In Cape Town house plans have never been easier, with Professional Beverley Hui Pr Arch at your service. We design house plans based on the requirements of your specific site and brief. This page, illustrates a few examples that have been designed by the architect. Many of them are in an H-shape, or U-shape which is the optimum layout for light and circulation in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Somerset West. We design in a wide range of styles in a graceful and congruent way.
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H-SHAPED HOUSE PLANS
The H-shape provides many wings for housing a large number of rooms. These are easily resolved on the elevation, because of the natural symmetry of the plan from all directions. The H-plan is a very popular layout for building plans in South Africa, and can be resolved in both modern and traditional styles of architecture.
U-SHAPED HOUSE PLANS
The U-shape was very commonly used in the traditional Cape Dutch houses of South Africa. The plan has the several advantages. THe entrance facade can be long and symmetrical, providing many opportunities for a stately impression. Next, passages inside the house are reduced, with plenty of light penetrating throughout. Finally, the protected space between the arms of the U is the perfect position for the pool.
I-SHAPED HOUSE PLANS
The I-shape is similar to the H-shaped plan, except it is rotated 90 degrees in relation to the entrance area. The garages can typically be located in one arm of the plan, with the main entrance to the home, on the central axis of symmetry. The protected area inbetween the arms of the "I", can be partially enclosed for a patio and entertainment area, overlooking the swimming pool.
REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDING PLANS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Building plans in South Africa, are required to be submitted by a registered person, whether they are a qualified architect, or architectural technician. Building plans need to conform to the requirements of the National Building Regulations, this is to ensure public safety. The structural engineer takes responsibility for the structural design of the foundations, concrete slabs, beams etc, but there are many aspects of the saftey of the building besides just the structure, for example the pool needs to be designed with an adequate boundary to prevent accidents, rooms need to be designed with sufficient light and ventilation... ceilings and stairs need to be designed in the correct proportion. The architect submits house plans which are in conformity with all of these regulations.
Actually, there is not a signigicant difference between the submission requirements in Cape Town and the rest of South Africa. One special requirement is that cavity walls are used instead of regular 220mm thick walls. The cavity wall has an air gap in the middle, which makes the wall more resilient to extreme weather conditions. This good practice makes the buildings more comfortable and saves on heating and cooling costs.
CAPE VERNACULAR STYLE
The Cape Vernacular style is somewhat unique to the Western Cape of South Africa and a speciality of Beverley Hui Architects. The style is based on the traditional Cape Dutch buildings, with their steeply pitched roofs, small apertures and clipped eaves. The plans are very often arranged in simple U or H shapes, with many variations being possible. The fact that the eaves are not existent - called "clipped eaves" is an important stylistic detail.