Recently we had the opportunity of working on some exciting Bush veld lodges.
Our drawing services and 3-D modelling services, was called upon by a fellow colleague whom we have worked with over the past several years. This architectural colleague is a specialist in Bush veld lodges and has worked on large projects both locally and in neighboring countries.
Here are a few samples of the work we have provided for his clients.
We also provided 3-D rendering services to a client who has an idea of the dwelling he would require, but needed to visualize is project in 3-D.
Please keep in touch as we update you with current information.
During December we received several inquiries for
assistance to update plans. Purchasers, Sellers and Property Agents have
requested our help with bringing their house plans up to date for Council
approval, in the shortest amount of time.
We have had Estate Agents inform us, that they have been
advised by Insurance companies; Home inspectors and Bank evaluators, that up to
date Council approved plans have been required from them to be included in
their documentation. For legal reasons, it is obvious that all documentation
pertaining to the sale / transfer of a property needs to be correct and
current, this includes the approval of the house plans.
We have asked several Banks and Bond originators if this
was Law or an official requirement. It
is our understanding that to date this is not the case. However, not having
the up to date plans may cause delay’s during the property transaction.
Furthermore, Insurance companies may query
claims of property damage i.e Fire and / or structural failure, if they
discover that the dwellings have had additions and / or alteration made without
Council approved plans. We did come across a reference to plan requirements from a Standard Bank checklist :
This document does not state if the plans referred to are for new dwellings or for existing ones.
The Implications of Selling a House Without Approved Plans
If you are selling your house, and don’t have approved plans, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. And if you are buying a house, and don’t ask whether the seller has approved plans, you might end up inheriting some very expensive problems.
Legal Implications of Selling a House
Without Approved Plans
Since the law requires everybody to have plans drawn up in a particular manner, and approved by the local authority in their area, it stands to reason that every house will have plans. But this is not always the case, and a lack of approved building plans is clearly a major problem for many people buying and selling houses and other buildings in all parts of South Africa.
All building plans have to be submitted to the relevant Local Authority for approval.
The National Building Regulations & Building Standards Act (No.103 of 1977) stipulates that no person may erect, alter, add to, or convert any building without the prior approval of the Local Authority.
Haviside v Heydricks and Another (AR27/13)  ZAKZPHC 53 (17
This judgment confirms the position in our law that the absence of approved building plans
constitutes a latent defect, in respect of which a voetstoots clause protects an innocent
seller. The Court in this matter upheld the seller's reliance on the voetstoots clause, in the
face of a claim by the purchaser to make good his additional expenses to his planned
renovation necessitated by the absence of approved plans relating to an existing garage.
Welcome all to my first Blogging segment. This blog page will be dedicated to my passion and business - Architecture; Architectural designing and Construction in South Africa. Please note that this is a private blogging site and the views expressed herein are my personal views. Although I will attempt to provide a balanced and accurate view, errors may slip in from time-to-time. I would like to take this
opportunity to introduce myself and furnish you with a brief background of my practice - Crane Designs. My name is Eddie
Petersen, I am the CEO of Crane Designs, with over 27 years’ experience in the South African Building industry. At Crane Designs, we are able to offer a complete range of Architectural services to the highest standards, exceeding all Local Town Councils requirements. "The NationalBuilding
Regulation" by-laws require that all construction work need to have LocalTown Council approved drawings, before any work may commence. A person providing an Architectural service, be it a Draughtsman; Architectural Technician (Junior or Senior); Architect or Engineer, must be registered with SACAP (The South African Council for Architectural Professionals)
We offers a large variety of Architectural and
Building related services. We design new dwellings, additions to existing
dwellings, Flats, Townhouses, Cluster developments, Factories, Office blocks,
Town planning developments, Affordable housing projects, Cost Estimating and
Building Projects Management services.