Renovations, Win

House and Leisure Before & After 2018: Room #5

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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 #5 Loft

With the addition of a mezzanine floor and some smart storage, a poky flat in Cape Town’s CBD is now a chic city apartment.

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When Shaun, Lauren and Craig Fitzgibbon decided to invest in property together in a heritage block in the middle of Cape Town, it was love at first sight for the potential it held. ‘Above the bathroom was a large space between the bathroom ceiling and the actual ceiling of the apartment,’ say the trio of siblings. ‘We saw an opportunity to create a mezzanine level.' The fact that it’s on the block’s light-filled top floor with views of Table Mountain sealed the deal. The plan was to renovate the space to create a double-storey, loft-like, industrial-style apartment with exposed brickwork and a metal staircase. Three months later and the vision had come to life, with the input of architects Sean May and Jaco Jooste and many insightful ideas from Adam Voigt and Luke Croker of VC Project.

The Fitzgibbons' Top Renovation Tips

Do stick to your budget. Don't forget to consider comfort. Someone is going to live in the space you are creating and it should make them happy.

Vote for Room #5

Vote for Room #5 in this year's House & Leisure Before & After competition here.