– Christine


Home Renovations - - House -

with Nikki

Any cost-cut­ting tips? • Al­ways get more than one quote. • Look out for sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture and bar­gains. Try to re­cy­cle old fur­ni­ture – a fresh coat of paint works won­ders. • Con­sider al­ter­na­tives: in­stead of real wooden floors we used wood-look tiles; it was much cheaper. • Do what you can your­self and use lo­cal ar­ti­sans. If you have a bakkie, fetch the build­ing ma­te­ri­als your­self rather than pay­ing some­one to do it for you. And what lessons have you learnt? • Make sure you work with rep­utable peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who will be on site. • Buy the right amount of build­ing ma­te­ri­als and en­sure that they’re de­liv­ered on time, oth­er­wise work will be de­layed. • Su­per­vi­sion is im­por­tant if you’re us­ing out­side help; this way, you can en­sure that your in­struc­tions have been un­der­stood and you won’t have to do things twice.

As far as pos­si­ble, Nikki and Christine tried to use fur­ni­ture they al­ready had.

The fin­ished bath­room boasts a bath and a shower, with new clas­sic checker­board floor tiles and a lick of paint on the van­ity for a fresh look.


Christine Koch and Nikki Lox­ton

The shut­ters in the bath­room are purely or­na­men­tal and come from a store­room on Narine’s par­ents’ farm. The ceil­ings have been in­su­lated with Isoboard.

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