Rebuilding our home from its ashes
- By: Gavin Rabbolini
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/rebuild-from-ashes
Years ago, we made an offer on a small piece of land outside Cape Town with 2/3 a biodiversity servitude.
Our dream was to build a home from mostly recycled material. We aimed to use limited water in the process and solar electricity.
It took 2 years for the purchase to be processed during which we stayed in a converted barn, living cheaply and saving towards our dream. Due to the unconventional nature of the project, neither loans nor insurance were available. We saved conscientiously and used a family loan.
We could not contain our excitement when the structure was in place and sculpting our home could begin. Once the roof was up, it started looking like a house.
Ending in disaster
We received a frantic call in Mar'18, our house was on fire. A welding spark ignited a heap of waste insulation. The flames were spurred on by a strong wind and quickly spread to the house. We did everything we could with help from neighbors and Firemen, but could not save our house.
Everything burned and melted.
It will be difficult for us to recover from this tragedy, we poured all our savings into making our dream a reality. We still believe in this project and are determined to salvage the situation.
We sincerely ask for your help towards rebuilding our house. We are hoping for any form of aid to restart. We are most willing to participate in campaigns.
- Apr 08, 2018 - R 1 028.20
- "What a blow to an otherwise well thought through project. Hope you can recover and carry on again, must have been devastating" - Anonymous