By Justine Olivier, Project Consultant Sharon Richards, Photography Nic Baleta

Wanting to give the “old gal” a facelift, the residents set about planning an extreme make-over to rejuvenate the building’s vibrancy and vivaciousness.

The transformation process began to slowly take place with the replacement of old-fashioned rounded windows with large-scale rectangular ones, not only allowing in much sunlight but also providing the home with an increased visual appeal. French pane sliding doors were exchanged for contemporary fold-away stack doors creating an openness and free-flow design throughout the house.

The kitchen was changed into an open-plan masterpiece – with a convivial European-style hob – which doubles up as an entertainment kitchen simultaneously allowing for interaction with guests. The dark hues of the cabinets, contrasted by the white shades of tiles and walls, add a contemporary edge to the kitchen. A key factor is the ingenious incorporation of a deck off the kitchen, allowing for outdoor, casual breakfasts during summer.

For the home owners, the main bedroom is one of the most favoured rooms within as it exudes calmness and serenity, with a broadly green colour scheme, coupled with a striking view of the garden.

Walking across the threshold of their completed home the owners reeled with a surge of exhilaration, adding ardently: “Excitement had built up from destruction to recreation; we could literally see the swan emerging from the ugly duckling.”

Essential Building Maintenance ( 011 804 1792) was the main building contractor for this elegant home. The company, offering a turnkey service, was responsible for the main construction of the house including storm-water drains, building walls, plasterwork, balustrades, outside tiling, stairs, trusses and coping on boundary walls. Essential Building Maintenance’s professional approach ensures meticulous completion of the final product.Eaglewood Contracts ( 0860 033 2546)professionally installed the timber sundeck with side fascias and steps leading down to the garden, within this home. In order to ensure the highest-quality workmanship, the company used Zimbabwe teak decking with a clear penetrating sealer to offer resistance against the harsh South African climate.