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1 year ago

What Kitty Did Next - The Chesterfield Sofa Incident...

Claire L Cardwell · One night I was bored. · I wandered about the room. · Fingers decorated with paper cigar rings, a Romeo e Julietta in my hand. · I took the occasional puff and added some more brandy to my glass. · The men had draped their jackets all over the room. · Folio Cases and Briefs ...

1 year ago

How to Choose a Good Builder

Claire L Cardwell · You can not be too careful when choosing a contractor or sub-contractor, go the extra mile and make sure you feel confident that you have chosen wisely before you start building. · We’ve all heard about construction nightmares – whether it be the architect who fails to submit pla ...

2 years ago

Architects I Admire Part Nine - Bercy Chen

Claire L Cardwell · Bercy Chen Studio was founded in 2001 by Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen and is based in Austin, Texas.  They have vastly different backgrounds (Thomas is from Belgium and Calvin is from Taiwan via Australia) but they share a similar design approach.  The firm has won more than 20 a ...

2 years ago

What You Should Expect From a Set of Plans You Submit to Council

Claire L Cardwell · Recently I've seen some awful plans that were submitted to Council and will never be approved...  I hope this article helps you to make an informed choice when picking an Architect/Designer - it's vital to take a look at a sample of their plans and check that they are registered ...

2 years ago

The Truth About What A Building Plan Should Look Like...

Claire L Cardwell · Too many people are getting messed around by inexperienced /unqualified or even unscrupulous 'architects'.  My blood's been boiling for a while and I was horrified to see yet another set of bad plans just before Easter.  In essence it was pretty lines drawn in the sand and then p ...

2 years ago

Africa’s Lost Children — Part One — Exodus

Claire L Cardwell ·   · October 1976 · Ash ate its way along a cigarette, following the glowing line that preceded it. · In the half light two men lay in wait. Parked in a dusty dark green sedan, they were almost conspicuous for being so well camouflaged. · “I hate it when you smoke in the car, J ...

2 years ago

Sooner rather than Later

Claire L Cardwell · Instead of being asked 'Why did you move to South Africa?' I am being asked 'When are you leaving?' · For the last six months or so I've been broken hearted. · I am once again heading for exile. · The reality is that Africa has changed. · People no longer look into your eyes a ...

2 years ago

Crescentwood House by Claire Cardwell @ Blue Designs

Claire L Cardwell · This was another project that took a long time to complete. · I was first commissioned to design this house in 2014, the plans were completed and then the Client went elsewhere to a different architect/designer who did a completely different house. · Unsatisfied they came back to ...

2 years ago

Beautiful Buildings Around The World Part 2 - Bosjes Chapel

Claire L Cardwell · The Bosjes Chapel is set within a vineyard and pomegranate orchard.  It is at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain, in the  Breede Valley,  Western Cape, South Africa and was designed by South African born Coetzee Steyn of Steyn Studio. · The 6 metre high (19.68ft) Chapel has a scu ...

3 years ago

House Chidi, Copperleaf Golf Estate, South Africa

Claire L Cardwell · The Story of House Chidi, was a long one, in fact both my Client and I will both agree, it was hard work getting this house through the planning process. · However with perseverance (& a wee bit of the luck of the Irish French and some fast talking by Chidi and his lovely wife), ...

3 years ago

More Infamous African Wildlife - The Hadedah (You Have Been Warned)

Claire L Cardwell · Anyone contemplating a visit to South Africa (or even moving here) is understandably worried about crime. · It's not crime you have to worry about - No, No, No - It's the Hadedah Ibis. · That's right a bird. This bird is the reason you will leap out of bed at 5am on your first mo ...

3 years ago

Why the Wild Wild West is the Best Place to Live and how I can simply go off alone, and ...

Claire L Cardwell · Adventures in Midlife Dating - The 'Flip Side'. · Basically what I want more than anything is to buy a really seriously big piece of land in the NW or N Province here. · I simply do not want to hear another 'human voice' ever for the rest of my life. · You think I am joking, I ha ...

3 years ago

Why it's actually healthier in the LONG run - when is a good choice to look at a family member and....

Claire L Cardwell · And decide to divorce them.  You will simply not have anything further to do with them ever again. You actually don't care about all the money they have openly helped themselves to - that's YOUR MONEY - you know the stuff that you worked your flaming butt off for and stuck it in ...

3 years ago

Sweet History of Music Videos

Gert Scholtz · This is the loudest post I have ever done on BeBee.  · For some reason, I recalled some of my favorite music videos and wondered about the history thereof. Years ago in South Africa there was a TV program on Friday evenings called Pop Shop. In fifteen short minutes of the program ...

3 years ago

Africa Awaits

Gert Scholtz · Here I am, trying to tempt you to travel to and visit the southern tip of Africa. Voted by many as one of the most beautiful countries in the world, its natural wonders are diverse and there is a rich expanse of places to see and visit. Not only do five friendly Bees come from he ...

3 years ago

Favourite Places of mine in Johannesburg

Claire L Cardwell · I first moved to Joburg in June 1999 and still discover amazing places to enjoy in this vibrant city.  So here are a few of my favourite spots... · 1.  Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens · Top of my list has to be the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens which is just up the road from me ...

3 years ago

How to Plan your Heritage Home Renovation

Claire L Cardwell · I love Heritage Homes, the high pressed iron ceilings, the spacious rooms and original features such as fireplaces and wooden floors are very appealing.  In South Africa all buildings and structures over 60 years old (including fixtures and fittings) are protected by the National ...

3 years ago

Who's Better an Architect or a Designer?

Claire L Cardwell · It all depends...  It depends on what you want to build.  If you are planning to build a Petrol Station, large Shopping Centre or a Hotel then an Architect who specialises in these type of projects is the best option.  If however you are planning a home renovation/remodel or want ...

3 years ago

Who's Better a Designer or an Architect?

Claire L Cardwell · It all depends...  It depends on what you want to build.  If you are planning to build a Petrol Station, large Shopping Centre or a Hotel then an Architect who specialises in these type of projects is the best option.  If however you are planning a home renovation/remodel or want ...

3 years ago

Blue Valley Golf Estate House by Claire @ Blue Designs

Claire L Cardwell · I design with my Client and the future in mind.  The future life of the people I am working with and obviously the future re-sale value of the house.     · There is a Guest Bedroom/Study with a separate entrance right at the front of the property.  This serves two purposes, it me ...

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