Vanguard Collection flooring important component for Cape home’s “rabbit warren” revamp

Flooring from The Vanguard Collection was an important décor component selected by TAG Design for the consultancy’s acclaimed make-over of the upstairs “rabbit warren” area of a home in Cape Town’s Plattekloof. 

The revamping of the Cape Town dwelling, by TAG director, Bryce Henderson, was recently given triple-page coverage in the leading décor magazine, Livingspace, which hailed the transformation of minimal space into a family-friendly area with an open-plan entertainment area that flows directly on to the terrace with its iconic views of Table Mountain.

Bryce told Livingspace that he was tasked with opening up and creating a more entertainment-friendly flow of the upper level of the 90s family home in Plattekloof. His new design called for the removal of the walls dividing the dining room and kitchen as well as the old-fashioned circular “hole in the wall” – typical of late 20th Century design – to allow more light into the residence. The redesign project was so large-scaled that it included virtually everything – from light switches to floors. 

For his “Scandinavian-industrial hybrid” makeover, Bryce opted for rich, charcoal grey painted walls to brighten the raw-brick walls and, for accent, added oak countertops with LVT flooring from The Vanguard Collection that mimicked the natural wooden working tops. Vanguard Nature’s Look was his preferred flooring choice. This Vanguard range comprises natural wood-look luxury vinyl planks, 2mm thick with a durable 0.3mm wear layer. The 1.5m long narrow planks offer a stylish and authentic oak look ideal for residential and light commercial space

Bryce explains: “I also chose this Vanguard Collection flooring as the clients were looking for a low maintenance, durable product that would suit their family’s routine. They have young kids, so the possibility of water spillage was rife. They were also looking for the feeling of the warmth of wood, but without the sound impacts a laminate/wooden floor makes when dealing with walking or children running or riding their toy scooters inside.”

Bryce says the north-facing home has large expanses exposed to sunlight so there was also a need for flooring with UV protection, or that would not succumb to sun-weathering quickly.

“The Vanguard Nature’s Look ‘Brushed Oak’ flooring was chosen as the 130m2 space was expansive so the lighter colour worked well for the size, while also complementing the clients’ choice of furniture and kitchen finishes. The singular floor finish unified the space and made it feel open and inviting,” Bryce states.

He says the Plattekloof home is one of many projects TAG has done in collaboration with Vanguard Collection supplier, KBAC Flooring, which has a “product offering to match any client budget and taste”. 

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