Hillbilly Homes

Hillbilly homes


A house of straw?

An avid Farmer's Weekly reader has the opportunity to build a straw bale, self-sufficient, off-the-grid home in the Magaliesburg area. Jonno helps her out.

One layout – many options

Dirk and Edith applied for a 10-unit development on a portion of their farm in the upper Van Reenen's Pass area of KZN.

Take it up a notch

Jonno, My husband and I will be retiring from public service in five years, but we want to start building our dream home now.

Friendly advice

We had a surprise visit from a couple my wife and I befriended some 40 years ago. Trevor and Margaret found an old copy of Farmer's Weekly with my picture...

Down memory lane

I got a call from Dallas (not the city in the US) to have a look at his house in Durban that needs upgrading. The house is located in one...

In with the old

I got a call from a prospective farmer in the battlefields area of KZN, to come and see three derelict old farm houses on three adjacent farms in the area....

Glamorising low-cost housing

I recently received a call from a regular Farmer's Weekly reader and acquaintance who likes the way I improvise on cutting building costs.

A good use of space

Hi Jonno, I've decided to demolish the small cottage close to my house and rebuild one further down the property with a maximum size of 80m².

A cozy retirement

Dear Jonno, I am looking to put up a small house on my brother-in-law's farm outside Lusaka.

One happy family

I had a call from Ben in the Dundee Area of the Natal Midlands. "We need to make space on our farm for the next generation" He said.

Functional medieval keep

Issue date: 24 September 2010

A new home in Zimbabwe

Hi Jonno, I have just secured a stand in one of the towns in Zimbabwe. The size of the stand is 140m2 (14m x 10m)....


Treasury cuts land reform budget

The allocation from National Treasury to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) will decrease from just under R11 billion in 2019/2020 to R10,67 billion in the 2020/21...

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