BAILEY’S TOP 5 REN­O­VA­TION TIPS

House and Leisure Before and After - - RENOVATION #6 -

1. Add a con­tin­gency al­lowance to your bud­get. Ideas grow, plans change and things al­ways end up cost­ing more than you think. 2. De­cide on your fin­ishes be­fore each process starts. You don’t want to be hold­ing up the kitchen be­cause you haven’t found the right tiles. 3. Re­tain the char­ac­ter of your home in a way that makes sense. Al­though we gut­ted our apart­ment, it still feels au­then­tic. 4. Do your fi­nal snag list once you’ve moved in. Lit­tle things that you wouldn’t have no­ticed pre­vi­ously al­ways pop up. 5. Find a builder who is a plea­sure to work with. Our builder, Elz­abe de Klerk of Paint ICU, made our ren­o­va­tion a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP THE COLOUR PAL­ETTE IN THE MAIN BED­ROOM’S EN SUITE BATH­ROOM HAS BEEN KEPT IN­TEN­TION­ALLY MIN­I­MAL, WITH MIR­RORS AND A PRINT FRAMED BY THE ATE­LIER (THEATELIER.CO.ZA) ADORN­ING THE COOL GREY WALLS; TROP­I­CAL WALL­PA­PER BY LEMON (MADEBYLEMON.CO.ZA) MAKES A BOLD STATE­MENT IN THE GUEST BATH­ROOM. OP­PO­SITE PAGE,

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP BAILEY AND JAN-JAN’S BED­ROOM IS AN UNCLUTTERED SPACE THAT IN­CLUDES DE­TAILS SUCH AS A FAUX-FUR THROW FROM @HOME (HOME.CO.ZA) AND PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY DOU­GLAS EMERY; A LAMP FROM WOOL­WORTHS (WOOL­WORTHS.CO.ZA) STANDS OUT AGAINST THE BED­ROOM’S STRIK­ING BLACK AC­CENT WALL; IN­SPIRED BY THE TWO FLOOR-TO-CEIL­ING GILDED MIR­RORS LEFT IN THE APART­MENT BY THE ORIG­I­NAL HOME­OWNER, THE BEZUIDEN­HOUTS HAVE IN­COR­PO­RATED BRASS TOUCHES IN MOST OF THE ROOMS, AS SEEN IN THE VIN­TAGE MIR­ROR IN THE TWINS’ BATH­ROOM. THE DE­SIGN LETTERS CUPS BY ARNE JACOBSEN ARE FROM ANATOMY DE­SIGN.

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