This chic tiered bachelor pad was once a dated mishmash of neon and mosaics
This bright, airy home in Higgovale, Cape Town, wasn’t always so Sinatra-chic. When Duncan Artus, a director at an asset management firm, bought the house two years ago, it was a time capsule from the 1980s – bathed in bold colours and mesmerising mosaics, with ad hoc renovations that didn’t gel together.
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Architect Joe van Rooyen offers tips for modernising an old house
One of the main challenges that architect Joe van Rooyen (from JVR Architects and Interiors) faced when renovating his 1930s heritage house in Joburg was how to mix the old with the new to retain the historical charm of the building while also adapting it to suit modern needs and contemporary tastes.
It's a question that anyone who moves into an old home might have to answer: what should be kept and what should be thrown out, replaced or updated? Which aspects can you modernise and which should be left as is?
Here Joe offers 12 tips on this topic by giving examples from his own renovation.
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