We are happy to share our 10th Rest Pilot’s experience of Stand 47. Over the past weekend, Lerato Khumalo studied the house with a discerning eye, given her expertise in the building industry…
Lerato works at the NHBRC (National Home Builders Registration Council) as a Structural Engineer within the organisation’s Centre for Research and Housing Innovation. She is responsible for Research, Technical assessment and Laboratory testing of construction products, systems and materials. She has a passion for innovation and technology, but also enjoys a good book….and the occasional episode of ‘The Fixer’ when she’s not outdoors jogging around the neighbourhood.
Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?
Lerato: The “Scandinavian” feel of the interior design and decor caught my eye, complementing the “light”, airy and cool feel of the house. I was very impressed by my experience in its interior spaces and the internal temperature felt ‘just right’. The overall layout and design of the house is modern and comfortable, and beautifully decorated. The fact that it is set in the most perfect landscape – no high walls and electric fences – adds to the feelings of comfort and relaxation.
Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?
Lerato: As expected.
Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!
Lerato: At 10PM, it was a cool 10 degrees outside with the internal temperature around 25 degrees. The home’s airy design allows one to enjoy simple pleasures such as watching lightning zigzag across a colour-filled sky at sunset, while lying on the couch. The choice of materials, (in their specific combination(s)), has successfully produced a comfortable, peaceful, aspirational home. All said and done, this is a lovely house that anybody would be more than happy to make their home.
Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?
Lerato: I slept very well and found the home to be surprisingly quieter than a traditional house during the day and night. This experience has positively influenced my perception of houses built using these technologies. Overall, the home is aesthetically pleasing with a great, flexible design. It is set within the peaceful backdrop of Monaghan Farm, which successfully makes the case for a sustainable living concept.
Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?
Lerato: I enjoyed the open living rooms and bedrooms opening up into the garden. The whole house interacts. It’s fantastic that the house is not built entirely out of brick and mortar…and of course, the house is in an awesome location.
Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?
Lerato: Definitely! I believe I’d be productive and happy living in a home like this.