FAQ’s – Houses

1 What, exactly do you supply?
We supply and erect the A Frame house structure only . This consists of the steel framework (and the foundations for the steelwork), Chromadek roof sheeting, roof insulation and a dormer window. We also supply and fit the upstairs timber floor. We supply a timber staircase to be fitted by your builder.  Only in the case where Municipalities are involved the appropriate NHBRC certificates are required from your appointed builder. Our Engineer supplies the NHBRC certificate for the steel structure and timber floor only.
2 What needs to be done by my builder to finish off the house and make it habitable?

  • Your builder will need to complete the following according to Architect’s standard plan provided:
  • Laying of the foundations and concrete slab for the ground floor
  • Under-roof brickwork (only 14 000 bricks) to close up sides and gable ends including a small portion of drywall construction on top of the timber floor.
  • Installation of windows and doors at the gable ends on the ground-floor as per plan.
  • Interior dry-walling and ceilings
  • Installation of electrics
  • Installation of plumbing
  • Installation of kitchen
  • Installation of bathrooms
  • Installation of built-in cupboards
3 How much will it cost to bring an A Frame House structure to completion?
Depending on your chosen finishes, it would cost an additional R450 000 to R550 000 to complete the structure into a habitable house.
4 How long does it take to erect the A Frame House structure?
The structural work is achieved within eight days from starting on site.
5 What do I need to supply on site for construction of the structure to begin?
Client to arrange for foundation inspection and provide 6 m³ (20 mpa) of Ready Mix Concrete. In the event of Ready Mix not being available, we will hand mix at an additional cost of R150/m³ – labour only – mixer supplied by client.
6 Is the Transport Cost extra to the quoted price?
We erect countrywide at additional costs. You will be quoted on transport and related costs.
7 What sizes are available?
210 square meter A Frame House is the standard size. Larger sizes are possible with the option of attaching a single storey cottage structure to the main house. See our single storey Cottages, should you require something smaller.
8 How many bedrooms and bathrooms in a standard 210m² A Frame House?
The configuration is infinitely variable, according to your specifications. The standard plan provided can be revised (at additional costs ) to suit individual needs e.g. extra rooms and windows . Our standard plan makes provision for 3 bedrooms, upstairs balcony, 2 bathrooms, a lounge, kitchen, and patio or stoep.
9 What if I want a slightly bigger Lounge / Bedroom / Bathroom?
The design is modular and can be extended in 3m bays (42m²) – in the length of the structure.
10 What roof colours are available?
Traffic Green Chromadek Roof Sheeting is  the standard colour available but other colours, eg. Buffallo Brown, Gemsbok Sand, Kalahari  Red and Sandstone Beige can be ordered if available from the supplier. See the roof colour chart.
11 Is the roof insulated?
Yes, we install  Alucushion roof insulation during the erection of the structure. Additional insulation can be installed by your builder.
12 Can the upstairs balcony be covered?
Yes, at minimal additional cost. See the Pricelist.
13 Can I have additional windows?
Yes, additional windows may be specified for ground and first floor.
14 How should the upstairs timber floor be finished?
The timber floor is not suitable for varnishing, since it is a natural finish unsealed, rough Industrial floor.  We suggest you lay laminated wooden flooring or carpeting over the timber floor. The client needs to install the ceiling work to the underside of the timber floor.
15 How should the upstairs timber floor be finished?
The timber floor is not suitable for varnishing, since it is a natural finish unsealed, rough Industrial floor.  We suggest you lay laminated wooden flooring or carpeting over the timber floor. The client needs to install the ceiling work to the underside of the timber floor.
16 Do you supply DIY kits?
We will supply DIY Kits, ex factory, only in certain instances. Conditions apply.
17 Will you do the building work (after the erection of the steel structure) for me?
We do not undertake any building work, plumbing, electricity, finishes etc. which have to be done by your own builder and is for your account.
18 What are the building site requirements?

  • Slope of building site should not exceed 150mm over a length of 15m.
  • Site should be clean and ready prior to commencement of foundation work.
  • Unsuitable founding conditions will be addressed by our Engineer.
  • Electricity (generator), water and toilet facilities to be available at all times.
  • Physical security for materials delivered to be provided by client.
19 How does the Steelframe structure compare with conventional building costs?
The house structure is still an conventionally accepted structure and is designed in order to save on building costs i.e. to minimize on labour intensive conventional methods and still achieve an aesthetic design.
20 Can you erect the structure in a Municipal area?
Municipalities do approve the plans in the normal way. Please note that this structure is not an Aggrement Certificated Structure, as all materials used are SABS approved.
21 I need a garage. Can you help?
Yes, we erect garage structures, based on our Cottage design. Request a quote for more details.
22 I have a question not addressed in this FAQ
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