Claire L Cardwell en Architects and Technicians, beBee in English, Architects Architectural Designer (@Blue Designs), Writer & Artist • The Naked Architect 30/1/2017 · 2 min de lectura · 1,3K

Some of the houses I have worked on.

I thought it was time to show you all some of the work I do.  By day I work with straight lines and words and by night I paint curvy lines.....

I have had the privilege of working with some truly amazing clients assisting them to realise their dreams.  Although I don't think I have a signature style some people have said that I design 'cute houses'.  I try and design a house that is a home rather than a work of art that shouts 'look at me!'.  I like to think that people look at my houses and see them as nice homes where people can work, play and relax - but above all be a family.

Some of the houses have only recently been completed or are still under construction.  I thought I would include them and will post pics once they are done.

Some of the houses I have worked on.Abbey Guest House - a Cape Dutch style 8 bedroom home.  2010/11

Bali House - Kyalami Estate, Midrand.  One of the first houses I worked on way back in 2006/07.

House in the Breakfree Estate, Midrand - 2014

Modern Tuscan Style Home in Honeydew Manor - 2012/13

House in Eagle Canyon Golf Estate 2010/11

House February in the Waterfall Country Estate, Midrand.  The house is now complete so I will be going up to take pics soon. 2015/16

House Nobu, Cedar Creek Estate.  This project was unfortunately shelved, but the Clients are buying a new plot of land and now want a more modern style house. 2012

House Chidi - Copperleaf Golf Estate, Midrand.  This house has also recently been completed so I will be posting pics soon.

House Itumeleng, Crescentwood Estate. Construction to start in April/May 2017

I think it's essential as a Architectural Designer to see your work as a collaboration between yourself and your clients.  Although compromises need to be made, in the end we produce a house that my Clients are happy with and that's the whole point!

I think it's vital to talk about all aspects of Architecture - whether it be planning, construction, design or green building. I have written 3 E-Books & over 110 articles. Please feel free to let me know if you have any queries regarding architecture, planning & construction & I will assist you.

I am originally from the UK  and moved to South Africa  in 1999. I started Blue Designs in 2004 after working as a Driver for Avalon Construction on a luxury home in the Featherbrook Estate. In my spare time I am a keen artist and photographer.

I can be reached on +27 11 025 4458 (mobile landline) or at

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #34

Thanks for the share @Todd Jones! Have an awesome day!

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #33

Hi @Todd Jones - the problem is that with brick for example you can not have a span greater than 6m without a structural support column if there are no cross walls. In addition you also should not have an expanse of wall with more than 25-30% glazing/openings. Far too often people do not consider this when designing homes and this leads to budget over-runs and building fails. In addition other common mistakes I see are roof spans greater than 8-8.5m. People don't realise that not only do you need beefier trusses at spans greater than 8-5m, you also need thicker walls, support columns and bigger & stronger foundations - this type of design mistake leads to budget over-runs and wasted time re-designing the house......

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Todd Jones 30/1/2017 · #32

#14 Claire, I often wonder whether open floor plans affect the long term structural integrity of a home. I just bought a 15 year old home that has an open floor plan with the kitchen, dining room, and living room lumped together in one big, open two story space. The gable end of the house is almost entirely comprised of windows and doors. It makes for a beautiful view of the water, but I have noticed small cracks and popped drywall screws in a few places. It seems that this style home is ill equipped to withstand the wind loads that are common in our area.

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #31

Thanks for the shares @CityVP 🐝 Manjit , @Lada 🏡 Prkic , @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman and @Javier 🐝 beBee! Your kind words mean so much to me.

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #30

#23 Thank you Praveen! Have a blessed day!

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #29

Thanks for the share @David B. Grinberg!

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #28

#19 Thank you @David B. Grinberg! I've been very lucky to have worked on so many houses and interesting projects over the years.

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Claire L Cardwell 30/1/2017 · #27

#20 Thank you for your kind words @Paul Walters! Have a great day!