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 #4 Courtyard
The innovative update of a compact outdoor space added old-school charm to an Oranjezicht home in Cape Town.
The front section of the house looked like a prison when I bought it,’ says Storm Wiggett, owner of packaging and graphic design studio Creating a Storm, of her new home in Oranjezicht, Cape Town. Although the garden was the last item on Storm’s renovation list, its update has transformed the entire property by adding instant appeal to the outside area – and created a much more welcoming atmosphere to boot.
‘I wanted to create a tranquil, fairy tale-like space that could be viewed from my lounge and kitchen, or used for sipping wine outside on a lovely summer evening,’ says Storm. Patterned tiles replaced concrete floors, and stone pots, grey wicker baskets and a custom-made window basket add extra points of interest in which more greenery flourishes.
Storm's Top Renovation Tips
have a full and comprehensive plan in place – including moodboards – before you begin.
deviate from your overall goals and expectations.
Vote for Room #4
Vote for Room #4 in this year's House & Leisure Before & After competition here.