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Dou­glas and Kelly Brown found an in­ven­tive way to trans­form the swim­ming pool they weren’t us­ing – they con­verted it into a wine cel­lar! This idea was in­spired by a throw-away re­mark made by the es­tate agent who sold them the house nine years ago: he joked that the pool, then used to store gar­den tools, would be the perfect space to store wine!

In May 2016, the cou­ple tack­led the project in earnest and with some help when it came to the hard labour, they fin­ished it within 10 months.

But what is a cel­lar with­out a house wine? When the project was com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2017, the Browns bought wine-mak­ing kits and set to work on their own blends. “By De­cem­ber, we will be bot­tling our very own Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Shi­raz and Mer­lot!” a proud Dou­glas says.

To­tal: R23 950

Four 2 500L tanks Ce­ment, sand and stone for base 850 90m PVC pip­ing (110mm) 5 500 20m PVC pip­ing (50mm) 430 PVC elbows, T-pieces 890 Five first-flush wa­ter di­vert­ers Five leaf traps 50m wa­ter pipe (15mm) Other ac­ces­sories such as ball valves, taps, join­ers Pump and pres­sure switch

A ceil­ing was in­stalled and the ce­ment walls were skimmed and painted. The new ce­ment floor has been cov­ered with vinyl floor­ing. The elec­tri­cal work was done by a friend who is a qual­i­fied elec­tri­cian. Dou­glas and his fa­ther-in-law Arthur Hol­loway made t

Dou­glas built the steel and cy­press wood spi­ral stair­case that leads to the deck with the ex­pert help of his fa­ther-in-law Arthur.

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