Dear Property Pre-launch Member;
We all know that building a home can be a daunting task - especially if one has little or no guidance. In our latest newsletter, we implement the first in a series of informative articles, beginning with "Managing the risk". Feel free to let us know if you found this to be a useful feature. The Century marketing team visited the exceptional architect, Derick Britz from Studious Architects, to gain a better understanding of his design philosophies and how he interprets our architectural guidelines so seamlessly into his magnificent houses. This month's newsletter also contains a visual update on Waterfall - feel free to let us know if you have sighted any exciting species of birds there! With Easter and a host of other public holidays on the horizon, we decided to host a kid's fun ride at Helderfontein Estate on 1 April 2012. This promises to be an exciting day in the country-side with loads of activities for the little ones!
Waterfall Country Estate update | Featured Architect - Derrick Britz of Studious Designs | Like 2 Bike fun kids ride invite | Building your own home; Managing the risk | Exchange control | Be clever with your wall and floor coverings
Waterfall remains one of the most popular developments within the Century stable, says sales executive Dan Brown. “From what we are seeing, people are beginning to appreciate the benefits and convenience of secure, estate lifestyle which we at Century Property Developments have been pioneering for several years now,” adds Brown. “People are not just buying a home, they are buying a lifestyle that is safe, family-based, and offers an abundance of activities and lifestyle choices with a strong green focus.”
With over 44 homes complete and 150 currently under construction, the estate is a hive of building activity as homeowners see their dreams becoming reality. “The embrace and use of natural products on these houses has been phenomenal”, says Michael Bishop, Principle Architect for Century Property Developments. “The variety and quality of finishes is a true reflection of the visual language we had originally envisaged for the development” states Bishop.
There are many outstanding examples of houses suited to our Highveld conditions, where homes blend seamlessly into their environments and fully utilise the unique climate and new technologies in order to reduce energy waste and consumption.
A network of over 10km of pedestrian walkways and bridges are well under way which ribbon their way through the 300 hectares of greenbelts and rehabilitated indigenous parklands of the development. A host of bird hides, drinking fountains, rest areas and children’s play parks with ablution blocks will dot these walkways which are all located within the secure perimetre of the development.
7km of walkways within the secure perimetre of the development
With civil earthworks seeing completion in many areas, indigenous landscaping in and around the boundary areas of the estate will be complete by April.
Construction for the gatehouses of the two soon-to-be-released phases of Waterfall has begun, with the roads, water, electricity, gas, fibre optic cable and sewer services having started to be put in place.
The K60 road will be complete by June, it will be a single carriage way off Woodmead Road that will give residents access to an additional gatehouse on the eastern side of the estate and lead to the Waterfall CBD and office parks located next to the N1 highway.
The unique second gatehouse at Waterfall Country Village which will have a veld grass roof
Construction of the entrance dam at Waterfall Country Estate and the K60 roadway
We have just finished the Reddam House Early Learning School which is already in operation, the Senior Primary School will be opening for the second school term and in April work will begin on the Junior Primary, swimming pool, tennis courts, cricket nets etc. This is all part of the bigger Reddam House Waterfall school which is proving to be a popular addition to the development.
Reddam House Waterfall Early Learning School in full swing
Look out for an invitation to the grand opening of the clubhouse by mid year
We sat down with this industry leader recently to discuss his latest creations and give us an insight into the design and aesthetic principals that are unique to the South African environment. Waterfall Country Estate is Derick Britz's latest blank canvas where his talents are showcased in spectacular results.
Describe your architectural style and where you get your inspiration from?
No architect can shake his past like dust from his boots; where he was born and
played as a child, philosophies at university, travelling, cultures and buildings he has
seen. All this translates into a language that merges into ideas that become buildings.
My architecture needs to be truthful to its time and context – Highveld Vernacular (a style of architecture and materials that is suited to the highveld climate) is
what I focus on.
I do not believe in timelessness. Suitability and awareness are far more relevant.
My work does aspire to be modern in its approach, I tend to simplify and create functional designs. Architecture that intrigues the mind, awaken senses by means of simplicity and how it partners with its surroundings.
My recent work involves industrialization of planar (flat) facades and alternative architectural detailing, which contribute to certain aesthetic and equally important, energy efficiency in
buildings. I believe these to be design tools, which we apply to be conscious in the way we design buildings. …“design like you give a damn” as boldly stated by Architecture
for Humanity... Read full article
Derick can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or www.studious.co.za
A fun cycling event for 2-10 year olds around the roads and paths of Century Property Developments’ newest lifestyle estate, Helderfontein Estate, in Fourways (via William Nicol entrance).
Come and enjoy a fun-filled morning in the countryside. The focus of the event is to encourage families to get out there and participate together by running alongside their kids (or trying to keep up). The short courses will be suitable for prams and for balance bikes. There will be 3 distances, 2km, 5km, and 8km routes. Recommended age groups for each distance are as follows; 2km: 2-3yrs, 5km: 4-6yrs, 8km: 7-10yrs. The 8km will include some offroad terrain, although not rocky or too technical.
We anticipate a sunny morning within the pristine greenbelts of this magnificent setting – so remember your sunscreen. Pack a picnic for afterwards and come and enjoy the day at the prestigious Helderfontein Estate. There will be a kiddies play park area, jumping castles, face painters and loads of other fun activities to keep the little ones busy after their ride.
For those wanting to outsource their picnics, food and drinks will be on sale on a cash-only basis.
Please remember NO HELMET NO RIDE! We will have helmets, gloves, and Camelbaks on sale at registration.
You are more than welcome to invite friends and family for a fun day out, even if they are not taking part in the race.
Date: Sunday 1st April
Venue: Helderfontein Estate, in Fourways (via William Nicol entrance)
Entry fee: Free for the first 100 Property Pre-launch member entries courtesy of Century Property Developments. *thereafter R80/child
Pre entries: www.entrytime.com (remember to select "Im a Century Club Member")
Start Times: 8km - 08h00, 5km - 08h05, 2km - 08h10
Registration: Saturday 31st March Helderfontein Estate sales office 11h00 – 13h00 or Sunday 1st April 06h45-07h30.
Facilities: Kids play area with jungle gyms, jumping castles, etc at the picnic area. Toilets. Food and drink vendors on site.
Other: Goody bags for each pre-entrant. Medals to all finishers.
Contact: Kirsty Searle: 083 326 6721
In the coming months, we will by way of this column give advice and guidance on the various stages involved in building your new dream home and show you what to look out for at each stage.
This column is being written by Roelf Nel, who is a duly qualified and admitted attorney. He obtained his LLB degree Cum laude form the University of Pretoria in 2002 where after he went on to complete his articles at one of the larger litigation firms in the Western Cape.
He returned to Gauteng and joined a boutique law firm, specializing in construction and engineering law, as an associate. During his time practicing as a construction lawyer he realized that most arbitration and litigation proceedings could have been avoided or substantially shortened had the parties pro-actively dealt with disputes as they arose, during the building process, by effectively managing the building contract.
From this insight, Buildforce was born to address the need of all stakeholders in the building industry for quality building contract management services and advice.
Buildforce acts as a "watchdog" over the build process, with weekly inspections by building professionals. His company provides a service that pro-actively guards against disasters before, during and after the building process. Although he is well aware that many are already mid the build process he has offered to give some advice to our clients of some vital things to be aware of through their building journey.
Building your own home - Part 1: Managing the Risk
written by Roelf Nel
As many know (and some do not know, hence this article), the NHBRC (The National Home Builders Registration Council), as a regulating body, offers no real protection for the home owner against a builder in the event of a contractual dispute that doesn’t involve the superstructure of the house in question.
By using an architect and builder from Century's preferred architect and builder list you are greatly reducing this risk as Century stands over their preferred architects and builders, ready to stand in and mediate or inspect if needed. The fact is unless you accurately manage your building contract attempts to pursue a dispute in arbitration or court proceedings are commonly more costly than just "writing off one's claim".
The NHBRC only indemnifies the home owner in the event that there is a structural problem with the foundation, walls or roof (the “superstructure”)... Read full article
In our next newsletter, look out for part 2: Appointing an Architect
Exchange control has been part of the South African way of life since 1939 and we have seen some significant relaxation for individuals since then.
The most recent relaxation was made on 23 Dec 2011 in that the annual R1million discretionary allowance may now also be used for foreign investments. What this adds up to is that, effectively, South Africans may put R5 million a year into foreign investments.
To apply for the R1 million allowance, you must complete an MP 1423 form, available from authorised dealers and forex desks. No tax clearance certificate is required (though it remains a requirement for the R4 million allowance). The former requirement to return any unused funds in terms of the single discretionary allowance is therefore for all practical purposes withdrawn. This is not surprising, given past abuse and the time consuming, administrative-intensive process of enforcing the rule.
For those whose foreign investment ambitions are under R1 million a year, and who require no further forex, for instance for travel, the process is now substantially easier. (The cost of return flight tickets originating in SA fall outside the scope of either the single discretionary or the foreign capital allowance). Lucky are those who are still burdened with exchange controls… For the rest of us, even the hassle factor has been substantially reduced! If you require more information contact the Fiduciary & Tax team email@example.com
Keep your family safe and healthy with something as simple as your paint selection.
B-Earth have been here since inception and their VOC (volatile organic compounds) free paints, varnishes, screeds and many other exciting products do not have harmful substances that can cause health risks such as fatigue, skin reactions and abdominal pains due to carcinogenic effects from the off gassing over a long period of time. Pro-Nature, also have a wide range of products, and Versus Paints have beautiful textured paints making use of sand to give the look and feel of textures such as suede. These products are all eco-friendly and have been developed with Green integrity in mind.
We are amazed at how clever individuals and companies have become in creating products and businesses out of recycled and waste materials like Resysta who make a decking out of rice husks. It’s available in a range of colours and profiles, for flooring and wall cladding and it has the appearance of real wood. There are even products that make garden furniture from reconstituted plastics. They address both waste issues and provide a long lasting product for the South African climate. A-Z Tiles don’t only supply tiles they have a recycled vinyl floor that looks just as good as real wood, it provides noise free walking and thermal properties for energy efficiency in the home and is cost effective... Read full article
WATERFALL GREEN DESIGN CENTRE
Waterfall Country Estate and Village has been a hive of activity with all the building going on. The Waterfall Green Design Centre (GDC) managed by Decorex encourages you to pop in and visit us (next to the sales office at Waterfall) to discuss all your requirements so we can guide you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right people.
There is an exciting evolution and some very creative and amazing products and services being brought to our attention, all with a common goal to address climate change and be more environmentally responsible. Whether you are a home owner or a business owner there is a need to address these issues. At the GDC we are pleased to see that both our exhibitors and visitors are educating themselves and making impressive efforts to drive this initiative to promote a green and secure estate and living space.
The centre has been populated with products and services by companies who are eco conscious and want to help you from the design phase right through to the last detail in your interiors and exteriors.
All products and services in the centre have been chosen to fit within the development architectural and green guidelines and our showroom managers will assist you in setting up meetings with the relevant service providers.
The second free issue of It’s all about Green magazine is now available at the Waterfall Green Design Centre. Make sure you have a copy of this essential mini guide to greening your home, it’s packed with contacts and valuable articles.
Click here to check it out online
MAKE THE GDC YOUR MEETING SPOT
There are ample seating areas to set up meetings with your architects and building contractors.
Take advantage of the exhibitor specials on offer.
Tuesday - Friday: 09h30 - 16h30
Weekends: 09h00- 17h00
Green Design Centre Managers
Lauren 082 604 5909 / Adrian 072 879 3596
Decorex SA - 011 549 8300 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Developments curently On Show:
Helderfontein Estate - Fourways
202 stands ranging from 700m² to 1600m² each selling from R855,000
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Waterfall Country Estate/Village - Kyalami/Woodmead
800 stands at 1200m² and 1200 stands at 650m² each selling from R818,000
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Waterfall Valley Mature Lifestyle Estate - Sunninghill
244 bespoke retirement homes selling from R2,100,000
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Waterfall Equestrian Estate - Sunninghill
120 stands at 8500m² each selling from R5,600,000
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Crowthorne Village - Midrand
24 freestanding homes, 14 garden apartments and 14 loft apartments each selling from R869,000
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Just a reminder that our sales offices are open daily from 09h00 until 17h00
- Waterfall Valley Sales Office
Waterfall Sales Office
- Helderfontein Sales Office