Owner building

 
Owner Builder Requirements - NHBRC

What Are You Required to Do with the NHBRC as an Owner Builder? All new homes, by law, have to be registered with the NHBRC, some RDP houses are exempt from this. As an owner builder you may apply for […]

Aug 242014
 
What Is the SABS?

What Is the SABS? What Does the SABS Do? The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) was established in terms of the Standards Act, 1945 (Act No. 24 of 1945) and now operates under the latest edition of the Standards […]

 
Classic Film Clip on How to Build a House

Here is a Classic Film Clip on How to Build a House This film clip that was made back in 1946 on how to build a house is a must watch for anyone contemplating doing any sort of building. Even […]

Jul 222014
 
Plan Your Bathroom

How to Plan Your Bathroom the Right Way Whether it is a guest cloakroom, a luxurious en suite arrangement or a streamlined family bathroom, the design of any bathroom should evolve out of the specific needs of the people who […]

 

House Plan Submissions – What is the Process? The City of Cape Town have created an easy to follow infographic to explain how the process of house plan submissions work. Plans cannot be submitted by post or on-line, they have […]

 
How to Replace a Tap Mixer Cartridge

How to Change a Tap Mixer Cartridge, Step-by-Step Tap mixer cartridges have changed the way home handymen tackle the task of fixing leaking taps and shower heads. The days of fixing a leaking tap by changing a simple washer are […]

 
DIY Plumbing-What is Legal.

Plumbing Projects You Can Tackle Legally Do you know that almost all the municipalities now require a plumbing COC (Certificate of Compliance) before they will approve the sale of any house in their area. The question is what DIY plumbing […]

 
Nkandla - At What Cost?

Nkandla is Probably the Most Costly Owner Building Project in the History of South Africa Traditions come and go, and it seems once again to be a growing trend to have extended family living together in one home. But the […]

Nov 202013
 
A Dune House

A Small House in the Dunes Jetty and Maarten Min have lived for more than twenty years in a small bungalow with magnificent views that they promised themselves that they would do something stunning with “later”. The bungalow was situated […]

Nov 202013
 
Mountain Home

Creative Home Design This imposing house was designed by well-known international architect Giovanni D’Ambrosio and is set in the popular winter skiing region of Australian in the State of Victoria’s mountain countryside near Mount Hotham. To integrate the house with […]

 
A Guide to SANS 10400XA

How To Be SANS 10400XA Compliant – A Guide New Energy Regulations We get quite a few queries about the new SANS 10400-X and SANS 10400-XA on our website. Here are a few: Q: Hi, I have read through the […]

Nov 172013
 
Home Additions

Alterations and Additions to Your Home There are so many changes that have been made to the National Building Regulations in recent years that home owners may be forgiven for wondering what is and what is not allowed in terms […]

Oct 162013
 
Landscaping Part 2

Landscaping Your Garden in Stages – Part 2 As we suggested in Landscaping Stage 1, it is usually not going to be possible to build in all the plants, features or utilities into a garden when you initially start to […]

Oct 152013
 
Landscaping Part 1

Landscaping Your Garden in Stages – Part 1 It is not usually possible to incorporate all the plants, features or facilities into landscaping your garden when you first build a house. These are items which will normally be completed over […]

Oct 152013
 
Landscaping

Landscaping Your Garden We have divided this article into two sections: > Landscaping Your Garden in Stages – Part 1 & Landscaping Your Garden in Stages – Part 2 The reason for this is because when you build a new […]

 
Concrete in Cold Weather

Cold Weather and Concrete Foundations The surrounding local temperature has a big effect on the setting time of concrete. The steps to take during cold weather are outlined below:  Chemical Reaction Hydration is the chemical reaction when cement and water […]

 
Concrete Foundations

A Concrete  Placing Guide   Concrete foundations This guide will help owner builders to cast foundations. These foundations are for external brick walls around a new house, or for extensions of an existing house. THE NHBRC (National Homebuilders Association Council) requirements for […]

Aug 252013
 
The NHBRC

About the NHBRC The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) was established in 1998 as a regulatory body for the home building industry. Their mandate is to protect house-building consumers and to make sure that building industry standards and regulations […]

Aug 222013
 
Container House

How to Build a Container House Mads Møller of Arcgency an Architectural office situated in Copenhagen, Denmark. Has come up with a container house concept as he says is  using “Old shipping containers used as the structural framework for the WFH-Huse. […]

 
Decorative Concrete Floors

How to Decorate Floors with Concrete Concrete floors do not have to be drab and grey. Oh No! There is a South African company that manufactures and supplies specialised coatings especially for you to give your floors that million dollar […]

 
Concrete Mixes by Weight and Volume

A Table for Concrete Mixes by Weight in Kilograms, by Bag, and by Cubic Meter, for Various Strengths We have had numerous requests for concrete mix ratios by weight, by volume, and by mass. Here is a table that was […]

 
Planning and Building By-Law Definitions

By-Law Definitions for Planning, Building and Zoning These definitions are mainly, but not exclusively, extracted from the Greater Metropolitan Area of Cape Town’s By-Laws Planning and Zoning definitions and explanations. They do and can relate to terms and phrases used […]

 
Home Building Definitions

Definitions that are used in the Home Building Industry Words and definitions that are used in the home building industry are sometimes a little difficult to understand what is meant. Here we have a list of some terms that are […]

 
Alternate Building Technologies

The Assessment of Alternate Building Technologies This article from the latest issue of AKHANI, the quarterly magazine of the NHBRC, addresses the use of alternate building materials and the legal process as well as the pending changes to their manuals. […]

 
Environmental A to Z

 An A to Z list of Environmental phrases and words Thanks to the City of Cape Town for providing the basis for this list to which we have added more entries. We will expand the list as and when we […]

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