All photos by Denise Sherman, with thanks from us.

Our recent guest at Stand 47 was Denise Sherman, writer, film-maker and Social Media Ninja who is also the Editor of the Steel Construction Journal and the Marketing Manager of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction. Her skills marry the technical world of steel construction with creative writing and photography. We loved how she interpreted her Stand 47 #RestTest.

Denise told us that she heard about Stand 47 through the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) and the South African Light Steel Frame Association (SASFA) (a sub-association of the SAISC), where John Barnard has been instrumental in promoting the use of LSFB systems. She added, “I’ve actually also often seen the Facebook advertising for the RestTest campaign, and thought “what a great idea”. Having been able to stay at the house for a weekend, I would say it exceeded my expectations in terms of how warm and quiet it was”.

She had both professional and personal reasons for wanting to stay at Stand 47. As Editor of the Steel Construction Journal, she wanted to experience the famed “comfort” and “convenience” factors of this building methodology and its advantages.  Of course, there was also the added benefit of escaping the daily grind with her hubby, who has a keen interest in architecture.02

With an in-depth knowledge of the construction systems in the home, she was able to identify the impact they made on her experience of a warm, comfortable and convenient home. While she loves her brick townhouse home with its huge windows, it does not compare to Stand 47’s comfort levels. Aside from the warmth, the sound insulation was a very pleasant (and comforting) surprise. The difference between interior (where all you could hear was the quiet hum of the fridge) and exterior (construction hammering an angle grinder noise from a neighbouring site) was remarkable.

Denise says, “I think the beauty of the house lies in its simplicity. The layout is both logical and effortless to move through. I love that the exterior is understated, and that when you get inside there is exactly enough space that you feel relaxed, but not so much that you would feel overwhelmed by trying to maintain or keep it clean and organised”.

Judging from her enticing photos, we can see that she enjoyed her stay. The idea of living in a well-designed house, constructed with an energy efficient, flexible building system that can accommodate change more easily than traditional “brick and mortar”, appeals to her. Denise says she could absolutely live in a Saint-Gobian LSF house in future, and we’re happy to have played a small part in reaching that conclusion.