13 Jun Stuart and Cindy Aberdein
We asked Wendy Holmes of Living Design to do some alterations on our house in Wynberg in 2015. Our original brief was to add on two upstairs bedrooms. Wendy came up with a design which did exactly what we asked for but she also said that the house had a lot of potential and suggested that more extensive changes would transform it.
She proposed some fairly radical changes which, after a lot of careful consideration, we accepted.
The result were spectacular. Our slightly tired and dated house became the home we’d always dreamed about. Besides the two extra bedrooms we had asked for, we added an office,completely opened up the downstairs section and added a children’s TV and games lounge. We also extended the verandah and added a huge outside entertainment area with a braai and wood-fired pizza oven.
During the process Wendy was always a pleasure to deal with. All changes we properly discussed and costed and there were no unpleasant surprises. She had a huge number of useful design ideas and suggestions which are not normally part of a building project. A good example was her suggestion to take the old oregon pine floor joists, which we had to remove, and use them to make two dining tables. She arranged everything and they came out beautifully. She also suggested a design for the wine cellar door using reclaimed oregon pine and an unusual oversized front door from reclaimed teak. Again these turned out beautifully and have added a lot of character to the house.
The whole way through the project we had the feeling that Wendy was treating the project with as much enthusiasm and commitment as if it was her own home. She brought in the main builder and all of the sub-contractors and we found them very friendly, helpful and reliable.
Wendy was very involved in all the details. Instead of simply telling us to choose items like bathroom and kitchen fittings, handles and cupboard finishes, she made useful suggestions and took us to the suppliers to help us. She even took us to a stove supplier to choose that.
In summary, we are very happy with our house as well as the entire alterations process. We can thoroughly recommend Wendy for any home renovation and alteration project.