Rea­son for ren­o­va­tion

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“An un­wel­com­ing space with a boxed-in feel, un­sightly gut­ters, a low roof, a jacuzzi and a swim­ming pool in a very con­fined space, and, to top it all, a statue we dubbed Zeus, with two Ro­man pil­lars.” That, in a nut­shell, was the chal­lenge fac­ing Han­neke and Abrie.

To­day, the cou­ple laugh when they re­call what the court­yard looked like when they bought their home in Green Point in 2013.

“We moved into the house in Septem­ber that year and re­alised the court­yard was some­thing we should ren­o­vate sooner rather than later,” says Han­neke, a graphic de­signer and reg­u­lar Home con­trib­u­tor; hubby Abrie works in the financial industry.

Zeus and his pil­lars weren’t their big­gest prob­lem. “There were three lay­ers of tiles on top of each other and the jacuzzi was on a raised plat­form. This ex­tra height chan­nelled rain­wa­ter di­rectly to the French doors of the guest room. We had to re­place the wooden floor be­cause it was rot­ten,” says Han­neke.

The ren­o­va­tion was ex­ten­sive, com­plete with a hoist to re­move the jacuzzi, while poor Zeus had to be chopped into pieces. Due to the Cape rain, it took six months to make the space live­able and to build a braai area.

“It’s a real city home,” says Abrie. “So we wanted to make the most of our lim­ited space as well as cre­ate a com­fort­able braai area. The pa­tio is shel­tered from the wind by the per­gola and high walls; there’s re­ally noth­ing to beat the smell of your own braai meat cook­ing!”

Who lives here? Han­neke and Abrie Pre­to­rius with their Golden Retriever, So­phie WHERE Green Point, Cape Town SIZE 45m2 ORI­EN­TA­TION South

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