A compact family cottage
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 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