Public invited to see a rundown manor house converted to a modern, open plan home

Renovating a home can add value to the property when it is sold, particularly if the property has been acquired at a good price and taking into account the current condition and location of the property, says Elanza Kritzinger, local agent of Pam Golding Properties in Belfast, Mpumalanga, near Dullstroom.

This office of PGP is currently involved in a novel and interesting marketing project which will see a home which sold through PGP for a good price completely renovated and resold.

Explains Kritzinger: “We want to show residents of Belfast that any neglected or run-down house can receive a face-lift and significantly increase its value. This property, which used to be a manor house with four bedrooms, three of which are en suite, was a bankrupt estate. Being set on a well-positioned stand of 2855 square metres, just a block from the local school, the buyers saw the potential in the property in that they were acquiring a basic structure for the price of a prime stand, with the intention of totally renovating the house and then reselling it.

Pam Golding Properties, in conjunction with Timberstone Construction as investor and builder and Timber Profiles as timber supplier, is planning to convert this derelict manor house to an appealing contemporary home. Says Kritzinger: “We will be responsible for the marketing, while Timberstone will carry out the construction and Timber Profiles will supply all the required timber.

“The plan is based on the current structure, with no additions to be made. They are replacing the roof, flooring and even the plaster. The entire layout of the house will be changed. Currently it is very dark and dreary and we want to turn this into a modern, open plan house with sunny rooms and fireplaces for the cold Belfast winters.”

Local residents will be able to view the progress made on the renovation on a regular basis. The first open day will be on Sunday 20 October from 12 noon to 2pm so that the public can see the current state of the house. Thereafter, the house will be open to viewing as work progresses on the first Sunday of each month, starting on December 1, 2013 between 12 noon and 2pm, and continuing for the following three to four months.

Adds Kritzinger: “Our target price for the renovated house is R900 000. In this way we hope to inspire others as to what can be achieved on a controlled and limited budget. In addition, the current owners of the property are going to subdivide the stand.”

Located off the N4 on the Midlands Meander route near Dullstroom, Machadodorp and Waterval-boven, Belfast is some 210km east of Pretoria, set in a naturally scenic setting in an area which is popular among tourists, particularly those who enjoy the outdoors. Fishing, hiking, birding and just taking in the natural beauty of the area is just a few of the favourite pastimes.

Commenting on the local property market, Kritzinger says house prices vary from R500 000 for a very basic, three bedroom house to an average price of around R750 000 for a more upmarket three bedroom house and up to R1 million to around R1.2 million for a four bedroom home. 

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