EDITOR’S LET­TER

House and Leisure Before and After - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

It is with great ex­cite­ment that we in­tro­duce you to House and Leisure Be­fore & Af­ter, our new spe­cial edi­tion that is ded­i­cated to the some­times daunt­ing but ever re­ward­ing realm of home ren­o­va­tions. More specif­i­cally, this col­lec­tor's is­sue fo­cuses on the real-life projects of HL’S read­ers and au­di­ence, and so this is very much your mag­a­zine.

Home makeovers have al­ways been among the more pop­u­lar top­ics cov­ered in HL, with the July Ren­o­va­tions is­sue a best­seller ev­ery year for its in­spir­ing case stud­ies and fea­tures. We’re also con­stantly in­un­dated with re­quests to share more ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful home trans­for­ma­tions and help­ful ideas on our pages and online. And so last July, with the goal of cre­at­ing this new, fo­cused prod­uct, the inau­gu­ral House and Leisure Renoin­no­va­tion Award was launched with a cross-plat­form call for en­tries.

The cri­te­ria de­manded that these were ‘the most in­ven­tive, in­ge­nious home makeovers in SA’, whether room con­ver­sions, build­ing ex­ten­sions or an over­haul of the en­tire struc­ture, and clear ‘be­fore’ and ‘af­ter’ snaps, plus a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the pro­ject, were re­quired as part of the en­try.

From an as­tound­ing num­ber of high­qual­ity sub­mis­sions from right across the coun­try, our in-house team of judges had the tough task of pick­ing a mere six houses as fi­nal­ists. There was more than the oc­ca­sional gasp of hor­ror at the pre-reno snaps, which turned to amaze­ment look­ing at the in­ge­nu­ity and vi­sion re­vealed in the fin­ished projects.

Styled and pho­tographed by the HL team, the six top homes are pre­sented from page 27. These are fol­lowed by fur­ther ren­o­va­tions of spe­cific parts of a home – from kitchens and bath­rooms to ex­te­ri­ors and pool ar­eas – gleaned from the many other en­tries, in the So­lu­tions pages from page 73.

Be­cause this is­sue is all about HL’S read­ers, we’re putting it out to you to choose the win­ning ren­o­va­tion, with bril­liant prizes up for grabs for both home­own­ers and vot­ers. All you have to do is de­cide which house de­serves the Renoin­no­va­tion Award and R30 000 cash prize, place your vote on the HL web­site, and you could win prod­ucts to­wards a home makeover worth over R150 000 (see page 22)!

Also in this is­sue, you’ll find hard­work­ing ideas from in­dus­try ex­perts and the HL Black Book of rec­om­mended con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers (page 94). And, if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge, Decor Editor Leana Schoe­man of­fers ad­vice on how to make a few changes with­out spend­ing a cent (page 104).

BE­CAUSE THIS IS­SUE IS

ALL ABOUT HL’S READ­ERS, WE’RE PUTTING IT OUT TO YOU TO CHOOSE THE

WIN­NING REN­O­VA­TION.

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