The home is very comfortable with good flow and functionality

resttest_guest-quotes-joJo Oosthuizen, winner of the House and Leisure Stand 47 Stay competition, is also the fourth Rest Pilot in the #RestTest experience.

We had the opportunity to offer a House and Leisure reader the real-life experience of staying at Stand 47, to test whether lives up to its printed promises. As one of our RestPilots, we thought it would be interesting to see what Jo would think about the design and technology that make Stand 47 different from the average house.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Jo : Impressive! I found the open feeling of spaciousness along with the flows of spaces to be particularly engaging. The home appears comfortable on first impression and feels just right. It combines open space with great functionality.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Jo : Nice… above expectation.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Jo : At 9PM, it was not cold outside. The inside temperature was 25 degrees and surprisingly hot, yet I still felt comfortable in the home.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Jo : I felt great after a much better than expected quiet night’s sleep. Next morning I can definitely say that this experience has changed my perception of what a house built without bricks can feel like. I could feel very happy and productive in a home with clean lines and functional design like this one.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Jo : The home is very comfortable with good flow and functionality. The modular design approach used in this home is clever as seen in the second bathroom and the additional bedrooms with their fold-up beds. I also enjoyed the separate pantry and scullery areas, which allow the open plan kitchen and living area to remain neat at all times.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Jo: Yes, definitely!

“A beautiful home that not only meets the needs of a modern family, but surpasses them.”

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Tumelo Mojapelo was our third Rest Pilot in the # RestTest experience…

Tumelo’s experience as head of content at Flux Trends means she has a keen eye for identifying important trends that will change or influence the way we live in the 21st Century. It is for this reason that we have chosen her to become one of our RestPilots.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Tumelo : I found the house to be very impressive. I was drawn to the relationship of the house within the specific environment where it is built.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Tumelo : Wow… significantly above expectation. The house is amazing and the design is great. Just so cool.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Tumelo : At 10PM, it was not too cold outside while indoors the 24 degree temperature was just right. It was not too hot nor too cold, but extremely comfortable all the time. This house is also surprisingly quieter than a traditional brick home.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Tumelo : I feel extremely comfortable in this house. It’s peaceful and tranquil. I think my friends and family would love to visit and they would never want to leave. I love the way that a single space can have several purposes. A room could be a study, a play room, a guest room or exercise room depending on the needs of the people who live the house. It’s a home that feels like a peaceful retreat – all the time! Another thing I love in this house is the large sliding window in the kitchen that overlooks a herb garden – it’s so smart and thoughtful. The elements of this smart and efficient home have been thoughtfully put together from the location to the combination of materials used.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Tumelo : Everything – from the design to the thoughtful use of modern building materials and the environment. The Stand 47 team have created a beautiful passive home that not only meets the needs of a modern family, but surpasses them.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Tumelo: Yes! This experience has changed my perception of homes without bricks. I believe I would be happy and productive living here.

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“It ticks all the boxes of good design combined with clever alternative , sustainable building”

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Next in line to experience the #RestTest, is someone who knows how good design can result in better living… time to test if Stand 47 can do the same.

Jonathan Liebmann was selected to be our second Rest Pilot. Jonathan is the founder of Propertuity and is also known for his role as developer of instrumental Jozi inner-city rejuvenation projects in Maboneng. We believe Jonathan’s discerning eye for seeing development potential and understanding good design, makes him a great candidate to try out the #RestTest promise.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Jonathan : Very impressive. I was attracted to the unique blend of comfort and modernism. I’d describe the house as being warm, quiet and simple – and it has great insulation.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Jonathan : Nice… above expectation.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Jonathan : At 8PM, it was chilly outside while indoors the 24 degree temperature was consistent and provided a temperate environment to be in. There was no need for additional heating or cooling.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Jonathan : I’d rate my overall experience of the house a 10 out of 10. I think it’s super comfortable and ticks all the boxes of good design combined with clever alternative, sustainable building practices .

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Jonathan : This house is very comfortable all round – it is very quiet and definitely conducive to living a productive and happy life. This experience has positively influenced my idea of a home built without bricks.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Jonathan: I could so live here!

It struck us as being very quiet and peaceful

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The Barnards were our first Rest Pilots of #RestTest R&R in the home designed and built for living better…

John and Denise Barnard were selected to be our first guests in the #RestTest. John is an engineer and an expert in light steel construction. He is the director of SASFA, a Division of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction. We took the opportunity to see whether apart from technical performance, Stand 47 could make him feel better – more relaxed and peaceful – as part of our #RestTest promise. His answer? Yes.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

John and Denise : Outside the house seemed normal to us, but this impression changed as we entered the home. The crisp straight lines and corners along with the spacious interior that also feels warm, caught our attention.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

John and Denise : Nice… above expectation.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

John and Denise : At 9PM, it was chilly outside, while the 20 degree temperature inside felt just right. Our experience of the home’s temperature was very pleasant and warm. We must just note that we had a small fire going to go with the red wine we were enjoying. Heat, well distributed through house. Wine, also well distributed! This was certainly a relaxing evening.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

John and Denise : The house is very quiet all the time, and this peacefulness contributed to a relaxing night’s sleep. We could even listen to the first summer rains on the roof! We feel sure that we could be productive and happy in this home. It is well designed, and works well.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

John and Denise : This house is very comfortable to live in – the thermal and acoustic insulation must contribute to this quiet and comfortable feeling. We also like the layout, the abundance of natural light, the combination of wood and stone (floor and wall) and the great views framed by the building. It struck us as being very quiet and peaceful.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

John and Denise: Hell yes!

Test our promise of rest with the #RestTest

01During the 2015 winter, we invited South Africans to test the Abode of Awesome first-hand. Their experiences along with live data tracking showed indoor temperatures averaging 18.4 degrees with no electrical heating needed even when outside temperatures dropped below zero. With the added benefit of a PV solar system, Stand 47 exceeded the energy needed in the home by producing on average 0.73kW during winter daylight hours. The Test Pilots’ feedback was consistent – Stand 47 is warmer and more comfortable than a brick home during winter.

But can Stand 47 make you feel better all the time? We believe so. That’s why we’ve launched the #RestTest. We believe that beyond outperforming a brick house, Stand 47 will improve how you feel.

Our promise: rest, recuperation and renewed energy after a single night’s stay.

Your challenge: become a #RestTest pilot and be next in line to experience the Abode of Awesome. Apply Now!

 

 

We’ll be building our next home using this technology – I think everybody should be

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Nkhensani Nkosi is the creative force behind South Africa’s distinctive fashion label, Stoned Cherry. She is also an entrepreneur, lauded actor and of course, our 10th Stand 47 #WinterTest test pilot. Winter is pretty much over now, so the house needs to adjust to higher temperatures to remain comfortable. How did Nkhensani experience the house during her test run?

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Nkhensani : The house is incredibly beautiful, well furnished, considered, and surprisingly warm and welcoming. I loved the attention to detail. It is immaculately designed and decorated. It is incredibly breezy and everything is in just the right place. Most of the time when design is so precise and well considered the place is not necessarily habitable. Surprisingly, this felt like home.

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Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Nkhensani : Wow…significantly above expectation. I could so live here!

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Nkhensani : At 9PM, it was over 10 degrees outside while indoors it was 15 degrees inside. The temperature in the house is not too warm or too cold – it is just right. Even when it was quite hot earlier in the day there was no need for an air conditioner or any kind of heating or cooling intervention. When it was hot outside, the house was remarkably cool and breezy. I felt perfectly comfortable all day long and would give it a 10 out of 10.  It was the haven every home should be and more. Absolutely perfect.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Nkhensani : The house was so quiet and I had my best night of sleep in a long time. I think I would be so productive living in a home like this. I love that it is energy efficient and was fascinated to know there was only one solid feature rock wall. I would have never guessed. We currently have to you use heaters and underfloor heating to get our house warm in Winter. Knowing that we could go through a Winter without having to turning them on by simply changing the materials we use to build, is terrific.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Nkhensani : This house is absolutely beautiful. When we weren’t just staring into the distance, seated on the porch, we were walking barefoot from area to area in blissful appreciation of the moment. We lost all track of time. We loved every minute of being there. We spent our day cocooned in the hypnotic buzz of the natural surrounds, in sheer enjoyment of the magnificence around us. We simply indulged in the stillness of time and the power of the moment – just perfect. This home has changed my perception of homes built without bricks. We will most definitely be building our next home using the same technology- I think everybody should be!

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Nkhensani: Hell yes! I can so live here!

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