Where to start

Getting builders started before crucial decisions have been made can be disastrous, so what’s the best sequence of events to prepare?

Here are three things to take into account when planning a renovation or a new build.

Architecture (Planning)

People often think design is all about ideas. In fact, design is the process that takes the idea, develops it, prepares it and communicates it, ready to be made into reality.
We enjoy assisting our clients with their ideas. Our architect takes our clients ideas and develops it. Once plans are prepared and approved your ideas are ready to be made into reality.

We would like to hear from you. Please contact us with your thoughts and ideas.

Structural Engineering

Load bearing or structural walls, Concrete roof slabs, Reinforced concrete beams, MPA and steel reinforcing are just some of the terminology in building that will apply to your project when planning renovations or a new build.  Whilst our architects and engineers on our team develop your Ideas they work hand in hand when designing to ensure that the structural integrity of your project is not compromised.

If structural works are needed, the drawings will give the structural engineer the basis for a structural design and calculations, and the architect can integrate this into the design, along with other important technical information. This ensures your project will get approval of the design under the Building Regulations.

Building regulations – Sans10400

These Regulations can have a restrictive effect when designing your dream home
What are these regulations and what are the requirements?

The regulations are outlined in the SANS10400 energy regulations in which it requires that the building must be energy efficient.

The energy efficiency of a building is measured in two ways:

1. Insulation.

The amount of energy required to keep a building’s interior temperature stable and un-influenced by that of the exterior environment. How well a building’s interior temperature is maintained is directly influenced by how well it is insulated.

There are two main areas through which a building will lose or gain heat:

– Windows.

Heat escapes through the windows. SANS10400 Requires that only 15% of the total floor area is permitted to have windows. This can have a restrictive affect when designing. There are ways in which to overcome these hurdles. Double glazing and low e are amongst the more costly solutions. Our architects aim to design a building that is energy efficiency by first looking at less costly solutions and secondly by resorting to solutions that will have less of an effect from an aesthetical perspective. That takes us to the next area of focus when designing a house with the energy regulations in mind:

– The Roof

The largest effect of heat gain or loss is through the roof. A house will either gain or lose heat through the roof if it is not properly insulated.
By installing insulation above the ceilings the temperature gain or loss is dramatically influenced.
It is cost effective and not visible.

2. Water heating.

How much energy is used when heating water the regulations require that only 50% of the energy used to heat water is permitted to come from electricity.

There are 3 solutions to this. By either installing a:

– Solar Geyser

– Gas geyser or a

– Heat pump

Not only does Edenbuild comply with the national building regulations but our architects will resort to the most cost effective and aesthetically pleasing solution when designing a house ensuring that our client’s ideas be constructed into reality.


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Specialising in Home Renovations & Alterations.


Direct Contact - 082 308 3582