Re­stored for a new look

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The sal­vaged wooden beams, old doors and win­dow frames were all lov­ingly re­stored by Ruben and Tracey. “We are no strangers to sal­vage yards, auc­tions and mar­kets. We even have a few items that we bought over­seas and stored in an­tic­i­pa­tion of find­ing the ‘perfect project’,” says Tracey.

For in­stance, the gran­ite top for the din­ing ta­ble on the stoep was cus­tom made in Italy. “And the light­ing on the stoep con­sists of tin sta­tion lights bought on auc­tion,” Tracey ex­plains. The pantry cup­board in the kitchen, which was once used as stor­age in a fac­tory tool room, was also bought on auc­tion. “We stripped and re­paired it. Some of the light fit­tings are old fac­tory lights that we bought from sal­vage yards and re­stored.” Ruben used sal­vaged Ore­gon pine and cop­per sheet­ing to fin­ish the kitchen is­land.

But don’t think they sim­ply threw things to­gether – the Le Rouxs have been hon­ing their DIY skills for years. “Pre­vi­ously, we lived in Al­ber­ton for 13 years and did al­ter­ations and in­te­rior work on our home there,” ex­plains Tracey. When this project came around, Ruben did most of the build­ing him­self with help from a few lo­cal lads. For ex­am­ple, Ruben tack­led the ex­posed Ore­gon pine beams on the stoep sin­gle-hand­edly, since no roofing pro­fes­sion­als wanted to take on this task. “The beams had to be lined up and ex­tend all the way to the lounge – some of them are al­most 10m long!” says Tracey, clearly proud of her hus­band’s ef­forts. >>

The stained-glass door was found at Breakers De­mo­li­tion Con­trac­tors as were the ex­posed Ore­gon pine rafters. The old car­pen­ter’s ta­ble was bought on auc­tion at Old Jo­han­nes­burg Ware­house.

Any ad­vice for other peo­ple con­sid­er­ing steel-frame con­struc­tion?

Builders are of­ten not prop­erly in­formed about this type of con­struc­tion so they quote a higher price for steel work. Make sure you get a good weld­ing sub­con­trac­tor be­cause he is, as it were, your main con­trac­tor, says Sarel. If you don’t have build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, get a good project man­ager who knows what they’re do­ing with this type of con­struc­tion. >>

The bath­room boasts a large win­dow with one-way glass, al­low­ing perfect pri­vacy and an epic view. Some of the walls are clad in cop­per sheet­ing from Copal­cor and the hang­ing chains sourced from sal­vage yards add tex­ture. The bath taps and spout are Ruben’

The plumb­ing for the guest loo adds a bit of steam-punk fun.

Wooden shelves and a cop­per bas­ket add warmth to this bath­room nook.

WHERE The own­ers SIZE Die eetkamertafel het jare lank op die agter­stoep ges­taan – tot­dat Carla dit met goue spuitverf bygedam het en die marmerblad bygevoeg het. Die statige hanglamp was hier toe hulle die huis gekoop het.

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