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Education Corner: All About Damp Proofing

How Do I?

Once water or moisture gets into your home it is both difficult and expensive to stop. It is therefore important that damp proofing is done correctly and in the right places by your builder first time. I have only highlighted the basic areas where every home needs damp proofing. 

Choosing your Electrical Contractor

When you sell your home, you are required by law to obtain a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance (CoC) before a transfer can take place. However, choosing the right person for the job involves more than finding the cheapest quotation around.


I have been looking at the whole issue of building a home using shipping containers and have made a number of observations and come to the following conclusions which I hope you will find useful.

Designing a Home Office: Things to Think About

These are just some of the suggestions people have sent to us and we've canvassed with the features they think are the most important to incorporate into a design/build of a home office.

Dry Walls vs. Brick Walls

South Africans have in many ways been conditioned into believing that building with bricks and mortar is the only way to build if you want quality and that alternative building methods give a lesser product and are to be frowned upon.


When most people think of insulation, it is mostly with regards to what is over the ceiling but there is so much more involved than that.

Education Corner: All About Building Walls

How Do I ?

Walls define spaces and your home is made up of walls that will either add value to a space or detract from it. It is therefore important that attention is paid to the materials and construction of the walls of your home. The access to and flow through a space is a very important issue and getting it wrong will affect the practical use and comfort of any space.

Education Corner: Foundations & Floor Slabs

How do I..?

With this article in the All About Building Education Corner, I am going to start at the bottom, literally, with the foundation of your home. This is not an exhaustive article on the subject by any means but serves to highlight the main issues.

Flooring Options, Tips & Advice

As one of the most hardworking features in your home, the effect flooring has on your home’s style, atmosphere and value should not be underestimated. Today, consumers are spoiled for choice with many different products to choose from, all depending on your style and needs.

Generators: How to Choose One for your Home or Small Office

The current state of load shedding and power outages in South Africa has caused many problems for many people and especially for those people who work from home. We have received numerous questions to the site from folk wanting to know what they should be looking out for when choosing a generator for their home and/or small business they run from home.

House Construction in South Africa-Timber or light steel frame construction

The vast majority of people in this country are only prepared to think of building their homes with traditional bricks and mortar. There are however a number of alternatives that one might wish to consider.

Moving House

With a little planning, OK, some serious planning, you can ease the trauma by planning ahead of time and these are our tips and suggestions to make that transition a little smoother.
Print out the list and tick the chores off as you do them, that alone will go a long way to keeping your mind on the task:-

Prepaid Electricity Meters

For landlords, body corporates and managing agents apportioning electricity consumption can be a nightmare. Disputes over electricity consumption can lead to non-payment and when this happens, the person footing the bill is usually the landlord.

That Old Asbestos Roof

If you found out that your house and it has an asbestos roof, what are the implications and what are the rules and regulations regarding such a roof?

 Attic Conversions

As the prices of houses increase, more and more people are looking at renovating, adding on to their existing homes or creating conversions. Today we are looking at attic conversions.

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