BLOWN AWAY, SUPERBLY BEAUTIFUL!

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Mbasa Xolisa Tshombe is a creative spirit. He is an architect and an avid photographer with a range of photos on Instagram @mxtshombe. He is also a proclaimed lover of beautiful things. This weekend, he had a turn to stay at Stand 47 and give us his discerning feedback. Did Stand 47 meet his expectations?

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

Mbasa: I was very impressed by the house from the time of our arrival until our departure. What attracted my attention was the simple design form, and open flowing living spaces.

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

Mbasa: I was blown away, it’s superbly beautiful! Great design!

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

Mbasa: The interior temperature remains warm compared to the cold exterior. The temperature is surprisingly warm (a whole 12 degrees warmer inside than outside) without the use of any electrical heating. It is very well insulated and we were extremely comfortable inside the home. It is surprisingly quieter than a traditional home and much warmer too.

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

Mbasa:  The home is ultra comfortable. I had my best night of sleep in a long time. It is extremely airy, comfortable, relaxing and induces a sense of calm. I could certainly live in a house like this. It is so inviting.

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

Mbasa:  My favourite aspect of the home is its connection to the outdoors.

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

Mbasa: Hell Yes! I could so live here.

Understated, with a charm that implies a home not just a house.

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Principal partner of EVOLVE architects, Kevin Els stayed at Stand 47 this past weekend. He has extensive experience in design and implementation, and his design of creative spaces, as well as practical and technical aspects, are of great benefit to his client base. Kevin specializes in residential, corporate, industrial as well as healthcare architecture and is responsible for several of the Firm’s major clients. Kevin values the team approach and ethos, “There is a great reward in placing emphasis on creativity and consideration to our environment within the design”.

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

Kevin: I liked the approach to the architecture and its understated space, yet inviting and generous proportions. The clean lines and uncluttered interior make really good use of space and ergonomics.

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

Kevin: It’s very nice and falls above expectation.

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

Kevin: The house was able to maintain comfortable warm conditions all day and into the night. Even with the beginning chill of the extreme cold front we experienced this week arriving on Saturday night, the house was cosy and remained very comfortable next morning. I was surprised by the high level of climatic comfort, the spaciousness, the well-considered layout and stillness.

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

Kevin: I had a very good night’s sleep in the quiet and still environment created by Stand 47. This experience has changed my perception of a house built without bricks by demonstrating a very high level of quality.

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

Kevin:  Monaghan Farm and Stand 47 are a good combination to the peaceful and relaxing environment one strives for in a home. This house is the way forward; to design a home that structurally envelops a comfortable interior climate irrespective of the season. The home is understated, with a charm that implies a home, not just a house

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

Kevin: Yes… I’m a creative person and in this still environment creativity will definitely prosper!

UNDERSTATED, ELEGANT AND STYLISH.


1Dewald Prinsloo co-founded the bespoke gallery space EBONY (@ebonycurated) in 2007 along with Leonard de Villiers and Marc
Stanes. Their gallery spaces in Franschhoek and Cape Town showcase classic and contemporary fine art combined with exclusive, local product and furniture design. His interest in South African design that has equal parts of soul and sophistication, made him a great candidate for a Winter stay at Stand 47.

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

Dewald: The sense of space and the comfortable warmth that I felt upon entering the home impressed me. I felt that this home managed to convey the qualities of stylish elegance while maintaining an understated look.

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

Dewald: It significantly exceeded my expectations.
2Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Dewald: At 10 PM, the indoor temperature was 18 degrees, while outside it was a really cold 3! Despite the big difference from the outdoors to indoors, it was much warmer than I expected and quite cosy. The house was extremely comfortable at all times of the day and night.

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

Dewald: Well, the house was so quite overnight so I slept really well. I had no idea that a house built without bricks could meet these levels of sophistication and performance. I am impressed by how warm and quiet the house is. A place where I could be productive and happy.
3Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Dewald: I’ve loved every minute in this home; it’s calm, tranquil, inspiring. The positioning on the farm and on the stand itself is perfect and the living experience over the past two days has been brilliant.

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

Dewald: Yes! And yes, again!

SOOTHING, COSY, CALMING.

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All photos by Eva Shuan, with thanks.

This weekend, Stand 47 functioned like a retreat centre for its 2016 WinterTest guest. Eva Shuan is the Condé Nast Arts Editor for House & Garden magazine. We don’t actually know much more about her other than that. She is an extremely private person and her sensitivity toward beautiful and peaceful things made for an intriguing Winter Test guest.

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

Eva: Very impressive both from outside and inside too. I could not believe all the incredible art and furniture that was inside. I certainly felt at home, very comfortable, and quite tempted to stay for good. It gives the feeling of being a soothing, cosy and calming home.

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

Eva: All I can say is, wow! The real thing exceeded my expectations.

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

Eva: At 9 PM, the indoor temperature was just right at 22, while if I stepped outside it was an extremely chilly 10 degrees. I could not believe the difference! It felt like the house had central heating, but of course, there is none. On a scale of 1-10, I would say that I felt a maximum comfort level of 10.
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Eva: I felt really well. I began to consider that this home has all the positive qualities of a museum, but one that I can live inside of. It is so quiet – much quieter than other houses I have lived in. It also makes me feel like I will be inspired and productive to live in a space like this.

 

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

Eva: I enjoyed the openness of the living areas and the privacy of the bedrooms.

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

Eva: Yes! Definitely.

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WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR HOME?

Copy of _98R2052Not everyone can afford to build a new home from scratch with the best performance materials available in the industry. Many families love their existing homes and would simply like to make them more comfortable.

Easier said than done. Until now. We want to show homeowners that they can retrofit their existing homes to be better and more comfortable without having to move.

To do this, we are looking for three homes that we can upgrade. We are asking you to submit your house until 31 August 2016 with the aim of being selected to receive one of three upgrades by 30 September 2016 – two comfort packs valued at R2500.00 and R15000.00 respectively, and R250000.00 for an all round comfort upgrade.

The all round comfort upgrade will use state-of-the-art Saint-Gobain building materials designed to improve comfort in a home in five areas – improved indoor temperature performance (thermal comfort), increased savings (economic comfort), less noise (audio comfort), better indoor air quality (air comfort) and interiors that increase a sense of calm and well-being (visual comfort). By upgrading the walls, ceilings, and insulation, the overall comfort will be increased. This house will be digitally monitored until 31 December 2016 to test the improved performance of the home after the upgrade.

To submit your home, please go to our new dedicated website and follow the prompts: www.upgrademyhome.co.za