Lifestyle - Hillbilly homes
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A new lease of life for farm rondavels

Approximately seven years ago, I designed a home for Pete and his family on a golf estate.
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Ideal cottage for granny

A single garage and staff quarters is converted into the granny cottage.
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A home in which to retire

Dear Jonno I recently purchased an 8ha smallholding on which I plan to grow macadamias. The building on the property is not worth repairing, so I would prefer to build a small retirement house from scratch. I have...
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A house with character

Jonno designs a house on an elevated slope for Pamela.
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Roofs to the rescue

Dear Jonno One of my employees, a widow, owns a shack in the township, and is in the process of building herself a better home. She hired help, made bricks and bought doors and cement. However, she has no house...
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A cottage among the acacia trees

Mark, a previous client of mine who owns a game farm in Limpopo, visited my studio on his way to the KZN coast.
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A camping site in Botswana

Dear Jonno I stumbled across your fascinating plans in a Farmer’s Weekly magazine, and would like you to help me with a design. I acquired a piece of land in 2011 along a river bank in central Botswana, and would...
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Self-catering accommodation for hunters

Recently, two game farm owners – from Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively – asked me to design two-bedroom, self-catering accommodation units for hunters and off-season visitors to their farms.
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A unique cottage plan

Dear Jonno I’m always fascinated by your unique country design homes. In one of your recent articles, you suggested the use of throw-away wood quarterings. I am all for going green and creating a rustic cottage...
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5 tips on designing a home

Every one of us is unique and has a different idea of what we want our home to look like. To date, I have prepared over 4 800 working drawings for clients, and have not produced a single exact repeat! Here then, briefly, are the most important aspects that should be considered when designing a home.
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