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)....


‘No justification for vegetable pricing structure in SA’

Some South African fresh produce farmers are opting to plough their produce back into the ground rather than sending it to national fresh produce markets due to the low prices...
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