The great outdoors
Linger longer is this bright and eclectic Lowveld house.
Rob and Callie Maguire planned their build on Brightside Estate years before a brick was laid. By the time they met with their architect, Reiner FÖrtsch, they were armed with a folder full of visual ideas as well as photos of their main furniture, which Callie was adamant had to be incorporated into the house.
The couple had been picking up architectural bits and pieces long before they built. “I had the front door and our bedroom doors years before and Reiner just had to work them into the plan,” Callie says.
One of the key elements is the sense of openness that extends throughout the house and garden thanks to it’s elevated north facing position and undulating views over the 100Ha Brightside Estate outside White River. “I’m a farmer’s daughter and was a farmer myself, and Rob and I are outdoor people.” The house stands on a hectare surrounded by the estate’s 100 hectares of grassland, wetland, forest, and bush. With the house, the dominant outdoor area is in the form of the huge covered patio linking the living areas and office with the master bedroom. Reiner’s forte is designing houses that have easeful flow; that ‘live well’.