A com­pact fam­ily cot­tage

Farmer's Weekly (South Africa) - - Hillbilly Homes Lifestyle -

Dear Jonno,

I would like you to draw up plans for me of a cot­tage no more than 48m² in size. I would like two bed­rooms, one bath­room, and an open-plan lounge/ kitchen with a ve­randa. Kind re­gards, Lindiwe Dear Lindiwe,

I’m sorry about the frus­tra­tions you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced with the lo­cal au­thor­ity. This is a com­mon prob­lem. The area you have for your cot­tage is rather small; most lo­cal au­thor­i­ties al­low a cot­tage to be be­tween 60m2 and 80m² in ex­tent (roof cov­er­age).

Nev­er­the­less, I’ve drawn a two-bed­roomed cot­tage within the 48m² per­mit­ted. Shown with fur­nish­ings to scale, it is still hab­it­able for a fam­ily of four.

In the per­spec­tive view, I’ve shown the same cot­tage with a reg­u­lar low-pitched roof, and the end-on view with a 45° pitch roof. The ad­di­tional roof height al­lows for the cre­ation of pos­si­ble stor­age area. Shown in the plan is the po­si­tion­ing of the stairs.

The cost of the higher roof and ex­tra floor­boards will add only about 15% to the price of a reg­u­lar, one-level house. The added roof area space is shown dot­ted in the side view.

The ve­randa will be a per­gola con­sist­ing of beams. There is no roof, so this is not in­cluded in the per­mit­ted roof cov­er­age. Some­time in the fu­ture, a re­tractable, wa­ter­proof can­vas cover can be over­laid for those rainy days.

Visit your lo­cal au­thor­ity and ask them for an an­swer. Ev­ery year you de­lay build­ing, the cost of ma­te­rial and labour goes up be­tween 5% and 6% due to in­fla­tion. Kind re­gards,

Jonno

Jonno Smith is a reg­is­tered ar­chi­tect. He can be con­tacted at Hill­billy Homes: tel 036 352 3178, fax 088 036 352 3178, cell 082 412 4459 or email hill­[email protected] Please pro­vide de­tails of the pro­posed devel­op­ment. Visit hill­bil­ly­homes.co.za.

Floor plan: 48m2 + ve­randa

JONNO SMITH

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