Test pilot No. 5 gives his impressions of living at Stand47…
Filmmaker, photographer and Africa’s top Instagrammer Gareth Pon, summed up his stay in Stand 47 as “an Amazing experience”.
Gareth’s architectural and design background gives him a unique eye for detail, light, composition and quality – elements that we really appreciated receiving feedback on during his Winter Test.
Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?
Gareth : I was very impressed by the house – from a distance and close up. It exceeded my expectations. The open plan layout and the look and feel that it is a “normal” house specifically caught my attention. It’s also beautifully lit. When doing the comparisons of being outside vs. inside you can definitely feel the comfortable temperatures inside the house. I did not expect to have such a pleasant first impression upon arrival.
Gareth : Nice…above expectation.
Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!
Gareth : At 12 PM, it was an icy 8 degrees outside while indoors it was a toasty 21. The indoor temperature is perfect. I made a little fire, purely for effect, but it was very pleasant walking around in jeans and a t-shirt. I felt no need for electric heating.
Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?
Gareth : After a great night’s sleep, I woke up and the temperature felt just right. I had no idea a home like this could be built without using bricks.
Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?
Gareth : Besides the comfort levels, the finishes are amazing. It is open plan and very intuitively designed for living and guests. There are little elements that make the home feel luxurious without it being too forced. I’d rate my overall experience a 10 out of 10.
Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?
Gareth: Hell yes! The comfort in this home is outstanding. When I walked in I started thinking about my future home and had the impression of wanting to own a house just like this for myself. I can easily say that friends and family have already reacted positively, from the photos I’ve shared on social media. I feel this space could be a catalyst for creativity and an environment where one could find quiet – the perfect space with no distractions.