Parkhurst's original houses, which date back to the early 1900s, were unremarkable and the suburb was initially never regarded as an affluent one. Unlike the architecturally inspired houses in old areas of Kensington, Melville, Westcliff, Greenside and Parktown, Parkhurst homes, with their layers of klinker brick and corrugated-iron roofs, were nothing special. But, just over 100 years later, the suburb has been transformed into a trendy paradise thanks to its perfect location and the imagination of buyers who, in the last 10 years, have upgraded, rebuilt and refurbished.
'Colour is everything,' says Estate agent Diana Edmundson of Nan Roberts Estates. 'It can either ruin a house or show it off to best effect. The predominant colours in Parkhurst are various shades of sand and stone, with a little white in the detail. These colours have a classical feel; they are "older" colours that give a sense of continuity and tradition.'
Plascon's palette of warm greys, natural cement, stones, dark blues, khakis and sandstone chosen by Parkhurst residents are sophisticated and timeless. The colours of stonework and paving have been picked up in the paint colours and combined with stainless-steel house numbers and well-designed metalwork for gates and entrances. A few residents have added contrasting accents in the colours of a Johannesburg sunset.
A drive through the streets of Parkhurst today shows that special attention has been paid to the boundary walls and entrances. Real value is added by the input of professional architects, builders, paint contractors and graphic artists, but much of the transformation has come about as a result of choosing the correct paint colours.
How to add value to your own home
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