Dane Rawlins

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Name: Dane
Surname: Rawlins
Location: Cedarville, Eastern Cape
Entry Date: July 8, 2024
Category: Most Beautiful
Project: Living Areas

About the Project:

I recently moved back to the farm after working on the yachts for eight years. I was blessed to have a house available to move into on my return; my grandparents once lived in it. My family has always done most of the building of the houses and upgrades on the farm, with the mindset…

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I recently moved back to the farm after working on the yachts for eight years. I was blessed to have a house available to move into on my return; my grandparents once lived in it. My family has always done most of the building of the houses and upgrades on the farm, with the mindset that ‘bigger is always better’. I felt I wanted to add a modern touch to the existing structure. I was very fortunate that the house already had a shed/steel structure and with my love for the Scandinavian style ‘Barndominium’, I had the perfect foundation in place.

With our extremely cold and harsh winters and given that the living room was north-facing, it was a no-brainer to break down the existing wall and replace it with large glass windows with sliding doors to bring in more natural light and warm up the house. Not to mention the view it would bring, overlooking the recently planted pecan nut orchards.

Span Africa, who put up the initial structure, started by putting the extension onto the existing house. Some local builders assisted me with breaking down the wall and prepping the area for K.G Glass, who then installed all the windows and sliding doors.

We then poured a concrete slab, which extended the veranda area and created the perfect space to drink your morning coffee at sunrise. With the exposed structure I decided to paint all the beams black and add ceiling boards with a natural wood colour, which would match all the restored furniture I had been collecting over the years.

The concrete floors were then polished and sealed to give them a natural stone finish. I then added a few indoor plants which I thought was essential to soften the tone in the space. All that is missing is a braai area. Given that I have only recently moved in, I will eventually add this once I have figured out the most functional space for it.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Ceiling boards
13040.65
Aerolite
3224
Cement slab - tipper load
6587.44
Cement bags x 3
390
Concrete polishing machine, sealer and pads
1100
Paint
850
25191

Contractors:

Span Africa - roof extension
99417
K.G Glass and Aluminium
90620
Builder
10000
200037
Grand Total
R225228