I love com­bin­ing time­less, el­e­gant colours such as off-white and greys with pops of colour. – Pas­cale I

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Pas­cale found this old win­dow frame at a de­mo­li­tion yard – she sim­ply re­placed the glass with mir­rors. It was a huge re­lief for the Houbart fam­ily to move from their cramped Sea Point apart­ment into a dou­ble-storey home in 2016. With their fam­ily grow­ing rapidly, space was what they needed most!

De­spite the fact that the move would ex­tend the cou­ple’s travel time to and from work – Pas­cale is a buy­ing man­ager at Wool­worths and Ni­cholas is a key ac­count man­ager at MOOV Fu­els – they de­cided on Hout Bay be­cause of its rel­a­tive af­ford­abil­ity com­pared to Cape Town’s city cen­tre. The beau­ti­ful sea and moun­tain views and the fact that they have fam­ily in the neigh­bour­hood clinched the deal.

In Au­gust 2016, they started their new life in their new home with ren­o­va­tions in full swing, a tod­dler un­der­foot and a baby on the way!

“We were lucky,” Pas­cale says. “We didn’t have to bash down any walls as, over­all, our new home had great struc­ture and flow.” But the in­te­rior was tired: the house had wa­ter dam­age from leak­ing pipes, lots of dark wood, old bur­glar bars, bro­ken light fit­tings and worn car­pets. An over­haul was def­i­nitely in or­der!

“Ni­cholas man­aged the ren­o­va­tion project – and had many sleep­less nights in the process,” Pas­cale says. “He spent week­ends get­ting his hands dirty to en­sure that we cut down on costs where we could, and to en­sure that the up­grade was ex­e­cuted to the best of our abil­ity. I’m very proud of him and his can-do at­ti­tude!”

Pas­cale fo­cused on the fin­ish­ing touches which re­sulted in a fresh, stylish in­te­rior. >>

• It’s hard to stick to a bud­get when build­ing costs in­crease while you’re ren­o­vat­ing! • Some­times you have a great idea but when you ex­e­cute it you re­alise that it doesn’t ac­tu­ally work and you have to start all over again! This is what hap­pened with our bal­cony, which we cov­ered with latte as we did on our pa­tio – it doesn’t look good, so we have to redo it to bet­ter suit the look of the up­stairs area. • Wast­ing time and money on peo­ple who don’t re­ally know what they’re do­ing is a big is­sue. We had some labour­ers who were clue­less or too busy with other jobs; they sim­ply walked off site, never to re­turn! These days, we in­sist on ref­er­ences. • We were lucky that we could stay with fam­ily dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion but even af­ter we’d moved back in, there was still a lot to do. It’s not easy to live in the space you’re ren­o­vat­ing! But we kept the big pic­ture in mind, which helped. Was there any con­flict and how did you han­dle it? There were time and bud­get con­straints which def­i­nitely put a lot of pres­sure on us and we had lots of tough de­ci­sions to make about how we wanted things to be, but in the end it all worked out – we just had to cross one bridge at a time. Any cost-cut­ting tips? • Shop around for the best deals, visit sup­pli­ers and fac­tory shops, and trans­port ma­te­ri­als your­self or ask fam­ily and friends to help if you can. • Al­though it takes more time and ef­fort, try to su­per­vise the ren­o­va­tion your­self. • Plan well: we spent many evenings de­bat­ing, draw­ing and mea­sur­ing to avoid con­fu­sion and wast­ing money dur­ing the ac­tual process. What’s next? I’m happy just en­joy­ing the re­sults of a long year spent ren­o­vat­ing. My hus­band, on the other hand, is ready for the next chal­lenge! Maybe a hol­i­day house…

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