What is the cost of building per square meter?
AThere is no set cost of building per square meter. The below infographic explains why this is.

What is an Occupancy Certificate, and why do we need it?
AThis is a legal document issued by the Chief Building Inspector for your area, after he/she has carried out a final inspection on the completed house to ensure that the house was built according to the approved building plan and is fully functional and safe. He/she will also certify that all the municipal requirements have been met according to the National Building Regulations and authorities and that all of the relevant certificates – such as a Certificate of Compliance for each electrical connection, the plumbing certificate, the glazing certificate, et cetera – have been issued for the house.

Nobody is allowed to take possession of the house and move into the house without an Occupancy Certificate.

We will arrange the issuing of all required certificates – from the site handover certificate to the Occupancy Certificate – on your behalf.

What are the building limitations when building on wildlife estates in Hoedspruit?
ADiffirent wildlife estates have different sets of limitations concerning the building of houses on the estates. Aesthetics and the preservation of the natural environment are normally two of the major areas by building limitations. For instance, only one storey dwellings are allowed in one estate, so as not to impact the view or sense of privacy of a neighbouring house. Sattelite dishes, geysers, pipes and the like all have to be painted the same colour as the house, as to blend in with the house and natural surroundings. Only a certain colour palette is allowed for the exterior of homes, in order to create uniformity in the estates. Swimming pools may not exceed a certain size, as per the by-laws of each estate.

No contractors are allowed to work over weekends, public holidays or the festive season – from around 15 December to around 9 January – in any of the estates in the Hoedspruit Area. This restriction protects the peace and tranquillity of the estates during these time periods.

Our experienced team at Savanah Construction is very familiar with the different sets of building limitations of all the estates in our area and will gladly advise you and ensure that these rules are strictly adhered to from the design stage already.

What is the NHBRC and what does it mean to me and my building project?
AThe National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC) is a governing body for the residential construction industry. The NHBRC regulates the contractors and protects the home owner or buyer. Each building contractor has to register with the NHBRC and renew their licenses annually. The homeowner or buyer has to register their new home with the NHBRC. This regulating organization protects the homeowner or buyer against inferior workmanship. Savanha Construction is a proud member of the NHBRC.
What is a “green” building?
AA “green” building is a structure that has been built in an environmentally responsible manner and which can be utilized in a sustainable way. The location of the building on the plot of land and the design of the building plays a key role in creating a “green” building. The type of building materials and processes used are also fundamental in the “green” construction process. The type of concrete and even the ratios used to mix it can determine if the process is “green”. A home with a grey-water system to flush toilets and irrigate gardens has a “green” approach. Making use of LED globes also adds to the “green” status of the home. Proper insulation will reduce the demand for air conditioning or heating systems. There are many methods to be employed in creating a “green” home and our skilled team at Savanha Construction can advise you and implement these “green” techniques to ensure that your home is an environmentally conscious one.
What steps do you take to protect the fauna and flora on the building site?
ALarge, established indigenous trees are considered with the house design right from the outset, when the location of the house is plotted. Great care is taken to document the location and number of tree species on the site so that the house can be designed around the trees in order to protect them and ensure their longevity.