Essential winter projects

The weather reports indicate that the first cold (and wet) front is on its way and scheduled to arrive this weekend. If you have been putting off essential winter projects - time to get these done... quickly.


Paving - Durable and hardwearing

Clay and concrete paving bricks are durable, low maintenance and add aesthetic appeal and increase the value of a home.



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A Beautiful Welcome

Give your home curb appeal and a beautiful welcome home by installing and finishing a solid wood door stained in your choice of wood tint.



Is your roof waterproof?

As we experience climate change and unpredictable weather, making sure your roof is waterproof is a priority.



Garage to guest suite

Converting a garage into a guest suite makes sense if it is standing unused or piled with junk. Whether you're looking to add an extra bedroom or a flat that you can rent out, we look at what you need to know.


How to afford your new home

So you’ve bought a new home, successfully made the big jump to owning something a bit bigger, but inevitably this comes with some additional costs.



Tips on plastering an exterior wall

In this feature we offer advice, tips and tricks for plastering an exterior wall where the plaster finish was falling off.



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Repair dips and bumps in paving or driveway

Two years ago I made changes to the driveway at my front entrance. To do this a large shrub had to be removed. After heavy rains last summer a dip started to appear in the paving that needed to be repaired.


Prominent Paints paving paint adds curb appeal

It has been over a year now since I laid new paving down when making changes to the front entrance at my house. Time to add a coat of paint to dress the bricks and add curb appeal. This was an easy project with Prominent Paints paving paint in Terracotta.


How to treat rising damp in exterior and interior walls

When left untreated, rising damp can cause serious problems to the structure of a home. Paint and plaster will fall off the wall, and brickwork eventually becomes saturated with moisture and can lead to structural damage.


Quick Fix: Drips and leaks in IBR

When up on the roof adding new waterproofing, I noticed that the roofing washers on the IBR roof were worn and rusted. Instead of removing and replacing these, here's a quick fix to prevent leaks.


Fix that leaky roof

While doing an annual inspection I noticed that the waterproofing on the roof of the addition was starting to peel and lift. The dry season is the perfect time to make roof repairs.



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Don't put off home maintenance

Regular home maintenance is important to maintain the value of your property and also prevent damage that can easily be avoided.



Prepare your home for winter chills and rain

Whether it's preparing for winter rains, or keeping out the winter chills, every home is going to require some maintenance to make sure it is ready for winter.



Do I need a handyman or contractor?

On Home-Dzine we regularly receive requests for advice on home maintenance, home repairs and home improvement, and whether it is better to hire a handyman or contractor. Here are some tips on who to call if you need jobs done around the home.


Make a door or window awning

Using your basic welding skills, or asking a friend to do a small welding project for you, allows you to make your own door or window awnings. An awning not only provides welcome shade during the hottest part of the day, but also adds decorative appeal to any home.

Waterproofing for outdoor areas

Here's some advice on areas to inspect and some products you can use to waterproof outdoor areas



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Time to paint your home exterior

If the weather is good and you haven't yet got round to painting your home exterior, do it now before the rainy season sets in. You will need to set aside a week to include prep and painting.



No more messy paint stripper

I decided to take on the task of repainting all the burglar bars and security gates at home. While I started off with paint stripper - I soon gave this up and took a faster and less messy route.


Glazing, walk-on rooflights and skylights

There’s a real ‘feel good factor’ to a home which successfully brings the great outdoors indoors. Glazing is an instant and cost effective means of transforming the look and feel of a kitchen, open plan living space or family room.


Understanding your roof

More than just a cover over your house, the roof serves an important function for protecting and creating an energy efficient structure. Understanding terminology and good installation practices is important to ensure that your roof meets the latest industry standards.


Pave outdoor entertainment area

The newly paved outdoor area is designed to provide more open space for seating and raise the level of the ground to allow for water drainage problems.



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Turn outdoor areas into living spaces

Transform outdoor areas into comfortable living spaces using decor accessories and recycled materials and some DIY savvy.



Choosing the right tile adhesive and additive

 When taking on a tiling project you want to ensure a successful result, so it's important to know what products are available and how to use these in your next  tiling project.



Tile indoors and outdoors for a seamless flow

Tiling outdoors allows you to extend your indoor living spaces and, whether it's a patio, stoep, boma, edladleni or braai area, one thing is certain: the contemporary outdoor relaxation area is a functional extension of the home and is as important as any other living area when it comes to planning the right decor to suit the space.


Turn a carport into a stylish patio

Whether you renovate an existing carport into a patio or decide to have a basic carport erected, the simple design of a carport allows you to set up an easy patio area in a small or large garden.


Repair & paint home exterior for lasting results

Way back in August 2010, Nancy and I took on the huge task of painting three home exteriors in my development. The three homes in question, including my own, were full of exterior cracks, chips, and one home in particular had extensive peeling and bubbling paint and required damp proofing.


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Get your deck in shape for the holidays

Depending on the type of wood used for your deck installation you may have a deck that is looking worn and faded and definitely not the beautiful deck that was originally installed. Wood needs a regular application of nourishing treatments to protect and preserve, so here's how to get your wood deck looking good for the holidays.


Transform a plain patio into a stunning space

When you haven't nothing more than a concrete slab for a patio, it's nice to know that there is something you an do to transform the space into a lovely outdoor area that has everything you need to sit outdoor during the spring and summer months.


Flooring options for patio or outdoor dining

Choosing the right floor for your patio or entertainment area can be as difficult as selecting the right flooring for your home interior. With any flooring choice their are pros and cons as to durability, maintenance, appearance and safety.


Fit a new exterior door

Many homeowners put this project on the back burner thinking that a new door is too expensive and it isn't easy to fit. You would actually be surprised at the selection and affordability of wood doors at your local Builders Warehouse, and once you get started you will realise that fitting is not as difficult as you originally thought.


Multi-level DIY deck

A courtyard with concrete slab floor was transformed from a dull and dreary outdoor area into a multi-level entertainment space. The entire project involved a DIY deck installation using pine wood planks in two widths and on varying levels.


Add a paved patio area

Winter is the perfect time to get cracking on outdoor projects such as adding a paved patio. If you don't already have a paved or concrete patio, using cement paving bricks, clay bricks, or even reclaimed bricks, is an affordable and reasonably easy project that can be done in a weekend - or two - tops!


Lay concrete slab

Whether you are laying a slab for a braai, pathway or a patio, the process is the same. Here are the steps to get the job done.



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Restore an old home

If there is one property option that South Africa has, it's older homes, and not all are located in undesirable suburbs. In fact, some of SA's most upmarket suburbs are dominated by older homes. Taking on the restoration of an older home is a challenge, but well worth the time and effort you put into it at the end of the day.


Paint gutters and downspouts

Painting gutters and downspouts is a project that adds curb appeal when combined with painting a home exterior. If galvanised gutters and downspouts are looking drab, or perhaps rusty, they can easily be refreshed with Plascon Metalcare.


Home transformation with Plascon Micatex

This entry into our Bosch Home Improvement Competition shows how Charlene and her husband used Plascon Micatex to transform their newly-bought house from a very old peeling paint-job to a beautiful dune colour.


Should I paint exterior face brick?

Face brick homes have been a popular choice for many homeowners through the years. With time, however, even brick will lose some of its appeal, succumbing to the forces of nature and beginning to look worn and aged. Homeowners start to look for options on what can be done to refresh the look of their brick homes.


Frameless glass windows and doors

Sit back and enjoy the view when you install frameless windows, frameless folding or sliding doors, as these offer an unobstructed and panoramic view of the surroundings.



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Brick veneer wall cladding for indoors & outdoors

Not only does cladding with brick veneer add texture and architectural detail to walls, it's also a great way to cover up walls that are prone to hairline cracks, have a rough plastered finish, or blank walls that lack interest.


Care for wooden windows & doors

There is a beauty to timber windows and the homes they grace, and if they are well maintained, they can last a lifetime. Charl Jacobz from Swartland offers some tips and advice on how to best maintain their beauty.


Interior & Exterior plaster finishes

If there are damaged walls in your home, areas where you have removed tiles, or walls that are uneven or highly textured, plastering is one of the ways to fix these types of defects. Using a plaster mix, plastering is the technique for covering up raw and rough surfaces.


Rock wall cladding

I love the look of natural stone clad walls - both interior or exterior walls. It's a way to introduce texture and detail to an otherwise bland room. It's also a way to merge interior and exterior areas.


Install gutters and downspouts

Installing your own gutters can save you substantially over professionally installed gutters. Your local Builders Warehouse sell gutter systems that are designed primarily for easy installation. But with just a little bit more work, you can use these same parts to put together gutters and downspouts that are stronger and better looking too.


Installing wooden windows and frames

Windows are an important element in how a home looks. From a design point of view window styles are suited to particular styles of homes.



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Repair, restore or renovate concrete

Conventional wisdom holds that old concrete, with cracks, surface discolouration, or surface imperfections, must be removed and replaced if improving the look of the concrete is the goal. But there are many options available for transforming that drab concrete patio, driveway, or floor into a new, decorative, coloured concrete surface.


Add curb appeal

Just as your home makes a statement about who you are and what you value, so do the patios, walkways and driveways that connect your home to the outside world.



Remove and rehang an exterior door

Removing and replacing an exterior door, especially a front and back door, is as easy as removing the old one, making a few adjustments and then hanging the new one in place.



Wrought iron detailing

Whether featuring the flamboyant swirls and curves of Art-Deco style or the clean lines of minimalist design, decorative ironwork makes a statement. Iron pieces may be hand-forged or ready-made, but they will set the tone in a room or add contrast to a design.


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Circular patio and firepit

Creating the perfect patio for your outdoor area doesn't have to break the bank. By taking time to design and plan out your patio area, you can create a space that not only looks good, but also adds a unique feature to your home.


How to paint concrete

Don't live with a dingy, grey concrete slab when there are so many ways to update and give concrete a makeover. You will find a selection of concrete paints and concrete preparation products at your local Builders Warehouse, and painting concrete is a project you can easily tackle in a weekend.


Upgrade your outdoors with pavers

With so many options to choose from for enhancing an outdoor living space, cement pavers allow you to create a beautiful space on a budget, and outdoor spaces are just as important as indoors when more homeowners are looking to improve rather than move.


Benefits of a concrete patio

With more decorative options than ever before, concrete patios are attracting homeowners who want an outdoor surface that offers the ultimate in design versatility. Concrete patios also have the edge when it comes to durability and low maintenance.


An outdoor sanctuary with tile

The heady days of summer provide us with an opportunity to spend more time outside the home to unwind from the fast pace of modern living. Turn your outdoor sanctuary into an attractive spot where you can entertain and celebrate with friends and family in pure alfresco bliss.


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Stamped concrete

Stamped concrete is an affordable way to imitate the look of natural stone or brick without having to pay for the real thing. Proprietary rubber patterns that create effects resembling natural stone, and preconfigured patterns such as brick or cobblestone, are commercially available, although sometimes hard to find.


Epoxy floors

Epoxy paint is a two-part paint product that was originally designed for industrial flooring application. Now available for residential use, epoxy paints provide a tough, durable protective coating that makes them easy to maintain.


Bring concrete to life

Despite its many wonderful attributes, concrete slabs can be boring. Whether we are talking about a concrete verandah, a pathway or a driveway, there is something very uninspiring about the flat, dull look of grey concrete.


Simple, affordable pergola design

We managed to find a pergola design that is simple and affordable, and that anyone with some DIY savvy can tackle in a weekend or two.



Transform your garage into living space

As we move into secure complexes and boomed areas, garages are being used for more than just parking cars. A single or double garage accounts for a large percentage of the total floor space in on a property, so it makes sense to take advantage of an empty garage and transform it into extra living space.


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Fixing and repairing cracks in concrete

Cracks in concrete happen all the time as a result of shrinkage or movement. As concrete cures and dries out it has a tendency to shrink, and that's why it is important to lightly spray concrete with water during the curing or drying process.


Pros and cons of a thatched roof

Thatched roofs have endured for thousands of years, offering a durable roofing option that not only adds character to a charming cottage, but a modern home as well. However, there are pros and cons to having a thatched roof and it helps to know what to expect if you are considering having a thatched roof on a house.


Restore an old home

If there is one property option that South Africa has, it's older homes, and not all are located in undesirable suburbs. In fact, some of SA's most upmarket suburbs are dominated by older homes. Taking on the restoration of an older home is a challenge, but well worth the time and effort you put into it at the end of the day.


Renovations that pay you back

While home improvement projects can really add to the appeal and practicality of a home, some will add more value onto the bottom line than others.



Build with reclaimed materials

With the ever increasing cost of construction materials, the wise DIY builder should whenever appropriate, try and purchase them second-hand. In fact, a surprising variety of materials can be obtained without ever entering a builder’s merchant, hardware or DIY shop.


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From garage to garden room

This couple cornered off a long driveway to create their very own 'secret' room and relaxation zone.



10 home improvement tips

With the housing market in its current state, the sensible householder's mantra should be 'don't move: improve'. With this in mind, we've come up with tips, advice and links to our best features to help you boost your home's value so that staying in put won't just make sense financially, it will be an absolute pleasure.


Building regulations

Before you start planning for home improvements in the form of alterations and additions to your existing home, there are some facts that you need to know.



When times are tough...

...The tough do it themselves. And times are definitely tough at the moment. With property values in the doldrums, many homeowners are sitting tight and taking the option to improve rather than move.


Home renovation tips

If you have made the decision to tackle home renovation you'll want to ensure the best value for money for your home improvements. Whilst doing-it-yourself will save you a lot of money, you will need to know a fair amount of basics before you can consider tackling major home renovation.


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Gallery of ideas for using concrete

A small selection of modern homes that use concrete in inventive and imaginative ways.



Tangit PVC-U Weld adhesive for PVC pipes

When you are using PVC pipes for installing a water feature, repairing a swimming pool, or for any craft or DIY project that uses PVC pipes, you need an adhesive that sticks fast and sticks strong. Tangit PVC-U Weld is the product you need.


Brick veneer wall cladding for indoors & outdoors

Not only does cladding with brick veneer add texture and architectural detail to walls, it's also a great way to cover up walls that are prone to hairline cracks, have a rough plastered finish, or blank walls that lack interest.


Gazebo with IBR sheet roof

Out-the-box thinking transformed a gazebo kit into a more permanent structure for Mike and his family. An affordable gazebo kit from his local Builders Warehouse is fitted with an IBR sheet roof. Definitely a worthy entry into our Home Improvement Competition.


Bamboo... More than just floors

The buzzword all around the world these days is ‘sustainability’. Going green is even becoming an increasingly prominent trend in home décor, as we look for ways to beautify our living space, while helping the environment.


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