Building your dream home, on a budget

SA Bauhaus

Everybody dreams of creating their own dream home. Yet we feel it’s an expensive experience out of our reach and fraught with stress and disappointment.

One self-builder that’s taken on seven building projects herself across South Africa believes it is possible and easier than you think. SA Bauhaus is a new website created for the first time home builder needing sensible and practical advice on every step of the process.

Although not as simple as buying a ready-made home, sensible investment, step by step process and careful budgeting can get you your ideal home within a year or two.

Creator, Kirstin Lund, has learnt the ropes along the way having completed three new houses and a number of renovations over the last 20 years. As she could not afford architects to project manage the builds, she learnt on the job and now feels she has much advice to offer.

“If you want your project to be on a budget and finish on time you will have to have absolute control yourself as no one cares about these things as much as you do!” says Kirstin.

She will be the first to tell you it’s not always easy, but if you are prepared for some delays and setbacks along the journey and plan very carefully, dreams can be made into reality.

Finding a viable and good building location is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you want your investment to grow. The estate agent mantra certainly rings true – location, location, location.

“I’m always hearing people say it’s more expensive to buy than build. This might be true if you build in a low return location. If you want to have a build that grows exponentially in value, spend most of your money on the site or find the cheapest piece of land in the most expensive suburb.

And new houses don’t always have to be in housing estates in the city outskirts either. As the cities are under pressure to accommodate the growing population, much older, traditionally expensive suburbs have changed their by-laws to accommodate subdivisions. These can often provide great locations for new, contemporary builds.

“See what houses around you are selling for and carefully budget your plot, fee, holding and building costs around that. Ideally, you want to spend less than the average house prices around you. As building costs are relatively stable, it becomes apparent very quickly where in the city that same structure will be worth much more.”

“My last build was completed on a previous tennis court that had been sold as a new plot. It’s very surprising what you can fit in on 800m”, says Kirstin.

The site provides advice on planning, design, building and finishing stages of a build-in South Africa. It might seem overwhelming at first, but it is possible and you’ll never regret it!

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Actually, Home Food and Travel offers a lot more than just reviews of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.  We also visit great destinations, receive advice from interior designers and stop to smell the roses and taste the coffee.

Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

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Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

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To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

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Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


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Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

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