Dated and unloved

Home Renovations - - HOUSE -

Once Iris knew that her of­fer was ac­cept­able to the sell­ers, she and her hus­band, Mi­cardo, could make an ap­point­ment to view the prop­erty. “Based on that, we could de­cide if we re­ally wanted to go ahead with the deal,” says Iris. She was thrilled with the prop­erty, but Mi­cardo wasn’t con­vinced – not by a long shot.

“He said in no un­cer­tain terms that he would never agree to buy the place, let alone live there!” Iris re­calls. “The house was dark with no per­son­al­ity or style; it was very dated and unloved. The rooms were poky and the kitchen had only a kitchen sink and a sin­gle cup­board.” But Iris had a vi­sion and had fallen in love with the yard.

“It took lots of plead­ing with Mi­cardo but even­tu­ally he agreed to sign. How­ever, know­ing that the pre­vi­ous of­fer was only R960 000, I dropped my of­fer to R1 mil­lion be­cause of the con­di­tion of the house. They were happy with this and, there­after, the process went ahead in the same way as a reg­u­lar house pur­chase,” ex­plains Iris. “A trans­fer­ring at­tor­ney was as­signed, we signed the doc­u­ments, paid the de­posit and the deal was con­cluded within six weeks.”

The old pantry door from the kitchen is now the head­board in the main bed­room. Iris treated the sec­tion of wall di­rectly be­hind it with a mix­ture of ce­ment di­luted with water for a strik­ing ef­fect.

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