Inside, a few doors were broken open and others bricked in for better flow. Old windows were replaced with new aluminium ones, and in some places, folding doors to the outside were installed. The woodwork was painted white and the interior walls were painted shades of brown, grey, white and dark blue. Speakers for music were neatly installed in the ceilings throughout.
In the old living room, a concrete slab was built in with a sink on top. This room is now used for manicures and pedicures. Floor tiles were broken out and a planarisation layer was installed. Copper water pipes have been mounted on the wall to avoid hacking into the wall and unnecessary cement work.
A beautiful blue-and-white mosaic was created on the waiting room floor by mosaic artist Marike Lotter. The builder left a hole in the floor for her, and she did the artwork with tile shards and old white porcelain. It was sealed afterwards. Next to the waiting room is the quiet room (left) where clients can relax after a treatment.
One of the biggest costs was building a steam room. An existing bathroom was ideal for this purpose as the necessary taps and pipes were already in place.
The sound of water is an important element in a spa as it creates a tranquil atmosphere. – Christine
Large parts of the garden behind the house had already been paved. A large patio was constructed using old steel beams from a demolished wall as roof panels. They rest on pillars specially built for this purpose. Here, light lunches are served to spa customers. The elongated water feature will later be used as a reflexology pool. None of the existing plants in the garden were removed. “We decided to work around them,” says Christine.