READER RENOVATION #1

WHAT An old Victorian Manor House near Prince Albert
Challenge
Retain its original character while making the home more approachable Big ideas
BIG IDEAS
  • Blurring the boundaries between the house and the landscape by adding various levels of decking.
  • Make the most of summer and winter by reconfiguring the internal spaces.
  • Finding ways to make the blend the old with the new.
 
Read the full story on page 24 of HL Before & After 2016


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READER RENOVATION #2

WHAT A hard-core fixer-upper in Vredehoek, Cape Town
Challenge
Living from room to room in a building site Big ideas
BIG IDEAS
  • Transforming a mouldy, cramped bathroom into a chic and modern wet room.
  • Make the most of the view, while obscuring the busy highway.
  • Creating a space to hang out in the garden without breaking the bank.
Read the full story on page 30 of HL Before & After 2016


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READER RENOVATION #3

WHAT An older Parkhurst home with a beautifully big garden
Challenge
Creating an open, airy space using the elderly home’s existing structure
BIG IDEAS
  • Understanding and respecting the history and layout of the home while still bring it up to date.
  • Shifting the good ideas from one area to another in the house.
  • Use the original design, finding way to modernise it.
 
Read the full story on page 36 of HL Before & After 2016


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READER RENOVATION #4

WHAT A charming 1920s home in Cape Town’s Rosebank
Challenge
Marrying a historic front with a modern new back section
BIG IDEAS
  • Maximising space by nicking a few square metres here and there to create needed facilities.
  • Using the repetition of steps to connect different zones and enhance a feeling of unity.
  • Being brave enough to mix classic elements with contemporary ones.
 
Read the full story on page 42 of HL’s 2016 Before & After issue


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READER RENOVATION #5

WHAT A triple-storey seafront apartment in Cape Town’s Bantry Bay
Challenge
To turn a dark, dated home into a modern, open-plan holiday house that draws in light and ocean vistas
BIG IDEAS
  • Lightening up the central triple volume staircase by using frameless glass.
  • Using 'floating' bulkheads and mirror glass to create an illusion of height and space.
  • Extending top-storey floor space into an open volume by using a show-stopping glass bridge.
 
Read the full story on page 48 of HL’s 2016 Before & After issue


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READER RENOVATION #6

WHAT A 1950s family home in Parkwood, Johanessburg
Challenge
To convert an impractical bungalow into a contemporary home designed around open-plan living and entertaining
BIG IDEAS
  • Creating a galley-style kitchen that flows easily into the dining and living areas.
  • Turning unused garden space into a spacious entertaining deck.
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  • Breaking through new metal-and-glass doors to connect the bedrooms to the exterior.
 
Read the full story on page 54 of HL’s 2016 Before & After issue


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