#IWANTTHATRENO

VICKI SLEET AND HER HUS­BAND JUSTIN SPRECKLEY DOC­U­MENTED THEIR FOUR-MONTH REN­O­VA­TION ON INSTAGRAM TO RE­VEAL HOW THEY TRANS­FORMED A FACE­BRICK HORROR INTO AN AIRY FAM­ILY-FRIENDLY HOME IN CAPE TOWN

House and Leisure Before and After - - CONTENTS - TEXT, STYLING AND PHO­TO­GRAPHS VICKI SLEET

Vicki Sleet doc­u­mented her fam­ily’s ren­o­va­tion of a run-down home in Cape Town on Instagram

‘When peo­ple ask me, “So what do you think of liv­ing in the ‘burbs?”, I can’t an­swer more en­thu­si­as­ti­cally,’ says home­owner Vicki Sleet of the lo­ca­tion of her new home. ‘While our previous house in Cape Town’s Muizen­berg had great views and was re­ally con­tem­po­rary, hav­ing small chil­dren in a house with many sharp stairs was tricky.

‘I dreamed of an open-plan home with a big lawn, and al­though we got that with our new prop­erty, the house we found was a face­brick num­ber that hadn’t been touched since the ’70s – and had a mul­ti­tude of arches and tile styles in brown to prove it.

‘We were pretty happy with the orig­i­nal lay­out, bar a few rooms that needed to be re­con­fig­ured, but we wanted a clean slate to make it our own. So we gut­ted the house, knock­ing out walls to cre­ate an open-plan liv­ing area. We ripped out the bath­rooms, bed­room cup­boards and kitchen cab­i­nets, lost the arches and plas­tered the ex­te­rior.

‘It was quite a straight­for­ward ren­o­va­tion – ex­cept when we dis­cov­ered that the roof had to be re­placed, the pool’s plumb­ing needed to be re­done and that the previous owner hadn’t got the pa­tio roof’s plans passed. Luck­ily, my hus­band loves a project, so he worked closely with the builder and sub­con­trac­tors while I dealt with in­te­rior fin­ishes and sup­pli­ers.

‘We man­aged to move in after four months, and fin­ished off our join­ery and things like the kitchen coun­ters once we were in. Our youngest was only four months old when we started, so it was a rather stress­ful process, but so worth it. We love our new home, and our fam­ily does, too.’ #iwantthatreno

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