Francelle Erasmus

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Name: Francelle
Surname: Erasmus
Location: Free State - Bloemfontein
Entry Date: Jun 29, 2020
Category: Most Beautiful
Project: Entire House

About the Project:

We moved to Bloemfontein on a smallholding about 7 years ago. We renovated/rebuilt our own home at first, but there was a small house in the corner of the plot, with a fantastic views into the Free State grasslands that we had the vision in transforming into a stylish and characterful, cottage to rent out…

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We moved to Bloemfontein on a smallholding about 7 years ago.

We renovated/rebuilt our own home at first, but there was a small house in the corner of the plot, with a fantastic views into the Free State grasslands that we had the vision in transforming into a stylish and characterful, cottage to rent out as a guest cottage for an extra income.

My husband is in the construction industry and very handy with carpentry work. We had such a limited budget, so we tried to do all the work ourselves and spend more money on good quality materials.

My husband and I both love and appreciate antique furniture and reclaimed wood pieces. We bought a bunch of old Oregon sash windows in need of restoration, oregon floor boards etc from a friend of ours. And I knew exactly what look I wanted to create in the cottage.

The house consisted of 1 small, dark bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1small kitchen with eating area.
The roof needed replacement, as well as the electric wiring.
We replaced all the steel framed windows with wooden ones and real oak hardwood flooring throughout. We managed to buy these oak floors at 50% of original price from a contact that wanted to use it in his house.

All of the fixtures and furniture was carefully sourced at various places . and the result in the end was really amazing. I love this cottage and hope it will bring as much joy to the guests staying here as it gave me renovating it.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Roof
8000
Ceilings- Isoboard
6000
lights and electrical
7000
bath
11000
tiles
10000
underfloorheating
2000
oak hardwood flooring
30000
taps and accesories
6000
Eezi quarts countertops
11000
canvas patio rollerblinds
5000
decking - stoep
8000
paint
5000
cupboards
5000
shatterproof glass
5000
Windows - wood
13000
132000

Contractors:

electrician
12000
flooring installation
0
building works
0
plumbing
3000
painting
0
tiling
0
15000
Grand Total
R147000