Ren­o­va­tors’ notes

Try bar­ter­ing with oth­ers for ma­te­ri­als for your pro­ject – in this case, tree felling for sand­stone rocks!

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‘It has al­ways been one of our favourite week­end pas­times to stroll in our gar­den in the af­ter­noon and then en­joy a glass of wine on a gar­den bench or on the stoep,” says Elmerí.

It was on one such af­ter­noon that she came up with the bright idea to build a boma in the fur­ther­most ‘messy cor­ner’ of their gar­den.

“At first, Bernard wasn’t keen be­cause he wanted to know what would hap­pen to all the bits and bobs that al­ways landed up there!” she re­calls. How­ever, the seed was planted and a week later the cou­ple grabbed a note­book and started mak­ing their plans.

They ini­tially set up a tem­po­rary cor­ner with a cir­cu­lar fire pit en­cir­cled by river sand, a bench and thick logs for seat­ing as well as gravel for the boma floor. But with two dogs that tend to run around and play quite roughly, this ar­range­ment wasn’t ideal.

“In 2014, we fi­nally de­cided to es­tab­lish a more per­ma­nent en­ter­tain­ment area with low sand­stone walls and a con­crete and peb­ble floor,” says Elmerí.

Win­ter, when Bernard’s tree felling busi­ness is less busy, was the per­fect time to tackle the pro­ject. Elmerí, Bernard and one of his work­ers got stuck in on a full-time ba­sis and com­pleted the ren­o­va­tion within 20 days, in­clud­ing the gar­den! Elmerí didn’t want to de­prive Bernard of his ‘hoard­ing cor­ner’ so they de­cided to in­stall a Wendy house next to the braai for stor­age space. Her only con­di­tions were that the Wendy house had to have a pitched roof to match the style of their home and that she could paint it to look like a typ­i­cal English doll’s house.

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