books - owner building in sa

Penny Swift & Janek Szymanowski have been producing DIY and home-orientated books for more than 30 years. They have created more than 30 successful titles dealing with building, decorating, renovating, and extending homes, as well as landscaping and gardening. They excel at sharing their own do-it-yourself approach that promises to inspire and empower readers to achieve their dreams.

Owner Building in South Africa

South Africa’s definitive guide on the subject

If you are planning to build or renovate your own home, Owner Building in South Africa is an indispensable guide. Whether you are a hands-on builder or simply want to monitor the subcontractors, this practical reference book will enable you to tackle the project with confidence. Over the years since we first published this title, we have had great feedback and compliments from many many people. Why not join them and save a lot of heartache and expense.

Written for the 21st-century Owner Building provides all the information you need for every aspect of your Home Owner Building Project. This book is not only aimed at the “owner builder” but at anyone who is planning to get their house built or to only do renovations and additions.

We cover all aspects including:
• purchasing the land
• costing and financing
• planning and scheduling
• selecting and purchasing building materials
• working with subcontractors
• site preparation
• construction, from the foundations to the roof
• adding the basic and decorative finishes
• landscaping
• securing the property against intrusion

First published in 1992, this edition has been completely revised and updated to take account of the latest changes to building legislation, regulations and standards. With easy-to-read text, clear drawings, and photographs that reflect contemporary trends in building, architecture and design, Owner Building in South Africa provides all you need to know to build your own home, in one volume.

Writer Penny Swift and photographer Janek Szymanowski have a special interest in domestic architecture and the do-it-yourself approach to home improvement. Based on their Swimming Pools and Spas for South African Homes, The Complete South African House Book, Outdoor Style, Brickwork Made Easy: A Step-by-step Guide (and similar titles dealing with woodwork and metalwork), and several illustrated college textbooks dealing with construction topics and welding.

How to Build a Carport

how to build a carport

This book with 64 pages is packed with full-colour ideas and pictures including step-by-step instructions and sketch plans. Also available digital A4 ebook (PDF)

How To Build a Carport the easy way will guide you through all stages of your carport project, with hundreds of full-colour photographs and a selection of imaginative carport plans. There are lots of pictures to give you good ideas that you can copy or adapt. There are three sets of step-by-step instructions that have full colour pictures, one of them show you how to build a carport from the ground up. Written by South Africans, it explains the importance of building regulations in South Africa, and suggests ways that professional people can help with your project.

How To Build a Carport the easy way provides simple and easy-to-follow instructions that will enable you to build a carport using bricks and mortar, wood or metal, combined with a variety of roofing or cover options. It explains the basic principles involved in planning a carport project, from choosing a suitable design and style for your home, to quantifying and costing the materials required to build it. All the building basics are covered, including construction methods, tools needed, and the full spectrum of both roofing and parking possibilities. There are three fully illustrated step-by-step projects that show how to mix and cast concrete, how to lay brick paving, and how to build a carport with brick or block pillars. There are also instructions on how to mix mortar and set out structures.

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