Petro & Fanie Kruger

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Name: Petro & Fanie
Surname: Kruger
Location: Western Cape
Entry Date: July 2, 2024
Category: Most Beautiful
Project: Outdoor Areas

About the Project:

Our house has a bit of an interesting layout – it is set to the back of the property, with all of the yard to the front of the house, and only a very small section at the back. So, we needed to make the front yard work as an entertainment and recreational space as…

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Our house has a bit of an interesting layout – it is set to the back of the property, with all of the yard to the front of the house, and only a very small section at the back. So, we needed to make the front yard work as an entertainment and recreational space as well. We decided to add a patio to the front and side of the house with a long, slim swimming pool and braai area. This transformed a dead space on our property into one of the most used spaces during summer.

We tiled the patio with slate crazy pavers to suit the mid-century feel of the home. (We used a mix of slate that was already at the house, which we repurposed, and some that we found second-hand on Facebook Marketplace.)

We also added a custom sliding door to the living area that now leads out onto the patio, and another to the side of the house, which now leads out from the ‘soon to be’ kitchen to the braai area and swimming pool. The sliding door has made such a massive difference, as it opened up the indoors to the outdoors, and allows for a seamless flow between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

The finishing of the swimming pool was a DIY family job – with my mom, dad and brother-in-law jumping in to help with the tiling and grouting. We tiled the entire pool in blue mosaic tiles. It was hard work but worth the effort as it now offers a fun pop of colour when looking out the window, and it suits the retro feel of the home.

The braai area is fitted with a bench that my husband built himself, and I made the cushions. The marble coffee table and side tables we bought on Facebok Marketplace, and the Acapulco chairs travelled with us from our previous home. We added a long planter down the side of the pool to allow for privacy, and also to add some lush greenery to the space. We repeated the planter on the opposite side of the patio to frame it and soften the line between the patio and the grass. And we added long steps leading up to the front door, which also double up as seating when entertaining or chilling with the kids in the front yard. The patio completes our vision for the outdoor area and joins the house and the garden seamlessly.

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
Crazy pavers
6000
Blue mosaic tiles
9750
Mosaic Fix & Bonding Liquid & Sealer
4295
Plants (some gifted & some taken from other parts of the garden)
5000
Potting soil
500
Couch frame
1500
Couch cushions & covers
850
Marble coffee table
1500
Acapulco chairs
0
Granite side tables
800
Rodri occasional chairs
3800
Sliding doors
44442
78437

Contractors:

Builder
80000
Tiler (Crazy Paving)
9600
89600
Grand Total
R168037