Ren­o­va­tors’ notes

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Home Renovations - - APARTMENT -

Chris­ti­aan and Marinda were the over­all win­ners of our 2014 Fix it with Flair com­pe­ti­tion and their prize money of R25 000 from Pen­nypinch­ers Tim­bercity gave them the means to tackle their next big pro­ject: en­larg­ing an apart­ment ad­join­ing their house by adding a loft. This ad­di­tion means they can now gen­er­ate ex­tra in­come by rent­ing out the space.

With this year’s en­try, the cou­ple have proven their met­tle yet again.

“We ac­tu­ally started mak­ing plans the very next week af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion – we drove to the near­est Pen­nypinch­ers and spent a truck-load of money in one day!” says Chris­ti­aan with a chuckle.

The flat – sit­u­ated at the end of the pas­sage on one side of their house – con­sisted of two rooms sep­a­rated by chip­board dry walling. The cou­ple de­cided to con­vert the en­tire space into a liv­ing room with an open-plan kitchen and small bath­room down­stairs, and a new bed­room in the loft area.

“We fin­ished the flat just be­fore the Aard­klop Arts Fes­ti­val in 2015 and de­cided to rent it out for a week,” says Chris­ti­aan.

“We re­alised af­ter­wards that the up­stairs bed­room was too cramped and the ceil­ing was too low. At the end of 2015, we par­tially lifted the roof and added more win­dows – this im­me­di­ately solved the prob­lem.”

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