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How to keep your house cool this summer: 11 tricks

Those who don’t believe in global warming will do well to spend a few days in South Africa during summer’s peak. And speaking of which, the current summer looks to be another scorcher for us and our homes – which, for many of us, now include home off…

16 December, 2020

​The pros and cons of a flat-roof house

South Africa is home to numerous designs and styles when it comes to residential structures, including the all-too familiar flat-roof house. But saying that a roof is 100% flat is actually inaccurate, as a flat-roof design usually has pitch/slant of…

23 October, 2020

9 things you should know before building a container home

One of the more memorable architectural evolutions in recent years, not to mention in terms of sustainable design, has been the re-use of shipping container to become born-again structures, whether for houses, coffee shops, guest bedrooms, play pen f…

22 October, 2020

Adding a house extension: The rules, costs, and ideas

Adding an extension to an existing house can be tricky and costly. But don’t fret if you don’t have any understanding about the rules and regulations (such as Planning Permission, what type of extension would be best to introduce more natural lightin…

19 October, 2020

How much does a home extension cost in South Africa?

We all dream of enjoying more space inside our homes; sometimes it’s a spare bedroom for overnight guests, and other times it’s an extra bathroom just to make that cleansing routine between you and your spouse (and your children) that much easier.

16 October, 2020

​7 container homes from South Africa

Like all things in life, architecture continues to evolve. And even though there’s something to be said for traditional building methods, one can’t deny the trends of home-building, especially not when they’re as unique as taking old, used shipping c…

13 October, 2020

12 cheap building materials perfect for a small home

Just the idea of building a house from scratch can be rather daunting, especially when you consider how the cost of building materials will influence your budget, layout and design.

13 October, 2020

What you should know about single-family houses

Nobody can get angry at us regular folk for not always understanding the different terms in the real estate world. After all, it’s not like we’re Architects or Real Estate Agents working in the design/architectural industry on a daily basis.

31 August, 2020

6 factors that can affect your house-building timeline

Searching for first-rate professionals in the construction industry to help you finalise your dream property? We recommend Rykon Construction. Situated in Johannesburg, Rykon Construction has become one of South Africa’s most esteemed professional bu…

22 June, 2020

7 facts about prefab homes you probably didn’t know

Prefab homes? Yes, that is a term, and it’s a shorter way of saying ‘prefabricated’ homes, which can also be called ‘modular’ homes. These refer to houses whose parts are designed off-site in standard sections before being transported to the main sit…

21 April, 2020