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!