A guide to house building in South Africa

A guide to house building in South Africa

Author: Kirstin Lund

Pool
Finishes

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

Case Studies

Case study 7: 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

Planning

Planning: Building Terminology

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

Case Studies

Case study 6: 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

Blog

Blog: 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

House plans
Case Studies

Case Study 5: 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

Case Studies

Case study 4: New build No. 2

Cape Town, Hout Bay 2012. Having had one successful build under the belt, I was ready to try a bigger, better and more sophisticated project

Build

Build: Window frames and glazing

Chances are that your glazing and window frame installation is your most expensive outlay in your budget, therefore you have to choose wisely. These are

Build

Build: Roofing

Most common roofing options for a new build are: Mono pitch Very popular right now with more contemporary house designs. Single roof beams (either wood

Design

Design: Lighting and electrics

Great lighting can make or break a space. Pay lots of attention to your electrical planning. You have two options . You can either go