Small house, big project
It might be dubbed Klein Huisie (“Little Cottage”) but it took many hours of hard work to make this home liveable after it was badly damaged in a flood.
Reason for renovation
Andries and Annelize have lived near the confluence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers for 19 years; their renovation project was an old house in town which they bought in 2012 as a fixer-upper for Andries’s parents.
The house suffered extensive damage in the major floods of 1988 but this resourceful couple was undeterred. Annelize, who describes herself as a “restaurant owner, caterer, entrepreneur and estate agent”, and Andries, who works in the logistics department at agricultural company GWK, like to keep busy and were certainly up for the challenge!
Renovations began in July 2014 and six months later they were able to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
But the process was not without its trials. The flood had resulted in damp damage to the walls and the water and sewerage pipes had to be replaced. In addition, the house had small, poky rooms – the only solution was to demolish walls – and, finally, the Heynekes had to redecorate. >>
The homeowners Andries and Annelize Heyneke and their daughters, Lize (16) and Anju (7)
WHERE Douglas, Northern Cape SIZE 134m2 ORIENTATION West