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A neglected old house in a upmarket area given a total revamp
sharonjune
November 14, 2012 in Before & After
We inherited this house from my husbands uncle. For years he had lost interest in his home. My husband had a lot of childhood memories of this home and in addition we met for the first time on a set-up dinner date my his Uncle and Aunt. We gutted the whole house as all roof rafters were rotten, ceiling board hanging etc. We had the house re-designed with new additions.
Since this after photo we had done more work and additionsx
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alex511
What a great story. Post more pictures--I'd love to see more of what you have done.
November 14, 2012 at 3:30am     
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olgahicks
Love what you have done to the outside.. Looking forward to more pictures. Enjoy your home!
November 14, 2012 at 3:55am   
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
Oh HUH! Really? This is the one! These are the best before and after photos! Please, please let us see more of this remarkable transformation! And yes, the story is a keeper just like the home!
November 14, 2012 at 2:11pm   
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Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design
So this is the fence side and the front is right behind the fence! Interesting!
November 14, 2012 at 3:38pm   
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sharonjune
This is the street side of the house, the other side (will post pics) has a total transformation as well with a wrap around verandah and a pool raised to be flush and on the same level as the verandah.
Got pics on my home computer so will have to sort from there. Even the garden had tall grass and dead trees with vines entangled so, cleared the whole garden and started from scratch. The garden servants were not happy to go in and clear because of snakes, but we managed :-)
November 14, 2012 at 10:34pm   
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Christopher James Interiors
Incredible job...doesn't even look like the same house. I really like the roof
November 14, 2012 at 10:45pm   
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sharonjune
The building was sound, interior had a nice design. We decided to add an upstairs loft (family / music room) and a bedroom. It was a huge job but well worth it. We sub-contracted builders, plumbers, thatches etc (electrics in the house had to be totally rewired). We simply love our home as it has retained the loving family atmosphere that had a long time ago. I do hope that more people will be inspired by what we have done. Find a poor negleted house in a good area and revamp !
November 15, 2012 at 12:34am   
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Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
Wow...is that a thatch roof?
November 15, 2012 at 9:06pm   
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sharonjune
Yes it is, my dream was always to have a thatched house, so when we had to gut we decided to have the house re-designed to accomodate a thatch roof. We were lucky that we managed to get the draftman who designs for a magazine and has done many thatched holiday lodge designs. The beauty of thatch is that it is so flexible to mould valley's and and hills on the roof. We further built up the walls so that we could have a loft on top with a extra spare Bedroom where the three top windows are.
November 15, 2012 at 10:05pm   
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olldcan
Okay, were all intrigued.... need to see more :)
November 16, 2012 at 6:20am     
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Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
The house looks great....wish the fence was a bit more in keeping with the style of the house....grapestake, or even a traditional white picket fence. :o)
November 17, 2012 at 12:57pm     
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judianna20
Truly amazing. Kudos. What do you do for a living? I think you missed your calling. Hmmmm, you got me to thinking about our first date. Do you think I should rehab a '66 Impala convertible? :>)
November 17, 2012 at 1:01pm     
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Dytecture
Completely transformed !
November 18, 2012 at 5:55am   
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sharonjune
Some more pics !
November 18, 2012 at 10:52pm     
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sharonjune
Some more pics !
November 18, 2012 at 10:53pm   
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sharonjune
Some more pics !
November 18, 2012 at 11:32pm     
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sharonjune
More pictures of before and after
November 18, 2012 at 11:40pm     
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sharonjune
more
November 19, 2012 at 12:07am     
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sharonjune
from the street side - house had undercoat (white)
November 19, 2012 at 12:25am     
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sharonjune
Paving on the verandah and around the pool is the next job. Also still thinking how I want to do the kitchen. I would rather get the design sorted in my head than rush it and find that the plan isnt to my likeing. Also re-doing the flooring in the living area which will be probably the same to the verandah and pool so that there is a clean flow from inside to out. (Looking at smartstone - you can google this)
November 19, 2012 at 12:52am   
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Gracethatch
so great after revamping. I am dreaming that I can have such a beautiful house in China. Thanks so much for your sharing.
Comparing with natural thatch, artificial thatch is long life span up to 20 years. It is highly authentic and free from maintenance and woodwarm.Price less than USD25 per squre meter from China. (mail:eileen@gracethatch.com; skype: eieen.chen1234)
June 12, 2014 at 12:39am        Thanked by sharonjune
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