Convert from Thatch to Roof Sheeting

In our latest roof conversion project in the Eastern Cape, clients convert from thatch to roof sheeting.

Our most recent thatch roof conversion was on a big family home in Komani (formerly Queenstown). The roof was converted from thatch to corrugated aluzinc roof sheeting, transforming the entire look of the home.

Thatch roof which has been converted to aluzinc roofing
Thatch Roof Converted to Roof Sheeting, Eastern Cape

The original roof design was fairly complex with many hips and valleys. Our clients found that the thatch on the roof needed consistent maintenance (especially in areas around the valleys). They therefore took the decision to convert from thatch to another roofing product.

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New Thatched Roof on Holiday Cottage, Qolora

New thatched roof on beach cottage in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
New thatched roof on holiday cottage at Qolora, Eastern Cape

Who doesn’t dream of owning a holiday cottage on the beach? This rustic family beach house was given a new lease of life just in time for the summer. Situated in Qolora at the gateway to the Wild Coast, the house is the epitome of an old “Tranksei Cottage”. The thatched roof sits on thick, white washed cement walls with a large veranda overlooking the beach. Small rondavels complete the homestead.

At the end of last year, having hosted many a family holiday, the cottage was in dire need of some TLC. The thatched roof was in a terrible condition due to minimal maintenance over a long period of time. While the roof was being re-built, the owners took the opportunity to renovate other areas of the cottage including the veranda, kitchen and living areas.

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The Building Process: Breaking Ground to Moving Day

Timber Frame House being Built, Eastern Cape
“Breaking Ground” is when the builders dig their first holes for the foundations of your new home

This article is Part II of a two-part series that explains the building process. My aim by writing this series is to inform home (or land) owners building their own custom house about the building process, what to expect from their builder and what steps the building process entails.

In this article I will walk you through steps 10 – 20 of the building process. From when your builder “breaks ground” to the moment that you turn the key in the lock of the front door and finally get to make your custom-built house a home. I will give details about getting soil classification, registering the home build with the NHBRC, how progress reports, payments and variations are managed, inspections of the building, acquiring certificates of compliance, an occupancy certificate, and getting the final building snags fixed up. Your builder/ project manager will manage most of these steps but it’s important that you understand what’s going on and when things should happen.

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PROJECT: New Timber Cabins Built at Tsitsa Falls Resort

New Timber Cabins were built at Tsitsa Falls Resort, Eastern Cape
New Timber Cabins were built at Tsitsa Falls Resort, Eastern Cape

Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes was employed as the main contractor to build new timber cabins at Tsitsa Falls Resort in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. We built ten cabins and a large ablution block. This was a turnkey project; all electrical and plumbing work, fixtures and fittings, furniture and finishes were completed by our team. The scope of works also included fencing the resort, constructing road and pathways, installing a borehole and rehabilitating the site through planting indigenous trees.

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What is the Process to Build a Custom Home: First Steps

Small Custom Home built in Timber Frame - Eastern Cape
Designing and building your own custom home can be a dream come true. Get to know the building process before you start

Building your own custom home is an exciting project to look forward to but it can be over-whelming if you’re not sure how the process works, what to expect and who manages what aspects. In this article I will explain the various steps in the process of building a new custom home. My aim is to assist new home builders in understanding how things work. Our company Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes, builds custom timber homes for clients in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The building process described is therefore based on our experience here. Continue reading “What is the Process to Build a Custom Home: First Steps”

East London Aquarium Reopens after Repairs

Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes completes repairs at East London Aquarium
Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes completes repairs at East London Aquarium

East London Aquarium reopens after repairs were completed from storm damage caused in August last year. High seas caused terrible damages to the piers and decks at the aquarium which was forced to close until repaired. Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes were contracted to complete a large part of the repairs which have now been finished. The aquarium is due to celebrate it’s reopening on Saturday 29th September 2018 at their “Fine & Fabulous: Fine and Fishy Aquarium Reopening Event“. Continue reading “East London Aquarium Reopens after Repairs”

Renovation Ideas that will Transform your Old Timber Home

A recently renovated timber home full of renovation ideas to get you started with your own project
A recently renovated timber home full of renovation ideas to get you started with your own project

There are lots of renovation ideas that will transform your old timber home – modernize by replacing original timber doors and windows with aluminum and glass, install new ceilings or give your floors some TLC. This article contains some of our top ideas and renovation pictures to help get you started. Please note that if you’re looking for cheap, quick fix or D.I.Y renovation ideas this is not it! To put these house renovation ideas into action you will need to hire a professional timber frame builder or construction company.  Continue reading “Renovation Ideas that will Transform your Old Timber Home”

Timber Home Renovation Featured in Daily Dispatch Weekender Supplement

Timber Home Renovation Featured in Daily Dispatch Weekender Supplement July 2018
Timber Home Renovation Featured in Daily Dispatch Weekender Supplement July 2018

The last weekend in July 2018 was a bumper weekend of celebrations for the team at Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes; not only did we bring home the Gold Award for Roofing at the ITC-SA Awards but our work was featured on the front page of the Daily Dispatch Weekender supplement. Continue reading “Timber Home Renovation Featured in Daily Dispatch Weekender Supplement”

Bosazza Roofing Awarded Gold at ITC-SA Awards 2018

GOLD Award Winning Contractor- ITC-SA - Bosazza Roofing
GOLD Award Winning Contractor- ITC-SA – Bosazza Roofing

On 27th July 2018 Jonathan Bosazza, CEO, and his wife April, attended the ITC-SA Timber Engineered Product Awards in Durbanville, Cape Town. The awards are held annually and recognise member contractors for exceptional work in the timber construction industry.
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Project: Three Bed Timber Home Build

Three Bedroom Timber Home Build, Chintsa East - Eastern Cape
Three Bedroom Timber Home Build, Chintsa East – Eastern Cape

A home doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful! This small three bedroom home design is simple, open plan living at its best; 100m² floor area with a deck of 30m² extending out to the front of the house on to stunning views of Chintsa beach and the Indian Ocean.
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