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Check your site carefully.

There are a number of factors that are often overlooked when choosing a site on which to build, and getting them wrong could influence a number of others and so limit your building options.

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.


When building a house, particularly on a tight budget, the first place that many people think about
cutting is with the design of the house and they go for the cheapest designer that they can find.

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 building plans for a louvre awning?

Do I need building plans for a louvre awning size of 6m x 4m, to be installed in my backyard. The two sides will be attached to the buildings exterior wall, rest is pole support? The paved floor is continuous with the rest of the paved yard.

Do I need plans for a Wendy House?

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? I was also wondering how I go about getting plans for the municipality to approve and the approximate cost of all of the plans/approval?

Do we need building plans before erecting a wooden fence on the street side of our property?

Would we require building plans before erecting a wooden fence on the street side of our property?

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.

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