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South Africa’s first 40m² CMA house was launched on 10 December 2012 in the small village of Sokhumuli in Bronkhorstspruit.    Developed jointly by the Department of Human Settlements, the City of Tshwane and South African Women in Construction (SAWiC), in association with the CMA, the houses are built from…

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Outdoor art décor reflects the personalities of homeowners and contributes to creating liveable spaces. Discover how designers and home owners around the world are giving outdoor areas the design attention they deserve. Read more about designs that complement architectural features and how art adds character to spaces that are visually…

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Ever wonder about the difference between the cost of buying or building a home in South Africa?  Denise Malanga chats to Absa Home Loans property analyst, Jacques du Toiled, about the top ten factors that affect residential home building costs. Find out more about the factors and numbers that are…

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Your driveway is the first part of your property people see as they enter or pass by. Read more about how people are applying creativity and landscape design to their driveways to create a lasting impression with their guests. Using the typical elements of design, including size, theme of the…

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Does your interior design model need a bit of flare?  Why not add some fine art to help visualize the space?  Check out this new SketchUp plug-in, ARTmineSKP:  it lets you browse a collection of 5,000 artworks and upload them to your model!  ARTmineSKP makes your models more lifelike, and…

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Enjoying the warm weather and entertaining outdoors is a great South African pastime. Learn how you can design your very own charming garden path with bricks, blocks, cobblestones or reclaimed bricks, that is both functional and attractive.  Perfect for beginners, this simple project will take just a day to complete,…

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The City of Cape Town Human Settlement Contact Office in Manenberg has recently been awarded a 4 Star Green Star SA rating; the first fully constructed local municipal building in South Africa to achieve a rating. The building, designed by Ashley Hemraj with Goodhope Construction as the main contractors, is…

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The Millennia Park office building in Stellenbosch has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star SA certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  The first refurbished building in South Africa to receive this award, the 29 year old Millennia Park is arguably one of the most energy…

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The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has launched the PILOT Energy and Water Benchmarking tool for the commercial property industry, which allows property owners to see how their building’s consumption measures up to industry norms.   The GBCSA has launched the Pilot version of its Energy and Water…

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