Euro Decking, the Best Composite Decking Installer in Cape Town

Home improvements is a mixed bag of good and bad experiences, especially when it comes to employing the services of a builder.    I had the fortune of having a sizable deck installed by possibly the best person in the Cape Town area.

Euro Decking, run by Joris van Turenhout, installed my deck with the most professional service I have ever seen from a builder/installer.    I was extremely impressed; from the day he pitched to provide a quote, to the very last day when he finished the deck and picked up the last stray screw when sweeping the work area clean.

The reason I can compare him to other decking installers, is because I had the misfortune of briefly employing another installer who botched the initial decking structure and lied about several matters.  I could no longer tolerate the constant delays, lies  and poor effort anymore, so I decided to forgo my deposit with the previous installer and find another installer.   I don’t want to defame the installer publicly on the internet, so if you would like to know the name of this person/company, please contact me via the contact page.

Firing the previous installer was the best thing I could have done.   Turns out that I’m not the only one that has employed Joris to come and fix the botched work from the very same previous builder (who’s name we do not speak of).

Joris’ professional demeanor, excellent workmanship really impressed me.  The deck I know proudly own, is a true masterpiece, showcasing the brilliant composite decking product from Eva-Last.   Joris offered fantastic advice along the way when the project plan needed to deviate slightly.  Even after the project, he kept in contact and obliged my additional requests.

If you’re in the Cape Town area, I highly recommend that you only use Euro Decking.

Below is a gallery of the completed deck (click on the image to zoom)



Critic vs Achiever

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

2009: A good year.

Personaly, 2009 will certainly be one of the best years in living memory. 2009 is the year I bought my Freelander II, got married in April, spent honeymoon on the island of Mallorca, cruised to Mozambique on the Sinfonia in November and spent the most amazing christmas ever at Halfaampies Kraal.

Its quite surreal to be spending the last day of 2009 at the office. Our dress code is strictly formal (except the last friday of the month, we’re allowed to forgo the tie),  but today I decided to venture to work in jeans and a collared shirt! This adds to the surrealness of the last day.

I hope that 2010 is an even better year. I wish this for every South African in the world :-)

Plumstead Post Office: Thank you for a year of very friendly service

Standing in Post Office queues and Bank queues are not the best way we like to spend our spare time.  However at Plumstead Post Office the friendly and efficient staff make up for the fact that you’re spent 10 minutes in the queue. 

Without fail, doing business at Plumstead Post Office is always a pleasure.   They’re professional and are always keen to help with your strange postal request. 

Congratulations to all the staff at Plumstead Post Office.   Keep up the excellent work!

Keys to a happy life

1. Compliment three people every day.
2. Watch a sunrise.
3. Be the first to say “Hello.”
4. Live beneath your means.
5. Treat everyone as you want to be treated.
6. Never give up on anybody; miracles happen.
7. Forget the Jones’.
8. Remember someone’s name.
9. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
10. Be tough-minded, but tender hearted.
11. Be kinder than you have to be.
12. Don’t forget that a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.
13. Keep your promises.
14. Show cheerfulness even when you don’t feel it.
15. Remember that overnight success usually takes 15 years.
16. Leave everything better than you found it.
17. Remember that winners do what losers don’t want to do.
18. When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say brighten everyone’s day.
19. Don’t rain on other people’s parades.
20. Don’t waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
21. Keep some things to yourself and don’t promote havoc by hurting people you love.
22. Open yourself up. Wrap your arms around someone. Enjoy the comfort and kindness of an
unexpected hug.
23. Leaf through a second-hand book. Savour the smell of the pages : it’s pure nostalgia
24. Play like a child : Jump, fall, run and laugh, as if no one were watching.
25. Revel in the wonder of passing clouds and the ever-changing sky.
26. Eat a peach seductively, saviour the soft flesh.
27. Go for a skinny-dip, Naked swimming is a potent antidote for frayed nerves.
28. Do some gardening. In a world driven by nanoseconds, megabytes, fast tracks and downloads,
gardening is the one thing that singularly reconnects you with earth and essence.
29. Be Silent. Just sit and clean your mind, sit in the silence of thoughts and notice things you never
see : insects under a stone, a busy street scene, passers-by…..
30. Banish sadness, anxiety or anger, which does not serve you.
31.Stop doing, and simply exist. Be aware of the feeling of being alive.
32.Caress your lover. Brush your fingertips over your lover’s arm and you spark neural lightning
storms in the pathways between a trillion synapses, targeting the brain’s reward systems with
heat-guided pleasure-seeking missiles. Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin.
33. Gaze at the stars. Stargazing like poetry is a dark solitary experience.
34. Walk. DO nothing but walk. In a forest. On a mountain. Rejoice in you body. Feel what it’s like to
be at one with the universe.
35. Drink Coffee. Simple cup of arabica steaming, is loaded with the most power.
36. Focus on all the beautiful things in your life.
37. Be grateful for those who help you and love you, and rejoice in knowing them.
38. Become intoxicated with spring pleasures: the smell of freshly cut grass, the soothing sound of
39. SING. Just sing in the shower, sing in your car….
40. Give. Be giving.
41. Go out in the rain. Marvel at the different smells and light. And then enjoy returning home and
being warm and dry.
42. Prepare a meal. COOK !!! Enjoy it….
43. Dance. Sensual, crazy, wild ….
44. Bask in the heat of a crackling log fire. Take comfort in the warmth on your face and hands.
45. Take a NAP. Afternoon snooooooze
46. Play with words. WRITE….
47. Give pleasure to others, with a smile, a word, or a tender gesture
48. Ride a bicycle
49. Pick just one flower from your garden and let it fall in a glass. Simplicity.
50. BREATHE, feel, relax
51. ENJOY a glass of wine
52. SMILE. When you are sad, when you make a mistake, when you are anxious, Smile as you would
at someone who is anxious, who you love, who you want to reassure.
53. LISTEN TO MUSIC. Loud…SOFT…. JUST really listen
54. Walk barefoot in the sand, feel the sand between your toes, the water on your feet….
55. Step outside to admire a rainbow
56. Attempt a cartwheel and laugh outrageously when it all goes wrong
57. Smell the sunshine in a freshly washed sheet
58. Watch a SUNSET….