When Chrislien and Craig Bath started to renovate the Somerset West house they bought in June 2014, they bumped into a big obstacle: the site was full of boulders so big it would have been expensive to cart them all away.
So instead of removing them, the couple found a master stonemason from Lesotho who chiselled the rocks into manageable pieces and used them as cladding on the garage and retaining garden walls.
‘Recycling the boulders made a double saving,’ says Chrislien. ‘We watched in fascination as an ancient art form was recreated before our eyes. It’s beautiful’.
It’s a good example of how sometimes it’s best to look at obstacles as opportunities rather than problems.
before (see after above)
See details on the full renovation of this house in our 2015 Before & After issue.