A new house – for just R40 000
Although they knew nothing about the nitty-gritty of bricks and mortar, the Esterhuizens took on the challenge and built their own love nest before tying the knot.
FIX IT Flair
Reason for renovation
When Zahn asked Rachelle to marry him in January 2013, there was no accommodation available for them on the family farm. So he decided to renovate an old dilapidated labourer’s cottage for them to live in.
He had no previous building experience but was determined to make the place liveable and to save what could be saved. He quickly learned how to lay bricks, make cement and do plastering. And despite having a window pane fall on him one day, nearly slitting his left wrist, Zahn (after quite a few stitches) persevered. Today, he still doesn’t have feeling in three of his fingers, but for him and Rachelle the house will always be special.
Don’t be afraid to do things differently - it’s often our desire to keep up with the Joneses that causes costs to increase unnecessarily. – Rac helle
Who lives here? Zahn and Rachelle Esterhuizen and their daughter Emma (eight months) WHERE On a farm in the Kammanassie District outside Uniondale SIZE 64m2 ORIENTATION South