This Clifton Beach cottage was one of the early sites to be built on on Third Beach, and thus had a quintessentially low-key Clifton Bungalow character. However, old age had set in, and this sadly called for its demolition and allowed a fresh start. It was decided that the original core would be rebuilt so as to nostalgically maintain the building’s charm.

The clients brought a well-tuned eye to maximising small spaces as they have had experience with this in London. It is a small home, but spaces have been shifted and fine-tuned to get the best possible spatial configuration.

These spaces are open and they live comfortably onto the views and the garden. The front garden has generous beach frontage and a pool/deck space. The roof is a simple barn structure with clipped on portions. Light from roof lights supplement the rear and darker parts of the house. There was an existing granite boulder which was incorporated and built into two of the bathrooms. The finishes are unique and interesting, including Bisaza-like mosaic tiles, cedar shower floor planks, recycled Oregon flooring and rietdak ceiling. Inspired by some of Christian Liagre’s lazy, homely interiors, the finishes are simple and have a rustic sense while still being stylish.

Photography: Rob Mills

Quintessential Beach Cottage on Clifton 3rd Beach

PROJECT TEAM

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER:
Engineering Analysis Services
info@easengineers.co.za
021 761 9296 (T)
021 762 4872 (T)
021 761 9402 (F)

CONTRACTOR:
Berrisford Construction
jeremy@berrisfordconstruction.com 
021 448 1659 (T)
021 447 9053(F)
082 851 3905 (C)

LIGHTING CONTRACTOR:
Province Lighting
mail@province.co.za
021 464 4661 (T)
021 464 4664 (F)

SKY-LIGHTING CONTRACTOR:
Toni Sandell Roof Windows
info@tsrw.co.za
021 704 1122 (T)
021 704 1110 (F)