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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Convert from Thatch to Roof Sheeting – 2019 Project

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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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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Award Winning Project: Roofing of Residential Home, Olivewood Private Estate

Large Roof Installation - Corrugated Roof Sheeting - Eastern Cape
Large Roof Installation – Corrugated Roof Sheeting – Eastern Cape

Bosazza Roofing was contracted to install the roofs on the main house and Summer kitchen of this high profile project in the new Olivewood Private Estate & Golf Course, Chintsa; scope of works included installing the roofs, ceilings (including three exposed truss areas), eave ceilings, veranda’s, custom timber and steel balustrades and two pergola’s in the grounds of the property. The project duration was approximately 12 months and was completed in March 2018.

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Project: Construction & Installation of Tiled Roofs at Viskop Private Resort

On 19th September 2014 a savage fire spread through the coastal resort of Viskop situated at the mouth of the Chefani river in Chintsa; fanned by a strong south-westerly wind the fire ripped through ten thatched houses of the total twenty-two in a matter of minutes. Luckily no-one was physically harmed in the fires but the homeowners suffered losses of a multitude of possessions as well as huge damages to their beautiful holiday homes.

Private Resort - Thatch Homes Burnt Down 2014, Reconstructed in Tiles
Private Resort – Thatch Homes Burnt Down 2014, Reconstructed in Tiles

Bosazza Roofing was contracted to re-construct and install the roofs of five homes. As an alternative to thatch, homeowners took the decision to use cement tiles on the roofs.  Continue reading “Project: Construction & Installation of Tiled Roofs at Viskop Private Resort”