[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] FLYCATCHER CASTLE - UNCHAINING CRUCIBLE [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="716" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Designing and eventually completing the construction of the castle brought about tremendous creativity and inner growth. One of the greatest unfolding treasures was moving away from a conventional Christian perception during...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Statistics [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]…. And so it went on and on and on … a myriad of hidden things that eventually become repetitive … similar to when a bronze sculpture is created …. but things that are essential to make the...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Back Yard [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The back yard was what people usually use it for … to store objects not often used and sometimes to keep rubble before deciding what to do about it … an area often neglected in favour of...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Main Bedroom [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The concrete flooring and ceilings of the third tower, the sculpting studio, a bedroom next to it as well as the main bedroom on the first floor was done by specialists.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="446,679,447" img_size="450x450" column_number="3" grayscale="no" images_space="gallery_with_space"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]For...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Breakfast Room [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]A great thanks to Carl van Zyl (structural engineer) for advising and afterwards, certificating the concrete slab over the breakfast room. It was in this space where the nightmare in my mind haunted, especially being full...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Interior Decorating Art [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]I am eternally grateful to Tanja Beyers (Profurn Contracts, Johannesburg) for coming up with completely brilliant suite designs that included en-suite bathroom amenities, effective lighting and striking marble vanity tops of all five classical suites. Furthermore,...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Ruby [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="373,371,372" img_size="450x450" column_number="3" grayscale="no" images_space="gallery_with_space"][vc_column_text]Constructing the smaller front garden pond gave me enough experience to attempt the plunge pool in the Ruby, but not before the very intricate system of sewage, rain water piping,  pool...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Dining Room [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="365,363,364" img_size="450x450" column_number="3" grayscale="no" images_space="gallery_with_space"][vc_column_text]The dining room was another challenge as far as heights and working on a scaffold was concerned … and also a first as far as attempting a cladded ceiling … and...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Auditorium [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="670" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="671" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="672" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The auditorium is used as part of the castle’s art gallery (check the Jesus sculpture, mentioned later in this section as...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Embracing Inner Terror [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="341" img_size="full" qode_css_animation=""][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/2"][vc_column_text]It also “just so happened” (!!!) that “Embracing Inner Terror”, created while living in Johannesburg, found an ideal exhibition spot at the end of the long, paved...