Ren­o­va­tors’ notes

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Home Renovations - - STOEP -

Old weath­ered slate tiles and a sauna cov­ered with cor­ru­gated iron on her beloved stoep were a real thorn in Ma­ri­eta’s side. “They were an eye­sore and I so badly wanted a lovely pa­tio where I could en­joy my morn­ing cof­fee, spend some quiet time and, later in the day, soak up the af­ter­noon sun,” she says.

There was no money for con­trac­tors, so with true Fix it with Flair chutz­pah Ma­ri­eta got stuck in her­self, ably as­sisted by her long-time gar­dener and house­keeper.

The slate tiles were re­moved, the floor was given a smooth ce­ment mix sur­face, then painted – first with a bond­ing primer, then with Du­lux Acrylic PVA Ex­te­rior and fi­nally with a stone sealant. “Yes, I know PVA is not re­ally suit­able, but I fell in love with the colour Mai­son Blanche and it’s not avail­able in stoep paint,” she ex­plains. “There is a small sec­tion that’s peel­ing be­cause it gets wet but I’ll sim­ply re­paint and re­seal it.”

The roof didn’t need to be al­tered and only an elec­tri­cian was called in to re-in­stall the lights which Ma­ri­eta had re­newed with spray paint.

“I also added can­vas sides to keep out the wind and rain,” she says. “They pro­tect my fur­ni­ture and when they’re not needed, we roll them up out of sight. The can­vas is a huge as­set – it re­ally adds the fin­ish­ing touch to my stoep.”

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