Author: Kirstin Lund



Most new homes are fitted with an internal fireplace or two to complete the atmospheric and aesthetic appeal. Of course, they provide heat too in

Home desk
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Tips on creating a basic home office

It appears the lifestyle guru’s predictions for home ‘cocooning’ (or shall we just stick to ‘home isolation’) could not have been truer. Most of the

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Sketching plans

Some people do puzzles or soduko. I sketch house plans. Or give myself house plan challenges. The most economical design, the smallest space (e.g. a

Building admin

Planning: Building admin

Managing money If you want your project to stay within a tight budget range, you have to keep a daily record of your spend and

House plans
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Case Study: New build no.3

Cape Town, Hout Bay 2015 A large, mountain side plot with sweeping north facing views of the village and valley tempted us to attempt the


Finishes: Pool

South Africa’s most loved garden accessory! It’s become a trend to place water near the house as it brings life to the structure, while the


Planning: Building Terminology

Pre-build building terminology Sketch drawings First set of drawings done by an architect for concept purposes. Often include more elevations sketches with coloured landscaping and

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Case study: New build No.4

Johannesburg, Saxonwold 2018. After a frustrating renovation, nothing beats the clean, fresh canvas that is an empty stand. Now that we’d chosen the inner hub

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Case study: Lessons learnt

Today I did my normal site visit and stumbled on a huge problem with the slab form work. Slab, concrete, steel, stone – you know

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Case study: Renovation No.2

Johannesburg, The Parks 2015 There is a reason I love building new houses from scratch – renovations are hard! Firstly, the main reason you’re probably