Melville mining house artfully renovated

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Photographs Elza Cooper

A 4m-long wooden table is the focal point of the stoep which leads off the kitchen. The table – large enough for up to 20 people – came with the house because it was too big to move. The style of this space is earthy and modern. “It had to feel like the outdoors because it’s actually our ‘garden’. That’s why green accents were important,” says Jessica. Potted and hanging plants add greenery and grass lampshades from Kosi Bay enhance the earthy look, while the dark walls create a contemporary feel.

Rick and Jessica Roché have been living at the foot of the Melville koppies and within walking distance of the bohemian street café culture of their suburb for the past two years. From the exterior, their two-bedroom semi-detached house is typical of the old mining houses in the area – all similar in design. Which is precisely what the couple did not want.

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