Q&A with Eben and Sarita

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Any cost-cut­ting tips? Browse around for good prices and keep a look­out for sales. Where did you get your ideas? If we weren’t able to come up with our own ideas, we used dé­cor mag­a­zines, houzz.com and Pin­ter­est. Sarita’s fa­ther, who’s done many home ren­o­va­tions, gave us good ad­vice, says Eben. What do you like best about your new liv­ing room? We can all be to­gether in a spa­cious open-plan liv­ing area, but we can all do our own thing too. The lay­out is so­cia­ble and we spend many happy hours in and around the kitchen. We both love cook­ing and it’s much nicer to en­ter­tain if you’re not work­ing alone in the kitchen. Any other tips? Plan­ning is ex­tremely im­por­tant; it made our 28-day turn­around pos­si­ble. Make sure you mea­sure cor­rectly and when buy­ing ma­te­ri­als, ac­count for an ex­tra 5% to 10% – oth­er­wise your project will get de­railed if you have to scram­ble around for ad­di­tional tiles, for ex­am­ple. What’s next? We want to give the façade of the house more per­son­al­ity with an in­ter­est­ing struc­ture.

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