Big­ger, bet­ter and more beau­ti­ful

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“The house had lots of un­der-utilised cor­ners we were able to make good use of, al­low­ing us to en­large the floor area with­out hav­ing to ex­tend too much into the prop­erty. We mostly built up­wards and in­cor­po­rated the un­used ar­eas into the house.

“Be­fore the ren­o­va­tions, the house had three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms and all the liv­ing ar­eas were on one level; there was also a base­ment room, with a bath­room.

“Af­ter con­vert­ing this room into Heinz’s stu­dio, build­ing a braai room above and cover­ing the stoep, the house, which now ex­tends over three lev­els, is more than big enough.”

This was Heinz and Aletté’s first ren­o­va­tion, but they both agree that “build­ing is not for sissies”.

“There are al­ways un­fore­seen is­sues,” says Heinz. “We were the pro­ject man­agers and some­times the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween us, the builders from Crous Con­struc­tion and the in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors who did the smaller jobs be­came a bit blurred, and this re­sulted in de­lays. And, of course, that costs money.” But they have no re­grets. “We par­tic­u­larly love our in­door braai – es­pe­cially in sum­mer when we can throw open the huge win­dows,” says Heinz.

“I like the red front door and the big is­land in the kitchen,” says Aletté. “And, of course, the stoep! It’s won­der­ful be­ing able to en­ter­tain out­doors.”

The kids are also de­lighted. “My favourite place is my bed­room,” says lit­tle Lian. “And I like play­ing with my brothers, and the swim­ming pool – and the yel­low swing in the play­ground nearby!” >>

The liv­ing room on the top floor is as big as a dou­ble garage and this is where Aletté runs her im­age-con­sult­ing busi­ness. “When the kids are older, they can use this space as their chill area,” she says.

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