TOB 202 Aug/Sep 2017

Building what is ‘adequate’ rather than what is ‘required’

The Owner Builder 202 August/September 2017 is on sale nationwide from 1 August 2017.

Just how we go about preserving this right to adequate – and affordable – housing is a question being debated on a daily basis by politicians, academics and the media. I am no expert, but I do believe that being able to build your own home is one way of meeting this goal. Owner builders tend to be more in tune with building what is ‘adequate’ rather than what is ‘required’ by the market; encouraging this way of thinking is key to successfully housing a rapidly growing population.

In this issue, a number of owner builders share their version of this ‘adequate’ thinking with us: backyard studio, bus conversion, relocated home, suburban retreat – all of them recycling and upcycling materials while creating spaces suitable to their own needs. See the website for more details.

The extract article this issue is a marvellous backyard studio retreat built by a Year 8 student, with almost all of the building materials either salvaged from the roadside or skips, or from friends who had material that they wanted to get rid off. The full article can be viewed on our website:  ‘Backyard studio‘, as well as in the Sample Issue Extract.



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