...tackle a her­itage home

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Be­cause Esté’s home is more than 60 years old, she first had to get per­mis­sion from the South African Her­itage Resources Agency (SAHRA) be­fore mak­ing changes to the build­ing. SAHRA has re­placed the old Na­tional Mon­u­ments Coun­cil (NMC). In ad­di­tion to an or­gan­i­sa­tion such as SAHRA, many his­toric towns have an aes­thet­ics or her­itage com­mit­tee that pro­vides strict guide­lines for the ren­o­va­tion of old build­ings.

“When look­ing for a her­itage home to ren­o­vate, choose a house that meets most of your re­quire­ments right from the start so you can limit the num­ber of al­ter­ations – this will re­duce your costs and make sub­mis­sions eas­ier,” ad­vises So­rina van Deven­ter of AR­CXL Ar­chi­tects in Mos­sel Bay. “An his­toric home rec­om­mended for con­ser­va­tion usu­ally needs a lot of love, so only make the pur­chase if you have the pas­sion and pa­tience.”

So­rina says ap­proval can be ob­tained within four weeks but that some­times it takes longer – or shorter – de­pend­ing on when the com­mit­tee meets. Mu­nic­i­pal ap­proval takes about 30 days if the struc­ture is smaller than 500m², but this will vary de­pend­ing on the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

(Above, from left) Ger­hard Breed, Sam Shami, Core­lie de Vil­liers, Candice Olsen, Lau­rika Kleyn­hans (man­ager of The Cove), An­neke Sch­abort and Mari­aan Kotze share a meal with Esté. We love the fish-shaped cut­ting board

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