And the winners of this year’s #DontMoveImprove competition are…

A big thank you to all of you who took the time to send us your renovation projects.

Kitchens definitely seem to be top of the list of rooms readers want to revamp (for kitchen makeovers don’t miss our May issue on sale 15 April) followed closely by bathrooms. We were pleased to see that there were more garden updates this year. And again, we were impressed by how many women took advantage of pregnancy and maternity leave to improve their homes.

Going through the entries was like a master class in renovations as there were loads of good ideas in each one. Our guest judge was interior designer Claire Clark of By Dezign Interiors whose work has often appeared in Garden and Home. You may have spotted her modern update of a veranda on our April cover. Claire is renowned for her designs for residential, commercial and hospitality interiors.

Choosing an overall winner proved to be too difficult, so after some debate, we decided on two winners and one runner up.

Winner No. 1: Marina Haim for the renovation of a family home

By gutting the old-fashioned kitchen of their Cape Town house and opening it up to the living and dining rooms, the ownersestablished a light airy space ideal for entertaining. Streamlined cabinetry and an island add to the stylish effect. They extended the veranda with a white slatted roof to create a better connection with the garden while the bathroom also benefitted from their light modern approach.

They are the winners of a R5 000 voucher from Versus Paints and a hamper of Lasher garden tools worth R1 000.

Winner No. 2: Darryn Lee for his clever update of an inner-city apartment

Darryn’s transformation of a bare minimal studio apartment using brick walls, paint and accessories really caught our attention. It’s a great example of what can be done in a small space. We liked the way Darryn divided the apartment into separate areas, each with their own personality, with the result that the apartment appears more spacious.

Darryn has also won a R5 000 voucher from Versus Paints and a hamper of Lasher garden tools worth R1 000.

Runner up: Michelle Benade for her transformation of a neglected area of the garden into an outdoor living area

We admired the way Michelle spotted the potential of a shady corner of her garden and turned it into a spacious outdoor entertaining area. Her clever design creates a better connection between the house and garden and makes the most of what was wasted space. And she did it while on maternity leave!

Michelle has won a hamper of Lasher garden tools worth R1 000.

The winners of the two R500 OneDayOnly vouchers were Andiswa Khumalo and Dee Davids.

Congratulations to all the winners!