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Dear Jonno I have a farm outside Ficksburg in the eastern Free State on which I would like to construct a small, open-plan cottage. It would be located up against the mountain-side, so I would also like to capitalise...
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Dual-purpose game cottages

Recently I received two requests for cottages to be built on private game farms in Limpopo and North West. These cottages are meant to be dual-purpose, so hunters could occupy them during the hunting season, and...
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A getaway cottage

Mr and Mrs Thompson from Johannesburg asked me to design a ‘permanent get-away’ for them on a site they had bought in an established wildlife development near the Kruger National Park.
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Accommodation for adventurers

I received a call from a KZN midlands farmer, to come and see some outbuildings that he would like to convert into accommodation for prospective adventurers. In the sketch I’ve taken into consideration your...
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Local flair cottage

Dear Jonno We intend building a comfortable two-bedroom home, with a third room for crafts and other activities, and would like to utilise as many locally available on-site materials as possible. These include a...
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Upgrading a safari lodge

I received a call from Andrew, an acquaintance from some 15 years ago, to upgrade existing accommodation and catering facilities at a private game park in northern KwaZulu-Natal. What was previously a four-star...
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Lodging for outdoor enthusiasts

I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the client and his...
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A small but stylish home

Dear Jonno I’m a regular reader of Farmer’s Weekly, and am also intrigued by all the different home styles you devise. I am recently widowed and live in a large farmhouse of 350m². I am looking to...
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A better house out of the ashes

Dear Jonno We really need your help: our thatch home burnt down! Please find attached the photo of what is left as well as the old plan of the house. I hope this helps. What we are wanting is to revise the layout of...
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New or improved staff quarters

Dear Jonno I follow your page in the Farmer’s Weekly every week. Thank you for all your ideas. I am a small farmer in a low- carrying capacity area. My operation is in the Lukhanji Municipal area of the...
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