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Above: Flooring in the main bedroom is original faced reclaimed boards – the saw marks are still visible. Off this room is a small library, plus there is a small furnished deck behind the bed wall, with folding windows that can be opened up – an ideal spot for morning coffee. Facing page: The guest bathroom in the annex shows the more contemporary feel that has been developed for the single-storey building – as if this is a modern addition to the double-storey stone building that forms the main residence. become smaller higher up,” says Cohen. “It took three months searching to find a quarry to cut the stone – then we experimented for weeks with grout materials.” Windows and doors were all custommade in steel. Concrete posts were poured in place and needed to be precisely formed for the windows to fit into them – with a tolerance of only 3mm. Inside, flooring and ceiling boards were deliberately selected to give an aged character in keeping with an old winery building. But once inside more contemporary search | save | share at elements are revealed. For example, the kitchen is characterised by two 150 x 150cm islands. “The room is so big, one island would have been monstrous, so we broke it up” says Cohen. “But the butcher block look of the tops still gives a link to the past. “There’s also a full-on scullery, which is like a second kitchen, except there’s no stove. With the scullery, we didn’t need so many cabinets in the main kitchen, this resulted in a more European look.” The transition to a more modern look