Chandré & Stéffan Coetzee

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Name: Chandré & Stéffan
Surname: Coetzee
Location: Calvinia, Northern Cape
Entry Date: Jul 21, 2021
Category: DIY
Project: Entire House

About the Project:

In August 2020 we packed our bags (and cat) and left the big city for a simpler, more purposeful life on our family farm in the Tankwa Karoo, about 80km from Calvinia on the R355 – the longest continuous gravel road between two populated places in South Africa. As a young married couple we were…

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In August 2020 we packed our bags (and cat) and left the big city for a simpler, more purposeful life on our family farm in the Tankwa Karoo, about 80km from Calvinia on the R355 – the longest continuous gravel road between two populated places in South Africa.

As a young married couple we were excited to start building our own home on the farm with a small nest egg we saved while working in the industry. We decided to renovate a dilapidated old two-room labourer’s cottage within walking distance to the main farm house. Our decision was based on the fact that it is less expensive to fix-up an existing structure than building from scratch (or so we thought!).

We used Sketchup to design all aspects of the house, including how every piece of furniture would fit perfectly within the cottage to make optimum use of the limited floorspace as well as to assist with the estimation of the building materials needed. We made countless trips to Cape Town to gather all our materials from different outlets. We used a local builder and his assistants to complete the bricklaying, plastering and assist with the roof installation. Having no real DIY experience ourselves (except for hanging a portrait or two) we quickly learned to paint, install plumbing, skirting and cornices, install insulation and XPS ceilings – even refurbishing antique wooden sash windows. We are greatly indebted to the many excellent DIYers of YouTube as well as our friendly neighbours who were willing to give us some much appreciated advice.

The building process started in August 2020 and we finally moved into our own home in December 2020. In April of 2021 we expanded the house with an additional bedroom on the front stoep for our baby girl due in October 2021. The project was definitely a steep learning curve, but we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to build something of our own with our own hands and minds and for our family that assisted us with all aspects of this project. It is still a work in progress and next we would love to design and plant a garden that will transform our home into an oasis in the semi-arid expanse of the Tankwa Karoo desert.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Lights
2813
Insulation & Ceiling (Knauf, XPS Board, Rhinoboard)
9517
Ceiling Brandering & Roof Purlins
5029
Doors, Frames & Accessories
15489
Glass
5421
Sash Windows
10000
Plumbing (Solar Geyser, Basins, Taps, Pipes & Fittings)
24417
Roof & Stoep Sheets (Zinc Alum Roof Sheets & Curved Corrugated Steel Stoep Sheets)
27295
Electrical Supplies (Cabling, Switches, DB Board etc)
7174
Solar Panels
8000
Solar Batteries and Inverter
0
Paint and Brushes (Roof & Wall Paint, Primer)
15610
Lintels
3013
Cement
5650
Plaster Bricks
6100
Concrete Blocks
4496
Shed (Solar System and Storage)
10754
Skirting & Skirting Adhesive
2334
Cornice & Cornice Adhesive
2178
Cast Iron Fireplace and Flue
10155
Round Decorative Casting
1375
Material Delivery
8555
Miscellaneous (Tools, Screws, Sealants, Tape, Consumables)
13968
199343

Contractors:

Koos Swart and Team (Builder)
40675
40675
Grand Total
R240018