This delightful property in Fresnaye was bought by clients who decided to approach an architect to renovate. The house, designed to sell was to now reflect the style and warmth of the new owners. Looking for experience in architecture and interiors in Fresnaye they selected JMA. The motivation to relocate was to design for more appropriate scale living and be close to their children with their new young families. An exciting new phase of life. Time for new design influences. They wanted to customise the new property and bring in the essence of what they loved about their larger house. Get-togethers with family and friends are a big part of their lives. They required a variety of spaces for living and entertaining.

Reconfigured spaces improved open plan living. The architects perspective here was critical. One of the must-haves was a tasting and drinks station at home. The new cocktail bar with views of lions-head resulted. We made careful changes to the lighting and ceiling design. We believe the ceiling is your fifth elevation and a crucial design element—likewise, the importance of lighting design to the atmosphere.

Wall colours and finishes were considered with custom-designed interior cabinetry. Within this core furniture pieces were selected between JMA and the clients. The result is a coherent design to brief—a fresh perspective for the new phase of the clients' lives.

Photography: Alecia van Aarde