How much does a ready-made shack cost?
Ready-made shacks are built of sheets of corrugated iron nailed together on a wooden frame, with one wall containing cutouts for the door and one or two windows.
The average cost, according to Facebook Marketplace, ranges from R3,400 to R3,600. A family-size shack costs about R4,600 to R7,000.
Issac Mguni, a Johannesburg-based shack builder, said ready-made shacks could cost R20,000 to R25,000, depending on size, materials, location and how well it is built.
“Some ready-made shacks are made up of a kitchen, more than one bedroom and a living room. They can house a double bed, wardrobes and have its own electricity box,” he told TimesLIVE.
How long does it take to build a shack?
Tebogo Johane, a Mabopane-based shack builder, told TimesLIVE a bachelor pad shack can take a day-and-a-half to build. Building a three-bedroom structure could take about a week — a fraction of the time it would take to construct a brick dwelling.
“I make them [shacks] the same height as a regular house and I build them in such a way that a full ceiling can be installed. They can have bathrooms and a kitchen, a garage, whatever my client wants,” he said.
The most important factors to consider when building a shack is to make sure it is rat and leak proof.
“I paint carbolineum oil on the wood before I use it. The way I link the sheets as well. Mine are able to withstand heavy rain and won’t budge because of the technique I use of drilling holes into the corners. My work could last five to 10 years,” Johane said.
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