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Education Corner: All About Damp Proofing

How Do I?

Once water or moisture gets into your home it is both difficult and expensive to stop. It is therefore important that damp proofing is done correctly and in the right places by your builder first time. I have only highlighted the basic areas where every home needs damp proofing. 

The Health & Safety Act and You, The Home Builder

 The vast majority of people who contemplate building or altering their homes are not aware of the content or the implication that the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 (as amended) has on what they are doing.

Who is responsible for the NHBRC Certificate?

 I bought a property from a registered complex on sectional title and commissioned a house to be built by the developer and owner of the complex. The entire project has been successful and I can fully recommend the developer as an astute and worthy builder. My query revolves around who is responsible for the NHBRC Certificate that will cost around R50,000.00.  Does the onus fall on me as the owner, or is the developer / builder responsible for payment?

Who is responsible for the NHBRC Certificate?

Who is responsible for the NHBRC Certificate?
I bought a property from a registered complex on sectional title and commissioned a house to be built by the developer and owner of the complex. The entire project has been successful and I can fully recommend the developer as an astute and worthy builder.

Alternative building methods– structural insulated panel systems

In dealing with alternative building methods in South Africa, apart from the very traditional brick and mortar, I have dealt with timber and light steel frame and with Shipping Container construction. In this article, I want to highlight the Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) construction.

Architecture: The importance of design

There is a saying that it takes effort to produce a good design but that good design is always worth the effort. I often get the feeling that people are generally of the opinion that architects draw house plans or plans of office blocks or plans of hotels, etc.

Avoid a Bad Building Experience

Over the years, I have found 3 fundamental reasons why any project would run into difficulty.
The first is a compromise on design. One only needs to drive down a street in any suburb and you will find at least one example of poor design.

Avoid a Bad Building Experience

We've received hundreds of letters from folk who have had terrible building experiences and vow never, ever to build again.
If you're thinking about building, then there are a few things that you really need to think about and keep an eye on, in order to avoid a bad building experience.

Builder vs Project manager vs Bakkie builder. What's the difference?

Many people are not aware of the difference between a Building contractor, a Project Manager and a Bakkie Builder and there is a big difference. In many cases, there is a degree of overlap and as with all businesses there are good ones and bad ones all the way through the mix

Building a granny flat: Where do I start?

I have the opportunity to build a house/granny flat on my parents' property which is reasonably large. Where do I start? Who do I contact to see what size house/granny flat can be built? How do I contact them etc? I would really appreciate any advice you could offer me.

Building a perimeter wall: What are the restrictions?

I want to build a perimeter wall around my corner property. Are there any restrictions as to the distance of the wall to the street? Especially for the corner closest to the street?

Building Cheap Could Cost You More

Tough economic times makes all of us tighten our belts and compromise is the name of the game in many different parts of our lives. When it comes to building, it is generally no different. The big question is where do you start with that compromise?

Building Contract: Do You Need One?

Do I need a building contract?  The answer to the question is always going to be “YES”. Without a valid contract between you and your builder, you do not have any security, no recourse, no guarantees, no terms of reference and you are seriously at risk in all aspects of your project from start to finish.

Building extensions and a granny flat: SIPS system

I am considering building an office (perhaps future live in a flat) above my garage; can I use a SIPS system to do this?  Can you advise on the requirements for the office floor/garage roof (i.e. the platform on which to build upwards upon)? 

Building on a Shoestring Budget

Dr. Johan Dippenaar, one of our readers, sent me these amazing pics of a little cottage he built on his smallholding and it just goes to show with some ingenuity and lots of scouting around for good prices and great ideas, you can build something really pretty and very functional at a fraction of the cost.

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