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.

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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

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