House Billet is a unique thatched cottage. Built in 1929, this two-up two-down house was one of the first to be built in the ‘garden city’ suburb of Pinelands in Cape Town.

We worked with this unique home by playing with contrasting classic and contemporary finishes, making use of every inch of the limited space we had available. As well as letting in light and saving space, the floor to ceiling glass shower panel acts as a divider to the cloakroom. Privacy was created with a combination of vinyl and glass paint – applied in a custom design.

In terms of finishes our clients like the warm feeling of timber. We worked with a knotted oak veneer for the custom vanity, contrasting this with a slick porcelain basin from Duravit. We worked with the tap range from Crestial – which is timeless and minimal. Being of Italian descent, our clients were drawn to the Terrazzo look tiles, which we fitted in the main bathroom.

The bespoke mirrors create a softness and contrast the linear spaces of the main bathroom and cloakroom. The glass shelves under the mirrors add practical storage space.