“Poenankies” is an Afrikaans colloquial word which refers to a lovable or endearing person or object. We felt that the house is not merely “poenankies”, but “poena”.
The house was designed by Bruno de Robillard, also known as McGregor’s Barefoot Architect. When we asked him to design for us he gave us an assignment. “Write me a page or two about a day in your lives. How would you like to spend time in your house from dawn to bedtime?” Awie Page and his team started building in January 2002 and it was completed in April 2002.
The design of a modest rustic house is based on the traditional McGregor cottage: it sits low on the ground and units or outhouses are added on as needed.
The waterwise garden is planted mostly with indigenous plants like aloes and paperbark thorn trees. Low stonewall hedges edge the flowerbeds.
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