House Steinhobel

With breathtaking views across the Simbithi Golf Course, the Steinhobels’ Wild Fig home is
colourful, elegant and stunningly beautiful.

The Steinhobels are a family of four, Gavin is a director of Kloppers Incorporated, a firm of attorneys with branches in Ballito, Durban, Richards Bay and Empangeni, Debbie is a partner in Olala Interiors in Ballito. Together they have two children, a son Liam who is 11 years old and daughter Kate who is 10 years old and along with their loyal and wonderful domestic, Melta who lives with them too, their two Pekinese Buttons and Chewy complete casa de Steinhobel.

Interior Design is not a new concept to Debbie, being in the industry for over a decade. The Steinhobels envisaged a relaxed home where they could happily entertain their friends and family. Debbie wanted the interiors of the house to be striking yet playful and so she opted for strong bold, rich and royal colours carefully placed across the house. The house itself is approximately 580m2 and consists of four tastefully decorated en-suite bedrooms, two lounges, a study, dining area, large veranda’s, kitchen, scullery and three garages all designed by Debbie and the team from Olala Interiors. The Steinhobels were aware that the best views across the 18th hole are from the upper floor. They imagined a deep veranda with an open-plan lounge, dining-room and kitchen, perfect for entertainment and relaxation. The open plan lounge features a large, lush, velvety, teal sofa with geometric patterned throw cushions and a uniquely shaped chandelier. Jane Digby was commissioned to do the abstract painting in the lounge. In the guest bathroom, a solid brass basin shaped as a Ginkgo Bilbao leaf and vibrant Candice Olson wallpapers are the main attractions.


The kitchen was designed and manufactured entirely by Debbie’s company. It has a clean line of cupboards with an integrated fridge-freezer, which overlooks a counter island with PITT gas HOB, induction stove, an oven, drawers and a prepping-bowl. The kitchen being open plan is user friendly and has easy access to the dining-room table. The island serves as both a basic preparation area and serving area and is complimented with five pendant lights. The scullery is adjacent to the kitchen which is very convenient when entertaining.

Moving outside to the veranda which is a predominant feature of the house; it boasts two oversized outdoor sofas designed by Olala Interiors with large throw cushions scattered across the sofa, big enough for the Steinhobels entire extended family! Along with their favourite sofas, the outside area has a built-in gas braai, informal dining table and movable wooden screens which create a relaxing aesthetic by letting the dappled sunlight shine through on bright sunny afternoons in Ballito. “We love sitting on the sofas on our veranda in the late afternoon watching the sun go down over the rolling green hills either with a large crowd of friends or just us on a quiet Sunday afternoon”, says Debbie.

Downstairs is where one will find the family bedrooms, the study and a pyjama lounge, which is perfect for privacy and for their children to enjoy when their parents entertain. It has its own long veranda overlooking the golf course out front with a secluded private area behind.

On the exterior, the Steinhobels chose to have the pool at a split level between the upper and lower floors, accessible from all rooms and the upper veranda by half a flight of stairs. The pool area isn’t only surrounded by decking but cladding on the walls as well, inspired by the feel of a Scandinavian sauna. Debbie’s parents who live in New Zealand, holiday to South Africa regularly and stay with Debbie and her family for a few weeks at a time. While conceptualizing the house, Debbie thought it would be ideal to have a self-contained flatlet as a part of the house to give her parents some privacy and to allow them to come and go as they please.

The architect responsible for the design of the house was Razin Tewary of Alan Barnard and Associates and he partnered with Gary Wise of M&M Trust and they built their dream home. The build took 12 months and thanks to Gary Wise, it was a stress free, smooth build and within the budget. The house has incorporated going green aspects by placing two large JoJotanks to harvest rainwater as well as LED lighting for energy saving solutions. “We bought the stand some years back and have always dreamt of building a home where we can raise our children”, says Debbie. One of Gavin’s favourite pastimes is to play golf on the estate. “This was one of the reasons why we chose to live on the Golf Estate Side and because of the stunning view”, says Debbie. She continues, “It has been a blessing to be able to give my children this wonderful environment to grow up in.”

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