The term ‘entertainer’s dream’ is often thrown around glibly when marketing property, but in this case, it’s the real deal. This new beachfront guesthouse in Yzerfontein features expansive decks on both floors, offering the perfect indoor and outdoor space for entertainment and dinner parties.
And so it should be. Our client, Denise Levy, former international model, foodie, travel cookbook author, co-owns and runs The Kitchen Collective, which serves up interactive cooking classes, bespoke venues, and creative spaces for foodies in Cape Town, as well as Ginger & Lime Interactive Cooking, for Interactive Cooking experiences, events, and photo shoots. Add to that the impressive Beach House Collection, consisting of 3 spectacular houses also situated directly on the beach in Yzerfontein. One of them, Thyme & Tide, situated directly next door to the new addition, Eternity.
With Rustic Homes having built the other properties in the collection, choosing them for the new addition was a natural decision
The brief was clear; create a beautiful guesthouse to open up seamlessly to the beach, with ample space, both indoors and outdoors, for entertaining. As they say, when your client has such high standards and attention to the finest details, ‘no pressure!’
Some engineering solutions were required to create the large internal spaces, which was solved by using a combination of integrated steel plate and timber beams (referred to as a Flitch Beam), as well as a large feature steel I-beam which spans across the living area. The construction method, timber frame construction, is ideal for building on the coast, and particularly for creating the white ‘clapboard’ beachhouse look. Pocket sliding doors (where the glass panel disappears into the cavities in the walls when open), in the dining area and bedroom suite above, provide an uninterrupted connection between indoors and out, and clear views out to the sea. Much attention has been given to the lighting so that the house is an impressive by night as by day. Deep slatted timber pergolas provide shade to the decks and seafront rooms. And carefully placed vertical slatted screens provide privacy to either side.
Testimonial – Denise Levy
“Jacques Cronje, my architect, you understood the brief from the get-go, and were happy to work a plan off my child like hand drawn vision as I sent you images of the pictures in my mind. You added huge input and value to the project and it was great to work with you. Thank you, Jacques, for your understanding of what I wanted and of making it work. Eternity just flows and my heart sings as I walk from room to room, loud music filling the space – as I dance barefoot on the floors, feeling the pulse of the place, hoping that no one is watching. I am so full of joy, I cannot describe it.”