All images with thanks to Nick Brits


Nick Brits, principal, and co-founder of Evolve Architects in Bryanston put Stand 47 to the test this past weekend.  He works in the luxury residential and commercial sector and has an interest in creating buildings that provide energy efficient, harmoniously designed environments that translate into healthier and more comfortable lifestyles for his clients. He has a keen interest in using Saint-Gobain systems and technologies in his designs and is looking forward to creating a more sustainable future with them.

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

Nick: I was very impressed by the house. The stone wall that marks the entrance into the house and continues into the living room grabbed my attention. My initial thought was that I could definitely live here!

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

Nick: Seeing and experiencing the house in real life exceeded my expectations. The house is understated yet luxurious. Well designed. with good spatial planning and proportions. Loads of natural light in the interior creates a calming atmosphere and the scenery is brought inside with well-framed views.

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

Nick: At 9 PM, it was 10 degrees outside which felt very cold , whereas indoors it was a warm 22. The temperature inside was comfortable without having to light a fire or wear extra layers of clothing. We walked around barefoot inside the house.


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

Nick: I think the home is cleverly designed. I love the simplicity and functionality of the spaces. I felt very relaxed and comfortable – 10 out of 10! I also felt creative and inspired. It would be a great and welcoming space to entertain people while also being a peaceful family home.

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

Nick: It was very comfortable and quiet throughout our stay. In fact, is was quieter than a traditional home built with bricks. I loved the serenity.

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

Nick: Hell Yes! This experience has positively influenced by opinion about houses built without bricks. I now know how comfortable they can be.