ernest Swanepoel

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Name: Ernest
Surname: Swanepoel
Location: Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape
Entry Date: May 21, 2024
Category: DIY
Project: Entire House

About the Project:

Die Dam Huis project started in 2022 when we decided to buy a plot in the village of Nieu-Bethesda and, later on, to build a weekend getaway cottage. This plot had an old cement dam that was used to store water to irrigate the land years ago. In early 2023, we decided to incorporate the…

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Die Dam Huis project started in 2022 when we decided to buy a plot in the village of Nieu-Bethesda and, later on, to build a weekend getaway cottage. This plot had an old cement dam that was used to store water to irrigate the land years ago.
In early 2023, we decided to incorporate the dam to form part of the cottage. We then approached a local artist and architect from Nieu-Bethesda, Willem du Plessis, to design a place for us.
The project kicked off at the end of February 2023 and was completed in the middle of October that year.
The main structure was built by a local builder, Andrew Makwena. I did all the plumbing and electrical work, and the light fittings, kitchen cupboards, countertops, all the interior fittings and coal stove were designed, built and installed by me. My wife, Susan Swanepoel, was in charge of the d├ęcor and furniture.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Bricks
40000
Cement
15000
Sand and stone
20000
Roof and structure
60000
Cement floors
10000
Plumbing and sanitary ware
60000
Electrical and fittings
30000
Coal stove and pipes
8000
Paints
12000
Ceiling reeds
10000
Doors and windows
40000
305000

Contractors:

Andrew Makwena
150000
Architect
20000
170000
Grand Total
R475000