Resurrecting an old building

I had a call from Anton, who asked me to restore one of the original homes on his game farm near Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal.

Sadly, all ‘carry away’ materials had been removed from the structure, despite it being more than 75 years old and protected under the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999. Amazingly, though, the beautifully crafted stonework of the walls, which had been constructed with daub between the pieces of rock, was still in place.

“We want to re-roof and upgrade the building to be functional for a multitude of activities, such as conferences, weddings, wildlife study groups, and eventually a communal lounge/dining area for visiting parties,” said Anton. The intention was to build accommodation units in traditional African style, to complement this communal facility.

So, here is a depiction of how I thought the roof, in particular, could be styled, while still keeping it traditionally acceptable. I’ve also added a sunken leisure deck and braai that will not obstruct the views from the covered veranda above.