Ren­o­va­tor’s notes

If you come across a bar­gain, grab it – you never know when you’ll be able to use it!

Home Renovations - - ENTERTAINMENT AREA -

Catalina Bal­iña is pas­sion­ate about transforming drab, ne­glected spa­ces into some­thing beau­ti­ful – and in this pro­ject she’s got it spot on, yet again.

Catalina bought this home in Ob­ser­va­tory, a south­ern sub­urb of Cape Town, about two years ago and set about do­ing the re­vamp soon af­ter­wards. “Be­fore the makeover, the liv­ing ar­eas – the kitchen, lounge and din­ing room – were dark and the court­yard was never used,” she says.

With clever plan­ning and Catalina’s magic touch, the court­yard was given a new lease on life and with that the liv­ing rooms and kitchen were trans­formed, thanks to all the nat­u­ral light stream­ing into the house.

Doors lead­ing from the kitchen and din­ing room have im­proved the flow be­tween the in­te­rior of the house and out­doors.

“I think en­ter­tain­ing at home is im­por­tant, so I wanted to max­imise the use of the court­yard,” says Catalina.

A water fea­ture in one cor­ner serves a dual pur­pose: it adds in­ter­est to the space and with a show­er­head above it, the home­own­ers can also use it as an out­door shower. There’s an out­let that leads water from the pond to the flower boxes in the court­yard so no water is wasted.”

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