House Bossi A home in Cape Town
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The last few weeks have been hot and busy. All’s well on site and steadily the house is nearing its final stages, but these stages are the most critical and will take time.

I now have to find a new place to stay as I have to leave my current apartment – not ideal considering I am so close to completion of my house.

The existing boundary wall has been torn down and I now can see the extent of my new garden – and it’s bigger than I thought! The new wall needs to be erected and in the interim my house is feeling somewhat exposed.

The final wooden frames have been put in place and next the glazing will arrive. Painters have been furiously busy and it’s all going on.

I have also appointed Site-Id, the interior design division of Greg-Wright Architects, to help me with my interiors. Too much to think about on my own and quite excited to see what they pull out the bag!

My garage has a roof – just waiting for quotes for the door and I’ll have a secure garage shortly.

You can see a little video of the wall coming down here: And the wall came down…

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As the end of year approaches the world starts its gradual wind down after a long and hard 12 months. I have been busy shooting out of Cape Town and haven’t been able to monitor the progress at my house, but needless to say there is definitely a sense that the urgency has left the building. Ceilings are being installed and there is still progress albeit slower.

My garage has now taken shape and hopefully before next week it will have a floor and a roof, but I’m not holding my breath.

I am still in a constant battle regarding the timber in my house – a word of advice to anyone deciding to install timber frames: ensure that they are well protected despite what your builder might say – the acidic content of cement damages and stains your beautiful and expensive Iroko. So make sure that you cover it all up before the plasterers begin their artistic endeavors on your walls.

The last and probably most tricky portion of the house is being built – the front window and fireplace has been shuttered and poured. It’s a complex combination of concrete bench, steel supports and a timber post. The result will hopefully be another interesting addition to the house.

With all the time I have spent away from  my house and with the multitude of decisions that lie ahead I have decided to get the help of an interior design team. More to follow.

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The last few weeks have been quite trying. Between working to pay for the house and the multitude of decisions to be made I might have aged a bit.

I have been shooting for the last week which was preceded by two weeks of prepping a rather large job – this meant that any progress decisions on my house had to be taken quickly. So far so good.

The cisterns are all in place. I used a company called Flush Bathrooms in Paarden Eiland for my sanitary-ware. I have used them before when I renovated my house in Bo-Kaap – they carry most ranges – from cheap and standard to ludicrously expensive. They are professional and helpful and more importantly, price competitive.

My roof is almost done. I went with a charcoal grey for the main structure as it seemed the obvious colour to match up with its background, Table Mountain. I also re-looked the bracing between the steel posts and the new bracing looks much better.

The concrete bench in the main bedroom/balcony has been cast and the room is starting to take shape. Door frames have arrived and are waiting to be installed.

The next week brings many admin hours with it – I have been consumed with work for the last few weeks and so I have had to let certain admin issues slip.

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The last few weeks have been filled with many decisions, battles and victories. The bank is back in my good books, and has reciprocated the favour which means that I might even be moving in by December. That is if I can get all the decisions made before my builder fires me.

It has been a frustating few weeks with work interfering with my on-site time and hence my inability to make some critical decisions. There have also been quite a few glitches in the original master plan and we have had to continually re-evaluate certain areas and certain design choices. For the first time in the building process I have been very frustrated with some of the hiccups. It seems that a final detail isn’t all that. A word of advice at this point – make sure that all the details have been checked by the people actually  building the house before going ahead and that they are in fact practically achievable details  – even if those details had already been discussed at length – it seems there is quite a big gap between theory and practice – sounds pretty simple, but it’s not simple at all when it costs you time and money .

That said – there has been some good progress and the roof trusses are up. The roof sheeting should be going on soon.

The staircase is halfway there. Everyday is another step closer to the final vision. The oak trees have also started growing their leaves back – it’s al looking very much like Spring.

I’m hoping that the next few months run smoother than the last few weeks.

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The pressure of the final stage is upon me. The building continues to take shape and as we approach the final construction stage so the decisions become more critical and numerous.

I have changed the layout of the main bedroom and have had to adjust a window accordingly. It’s great to see the windows framing the views – I already have a favourite view from bedroom 2 – I think that views do not have to be large and expansive – I like the idea of editing views with windows and frames.

There have  been a few hiccups with the conflicts in the plans which resulted in a beam to being placed at the wrong height. Adjustments seem to be the normal route at this stage and no matter how much you prepare and visualise a space, until you are standing in it you never really get a sense of it.

The walls have also gone up that will support the roof and form the facade. The asymmetrical shape of the roof was the compromise I had to accept as the council refused permission for a flat roof. I am slowly getting used to it and think that once it has been softened with the wood cladding it will create a signature shape for the house.

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In preparation for the site clearing and house building, I am getting someone in to have a look at this enormous Strelitzia tree (Strelitzia nicolai). It is in the middle of where my lounge will be.

I might save a portion of it and re-plant it in my yard, but it is off to a new home – the plants find it easy to settle into a new home if handled properly. I have good tree people on the case.

Next up on things to go are some roof tiles that were left behind from the previous house that once occupied both my plot and the one it was subdivided from next door.

They too need to find a new home.  Any takers?