Albert Van Niekerk

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Name: Albert
Surname: Van Niekerk
Location: Caledon, Overberg, Western Cape
Entry Date: Jun 30, 2020
Category: Innovation
Project: Entire House

About the Project:

In the 1960’s my grandfather bought a neighbouring farm which had a beautiful old house built in the 1800’s. After acquiring the property the original owners moved out and the house was empty/abandoned for about 50+ years. In 2019 a decision had to be made whether we demolish the derelict house or repair it because…

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In the 1960’s my grandfather bought a neighbouring farm which had a beautiful old house built in the 1800’s. After acquiring the property the original owners moved out and the house was empty/abandoned for about 50+ years.
In 2019 a decision had to be made whether we demolish the derelict house or repair it because it became a big eyesore.

Restorations started in August of 2019. We tried to keep the old-school charm that the house had as much as possible. All the inside doors and shutters were repurposed but all the windows, as well as one door, had to be replaced because it was completely beyond repair.

The wooden floors were invested with dry-rot and could unfortunately not be saved. Due to a very tight budget cement flooring was the best option.

The house never had electricity since it was built so all electrical wiring had to be done from scratch. Solar power made the most sense because the house is situated very far from any main power line. The water comes from a watermill (windpomp) that fills two water tanks.

The house has a lot of sentimental value to our family and it was very satisfying to breathe new life into this historic site.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Gravel
3057
Bricks
4403
Cement
4648
Plastic sealer
1052
Lintels
2143
Nails
30
Pain & Materials
5802
Woodwork
2716
Tiles
8352
Geyser
3300
Electrical wiring
800
Windows & Doors
5575
Solar Power
90000
Electrician
6403
Doorframe
542
Plumbing Items
8197
Lights
3300
Extras
12000
162320

Contractors:

Crous
52300
52300
Grand Total
R214620