A large attic for student rental

A two-bedroom practical and cost effective student accommodation situated in Stellenbosch.

A large attic for student rental
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Dear Jonno
Some time ago, you described the cost savings in building a cottage with a roof attic, as opposed to a single-storey building.

We have a smallholding in Stellenbosch, and often receive requests for accommodation. We would like a cottage (possibly a two-bedroom unit) that’s affordable to build and could be let out to up to four students. It should be a shared, self-catering unit. The site will be close to our home and on level ground.

We will leave it to your imagination to come up with something practical for us.

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Kind regards
Jess and Lee

Dear Jess and Lee
With university dormitories often fully booked, there is a growing need for off-campus student accommodation.The dormer room style is certainly a cost-effective way of building; you save on half a roof and half a foundation/floor slab.

In Europe and the US, the savings of building ‘attic-area’ homes have long been appreciated. And of course, steep-pitched roofs are also an answer to heavy snowfalls.

The sketch shows two options: the one on the left is the ‘Mansard’ roof typical of Europe and US homes. The other is a high-pitched thatch roof typical of African and some European homes.

The house is a comfortable size for students or any other tenants.

The styles shown are just a couple of many more roofing options, but these two are practical and cost-effective.

Please give me a call to discuss requirements for local authority plan approval.

Kind regards
Jonno

Jonno Smith is a registered architect. He can be contacted at Hillbilly Homes: tel 036 352 3178, fax 088 036 352 3178, cell 082 412 4459 or email [email protected]. Please provide details of the proposed development. Visit hillbillyhomes.co.za.

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