A guide to house building in South Africa

A guide to house building in South Africa

Author: Kirstin Lund


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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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