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• The day af­ter the Krugers took trans­fer, on Satur­day 31 May, they tack­led the kitchen. “At first we wanted to re-use the kitchen cup­boards and just re-ar­range them, but it didn’t work out that way and we had to aban­don that plan,” says Sarita. So they ripped out the en­tire kitchen on the first day.

• A team of builders be­gan break­ing out walls on the Mon­day and three days later only a pil­lar re­mained be­tween the braai room and kitchen.

• The elec­tri­cal work and plumb­ing was then done.

• The face­brick walls in the braai room were plas­tered and the chim­ney was straight­ened.

• The braai room floor was raised to the same level as the kitchen floor.

• Then the pil­lar was re­moved – a steel girder was in­stalled to carry the weight of the wall.

• New vinyl floor­ing was laid on 21 June.

• A pri­vate con­trac­tor in­stalled the kitchen cab­i­nets in two days.

• They then tack­led the cor­nices and skirt­ing boards, and painted the walls.

• The orig­i­nal TV wall unit was re­moved – the TV now stands on the lower oak cup­board; this was painted the same grey as the kitchen cup­boards. The wall be­hind the TV was bright­ened up with wall­pa­per.

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