Glass and steel Stellenbosch family home, with a ‘hostel’

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The pool is heated so the family can swim until late in the evening
The pool is heated so the family can swim until late in the evening

Photographs Francois Oberholster l Styling Nelia Andrag

Stairs from the courtyard lead to the two upper wings housing the main bedroom and children’s rooms. Matti says she has developed green fingers, and her plants are thriving under the high glass roof. “I love all the greenery; it brings nature indoors.” Erik’s brother Wilko did the paintings of the children.  Plants from Plantify and Folha Shop Construction work by Cape Estates Building Projects; steelwork by Western Cape Steel Projects; window glazing by Go Green Design

Matti went through 14 000 photos of their children’s early years and family holidays to select pics for the panels in the main bedroom. “Sometimes we sit and just gaze at them for ages, remembering all the good, beautiful and fun times we’ve had,” says Matti. When the panels are opened, the couple has a view of the pool. Wooden panels by Petika & Co.; photos printed by Art Lab; desk and chair from Weylandts

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