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5 reasons to get your hands on our 2018 Before&After collector's renovation issue


Renovation inspiration

Our 2018 Before&After Collector's Issue is packed with adventurous families who did more than just dream about a new space. The homeowners whose renovation projects are featured in this special Before&After collector’s edition all transformed their lives by building new spaces that demand new narratives. The idea that we are able to curate our lives based on our whims and lifestyle trends is an exciting one. There is something really magical about plotting a new way to live by revamping your home. We hope the #HLRenoIssue will help you find the motivation to do just that. Read on for a sneak peek at some renovation inspiration.

House and Leisure's seven top home renovations

Every year, our readers enter their upgraded homes into our annual renovation competition. This year's finalists are simply brilliant. Explore a simple, modern and open-plan family home in Johannesburg's Victory Park (page 22). On page 31, tour a characterful Victorian cottage on Cape Town's Atlantic Seaboard that's been given a new footprint and contemporary finishes. Old meets new in a spacious haven in the heart of Fresnaye (page 38). A once-dated KwaZulu Natal cottage is now the epitome of cool coastal living on page 46. A Green Point abode is transformed into a sophisticated retreat (page 54) and a hands-on approach is taken with a Hyde Park apartment renovation on page 62. Finally, an extensive remodel has turned an old Milnerton house in Cape Town into a handsome home that maximises light and space (page 70).

the best room renovations by our readers

From small structural changes to striking aesthetic tweaks, a little can go a long way when upgrading your home room by room. Get ideas and tips from five gorgeous room renovations on page 79. The kitchen of a Parkhurst home in Joburg gets a dramatic colour update (page 80) and a bathroom in Cape Town's Noordhoek is transformed into a spa-like oasis on page 86. A revitalised Bergvliet patio in Cape Town blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living on page 92. The innovative renovation of a compact outdoor space adds old-school charm to an Oranjezicht home in the Mother City (page 98). Lastly, the addition of a mezzanine floor and smart storage turns a poky Cape Town flat into a chic city apartment on page 104.

win win win

Because this special #HLRenoIssue is all about our readers, we want you to vote for your favourite house renovation and room renovation, too. Thirteen lucky readers will win prizes, ranging from Caesarstone surfaces to the value of R10 000 and a Le Creuset Sorbet collection hamper worth R10 690 to a two-night stay for four guests sharing at Abalone House's pool villas in Pater Noster on the West Coast, worth R12 000. Vote for your favourite house and room renovation here to win amazing prizes!

get a master lesson on easily updating a room

Applied with imagination and a little know-how, paint can quickly take a room from zero to hero. We explore six very special looks that deliver maximum impact on page 114. Added bonus: we delve into how you can achieve these effects in your own home too.

an Instagram renovation like no other

Vicki Sleet and her husband Justin Spreckley documented their four-month renovation on Instagram to reveal how they transformed a facebrick horror into an airy family-friendly home in Cape Town.