Traditional tourist cottage

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Stephen, for whom I had previously done design work, recently approached me with a further request for cost-effective tourist accommodation in a rural, farm-style design.

Traditional tourist cottage

In the sketches herewith, I’ve kept the floor layout compact but functional, which is ideal for day visitors. Tourists will probably be out sightseeing for most of the daylight hours and come back only in the late afternoon. Therefore a small functional kitchen and outside braai facility should be adequate for catering purposes.

Traditional tourist cottage

 

Tourists will probably be out sightseeing for most of the daylight hours and come back only in the late afternoon. Therefore a small functional kitchen and outside braai facility should be adequate for catering purposes.

The styles depicted are typical of early settler homes in South Africa, with a high-pitched roof that can accommodate an additional sleeper-deck.

Typical too is the material used for the roof – corrugated iron, which is cost-effective and traditional. To save costs, I’ve also kept the windows contemporary, rather than opting for traditional cottage pane, sash windows.

As for your utilising the demolished cob-church foundation to build on, I would rather suggest that this new cottage be located in a private area in natural surroundings.

Traditional tourist cottage

For a small cottage such as the one shown, the foundation will constitute the smallest portion of the structure’s expense; it will make up about 6% of the total construction cost, compared with the usual 40% of the cost of the superstructure of a regular home.

The size of the cottage can, however, be increased to make it suitable for more permanent accommodation options. This can be done by increasing the length and width by a metre or two to achieve a proportionately larger room.

This will also result in a larger attic space, which can be divided into one or two rooms with a bathroom.

Please give me a call to discuss further design and construction options.

Kind regards
Jonno