How upgrading your kitchen can increase your home’s value

Taking a cheap kitchen and making it look expensive, is an art mastered by Niki and her team.

The Requirement

My husband and I brought our house in 2010 and started the journey of updating the house from its 1980 décor. The picture to the right is our Kitchen the day we moved in, a decent Kitchen but was not in keeping with the décor across the house nor functional in the placing of cupboards and utilities.

best-10-inch-sliding-compound-miter-sawWe decided to rent out our house and at short notice were looking for someone who would come and fit the new kitchen. I contacted Niki at Niki Nana through recommendation; I was asking Niki to get someone to fit the Kitchen the following week.

With no hesitation Niki was at our house that night for me to talk through the requirement and the quote was with me by the following day.

The Solution

I had already designed and ordered the kitchen using the Ikea Kitchen planner, thankfully Niki knew the plasterer that I use and worked with my electrician of choice, making a complete team that could communicate well amongst themselves. The kitchen was stripped by me, the plasterer came in on the Monday evening, Niki and her team were in for the rest of the week to complete the Kitchen.

The interesting thing working with Niki and team is their ability to see the urgency in getting the job done and completing it around other commitments.

The Outcome

The outcome from Niki and team was a cheap Kitchen installed to a highly polished standard, the worktop connections were of a craftsman’s finish, the silicone beading was immaculate and the small finishing touch solutions above the fridge and choosing to use the cabinet plinth instead of new skirting board, created a seamless look all the way around the room. The fine woodworking was crafted beautifully by Niki and her Festool Kapex KS 120 miter saw (according ot her the best rated miter saw available today)

For every person that has visited the house they have been astounded by my value R8000.00 Kitchen from Mr Price Home. Thanks to Niki and team they have helped me to understand that the quality of finish comes from within the hands of a trusted craftsman and not by the expense spent on the product.

In total we have spent R20,000 on the Kitchen, flooring, extractor fan and cost of labour with Niki and team.

The Future

Since the work done on the Kitchen we have had decking fitted in the Garden and Niki Nana are responsible for all DIY on our rental properties. Ther has seen them fit new fencing after the storm, a new shower screen, custom made cupboard doors, a hand rail on the stairs and re-silicone the bath.

I have recommended Niki to my Father-in-law and 3 friends. Alongside ther Niki is in mind to help with a complete re-fit to my father’s flat in Steyning and will support my husband and me in our new venture of renovating properties. We would not hesitate to recommend to anyone and would insist you get in contact with him now, if you are looking for someone who will guarantee a quality finish, has a man that can tackle every house hold task from general DIY to extensions and will provide an honest service.

If we ever decide to sell our home (which isn’t likely to happen soon), staging our home won’t be hard work with ther beautiful new kitchen.

Many thanks to all at Nikinana and here is to more work.

Janina & Gordon van Staden

Stainless steel vs aluminum balustrades

Fixing balustrades is a superb way to add elegance and splendor to your home. Apart from giving your home a new look, it prevents people from falling over balconies, edges of stairs, landings, etc. due to the allure balustrades provide, many homeowners are looking for the best type that will suit their particular needs as well as the feel they are looking for. Balustrades are commonly made out of wrought iron, timber, regular iron, glass, aluminum, concrete, or stainless steel. A reputable balustrading company will help you to increase your home’s value.

In this article, however, we will discuss the differences between the aluminum and stainless steel balustrades.

Visual Appearance

When we talk of visuals, the decision to go with aluminum or stainless just boils down to personal preference. Some people say that aluminum loses its luster over time. This, however, can be attributed to the quality of the aluminum that was used to create the components. The low density and cheap aluminum materials will not sustain its beauty the same way high-quality aluminum will. Stainless steel, on the other hand, has a clean and timeless look that will impress you whether on a residential or a commercial setting.


This is one of the most important factors to consider before choosing the right type of balustrades. This is because of the reliability, safety and property value over time factors. Both aluminum and stainless steel are very durable. Stainless steel, however, is popular for its ability to stand extreme weather elements making it a popular choice for those who live near water, or areas with heavy snow or blistering sun. Aluminum, on the other hand, is also a good choice because of its strength and the fact that it doesn’t rust because of its powder coating. It is also suitable for all weather conditions.


The maintenance of balustrades is also another important factor when thinking of the material to use. Aluminum balustrades come in beautiful, powder-coated finishes which protect the railing while requiring little to no maintenance over the years. You, however, might want to hose them down from time to time, but apart from that, they will retain their beauty and allure without much work. Stainless steel balustrades are also essentially the same. They do not require much care and will maintain their strength over time. However if you live near the coast, stainless steel is not recommended. This is because the salty sea air makes the steel have some “tea stains” that make it look like its rusting.


Aluminum balustrades are usually more affordable than their stainless steel counterparts. It is, however, important to note that this does not mean that they are of lower quality.
Having these facts in mind, you will have an easier time choosing the material you think is best for your balustrades.