Dr. Van der Merwe’s home is situated in Southdowns Estate, Irene. This modern house was designed by Pieter Mathews & Associates. The request was for a simplistic, modern house using natural materials. All colours had to create a calming, nature-inspired palate, working with pine and meranti, both these materials had to have a weathered look, which was a challenge to achieve. As a stark contrast, all light fittings, handles, locks and hinges were purposely made matt black. It is a spacious house with four bedrooms, a study and two entertaining areas. Alongside their new baby boy, I am sure they will have a long and happy stay in this beautiful house.