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You’ve ren­o­vated a free­stand­ing prop­erty as well as a flat; any notable dif­fer­ences?

Most flats are sec­tional ti­tle units, so be sure to fol­low the body cor­po­rate rules! I had to read through pages of doc­u­men­ta­tion and then wait six weeks for au­tho­ri­sa­tion just to buy a gas stove. Read the fine print care­fully to pre­vent de­lays. Also al­low for a pos­si­ble se­cu­rity de­posit; we had to pay R10 000 be­fore we could be­gin our ren­o­va­tions. Is it eas­ier to man­age the bud­get for a smaller space? We def­i­nitely found it eas­ier. Fewer items on the list re­sults in fewer sur­prises! What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? I hope to fi­nally take my own ad­vice and spend more on a de­pend­able builder! What has been the big­gest les­son

this time round? Trust your gut. I knew the orig­i­nal steel-frame win­dows needed re­plac­ing to fil­ter noise from the street, but we kept them and I lov­ingly sanded the gor­geous teak win­dowsills. Af­ter too many com­plaints from Airbnb guests, we fi­nally re­placed the win­dows with new noise-re­duc­tion PVC frames in­stalled by ASAP PVC. They make them to fit your ex­ist­ing win­dows; it’s so much qui­eter now.

Any cost-cut­ting tips? We opted for open shelv­ing rather than built-in cup­boards, which are ex­pen­sive and often a waste of space, es­pe­cially when it comes to short-term rentals. Al­though it can get a bit dusty, hav­ing ev­ery­thing vis­i­ble means it’s quick and easy to do an in­ven­tory when guests de­part. I love the stain­less-steel kitchen is­land, which were bought at auc­tion – it’s so easy to keep clean!


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