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Posted by  Peter Camilleri on February 18, 2003 at 14:10:46:

In Reply to:  Re: Low Cost Housing posted by Gary R on February 18, 2003 at 14:09:26:


Thank you for your comments. You have raised some very good points.

This design that I have been working on has been evolving over the last five years. The first design based around a 10 metre (33 feet) by 20 metre (66 feet) four bedroom house. I also designed around 2.7 metre (9 foot) ceilings. This is one foot above the standard eight foot ceilings used in Australia. This house was beautiful, spacious and luxurious. While two thirds through this design I traveled through Bangkok, Phuket, Indonesia and Bali. In my travels I found that besides the extraordinary price tag that would be attached to the house I also found that the land allotment sizes that were allocated to these people were also not large enough to build these houses upon. While in Bali I did extensive research among the locals to find out what a suitable size of house would be. In Bali the standard land size allotment is 10 metre by 10 metres and the standard houses that they build are 6 metres by 8 metres.

Please believe me when I tell you that it is not my intention to supply and build ghetos. It is though my intention to supply something that people can afford. Remembering that everything that goes into a house is purchased by the square metre is is simple to understand that the price would also be reflective of the amount of square metres within the house. This system that I have designed is flexible enough to be adapted to any size of house to create as many square metres as you require. Furthermore, a larger house requires a larger block to build this house upon. Unfortunately like building property is also usually purchased by the square metre and thus requiring more money again.

I know that it is a good attitude to take in design that we should look at the ideal sizes and design the cheapest alternative for that size. But what is to happen when the price of that ideal size is the equavilent of two lifetimes wages. We are then posed with two alternatives.

1. Wait two liftimes to build shelter; or
2. Build smaller shelter that people can afford.

I am happy to hear from you in relation to this subject and any sizes of house you could recommend would be appreciated. Finally, please also remember that this is only the first design in a series of designs which shall incorporate more sizes and prices to match.

Yours Faithfully,

Peter C

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