EDITED VERSION NO. 2
The Kenton Eco Estate overlooks the rolling hills and magnificent vistas inland and seaward with pristine white beaches endemic of the malaria free temperate climate of the Eastern Cape Sunshine Coast.
The Eco Estate’s greatest asset is it’s array of bird life and natural game such as the highly protected oribi, bushbuck and giant tortoises which will be your neighbours and wander through your own piece of natural unfenced habitat.
It is therefore the intention of the developers and architects to create a modern interpretation of a combination of ‘prairie’ and beach cottage bungalow type vernacular architecture, echoing the morphology of the landscape.
In achieving the above, low pitched dutch gable ended hipped roofs with deep overhangs are recommended with the use of natural materials such as stone which develop their own patina over time are intrinsic requirements for this development, likewise the use of dark roof and wall colours which blend into the landscape.
The overall vision is to merge with the natural environs without ostentation or barriers.
It is further recommended that window and door head heights will be set at 2380mm thus accentuating the relationship between inside and the views without.
Single level dwellings are encouraged with double storey dwellings designed for steeper sites, the second storey being at the lower contour levels where this is practicable and the most cost effective design solution.
These guidelines, whilst having produced an architectural style will allow flexibility for individual expression. A continuity of the built fabric is to be achieved through uniformity of materials and colour, and by controlling the forms and elements, such as shutters, additional stonework and variations to ballustrading, all to the approval of the Architectural Review Committee.
1.1 This document sets out the Architectural Guidelines with which prospective purchasers will have to comply if they wish to build at the Kenton Eco Estate and forms part of the Kenton Eco Estate Homeowners Association (KEEHA) Constitution.
1.2 In terms of the Agreement of Sale, purchasers will be obliged to submit their drawings to the Architectural Review Committee (appointed by the KEEHA) for design approval, before submitting them to the local authority. Approval or rejection of the design is at the discretion of the Architectural Review Committee. Refer to the requirements for submissions, item 4
1.3 The Kenton Eco Estate Homeowners Association has the right to vary the requirements contained within this document subject to the approval of the Ndlambe Municipality.
1.4 The purchaser and his contractor will be subject to the provisions of an Environmental Contract which will be administered by the Kenton Eco Estate Homeowners Association and which will contain obligations and penalties for any breach of the contract.
1.5 In these guidelines the words ‘must’ and ‘shall’ indicate mandatory provisions, while the word ‘should’ indicates desirable and recommended provisions, which may only be deviated from at the discretion of the Architectural Review Committee.
means a floor projecting outside a dwelling at a level higher than ground floor level, enclosed only by balustrading or by the walls of adjacent dwellings and can include a roof over such floor and any columns supporting the roof.
means a balau external floor area which is raised off the ground level and projects out beyond the dwelling perimeter and can include balustrading enclosing it. It does not refer to balconies at the first floor level of a dwelling.
2.3 ‘FLOOR SPACE’
in relation to a dwelling house means the area of every floor of the dwelling as measured over the exterior walls or similar supports of such dwelling, provided that;
– where the dwelling consists of more than one storey, the total floor
space shall be the sum of the floor space for all storeys: and
– for the purposes of measuring maximum floor space, garages and
all other roofed balconies, decks and terraces shall be included.
means a building used for the housing of motor vehicles or as an occasional recreational space limited to a maximum floor space of 43m² excluding storerooms and staff facilities.
2.5 ‘TERRACE’ (STOEP)
means a floor area with hard finishes as opposed to a deck.
3. NATIONAL BUILDING REGULATIONS
3.1 All materials used, construction methods, plumbing and electrical requirements, and health and safety precautions are to comply with the latest National Building
Regulations and S.A.B.S. codes of practice.
4. PLAN SUBMISSION PROCEEDURE AND APPROVALS
4.1 It is a prerequisite that purchasers and/or their architects visit their prospective sites prior to the sketch plan phase. Purchasers are encouraged to submit their concept sketches thereafter to the Architectural Review Committee at no extra charge who will evaluate same for approval in principal prior to official sketch plan approval to avoid wasting unnecessary time and energy.
4.2 Official sketch plan approval.
4.3 Vetting of municipal approval drawings by the Architectural Review Committee accompanied by a once off scrutiny fee of R 3750.00 (escalating by 10% per year) prior to submission to the Ndlambe Municipality.
4.4 The Ndlambe Municipality’s submission documentation must include the following:
4.4.1 Copies of the Title Deeds to the erf.
4.4.2 Completion of the Ndlambe City Engineers Department ‘Application for Approval of Building Plans’ form to be accompanied by a cheque from the purchaser for the submission fees and/or deposits payable.
4.4.3 Structural engineers certificate if applicable (double storey buildings).
4.4.4 A Site Plan to a scale of 1:200 indicating:
– Roof plan
– External drainage reticulation up to the allocated site sewer connection point.
– Building lines
– Hard landscaping (paving, concrete aprons)
– North point
– Schedule of areas with square meter coverage and related percentages, with separate columns for main dwelling, outbuildings (garaging, staff accommodation, guest suites, pubs, family rooms) covered balconies, decks and terraces.
4.4.5 Floor plan to a scale of 1:100 indicating:
– Built structure and covered balconies, decks and terraces
– Open balconies, decks and terraces
– Floor finishes
– Pergolas and carports
– Retaining walls if applicable
– Yard or courtyard walls.
4.4.6 Minimum one longitudinal section to a scale of 1:50 indicating:
– Site boundaries
– Natural ground level
– Finished ground level, retaining walls and structures if applicable.
4.4.7 Five sets of plans are required with one set coloured as follows:
– Brickwork in plan and section red
– Concrete in plan and section green
– Metalwork in plan and section blue
– Timber in plan and section yellow
– Sewer lines brown
– Waste pipes green
– Vent pipes red
The coloured set of plans and two uncoloured sets of plans will be submitted to the Ndlambe Municipality.
One stamped ‘Approved’ returned set of drawings will be kept by the Architectural Review Body for record purposes, one returned to the purchaser and the last set issued to the estate manager for implementation and control purposes.
4.4.8 The purchaser will be notified in writing of Ndlambe Municipality’s plan approval by the Estate Architectural Review Body.
4.4.9 Refer soft landscaping, Addendum A, which identifies plant material not desired on the estate.
4.5 The purchaser is responsible for structural and/or civil engineers fees if applicable.
5. SPECIFIC ARCHITECTURAL REQUIREMENTS UPON COMMENCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILT FORM
5.1 Purchasers, their contractors and appointed architects may not issue
instructions which are in variance with or contrary to approved drawings, in which
case the Architectural Review Body reserves the right to stop all building work with
5.2 Contractors are to notify the Architectural Review Body when the built form is at
plinth level, whereupon a Plinth Certificate will be issued.
5.3 The Architectural Review Body may call on the contractor at any time to present
municipal approved plans with the Body Member’s signatures thereon.
5.4 The Architectural Review Body reserves the right to impose fines for littering,
damage to estate property and non-confinement to property under construction.
5.5 A Certificate of Completion will be issued by the Architectural Review Body
once they are fully satisfied that all aspects of the built form are in compliance
with the authorized plans, any fines paid in full and all rubble removed from site.
6. ARCHITECTURAL FORM
6.1 The forms used should be in conformity with the design principals of the prototype plans.
6.2 The use of projecting decks and eaves to shade walls and areas of glass and thereby break up the visual impact of the building, is encouraged.
7. GENERAL BUILDING CONTROL
7.1 The dwellings and garages must be located within the building lines on the individual sites.
7.2 The minimum floor space of a dwelling shall be 250m² inclusive of garages and covered balconies, decks and terraces.
7.3 No second dwellings will be permitted on any site
7.4 Use of dwellings shall be restricted to single residential zoning only.
8.1 The average erf size is 850m².
8.2 The maximum allowable coverage shall be 50%, which translates into
approximately 425m² dependant on final surveyor general erven beacons.
9. BUILDING LINES
9.1 A building line of 5.0m shall apply to street boundaries and 3.0m to remaining
boundaries which in the event of compatible abutting dwellings will be
relaxed to 0.0m, resulting in a single 6.0m lateral boundary.
9.2 Architectural projections over building lines (roof overhangs, bay windows,
chimneys) shall be restricted to 800mm and 0.0m on the abutting dwelling
common walls which are to be of the parapet type.
10. HEIGHT RESTRICTION
10.1 The height of either a single level or double storey dwellings measured to the
centre line of the roof structure from the mean site contour shall be 8.0m. No
portion of the building, except chimneys, shall be higher than 9.0m.
10.2 No vertical face of the building shall be higher than 5.8m measured externally
from finished ground level to wallplate or eaves level.
10.3 The height restrictions are intended to protect views across the site as well as
to generate stepping of the dwellings in line with the natural site contours.
11. ROOFS AND GUTTERING
11.1 Major plan forms shall be roofed with symmetrical double pitched roofs with a
pitch of 30º and a maximum span of 11.5m measured over the extremity of the
11.2 Minor plan elements may be roofed with lean-to roofs or flat roofs. Flat roofs
shall be concealed behind parapets.
11.3 Eaves overhangs to major roofs should project over end walls by 800mm.
11.4 Lean-to roofs shall have a pitch of 5º and are to connect to the external wall
face of the major plan forms.
11.5 The roofing material shall be embossed colomet finish Victorian profile
aluminium sheeting or elite concrete roof tiles. A selection of roof colours will be
made available at a later stage.
11.6 Glazing may be used on lean-to roofs, limited to a portion of the roof set in from the
11.7 Flat roofed areas shall be finished in natural stonechip in brown or grey
11.8 Reflective finishes or aluminium paint are not permitted.
11.9 Guttering will be extruded aluminium, ogee pattern, colour to match doors and
12. ROOF LIGHTS AND ROOF WINDOWS
12.1 Roof lights shall be set into the plane of the roof, maximum size 780mm x
1400mm, Velux or similar approved.
12.2 Triangular dormer windows are permitted if they are in conformity with those
in the 3-D prototype plans.
13. EXTERNAL WALLS
13.1 Walls may be constructed of natural locally sourced “packed look” stone, the
remainder being smooth plaster. Refer item 13.2. No facebrick shall be
13.2 Plaster finishes to be smooth wood trowelled prepared for painting. A selection of
colours will be made available at a later stage.
13.3 It is recommended that the plinth or foundation walling be constructed in
natural stone as per item 13.1. Imitation stone finishes or cladding are not
13.4 All window and door apertures shall have 150mm wide x 10mm proud plaster
bands. A selection of the colours will be made available at a later stage.
14.1 Windows to be side hung casement type, including those incorporated into bay
14.2 “Winblock “ type windows will not be permitted.
14.3 Reflective glass will not be permitted.
14.4 Materials can be hardwood timber or epoxy powder coated heavy duty
aluminium. Purchasers are to take note of the maintenance factor of timber.
14.5 Permissable colours:
– Stained timber – Ebony stain
– Painted timber – Plascon “Bovine” E29-6
– Plascon “Soft Shingles” E30-3
– Epoxy powder coated aluminium – Vedoc “charcoal” code ANP 3055 matt
– Vedoc “black” code VP 8103 matt
15. EXTERNAL DOORS
15.1 The guidelines for windows in section 14 apply including colour selection.
15.2 Ornate carved doors will not be permitted.
15.3 Garage doors shall be of the horizontal sectional overhead fielded panel type,
automation thereof being the choice of the purchaser. Colours will be made
available at a later stage.
16.1 Shutter materials shall match those of the selected doors of the dwelling and must
be fully operational, either externally fixed or the cavity slider type.
16.2 Mock shutters will not be permitted.
17.1 Pergola posts may be masonry, gumpoles or steel, but not a combination of
these. They are to be simple in form and without imitation of Period
architectural styles, colours to match those of the external windows and doors.
17.2 Victorian cast iron “Broekie lace” and timber filigree will not be permitted.
17.3 Horizontal laths may be fixed to the underside of pergola structures.
17.4 Canvas type awnings, whether of the retractable type or not will not be
18. TIMBER DECKS
18.1 Supports may be of the following types:
– timber posts – double or single
– natural stone piers
– tanalith treated gumpoles
19.1 Balconies are to be finished in natural materials of neutral shades, such as
tinted screed, natural stone, slate Indian sandstone.
20.1 Balustrades shall be constructed from either hardwood timber or stainless
steel, simple in design, without ornamentation and in accordance with those in
the 3-D prototype dwellings.
20.2 Individual designs are subject to the approval of the Architectural Review
21. BURGLAR BARS / SECURITY
21.1 If required, designs should be simple. Ornate detail will not be permitted.
21.2 All designs are subject to review by the Architectural Review Committee.
21.3 No external burglar bars are permitted, including Trellidor type installations.
21.4 As the entire estate has an electrified perimeter fence and an entrance guard
house, the need for additional security measures is at the sole discretion of the
21.5 Siren type electronic security systems are not permitted as the noise
factor will traumatise the existing wildlife.
21.6 Every purchaser shall install an alarm fitted in their dwellings linked to the
gatehouse security office.
22. WASTE AND SOIL PIPES
22.1 All drainage pipes except for low level stub stacks are to be concealed within
walls, unless located within enclosed courtyards or suitably sized ducts.
23. EXTERNAL WORKS
23.1 No single retaining wall should exceed 1.8m in height. Retaining walls which
exceed this height shall be terraced. Materials of retaining walls shall be
“packed” natural stone with a reinforced concrete core or with stone facings to
a brick “backup” wall.
23.2 Banked or logged earth may also be used at changes of level and may not
exceed 1.8m in height. These banks shall be between 1:1 and 1:2 gradient and
re-planted with the indigenous vegetation of the area.
23.3 Finishes permitted on walkways, terraces and driveways can be either tinted screed,
cobble stones, river stones or clay brick pavers.
24. PERIMETER FENCES, BOUNDARY WALLS AND YARD WALLS
24.1 Perimeter fencing and boundary walls to individual erven are not permitted.
24.2 Erf walling, either plastered or stone or both with plastered coping shall be
restricted to kitchen yard areas and pool enclosures only.
24.3 No pets of any description are permitted.
25. VEHICULAR ACCESS
25.1 The overall site layout has been designed to predominately provide for rear
access to the individual sites, with main spaces oriented towards sea views
and/or green belts at the front.
25.2 Vehicular access location(s) to the site will be as shown on the Site
25.3 Refer item 23.3.
25.4 Two visitors parking bays are to be provided on each erf in addition to
25.5 Driveways are to be left open to allow vehicles to turn.
26. OUTDOOR LIGHTING
26.1 External lighting must be low level and unobtrusive.
26.2 Lighting is to be provided by the purchaser at the vehicle entrance to his/her
26.3 No external accent lighting will be allowed.
27. LAUNDRY AND REFUSE AREAS
27.1 Laundry and refuse storage should remain fully concealed within
kitchen yards. Refer item 24.2.
28. SITE CLEARING
28.1 No trees or vegetation on each erf may be removed without the approval of the
Architectural Review Committee.
28.2 Damage to trees and vegetation on any erf will be subject to penalties in
accordance with the Environmental Management Plan.
28.3 Damage to trees and vegetation on common property will be subject to
penalties in accordance with the Environmental Management Plan.
29.1 The intention in the greater landscape design and construction of this eco
estate is to preserve and perpetuate the unique pattern of the existing
29.2 The layout of erven and roads dissipates their impact in terms of landform and
tree and rock outcrop retention. Verge rehabilitation and residential garden
spaces within the erven shall integrate the various components within the
29.3 In order to maintain continuity in the overall landscape character, owners of
erven are required to design, implement and rehabilitate the natural vegetation
around their dwelling in accordance with certain conditions, specifications and
Lawns and future planting will be restricted to courtyard areas.
29.4 In this way the collective landscape theme will be realised for the appreciation
and benefit of all.
– A landscape plan for the garden of an erf is to accompany the building plan
at submission stage for the approval by the Architectural Review
– A maximum 50% of the erf area remaining after the dwelling construction
may be cultivated as a garden. The remainder must be rehabilitated using
the existing plant/vegetation speciesas recommended in Addendum A.
– This plan shall be to a scale of 1:100 and shall show the following:
– Adjacent areas of private open space.
– All grading, retaining and terracing intended to be undertaken, including
gradients and structural elements.
– All plant material, species, numbers, spacing and size, including grass
species for lawns and must conform with the restrictions in plant choice
given in these guidelines.
– All paving, water features, swimming pools, pumps and filters and any other
structural elements must be indicated and the intended finishes specified.
This must include details of stormwater disposal and elevations where
– An irrigation layout if applicable.
– The gardening and landscape rehabilitation activities of the erf purchaser
shall be confined to the boundaries of the erf.
– No extension of an erf’s garden into an immediately adjacent area of private
open space will be permitted. This includes, irrigation, plantings, storage,
fencing, pool equipment, earth mounds or portions of embankments or cut
– No tree, landscaping or other plantings may be removed from anywhere
outside the boundaries of an erf, without the consent of the Kenton Eco
Estate Home Owners Association and DWERF
– No declared invasive alien plants, trees, shrubs and grasses are permitted
within the estate and may not be cultivated in erf gardens. This excludes any
– Invasive alien vegetation clearance on any undeveloped erf, remains the
responsibility of the purchaser and must be undertaken on a quarterly basis,
failing which, the Kenton Eco Estate Home Owners Association will
undertake the clearance at the erf purchaser’s cost.
29.7 Plant species not permitted:
– Any undeclared invasive alien plants or trees
– Kikuyu, (pennisetum clandestinium)
– Palm trees
– Any species of Agave
– Any species of Cacti. This does not include indigenous succulents.
29.8 Refer Addendum A for recommended tree and plant species.
29.9 Hard landscaping
– Hard landscaping surfaces i.e. brick paving, tiling, etc, around dwellings will
not be permitted to cover the entire erf. Cumulatively, paving shall not
cover more than 25% of each erf’s area.
30. SWIMMING POOLS
30.1 The maximum area of swimming pools shall be 12m². The purpose of limiting
the size of the pools is to minimise cut and fill of the erven.
30.2 Backwash from the filter is to be dealt with in accordance with local authority
30.3 Swimming pool pumps must be screened from view. The position of the
pump is subject to approval by the Architectural Review Committee.
30.4 Swimming pools may be constructed outside building lines.
31. WATER CONNECTION
31.1 The water supply to each erf shall be a 25mm connection.
32.1 Rainwater runoff is to be controlled so as to feed into a mandatory water
reservoir, minimum capacity 50 000 litres.
32.2 Remaining rainwater runoff to be clearly indicated on the building plans.
33. RAINWATER GOODS
33.1 Rainwater goods to be pre-coated aluminium, ogee pattern, colour to match the external doors and windows.
34. LETTERING AND SIGNS
34.1 No illuminated signage will be permitted.
34.2 Lettering or numbers are to be a maximum of 150mm in height.
34.3 Font type – Arial
35.1 Television aerials and/or satellite dishes are to be positioned as discreetly as possible subject to the approval of the Architectural Review Committee.
35.2 Carports may be erected over the parking bays and will be subject to the approval of
the Architectural Review Committee. The design of carports with lath covering
shall be integrated with the architectural language of the dwelling.
Botanical Name: Vernacular Name:
Acacia karroo Sweet Thorn
Acokanthera oblongifolia Dune Poison Bush
Acokanthera oppositifolia Common Poison Bush
Allophylus natalensis Dune False Currant
Apodytes dimidiata White Pear
Bersama lucens Glossy White Ash
Brachylaena discolor Wild Silver Oak
Calodendrum capense Cape Chestnut
Cassine aethiopica Bushveld Cherry
Clausena anisata Perdepis
Combretum caffrum Cape Bush Willow
Cordia caffra Septee
Cussonia spicata Common Cabbage Tree
Dombeya cymosa Natal Wild Pear
Dovyalis caffra Kei Apple
Dovyalis rotundifolia Dune dovyalis
Ficus capensis Broom-cluster fig
Harpephyllum caffrum Wild Plum
Hippobromus pauciflorus Horcewood
Maerua caffra Bush Cherry
Mimusops caffra Coastal Red Milkwood
Olea africana Wild Olive
Pavetta revoluta Dune Bride’s Bush
Pittosporum viridiflorum Cheesewood
Protorus longifolia Red Beech
Ptaeroxylon obliquum Sneezewood
Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus Cherrywood
Rhus pyroides Common Wild Currant
Schotia afra Karroo Boer-bean
Schotia brachypetala Weeping Boer-bean
Schotia latofolia Bush Boer-bean
Sideroxylon inerme White Milkwood
Tarchonanthus camphoratus Wild Camphot Bush
Vepris lanceolata White Iron wood
Zanthoxylum capense Small Knobwood
Accent or sculptural form plants
Aloe Africana Coastal Aloe
Aloe Ferox Bitter Aloe
Dracaena aletriformis Dragon trees
Encephalartos altensteini Eastern Cape Cycad
Strelitzia reginae Crane flower
Barrier and Windbreaks
Azima tetracatha Needlebush
Brachelaena discolour Coastal silver oak
Carissa macrocarpa Num-num
Cassinopsis ilicifolia Lemon thorn
Diospyros dichrophylla Star apple
Dovyalis caffra Kei-apple
Gymnosporia buxifolia Spike thorn
Lycium afrum Kraal honey-thorn
Rhus Crenata Dune crowberry
Scutia myrtina Cat -thorn
Tarchonanthus caphoratus Wild Campher Bush
Barleria obtusa Bush violet
Crassula ovata Pink Joy
Carissa bispinosa Small Num-num
Chrysanthemoides monilifera Bush tick berry
Dietes grandiflora Fairy iris
Ehretia rigida Puzzle bush
Eugenia capensis Dune myrtle
Helichrysum teretiflium Teretifolium Dune shrub everlasting
Hypoestes aristata Ribbon bush
Leonotis leonorus Wild dagga
Leonotis ocymifolia Wild dagga
Metalais muricata White bristle bush
Passerina rigida Seekoppies gonna
Plumbago auriculata cape leadwort
Polygla fruticosa September bush
Salvia africana-lutea Dune Salvia
Scaevola plumeiri Seeplakkie
Sclerochiton harveyanus Blue lips
Tecoma capensis Cape honeysuckle
Asparagus plumosus Asparagus Fern
Delairea odorata Cape ivy
Jasminum multipartum Wild jasmin
Jasminum angulare Starry jasmin
Agapanthus africanus Small agapanthus
Clivia miniata Bush lily
Freesia laxa freesia
Haemanthus albiflos Paint brush
Scadoxus puniceus Paint brush
Velthemica bracteata Forest lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica Arum lily
Asparagus densiflorus Emerald Fern
Bulbine frutescens Stalked bulbine
Carpobrotus edulis Sour fig
Chlorophytum comosum Hen-and-chicken
Gazania kre ebsiana
Gazania rigens Trailing gazania
Osteospermum fruticosum Trailing daisy
Pelargonium various species
Plectranthus various species
Scabiosa africana Pincushion