Chintsa East Church gets a new Roof

Chintsa East Church gets a new roof!
The original thatch roof on the church was replaced with aluminum roof sheeting


The congregation of the Chintsa East Church decided to treat the beautiful old church building to a new roof. We were lucky enough to be contracted to convert the roof and see the transformation as it happened.

The Original Church Roof

The church roof was originally thatched which definitely gave the building a certain rustic, country charm. The congregation of the church decided to change the thatch to a roofing option with less maintenance and insurance costs over the long term.

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10 Lapa Ideas That Will Make Your Outdoor Living Space Stand Out

Outdoor living is a big deal in South Africa! We love to spend time in the garden, invite friends over to braai, and enjoy sundowners as we watch the sunset. We have collected together ten lapa ideas that will help to inspire your outdoor living area so that you can make the most of your space.

Why choose a lapa for your outdoor space?

A lapa comes with lots of benefits and can be a great addition to any outdoor space. Your new lapa will:

  • Make sure that you stay cool by the pool by providing shade on hot summer days
  • Give shelter when in rains so that you can enjoy being outside whatever the weather
  • You can build a braai into the lapa with spacious side tables and even a sink, making outdoor cooking easy-peasy
  • Lapas come in all shapes and sizes! You can decide how big you want it to be, what shape it is, and what roofing to use to cover it. It can make your outdoor living area really stand out from the neighbors.

10 Lapa Ideas that Will Make Your Outdoor Space Stand Out

1. Extend your indoor living space to the outside

Big lapa added on to a house, with a aluzinc roof
This big lapa has plenty of space for outdoor living
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Feature Project: Reroof the Hogsback Hotel

Reroof the Hogsback Hotel in Metal Roof Sheeting: Featured Project

A hail storm damaged the roof of the historic Hogsback Inn and Bosazza Roofing & Timber homes was contracted to reroof the hotel. The new roof had to match the aesthetics of the location.

The Hogsback Inn is steeped in history, dating back to it’s construction in 1880. It is the oldest hotel in Hogsback. The hotel offers accommodation, a restaurant and pub, conferencing and weddings. All in the idyllic setting of the Hogsback mountains. Owners Mark & Linda were in the process of upgrading the hotel facilities when a hail storm damaged the roof tiles. We were contracted to reroof the hotel, replacing the tiles with a suitable alternative.

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Fall in Love with the Natural Charm of Decorative Concrete

This beautiful timber home makes use of decorative concrete on the floors and walls which brings warmth and character into the home.

Featured Home: This two bedroom bespoke home of 130m² is built in timber frame and has distinct decorative concrete finishes which make it feel warm and filled with natural charm.

Location: Chintsa East, East London, Eastern Cape

The Brief

Our brief for this project began with a stumbling block; our clients Jeanette and Anida had obtained detailed plans for a beautiful home from an architect out of the area but when requesting quotations from local builders, it became obvious that the plan did not match the reality of building costs and the available budget.

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Over-Sheeting a Thatch Roof: Convert your Thatch Roof Now

This roof conversion system involves cladding or over-sheeting the original roof with tiles or roof sheeting

Before and after picture of a large thatched rondavel which we converted to corrugated roof sheeting
Before and after pictures of a large rondavel over-sheeted in metal roof sheeting

Can you convert a Thatch Roof to another type of Roofing?

If this is the first page you’ve landed on you’re probably thinking about converting your thatch roof to another type of roofing. The good news is that you can! At Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes we offer three different systems to convert thatch roofs: Structure Stays, Renovate/ Reconstruct and Over-sheeting. While we recommend using the Structure Stays system which removes all of the thatch from your roof, in some cases it is possible to over-sheet the original roof.

This article explains the over-sheeting system in more detail. It also introduces some of the roofing products that we use for conversions.

To find out more about roof conversions and the other systems, visit our main page Thatch Roof Conversions >

Over-sheeting a Thatch Roof

First thing’s first – when over-sheeting a thatch roof the original roof needs to be in a very good condition! What does that mean?

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Get the Oregon Starter Home for under R 900 000

This small timber home is budget friendly and can be the perfect Starter Home or small Forever Home

Everyone has to start somewhere and the Oregon starter home is the perfect size for a couple or small family. We priced this home in October 2021 and including fees, we can build this custom timber home for under R 900 000.00. We have included a full breakdown of the costs included here.

The floor plan is designed specifically with extending in mind, so you can start out small and increase your living space when you and your family (or budget!) are ready.

Oregon Starter Home – Floor Plan

Two bedroom starter home floor plan by Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes
The Oregon floor plan was designed by Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes
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This Timber House has Two Homes in One

Timber Home dreams become a reality on this custom building project in Chintsa, Eastern Cape

Project Feature: large 200m² wooden home makes the most of indoor and outdoor living space, essentially creating two homes in one.

Location: Chintsa East, East London, Eastern Cape

The Brief

The brief was to create a relaxed, beach style, timber frame house with easy access to outdoor spaces. The plot is located in the seaside town of Chintsa East, just outside of East London in the Eastern Cape. It has a beautiful sea view. The timber home was also designed around the idea of having two adjoining living spaces; one for our clients Chrissy and Nick, and one for Chrissy’s parents when they travel to South Africa from Germany each year.

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One Bedroom Cabin Floor Plan – Designed for Resorts

This one bedroom cabin floor plan is designed specifically for resorts and game farms looking to build small accommodation units. The floor plan is simple and cost effective but keeps character and comfort in mind.

The floor plan is based on units that we built at Tsitsa Falls Resort in the Eastern Cape, where 10 cabins overlook the majestic Tsitsa Waterfalls. Check out our original article about the Tsitsa Falls Project.

TSITSA DESIGN – One Bedroom Cabin Floor Plan

One bedroom cabin floor plan with bedroom and kitchenette, en-suite shower room and deck
One bedroom cabin floor plan
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Old Cape Dutch House Converted from Thatch to Roof Sheeting

We converted this old Cape Dutch Style roof in the Eastern Cape, from Thatch to Roof Sheeting

This 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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