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Competition takes home renovations to new levels

Tuis/Home magazine, South Africa's practical guide to beautiful living, once again proves that home renovations need not cost the earth and can be wholly rewarding - as entrants to their annual 'Fix it with Flair' competition keep discovering.
The February issue, currently on shelf, features the winners and runners-up of a national home improvement competition, along with their winning home improvements that will no doubt motivate thousands of other readers to revamp, restore and redo their homes.

The winning couple of the 2012 competition, Yolanda Cilliers and Oostewald Bekker from Boston, Cape Town impressed the judges by demonstrating how a small budget can go a long way when it comes to updating an old, run-down home.

Through not being afraid to get their hands dirty and by doing most of the building work themselves, this enterprising couple managed to transform a neglected house into an inviting home - all within a modest budget of only R22 100. This led to them scooping the grand prize of R25 000 in vouchers from sponsors Pennypinchers and Timbercity towards the next stage of their renovation project.

"After four years of creative renovations, our winners and runners-up still managed to exceed our expectations with the standard of their home improvements," says Tuis/Home's editor, Anneke Blaise. "This year marks the fifth of our annual Fix it with Flair competition and we can't wait to see what this year's entrants will achieve."