Daniel and Linda Shaw have been living in their new house at Helderfontein Estate for almost a year now and have found that life in the estate is living up to their high expectations.
“Our young son in particular has company every afternoon, when the kids from the estate gather to play together. As parents, we know that he is in a safe environment and free to enjoy the many facilities,” says Daniel.
In terms of the Shaw’s home design, architect Alan Dodd of Design 80 says that the beautiful big White Stinkwood tree in the middle of the North-facing stand gave rise to a U-shaped home which takes advantage of the orientation and the views across the Jukskei River valley.
“The home has a very modern feel, with open plan living and entertainment areas downstairs and three en suite bedrooms upstairs. The view out over the valley from each bedroom is spectacular. We used corner windows to take full advantage of the light,” says Alan.
A central staircase leads from the garage basement, up to the living area and then to the first floor bedrooms. “Again, we have used glass to encase the stairs to bring in natural light,” says the architect.
The study/playroom area has been designed to accommodate possible future needs and may be very easily converted to either a granny flat or another bedroom. (There is an en suite guest bedroom downstairs as well.)
Finishes in the home are earthy and natural, blending with the forested feel of the estate. “Our entertainment area reminds us of being on a picnic – while enjoying all the facilities of home,” says Daniel.
In terms of energy savings, the Shaws have installed a heat pump for their hot water needs and they run their stove and braai on gas, which saves considerable sums on electricity.
“All in all, we are very happy at Helderfontein Estate. We often take our son fishing at the dams across the river and ride our mountain bikes throughout the development. These activities give us the feeling of being out in the country,” says Daniel.
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