Lifestyle - Hillbilly homes
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Lettable units on a farm

I received two requests from callers planning to build lettable units on their farms. This requires changing from agricultural to commercial zoning, a long and tedious process. But it may well be worth it, due to the...
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A home by the lake

Dear Jonno I have been reading and looking at your sketches in Farmer’s Weekly for years. I recently saw a home on the cover of a magazine (I have attached the picture) and would like you to create a sketch...
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Garage now, bedroom later

Dear Jonno At long last, we are now preparing to build a house on our game farm near Modimolle. Thank you for the drawings, they are almost perfect. However there are a couple of points I would like to highlight...
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Farmhouse alterations

Dear Lina Thank you for the informative written requirements and ideas for additions and alterations to your existing farmhouse. In the sketch layout of the additions required, I’ve tried not to rearrange the...
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A tree house design

Dear Jonno My husband and I open our Farmer’s Weekly to your ‘Hillbilly Homes’ column before paging to any of the other interesting topics. We have been watching the TV programme ‘Treehouse...
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Space to expand into

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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