Follow the construction of a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Open Plan House at Madokero Estates in Harare West.
Project Area: Madokero Estates
Location: Harare West
Services: Tarred Roads, Sewerage, Water, ZESA (Ongoing).
Stand sizes: 368sqm – 1100sqm (Vast majority are 400sqm)
Project Stand Size: 368sqm
House Size: Living Area: 141sqm
Master Suite: Walk in Wardrobe & Ensuite
Additional Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 Full Bathrooms & 1 Guest Toilet
Living Areas: Open plan Living, Dining & Kitchen with fireplace.
Additional Features: Small Courtyard to allow light into Living Areas
House Orientation: Faces South
Council Requirements: Architectural & Structural Plans + Plan Submission Fee
Plan Submission Pre-requisites: Compliance Certificate from City Council
Water Connection: Calibrated Water Meter & Water Connection Fee
Sewer Connection: Sewer Connection Fee
The design philosophy for this house centres around two important aspects. Light and Space.
Challenge 1: The stand is SOUTH facing, 368sqm and Close Proximity to Neighbouring Houses.
Solution 1: We introduced a small courtyard to ensure the midday and late afternoon sun are able to flood the living, dining and kitchen areas with light.
Solution 2: We settled on an open plan living arrangement in order to provide free flowing and larger living areas, this will make the house more comfortable to live in.
Solution 3: We introduced sliding doors from the living, kitchen and master suite to free movement.
Challenge 2: Garage OR Larger living Areas
Solution 2.1: We decided to do away with the garage in order to maximise the living area, a area was created to the side of the house to allow the construction of a tandem carport with the ability to park two/three vehicles.
Challenge 3: Poor Clay Soils
Solution 3.1: We designed pad foundations to support the structure, stable soil was reached at 1650mm. Unfortunately pad foundations result in higher overall project costs due to the amount of steel & concrete required compared to traditional strip foundations.
Benefit: This House Design is ideally suited to young families. The design allows the parents the ability to keep an eye on young children from various areas.