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Home-related questions and answers by experts in the relevant field.

Holes in tiles
9 years ago

Holes in tiles

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My travertine tiles have developed lots of holes in them, do I need to replace the tiles?

Home automation
9 years ago

Home automation

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I am currently looking into different home automation options. Does home automation have to be expensive?

Sofas and chairs
9 years ago

Sofas and chairs

I recently purchased a crescent-shaped, skirted sofa. What is the best chair style to complement the sofa?

Small lounge
9 years ago

Small lounge

I have a very small lounge area and would like it to look bigger than it really is. Is there any rule that applies to creating the feeling of more space. Most people say that I should paint everything white, but I also love colour. What would you suggest?

Open-plan kitchens
9 years ago

Open-plan kitchens

I want to install an open-plan kitchen that shares the space with a living area. How do I make the best out of the kitchen space without compromising too much of the living-room space?

Wallpaper
9 years ago

Wallpaper

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We have moved into a home that has wall coverings that are dated. I would really like to update the look but in an easy manner. Should I paint or dye the wallpaper to get rid of the print or will it be more practical to remove the current paper and recover the wall? Also what type of print would suit a contemporary home?

Tiling your laundry room
9 years ago

Tiling your laundry room

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I recently tiled my laundry room. However my washer overflowed and water seeped underneath the tiles. Is there any way to get rid of the water (which still seeps through the seams when I walk on it) without re-tiling?

Deteriorated caulking
9 years ago

Deteriorated caulking

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I find that I often have water dripping from my shower, as well as damp on the shower walls. I was told that the problem is that my caulking is deteriorating. Can you please explain what this is and how I can fix it.

Building in a gated community
9 years ago

Building in a gated community

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Is building in a gated community or estate really more beneficial than buying or building on a free-standing property?

Space in my kitchen
9 years ago

Space in my kitchen

I don’t have enough space in my kitchen for the installation of plug points, which can become obtrusive and bulky. Is there anything that I can use that will still offer me ample electric outlets without having to clutter my kitchen?

Facebrick
9 years ago

Facebrick

We recently purchased a face brick home of between 25 to 30 years of age. The bricks appear to be crumbling and cracking in many places due to weather conditions. What action do we need to take as home owners?

To buy or build

In these harsh economic times, are home owners better off buying or building their dream homes?

Burning issue: building fiascos
10 years ago

Burning issue: building fiascos

The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act (No. 103 of 1977) clearly stipulates that no person may erect, alter, add to or convert any building without prior approval by the local authority.

Burning issue: disempowering damp
10 years ago

Burning issue: disempowering damp

Various industry specialists note that there are very simple ways to reduce moisture in the home by simply changing one’s lifestyle.

Burning issue: owning a piece of the pie
11 years ago

Burning issue: owning a piece of the pie

Some fractional title agencies even offer potential clients the opportunity to spend a free weekend at the destination as a test drive before making a final decision to purchase.

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