than that, he saw the potential to enact some of his architectural ideals. One of the things Georg and his wife Rhoné liked most about the property was what he calls ‘the interaction with the spruit’. From the house, there’s a field across the road that slopes down to the stream, along which runs Joburg’s most popular mountain-biking track. People walk…

2 min.
georg’s top 5 renovation tips

1. Do some future-proofing basics. Photovoltaic panels haven’t been added to this house yet, but all the necessary piping and wiring has been done so that they can be installed in future without difficulty. And networking, charging stations for cellphones, smart plugs and switches, USB chargers and so on have all been added already, too. 2. When it comes to major finishes, don’t try to be fashionable – stick to only a few throughout the house. For example, here, just two floor finishes (terrazzo and an engineered wooden flooring) are used throughout. 3. Address energy consumption, which means paying attention to the natural ventilation, adding insulation to ceilings and surface beds under the floor and, if possible, double-glazing all the windows. This house is now much warmer in winter as a result…