Words by Cristina Govender   |   Photos by Chris Allan Photography

We look at this home, surrounded by lush greenery, which ticks every box any homeowner could have in mind.

Located at 98 Tinkerbird Close, this beautiful home was conceptualised and brought to life by an exceptional team. Husband and wife duo, Benno Terblanche of QSB Construction and Danelle of Graphic Gurus, collaborated on this project as part of the building and interior design teams, respectively. They began working on this project in early 2020, just before the country went into lockdown. During that time, they debated whether they should continue and even considered making the house smaller, but they decided to keep at it and put their all into the project. The result attests to their hard work and dedication.

The home is designed to be northwest facing, working with Jacques Grobler from Urbis Architects, which means you can enjoy the stunning patio year-round since the area isn’t affected by any extreme winds, and it gets that lovely afternoon sun. Perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons and sundowners. That’s not all, this area also includes a built-in outdoor braai and a nearby boma, so don’t dismiss those chilly nights altogether, gather around the fire and huddle up. Beneath the beautiful tree in the backyard, which the team worked extremely hard to keep, you’ll find a second, larger boma for a bigger campfire experience. There’s a lovely pool to splash around and cool down for those hot Ballito summer days.

The interior is just as impressive as the exterior. This family home boasts four bedrooms and a carport big enough to fit four vehicles, perfect for those family-sized vehicles and any potential guests. Each bedroom is personalised, from the furniture to bedding, colours and even where the room is located in the house. The main bedroom, for example, was planned around the tree so that you can look out to it and admire the beautiful birdlife dwelling there too! This bedroom was designed with an open-plan bathroom, with its shower leading to an outside shower. The walk-in closet features a seating area for a comfortable experience while getting ready. Having somewhere to sit to put on shoes instead of balancing on one leg can make all the difference to your morning routine!

By mixing old with new, Danelle created an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for anyone entering the house. Most of the furniture is second-hand, adding to the homely feeling and emotional depth since each piece comes with their own story. The kitchen, done by Paul Odreive of Kingston Kitchens, adds a bit of modernity or the ‘new’ element with its open shelving and muted colours. The tiles in the bathrooms, all hand painted by Décor Bella, add to the house’s modern and “artsy” feel. The art on the walls, featuring wall colours in the bedrooms and wallpaper, done by Danelle, unites the entire house as it flows from one room to the next.

Danelle feels that the lounge is her favourite part of the house. The wallpaper in that room was designed to look as if the greenery from the outside continued into the house. With those glass panels above it, it almost matched the outdoor landscape. With the interior, Danelle always aims to bring the outside into the inside spaces, and the polished concrete flooring, done by Zook from Limeworkx, gives the space a seamless transition from the outdoors to the indoors.

Unsurprisingly, this gorgeous home was snatched up so quickly by a wonderful family who, no doubt, love everything about it!