Renovation: from desperate situation to elegance and contemporary in Simon’s Town

All ceilings have been removed and trusses left exposed to enhance the open concept design. Part of the parquet is painted solid black from Rich Coatings, while the seating area is painted off-white. Arti says it’s the best paint she’s ever used on wood floors; it won’t come off, even if you rub them. Isobel Sippel cushions

Photographs Henrique wilding Production Marian van wyk

A pond and new trail add detail to the entrance, as does the laser cut carport panel on the left.

Arti Canaris has always loved Simon’s Town on the shores of False Bay in Cape Town. In 2016 she moved from a nature reserve above the naval town to the center and a 42-year-old house. “Simon’s Town has the best of all worlds: historic buildings, majestic mountains, waterfalls, a warm ocean, secret beaches, charming shops and a great sense of community,” says Arti with a smile. The main asset of the property was its central location and two picturesque alleys on either side of the house that lead to the harbor. Additionally, Arti could convert a section into an Airbnb vacation unit that “works for her”.

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