Jeanette Coetzee

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Jeanette Coetzee

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Name:Jeanette
Surname:Coetzee
Location:Monument Park/Pretoria/Gauteng
Entry Date:June 1, 2018
Category:Entire home
Budget Breakdown:
Materials:
Item Cost
Carpet Tiles (blue) 0
Round bathroom basin 0
2dn bathroom basin, bath and toilet 0
Framed mirror 0
Window glass and putty 11567
Steel window frames, openers and accessories 3695
New ceramic cistern 500
Palet wood table in bathroom 798
Grey tiles for bathroom 1868
Bathroom accessories 432
Carpet glue, carpet knife blades and accessories 5579
Ceiling boards and brandering 3439
Cement and concrete mix 550
Doors, door locks and handles 3746
Electrical cables, fittings and accessories 9783
Chainsaw accessories, lubricant, lawn, and various garden expenses 2081
Kitchen counter tops 1620
Lamp covers 137
Metal gate fittings 475
Paint, paintbrushes, rollers and accessories 7848
Plumbing pipes and various fittings 8073
Pesticides and insecticides 387
Wooden poles 1199
Burglar bars and steelworks 26943
Rubish removal 3565
Sliding glass door frame 3648
Various other building expenses 13486
111419
Contractors:
Item Cost
Greg Barry - Roof 1200
Jan Tolmay (young friend) - General 4500
Gerbert Nanninga (brother) - Carpets 4800
Gerhard Nanninga (father) - Electrical, Plumbing & General 25600
Cry - Tiles 800
36900
Grand Total R148319
Diy jobs:
Item
Painting
Sanding
Crack filling (walls, floor, doors, ceilings)
Rubbish removal
Tree felling and pruning
Gardening
Carpet tile cleaning
Cleaning and pest control
Carpet installation
Project management
Door hanging / fittings
Curtain rail fittings
Ceiling re-installation & fixing
Laying of tiles
Window frameswelded back on
Kitchen top installation
Laying of network cables and trunking for cables
Window glass fitting
Electrical re-wiring
Plumbing
About the Project:

Myself and my business partner Corlia Pretorius are accountants, and run our own small accounting practice in Monument Park, Pretoria. After having rented an office for a few years, we wanted to buy an office of our own, and found a dilapidated house with a good location, and the correct business rights already registered to… Read More

Myself and my business partner Corlia Pretorius are accountants, and run our own small accounting practice in Monument Park, Pretoria. After having rented an office for a few years, we wanted to buy an office of our own, and found a dilapidated house with a good location, and the correct business rights already registered to the property. We could purchase the property at a bargain price, but the house was neglected badly and had no electrical wiring or plug and light fittings left since all was stolen, about 98% of the window openers (frames) were stolen, all basins, baths, toilet cicterns, taps and steel pipes were stolen, some ceilings were damaged, the carpets were rotten and unusable, doors were also stolen or damaged too badly to use, and the house was in bad shape in many other ways, but the structure and roof were sill good condition. The garden was totally overgrown and a rubbish dump of note, but despite it all, and against some people’s advice, we decided to buy the house and take on the project.

We wanted to obtain a loan from the bank for purchasing the house as well as money for repairs, but since the property was in such bad shape, the bank would not loan us any money initially. We therefore had to use our own savings to repair the house. We did as much of the work ourselves as we possibly could, since we did not have a lot of savings. My father who is retired, assisted us with the technical work and we paid him a monthly fee for assisting us. We also paid a young friend, as well as my brother who were both unemployed at the time, to assist my father with certain tasks, together with our gardener who helped twice a week. Myself and Corlia, together with my husband, my brother, Corlia’s father and our family and friends, who all came to help wherever they could, we did this project. Since we could not do this project full time, myself and Corlia worked our accounting job during the day, and at 5 o’clock after working the day as accountants, we would take off our formal work wear, and put on our dirty work clothes, and we would start painting and working into the night. We did this during the day, and work on the restoration project full time on a Saturday and some Sundays for more than 6 months.

We tried to use as much second hand material as possible. One of my friends renovated their house a few weeks before we started with our project, and we used many items (eg. stove top, curtain rails, light fittings, security and sliding gate, basins, etc.) that they threw out. We ordered the steel window frames (openers) from a window frame factory and welded them all back on and new glass was installed. My father re-wired the entire house, and also reinstalled all the plumbing. We obtained second-hand carpet tiles in a barter transaction which we used throughout most of the house. We installed the carpet tiles after having cleaned them properly with a pressure hose. Some items like light fittings we even bought from the local hospice, and old wooden finish curtain rails we cleaned and repainted to have them look brand new. We mostly took weekly trips to hardware stores, with the the odd trip in between, and we have a whole lever arch file full of expenditure slips and proof of purchases. We have finished the bulk of the project, but still have room for improvement and would love to win the competition to enable us to do so!

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