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Principia Design Presents A Simon’s Town Heritage Refurbishment

Pricipia Design masterfully took on the refurbishment and restoration of a heritage building in the historical seaside village of Simons Town, Western Cape.

Mr. Michael Beamish tasked Principia Design with taking on the refurbishment of a 150 year old building in Simons Town, in the heart of the seaside heritage overlay zone. Restoration of a heritage home can be tricky and comes with great responsibility and requisite approvals as designers need to respect the original structure of these older homes.

However, historical homes often present beautiful features such as high ceilings, larger rooms and well-structured walls. They are often a worthy investment and many, like this Simon’s Town home, are often located in sought-after areas.

The Brief

The brief was to strip away the layers of work done over the many years and reveal the original identity of the building. Designers then needed to work on restoring its charm and character back to what it should be. The building consisted of an apartment on the first floor and two retail spaces on the ground floor.

The Challenge

Performing any work on a heritage building requires meticulous scrutiny from various council departments. The teams overcame this through detailed documentation compiled in collaboration with various experts and consultants.

The result is a beautiful building befitting of its heritage. We love the presence of wood in the home, from the ceilings to the stairway banister. Large arched entryways further add to the interior charm. High ceilings are further enhanced by superior lighting and chandeliers in key areas of the home. Overall, a beautiful refurbishment that respects the home’s original character.

Principia Design is an internationally active creative design firm with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London – providing clients with a personalised turnkey project solution in interior design and architecture. They design and realise unique bespoke spaces that captivate, inspire and successfully solve the individual needs of clients. This is achieved by offering a seamless, cost-effective and comprehensive end-to-end project implementation solution.

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