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Home 2018

Home is a practical, inspiring guide for the home and garden that enables people to make their home prettier and increase the value – inside and outside. The magazine makes life easier for people wanting to buy a home, build, or make alterations, or even try their hand at gardening, cooking and decorating. Home doesn't just demonstrate what looks good – it explains what adds value, and why. The magazine offers readers affordable and accessible choices, help with do-it-yourself projects, and provide advice for renovations. It’s for men and women with ordinary lives, ordinary careers and ordinary homes; people who want to add value to their home with a limited budget.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
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5 min.
the personal touch

No stone unturned We love the sandstone craftsmanship of Louise and Manfred Vietze’s home in Stilbaai. The stone comes from the surrounding area and together with the ornate metal railing and combination of wood, pale blue shutters and grey window surrounds, the home exudes a charming, romantic atmosphere. When the Vietzes decided to build a guest cottage on their property for when their children visit, they had to plan carefully in order to adhere to the heritage stipulations of the municipality (the house is more than 100 years old). “There was quite a lot of chopped stone available, but we still had to get more. Fortunately, expert stonemasons helped us carve the new stone,” says Manfred. True blue Jill and Craig Marion have jazzed up an alcove in one of the courtyards of their…

8 min.
come on in…

The archway at the entrance is the first thing we see when we arrive at home, so I wanted it to lift our spirits.– Thelma [1] Pot luck The entrance to Willouw Deacon and Thelma Schempers’ Greyton home features an ornate security gate at the front door. The pair didn’t want to break the bank by making any structural changes, so they opted for a quick, budget-friendly solution to create a striking new look: a lick of paint and a decorative installation of potted succulents above the arch was just the ticket. “We envisaged a more accentuated entrance and wanted to create depth,” says Thelma. When visiting the popular farm Babylonstoren near Franschhoek, Thelma spotted potted plants above the entrance to the Scented Room. There, the terracotta pots were planted up with rosemary but…

9 min.
a forest in the suburbs

WHO LIVES HERE? Ulrich and Magdel Stander and their son Benyamin (13) WHERE Durbanville SIZE 1 800 m² Recently, one of Magdel Stander’s friends described her and hubby Ulrich’s garden as probably the “most random garden she’d ever seen”. “Actually, that’s an apt description,” admits Magdel with a chuckle. “Nothing in it has been overthought, planned down to the finest detail or drawn up on paper. It’s a work in progress with no end in sight – we’ve been at it for 10 years!” When the Standers bought their house, the huge trees were a definite drawcard. They were all more than 30 years old but over the years they had been pruned with very little love or knowledge; the rest of the garden had been sorely neglected. “Our vision for the new garden was a…

10 min.
indoors and out!

[1] BRAAI TIME! Keen entertainers Magdel and Charl van den Berg of Somerset West have transformed their old lapa into a cosy braai room, ideal for laid-back get-togethers. By enclosing it, they gained a space where they can braai and socialise – even in winter! Botanical textiles, a variety of plants and rustic textures create an outdoor feel, while lounge-style furniture pieces echo the décor in the rest of the Van den Bergs’ home. What Magdel loves most about the space is that they can throw open the doors in summer and make the most of the stoep, while in winter they can close up and enjoy stormy weather from the comfort of their couch. In your own style… Magdel shares her tips for adding that personal touch to your entertainment area: • Instead of…

7 min.
trial & error

When the Merbold family renovated their dated Pretoria home in 2010, the impressive transformation drew attention to the fact that the surrounding garden and yard were also in need of an extensive makeover. But the cost of the renovation had taken its toll. “We did quite a lot to our home; I even established my new practice on our property,” says Rouxlene, a medical doctor and owner of Rejive Skin & Body Clinic. “So my husband suggested that we first recover from 10 months of expenses!” Two years later, they were finally ready for the next transformation. They enlisted the help of a landscaping company to assist with the design. They had just started creating the beds, laying stepping stones and installing irrigation when the owner emigrated and the company closed its…

3 min.
a team effort

WHO LIVES HERE? Saranie and Eddie Harvey and their sons Matthias, Simon and Edward WHERE Rietondale, Pretoria SIZE 50m² When asked which aspect of their deck project she enjoyed the most, Saranie Harvey doesn’t hesitate for a second: “It’s not the before-and-after photos,” she says, “but rather how my husband and three sons worked so well together. It was wonderful to see.” And teamwork it was indeed… “Fortunately, the boys are all amateur rock climbers so it was child’s play for them to put up roof sheeting using safety ropes or to do welding at that height!” says this proud mom, relating the story of how the deck alongside their house was erected – the area that has now become their favourite spot on lazy summer days and balmy evenings. They had a clear plan: develop the…