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Renovation: From dire straits to stylish and contemporary in Simon's Town

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All the ceilings were removed and  the trusses left exposed to enhance  the open-plan design. Part of the wooden floor is painted in solid black from Rich Coatings, while the lounge area is painted in off-white. Arti says it’s the best paint she’s ever used on wooden floors; it won’t come off, even if you scrub them. Cushions from Isobel Sippel
All the ceilings were removed and the trusses left exposed to enhance the open-plan design. Part of the wooden floor is painted in solid black from Rich Coatings, while the lounge area is painted in off-white. Arti says it’s the best paint she’s ever used on wooden floors; it won’t come off, even if you scrub them. Cushions from Isobel Sippel

Photographs Henrique Wilding l Production Marian van Wyk

A pond and a new pathway add detail to the entrance, as does the carport’s laser-cut panel on the left. 

Arti Canaris has always loved Simon’s Town on the shores of False Bay, Cape Town. In 2016, she moved from a nature reserve above the naval town down to the centre and a 42-year-old home. “Simon’s Town has the best of all worlds: historical buildings, majestic mountains, waterfalls, a warm ocean, secret beaches, charming shops and a great sense of community,” says Arti with a smile. The property’s main drawcard was its central location and two quaint lanes on either side of the house that lead to the harbour. In addition, Arti could convert a section into an Airbnb holiday unit that would “work for her”. 

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