why timber homes?

we believe that building a petimberhome should be one of your most exciting life experiences.

Take a look at the comments posted by clients on this website as testimony to the importance of our good builder/client relationships. Some of our projects have included building homes via e-mail correspondence, eventually meeting the client with luggage in hand, at the culmination of the project.

But most importantly for us, Timber is a way of living, it’s about the feel and comfort our homes give you.

There are no restraints limiting your imagination & design and we look forward to building your new home together.



  • I have recently completed building a holiday home at Kenton-on-Sea using Ian Smit of PE Timber Homes. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Ian and his team and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone wishing to build a timber frame home.

    I live in Johannesburg, which made the selection of a competent builder an important consideration. Ian provided me with five references and I followed up on all of them before appointing him to build our house. I only managed to get down to site twice during the 38 week construction period and the rest was done by remote with Ian sending me photos on a weekly basis.

    I decided to build a timber frame house for a couple of reasons. The first being that timber frame houses are thermally much more efficient than bricks and mortar. They retain heat in winter and they are cool in the summer months (which is why the majority of the houses in Scandinavia, the USA and Canada are timber frame houses). Not only does this save on electricity, but it is environmentally much more sustainable. The second reason is that we were building on a plot that had a lot of Milkwood trees that we had to build around. We would not have been able to build our house using bricks and mortar as the foundations would have interfered with the trees (which are protected), whereas building a timber framed house allowed us to build in and around the trees.

    We are thrilled with the end result which is nestled amongst the trees and which has a spectacular deck which is being shaded by a large Milkwood which comes up through the middle of the floor.

    Ian runs a top quality operation and if given the chance, I would gladly use him again.

    Alastair Campbell

    Managing Director, Vantage GreenX


    Alastair Campbell
    Managing Director, Vantage GreenX
  • Hi Ian and Susan

    The Cook’s would just like to thank you for the hospitality, professionalism, keen interest paid to the design and implementation of the building of our little place at Paradise Beach.

    I had different ideas which were not very practical and potentially very expensive, but the prospect of building a wooden house really appealed to me once we had time to discuss. I can without doubt say that am not sorry we went this route. The homely comfortable atmosphere that comes with this type of design and types of material cannot be achieved with other structures, in my opinion, and one feels relaxed and always “on holiday” with the warmth and timber fragrance that your design has given us.

    Wood is also in my opinion the preferred material with which to build near the coast, lending itself harm free by the moist air breeze and degradation that salt water can cause, so maintenance is expected to be hassle free and fairly easy. The cost of major foundation work should also be taken into consideration, so where we built on stilts this has really been quick and hassle free.

    We are also impressed with your work ethic and dealing with us over such a long distance, with prompt responses, which really made the process stress free and without any complication and the job was completed on time and as we discussed.

    I can only advise your work strongly to any other potential home owners that wish to use wood, it’s the way we should all build.

    And thanks once again Ian and Susan

    Evan Cook
    Mineral Resources Manager Gold One International Limited
  • Een en twintig jaar gelede het ons ‘n jong seuntjie en ‘n ouer man gesien wat ‘n houthuis gebou het. Ons het gehou van die werk wat hulle gedoen het. Die jong seun het ons huis gebou. Ons was baie gelukkig met die werk wat gedoen is, en ons is nou nog gelukkig met die huis.

    Oom Gerhard
  • Our house was one of the first projects of PE Timberhomes twenty years ago. Since then Ian Smit and his team have completed two more cottages for our children.

    We have always been happy with the work this team has done. We are impressed by their good craftsmanship and meticulous care in using the best materials available. Good management results in a positive team spirit with low personel turnover.

    We also like the way Ian is willing to accommodate the owners’ wishes, and changes which are sometimes made during building.

    The best recommendation for any builder is when he remains a friend after the project is finished. This is what we have experienced with Ian Smit of PE Timberhomes.


    Gerhard and Jeanette Basson, Boknesstrand
  • Hi Ian/Susan

    Here at PLUMFLOW we hear stories daily regarding customers’ experiences with their builders. Unfortunately in most cases these stories have unhappy tones. It is rare to find a person who says “my builder has done a very good job.

    In light of this unfortunate situation it is with great pleasure that my family and I can say: PE TIMBER HOMES HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB!!. Our Log Home at Florence Private Nature Reserve in Thornill is beautiful! You were very professional and dealt with every event that came up during the  building process immediately and to our utmost satisfaction. We love our log home and love you for making one of our dreams such a positive experience. May you and PE TIMBER HOMES continue to experience only success in the years to come.

    Louis, Esther, Emile & Tiaan Naude
    Plumflow, Jeffreys Bay