If there ever were derelict semi-detached houses in Simons Town, our clients found them. Being home to the homeless, centre drug distribution canal, and host to about three and a half billion rodents and roaches, these two dwellings were not only a safety risk, but they were also protected by Heritage. From the rotten timber Victorian trimmings on the gable and the rusted cast iron balustrades, it was clear that we would have to restore and add rather than demolish and rebuild. Original drawings dated 1900 01 01. The architect, at the turn of the century could not wait to date his drawings. 108 Years later we were commissioned to re-envisage this semi-detached Simonstown dwelling. In contrast with the old, and with limited funds, our clients completely agreed with the idea of making two contemporary extensions to the old restored Victorian. It was life giving. Rebirth.