On a slope in Swaziland

Jonno assists Jeremy with a design for a far-style house in Swaziland.

On a slope in Swaziland
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Hi Jonno
I really enjoy looking at your house designs in Farmer’s Weekly. As a first-time builder it is rather difficult putting all one’s ideas into a plan that works. We have just bought a 4 500m² plot on a small residential estate in Swaziland where the general building requirement is farm-style/big verandas. Our plot is at the back of the estate with a fair gradient. It is narrow at the entrance and then widens slightly. Our plan is to level the wider section to create a platform to build on. As it is quite elevated, we would not need to go double storey, but we are not against this idea.

We require a large veranda/entertainment area leading onto a pool and inside we would like three or four bedrooms, and a scullery, laundry and pantry. For security reasons we would like the bedrooms on one side of the house and they must be locked off from the rest of the house. We really enjoy entertaining and cooking so we would like an open-plan idea. One thought we did have was a sort of T-shape style with the living/garage area being at the top of the T and then the stem would be the sleeping accommodation. Any ideas and help will be much appreciated.

Kind regards,

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Floor plan

House 150m2
Garage 36m2
Veranda 18m2
Attic 21m2

Hi Jeremy,
Thanks for the compliments. It was a handy description of your proposed styling and accommodation requirements. A little more information on the site lengths and breadths, and approach roadways would have helped even more. Not serious though. The garage can be approached from the rear if need be, and the house can also be flipped from left to right, to take
views and sun orientation into consideration.

The dotted lines shown in the garage is where an attic can be accommodated in the roof area. When we get started on the working drawing; you can email me a photograph of the site where you will be positioning the house. Also feel free to make any preferred changes to room sizes and the styling with your residential estate committee.