When we first bought this property we had a bazillion plans to knock it down, clear the site and build a brand spanking new double-storey home.
This was initially tempered somewhat by the costs involved so we put aside our grandiose plans for the time being and concentrated on the business.
At that time we went to the council to obtained plans for the property and oddly enough we were given the originals. This was when we first noted the house was built in 1924. Although we were still intent on building something new there was this odd twinge that made us wonder if reducing to rubble something that was almost a hundred years old was such a good idea after all.
But we rationalized that the property had received one or two additions that were a bit hodge-podge therefore we didn’t feel so bad. Yet still we did nothing so now, a number of years down the line, the house is considered a heritage property and we can’t just knock it down as and when we feel like it. Which is good in a way as we have come to like and appreciate it as it is and maybe it would be better served by renovating? And the more we think about renovation rather than knock down and start again the more appeal this idea has.
The part of the ridge where our house is situated was once owned by the Marist Brothers.
Sacred Heart College traces its origins to the arrival of two Marist Brothers in the mining town of Johannesburg in 1889. Although they started teaching five pupils, within ten years the school was 800 strong. Initially situated in Koch Street in the centre of Johannesburg, the school moved to the outskirts of town in Observatory in 1924. The school remains on those premises.
When our house was built, for the grand sum of 2000 Pounds, there were no immediate neighbours and the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. PJ Van der Linde, had an unobstructed view for miles.
The house was built facing due east so the owners could watch the sunrise and I can imagine them sitting on the stoep at 5.00 am, coffees in hand, dog by their feet and not a tree or building to mar the view. Glorious.
So, with the house now 91 years young it might be nice to try to bring it back to its former glory.
Our house has become more than plans.
Our house has a shed
Our house has a gate
Our house has birds and the bees … ;)
and spiders …
and butterflies …
And dogs and cats
And blues skies and airplanes
And Ladybirds and fish
And myriad other things.But most of all, our house is home.
Fancy some cake and a coffee?