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Renovations

Houses
Cottage industry
The renovation of this Sea Point cottage proves it’s possible to scale down while still living large
invisible mending
This century-old house in Parktown North has been rescued, restored and stitched together with a new steel skeleton
Family ties
A nondescript Green Point house gets dramatically updated into an open-plan family home with unrivalled views
Grande dame
Hidden behind thick shrubbery on a very busy Cape Town street sits a historic manor that was recently given a fabulous facelift
level best
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. But its locati
A fresh start in Parkhurst
Newlyweds give a third-generation Parkhurst home a serious facelift
From facebrick to French flair
A 1970s bungalow in Somerset West becomes an open-hearted family home
An Inspired Home Office Renovation
Inspiration and product ideas for creating your own home study
How to Marry Old and New
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. 1. identify and respect ex
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