Our Home Renovations

Nadine MayStarred Page By Nadine May, 21st Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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For years during the nineties I would wake up from a dream with a strong image of a view that puzzled me. It was a view where in the distance two mountains ended up in the sea.

When dream visions become real

During those years I lived in the city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. There are no mountains anywhere so I disregarded this recurring dream.

In 2001 I moved to Cape Town to join my publisher in his publishing company. His home was in the center of the city with no sea views, but it was surrounded by mountains.
I told my new partner of my dreams, and we would take trips over weekends to look for property with the views I had seen in my dreams.

December 2005 we found a house that had the exact views that I remembered. The gooseflesh from pure amazement is still with me today. We made an offer and sold the house in the city.

Our new home needed renovations

We bought the house purely for its views, because it was not in a good shape. The road was also broken up due to new electricity cables being installed. We knew beforehand that we would be in for a major ‘mortar attack’. The house had potential, but we quickly needed to have an office for our publishing company plus a reception room.

I was very familiar with Photoshop so I started to play with the photos I took. Before we moved in just before Christmas an idea already started to form in my head of what would work for us.
Before making sure that what we had in mind was feasible, we consulted with several draftsmen (architects were far too expensive).
I gave them a printout of the vision board idea we had in mind for the front of the house, so that was handy. Our garage with an extra room extension would become our reception room and our new garage would support the deck all along the front of the property.

Renovations plans for the rest of the property

Creating an income producing home was also one of our requirements, since we worked from home and our income was not always reliable, we needed to find a way to create a stable income that would cover our mortgage repayments each month.
The property had a single room at the back higher up the mountain. In South Africa this was called a maids quarters. The original house was built in 1947, and in those days domestic workers lived on the property. That is no longer happening except in very large estates.
Again I gave the draftsman a printout of vision board idea of a double-story cottage. Knowing more or less what our repayments would be, the cottage needed to be worth renting out for that price. We knew that the views would even be more stunning if it was double-story.

Waiting for plans to be passed

The drawings we liked were done by a draftsman who knew the restrictions and rules at the municipality. We needed to ask permission from our neighbors on both sides and also the people who lived above us. We never thought that would be a problem, but one neighbor was very worried about her privacy. She did not like the deck we had planned.
What we didn’t know then was that she was a very difficult individual, who had major territorial issues. She wanted to be in control of who would walk up the pathway to our new cottage, which ran close to our common boundary wall. She did everything in her power to stop our renovations.
During that time, while waiting for the plans to be passed, we did a lot of plot clearing in the back garden while running our publishing company Kima Global Publishers.

A new hobby – Landscaping

This was a whole new adventure for us both. Robin kept the business going while I employed Alfred a young man from a nearby township to help me with the really heavy work. There were a great many natural rocks on the property and since I have a great love for rocks, my ideas were slowly growing on me. I wanted to landscape around the natural boulders we discovered when we pulled all the ivy away.

My sister’s garden in Holland inspired me to plan for different picnic areas, and we were very keen to design a grey water system. It was a lot of hard work, but we both enjoyed the challenge.
After a lot of negotiations with the building inspector we could finally start with our home renovations five months later.


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I'm a novelist but think in pictures. I Love innovative design, graphics, art & crafts
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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar Nadine May
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Jan 2014 (#)

Wow! That is some vision! I often dream about houses I have lived in with rooms I had never seen before -- always figured that in the dreams, I knew magic. Never would contemplate undertakings of this magnitude. My hat's off to you!

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author avatar Nadine May
24th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl for visiting my page. In the same dream I also saw that I was living in a cottage much higher up on the mountain. Our property has a road at the end of our garden higher up, so who knows one day we will build our retirement cottage there level with the road - no steps

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author avatar Retired
24th Jan 2014 (#)

How amazing you found the same view as in your dreams. It looks a lovely spot and a lvely house.

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author avatar Nadine May
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Yes Jackalyn we are very blessed that we live in such a beautiful part of Cape Town

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Jan 2014 (#)

I too find it amazing that you found the same view as in your dreams. Good post.

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author avatar Nadine May
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Yes I learned that when we dream we are not restricted by time. There is none.

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author avatar Ptrikha
15th May 2014 (#)

It is my dream to have a house according to how I and my wife want it to be. And before that I have lots of work to do.

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author avatar Nadine May
2nd Jun 2014 (#)

What about what you want? It must be a joined project surely.

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