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Home Renovations - - Small Space - FINE FIN­ISHES] Strik­ing black-and-white Moroc­can floor tiles fin­ish off the bath­room per­fectly (above). The shower has a con­ve­nient built-in seat tiled with a com­bi­na­tion of metro tiles and floor tiles.

“We’ve al­ways re­ferred to the flat at the back of our house as ‘the hole’,” says Yvette Makaum of Bloem­fontein. “When my hus­band Ro­han and I bought the prop­erty in 2014, we ren­o­vated the en­tire house and used the flat as a store­room. Ev­ery­thing was dumped there.”

The flat, sit­u­ated next to one of the boundary walls, was in a bad state: the walls were dirty and full of holes, the ceil­ing was sag­ging, and the kitchen cup­boards and draw­ers had suf­fered wa­ter dam­age. “You could hardly walk through the rub­bish and in-be­tween all this was my poor hus­band’s desk; he used it as a tem­po­rary workspace,” says Yvette.

When their el­dest daugh­ter Lu­cille moved out at the be­gin­ning of 2017, the Makaums de­cided to utilise one of the bed­rooms in the main house as an of­fice for Ro­han and con­vert the one-bed­room flat into a self-cater­ing unit to gen­er­ate ex­tra in­come.

“The big­gest job was get­ting rid of all the junk!” says Yvette. They called in the help of a builder who had as­sisted with the main home’s ren­o­va­tions three years be­fore. The project be­gan in March 2017 and was com­pleted by mid-june.

“As with any build­ing work, there were a few set­backs; for ex­am­ple, the new open­ing for the front door took two weeks! The build­ing is more than 45 years old and the wall was rock solid so they could only re­move lit­tle pieces at a time. And the tiler we’ve been us­ing for the past 25 years has be­come even slower – it took him four weeks to tile the tiny kitchen and bath­room; even­tu­ally, I jumped in and did the grout­ing my­self,” says Yvette.

Next on the cou­ple’s to-do list is a new park­ing area – then guests can start lin­ing up! Build­ing con­trac­tor San­der Con­trac­tors (083 469 1607) Cup­boards M&I Cup­board (082 374 2510) Bath­room fit­tings Wa­ter­ways Bloem­fontein (051 447 7512, wa­ter-ways.co.za) Wall tiles Union Tiles (051 421 1285, union­tiles.co.za) Floor tiles All Rounder Tiles (051 101 0750, all­rounders.co.za) Lam­i­nated floor­ing CTM (051 430 4967, ctm.co.za) Elec­tric light fit­tings Her­holdt’s Elec­tri­cal Whole­salers (051 447 1961, her­holdts.co.za) Fur­ni­ture De­co­furn (087 740 1800, de­co­furnsa.co.za), su­per­bal­ist.com, Cielo Life­style (0861 999 193, cielo­lifestyle.co.za) Ac­ces­sories MRP Home (0800 21 25 35, mr­phome.com)

with Yvette and Ro­han

Any cost-cut­ting tips? Shop around, ne­go­ti­ate prices and ask for dis­counts; most im­por­tantly, use con­trac­tors you know and trust! Where did you get your ideas? I’ve been buy­ing Home since the very first is­sue. When­ever I’m look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, I page through my old mag­a­zines. Any other hints? Plan­ning is cru­cial; vi­su­alise how you want to utilise the space and make sure your con­trac­tor shares your vi­sion. What’s next? A fire pit next to our swim­ming pool.

Keen to make your own kokedama? Take a look on­line at homemag.co.za.

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