The Design of Stand 51

Stand 51 has been designed based on your four principles for a home that works better:

Flexibility, Openness, Value & Comfort.

​On the outside, t​he look and feel of the home​ carries a Cape modern architectural style​ as set out in the Val de Vie estate rules. But what's really important is how the house works for you from the inside out because of its materials and the design. We will take you through these by focusing on each principle and the hi-tech Saint-Gobain materials that make it possible. Let’s go!

Stand 51 is designed to be both versatile and flexible as your needs change

Flexibility refers to how Stand 51 is designed to accommodate many functions whilst flexibility refers to avoiding the need for costly renovations as one’s needs change.

By using the correct materials, just one space can be a great home office during the day, a family sanctuary at night, and a memorable dinner party venue over the weekend.

Flexibility Detail

H-Shape Home

Stand 51 looks like an H from above, with the services wing on the south (left), the bedroom wing on the north (right), and the living spaces connecting the two together to create two semi-private outdoor ‘rooms’ that shelter the house from the street. The outdoor spaces increase the functional size of the house while the internal spaces double up for different uses, making the home easy to live in anytime.

This strategy also saves on building costs because few services are duplicated and future renovations can occur within the structure of the home itself ​using drywall partitioning. What does this mean? Essentially, your house molds to YOUR lifestyle, making your life easier.

Movement through the house

The central living areas (blue) connect the bedrooms (red) and the service areas (green). They allow for easy movement through the house and can be adapted as needs change in future by changing Gyproc drywall partitions between the kitchen, dining room, TV room or lounge.

  • Living areas
  • Bedrooms
  • Kitchen and scullery, bathrooms, garage and storeroom
  • External ‘rooms’
Working from Home

On a short-term basis you can use the house as is, however, if you work from home, then you have the option of turning the TV room into a home-office, or one of the bedrooms could be used as a playroom, music room or arts and crafts studio.

Increasing usable living areas

The living area can be doubled by opening up the doors to patios on either side of the living room creating two external ‘rooms’ which increase the usable living area.

Increasing bedroom area

In the event of a parent or a long-term guest coming to visit, the TV room could easily be used as a private bedroom.

Openness in a home can make you feel better

Because the spaces around us have a big impact on our emotions, a home with natural light, views, pleasant sound and temperature, can feel more spacious and have a positive effect.

Openness Detail

The positioning of functions in the home and its orientation toward views and northern sunlight, away from prevailing wind, was a key consideration. Open plan living areas connect people to each other and allow views between rooms and corridors into the garden through windows that bring natural light and fresh air into the home. Again, openness is made possible by having flexible spaces and grouping similar spaces near each other in the home.

Stand 51 is a big house on a small stand for that reason openings are placed strategically to give the illusion of space that is so important to our sense of well-being. Open spaces make the home easier to ventilate when desired, but placing door and window openings so that they are never closely opposite each other means that heat and sound is not lost to the surroundings.

A few specific windows are placed cleverly to allow natural light into the home to soften the interior spaces, and to increase views out of the home into the garden in the master bedroom and bedroom 03, in the living room, dining room and in the TV room. Without natural light there is no life, and we tend to associate light with warmth, safety, health and happiness. Studies record the positive impact of light, openness and views on mood, job satisfaction, quality of sleep and productivity.

Value in a home comes from considering short, medium and long term costs

How can you invest now, to increase the future resale value of your home, lower its running costs, and maintain comfort? The flexibility principle helps to achieve this, but a lot of the value comes from high quality materials that can improve efficiency. While the estate rules require the use of bricks in outer walls, energy efficiency is increased by creating a hybrid wall system where an internal Saint-Gobain drywall is placed next to the brick wall with an outer ETICS drywall system in certain outside areas. A number of Saint-Gobain insulation systems for the geyser and hot water pipes, further improve energy efficiency and lower running costs.

Value Detail

The design of the home works to increase cost efficiency through design (and initial construction) and then also through energy efficiency and running costs. Apart from the obvious design layout that increases resale value and decreases the need to renovate in future (due to well placed services and adaptable rooms), hi-tech Saint-Gobain materials are geared toward immediate and long-term energy efficiency.

  • Services
  • Adaptable Rooms

The use of drywalling inside and outside on a light steel frame along with masonry, creates an air gap in the outer walls that helps to insulate against the cold wet Cape winters and the hot summers.

Undoubtedly the biggest savings are to be seen in the thermal insulation of the home which is achieved with the internal drywall system consisting of Gyproc’s RhinoBoard, Gyproc Activ’Air and Moisture board along Sagex EPS board with Isover CavityBatt insulation, and an external drywall ETICS system on a light steel frame above the brick walls. With better thermal insulation, there is less need for heating and cooling and therefore less dependence on external resources.

Comfort is the biggest request that came from the Stand 51 better home survey

The design uses MULTICOMFORT principles developed by Saint-Gobain (thermal, acoustic, visual and air quality comfort), to create spaces that work for you and improve the way you live your life. Our aim is to create a living and breathing healthy home that helps to protect your family’s well-being and makes a real difference to your quality of life – as well as reducing your energy bills.

MultiComfort Detail

Our research has shown that because we spend so much time indoors, living in a MULTICOMFORT home offers various lifestyle benefits (in addition to the economic ones) that allow you to feel good and live well, without doing a thing.

Thermal comfort

MULTICOMFORT is about a total feeling of comfort within the home, and that starts with ‘t-shirt temperature’ inside - neither too hot nor too cold during summer and winter so we can function comfortably no matter what we’re doing. Thermal comfort is achieved by positioning the home correctly in relation to the sun and prevailing winds to control solar gain and by making sure that door and window openings (as well as the roof and floors) are well insulated to avoid thermal inertia and the transfer of heat into or out of the home (air tightness and ventilation). Throughout the house this has been achieved by using Isover insulation products in the ceilings and walls, as well as double glazed windows. MULTICOMFORT buildings keep themselves at an optimal temperature using very little energy (thereby adding value to your home).

Sound Comfort

The next comfort feature in the home relates to sound… keeping noise out and enhancing the sounds we want to hear inside. Not only can noise from neighbours, the street, or a loud teenager disturb you, but you may also way to improve the quality of sound inside so that for example, your home doesn’t echo or so that you can hear better. In addition, as our homes become more open and flexible a space may have several activities co-existing and appropriate acoustic treatment of these spaces may be necessary. Stand 51 caters for acoustic comfort through the clever placement of doors and windows offset from each other to prevent sound bridges and the use of insulation in the ceiling and Isover Ecran and EPS insulation in the walls.

Indoor Air Comfort

Experiencing comfort has a lot to do with the quality of the indoor air that we breathe. Not only is the pollution of a city something to consider, but also environmental allergens, moulds and spores and other toxic substances in the air can severely compromise our health. While not everyone might notice compromised air, the negative effect on the body can be huge. To combat this, Gyproc Activ’ Air boards have been used in all the bedrooms and living area walls at Stand 51, to improve the quality of internal air. These walls work by drawing toxins out of the air and storing them as inert compounds, essentially cleaning the air for you 24/7.

Visual comfort

The last factor that promotes comfort brings all the other senses together through sight, and that is visual comfort. This is achieved through the many benefits that Saint-Gobain materials and building systems offer, namely clean construction lines and a calm aesthetic. But what the Stand 51 design also succeeds in doing is to allow natural light to flood the interiors, to increase visual connections to the spectacular mountain ranges beyond, and to create open plan interiors that give the illusion of space.