LES­LEY’S TOP 5 REN­O­VA­TION TIPS

House and Leisure Before and After - - RENOVATION #3 -

1. Make use of as much nat­u­ral light as pos­si­ble.

2. Try to visit your build­ing site ev­ery day so as to keep on top of things and min­imise the num­ber of changes that may have to be made at a later stage.

3. Mood­boards are vi­tal so that your ar­chi­tect and builder can clearly un­der­stand your vi­sion.

4. Don’t be afraid to mix dif­fer­ent tex­tures. 5. Remember to be pa­tient. Ren­o­va­tion projects al­ways take longer than you think.

THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT PART OF THE DIS­USED BACK GAR­DEN WAS TRANS­FORMED INTO A GUEST BATH­ROOM, WHOSE WALLS – WHICH LES­LEY HAS ADORNED WITH OLD FRAMED PRINTS – WERE PAINTED THE SAME PINK HUE AS THE FRONT DOOR; BRASS FIT­TINGS FROM FLUSH BATH­ROOMS (FLUSHBATHROOMS.CO.ZA) COM­BINE WITH A VIN­TAGE GILT MIR­ROR FROM ON­SITE GALLERY (ONSITEGALLERY.CO.ZA) AND A CAE­SAR­STONE VAN­ITY TOP FROM GRAN­ITE PROJECTS (GRANITEPROJECTS.CO.ZA) TO GIVE THE ROOM A CLAS­SIC FEEL; A LARGE DOU­BLE SHOWER WITH ALCOVES WAS IN­STALLED IN THE MAIN EN SUITE BATH­ROOM, AND METRO TILES FROM THE TILE HOUSE (THETILEHOUSE.CO.ZA) WERE LAID FLOOR TO CEIL­ING TO MAKE THE SPACE AP­PEAR EVEN BIG­GER.

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