- Designing a Beautiful Executive Home in Namibia -

By Peter Cooke. May 2019

Imagine our surprise when we were called by a couple in Pretoria, and given the brief to design their "Ultimate Dream Home" to be built for them on the Beachfront in Swakopmund. The brief posed several Design Challenges right from the start, with impossible to align services, a staircase that spanned open space between two separate building elements, and a wall to break the constant wind that would ruin just about any guest's outdoor enthusiasm. However, these are just the kind of challenges we at Plans Central relish. The house has no typical design elements, and yet it epitomises the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.

The end result speaks for itself. An incredible spacious modern contemporary beach home, which encompasses and improves on all aspects of our client's brief, and comes together very aesthetically. While Plans Central is not one to enter contests, we feel this design took first prize in our minds.

Learning on the Fly - Namibian Building Regulations and Practices

We designed the home to meet the South African Building Regulations and National Standards. As we discovered, these did not meet all of the requirements for buildings in Namibia, and so part of the Design Approval process involved our team learning about the differences between local requirements and those applicable in Namibia. We then modified the plans and re-submitted them for council approval. Once we had made the requested changes, the plans were approved and our clients could start building.

It is projects like these that make us passionate about Architectural Design, and brings us to work daily with a skip in our step. We are fortunate and priveleged to have been appointed for this project. We look forward to being able to see the finished result. We are also now more confident than ever that we can design for other African nations, as with this project now completed, we can proudly say we have designed for clients the following African nations, beside South Africa:

DRC, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Zambia, Zanzibar, Namibia, Swaziland, Kenya, Nigeria

By Peter C. May 2019