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| Butterfly Haven Castle - Building It
The building process took about five years, from about 1999-2004.
It cost about £500,000 to buy/transform, and quite a bit of this was borrowed. When it was sold in 2007, it broke even. The considerable loan could be repaid. All remaining money has long since disappeared...
In 2007 - when it was sold for ±R7 million [£500,000] - this was about 7½ times the cost of an average house in South Africa. However, at that time, the average house price in London was £300,000 and £180,000 elsewhere in the UK.
Today  £500,000 is merely the value of an average house in London or double that elsewhere in the UK.
So, although it could be seen as a moneyed venture in South African terms, in UK terms it may seem very ordinary.
Whatever your take, it was always felt to be done on a tight budget.
Anyway, now to the photos of Building It, added in approximate chronological order:-
Double garage before property was acquired
Note all the invasive alien gum trees [c.f. Great Fire of 2000]
Gum trees have been removed
Last look at the double garage...
Maybe we should have left it like this?
Removing lower level window...
...and filling it in with bricks
Preparing Level 1 bath area
Adding the kitchen to Level 2
Kitchen is getting there
Building inspector checks on progress
Further progress to Level 1 bath area...
...you can see the large sandstone tiles stacked upright, ready to be laid
...and scaffolding is about to vanish...
Butterfly Haven Castle
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Other pages in Photo Galleries also include the building process, such as:-