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wood and the stone.” This is the first time
Richard’s firm has used concrete internally,
as well as externally.
“The idea was to create a continuous
concrete form, so there was no delineation
between external and internal fi nishes and
spaces,” he says. As well as the aesthetic
appeal, Richard says the concrete is low-
maintenance and future-proofed: it’s
engineered to allow for shrinkage (to
minimise cracking) and doesn’t require
external surface treatment.
The unusual copper roof, reminiscent
of ‘Cape Dutch’ style, was also chosen for
its timelessness and ability to age with the
house – as it matures and weathers, a patina
will appear and turn a light green – and
the concrete will darken with age.
Another feature linking in and out is a
fish pond running along the north side. “The
fish come to the window and respond to you
it’s part of the house,” says Karen.
A bridge crosses the pond to a stage-like
deck with outdoor seating. There’s only a
small area of garden here because Karen
and Geoff don’t want to spend all their time
gardening – they’d rather be entertaining
friends or listening to music.
Karen says music sounds great in the
living area, thanks to an acoustic ceiling
panel, which was specially designed to
absorb sound and reduce echoes from the
hard surfaces. The light-coloured exposed
panel runs from the front of the space to the
rear, dropping in height to create a more
intimate kitchen area at its lowest point.
Here, the main kitchen includes a pantry
behind sliding doors and a scullery (to the
right), keeping preparation mess out of sight.
Also on the ground floor are a study,
gym, bathroom, double garage off the back
lane and laundry with heated floors to keep
Cadbury the labrador cosy on cold nights.
The study is another knockout feature –
not only is there desk space for three people
to work, it’s also a music room where Karen’s
baby grand looks over the pond. Plus, a
movie projector and screen means it can
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