Homehaus | 1st May 2013 | By: Homehaus

Dutch City Leads the Way in Affordable Self-Build Scheme

Dutch City Leads the Way in Affordable Self-Build Scheme

An innovative scheme to encourage self-build as an option for first time homeowners has been launched in The Netherlands.

The Dutch city of Nijmegen has joined forces with more than 20 local architectural practices to offer residents the chance to build their own high quality ‘flat pack’ house.

The Ik bouw betaalbaar Nijmegen (I build affordable in Nijmegen) scheme has so far designated 30 plots in the Vossenpels district for potential buyers who qualify for the scheme. Anyone with an annual income of between €30,000 and €47,000 (£25,600 and £40,200) is eligible to apply for the IbbN loan and can choose from 29 designs featured in the IbbN catalogue.

Each house is formed from a prefabricated system and completed buildings are suitable for small families, either with two or three bedrooms and available as detached, semi-detached or terraced homes. 

As well as giving lower income families and individuals more choice in terms of quality housing, the scheme has also boosted work opportunities for local architects.

The scheme is modelled on another Dutch  self-build success story in the city of Almere, where hundreds of new one-off homes have been built by residents since 2006.

The Royal Institute of Architects recently held a talk about the practice of residential groups working together with architects to develop urban housing. The model - known in Argentina where it was first pioneered as 'Fideicomiso' - was one of the topics on the organisation's Spring Season programme: 'Ideas to Change British Architecture' and discussed as a possible way of creating new, original developments in the UK.

Photo Credits:

Deckhuis: eXs Architects

SmaakvolBouwen.nl: Bendien/Wierenga architecten