Diana Boshoff

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Name: Diana
Surname: Boshoff
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape
Entry Date: Jul 1, 2021
Category: Innovation
Project: Living Areas

About the Project:

We bought our Victorian house about two years ago. During lockdown we decided to create an indoor braai area in what we felt was a wasted space in our house. This space was a thoroughfare to our back courtyard. We used it as play area but it didn’t quite work as it was always messy…

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We bought our Victorian house about two years ago. During lockdown we decided to create an indoor braai area in what we felt was a wasted space in our house. This space was a thoroughfare to our back courtyard. We used it as play area but it didn’t quite work as it was always messy and one needed to walk through to go outside.

We felt that an indoor braai would add great value to not only our home but also to our family and it has! We strongly believe in looking after the integrity of the house. The space that we used to create the braai area was built on and not original to the rest of the home. We removed a sash window in order to create our indoor braai and we have not looked back!

We live in Cape Town and the weather is seldom ideal for a braai outdoors so this space has enabled us to braai no matter what the weather conditions are. And of course, it means my husband no longer needs to be outside braaing in the cold, on his own!

Our indoor braai was a labour of love. We spoke about this area and envisioned it from before we moved in. At first we were going to hire an architect to help us design the area but then we decided against it to save money for the project. After chatting about the area so much we were able to decide what we wanted from the area and we then created a drawing of our plan for the area. After a few tweaks we were confident to start getting quotes and go ahead with the project.

We hired a company to install our indoor braai. We tried to stay true to our house in terms of the style of the braai. Once the braai was installed, we were able to get our builder to skim and paint the area. The electrician came on board to install lighting on either side of the braai, plug points for the work top and the bar fridge below as well as a braai light on the inside of the braai for extra lighting. We installed oak worktops, which matched our kitchen and we also installed shelving for storage. Both our sink and brass tap were second hand finds.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Second hand vintage sink
1200
Brass antique tap
6000
Bar fridge
3000
10200

Contractors:

Guy Glanvill - Electrician
4445
All Sure Plumb - Installation of sink & tap
1900
Fireplace Decorators - Indoor Braai
34250
Alan Barnett Projects - Skimming and Painting
7003
Michael Wilson - Oak Counter tops & shelving
8700
56298
Grand Total
R66498