Using Self-Build As A Volume House Building Solution?? Dissertation Help Please....thanks
Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:17 PM
I am currently a third year student at Leeds Metropolitan University studying Architectural Technology. I am sorry if this should not go in this section but I was unsure as where to put it.
I am writing a dissertation which hopes to answer the question â€˜Can self-build be used as a volume house building solution to solve the UK housing shortage?â€™.
For my primary research I am looking for people who are interested in moving house and also people that would be interested in using self-build for themselves.
There are twenty questions in my questionnaire and it should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete.
Your help with this matter would be hugely appreciated and as a thank you and if you are interested I will send an electronic copy of my dissertation once marked (June time) to anyone who completes the questionnaire and e-mails me at email@example.com. Or alternatively write your e-mail below.
SURVEY LINK - https://www.surveymo...HousingShortage
Again thank you very much,
Posted 22 February 2011 - 02:30 PM
Take a look at what happens in other countries like Belgium. Over there I believe 80% of new houses are built either by or for the first owner. Only 20% are built speculatively. The result is higher quality houses in my opinion.
Biggest self build show in Europe is Batibouw (24 February to 6 March 2011 at Brussels Expo). It's massive compared to UK self build shows. There are usually 13 large halls.
Posted 23 February 2011 - 10:13 AM
To the posts above I shall take a look at Belgium, it will be great for comparing the UK to other European countries, it sounds very interesting.
Posted 23 February 2011 - 10:42 AM
I lived in Belgium for some years. I worked for an electronics company. Many of the young graduate engineers in their 20's worked 8am-4pm then rushed home to build a house literally with their own hands. It's traditional for families to help each other build there own so some were helping brothers and sisters. They have a saying that they are "born with a brick in their stomach".
The size and quality of houses they were building were stunning compared to what someone that age could afford in the UK....solid concrete first floors, basements, arched doors and windows, walled gardens, detailed brickwork. Sure not everyone can afford it but even the council/social housing look much better. I regret not taking pictures - only have a few of the house we lived in.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:09 PM
Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:43 AM
As well as Belgium, also worth having a look at Germany. I used to go there regularly and many houses in urban areas were 'self builds'. Basically the set up seemed to be that once you had a plot, your neighbours would help you build your house. Then when one of your neighbours got a plot, you in turn would help them. Saved loads of money and helps sustain very strong communities. One big advantage the Germans had was that they lived in same area for a long time, as did their kids and relations, so that basic community structure was already there. In UK many people have no links to the area they live in so the community structures are much weaker.
Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:45 AM
Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:23 AM
If other people could continue to do the survey I would be very grateful, not yet got the numbers that I was hoping for but it is going well!!
Thanks for the input on the German and Belgium insight they will be a great source of info.....I have found that the UK is greatly behind with self building with around a mere 12% whereas most other European countries have very high levels of self build like Austrian and scandinavian homes are build as self built between 80-50%. A massive difference. But it will be much easier in those countries due to the amount of available land and also less housing development companies.
I found a great report on self build report from NaSBA which is what I am basing basing my dis on (the titles are very similar!!), if you are interested it is http://www.nasba.org...nal_version.pdf gives a good insight into th problem.
Anyone who hasn't done the survey, continue taking the it, THANK YOU.