A beau­ti­ful boma

Beatrice Moore-nöth­nagel Elza Cooper Amanda van Wyn­gaardt From a ne­glected area filled with rub­bish to an invit­ing gar­den nook.

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The boma is de­mar­cated by low sand­stone walls which also pro­vide ex­tra seat­ing. Bernard ac­quired the sand­stone rocks from a cus­tomer in ex­change for the felling of trees on his prop­erty. It was only the sec­ond time he’d built with sand­stone, and he says the chal­lenge is choos­ing stones that fit well to­gether. “But Bernard comes from the Kala­hari and in that place you quickly learn to tackle any­thing,” says Elmerí with a laugh. The stump stools come from trees that Bernard’s team felled else­where, and make the per­fect ad­di­tion to the seat­ing ar­range­ment.

Try to do ev­ery­thing your­self – you’ll not only save money but you’ll also learn new skills. What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? We would hire an in­dus­trial ce­ment mixer if the amount of con­struc­tion work jus­ti­fied it. Where did you get your ideas? Home mag­a­zine, of course! We also gather ideas and take pic­tures when we’re on hol­i­day. What do you en­joy most about your com­pleted pro­ject? The cosy at­mos­phere in the boma and get­ting to­gether with friends and fam­ily – in the heart of the city!

A built-in herb cor­ner next to the kitchen. Wooden poles and latte Lyn­nridge Tim­bers (012 809 2285, lyn­nrid­getim­bers.co.za) Peb­bles and wooden bench C&M Land­scap­ing Sup­plies (012 807 7359, cm­land­scap­ing.co.za) Wendy house NLW Fac­tory (011 972 0154, nl­w­fac­tory.co.za) Out­door fur­ni­ture Plant­land (012 667 6330, plant­land.co.za)

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