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SA Garden & Home: Wide open spaces

Published: 2013-05-01   Link

"I was inspired by the portal frame steel construction used widely in Highveld farm barns," says architect Philip Briel of Philip Briel Architecture ( of the design of this contemporary single-story, five-bedroom home. The steel-framed house has a stylish look with large expanses of glass and exposed concrete walls. The layout is simple and linear: from the lofty open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, the TV room and bedrooms are accessed by a wide passage that runs the length of the house. This design means that each room is north-facing and has sliding doors opening to the outdoors, making the garden feel like it's part of the interiors.

To see photos of the property, and to find out more about the design, see page 25 of the May 2013 issue.

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