EVERYTHING JUST FEELS RIGHT!

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Neal Henry is part of the Global Corporate Coverage team from Barclays Africa Group Limited which is the Banking partner for Saint Gobain in Sub-Saharan Africa. He recently spent a weekend at Stand 47 and this is what he had to say about the experience.

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

Neal Henry : I was drawn to the minimalist design of the house and the acoustics were significantly different to that I expected.

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

Neal Henry : The house is very nice and the lived experience does exceed what I was expecting. The internal temperature feels just right and I could very easily imagine myself living here.

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

Neal Henry: At 11PM it was chilly outside, whereas inside it was a ‘ just right’ , 22 degrees. I was pleasantly surprised at how the house maintains internal temperature. Before walking outside I assumed it would be warm, only to discover it was a lot colder than expected.

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

Neal Henry : I am very impressed and could easily live in the house. The ambient temperature inside is surprisingly constant across all the rooms which adds to the comfort level and livability. The flow in the house is impressive which would make it easy to entertain a large number of friends and family. I am used to having the sounds of the hustle and bustle of the city in the background and at first the quiet bothered me, but shortly after arriving, I felt so calm and relaxed, I didn’t really notice it anymore.

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

Neal Henry : I had no idea that a house built without bricks could be so comfortable to live in. The flow of the house surprised me the most. The fine balance between the light, acoustics and the ambient temperature is perfect, making the house exceptionally comfortable and awesome to live in.

Another element of the house that impressed me is the energy efficiency. This would be a big selling point in the house for me, as it would more than pay for itself in a few years. I am so impressed by the house that my next one will be made out of these materials – this is definitely the future!

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

Neal Henry : Definitely. Simplistic yet sophisticated. All the elements in the house are effortless. The house has this feeling of flow to it, and everything just feels right.

We would be hard pressed to build a new home using bricks and mortar

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All photos with thanks to Andrew Johnson

Andrew and Tracey Johnson co-own a Boutique Interior Design Studio called And More Design, which offers high-quality interior design solutions to businesses and private individuals who prefer to separate themselves from mass-produced options. They are currently in the process of designing and building their own boutique hotel in Melville, where they will show case their design philosophy.

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

Andrew Johnson: The house is very impressive and I enjoy the considered and simple design.

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

Andrew Johnson: The real thing far exceeds my expectations. The house is comfortable and it feels just right to be in here, while the simple, contemporary and comfort features of the house make it stand out from most others.

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

Andrew Johnson: At around 9PM temperatures outside felt quite chilly, whereas inside it was a pleasant 22 degrees… not too hot or cold. The home is also much quieter than an average house and overall it is extremely quiet.

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

Andrew Johnson :  I had my best night of sleep in a long time and the house was very quiet during the night. This experience has positively influenced my idea of homes built using these technologies.

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

Andrew Johnson : Well designed. It works really well and has everything we need and nothing we don’t. Based on this experience we would be hard pressed to build a new home using traditional bricks and mortar.

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

Andrew Johnson : Definitely. We enjoyed the flowing sense of spaciousness and how it made us feel.

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