The site for this house is on Cotswold Downs Estate, outside Durban. The estate code intends to create good village architecture. We assisted the client in choosing the site which has a good northerly aspect and views over the surrounding landscape. Levels have been subtley manipulated to create a good relationship between the indoor, open-plan living spaces and the veranda, garden, pool and outside room. The main house level has been raised up on a plinth of garaging to maximize the elevation and aspect of these spaces. Bedrooms are also all north-facing, including the staff bedroom on the lower level.