The Industrial Farmhouse of Esme and Kobus van Heerden is one with a real touch of romanticism and it has captured my imagination since I first came across it on The Pretty Blog. The couple had been living on the property for 17 years before they decided on a complete redo in 2010. The leaking roof they’d finally had enough of, plus the major changes they wanted lead to the brave decision to demolish the original house.
Over the years they had collected a lot of old pantry cupboards & other furniture and planned the house around the pieces they had. Esmé says they tried to recycle wherever they could. “Our son, Laurie transformed old, solid Oregon pine kitchen tops into a working area for the office, roof beams were machined down and changed into shelves for the pantry and the linen room.”
The family moved into their new home just 7 months ago. “What a joy to move back to a brand new house, but still coming home to the big old trees we knew so well and the piece of land where the footprints of our children were embedded”, says Esmé.
They managed to mix old and new perfectly. It is edgy & fresh, but still manages to reflect the personality of its owners — just gorgeous.
The lovely images was taken by Yolandé Marx.