Ren­o­va­tors’ notes

Get willing friends and fam­ily to lend a hand with your pro­ject. Fine fin­ishes

Home Renovations - - LIVING AREA -

Do as much as you can your­self, such as the paint­ing and seal­ing of con­crete floors. My brother-in-law, Friedl Reiter, is an elec­tri­cian – he did all the elec­tri­cal work for us at no cost.

Where did you get your ideas?

From magazines and dé­cor shops to pawn shops, cof­fee shops and restau­rants.

Use your own ideas. Each of us is unique and can make our own con­tri­bu­tion to a pro­ject. What do you en­joy most about your ren­o­va­tion? Our liv­ing area is a lovely sunny space and a won­der­ful place to get to­gether, es­pe­cially on week­ends when the chil­dren are home.

I’d like to paint a sten­cil de­sign on the liv­ing area floor, paint the roof pan­els white and seal the roof trusses.

Builders (0860 284 533, builders.co.za); Hanas Mica (013 235 2674)

Zeb­bies Light­ing (013 757 1200, zeb­bies.com) Skim fin­ish plas­ter on walls and screeded floor Cem­crete (011 474 2415, cem­crete.co.za) Paint Steven­sons Paints (012 653 4222, steven­sons.co.za) Dé­cor De­sign Team (012 653 1973, de­sign­team­fab­rics.co.za); Gar­den Bleu (012 362 1664, gar­den­bleu.co.za) A friend, Roedolf Ven­ter, built the stair­case and the Reit­ers added the checker plates (right) on each step for ex­tra de­tail. Stephan made the cor­nices and skirt­ing from of­f­cut wood. The walls and floors are or­di­nary ce­ment sealed with a trans­par­ent Colour Har­dener Sealer from Cem­crete.

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