The house looks very dif­fer­ent to when we bought it. It’s not posh or os­ten­ta­tious; it’s beau­ti­ful and com­fort­able. – Iris

Home Renovations - - HOUSE -

The say­ing may be old, but in Iris Cupido’s case it re­mains true: once the ren­o­va­tion bug has bit­ten, it won’t eas­ily let go. One af­ter­noon when driv­ing past a run-down house in Berg­bron, Jo­han­nes­burg, Iris spot­ted a small sign on the gate lead­ing to the prop­erty with a ref­er­ence num­ber and the logo for My­ In­trigued, she logged onto the web­site when she got home and dis­cov­ered a wealth of prop­er­ties for sale! “I had never heard of My­ be­fore and I’d never bought a prop­erty on­line ei­ther,” says Iris. “I was quite sur­prised by the prices of the prop­er­ties – you can pick up a real bar­gain!”

Although Iris wasn’t quite sure how the process worked, the in­struc­tions on­line were sim­ple. Af­ter find­ing the house she was in­ter­ested in, the sys­tem in­di­cated that an of­fer of R960 000 had al­ready been ac­cepted and was be­ing pro­cessed. She could, how­ever, make a ‘back-up of­fer’.

“I de­cided to of­fer R1.2 mil­lion, and although my of­fer was higher than the one on the ta­ble, I was still only sec­ond in line as the first of­fer had al­ready been ac­cepted,” Iris ex­plains.

A week later, she re­ceived a call from My­ to say that the first of­fer had fallen through due to a lack of fi­nance and that if she was still in­ter­ested in the prop­erty, she would have to sign a for­mal of­fer to pur­chase to make the deal valid. And so her jour­ney be­gan… >>

The walls be­tween the kitchen and din­ing room were de­mol­ished to cre­ate a light open-plan space and a kitchen is­land was built with bricks and mor­tar. Iris laid the ce­ment coun­ter­tops her­self!

The old garage be­came a ‘movie the­atre’ and li­brary (be­hind the blue doors) which the Cupi­dos call ‘The Snug’. This is where they spend most of their time to­gether as a fam­ily. The lovely old door on tracks is from an an­tique shop.

Iris cre­ated the fo­cal wall us­ing old par­quet floor­ing. She painted each piece with left­over shades of the grey paint used on the walls and a touch of lime. They were sim­ply stuck on with wood glue.

An old Dover stove in the cor­ner of the liv­ing room is used as a fire­place; it re­minds Iris of her child­hood. She treated the wall be­hind it with di­luted grey paint. The big mir­ror is from Trade Se­cret and the tray above the stove is from Cor­i­craft.

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