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Building On Walkersons Estate Dullstroom

by | Feb 26, 2020 | Latest News | 0 comments

As with any Estate, when building a home on Walkersons there are architectural guidelines and rules that need to be followed. Here is a short summary of a few of the guidelines and rules. For the full guidelines, please contact your Zest agent.  

Architectural guidelines

There are three fundamental architectural styles to which one must adhere.

There are three villages within Walkersons Estate, these villages are clusters of smaller stands. Each village has one of these three styles – Stone Village follows the “homestead” style, the Pastures village follows the “verandah” style and the River View village, the “barnyard” style. Homes have to be designed according the theme of the village it is located in.

The balance of the stands in Walkersons are Estate stands, these stands are larger and spread out of the Estate.  Homes on the Estate stands can follow any one of the three styles mentioned above.

The three styles:
  • Typically the “Homestead” features parapet gable roof ends, cottage pane windows and doors, brick and stone chimneys possibly with chimney pots and lean to roofs over the verandas with simple posts. External walls can only have a maximum of 10 to 20% sheet metal
  • The “Verandahs” on the other hand have “hip” roof ends, distinctive veranda columns, large window panes with shutters. The chimneys should be 80% plaster and 20% stone.
  • The “Barnyard” – as the name suggests replicates a contemporary barn with at least part of the home being double storey and with double volume spaces, industrial type steel chimneys and metal frame infrastructure in some instances;
The disturbance area:

Each Estate stand has a “central peg”. A circle of 20m radius is drawn around the peg and is known as the “disturbance area”. All buildings, verandahs, pergalos, stairways etc must be contained within this disturbance area. There is no opportunity to move the central peg.

General requirements common to all the styles:
  • A “plum brown” chromadek roof, external finishes that allow for stonework, corrugated iron, face brick and plaster;
  • The maximum height of the building is 8,5 meters from the NGL (natural ground level). A maximum footprint of 35% of the “disturbance area”;
  • Outbuildings must be linked to the main dwelling and there may only be one dwelling per stand;
  • Consolidation of stands is not allowed;
  • Staff quarters are allowed but must be incorporated in the main dwelling;
  • Garages must have pitched roofs, may only have two doors and the doors must conform with stated materials and designs;
  • Each home must have a drying yard that contains the washing lines, the refuse bins etc. This yard must be contained within a 1,8m wall;
  • Boundary fences are discouraged but if built must be “werf” type walls, a maximum of 60cm and must be within the disturbance area. Retaining walls cannot be higher than 1 meter. The materials used for any other fences is controlled and these fences must be discrete;
  • Solar heating is encouraged but panels must be flush mounted and all associated structures must be approved;
  • Rain water harvesting is allowed. Water storage tanks must be clad in painted corrugated iron sheets;
  • Grey and brown water must be split and drain into conservancy tanks. Only grey water may be used for irrigation;
  • No external or decorative burglar bars are allowed;
  • Dormer windows are not allowed;
  • There are regulations controlling balustrades, roof and fan lights, paving and driveways and external lighting;
  • Satellite dishes must be mounted below the eaves line;
  • Driveways must follow the shortest route from the access road;
  • Building lines allow for 5 m on the street front and 1m on the side and back boundaries;
From planning to building

Owners can elect their own architect. Approval of plans is  a two phase process – submission of the “concept” drawings which must take into consideration the following aspects and must comply with conditions of approval issued by the WDRC

  • Site Design Plan/Building Setbacks. • Orientation and slope. • Trees and other significant vegetation. • Adjacent buildings. • Access points to the site and/or restrictions. • Drainage and services. • Potential views. • Prevailing winds. • Privacy requirements. • Potential noise sources.

Once these have been approved, “technical” drawings must be submitted to WDRC to include any amendments that may have been noted in the initial submission. Four sets of drawings must be submitted.

Following approval, two sets of plans must then be submitted to the Emakhazeni Municipality for approval and must include elevations, and sections.  Window, door, roof light, shutter and gate schedule. Details of balustrades, railings, columns, external stair cases or structures:

The stand must be surveyed and surveyor drawings submitted to the Walkersons Management. Engineer drawings will also be required.

Approximate costs.

The cost of the two submissions to the WDRC are R 10 355 (2020) and R 6,904 (2020) respectively. The Emakhazeni submission is a basic of R 683.75 and then R 6.70 per sqm. There is a R 20 000 “pavement deposit”, refundable should no damage be done to the common area infrastructure. A building levy of R 3 000 is due, in addition to the standard levy for the entire period of the build.

If you have any question, contact the Zest office 013 254 0219

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