Every year, our readers enter their upgraded homes into our annual renovations competition. This year’s finalists are simply brilliant. The winners are determined by reader votes, so make sure to vote for your favourite.
The winners of the House and Leisure Before & After competition will receive a trip for two to Thailand for a 5-star break. Incredible prizes are up for grabs by 13 lucky readers, just by voting for their favourite reader’s home or room renovation. Prizes include Caesarstone Surfaces to the value of R10 000, a Sophia chandelier from K Light worth R10 000, a two-night stay for four guests sharing at Abalone House’s Pool Villas, in Paternoster on the West Coast, worth R12 000 and much more! You can only vote once, so be sure to choose wisely.
Reader’s Renovation: House #6
When it came to their Hyde Park apartment renovation, there was no other option for the Bezuidenhouts but to be hands-on.
What should have been a four-month project turned into a year-long renovation for Bailey and Jan-Jan Bezuidenhout. The couple, along with their young twins, had outgrown their Parkwood flat in Johannesburg and were charmed by the prospect of Hyde Park apartment living. In the old Killarney-style block that immediately caught their eye, there was plenty of privacy – the apartment sits at the end of the corridor – and lush views from its third-floor location.
The Bezuidenhouts knew exactly how to make it their own and set about drawing ideas on a map of the apartment, with the help of Bailey’s parents. Once they’d gotten the go-ahead from the structural engineers, renovations began and all the walls that separated the kitchen, dining room, lounge and living room went tumbling down. ‘Renovating was such a labour of love for us. We were involved in every single aspect and it’s such a nice feeling,’ says Bailey. ‘Our aesthetic has grown together, this is us – a bit of him, a bit of me, a bit of togetherness.’
Bailey’s Top 5 Renovation Tips
- Add a contingency allowance to your budget. Ideas grow, plans change and things always end up costing more than you think.
- Decide on your finishes before each process starts. You don’t want to be holding up the kitchen because you haven’t found the right tiles.
- Retain the character of your home in a way that makes sense. Although we gutted our apartment, it still feels authentic.
- Do your final snag list once you’ve moved in. Little things that you wouldn’t have noticed previously always pop up.
- Find a builder who is a pleasure to work with. Our builder, Elzabe de Klerk of paint ICU, made our renovation a really good experience.