The second Stand 47 Winter Test Pilot completes her report…
The Stand 47 Winter Test saw Mila Crewe-Brown, our second guest and assistant editor at House and Leisure magazine, bravely tackle the Winter Test during a chilly ‘cold front’ this June. You too could be part of the #Wintertest, featuring an all expenses-paid night in this extraordinary Highveld home in exchange for your feedback.
Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?
Mila : I was really impressed when I walked in the front door, because the architectural detailing in this modern house is flawless. The timber parquet floor felt so warm throughout the living spaces, and the ‘oh so quite’ interior spaces had a calming effect on me. The home seems comfortable and inviting and I would not resist living here – it is the good life!
Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?
Mila : Wow. Significantly above expectation.
Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!
Mila : On Saturday night at 9pm it was an icy cold 10 degrees outside, but inside we were sitting around in our T-shirts enjoying a toasty 23 degrees. It is hard to believe that one fireplace can successfully warm up such a large open plan space lined with glass and retain the heat. It was a comfortable temperature despite the cold front.
Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?
Mila: Well, following the best night of sleep I have had in a long time, I’m feeling extremely comfortable in this home. Given its incredible sound and temperature insulation, it is an uplifting space to exist in.
Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?
Mila: I love the sophisticated Modernist architecture, which is simultaneously comfortable to be in. Despite the slick design, meticulous detailing and hi-tech building systems, the house always felt warm, calm, and quiet. It not only inspires creativity, but also urges you to live your best life within the space.
Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?
Mila: I had no idea a house with a well detailed Modernist design could be built without using bricks. I imagine I would be so productive in a home like this one where everything feels ‘just right’. The high-end finishes and considered design resulting from this building technology means that we could happily live here.