About the Project:
We had a room in our home that was underutilized and had a very poor lay out. The room was used as a guest/laundry/storage room, however we saw the potential to change the room into a small apartment for my daughter Kiana (17). The plan is for her to study to become a CA at…
We had a room in our home that was underutilized and had a very poor lay out. The room was used as a guest/laundry/storage room, however we saw the potential to change the room into a small apartment for my daughter Kiana (17). The plan is for her to study to become a CA at TUKS in 2022 and we knew that we had to prepare the room for her so that she will be able to study from home.
We were struggling with the layout of the room and consulted a friend of ours, Anthea Jacobs for some ideas. She is not an interior designer, but she always comes up with very practical solutions to our home renovation dilemmas. It has become a joke over the years, my husband always says that I have knocked down ALL the walls in our home until I have a cup of coffee with Anthea, and the two of us find another wall to knock down.
The idea was to create a small apartment, so it had to have a fully functional bathroom, TV room, bedroom & kitchen area.
The room we were renovating, had a toilet & basin (completely in the wrong position of the room) and it had water supply for the laundry.
You could enter the room from two doors. One from inside the house (which had a barn like door, approximately 2mx3m) which was positioned in such a way that it limited the ability for us to use the room to its full potential.
The second door, from outside the house. This was a wooden door, that had such bad water damage that the door no longer opened.
The renovation had to happen in phases.
The first phase was to relocate our Laundry to a Wendy-house outside. This was executed in February 2020. Once the laundry was officially “relocated”, we could start the second phase. I started buying the tiles, basin, shower doors, plumbing and furniture in February of 2020.
The idea was to complete the renovations during the month of March 2020.
The second phase, was pre-lockdown. In the first week of March 2020, I started knocking out the wall, removing the current non-functional toilet and basin and also removing all the old skirting’s in the room. Then COVID-19 happened and we went into lockdown. We then had to stop everything. My house was turned upside down, as everything that was in the room was either placed on our “stoep” or hidden under the dining room table.
The third phase, started after Level 3 was announced and builders were allowed to start operating. The third phase of the renovation started on the 4th of June 2020 and we completed it within 10 working days. I was so afraid that we were going to go back to level 5 again that we pushed really hard to finalise the renovations.
The only part of the renovation we did ourselves was the planning, design and “demo”, the rest was left to local building contractors that was either recommended to us or we found through word of mouth.
I still had the headboard made and delivered after the room was completed. MAKERS Upholstery & Design was unbelievable, as they helped me meet the Fix-it with Flair deadline. They did the headboard for me under 3 days. Kudos to them.
The room still needs a small bar fridge, TV and Shutters. Refiloe at CTM always joked with me when I went to them, by asking whether my Money Tree still has “leaf’s”.
Well one thing is for sure, we made sure our daughter will be studying from home as we have built her “dormitory” for her. One day when she has qualified, either my son will move into the room (we will need to change the wallpaper for sure) or we can rent it out for additional income.
We are so proud of the room we have completed.
Italtile – accent wall & Shower
iTile – mosaic floor tile
CTM – Skirting’s as we ran out of existing tiles to do the skirting’s.
Wardrobe, TV cabinet, Vanity & Kitchen area
MAKERS Upholstery & Design Upholstery (Centurion) (012 663 1070)
Hennops Glass Aluminium – (012) 653 3004
Canvas and Wall South Africa www.canvasandwall.co.za
Building material, bricks, plaster, sand, rino-lite,
Aluminium Doors & Security Gate
Headboard & Bolster Pillows
Wallpaper & Installation
Labour - Local
Plumber & Tiling - Labour