Open­ing up

Home Renovations - - HOUSE - The main bath­room has a new dou­ble van­ity (top left) and the strik­ing pen­dant in Tris­ten’s bath­room (top right) is from Ore­jen.

Once the prop­erty had been trans­ferred to their name, the Cupi­dos called in the help of an ar­chi­tect to draw up plans for the al­ter­ations. The orig­i­nal house was 189m² but the fam­ily needed more space, so a new garage and out­build­ing were added. In­side, in­ter­nal walls were re­moved to open up the space and in­crease the size of the kitchen. The out­side area was also made big­ger.

Other ma­jor changes in­cluded new plumb­ing, rewiring the house and strip­ping all the ceil­ings. In fact, the Cupi­dos found two im­pres­sive snake skins in two of the rooms while tak­ing down the ceil­ings!

In the end, they dou­bled the size of the house – all with­out the help of pro­fes­sional builders. “I have ren­o­vated four homes ex­ten­sively so I have first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence in project-man­ag­ing a con­struc­tion site,” says Iris. With the help of a brick­layer and as­sis­tant, they man­aged to do all the build­ing them­selves. “It was very cost­ef­fec­tive and the walls were all con­structed in just over two weeks,” she adds.

But when it came to fit­ting the win­dows, roof­ing, plumb­ing and electrics, Iris wasn’t will­ing to com­pro­mise. “For this I used pro­fes­sion­als, as you sim­ply can­not cut cor­ners!” >>

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