Interior Design Ideas 13 Room House Plans Single Storey South Africa

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Interior Design Ideas 13 Room House Plans Single Storey South Africa

A small house with two bedrooms and spacious proportions in other rooms that perfectly fulfills needs of three member family. Every room from foyer to living area and kitchen has been designed to maintain privacy and comfort.

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This three bedroom house has an internal courtyard that people can be reached from any of the rooms facing the patio region. What an excellent idea to create an open air social region that allows natural light and fresh air into the house!

Beyond that, you’ve got a small space without a lot of options for reworking the room layout. You can remove the nonload-bearing interior wall separating the kitchen from the living room and replace with a lower breakfast bar.

Why should I not build a house? The process of building a house can be an ongoing, expensive and difficult one. If you aren’t experienced and have no idea where to start, you’ll likely run into a lot of road stops. So, if you don’t have the patience for the entire undertaking, it could be better and ultimately more affordable to stick to.    

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Once again, these house plans show their age in one glaring way: an 882 square foot house, with 31% of it given over to the car in the form of a garage.

13. A family home with three bedrooms An area of bedrooms with a bathroom in common, one of them with dressing room, but a master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom included, this is practically in the access of the house. Not always the designs of the houses have the same zoning, when distributing their rooms, sometimes depends a lot on the desire of the clients or the family.

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10. Create a beautiful front facade and no one will notice the size of your home!

9. Container houses can be moved just about anywhere and look gorgeous too!

One thing that really makes this a 1960s house: separate living and family rooms.

This is your standard-issue boxy house from the 1960s. It was intended to be built on a farm or low-cost subdivision.

Why should I not rent a house/apartment? Renting in South Africa is not that cheap. If you want to invest your money into something that will benefit you in the long run, buying is probably the best approach for you. Of course, you need to have the money in the first place but if you do, you should definitely consider which approach is better. The average one-bedroom apartment in a city centre in South Africa costs R5,749.17 per month, if you want three bedrooms you’re looking at R11,819.93. You get a bit more for your buck once you’re in the suburbs, with a one-bedroom setting you back R4,681.31 and a three-bedroom R9,517.83. If investing is your goal, it’s all about buying.   

In years past, as an incentive to purchase, home builders would give out free books of home plans. They were extensive and had both attractive exterior views of the houses and correlating detailed floor layouts.

The company added two bedrooms to the back of this previously-boxy house. These re-purposed plans have squeezed a small bathroom into the master bedroom.

Building also allows you to tailor everything to your specific tastes, save money on material costs and and ensure that everything is built to the best possible standard. With plenty of modular and prefabricated options in all major cities (Pretoria, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban), you can also mix and match regarding how much you design yourself and how much is “ready bought,” so to say.   

The large single level house spread across several square feet has four large bedrooms and spacious social area that is laid out across open floor plan. There is a large wooden deck with pool, lawn, recliners and sun umbrella in the backyard that can be reached from living room and the bedrooms through a sit-out area.

Exterior View of 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom House. Lee Wallender / Creative Commons

These copyright-free house plans, mainly mid-century style or period, have been re-purposed for today’s use.

We all dream of large and lavish houses but sometimes it’s just not meant to be. Whether due to financial restrictions or a lack of space in the city that we live in, it could be that we are destined for smaller homes.

All plans are free and may be used without seeking permission. In their current state, they are not executable, but you can use them as a springboard for ideas.

After selecting the right house design it is now time to decorate its interiors with 3D walls for perfection.

Or, “house plans companies” would hire architects and artists to mock up dream homes and sell the plans by mail order.

The actual move: Depending on how far you are moving and what exactly you have to move, you might like to consider contacting local moving companies and shopping around to get a good rate. If you don’t have much to move, hiring a van and doing it yourself with a couple of mates probably the most affordable option. Get ready to sweat, especially if you’re doing the move in summer! 

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17. Okay this one is a little bigger—but we love the little pool!

This drawing showcases both levels of the house and their connection through an elegant staircase. The upper floor has a family room with bedrooms and small auxiliary room on the ground floor that could be the foyer.

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This house is a perfect rectangle. But to avoid monotony, flower planters and a number of shrubs have been added.

Keep in mind that this is a remodeling site, so these are still not necessarily 100% aligned with the tastes and interests of us today. The flavor of these houses has been retained for homeowners who are interested in remodeling – not in demolishing and rebuilding – their older home.

Which rooms are necessary? This again depends on your specific requirements but generally speaking, the only rooms necessary are a living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. If you’ve got more space to work with and more money to spend, you might also like to have a laundry, home office, spare bedroom, balcony, indoor garden or games room. If you’ve got less than two children, you might be able to manage with just one room for them to share, but if you’ve got more than three you’ll probably need at least two bedrooms for them plus one for you. If your parents or grandparents will also be living with you, or staying regularly, it’s definitely necessary to have a comfortable space in which they can stay. If you happen to have a big enough backyard, you might even like to build a granny-flat or extension for them.   

Why should I not buy a house/apartment? If you want the freedom to move around, you don’t want to wait decades for an investment to pay off or you simply aren’t attracted to the idea of being in debt to the bank, then buying a house might not be for you. This doesn’t mean that you can’t craft a home however, with rentals being a sustainable and Rand-friendly option in many parts of South Africa. Cape Town and Johannesburg prices might be a bit out of control, but Pretoria and Durban are still pretty reasonable.   

Why should I build a house? In South Africa, we are blessed by the fact that our country is expansive, beautiful and full of land perfect for homes. Whether you want to live in a tightly-knit city, on the beach, on an expansive property or somewhere in between all three, our stunning landscapes offer solutions for all tastes. 

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Renting also offers more flexibility and the ability to move around more freely. Buying however, is obviously an investment and ideally the money you spend will come back to you eventually. There are pros and cons on both sides of the argument, but the good news is that either way you can craft a beautiful and livable home. 

A modern kitchen design with stylish red and grey tones has a cabinet area that stretches in an innovative manner till the living room. The L shaped kitchen is hidden from direct view of living room with divider that separates kitchen from dining area. Designed like an extension of the kitchen the dining area stretches out like a breakfast bar with stools.  Linear staircase from living room takes owners to the top floor.

Buying a house or apartment in South Africa can actually be quite expensive, but if you’ve already got a little bit or money or are willing to get a (sensible) loan then it’s certainly doable, you just have to be flexible regarding exactly where you choose to settle. The average price per square metre in a city-centre in South African cities is R13,771.53, just a little bit higher than the average monthly rental cost. The average price in the suburbs is R10,376.51. So if you buy and then rent your home out immediately, you’ll be on your way to paying it off significantly faster.   

  • 03 of 07 The Tahoma House Plans: Kitchen Expanded Lee Wallender / Creative Commons Since the kitchen was small to begin with (13’6″ x 10’0″) and included a set of stairs to the left, these re-purposed plans have knocked out those stairs and made the house one level.Now, the kitchen is closer to 13’6″ x 10’0″.Another hallmark of that period: the small bathroom.If you want a larger bathroom, you can push the kitchen right-ward into the dining room, freeing up space to enlarge the bathroom.
  • 07 of 07 The Whidbey: Making Use of a Very Small Space Lee Wallender / Creative Commons Once again, these house plans show their age in one glaring way: an 882 square foot house, with 31% of it given over to the car in the form of a garage.And once again, you can have a full 882 square feet of living space by parking the Escalade in the open air, constructing a carport, or building an enclosed garage in front of the house, to the left.Beyond that, you’ve got a small space without a lot of options for reworking the room layout. You can remove the nonload-bearing interior wall separating the kitchen from the living room and replace with a lower breakfast bar.
  • 02 of 07 The Tahoma Exterior: View of 3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom House Lee Wallender / Creative Commons This house is 1,332 square feet on one level. It dates to 1950, but it looks like it could have been from the mid-1960s.One downside is the small, single bathroom shared by all three bedrooms. This is one way you know this is not a contemporary house.No basement is included in this plan.
  • 04 of 07 The Snoqualmie Exterior: View of 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom House Lee Wallender / Creative Commons This is your standard-issue boxy house from the 1960s. It was intended to be built on a farm or low-cost subdivision.
  • 06 of 07 The Whidbey: Exterior View of 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath House Exterior View of 2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom House. Lee Wallender / Creative Commons This is a super-small house: 882 square feet on one level.  This house would be perfect as a vacation home or cabin.This house is a perfect rectangle. But to avoid monotony, flower planters and a number of shrubs have been added.The Whidbey is a good size for a vacation home.
  • 05 of 07 The Snoqualmie House Plans: Second Bathroom Added Lee Wallender / Creative Commons The company added two bedrooms to the back of this previously-boxy house. These re-purposed plans have squeezed a small bathroom into the master bedroom.One thing that really makes this a 1960s house: separate living and family rooms.For those readers who are blissfully too young to remember, homes before the 1970s would usually have a nicer room for entertaining occasional guests (the living room) and a more down-and-dirty place with TV and family (the family room).
  • 01 of 07 Free Small House Plans: For Remodeling or Just Dreaming George Gutenberg / Getty Images In years past, as an incentive to purchase, home builders would give out free books of home plans. They were extensive and had both attractive exterior views of the houses and correlating detailed floor layouts.Or, “house plans companies” would hire architects and artists to mock up dream homes and sell the plans by mail order.Idea-Oriented, Not BuildableThe intent was never to build from plans; it was just to upsell the customer to a set of blueprints or a house contract. Plans were vague enough that you could not just take them to a contractor and have him start construction.Free For Your UseThese copyright-free house plans, mainly mid-century style or period, have been re-purposed for today’s use.Keep in mind that this is a remodeling site, so these are still not necessarily 100% aligned with the tastes and interests of us today. The flavor of these houses has been retained for homeowners who are interested in remodeling – not in demolishing and rebuilding – their older home.How to UseAll plans are free and may be used without seeking permission. In their current state, they are not executable, but you can use them as a springboard for ideas.

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This house also has social areas on the ground floor along with home office and a wide hallway that connects staircase to bedrooms on the top level. The U shaped modern kitchen is spacious with island at the center that connects it to the dining room. A large door in this region connects the house to rear garden.

This house shows how every room can have privacy and still remain connected to each other if there is plenty of space to design the layout. Though there are walls between all the social areas, be it the kitchen, living room or the dining area and foyer, all are connected to each other through doors. The wide staircase connecting both floors is between the foyer and living room.

When it comes to making the decision on whether to rent or buy a house, there are many things to consider. More often than not it’s a financial matter and buying is not always a realistic prospect. Renting for life has always been a popular choice in Europe, and while the South African approach usually leans in favour of acquiring a house as your very own, many are now opting for the rental option for more than just money reasons. 

Why should I rent a house/apartment? Some people are forced to rent for the entire lives even though they might actually want to buy a house or apartment, for others it’s a matter of choice. There are many attractions to the rental life and while you don’t get a return from your investment (other than a beautiful home to live in) you can actually end up spending less that you would if you purchased a home. There are no interest rates on your rent—well, not directly. Renting also gives you more freedom to move, so if you’re not the type to settle down in one street, town, city or country, buying could be counterproductive for you.   

4. Mix materials to create texture and tone in your small home

Since the kitchen was small to begin with (13’6″ x 10’0″) and included a set of stairs to the left, these re-purposed plans have knocked out those stairs and made the house one level.

In this design the bedrooms share a bathroom that is located at the end of the corridor adjacent to living room. The rectangular layout shows that though the rooms are parallel to each other there is plenty of open space in the internal corridor, which leads to the bedrooms.

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19. Stunning design, what do you think of the sloping roof design?

What to take: Regardless of the actual season in which your move will take place, there’s no better time for a “spring clean”. This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of clutter and unnecessary items in the house (we recommend donation or recycling) and prepare for a fresh start in your new abode. It’s this simple—if you don’t use it, don’t keep it.   

This house is 1,332 square feet on one level. It dates to 1950, but it looks like it could have been from the mid-1960s.

6. Go for neutral colours to work with the nature that surrounds the home

50m2 Sugar Gum Cladded home with decking—work in progress. Greenpods

Also have a look at these 6 South African prefabs with plans and prices.

In conclusion, when it comes to renting, buying or acquiring your new home there are many elements to consider and many things that you need to take into account. At the end of the day, it’s all about determining what you want, what is possible for you, what you can truly afford and how you intend to plan for the future.

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This doesn’t haven’t be a bad thing, however. In fact smaller homes can be far more creative, savvy, modern and appealing then larger homes. 

To prove it to you, today at homify, we have put together 12 small and affordable South African houses. Each of these designs is different and diverse, showing you how much potential truly exists with a little bit of innovation and the utilisation of space. 

This small house built on just a few square feet is suited for a student or bachelor. While the entrance door opens into the dining area with a kitchen adjacent to it, there is also a comfortable armchair for relaxation. The sleeping quarters are separated from dining region and bathroom with wide concealing panels. The best part of this house is a trendy balcony parallel to the bedroom decorated with recliner and house plants.

Software today has made it easy to plan the layout and decor of a house’s interiors in a virtual manner that saves time and money. Interior decorators and home builders today use 3D images of housing projects to showcase details of size, location, layout and structure of different rooms in the house. This helps homeowners visualize details like furniture, furnishings, colors, patterns and decor objects that can be incorporated in the design of the house. Home buyers generally prefer to view size and layout of houses before purchasing to help them plan the decor as per their family requirements.

8. A traditional house with a gable roof can be as pretty as a picture no matter what the size

To include a garage in the house plan is to have it tucked close to the entrance just off the road and next to pedestrian entrance. This two level house has a rest room and social areas on the ground floor and bedrooms on first floor. Small lawn in the front and rear area keeps the environment pleasant.

23. Lovely little lawn and garage combination for this small home

Why should I buy a house/apartment? As we stated above, buying comes with a lot of benefits if it’s the lifestyle you’re looking for. As long as you don’t extend yourself beyond your means and invest a whole lots more Rand that you’ve actually got, you can have a sense of security that you won’t lose your home, that you’ve got an investment for yourself or your children later in life and that you can make any modifications you wish without having to worry about owner permission. 

And once again, you can have a full 882 square feet of living space by parking the Escalade in the open air, constructing a carport, or building an enclosed garage in front of the house, to the left.

An elegant curved staircase connects off the living room connects the lower and upper levels. The master bedroom is on the ground floor and opens out into a stone paved backyard that leads to the swimming pool. Small patches of plants are spread across the periphery of the property.

The intent was never to build from plans; it was just to upsell the customer to a set of blueprints or a house contract. Plans were vague enough that you could not just take them to a contractor and have him start construction.

If you want a larger bathroom, you can push the kitchen right-ward into the dining room, freeing up space to enlarge the bathroom.

How many rooms? This strictly depends on how big your family is and exactly what you need to do from home. If you’ve got kids, you’ll probably want extra rooms for them. If you regularly have guests coming to stay, you’ll likely want to invest in a spare room. If you work from home, you’ll need a home office or at least an area carved out where you can comfortably work. If you’re keeping it simple and laid back, you might only need two rooms. Take a look at your needs and work out exactly what size suits you best.   

For those readers who are blissfully too young to remember, homes before the 1970s would usually have a nicer room for entertaining occasional guests (the living room) and a more down-and-dirty place with TV and family (the family room).

One downside is the small, single bathroom shared by all three bedrooms. This is one way you know this is not a contemporary house.

Be prepared: Make sure you do your research and check everything that needs to be done before you move—both at your old home and the new one. You’ll probably need to make arrangements regarding electricity, gas, water, internet and various other utilities. Also make sure you change your address everywhere necessary… we all know how annoying it is when mail turns up at the wrong address.   

The Snoqualmie Exterior: View of 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom House

Which style should I choose? This is all about personal preference, so your best bet is to take a look at examples from all styles and see what suits your taste and price range best. In terms of the interior and the exterior, the five key styles, broadly speaking, are modern, country, classic, Scandinavian and rustic. Modern homes stick to on-trend styles and the latest architectural developments, often featuring clean lines and bold colours. 

Country style houses have the timeless charm we’re all familiar with gable roofs and a colonial look. Classic homes are similar but are usually a bit bigger, featuring several stories and pillars on the exterior. A Scandinavian or Nordic look will comprise plenty of white finishes, minimal furniture and light coloured wood tones, while rustic is usually made up of earthier wooden tones, brick, wooden beam ceilings and antique pieces. 

This 3D picture showcases how social area across the open floor layout with living area, dining and kitchen integrates with rest of the house through doors opening into them. The internal structure from walls to inbuilt cabinets are carefully planned to ensure that not even an inch is wasted.

7. Container homes are increasingly becoming popular and are eco-friendly as well as budget-friendly

Here are 3D images of 15 houses that can be shared with your family to help plan your house and tell them to an architect who can design design the house of your dreams. 

This is a super-small house: 882 square feet on one level.  This house would be perfect as a vacation home or cabin.

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