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NEARLY FINISHED (article first published : 2006-09-2)

The sub-title to Robyn Cohen’s Nearly Finished is “a guide to home renovation”, and this is a breezy account by a Cape Town housewife about how to make improvements to your home: additions, plumbing, painting, cupboards, bathrooms, kitchens and so forth. The book stems from a series of newspaper articles written by Robyn Cohen, who lives with her husband and two children in a house that over the years has had plenty of attention.

There is much practical advice on how to plan and simplify household projects, including some quite esoteric subjects such as choosing builders and sub-contractors and submitting plans to local authorities.

It is not, I think, a book for a complete beginner. You need to be something of a handyman to derive benefit from it. But these days the high costs of skilled labour have persuaded many property owners to become handymen of sorts. They will find this illustrated 108-page book full of useful hints, and the information is presented in an engagingly jaunty manner, informally and well laced with humour.

Nearly Finished is published by Double Storey and retails at R100. - Michael Green




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