Thank you for calling and discussing the requirements for your new home outside Pietermaritzburg. Looking through my file of more than 700 sketches drawn for Farmer’s Weekly so far, I selected the layout and looks that caught your eye, and have improvised on that sketch.
I’ve increased the floor area to a bit more than the 150m² you suggested. That extra 15m² is equivalent to the thickness of the outer walls of the house, so it will make a difference as far as space goes but will not add significantly to the cost/ As time goes on, we find we never have enough space. So the higher pitched roof that can accommodate those two extra attic rooms is a bonus development for the future.
I would also suggest that the central living/kitchen area be left open-beamed with only a catwalk – shown dotted – providing access to the attic rooms.
As you are in a rural area, I have specified a roof of fibre-cement mock-thatch slate that will serve to collect rainwater. You liked the roof styling in the original sketch, so I have incorporated it.