Detailed plans have been prepared by Richard Stretton of Koop Design, an award-winning Durban-based architectural firm that specializes in sustainable "green" architecture.
His contemporary designs make use of the natural stone and other materials found in the area and are designed to complement the home owner’s nature-immersed lifestyle.
Stretton’s design ethos is to produce buildings and products that are environmentally sensitive and energy efficient.
Nature loving homeowners will enjoy a lifestyle that minimizes their carbon footprint. His designs see the home as an element of the landscape, using materials and forms that blend with their surroundings.
Features include deeply shaded windows protected by various shades or screens which are designed not to obscure the views and intimate contact with nature. Rough natural stone finishes inside the homes will be offset by refined polished stone surfaces and timber wall panels in bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms - all designed to minimise maintenance.
In tune with the conservation ethos of the Hopewell Nature Reserve, rainwater will be collected for irrigation, grey water systems will recycle where possible, and natural lighting and ventilation will minimise dependence on electrical power.