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23 small and affordable South African homes

Leigh Leigh
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We all dream of large and lavish houses, but sometimes it's just not meant to be. Whether due to financial restrictions or a lack of space in the city that we live in, many are simply destined for small houses. 

But this doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, smaller homes can be far more creative, savvy, modern and appealing than larger homes. 

To prove it to you, we have put together a list of small and affordable South African houses. From cosy little huts and eco homes to more modern creations, South Africa certainly presents a variety of small houses – and that includes some double storey designs as well.  

Each of these designs is different and diverse, showing you how much potential truly exists with a little bit of innovation and the utilisation of space. 

Designed by top professionals from around the country, these are 23 houses you'll want to see! 

1. Wood integrates with nature

50m2 Sugar Gum Cladded home with decking - work in progress. Scandinavian style houses by Greenpods Scandinavian Wood Wood effect

50m2 Sugar Gum Cladded home with decking—work in progress.


2. A quaint double-storey design

The modern green house Modern houses by homify Modern

The modern green house


3. This prefab home is modern yet budget-friendly

4. Mix materials to create texture and tone in your small home

5. Clean lines and minimalist design can be key for small houses

HOUSE STEENKAMP by T4 Architects
T4 Architects


T4 Architects

Seeking a typical South African home with a 4-bedroom layout? How about an eco-friendly design with double storeys? See how homify’s never-ending list of Architects can help you discover your dream home. 

6. Go for neutral colours to work with the nature that surrounds the home

7. Container homes are increasingly becoming popular and are eco-friendly as well as budget-friendly

8. A traditional house with a gable roof can be as pretty as a picture no matter what the size

9. Container houses can be moved just about anywhere and look gorgeous too!

10. Create a beautiful front facade and no one will notice the size of your home!

House Alterations, Internal Refurbishment and Extentions by DG Construction Minimalist
DG Construction

House Alterations, Internal Refurbishment and Extentions

DG Construction

11. A little thatch-roofed house is all you need

Thatched Cottage at Game Lodge Rustic style house by Cintsa Thatching & Roofing Rustic
Cintsa Thatching & Roofing

Thatched Cottage at Game Lodge

Cintsa Thatching & Roofing

Also have a look at these 6 South African prefabs with plans and prices.

12. White townhouses make beautiful small homes

Herzlia Heights Estate by URBANSOUP Country Bricks

Herzlia Heights Estate


13. We all know that awesome small homes can be made from containers

Pop Up retreat - Shipping Container living Industrial style garden by Edge Design Studio Architects Industrial
Edge Design Studio Architects

Pop Up retreat—Shipping Container living

Edge Design Studio Architects

15. A beautiful little desert home

Namibia Loge Upgrade by Visualize 3D Rustic
Visualize 3D

Namibia Loge Upgrade

Visualize 3D

16. Small homes can also have interesting designs

17. Okay this one is a little bigger—but we love the little pool!

18. Gorgeous little house with a fitting plunge pool

19. Stunning design, what do you think of the sloping roof design?

20. Small home, big impact with the entrance

21. It's South Africa, we all need space for our cars!

22. Small and simple, and with security in mind!

HOUSE ALCOCK by T4 Architects
T4 Architects


T4 Architects

23. Lovely little lawn and garage combination for this small home

HOUSE PARROT by T4 Architects
T4 Architects


T4 Architects

The benefits of living small

House Oranjezicht by ATTIK Design Scandinavian
ATTIK Design

House Oranjezicht

ATTIK Design

The tiny house trend is not just about limiting your legroom. It also encourages an eco-friendly lifestyle while having the potential to shift South Africa’s economy, depending on how fast people catch on.

Another reason why small houses have become so popular, especially in South Africa, is that it offers one the luxury of going ‘off-grid’ – a much easier, quicker, and cost-effective method with a small house as opposed to a normal-sized one. 

The price of living small (in South Africa)

Back of House View Modern houses by WHO DID IT Modern

Back of House View


Luckily, numerous building- and design professionals in South Africa support the small house movement via their own designs. That means you won’t be looking long and hard before finding the ideal professional who can help draw up your small house plans. 

Although different from supplier to supplier, one well-known building company in South Africa are producing houses between 15 – 30 m² in area layout (regardless of whether it’s a bachelor home or a modern 4-bedroom design complete with house plans). 

In terms of pricing, it really depends on your small house’s size, amenities, location, and how eco-friendly the design is. However, you’re looking to pay anything from R270,000 to R850,000 for a decent small house in South Africa. 

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