Victorian profile corrugated sheeting on pitched roofs.
Clip-lok’ or IBR roofing is acceptable if not visible from the street and only on roofs with a pitch less than 5˚ and if hidden behind a horizontal parapet wall.
Sympathetic use of colour.
Roofs that overhang end gables should extend no more than 100mm. Overhang of horizontal eaves should be similarly limited.
The pitch of the roof is an important part of the overall appearance of the building. Many roofs have a reasonably high pitch to cater for storage space and/ or loft living.
Main Structure—Pitched Roof: Minimum 30˚; maximum: 45˚.
Varying from 3˚ – 15˚. Any main roof with a pitch of less than 15˚ should be hidden behind a horizontal parapet wall, especially when visible from the street.
Verandas: 3˚ – 15˚.
Many of the older houses in De Rust are built from mud bricks and therefore are plastered and painted.
This is the main reason that the use of face-brick and un-plastered walls are not aesthetically acceptable.
Plastered and painted brickwork – smooth, traditional sponged or stippled plaster.
Sympathetic use of colour.
No face brick, fibre-cement, pre-cast concrete or any unfinished material.
Verandas are an important feature of Oudtshoorn/De Rust’s streetscape. They were predominantly intended to protect the main house from weather elements.
The Main Features Are:
When alterations are made, the re-opening of any previously enclosed street-facing veranda is encouraged.
Verandas may be enclosed with burglar bars which are painted a dark colour and are plain not ornate.
Windows and doors are important features and should be sympathetic to the overall design of the building.
The main features are:
Vertically proportioned windows and doors. Any horizontal proportioned windows should be set back from the primary plane and not be visible from the street. Multiple windows can be separated by masonry columns to achieve vertical proportions.
Timber pole structures are discouraged. Construction in steel or timber. Timber can be oiled and painted. All steel to be painted
Paint external woodwork which will protect the wood. External hardwood such as teak or oak should not be painted, rather it should be treated.
Since lofts were generally used for storage, dormer windows were not a feature of early architecture.
With the contemporary conversion of lofts to living areas, light and ventilation have become requirements. To achieve this, skylight windows are encouraged. However, should dormer windows be a desired option, they should be:
Chimneys should relate to the building’s design and proportions.
Boundary walls and fences are an important aspect of a building’s presentation in a streetscape. In order to maintain the ambience of Oudtshoorn/De Rust, it is vital to avoid, and where possible reverse, the prevailing trend towards enclosing buildings behind high walls for security reasons.
Visually Permeable (not more than 30% solid) Street Side:
While the positioning of installations such as external geysers and rainwater tanks is often prescribed by practical considerations, it is recommended that:
Certain indigenous tree species are legally protected by the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) and may not be removed without a permit. In addition, the NHRA provides protection for other indigenous and non-indigenous mature trees (e.g. English oaks) that qualify as significant in their context.
Signage can have a big impact on the aesthetics of a building or location, either enhancing or detracting from it. It is important that it should be sympathetic in style and in proportion with its surroundings, and convey its information without undue boldness.
Signs should never cover up or detract from historical or architectural features.