Renovations, Win

House and Leisure Before & After 2018: Room #1

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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.

Room Reno: Room #1 Kitchen

Building a low wall in the middle of the kitchen of this Parkhurst home in Johannesburg has proved to be both super resourceful and family friendly.



Expat family David and Jill Lauren Barillot and their two young children moved to Johannesburg in 2013. The kitchen in their Parkhurst home, built in 1938, had plenty of historic charm, but lacked light and space, which prompted a renovation in 2016. The then-gloomy beige kitchen held the promise of a garden view beyond the back-door window pane, making it the natural starting point for their renovation. To capitalise on the views, the Barillots opened up the kitchen by removing the back wall and building a Parisian-style atelier space. ‘The result is a real chef’s kitchen with a passageway for rambunctious children to run up and down while dinner is cooking away on the Smeg stove. Said passageway moonlights as a bowling alley, matchbox car speedway and marble run,' says David.

David and Jill's Top Renovation Tips

Do host a demolition party for your friends and family. You will need them to cheer you on when you are filled with self-doubt and feed you when you have no kitchen. Don't skimp or cut corners. Buy local.

Vote for Room #1

Vote for Room #1 in this year's House & Leisure Before & After competition here.