It’s winter in Cape Town. The weather is cold and wet. The sun goes down early so our work days cannot last too long. After a hard, cold and damp day of labour, there’s nothing better than being warm under a blanket while reading an excellent book. And so, we kick off our second giveaway – an awesome book, set in the wild continent of Africa. Let me introduce to you, Alan P. Landau’s Langbourne series!
Continue reading Book Giveaway! Langbourne by Alan P. Landau
Kevin and Louis have been extremely busy with various work projects. They have been working long hours in order to complete their work, and due to the current workload, not much has happened with the container house project. Therefore we decided to tell you about our favourite frozen yoghurt and waffle house. Herewith our FrozenYo Review!
Continue reading An Afternoon Break – FrozenYo Review
We are very curious to know who is reading our blog, so when Pieter was selected as the winner of our Wine Giveaway we asked if he would mind us sharing a few pieces of information about himself to share with you, our other readers. Here’s your chance to meet another reader of this blog!
Continue reading Meet a Reader – Pieter
Laminate flooring has taken the DIY world by storm because of its many advantages. It is affordable, quick and easy to install, and long lasting if you buy the correct type for your application. It has recently come to my attention that there is a similar product that is even better – Modern Vinyl Flooring! Continue reading DIY: Waterproof Vinyl Flooring
According to South African law, water and waste pipes are to be buried at least 300mm below the ground. If, for some reason, the pipes cannot be buried that deep, then they must be encased in concrete. However, not all builders follow the law and when digging in the garden, you might accidentally hit a water pipe that is not buried deep enough and damage it.
This is how you repair a damaged water pipe and this method can be used with either polycop (the red plastic pipe as per the photo) or copper tubing. Continue reading How to Repair a Damaged Water Pipe
Each mundane chore completed brings us a little closer to the day we can finally move into our new shipping container house. So even seemingly boring chores such as digging holes for the container footings can be more exciting than you expect.
Continue reading How to Dig Holes for Container Footings
We recently attended Decorex 2018 at the CTICC, here in Cape Town. The Decorex is a great place to hunt for inspirational products to use in our shipping container house project as well as innovative DIY products for our readers. We found a feature-rich shower head that would be of particular interest to Cape Town residents. Once again we are facing rumours of yet another water tariff increase. Therefore a water saving shower head is of interest.
Continue reading DIY: A Water Saving Shower Head
Why is a blog about the building of a house using alternate materials running a wine giveaway?
It is quite simple. Since we took possession of the property and began working on the project, we have had no time to celebrate this fine turn of events. We are now property owners and that’s huge! A great way to celebrate is by enjoying a good meal accompanied by a great bottle of wine, along with some close family and/or friends. We are therefore looking for someone who wants to celebrate with us and have set aside a gift for one of our readers; an awesome bottle of wine from one of our favourite Western Cape wine farms – Badsberg! Hence, the wine giveaway.
Continue reading Wine Giveaway! Badsberg Pinotage 2016
Have you ever wondered why architects study for so many years? When it comes to house plans a lot has to be taken into consideration in order to have a finished house that is strong, safe and can withstand any geological and climate events that take place in the building-to-be’s area.
Other factors also have to be considered such as the soil type, existing structures, property boundaries, and the area’s legislation. One also has to factor in what is physically possible and building problems that might arise with unusual ideas and awkward plots (e.g. lots of boulders or a steep incline).
Continue reading Drawing House Plans for the Container House Project
The first thing we did after taking ownership of the new property is erect a new gate for our security. The original gate was one of those affairs made out of wooden poles and barbed wire. The hinges no longer worked well, it was awkward to open and close and not at all secure.
Continue reading Securing the Yard – The New Gate