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Choosing the Right Contractor

You cannot be too careful when choosing a contractor or subcontractor, go the extra mile and make sure that you feel confident that you have chosen wisely before you start building. Visit building sites, ask friends, family, friends of friends, your local hardware store, building centres and get the answers to all the questions you need. Taking your time about doing this will ensure that you get it right the first time.

Choosing the Right Suppliers

If you are looking at a labour only building project and seeking to supply all the materials yourself then you need to carefully consider who you are going to get to supply you with your building materials.

Choosing Your Architect or Designer

Choosing your architect or designer is a very important decision. Their advice and knowledge (or lack thereof) will directly affect your investment and the future value of your property. There is far more to design than simply drawing a plan and getting a builder to build it. Just look around you at the many design disasters in your neighbourhood and you will know what I am talking about.

Choosing Your Builder: A Checklist        

The vast majority of things that go wrong on any building contract occur because of the choices that you make when appointing your builder. If you are owner building and planning to hire a building contractor or are subcontracting parts of the project, make sure you know everything you need to know.  Ask the right questions, have a checklist ready and choose wisely.

Choosing your Electrical Contractor

When you sell your home, you are required by law to obtain a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (CoC) before a transfer can take place. However, choosing the right person for the job involves more than finding the cheapest quotation around.


I have been looking at the whole issue of building a home using shipping containers and have made a number of observations and come to the following conclusions which I hope you will find useful.

Deck awning: Do I need a plan?

I have erected an awning over my deck about 10 years but I am selling the house now. The person that is buying the house wants a plan or a letter to state no plan is needed. Do I need a plan?

Designing a Home Office: Things to Think About

These are just some of the suggestions people have sent to us and we've canvassed with the features they think are the most important to incorporate into a design/build of a home office.

Designing in small spaces

With the price of building these days being out of the reach of many people, designing small spaces that can be reinvented to serve a number of functions with adaptable furniture makes it user friendly and more cost effective.

Do I need plans for a Wendy House ?

This is a fairly regular question that drops into our e-mail from time to time:
"I am looking at putting a wendy house in the garden for my daughter to stay in. Are there any problems or advice you would give me about doing this?"


Dry Walls vs. Brick Walls

South Africans have in many ways been conditioned into believing that building with bricks and mortar is the only way to build if you want quality and that alternative building methods give a lesser product and are to be frowned upon.


When most people think of insulation, it is mostly with regards to what is over the ceiling but there is so much more involved than that.


Insulation is a subject that everyone knows about but few know how to apply the many products properly and in many cases, diminish the effect of the insulation and thus waste money.

Education Corner: All About Building Walls

How Do I ?

Walls define spaces and your home is made up of walls that will either add value to a space or detract from it. It is therefore important that attention is paid to the materials and construction of the walls of your home. The access to and flow through a space is a very important issue and getting it wrong will affect the practical use and comfort of any space.

Education Corner: Foundations & Floor Slabs

How do I..?

With this article in the All About Building Education Corner, I am going to start at the bottom, literally, with the foundation of your home. This is not an exhaustive article on the subject by any means but serves to highlight the main issues.

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