The reality is this. We are running out of water and that is because we waste so much of it every day. Despite that, water in South Africa is in great demand, and as the human population increases with its increasing needs for survival, the greater the water demand. Water storage is vital at this stage as we cannot afford to waste any of it. For example, many people dump all the water from their pool when a repair is due. Instead of wasting all that water, you can use a temporary water storage system like Rent a Bladder to keep the water until you are ready to pump it back into the pool. Thousands of Rands will be saved and you’ll be helping the planet too!
Rent a Bladder was established to directly address the need to save large volumes of water when maintenance on pools, ponds and reservoirs is being done. Owned by Johan Terblanche and Gene Crick – and a new branch owned and operated by Cornel Pentz, Rent a Bladder has become a popular brand for water storage solutions.”
How It Works
During any renovation where water is kept in large volumes, Rent a Bladder offers an easy solution to the water waste usually associated with this type of renovation. This is achieved by pumping water into collapsible water bladders on-site (up to one-million litres) to save water, time and provide a value-added service.
A large variety of water bladder sizes makes the job easier and the service more convenient. Rent a Bladder also offers a variety of delivery options, ranging from their DIY package to a full delivery option for a stress-free solution.
Cornel realised there was a need to offer customers who live further from the big cities the same exceptional service at a more convenient location.
Rent a Bladder services the entire Gauteng and outlying areas, with Cornel’s branch, Rent a Bladder South, focussing on the Eastern and Southern suburbs of Gauteng up to and including Springs, Middelburg and the Vaal Driehoek.
According to Cornel, “There are very few practical options available to keep your water while working on your reservoir or pool. We will make it simple and safe. If you go for the delivery options, you get our stellar customer service where we take care of the tricky setups”.
If you live in and around Johannesburg and are looking for a short-term solution to water storage, it’s probably time to get in touch with Rent a Bladder. With a brand that is expanding faster than ever – especially in the East and South of Johannesburg, they are not only a convenient option but a popular one too!
Fast Facts about short-term water storage:
- Save water – the entire capacity of your pool does not need a refill.
- Save time – they can drain and refill in a day.
- Save money – avoid costly municipal bills.
- Stress-free – go for their comprehensive delivery option and they take care of everything!
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A good paint job will instantly transform your home from looking old and dilapidated to new and modern by adding real character and personality. Painting your home is not only for enhancement purposes, but it also acts as a defence against weather, insects and other potential threats. Regular painting is an important aspect of home maintenance to keep your property protected and to retain its market value.
When the time comes to repair and paint your home, many homeowners tend to go for the cheapest quotation which many times result in disaster and end up to be more expensive than what it should be. Painting a home is not just about attractive colours and a few paint rollers. All paint projects require knowledge, experience and skills to ensure a long-lasting finish.
It’s all in the preparation
To guarantee a long-lasting paint job, certain steps need to be taken. If these steps are not taken correctly, paint manufacturers will simply void the paint guarantee.
It is common for interior and exterior walls and ceilings to crack due to certain weather conditions. There are many types of cracks caused by various reasons and it is therefore important to investigate the source of the problem first. Once the source has been established, be it through water damage, dampness or structural fault – only then can the damage be properly fixed with the correct material and in the correct manner. Therefore intense water and damp proofing should be carried out followed by painting. If any of these steps are missed, the same or more cracks will surface not long after the completed project, leaving the project in a poorer condition, which will also be more costly.
It is also very important to use specific paints on certain textures and structures. Using the incorrect paint will shorten the length of time in which you need to renovate again. Using the correct, high- quality paint will ultimately cost you less over a period of time.
It’s been a while since we could just pick up our phones and make a quick call to our local handyman. Not just because of COVID restrictions, but also because we are afraid to let people into our homes.
You can be assured that all the 0861NUTSMAN employees are equipped with the necessary personal protective equipment. Their staff have been thoroughly trained to sanitize and wash their hands frequently on the job. Team leaders ensure that all staff are monitored for COVID-19 symptoms and make sure their staff do not use public transport. You can also rest assured that all their equipment and tools are also disinfected after every job.
As we write this, our official Expo break-down is in full swing. To think that a short week ago, exhibitors from all over Gauteng, along with a super Johannesburg 2020 HOMEMAKERS Expo crew, made this year’s Expo a stellar success.
In a world that is better connected than ever before, the InHabit themed Expo proved to be the place to be this past weekend – with a special leap day to add. Visitors could mingle with experts and connoisseurs to get the best out of their Expo experience. The Expo connected visitors with the products and services that help them own the spaces they occupy.
This year’s Johannesburg HOMEMAKERS Expo was about improving the way people live in their homes and how they connect with everything around them. This included the topic of the year, environmental sustainability, supporting local businesses and being better informed about product origins.
This year’s Johannesburg Expo brought many highlights and it’s so hard to choose only a few. The InHabit Workshop and The Garden Table were packed every day with inquisitive visitors looking to learn something new for their home, garden and kitchen. Another highlight was the stand winners at the annual awards function, where HOMEMAKERS celebrated the exhibitor stars of the year. HOMEMAKERS COO, Hestelle Robinson, says that this year, the team took a fresh approach to the Expo. “We did things differently this year and it paid off. Our 2020 Expo was one of the most successful to date”.
The Winner’s Circle
Every year The HOMEMAKERS Expo team chooses a panel of Judges who take on the difficult task of choosing their favourite stands. This year our winners were:
Best Truly Artisan: Xisaka Interiors
Best Small Stand: Sqwidnet
Overall Winner: Sequ-Door
Ashley Furniture Homestore, Patio Warehouse, Totem Kitchens & Cupboards, Turnkey Concepts, Ikon Aluminium, Fenster Aluminium, House of Supreme, Curves and Bevels and WIC Flooring.
Plaza Board Centre, Furnlock and Slide & SA Sinks, Trellidor, Decking and Flooring, U-Light, MP Solar, Grecoline, Grafton Everest, Furnworx and Best Deck.
Vinostein, Africote, Hillaldam Sliding Door Systems, Advantage Air, Inovar Floor, B and W Unlimited Kitchens, Best Gutters, Weather Master, Design Benjamin, First Water Coolers & Purifiers, Oco Life by Organico, Mend-A-Pool, Blockhouse, Cinema Architects and AV Gurus.
What The Winners Had to Say:
Sequ-Door: “We have been with HOMEMAKERS for so many years and winning is a big honour for us. We created a stand that showcases all our products. We also went with a warm-homey feel in our stand design. This attracts visitors and makes them feel at home”.
Xisaka Interiors:“This was our first Expo and we were so delighted to have won this prestigious award. Our stand space was limited which forced us to get very creative with all our furniture and so little space. It worked”!
Sqwidnet: “People want to make their home technology more accessible, which ultimately makes it more convenient for them. Our take on product delivery and stand design was aligned with that focus”.
Ashley Furniture Store: “We put our hearts into our stand design. We are passionate about our planning and our visitors. This combo makes for a win-win environment”.
MP Solar: “Sustainability is a huge trend in 2020 and we designed our stand to represent that. Solar energy is the future”
Fenster: “We are trendsetters in the market and we showcased all our premium products. This attracted customers and showed them how technology has changed”.
WIC Flooring:“We’re a family business and that gives us a huge advantage. Our stand design is welcoming and we tried to incorporate the InHabit theme”.
Totem Kitchens & Cupboards:“Keeping up with trends and not going over the top is what we kept in mind when designing our custom stand”.
Another successful InHabit Workshop for the 2020 Homemakers Expo. Artisans and experts such as Jana Nel, Joe Strydom and the team from Vermont Sales and World of Decorative Concrete gave visitors demos on the best DIY projects for homeowners. Demonstrations included talks on concrete products, techniques for clay and ceramics, woodworking, revamping old furniture and even adult doodling.
The Garden Table
With live demos by garden experts and cooking queens, The Garden Table theatre was packed every day with visitors eager to learn more! Made possible by DIY Garden Designer, Malanseuns, Bark Unlimited Organics, Fern Lily Design & Landscaping and Lighthouse the feature entertained and educated visitors on a variety of topics.
The Designer Spaces Challenge was a great way for visitors to see how to create the ultimate living space. The theme was inspired by Africa and the designers delivered. Visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite designer with the bonus of winning a cash prize. An expo favourite by far! This year the designer who won was Lindiwe Ludonga from Blooming Oaks.
Young Designers Challenge
The Industrial Design students from the University of Johannesburg collaborated with Vermont Sales and HOMEMAKERS to bring the most cutting edge ideas to life. The overall winner was Katlego Madumo who designed The V56 Smart Hedge Trimmer. The hedge trimmer was inspired by his passion for nature and green living.
The first runner-up was Loubser Meyer who designed The TRITON MT101 which is a smart combination saw that monitors the wear on internal components and informs the user of any bad machine practices. The saw also prevents circular saw kickbacks to ensure the safety of the user.
Natalie Selibas was also a runner up. She designed a smart dustbin created to encourage recycling and bring esthetic appeal to the home. Most importantly, the bin was designed to make life smart and simple by automatically creating a shopping list based on the goods you throw away. Now if that’s not genius, we do not know what is! The winners won a cash prize and a special prize from Vermont Sales.
The Play(AR) Zone
The favourite place for gamers and the best Augmented and Virtual Reality games were found in The Play(AR) Zone. What started as an area dedicated to the magic of Augmented Reality (AR) turned into the ultimate play zone with the iconic PlayStation brand on board.
Visitors could also decorate and bring their own interactive AR animal to life in real-time which they could take through a fun virtual gaming course right inside The Dome.
The creators and the creatives were in full force at this year’s Expo. Seeing their dedication to their brand image along with their truly artistic approaches was a delight to see. These exhibitors are on-trend and know exactly what home decorators are looking for when it comes to the aesthetics of their homes.
Visitors had the chance to whet their appetites at this year’s D’Vine Life Expo feature. If it was deli delicacies, deep-fried goodness or a cultural flavour bomb they were after, this is where they could find it. This foodie haven had visitors spoilt for choice which served them through breakfast, lunch and supper.
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Glass sliding doors are a beautiful addition to any house. They allow natural light to break through your home, brightening up any dark rooms or corners. They also allow for easier accessibility between the in and outdoors. Here are our top reasons to consider modern, glass sliding doors in your home.
The extra-large glass panes in sliding doors run from the top to the bottom of each door panel. This allows your chosen design to bring as much natural light as possible into your home. This ensures a well-lit home during the day, which is energy-efficient and cost-effective.
Accessibility is a big deal in large family homes. You want family members to be able to move between indoor and outdoor spaces easily and safely. Glass sliding doors are the perfect fit if your family spends equal amounts of time both inside and outside.
Effective air circulation and airflow are really important factors in your home. Strategically installing a large sliding door at one end of your house can make a big difference. By letting in large amounts of fresh air into your home, you improve overall air quality.
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Africa is trending. We are in the spotlight for everything from fashion and film to visual arts and design. Creating a space in your home that is inspired by the African aesthetic is a great idea if you’re keeping up with décor trends. African décor and design elements can give your home a warm, sophisticated feel.
Decorative tribal elements are easy to achieve and never go out of style. Incorporating raw elements and hand-crafted items like woven baskets and mats are a good start. We love bright beadwork, monochromatic prints and well thought out colour schemes to create African ambiance in your home or office. Here are a few elements you can include to get the perfect look.
Raw wood, leather, and stone are three key elements to incorporate into your African inspired space. It gives a sense of earthiness and keep in mind that earthy colours can be found in metals like gold, bronze and even silver.
African skins are not the only way to bring an eclectic look into your space. Although they still work well, consider making use of beautifully designed wall tapestries or carpets. Wall tapestries are great because unlike wall art, you do not have to frame it to make it look stylish.
Bright colours may be a given when creating an African inspired room, but balance is key. Consider using monochromatic items in your furniture and artworks and add bright accents with artisanal crafts, scatter cushions and lampshades or vice versa.
Surrounding yourself with typically African greenery is a sure way to create the illusion of being outdoors. Africa is all about spending time outdoors and taking in the fresh air and warm sun. Recreate this feeling inside by incorporating indigenous house plants.
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African inspired décor is not just for upmarket guest houses and game lodges anymore. Balancing modernity and authentic African design is easier than ever because there’s so much to choose from right here on our doorstep. The trend has taken over the world, but unlike other continents, we do not have to search far and wide to find exclusive African pieces. Enjoy Africa in Africa.Read More
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