Rea­son for ren­o­va­tion

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When Jeanette and Thom bought the former rec­tory of the Dutch Re­formed Church (which had since been a rental prop­erty) in 2013, it was in dire need of a to­tal over­haul.

“We wanted to cre­ate an open-plan liv­ing area from three small, dark rooms (a sep­a­rate kitchen, lounge and din­ing room) to bet­ter suit our life­style – and I de­cided it had to be done in a month, oth­er­wise Thom and I would have to get a di­vorce,” jokes Jeanette.

“We in­vited a few friends over for a ‘hard hat and ham­mer party’ dur­ing which they could take out all their frus­tra­tions on our walls. Ev­ery­one was given a sledge­ham­mer and in one night all the walls were de­mol­ished – and as a bonus we had a won­der­ful get-to­gether.”

Then it was time for the cou­ple to roll up their sleeves and get crack­ing. “The pre­vi­ous ten­ants had turned the house into a pigsty. It took us a month to re­move the rub­ble, clean the cob­webs and chop out the jun­gle in the gar­den. But hid­den un­der­neath all this was a real gem: a house built in 1982 from only the finest build­ing ma­te­ri­als,” says Jeanette. >>

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