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Our aim here at Inhabit Homes is to create high quality, low energy, brilliantly designed homes which are tailored to the needs of each and every person who chooses to live in them.
But, we’ve recently been asking ourselves - is that enough? We’re not sure it is.
So we’ve decided to do more than creating homes, we want to create communities!
One way of doing that is through group custom build. Although a relatively new idea here in the UK, it’s an established practice in other places like the Netherlands. But we’re convinced the idea has potential and can work here in the UK as well.
To learn how it works in the Netherlands, our very own Development Director, Martin McElreavey, spoke to Marcel Kastien of Regie bv, a company that helps groups of people create new homes.
Here’s what he learned…
I've grown up with architecture in my blood (my dad's an architect) and I've had the privilege of working with some truly brilliant architects.
But, as a design-led developer, I fundamentally believe that the way developers and architects interact needs to change – and that will only benefit the end customer!
We are in a post Brexit world now, a result that has shaken the world. And as with any monumental event, there are always challenges as well as opportunities that lie ahead.
In our opinion, the challenges, although there are many, can be summed up in a single word – uncertainty. On the other hand, the biggest opportunity that might arise is the availability of land.
So will Brexit be a period of doom and gloom or will it hail the golden-age of custom and self-build?
What’s your prediction? Here’s ours.
Finding land for sale to start your self-build in London can be nigh on impossible. With your help, things could start to change.
Since April 2016 it has become law for councils to assess the number of people who want to build their own homes. We know this is something a lot of people would love to do.
This is your chance to let the politicians know that there is a demand and that you and people like you want to build your own homes.
If enough of us sign up, we will be able to lobby parliament and councils to release land to people like you.
Now you can easily in the area of London you would like to live in!
There seems to be unanimous support for the idea that we are in a housing crisis. There also seems to be a shared belief that we can simply build our way out of the problem.
But here at Inhabit Homes, we’ve always felt uncomfortable with the idea that simply building 250,000 new homes is a panacea to the pain.
After all, would you be happy to settle for living in a low quality new build with a hefty price tag?
No? Us neither. And neither would most people, a recent RIBA study suggests 75% of us would never wish to live in a new build home.
So what’s the answer? Collaboration!
The housing shortage in London is an issue that we’re all aware of. The question is, what can be done to improve the situation?
We actually attended an interesting roundtable discussion on the subject of housing in the capital, held by LSE London as part of their ‘Accelerating Housing Production in London’ series.
The discussion focused on the role of smaller companies involved in housing, including builders and developers, and asked how these companies could make a difference in the London residential market for the most important people of all – you and people like you!
Gus shares his experiences and his journey on his own self-build journey, creating what has affectionately become known as Zog House.
In fact, it’s as a result of the experiences he underwent while building Zog House that inspired Gus to create Inhabit Homes.
Read about how Gus found the land for sale and how he picked the right architects. And do feel free to share your stories too - we'll publish the best of them! After all, you might inspire or help someone else doing their own self-build.