Small house, big project

It might be dubbed Klein Huisie (“Lit­tle Cot­tage”) but it took many hours of hard work to make this home live­able af­ter it was badly dam­aged in a flood.

Home Renovations - - Contents - By Wi­cus Pre­to­rius Pho­to­graphs Anjo Joseph and sup­plied

Rea­son for ren­o­va­tion

An­dries and An­nel­ize have lived near the con­flu­ence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers for 19 years; their ren­o­va­tion project was an old house in town which they bought in 2012 as a fixer-up­per for An­dries’s par­ents.

The house suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age in the ma­jor floods of 1988 but this re­source­ful cou­ple was un­de­terred. An­nel­ize, who de­scribes her­self as a “restau­rant owner, caterer, en­trepreneur and es­tate agent”, and An­dries, who works in the lo­gis­tics depart­ment at agri­cul­tural com­pany GWK, like to keep busy and were cer­tainly up for the chal­lenge!

Ren­o­va­tions be­gan in July 2014 and six months later they were able to en­joy the fruits of their labour.

But the process was not with­out its tri­als. The flood had re­sulted in damp dam­age to the walls and the wa­ter and sew­er­age pipes had to be re­placed. In ad­di­tion, the house had small, poky rooms – the only so­lu­tion was to de­mol­ish walls – and, fi­nally, the Heynekes had to redec­o­rate. >>

The home­own­ers An­dries and An­nel­ize Heyneke and their daugh­ters, Lize (16) and Anju (7)

WHERE Dou­glas, North­ern Cape SIZE 134m2 ORI­EN­TA­TION West

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