Q&A with Elaine and Richard

Home Renovations - - Contents -

Any cost-cut­ting tips? Fig­ure out which jobs you can do your­self and spend money on those that you can’t. Where did you get your ideas? Be­fore we started ren­o­vat­ing, we went on a long road trip. A lot of time was spent dis­cussing where every­thing would go – this helped us a lot. I also love pag­ing through Home, and I find houzz.com very in­spir­ing. What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? Move out while ren­o­vat­ing! Any other tips? Draw up a wish list for your project and then trim it ac­cord­ing to your bud­get con­straints. What do you en­joy most about your new kitchen? It’s now a far more so­cia­ble space that works for all of us. There’s also enough stor­age space, in­clud­ing a beau­ti­ful blue locker at the back door where the kids can leave their school bags and sports bags.

The is­land unit (above) of­fers plenty of stor­age space. The Shaker-style doors are made from 16mm board with 8mm strips glued and nailed in place.

Justin and Chloe put their bags in the spray painted locker from nevada­fur­ni­ture.co.za at the back door (right), which helps to keep the kitchen tidy.

Al­ways make in­formed de­ci­sions and cost items be­fore de­cid­ing that they are unaf­ford­able. – Elaine FIVE lucky read­ers stand the chance to win Pen­nypinch­ers vouch­ers worth R2 500 each. WIN! Sim­ply SMS the word PENNY fol­lowed by your name, email and...

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