“Hell yes – I could so live here…”

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The first Stand 47 Winter Test Pilot report rolls in…

The Stand 47 Winter Test is now well underway at Stand 47. Leading industry journalists, celebrities and the public have been invited to spend an all expenses paid night in the home in the heart of a Highveld winter and report back on their experience to the public.

Our first guest was Michelle Snaddon, editor of Real Estate Magazine, who spent a winter’s night in the home earlier this week…

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

Michelle : The home is light, airy and warm and I was specifically drawn to the sun-drenched interiors. In all, it felt warm, welcoming and cocooning from the moment I arrived.

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

Michelle : Wow. Significantly above expectation.

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

Michelle : At 11pm it was below 8 degrees outside and a balmy 17 degrees inside. It’s astonishing how long the house retained its heat, given that the entire living area is lined with glass and there is no electrical heating. I felt relaxed and comfortable and there was no need to walk around in layers to keep warm. The entire house feels cocooned and is surprisingly more quiet than a traditional home.

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

Michelle: I’m more than impressed by the acoustic and thermal insulation of Saint-Gobain walls and ceilings. And I love the fact that they offer a healthier lifestyle by improving the quality of the air. There’s no question about permanence for me: this house feels absolutely solid despite the fact that these are dry walls. They are weight-bearing too, so bicycles, art work and bookshelves can be suspended off the walls with ease.

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

Michelle: I love its simple architectural lines and its seamless relationship with the outdoors and nature. Watching the sun rise the following frosty morning really brought it sharply into focus: I felt intimately connected with nature as the sunshine streamed in, lighting up the beautiful wooden parquet floors from one end of the living area to the other. It was 2.5 degrees outside and 11.5 inside – with no help from the fireplace either! I felt toasty all night and hadn’t even lit the fire.

Stand 47: We have to know, would you live in a house like this?

Michelle: Absolutely! I’ve never lived in a house that has such a vast living space without curtains or blinds, but Stand 47 shows that it can be done without compromising on comfort. The experience is altogether more comfortable and relaxing than living in a brick house – it’s chalk and cheese, literally.