If done correctly and appropriately for the area, renovating residential properties – especially if you are your own project manager/site agent –can add far more to the home’s ultimate value than the relatively small outlays called for by this type of home improvement.
This is according to Nancy Todd, Western Cape Regional sales manager for the Rawson Property Group who explains that such changes can also be undertaken so as to conform with environmentally friendly codes of practice recommended currently by most architects and many other people.
Reusing materials from demolished sections of your home is a clever way of saving on cartage, removal and new material costs.
Todd says that as a result of doing this, she was able to add significantly to the value of two homes that she sold recently, on which otherwise she would definitely not have made any profit at all.
“One of the lessons I learned was that reusing materials on site saves a great deal of cartage, removal and, indeed, new material costs.”
On a recent home renovation in Claremont, she says she used some 30 square metres of rubble from the demolished section of the house to fill in an area on which she then built a new view verandah.
She also recycled a number of the windows and doors, which were still in a reasonably good condition, only having to replace some of the damaged putty and in some cases to repaint.
Those windows and doors for which she did not have a use herself, she gave to some of her staff and what they could not take she took to a municipal dump which has a re-allocation section from which informal and low cost home inhabitants draw materials.
The growing awareness of the need for low energy and more self-sufficient buildings has led to many people now asking Rawson Properties to find them a home in which these principles had been applied.
However, as Mandi Mac of the Rawson Properties Fish Hoek franchise has recently pointed out, such homes are few and far between and most people going this route have to commission their own architect and build from scratch.