Kirby Rohrs

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Name: Kirby
Surname: Rohrs
Location: Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal
Entry Date: Jun 30, 2020
Category: Most Beautiful
Project: Kitchen

About the Project:

My husband and I moved into the 100+ year old farmhouse on my husbands family farm. Since the house was built in the 1900’s the kitchen was never part of the main house, so you had to walk out to the veranda to access the kitchen area. It had large slate stones as the floor…

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My husband and I moved into the 100+ year old farmhouse on my husbands family farm. Since the house was built in the 1900’s the kitchen was never part of the main house, so you had to walk out to the veranda to access the kitchen area. It had large slate stones as the floor that had been laid on top of compressed sand with some concrete in between the slate stone.There were no cabinets, only the old metal kitchen units and one plug to run the fridge. The ceiling was tongue and groove Oregon pine boards, but were badly warped and in bad condition. We decided to renovate the kitchen and put a hole in the wall so you can access it from the house and open into the dining room as well, which was also going to be renovated. We removed the slate flooring ourselves, to save some money, and then left it up to the contractors to add in additional plug points, paint, concrete and level the floor, place an additional window in the kitchen to open out to the veranda (and add more light) as well as the hole in the wall to open into the dinning room. We used old railway sleepers we had on the farm instead of concrete lintels – to add some character. We also replaced the ceilings (in both the kitchen and dinning room), plastered the dining room wall after my husband and I sent two weekends trying to take off 100 year old wallpaper. We got in a company to assist with installing our new kitchen cabinets and choose to go with only floor units as we had plenty of space to work with. As a last minute decision we decided to get someone in to sand the floor in the dinning room(as we realised it would take us weeks to complete it – as was the original plan). The old Oregon pine flooring came out beautifully and we do not regret having it done. My Husband and I were able to build the cabinet in the bar area with leftovers from the kitchen cabinet carcasses. These two rooms are the life of the house and we even managed to host our first family Christmas in the dinning room.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Tiles and adhesive materials
6556.00
Railway sleepers
0
Construction materials: plaster, cement, sand, paint, ceiling boards, screws etc
9525.30
Electrical: Plug boxes, cabling, lights, etc
4990.80
Timber for ceiling
2550.40
Sanding of floors (varnish and labour all inclusive)
3500.00
27122.5

Contractors:

Windhoek Construction CC
29440.00
Space Innovation (Kitchen cabinetry) * labour and materials all included
33500.00
62940
Grand Total
R90062.5