Light Steel Frame Structures – Cape Town, South Africa

Jan 18, 2012 47 Comments by

Light Frame Homes, based in Brackenfell Cape Town, have been involved with light steel frame structures for over 5 years now. They provide a turn-key solution for the home owner looking to benefit from advanced building methods utilising building materials that are able to provide high performance to their structures.

From roll-forming the steel reels through to the erection of the frames on site, LFH are able to service and clad the structure to meet and exceed requirements that have currently been set out in the SANS 204 Energy Efficiency code (currently still out for public comment). From residential through to large-scale packaging facilities, LFH have an energetic team able to provide solutions from simple smaller structures through to multi-million rand facilities.

“Brackenfell House” was designed originally as part of the Othello residential development under LFH’s parent company, Lance Dickson Developments. The idea to construct the very same unit (built out of conventional brick masonry) out of light frame steel was the task LFH were instructed with. Questions such as time of construction & cost were soon to be answered. For examples of a housing estate in Johannesburg of light steel frame houses, click here

The double storey light frame steel unit was completed in just 9 weeks as compared to the 16 weeks for the conventional method of construction. Both houses won national building awards as testament to the quality of construction shown with both house types. Internally, the light frame steel house was lined with gypsum boards with only the internal fireplace constructed in conventional brick masonry. Externally Nutec Fibre cement flat sheets were used and flush painted to form a smooth external finish. OSB boards were used as backing to the 9mm Nutec flat sheets and also to provide a thermal break between the external and internal environment. A timber staircase, designer kitchen layout, tiled flooring on the ground floor with carpet flooring upstairs, fitted with up-market finishes through out, the light steel frame house provides the occupant with consistent room temperature and style that remains contemporary even by today’s standards.


The end result was a great success. Going back to the questions asked earlier, with regards to time and cost of construction – The light steel frame house took 40% quicker to build and with feedback 4 years later, the crew reckon they could cut that down to at least 50% of time-saving. Cost-wise, the saving was marginal, in the region of 5-10% “dependant on the skill level and competency of the contractor…” according to LFH.

This non-the-less set a precedent for high performance structures of the future, being built “today”…

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Brendan Lowen is a qualified Senior Architectural Technologist and Head of Business Development for a nationally renown building materials manufacturer and supplier. Local and Global materials are constantly scrutinised for their fit-for-purpose offering in South Africa, whilst undergoing a route-to-market analysis. He often acts as an intermediary when engaging with the professional, manufacturing and retail sectors and most notably, when a disconnect becomes present within this chain. He contributes media content to the architectural community, through established industry platforms as well as the Advanced-Building website as its Thought Leader.

47 Responses to “Light Steel Frame Structures – Cape Town, South Africa”

  1. Interview with Trevor Abrahams, LSF Construction says:

    […] you worked at Light Frame Homes in Cape Town, they were renowned for breaking new ground in lightweight construction and their factory was […]

  2. Dixon says:

    i need to know how much it costs to build a home of this nature -(Brackenham)

  3. Leon Hendricks says:

    How much does it cost to build a house like this? Leon

    • Advanced Building says:

      Hi Leon,

      Price-wise LSF is not much cheaper than conventional (5-10% max) but from performance, insulation, ext.. as well as speed of construction, you will be utilising your renovation in quicker time and enjoying the benefits of a better performing structure. Best is to contact an accredited light steel frame contractor for assistance and comparisons. Email the website should you wish to contact such a builder.

    • CJ GABRIELS says:

      Please i want more information about the light steel houses
      how is it gonna cost me.

  4. Reff says:

    How much did the steel cost wit dat house pls tel me numbers,only the steel

  5. LizelleM says:

    Please send me your contact details.

  6. Jacques Burba says:

    Hi,want to no more(prices,plans)Gordonsbay

  7. Danie Janse van Rensburg says:

    Hi I would like to get the contact bdetail of a certified LSF builder in Cape Town.


  8. T0715 ink says:

    whoah this weblog is fantastic i really like reading your articles.
    Stay up the great work! You know, a lot of persons are searching around for
    this info, you can help them greatly.

  9. Morati says:

    hi can you put me in touch with the certified LSF builder around Gauteng , I need to know more about this construction, more especially the price

    • Advanced Building says:

      Hi there,

      Please refer to the SASFA logo on the associations “page”. There are certified builders per region on the website and you will have access to numerous with the Gauteng region.

      Trust this is of assistance,

      Advanced Building

  10. Jeff Mostert says:


    Can you please give me an estimate price of the house as indicated.


  11. Riedwaan Toyer says:

    Can you recommend a builder who specialise in steelframing renovation in my home.

  12. nathan says:

    hello there

    how would i become a credited installer in the cape town area..

    we are currently a loft and timber structure specialists.

    I hope you can point me in the right way…

    thanks nathan.

  13. Ann Laros says:

    Could You please get me in touch with a person near the Tokai (southern suburbs) area that could do this building for us.

  14. gabriel says:

    kindly supply me with data regarding light steel structure construction firms on the west coast [vredenburg and surrounds]
    in Christ
    gabriel smit

  15. kabel nthoana says:

    i would like to build this kind of house how much will it cost me and do you build in jhb ?

  16. Brent Amos says:


    I am very interested in building a house with these structures.
    Who can I contact for more information – preferred area Brackenfell – Cape Town.


  17. Hester Verwey says:


    I am looking at building a Granny flat and a braai room and think that his might be an excellent solution. Are there registered contracters that do these kind of alterations, and where will I go for the house plans? Currently i have basic floorplans . Would like to get an idea of the costs.


  18. Thabo Motlhathudi says:

    Good Afternoon

    Did you manage to find a solution to this

    Kind Regards

  19. jason says:

    how much will it cost to build a house like that ,double garage at the bottom and two rooms with kitchen ,toilet and living room on top

  20. Preena says:

    Want to build double storey in existing house.
    Gordon’s bay.

  21. Ntsikelelo says:

    Hi. Do you guys offer the same type of construction in Durban and surrounding areas? Or is the anyone here who knows a company that can offer the same services in the Durban and surrounding areas, for reasonable fees.


  22. Wajdi Edross says:

    Hello, I am interested in this concept. How affordable is it to build 200m2 light construction home compared to a conventional brick or block home. What process do I follow to apply to do this?

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