Beautiful home at The Rest Estate
In terms of building and the South African vernacular, the Lowveld has firmly established itself as a genre within the whole. This home on The Rest Nature Estate in Nelspruit is a superb example
It’s the climate. The growing number of Lowveld vernacular buildings that we’ve featured over the last few years have one element in common – they are an ode to the glorious Lowveld climate. With this in mind, the home designed by architect Bethhilde Potgieter and built by the owners Martin and Anje Hope through Martin’s company Eco Energy Property Construction, has tapped into the zeitgeist of the contemporary Lowveld lifestyle.
Earthy elements of red rock filled gabions using stone from the sites excavation, meet steel, wood cladding softens part of the exterior, while interior accent walls in raw brick seem to bring the outside inside – to great effect.
There are the cool floors, the high ceilings with exposed beams, and the corrugated iron roof – a heartwarming nod to the quintessential South African farmhouse. From the mod cons perspective, the kitchen is right on the money with its on-trend concrete counter tops and unpainted wood cabinets, an idea which is carried through at the main entrance and on other doors.