2010 - 2013 Diploma Architectural Technology
NDpl ArchT (NMMU)
2014 - 2015 Degree of Senior Architectural Technology
B.Tech Dgr Arch T (NMMU)
WHY CONTAINER HOMES?
Containers are an environmental building solution as re-purposed containers are turned into new homes. Installing further eco-friendly materials along with sustainable technology can easily gain you a green building status.
Containers still require minimal site preparation which can be done while containers are manufactured off-site. This speeds up construction and reduces the risk of delays. After manufacturing containers are delivered to an already prepared site.
Many see the containers narrowness as a downfall, however, in creating passive designs narrow, open-plan floor layouts are encouraged to ensure adequate passive heating aswell as natural ventilation of interior spaces.
Due to the structural integrity of the containers aswell as reduced materials required for construction, containers can work out almost 30% cheaper than conventional building methods. We encourage locally sourced materials aswell as labour.
WHY TIMBER HOMES?
Once constructed, Timber has a 75% less carbon footprint compared to brickwork. When it comes to insulation, timber performs better not just with regulating temperatures but also sound insulation. Timber has been shown to create a less humid environment which can help those who suffer from allergies.
A "LIVING" BEING
Timber is one of two materials that is a living material which needs to breathe. This property is what contributes to timber buildings having a calming affect on people because you are bringing nature into your building method. What a great quality when it comes to living and performing in a building environment.
When it comes to the construction process, timber members can be manufactured off-site creating a much quicker construction time. Timber is a lightweight material allowing it to span great distances achieving the design you want. Contrary to popular believe, if the correct treatment is applied, timber has less maintenance.
The biggest cost saver when it comes to timber construction is timelines. A small to medium sized home can have a construction time of 4-months saving you so much money in the long run. Depending on your finishes there are numerous cost effective alternatives that will still create your dream timber home.