The 2020 Inhabit Johannesburg Expo is only weeks away. With so many new and exciting things on offer at the 2020 expo, we are pleased to announce another partnership with our good friends, World of Decorative Concrete (WODC). Visitors can expect another series of demos from WODC at the Inhabit Workshop, showcasing the many creative uses of concrete in functional design. The InHabit Workshops are all about interesting DIY demos from expert craftsmen – and is always an expo favourite!
A Conceptual Approach to Concrete
Known for their conceptual approach to concrete design WODC is one of the largest concrete grinding and polishing contractors in South Africa. Their on-trend and high-end concrete projects can be seen all over Africa from the Ivory Coast and Mauritius to Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and southern Africa. With their roots firmly planted in the Western Cape, WODC is geared to operate in Africa and beyond.
WODC employ the HTC Superfloor method of grinding and polishing of concrete floors, their largest single project to date is the surrounding and base floor of the Moses Mabhida soccer stadium in KwaZulu-Natal. The HTC Superfloor method has become very popular in most segments of the construction industry, from hi-tech domestic properties and shopping centres to warehousing and aviation.
A Concrete Family
WODC is an offshoot of the mother company, Quickslab. It was established in 1995 as a precast concrete decking company with WODC CEO, Johan Coetzee, as the structural engineer. Quickslab expanded rapidly in the rib and block segment of the construction industry. Today it is a well-established company in the Western Cape.
In 2001 another offshoot, Stucco Italiano was established as a sister company to Quickslab specialising in the fast-growing cement décor industry. Stucco Italiano has since grown into one of the leading suppliers of stucco products for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
Leading architects routinely specify their products and work for their high-end projects. WODC is a proudly South African company, with all its products locally designed and manufactured in South Africa.
Advice from the CEO
We had a chat to Coetzee and he shared a few key pieces of advice. Keeping the 2020 Inhabit theme in mind, here are four quick thoughts if you are considering concrete in your next home improvement project: :
- Choose a decorative concrete product that makes you feel at home.
- Concrete goes with the natural trend – it is stylish, minimalistic and timeless.
- A home cannot do without beautiful walls and floors.
- Our Micro Cement Overlays are highly recommended.
We also asked Coetzee why he partners with HOMEMAKERS year after year. He replied: “The Homemakers Expo is by far one of the best platforms for exposure. Not only that – every year there is a new and inspiring theme. It is refreshing to see and keep up with the latest trends in the industry.”
The InHabit Workshop program is coming soon!
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As one of the early adopters of craft beer brewing in South Africa, Darling Brew have been pioneering the craft beer revolution for almost a decade. Once again, they will be bringing their range of favourites and some special treats to d’VINE life at Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo.
We spoke to owner, Philippa Wood to find out more about the journey.
How did Darling Brew start?
My husband and I had resigned from our jobs to embark on an epic road trip, which ended up being 34000kms and 9 months long. On day 3 of this trip we went to Nieu-Bethesda and met a small scale brewer for the first time. We already lived in Darling and when we came home, we came home with a plan. 2 years later after blood, sweat, tears and arms full of red tape we sold our first beer.
What makes Darling Brew so popular and different?
Kevin loves branding and has a very good eye. He is somewhat of a bunny hugger and we have named all our beers after endangered animals. It started off as an idea and it has really worked for us. We have a very conscious sustainability journey in our brewery and the match between our passion for what we do, our story and our brand turned out epically. I also think that along the way people have met us, seen our brand, heard our story… it is a true story and I believe that people like to support real brands with a real story and that is us.
Why do you think craft beer has had such an explosion in popularity?
Craft beer started getting attention in about 2010. We were part of the first kids off the starting block of the craft beer revolution in SA and it was really about amazing timing for us. At the same time artisanal markets made a rising and consumers starting asking for local, traditionally made products. The boom on artisanal products was really were attention turned to beer and a whole new industry surfaced in SA
Where does the inspiration for your brews come from?
Our brands are inspired by endangered animals which has always been a passion of ours. The inspiration for the beer itself comes from a combination of styles of beers. Our brewing team and ourselves get a lot of exposure to locally sourced products that we like to experiment with.
What trends are you seeing/setting at the moment?
It is all about sustainability… moving to locally sourcing and as little carbon footprint as possible, recycling. We were named Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery in 2017 and in July 2019 we received our green star rating (first brewery in South Africa) from the South African green building council.
Another beer trend is cans, which is happening now in SA. It’s lots of fun having a new space to brand and again a more environmentally friendly product. Some super fun and funky stuff happening in the canned beer space.
Which craft beer is the most popular and which one do you recommend people try?
Slow beer was our first beer and is still our biggest seller. Mainly because us South Africans love a lager. I usually recommend that if someone is trying a Darling Brew for the first time they start with a slow beer. Everyone loves it and if they try something from our more radical range first they might not be sold and may never drink a db again… so we like to ease people into the craft beer way of life. If someone is a big crafter then we jump right in with some of our radical winners like our Blood Serpent or a limited edition like our Marula Noir Bone Crusher!
The theme for this year is Raw Comfort, what does Raw Comfort mean to you?
Raw for me means getting things back to basics… it is winter fires, good food with good comfortable in simple but beautiful spaces.
Which craft beers will be available on tap and for purchase at HOMEMAKERS Expo?
We will have our core favourites like slow beer and bone crusher and then will keep the guests wanting more with some of our specialities like our Black Mist Orange.
Why did Darling Brew get involved with HOMEMAKERS Expo again this year?
As part of our sustainable journey we re-purposed the wooden crates that transported our brewhouse by ship in 2015 to build our Tasteroom at the brewery in Darling. We created part of this look at HOMEMAKERS and people loved it, always very special for us to bring part of Darling to the city. We are very proud of our brand. HOMEMAKERS is great exposure for us, and with all that walking from inspiring stand to inspiring stand folks get thirsty!
Don’t miss Darling Brew in d’VINE life at the 2019 Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo from 29 August to 1 September 2019 at the CTICC. Get your tickets at Quicket here.Read More
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In dry climates, water shortages are making the large suburban lawn a luxury less and less people can afford. With South Africa experiencing a drought, maintaining a lush lawn is becoming increasingly unsustainable in terms of water consumption and the resulting costs. Our 2017 exhibitor, Easigrass gives us reasons why homeowners should install artificial grass.
Having green grass in your garden all-year-round can be hard to achieve. However, this is not a concern with synthetic grass. It is the answer if you want to keep your surroundings green and you do not have the time or resources to work hard in your lawn as well.
There is a wide array of varieties to choose from and the prices are cheaper in the long run in comparison to natural lawn.
No maintenance required and low cost
Unlike your real lawn turf, this one does not need water or sunlight to thrive. Just make sure that it is installed properly so that it will last long and look sleek. With synthetic grass, you will enjoy massive, on-going savings not only in water, but in mowing, feeding, and edging, not to speak of labor intensive practices such as de-thatching and aerating. We all know that green lawns require hard work, so if you are too busy for it you might as well opt for synthetic grass.
Does not smother and die
With your synthetic grass, you can place your inflatable pools, trampolines, and other items in your lawn without making the area under them turn brown. Once you remove the weight, this type of grass will bounce back to its original shape and its color will never fade. It can handle traffic without getting damaged. This also means that you can enjoy more of your time outdoors.
Pet and kid friendly and safe
Let your kids enjoy playing in your lawn. The only thing that you need to do to secure the place is to check for anything sharp that might have fallen on your lawn. With fake grass, the chance of getting the sand into your kids’ eyes is slim. Don’t worry if your pets relieve themselves on it as well since you can clean it the way you clean the real grass.
Relaxing and refreshing
Love your garden and lawn more as they stay green for the entire year. Your flowering plants will look more appealing and your garden will become more desirable to visit.
Holds the soil down
Installing synthetic grass will reduce getting dust and sand all over your property. When heavy rain falls, you don’t need to contend with mud. Install brick pavers as well so that you can have clean walkway.
Visit Easigrass at their website: www.easigrass.com
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