Stunning facelift for a Victorian grand dame in Cape Town

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In the open-plan living space, vinyl tiles in a classic herringbone pattern and hunter-green cupboard doors blend with contemporary black taps. The kitchen table is made from recycled Oregon pine. The sideboard is an heirloom from Michael’s parents, Ted and Hillary; the beech bentwood chairs are also heirlooms.  Bar stool from @home; vinyl flooring from Floor Vision; tiles from Lime Green Sourcing Solutions; lighting from Elevenpast; taps from Victorian Side Bathrooms; all the paint colours were mixed by House2homesa
In the open-plan living space, vinyl tiles in a classic herringbone pattern and hunter-green cupboard doors blend with contemporary black taps. The kitchen table is made from recycled Oregon pine. The sideboard is an heirloom from Michael’s parents, Ted and Hillary; the beech bentwood chairs are also heirlooms. Bar stool from @home; vinyl flooring from Floor Vision; tiles from Lime Green Sourcing Solutions; lighting from Elevenpast; taps from Victorian Side Bathrooms; all the paint colours were mixed by House2homesa

Photographs Greg Cox l Production Marian van Wyk

St. Bedes Cots No. 1, 1895. This is the inscription on the marble stone at the front gate of this house in Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town. If the original owners of the house were to stand at the gate today, they would recognise the façade – but that would be all, because on the other side of the front door a whole new look awaits...

Gone is the dark hallway with all the doors leading to equally dark rooms. Now, from the threshold, you can see right through a light-filled space to the back where the house ends in a glass-covered atrium and an outdoor courtyard.

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