Ren­o­va­tors’ notes

When one half of a cou­ple has the vi­sion and the other has good taste, the end re­sult is bound to be a suc­cess. Q&A

Home Renovations - - HOUSE -

with the Winck­lers

How would you de­scribe your style? “It’s a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing,” says Aletté. “Not French or boere-chic. I love colour, weath­ered wooden fur­ni­ture and a com­bi­na­tion of old and new.” Heinz de­scribes it as “Winck­ler style”. Where do you get your in­spi­ra­tion? “Pin­ter­est. And Home, of course!” says Aletté. Was there any con­flict, and how did you han­dle it? “It was def­i­nitely a chal­leng­ing process, but we didn’t re­ally ar­gue about a lot of stuff,” says Heinz. “The ad­van­tage was that we didn’t live in the house while the ren­o­va­tion was in progress – we rented a place nearby.” Is there any­thing you re­gret? “No,” says Aletté, although Heinz ad­mits that the emer­ald green en-suite bath­room un­nerved him at first. “But from the start he trusted me with the dé­cor de­ci­sions – that’s my field, and I love dec­o­rat­ing.” Any ad­vice for other ren­o­va­tors? “There was some dam­age done by the con­trac­tors who did the smaller jobs; for ex­am­ple, they broke roof tiles when they walked on them. And it was a new roof!” says Heinz. “If peo­ple need to work on your roof, check its con­di­tion be­fore­hand and again af­ter­wards so that you know if they’ve caused any dam­age. Oth­er­wise, they can pass the blame from one to the other and then it be­comes your prob­lem.

“We also strug­gled with touch-ups that needed to be done in one area on the ex­te­rior of the house. It was ex­actly the same type of paint in the same colour – but it looked dif­fer­ent once ap­plied. It’s a mys­tery...”

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