Now that the foundations are in place, it seems like a good time to post a copy of the ground floor layout:Phurst Ground FloorplanThis is a simplified plan but for anyone who might be confused here are some pointers:

The cottage is at the bottom of the plan.  It is positioned south of the house, on the street and has the driveway on the left.

The driveway slopes downwards and turns right into the garage which is linked to the house through a door into the laundry/mudroom.

And then there is The House.

One or two people have asked ‘what sort of house’ we’re building and also, what I meant in an earlier post when I said I wanted a ‘South African house.’  To the first question I answer that we’re building a double-storey house with an iron (tin) roof, sash windows and wooden floors.  These are the criteria I gave Bernard in a nutshell.  To which he responded, rather to my surprise, that I was describing a ‘contemporary Transvaal farmhouse.’

This was something of a revelation to me as I had not before given much thought to differences in house styles in various parts of the country.  With the exception, perhaps, of the beautiful Cape Dutch architecture in the Western Cape.  So I think I’ll have to devote a future blog post to the reasons behind this choice.

Other features I mentioned were the direct link from the house to the garage, a covered patio and lots of skylights and, if possible, a sunny bay window.   We wanted one open-plan living area and an open plan kitchen since at this stage of our lives we have no need of either a formal dining or sitting room.  I also asked for separate bathroom facilities with outside access for casual workers as I’ve found this to be a bit of an issue in other houses.  Looking at this plan, we seem to have covered all these points.   But what Bernard (our architect) doesn’t know yet is that somewhere or other, inside, outside or on the patio, there is going to have to be a swing….  I’ll break that news to him further down the line.