‘We love our braai room’

With a lit­tle TLC and a lot of DIY, this liv­ing space was trans­formed into the heart of the home.

Home Renovations - - CONTENTS - By Kim Arendse Pho­to­graphs

Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster Styling Mar­ian van Wyk

Amonth be­fore get­ting mar­ried in De­cem­ber 2015, Da­neel and Ly­dia found their dream fixer-up­per. The house had al­ready been par­tially ren­o­vated, but more work had to be done, so the cou­ple im­me­di­ately set about mak­ing it their own.

The braai room was on the top of their list. “Braai­ing is an im­por­tant as­pect of our lives,” Ly­dia says. “We find it’s the best way to pre­pare food and it’s a great way to en­ter­tain. We braai at least once a week!”

Their first step was to knock down the wall separat­ing the braai room and liv­ing room. But with a wed­ding on the hori­zon, the cou­ple needed help, so fam­ily and friends took time out of their fes­tive sched­ules to as­sist with all the DIY which in­cluded paint­ing, putting in the new ceil­ing, adding new skirt­ings, fix­ing down­lights and cor­nices, and wa­ter­proof­ing the roof.

“Luck­ily, my hus­band is very good at DIY,” says Ly­dia. “And if there’s some­thing he doesn’t know how to do, he takes it on as a chal­lenge. He might not think so, but he is def­i­nitely my hero.

“He did most of it on his own – he even de­signed and made the gor­geous din­ing ta­ble!”

To­day, the cou­ple en­joy the “rus­tic with a hint of farm-style” braai room of their dreams.

And there’s al­ways time to light a fire!

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