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Retiring in style » Pellet fireplaces » An architects weekend house » Raising hope for Layla » The Hills Game Reserve Estate; a savvy investment » Save your rands; build with sand » How to look after overnight house guests » Homes that tread lightly » Need an industry professional? »

Retiring in style »

Retirees have worked their whole life to reach this point, may as well do it in style! Here we feature a variety of upmarket retirement homes in what some now refer to as mature lifestyle estates.

Only by getting a tour around the award winning Waterfall Valley estate do we understand the scale and majestic facilities. Waterfall Valley is certainly not the proverbial retirement village but rather... more »

Outstanding reasons to use a pellet fire place »

Pellet fireplaces are currently the most cost-effective heating solution in South Africa. The cost of electricity and gas are rapidly increasing, while their supply can be erratic at peak times. With the new 8% year on year tariff increase approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, the price of electricity will soon reach the R2.00 per kilowatt mark.

The running cost of a pellet fireplace is currently less than half the running cost of equivalent electrical and gas appliances in the market, and will over time become even more cost effective... more »

An architects weekend house »

Kleinwingerd, meaning “small vineyard”, is an architect’s weekend house located on the edge of the agricultural town of Prince Alfred Hamlet, located in the Warmbokkeveld valley, an important deciduous fruit growing area in South Africa.

The design is a pragmatic and regionalist response to the climate and heritage of the area. The main accommodation in the long barn plan form... more »

Raising hope for Layla »

Four-year-old Layla O’Neill from Lonehill suffers from a rare condition called Neuroplasm Glial Ependymoma. This is your chance to help, we did!

The tumours on Layla's spine cannot be surgically removed as they could paralyse Layla for life. Her only hope is proton treatment which is only available at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. Layla’s mother Sharyn O’Neill explained, "The treatment itself costs R2.8 million and the doctors have told us we need to do it right now, I will never give up hope for my daughter, I will do anything I can to get her this treatment."

Read the full news story here - http://fourwaysreview.co.za/159750/raising-hope-for-layla-2/

How we are helping! Houss and Century Property Developments care for it's local communities, and are always ready to extend a helping hand where needed. "Our hearts went out to little Layla when we heard her story, we immediately made a substantial donation and we urge the public to assist if they can."

To raise money for Layla’s treatment her family and friends have started the Raising Hope for Layla non-profit organisation, which asks for donations from the public.

What can you do to help? You can contribute to Raising Hope for Layla right now by donating even R100, for every Rand donated, Houss will match your donation!

Ependy Angels NPC
Acc: 62431847352
Branch code: 250655
Ref : Houss donation + your name

or contact Sharyn or Paula O’Neill on rh4layla@gmail.com

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The Hills Game Reserve Estate; a savvy investment »

The eagerly anticipated The Hills Game Reserve Estate situated in upmarket Pretoria East has just been launched with massive interest!

A total of 260 stands are for sale, ranging in size from 590m² to 3,900m², with prices starting from as little as R365,000 almost half the price compared to the original launch four years ago.

Due to huge demand for secure, facility rich property in the Pretoria East area, investors have already snapped up over 90 of these stands at never to be repeated low prices. Don’t miss out as value is expected to more than double in the short term, making this an extremely secure and savvy financial investment!

The Hills Game Reserve Estate is On Show 7 days a week from 09h00 until 17h00... more »

Save your rands; build with sand »

Sandbag building is now being introduced into KwaZulu-Natal after 20 years of successful building in the Western Cape, where it’s been used to construct many diverse structures, from double-storey houses to large commercial structures.

The system is fully endorsed and supported by the NHBRC. The one thing that we have taken for granted and yet have used so often is the sandbag. We have used sandbags for good protection, sound insulation and even shelter from bullets. So should it really be that difficult for us to believe that we can build a house from sandbags? ... more »

How to look after overnight house guests »

If you have ever had a bad experience as a weekend guest, you know just how awful it can be. Dog hair in the sheets, bare windows, nothing for dinner, missed rides at the airport.

When you have friends or relatives coming to stay from out of town, make their visit a pleasure by thinking ahead and offering the same courtesies you would like to be shown. Elaborate fruit baskets and floral arrangements are not necessary, just a bit of common sense and good planning. The following 13 steps will walk you through what you need to know to make your next hosting experience a great one for everyone... more »

Homes that tread lightly »

For Melissa and Dan Brown, moving to South Africa from the USA just over five years ago offered a luxury that had eluded them for almost 20 years and one which we so often take for granted: space.

The rambling, rocky surrounds of Century Property Developments’ Helderfontein Estate in Fourways, Johannesburg, couldn’t have offered a more inspiring site. ‘The estate is like no other we’ve ever seen. It’s packed with trees and boulders that have been left unspoiled for decades and is a far cry from the concrete jungle of Hollywood, where we could go days without seeing a bird,’ says Dan... more »

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