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Home South Africa|October/November 2021
An architectural interior consultant shares her own home renovation.
Beatrice Moore-Nothnagel

Arti Canaris has always loved Simon's Town on the shores of False Bay, Cape Town. In 2016, she moved from a nature reserve above the naval town down to the centre and a 42-year-old home. "Simon's Town has the best of all worlds: historical buildings, majestic mountains, waterfalls, a warm ocean, secret beaches, charming shops and a great sense of community," says Arti with a smile.

The property's main drawcard was its central location and two quaint lanes on either side of the house that lead to the harbour. In addition, Arti could convert a section into an Airbnb holiday unit that would work for her".

However, the house itself was in dire straits as nothing had been altered or upgraded since it was built in 1979. "The fence, old wooden window frames and deck were rotten; the flow inside was all wrong; and the bathrooms, kitchen and tiles were outdated," explains Arti, an architectural interior consultant trading under Artic Design Solutions.

The downstairs area was converted into a one-bedroom rental apartment with its own entrance, a pathroom, lounge, and kitchen, as well as a 15m2 deck and garden. Arti transformed the top level into a home for herself.

Exterior beauty

Since Arti does project management and renovations for a living, she was able to complete most of the work in two months and moved in at the end of July in 2016. A second extension including a new carport with her main bedroom and en suite built on top of it could only commence in March 2017 as Arti was awaiting municipal approval. By the beginning of May 2017, everything was done.

Corrugated aluminium sheets, one of Arti's favourite materials to work with, were used to clad the home's exterior. "This blends in with some of the navy warehouses in our area and adds a sense of history," says Arti. “The darker colour also blends into the environment; so much so that when I walk on the beach and look up to see my house, it's quite a struggle to find it," says Arti with a laugh.

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