Home Renovations - - Bathroom -

Robert and Amanda Ran­dall firmly be­lieve that go­ing the DIY route shouldn’t be an ex­cuse to take for­ever to get things done. So when they de­cided it was time to ren­o­vate their bath­room, they were thrilled to get it done within two months.

The Ran­dalls bought their home in Rood­e­poort three years ago with the in­ten­tion of ren­o­vat­ing it some­time in the fu­ture. How­ever, they de­cided to err on the side of cau­tion ini­tially and rather get a feel for their home be­fore blindly tack­ling a ren­o­va­tion project that might need to be changed later.

“We even­tu­ally started the project in March this year,” says Amanda.

She’s philo­soph­i­cal about the three years dur­ing which they merely dreamt about their makeover: “It meant that our plan­ning was bet­ter. When we started the project, we knew ex­actly what we wanted.”

Top of their wish list was a big­ger bath­room with a bath as well as a shower and enough space for them to move around with­out tread­ing on each other’s toes. Their pre­vi­ous bath­room was so cramped that they had to take turns to bath (there wasn’t a shower). And ad­ja­cent to it was a laun­dry with lots of po­ten­tial...

“We de­mol­ished the wall be­tween the two rooms our­selves and lifted the old tiles. Then we dis­cov­ered, to our hor­ror, that all the pipes were old and rusted, and most of them had to be re­placed. For­tu­nately, Robert’s as­sis­tant had some plumb­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Once that was done, the in­stal­la­tion of the new bath, loo, basin and a con­ve­nient walk-in shower could go ahead.

Al­though the Ran­dalls had help with the build­ing, plas­ter­ing, tiling and in­stal­la­tion of the new ceil­ing, they tack­led the rest them­selves: re­plac­ing cor­nices, in­stalling new lights and all the paint­ing. “We also hung a new door,” says Amanda proudly.

They say the best part of the ren­o­va­tion was adding the fin­ish­ing touches. “By that stage, you’re over the worst and it’s won­der­ful to see how it all comes to­gether. It was a huge, ex­pen­sive project but now we have our dream bath­room.”

Next up is the stoep. The floor is al­ready cast; all it needs now is a roof...

Ruben and Tracey le Roux

Ri­etvlei, Jo­han­nes­burg SIZE Bath­room 14m2; Kitchen 21m2; Stoep 60m2


Who lives here? Ruben cus­tom made many of the items in their home, such as this im­pres­sive stoep light which cost only R700, in­clud­ing elec­tric cable, sock­ets and bulbs which were in­stalled on an ex­ist­ing beam.

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