Our first nest

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Quin­tus and Lynette Dea­con of Mos­sel Bay write Af­ter years of rent­ing as a young mar­ried cou­ple, my hus­band de­cided it was time to make a change. One morn­ing while out jog­ging, he saw a house that he thought was a real find. At first I thought he was jok­ing, but a day later we signed the of­fer to pur­chase!

The house was ba­si­cally un­in­hab­it­able: all the win­dow frames were warped and the panes were fall­ing out, while cup­boards that seemed al­right fell off the wall the minute we opened them. In De­cem­ber 2014, we plunged head­long into the pro­ject with­out re­ally do­ing any plan­ning...

Be­cause the old built-in braai was just about to top­ple over, we had to de­mol­ish it. We cleaned all the bricks and used them to build a stoep. Then the old stoep be­came an in­door braai room in which we in­stalled a sec­ond-hand braai.

Next on the list was the kitchen. To save money, we built the cup­board car­casses with bricks and used floor­boards from an old farm­house for coun­ter­tops. The bath­room was also en­larged; with care­ful plan­ning we were able to fit in a bath, shower, toi­let and basin. We wanted Cem­crete on the floor but it’s ex­pen­sive, so we de­cided to ex­per­i­ment: Quin­tus laid a ce­ment floor with a top layer of white ce­ment – it looks just like Cem­crete. A few cracks here and there have just added char­ac­ter.

So far, putting to­gether our first per­ma­nent nest has been a won­der­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! >>

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