Seaside Cabana Renovation

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A tired and outdated apartment on Cape Town’s Dolphin Beach received a refreshing facelift by Hanno de Swart of Onnah Design.

The brief from the owners for the Cabana was to create a pared-back Hamptons-like retreat that promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. When Hanno de Swart embarked on the project he had to take interior and exterior space layouts, colour schemes and fittings and fixtures into consideration when converting the space with promising bones into a home that lives up to its full potential.

“The previous interior was completely outdated with impractical, problematic layouts, odd wall colours and underutilised spaces, lost opportunities basically,” explains Hanno. “The main areas that required attention were the lounge and bedrooms, all filled with bulky furniture pieces, in the wrong locations and consuming too much valuable space.”  

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Downstairs, the kitchen, teak floors and aluminium sliding and stack doors remain untouched. Upstairs, the two bedrooms and study received a complete overhaul whilst the two bathrooms received only a more subtle refresh, retaining existing plumbing points but only replacing certain key fittings. 

deck at the newly renovated Dolphin Beach apartment

The client’s favourite colour is blue which had to be introduced wherever possible. An effortless flow between inside and outside was also key, with an emphasis on relaxed, comfortable luxury.  

Hanno used his brief and years of experience to create a space that has a contemporary classic edge and exudes sophistication and timeless style in a way that appears natural and effortless.

When asked about his favourite design elements in the home, Hanno elaborates, “The exquisite dining table for me is a personal favourite and takes centre stage in the living room, beautifully crafted by Brisago. In addition, I would say the little courtyard flowing off the kitchen is a super special cosy corner, much loved by the client and guests alike.”

The space houses some renowned local names from Haldane Martin and Cara Saven to artists Mbali Dlamini and Barry Salzman, to create a space that celebrates and showcases local designers and makers.

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