When it came to building this new house, surrounded by lush lawns and eucalyptus plantations beside a farm dam in Zimbabwe, the owners were inspired by Australian colonial architecture.
With no planning restrictions and an ample supply of home-produced bricks and building timbers, the design could be virtually anything they wanted.They decided on a building only one room wide and extremely long, so that every room faces the water, game park and bush beyond, and with the rooms arranged en enfilade one can see from one end of its immense length to the other.
The central entrance-hall at the rear, decorated in black, yellow and white, connects through doors, either side of a Jacobean cupboard, to the beamed reception room and on to the full-length covered terraces.
The house has only one bedroom (garden cottages accommodate guests) and is entirely on one level. The vast roof is made of a modern, pre-finished corrugated iron, which requires no maintenance.The plastered brick masonry is painted in off-white. This new house works perfectly in its high veld environment, where the near-perfect climate allows year-round indoor and outdoor living.