Bespoke, compact home on a subdivision in the suburbs of Johannesburg

2019, Edenburg, Sandton, South Africa
Area: 175m²
Project Team: Nadine Clarke, Michelle Smith

Between the trees floor plan
Compact spaces do not have to feel small, but every square meter needs to work harder to maintain an open, spacious feeling.

This modern, mono-pitch dwelling was designed for two professionals with dreams of a compact and sustainably conscious home on a well-treed site. Fortunately, our clients were open to adaptive, multiuse spaces. The study, a timber box, transforms into a second bedroom when the need arises, whilst the carport offers additional, informal,  covered outdoor space The kitchen and dining room become one space, to create an open plan, eat-in concept, with service spaces (including washing machines) hidden within the kitchen bank and opened when required. The mono-pitch serves to unify the open-plan living, kitchen and dining spaces leaving a lofty impression, and spilling out onto a covered walkway linking exterior and interior, encouraging outdoor living.  Timber elements such as exposed rafters and pergola further anchor the home to its site and the multiple trees being retained.