Q&A with Elaine and Richard

Home Renovations - - Contents -

Any cost-cut­ting tips? Fig­ure out which jobs you can do your­self and spend money on those that you can’t. Where did you get your ideas? Be­fore we started ren­o­vat­ing, we went on a long road trip. A lot of time was spent dis­cussing where every­thing would go – this helped us a lot. I also love pag­ing through Home, and I find houzz.com very in­spir­ing. What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? Move out while ren­o­vat­ing! Any other tips? Draw up a wish list for your project and then trim it ac­cord­ing to your bud­get con­straints. What do you en­joy most about your new kitchen? It’s now a far more so­cia­ble space that works for all of us. There’s also enough stor­age space, in­clud­ing a beau­ti­ful blue locker at the back door where the kids can leave their school bags and sports bags.

The is­land unit (above) of­fers plenty of stor­age space. The Shaker-style doors are made from

16mm board with 8mm strips glued and

nailed in place.

Vase from Wool­worths

Justin and Chloe put their bags in the spray

painted locker from nevada­fur­ni­ture.co.za at the back door (right), which helps to keep the

kitchen tidy.

Pops of red brighten up the space; the wooden slat win­dow treat­ment is an idea the cou­ple got from Home. An is­land on cas­tors dou­bles up as a food prep and seat­ing area; Richard routed the tongue-and-groove lines in the side pan­els.

Al­ways make

in­formed de­ci­sions and

cost items be­fore de­cid­ing that they are un­af­ford­able.

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