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5-star cave accommodation

I was recently contacted by Charles who had a design request for something unique. He had previously stayed in 5-star man-made cave accommodation in Champagne Valley in KwaZulu-Natal’s Drakensberg, and wanted...
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A Tuscan style home

I recently had a meeting with a client, Majola, whose thatched roof house had burnt down. It had a bedroom, a living room, kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor, and an attic bedroom upstairs. Majola wanted the...
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A functional fisherman’s lodge

I received a request from Andrew in the Swartberg, KwaZulu-Natal, for a fisherman’s lodge that he and his father had conceptualised. After meeting with Andrew, I designed the layout pictured here. Our...
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Working from home in the bush

Dear Jonno We have a stand on a small private game farm in North West, and hope that you’ll be able to convert our ideas into something unique. I’ve attached a rough sketch of what we have in mind, but...
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Unusual student rondavels

 Dear Jonno All the proposed additions to the communal lodges that you designed for us have been approved by the local authority and we’ll start building shortly. As you know, students from North and...
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House on stilts in Zambia

Dear John Your article in Farmer’s Weekly of 19 June 2015 refers. We intend building a house in Zambia shortly, and need your assistance with the plans. Here are the details: The double garage must...
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Modern-rustic home in the bush

Dear Jonno We want to build a home in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, and would like your creative input. We want something that is ‘mod’ but rustic. The design must also allow for ease of construction, as we want...
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Multipurpose tourist rondavels

Hannes, who wanted to develop an eight-stand tourist accommodation complex , requested that I meet him on site in southern KwaZulu-Natal. Dear Hannes, Further to our meeting, I’ve configured a...
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A simple two-bedroom cottage

Dear Jonno We have been looking at various house plans you have featured in Farmer’s Weekly for a few years now and are keen to start building a cottage on my in-laws’ property. Originally, they were...
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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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Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
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