Milkwood + Olive

The property was blessed with a garden of mature olive and Milkwood trees. The Milkwood tree in Noordhoek is a protected species and may not be moved or removed. As a result the garden was designed around these trees.

In 2017, a young successful couple from Johannesburg moved to Cape Town and bought a property in Noordhoek. The house on the property required extensive renovation, but unfortunately after two months of building, the owners found that the foundations were unstable and the entire house needed to be demolished. Based on this new development, the driveway was repositioned, moving the entrance from Mountain road to Beach road. The view of the house is now magnified when one enters the property. The driveway required extensive level changes, which resulted in large-scale landscaping in the form of excavation and back filling, in order to remove the radical slope and increase the liveable space. In addition, gabion baskets were filled with river pebbles and used for retaining walls along the driveway area.

A large collection of tree aloes and grasses were sourced and planted to blend the contemporary home into the natural surroundings, and a stone fire pit was created in the garden, sheltered from the wind by the indigenous trees.

Tone has also recently been asked to assist the clients with designing part of the interior of their home. Starting with the main bedroom, Tone looks forward to continuing the journey of developing this home with his clients.