Timeless home design

Richard Neutra’s Hailey Residence is a fine example of compact living that is made more adaptable through the use of moveable walls. In this home, the bedroom walls can be adjusted to increase the living room size. We love this type of adaptability which has certainly inspired our design. Read more about the other features of the house here http://inhabitat.com/richard-neutras-mid-century-hailey-residence-is-an-exercise-in-compact-space-design/

Privacy, scenery, effificency

We like the use of clerestory windows and comfortable energy-efficient spaces created in this house designed by Tonic Design in North Carolina. It is designed to make the most of views toward a picturesque lake while maintaining absolute privacy to the street edge and neighbourhood surrounds. Read more on Arch Daily… 

Construction world features Stand 47

Construction World magazine, featured Stand 47 in their February first edition. The article on page 13 highlights the investigation of energy efficient Saint-Gobain products in the design of an efficient and ‘enduring’ house for the South African market, that meets conditions for excellence in contemporary design without compromising future needs or requirements.  

Adaptable holiday cabins

When so many holiday homes are vacant for long periods of time, they may  negatively impact the very environments that attracted them in the first place. Whangapoua by Crosson Clarke Carnachan architects in New Zealand consider this by using highly sensitive approaches to environment by creating a highly adaptable and compact, light construction home. Tracks allow the entire home to be moved along the coast and large shutters can be pulled down during off-peak times to enclose the home until the next vacation. We love the sensitivity to landscape and the adaptability too! For more read here…  


We like the way prefab has been given a neat finish in this one-bedroom house case study by students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Mod.Fab indeed… http://www.taliesin.edu/pages/MODFAB.htm

We have entered step 3, the specification phase of Stand 47!

The specification phase of the design of a house is a highly iterative process. This means that as aspects of the design are tested against other constraints like materials, technology, structural integrity and life cycle, parts of the house may need to be redesigned. 

Once again innovative efficiency forms the brief of the quantity surveyor and structural engineer responsible for technifying the design at this stage. This is a normal and important part of the process since a great deal of design resolution happens now (and should not need to happen during construction). Only once the design has been tested and adapted a few times, can it be documented and sent in for the approvals process. 

We have partnered with Saint-Gobain, who aim to demonstrate the versatility and integration of their products in the South African housing market, as well as to engage their technical team and quantity surveyor on the project.