Living Design is a small company owned by Wendy Holmes, specializing in the design and construction of house renovations and the creation of beautiful homes, in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town & Langebaan, typically from old and ordinary houses. Whilst she also takes on the building of new houses, Wendy’s passion lies in the transformation of houses from ordinary to spectacular, her main strength being her vision and ability to see potential in old buildings and to creatively convert them to suit her clients’ needs. She is also a very ‘hands on’ project manager thereby ensuring surprisingly short construction programmes but at the same time controlling quality and cost.
The process of renovating a house starts with meetings and interviews with clients to ascertain their needs followed by numerous iterations as the concepts grow from preliminary ideas in hand-drawn sketches through to formal drawings, submissions to council and approval.
As soon as plans are approved Wendy’s team gets stuck in and transformation begins at an alarming rate, with all the various sub-contracted trades lined up to perform their functions under close supervision. Budgets are tightly managed and costs are kept as low as possible by Living Design including their management fee in the building cost.
Wendy’s involvement doesn’t end with the completion of the building as she assists clients with selection of finishes and even with advice on soft finishes and gardens if required. There are various aspects to what Wendy offers depending on the stage at which she enters the project and clients’ needs, namely consulting only at an hourly rate; conceptual design and sketch plans; formal plans and submission to and approval by council at an agreed fee; and project management and building