Constantia House

Surrounded by nature this architecturally led project promotes indoor – outdoor green living. We carried out an extensive renovation increasing doubling the footprint of the house and adding a huge amount of volume.

The ceiling height in the entrance area is 11 meters and 8 meters in the living room giving a fantastic sense of volume. The wall on the south elevation in the living room is fully glazed with the 3 metre tall doors at the bottom opening completely onto a covered external dining table for 10. With the doors open it has a wonderful feel of the house being open to nature.

The master bedroom ceiling height here is 6 metres and unlike the bold and striking palette of the ground floor has a soft and serene feel. In the master bedroom white washed floors, bedside tables and bespoke 4-poster bed add gentle texture whilst the ombre green curtains have a feel of bringing the many surrounding trees into the space. The balcony off the bedroom serves as a peaceful reading space with sun loungers at one end and chairs and table at the other. There is a beautiful palm tree happily growing over the balcony and a tall Norfolk pine behind it.

We designed the bespoke joinery throughout including kitchen and walk in wardrobes. The extension was built with light steel frames which is a more environmentally friendly way of building and involves a lot less site work. We incorporated solar panels, an air source heat pump and rain water collection. We designed an organic vegetable and fruit garden and home outdoor bar and bbq area by the swimming pool.

Most of the furniture was sourced or commissioned from local craftsman and artisans – from the four poster bed, the master bedroom desk, the canoe, the dining room table, the coffee tables, the soft furnishings and objets.