All images with thanks to Nick Brits


Nick Brits, principal, and co-founder of Evolve Architects in Bryanston put Stand 47 to the test this past weekend.  He works in the luxury residential and commercial sector and has an interest in creating buildings that provide energy efficient, harmoniously designed environments that translate into healthier and more comfortable lifestyles for his clients. He has a keen interest in using Saint-Gobain systems and technologies in his designs and is looking forward to creating a more sustainable future with them.

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

Nick: I was very impressed by the house. The stone wall that marks the entrance into the house and continues into the living room grabbed my attention. My initial thought was that I could definitely live here!

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

Nick: Seeing and experiencing the house in real life exceeded my expectations. The house is understated yet luxurious. Well designed. with good spatial planning and proportions. Loads of natural light in the interior creates a calming atmosphere and the scenery is brought inside with well-framed views.

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

Nick: At 9 PM, it was 10 degrees outside which felt very cold , whereas indoors it was a warm 22. The temperature inside was comfortable without having to light a fire or wear extra layers of clothing. We walked around barefoot inside the house.


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

Nick: I think the home is cleverly designed. I love the simplicity and functionality of the spaces. I felt very relaxed and comfortable – 10 out of 10! I also felt creative and inspired. It would be a great and welcoming space to entertain people while also being a peaceful family home.

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

Nick: It was very comfortable and quiet throughout our stay. In fact, is was quieter than a traditional home built with bricks. I loved the serenity.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live in a home like this?

Nick: Hell Yes! This experience has positively influenced by opinion about houses built without bricks. I now know how comfortable they can be.



Sophisticated, livable, modern.


Images with thanks to Julia Freemantle @Julesfreemantle

The WinterTest is back and Julia Freemantle, the Real Estate Magazine Deputy Editor, got to test house in the nip of Winter. She has been in lifestyle publishing for 10 years and through working on some of SA’s best titles, has nurtured her love of design, architecture and art. Based in Jozi, she’s interested in photography and food and is happiest when spending time in the bush or on a beach. Stand 47 should do the trick then.

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

Julia: My first impression of the house from the outside was that it was nothing special. However, this changed completely when I walked through the front door. There is a level of sophistication to the interior of the home. Even though it has a Modernist feel it gives the impression of being liveable and comfortable.

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

Julia: Nice…above expectation. The decor, art and light caught my eye and overall, the house exceeded my expectations.

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

Julia : At 9 PM, it was 10 degrees outside and a comfortable 22 indoors. The temperature felt pleasantly warm. I lit a fire but not because I needed it – for the ambience.

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

Julia : The internal space is well designed and comfortable (I would say a 9 out of 10). It’s great for entertaining, but also very restful. The house is surprisingly quieter than a traditional home.

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

Julia : It was a combination of the warmth, the light and the quiet. The house was much quieter than I had imagined (and quieter than a traditional home in fact). In addition, the design for warmth and visual comfort meant that I could really relax.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live in a home like this?

Julia : Yes. I could definitely see myself living in a home like this – I had no idea a house built without bricks could be so comfortable!





unnamedHolden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek is known for its picturesque setting and attention to detail. So when its Sales and Marketing director showed an interest in experiencing Stand 47 first hand, we made it happen.

Wayne Buckley-Koch heard about Stand 47 through word of mouth and has been following the project on social media.  He watched the promotional video and had a good sense of its sophisticated Saint-Gobain building materials which he considers make Stand 47 a visionary project. Yet he was impressed by how well the house lived up to his expectations in reality and found it to be well designed and thought out.
He was most impressed by the attention to detail that went on ‘behind the scenes’ to get this property to function and look as it does. For example, the temperature regulation through the layered and well-insulated walls ensure that the temperature inside the house is balanced to accommodate for a really comfortable environment without the need for heaters or massive services.
When we asked him what he loved most about the interior and exterior of the house he replied, “The exterior blends in perfectly with the beautiful environment while the interior is warm and inviting with creature comforts throughout.” He added that a light steel frame house is something he will consider as an option for a future home after experiencing Stand 47 first hand and reckons that more residential estates and homeowners will begin adopting this method of building because of its ease of use and performance benefits.



All photos by Denise Sherman, with thanks from us.

Our recent guest at Stand 47 was Denise Sherman, writer, film-maker and Social Media Ninja who is also the Editor of the Steel Construction Journal and the Marketing Manager of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction. Her skills marry the technical world of steel construction with creative writing and photography. We loved how she interpreted her Stand 47 #RestTest.

Denise told us that she heard about Stand 47 through the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and the South African Light Steel Frame Association (SASFA) (a sub-association of the SAISC), where John Barnard has been instrumental in promoting the use of LSFB systems. She added, “I’ve actually also often seen the Facebook advertising for the RestTest campaign, and thought “what a great idea”. Having been able to stay at the house for a weekend, I would say it exceeded my expectations in terms of how warm and quiet it was”.

She had both professional and personal reasons for wanting to stay at Stand 47. As Editor of the Steel Construction Journal, she wanted to experience the famed “comfort” and “convenience” factors of this building methodology and its advantages.  Of course, there was also the added benefit of escaping the daily grind with her hubby, who has a keen interest in architecture.02

With an in-depth knowledge of the construction systems in the home, she was able to identify the impact they made on her experience of a warm, comfortable and convenient home. While she loves her brick townhouse home with its huge windows, it does not compare to Stand 47’s comfort levels. Aside from the warmth, the sound insulation was a very pleasant (and comforting) surprise. The difference between interior (where all you could hear was the quiet hum of the fridge) and exterior (construction hammering an angle grinder noise from a neighbouring site) was remarkable.

Denise says, “I think the beauty of the house lies in its simplicity. The layout is both logical and effortless to move through. I love that the exterior is understated, and that when you get inside there is exactly enough space that you feel relaxed, but not so much that you would feel overwhelmed by trying to maintain or keep it clean and organised”.

Judging from her enticing photos, we can see that she enjoyed her stay. The idea of living in a well-designed house, constructed with an energy efficient, flexible building system that can accommodate change more easily than traditional “brick and mortar”, appeals to her. Denise says she could absolutely live in a Saint-Gobian LSF house in future, and we’re happy to have played a small part in reaching that conclusion.