Hillbilly Homes

Hillbilly homes


Building units to let

Some time ago, Michael from the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal between Mooi River and Howick, bought a vacant plot and requested that I design a residential home to be constructed...

How to build a period corrugated iron house

Dear Jonno We want to build a period corrugated iron house on our farm, more or less according to the plans I have attached. The land...
Building a house on a budget

Building a house on a budget

Here are a few budget friendly design and styling options to choose from for a cost-effective home.

A functional fisherman’s lodge

I received a request from Andrew in the Swartberg, KwaZulu-Natal, for a fisherman’s lodge that he and his father had conceptualised.

Working from home in the bush

Dear Jonno We have a stand on a small private game farm in North West, and hope that you’ll be able to convert our ideas...

Unusual student rondavels

 Dear Jonno All the proposed additions to the communal lodges that you designed for us have been approved by the local authority and we’ll start...

House on stilts in Zambia

Dear John Your article in Farmer’s Weekly of 19 June 2015 refers. We intend building a house in Zambia shortly, and need your assistance with the...

Modern-rustic home in the bush

Dear Jonno We want to build a home in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, and would like your creative input. We want something that is ‘mod’ but...

Multipurpose tourist rondavels

Hannes, who wanted to develop an eight-stand tourist accommodation complex , requested that I meet him on site in southern KwaZulu-Natal. Dear Hannes, Further to our...
A simple two-bedroom cottage

A simple two-bedroom cottage

We have been looking at various house plans you have featured in Farmer’s Weekly for a few years now and are keen to start building a cottage on my in-laws’...

Lettable units on a farm

I received two requests from callers planning to build lettable units on their farms. This requires changing from agricultural to commercial zoning, a long...

A home by the lake

Dear Jonno I have been reading and looking at your sketches in Farmer’s Weekly for years. I recently saw a home on the cover of a...


Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

Double life sentences for farm attackers welcomed

The double life sentences recently handed down to six convicted farm attackers by the High Court in Vryheid have been welcomed by some role players in South African agriculture.

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