Category: Building & Construction Business

Start a Heavy Equipment / Machinery Business

Heavy equipment, heavy machinery or earthmoving equipment refers to heavy-duty vehicles, specially designed for executing construction tasks, most frequently ones involving earthwork operations or other large construction tasks. The heavy equipment business is the process of manufacturing, selling or hiring out heavy equipment such as excavators, backhoe loaders, motor graders, trenchers, bulldozers, mining trucks etc. For the service business see Earthworks. Target Market This business serves other business (construction companies, mining companies), i.e. this is a […]

Start a Gabion Business

A gabion is a cage, basket, cylinder, or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building and landscaping. The purpose of the gabion is prevent soil erosion and to retain and contain soil particles. A gabion business makes, sells and installs gabion cages, as well as offer gabion cage design, repair services as well as building and installation of retaining wall systems. Target Market This business is a […]

Start a Dado Rail Business

A dado rail, also known as a chair rail is a type of moulding (typically one bar or a series of bars) that is attached to the wall around the perimeter of a room. A dado rail business manufactures and sells dado rails. There are two purposes for using a dado rail: decorative and protective. Business Models Dado rail manufacture and wholesale business Dodo rail, import, distribution and wholesale business Dado rail supply business Dado […]

Can Houses Be Cheaply Mass Produced in SA?

Housing is a big issue in SA. Some people will wait – all the while living in a squatter camp – 50 years on the “waiting list” to get a substandard RDP house in a shitty area while others will wait until they die for the government to give them a house.  All the while many could probably have been able to build a house via their own efforts if they didn’t drink out all […]

The Only Property Business I Will Start Right Now

Currently learning a high value skill is still the best option.  But I always want to look at property and if it is possible to unlock cheap land of which there are lots of in SA. Why? because property remains a easy dumb way to make money as opposed to the strenuous mental task of say learning to code proficiently. As stated last time to get traction in a traditional small business in the current environment […]

Start an Office to Residential Property Conversion Business

Office to residential conversion is the business of turning commercial spaces into residential, so people live there instead of doing business. We woke up to news on Monday that Growthpoint  was turning the Riverwoods office park in Bedfordview into apartments. Growthpoint did not even bother to break out this property’s vacancy rates in their last two annual reports with the consensus being that it is “almost empty”. This moved surprised nobody as the writing has been on […]

Start a Property Conversion Business

Property conversion (not to be confused with the law with the same name), is the act of taking a type of property and converting it for another use. This can be as simple a residential to commercial conversion (or vice versa) or a more radical such as warehouse to entertainment venue conversion. I will be looking at it here as a whole and then popular ones will be looked at individually. The Opportunity ZA permabears […]

Start a Modular / Prefab House Business

A modular or prefab house is a house which is manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. Today we will look at the lower end of the market building using cement fiber board better known by its local trade name “Nutec”. Nutec is an economical alternative to brick and plaster construction, however due to local inefficiencies this cost benefit is not realised. And that is the problem that […]

Start an Insulation Business

The insulation business is the manufacture, trade in and installation of materials used to insulate buildings, walls, geysers or even pipes. Market Opportunity Insulation is needed in various situations: Thermal insulation, use of materials to reduce rates of heat transfer Building insulation, thermal insulation added to buildings for comfort and energy efficiency Insulated siding, home siding that includes rigid foam insulation Insulated glazing, a thermally insulating window construction Soundproofing, also known as acoustic insulation, any means […]

Start a Geofoam Company

Geofoam is expanded polystyrene (EPS) or extruded polystyrene (XPS) manufactured into large lightweight blocks. The primary function of geofoam is to provide a lightweight void fill for construction on soft ground (highway, bridge approach, embankment or parking lot, etc.). EPS Geofoam minimizes settlement on underground utilities. Geofoam is also used in much broader applications, including lightweight fill, green roof fill, compressible inclusions, thermal insulation, and (when appropriately formed) drainage. Now last time when we looked […]

Start a Steel Roof Sheeting Manufacturing Company

A roof sheet manufacturing business manufactures roof sheets in various configurations (corrugated, inverted box rib, concealed fix etc.). This business involves buying the rolls of flat sheet metal from a manufacturer such as Mittal and then fabricating, cutting it to size and then reselling it to a building supply company, hardware stores or even directly to the trade. Getting Started This business requires a roll forming machine and a metal guillotine to get started, and […]

Buy & Sell Concrete Blocks and Clay Bricks

Many people either want to build a new house or extending an existing one. If there is not a brick supply company in your area, you can act as a agent by buying, adding a markup and supplying people in your area with concrete blocks and clay bricks. Business Model This is a retail business model where you buy the brick add a profit and resell it. You don’t have to hold stock, you can just keep samples […]

Start a Clay Brick Manufacturing Business

Earlier today we looked at concrete blocks, now we’ll look at the traditional clay brick. Clay bricks are a popular building material used to make walls and other elements in construction. Bricks are produced in numerous classes, types, materials, and sizes. Two basic categories of bricks are fired and non-fired bricks (there is also another type called chemically set). Fired bricks are one of the longest-lasting and strongest building materials. In South Africa the most […]

Start a Сoncrete Block Making Business

Despite difficult economic conditions in our country, the South African construction sector is still growing. There are large buildings and houses being built in many of SA’s large cities. And most will need bricks to build with. In this two part series I will look at making concrete blocks (also known as cinder blocks) and clay bricks. A concrete block business has a lower startup cost, lower margins and more competition, a clay brick business […]

Start a Small Construction Company

A small construction company which consists of a team of decent and skilled workers, can offer construction services in small towns of South Africa like building private homes, garages, etc. Market Need A real estate market in South Africa is booming like never before. A lot of big construction companies work primarily in big cities like Cape Town or Johannesburg. They’re building high-rises. On the other hand, there is a market for small construction companies […]

Buy & Sell Secondhand Building Materials

When looking to start a sustainable and profitable business sometimes you have to look hard to spot opportunities. However there are certain themes that you can follow that makes the process a safer bet. You have to remember you won’t always be able to start a business that you want; this is because no one is going to provide you with capital in the startup phase. Most times you have to start a business that […]

Start Your Own Wall Cladding Business

Wall cladding is decorative paneling added to enhance the look of a wall. Start your own business installing wall paneling. The business Wall cladding or paneling is part of the home décor and interior decoration business. It is used in both domestic and commercial settings. When you purchase wall paneling you will usually be charged per square meter (m2) and to keep things simple this is how you should charge for your service as well. […]

Make & Sell Paving Bricks

Paving bricks or “pavers” are thin, flat stones designed for use in paving projects such as walkways, patios, and driveways. Start your own business making and selling paving bricks. Getting started The most cost effective way to get started in this business is to make concrete paving bricks, which requires concrete and a mould. Moulds you can pick up for a few hundred rand. Concrete moulds currently on the market include various designs such as: […]

Make and Sell Stumbelblocs

Stumbelblocks are concrete blocks that were invented to give anyone with limited skills and limited means the opportunity to build their own home in a cost effective way. The interlocking building blocks are made with the Stumbelbloc plastic moulds, which are simply filled with a concrete mix and left to dry. When removed from the mould, an accurate hollow-core block is created. They also sell the moulds to make these interlocking blocks so you can […]