Build your own busi­ness

Just look at the beau­ti­ful spa cre­ated by our sis­ter mag­a­zine, Leef; it was once an old fam­ily home in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Home Renovations - - Contents - By Wi­cus Pre­to­rius Pho­to­graphs Chris­tine Fer­reira and Han­neri de Wet

Rea­son for ren­o­va­tion

When the cre­ative team at Lééf de­cided they wanted to open a spa in an area that could also work as an of­fice for ed­i­to­rial, a short­age of plans was not the prob­lem. The chal­lenge lay in find­ing the per­fect space: a house in the right lo­ca­tion and with “good bones”; one that could best be ren­o­vated with min­i­mal cost.

When they dis­cov­ered this one in Lin­den, they knew it was just right, says editor Chris­tine Fer­reira. “The house, dat­ing from the sev­en­ties, was al­ready half-ren­o­vated. It was per­fectly laid out for a spa with large open rooms, a big liv­ing room with a fire­place, a sec­ond liv­ing room with a dou­ble-vol­ume ceil­ing and a skylight.”

There was also plenty of park­ing space af­ter the pre­vi­ous own­ers had re­moved the old ten­nis court and re­placed it with gravel.

And so a five-month project (builders’ hol­i­days in­cluded!) be­gan in earnest...

An old out­build­ing and bath­room were con­verted into an of­fice for the editor and five ed­i­to­rial staff, while a spa con­sul­tant and build­ing con­trac­tor were called in to set the other ren­o­va­tions in mo­tion.

“The changes were sim­ple and log­i­cal,” says Chris­tine. “We wanted to cre­ate a farm­house at­mos­phere in the city.” Thanks to a tran­quil gar­den and wa­ter fea­tures, vis­i­tors can im­me­di­ately re­lax and un­wind. >>

Who works here? The Lééf ed­i­to­rial team, who are also in­volved in run­ning the spa.

WHERE Rand­burg, Jo­han­nes­burg SIZE 380m2 ORI­EN­TA­TION North

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