AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, kapstyl roof-truss + huis house.
A temporary dwelling evolved by Cape frontiersmen, and built on an A-frame design with thatched roof extending to the ground in lieu of walls. Also partial translation of kapstyl house.See also hartebeest house (hartebeestadjective).
1969D. ChildYesterday’s Children 113The kapsteilhuis..looked like a thatched roof standing directly on the ground.
1970J. Walton inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.I. 541In the Western Province..one type of roof house, the ‘kapstylhuis’, is still quite common...In its simplest form the Puntjie kapstylhuis has no walls and is..nothing more than the roof of a Cape house built at ground-level...Inside, the kapstylhuis is divided by a simple partition into a bedroom and a living-room.
1971D.F. Kokot inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.IV. 101At the Duiwenhoks mouth is situated the picturesque settlement of Puntjie, containing the largest collection of ‘kapstylhuise’ in the country.
1983S. Afr. Panorama Apr. 21A much earlier dwelling is the kapstyl house which can still be seen in the Riversdale area. Indigenous saplings of wild olive or thorn trees form the A-frame which is thatched with reed or bulrushes to ground level.
1989Weekend Post 7 Oct. (Leisure) 3On the drawing board are plans for a shepherd’s kapstylhuis.
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