House Page

It’s a perfect evening on the North Coast, not a breath of wind, a perfect blue, orange and pink sun is setting and as we drive up the drive way, I immediately think, ‘wow’.

Minimalistic, modern, maximises the fantastic views of the Indian Ocean, a ‘floating feeling’ throughout the home and a canter levered main bedroom. This was the brief from Eric and Michele Page, owners of House Page, and thanks to Union3’s Cliff Smithers and Brudick Construction, the brief was achieved. This Top Billing featured home with sea views from every single room, truly has the WOW factor. The pathway is lit up by garden spots that illuminate both the greenery and the pathway as it leads you to the entrance of the house. Just before entering through the large glass doors, on the right, my eye catches a glimpse of the glass showroom garage, where blue neon uplighters have been installed in the tiled floor to enhance Eric Page’s spectacular sports cars.

Ten foot tall glass doors with large stainless steel handles welcome you to the foyer of the home. As you walk into this breath-taking home, you will notice two of many features this spectacular home has to offer; one being a transparent glass staircase and a giant crystal chandelier. The floating staircase is by far the most fascinating staircase I have ever seen and it has always been a dream of Eric’s to have a glass staircase in one of his homes. “The staircase is made entirely from glass. The wall is a half a metre cavity wall and inside of the wall, is a galvanised frame, each step is bolted into the frame with rubber gaskets. Once that was all in, the cavity wall is filled with concrete to secure the steps”, explains Eric. I find myself a little frightened to walk up a glass staircase that is completely transparent, however Eric assures me that it is as safe as a steel or concrete staircase and each step can take 800 kilograms. The staircase doesn’t obstruct the immaculate views and picks up the hues of blue from the ocean and sky. Above the staircase is the other extraordinary, hard-to-miss, showstopper, the giant crystal chandelier. This was one of the challenges for the Page’s to source. They dreamt of a unique, striking and mind blowing light feature that would take your breath away.

After months of searching, Michele came across the perfect light feature at Eurolux and had the team from Ecolight Electrical, fit and erect the feature light which was installed with an electric motor to hoist the chandelier up and down for polishing purposes. This chandelier is quite something; in the afternoon, the sun light catches the 1000’s of crystals and reflects rainbow colours onto the surrounding areas and at night the space truly comes alive, warms and lights up the entire area. The entrance area leads you down two stairs which are haloed with blue LED strip lighting, into the chic living area in front of you and the dining area, kitchen and scullery on your left which are adjacent to the bar. The glass stackable doors open up to create the spacious and open-plan concept, that effortlessly blends the indoor and outdoor entertainment areas into one border-less living space. The glass effect that the Pages hoped for, has been carried throughout the entire house.

The bar, which is another major feature in the house, has a cracked glass effect throughout the bar from the floor to the ceiling, which is backlit with a contrast of blue and white lighting. “One of the challenges for this area was to find someone to come up with a modern design, eventually we found a company in Johannesburg who conceptualized the area by taking the bulk heads from the ceiling and extended them through the bar”, explains Michele. The bar is finished with mirrors that enable you to have endless sea views from all seated angles. Due to the magnitude of the downstairs area, the Page’s had their lounge and dining table suites custom-made. “Union 3 were pivotal in helping us achieve our dream by manufacturing our lounge suite and dining table”, explains Michele. The kitchen has a minimalist but ultra-luxe and modern feel, the ocean is once again reflected in the mirror splash back. The fridge and freezer are tucked away in the cupboards which are handle-less and work off a push and release opening system. The breakfast counter is slick and all appliances in the kitchen are SMEG. “I believe a kitchen is a social place in one’s home and we have achieved a relaxed atmosphere in the space with sliding doors that lead onto the braai area and wood-fired pizza oven, which is a place where guests can sit and enjoy a drink whilst still being able to chat to me in the kitchen”, says Michele.

Upstairs, you will find the bedrooms, Union3 ensured each bedroom had a unique custom-made headboard and side tables. The wallpapers are different in each room which give the rooms their own individual style. The rooms are all equipped with air conditioning, for those warm summer evenings, which are fitted by the professional team at Air Elec. To continue with the floating theme, the beds are ‘floating’ and the rooms are finished with floating TV and bathroom units which allow for accessibility and easy cleaning. The canter levered main bedroom has dreamy panoramic sea views of our stunning North Coast ocean and, on a very clear day, you can see Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Durban harbour in the distance. The ottoman in the main bedroom is the perfect spot to sip on your cup of coffee and watch the whales and dolphins in the ocean. The en-suite bathroom has a large shower and luxurious bathtub that overlooks the sea. Talk about a perfect way to start your morning!

The entire house is finished with impressive feature lighting, which has carefully been placed to accentuate the main features in the house. All of the feature lighting was done by talented local electrical contractor, Dean Knezovich who owns Ecolight Electrical. They implemented green living into their home by having solar powered geyers, LED lighting, a JoJo tank for grey water harvesting for the window washing and they have a full battery backup system in the case of an unexpected power outage. There are two entertainment areas in this home, the one is on the upper deck, it is secluded and private and gives an alternative view of the gorgeous trees and vegetation surrounding the home, which is perfect for sun-downers and quiet afternoon braai’s. The main entertainment area features a large patio with deck chairs, an outdoor lounge suite and dining table overlooking the rim-flow, double level, infinity pool with blue LED lighting which gives off a stunning ocean-like feel. One cannot help but feel absolutely relaxed in this fabulous ocean-inspired glass home.

 

Neighbourhood: Sheffield Beach, KZN

Duration: Four years.

Size: House size: approximately 749m2. Erf size 1030m2

Specs: 4 bedrooms all en-suite, show room garage and double garage, lounge and dining room, study, maid’s room, kitchen with scullery, bar, two large entertainment areas, pizza oven and an infinity pool.

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