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The Self-Build ExperienceInstitutionalisation, Place-Making and City Building$
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Willem Salet, Camila D'Ottaviano, Stan Majoor, and Daniel Bossuyt

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348429

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348429.001.0001

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Residents’ experiences of self-build housing

Residents’ experiences of self-build housing

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(p.143) 8 Residents’ experiences of self-build housing
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The Self-Build Experience
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Daniël Bossuyt

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447348429.003.0008

This chapter is concerned with why people assume the responsibility for building their own home and how they fulfil that role in the context of the Homeruskwartier in Almere in the Netherlands. It considers the rationales and design strategies self-builders employ, as well as how this interacts with the regulatory framework imposed by the municipality. The chapter draws upon a mixed methodology, combining quantitative survey data with in-depth interviews. The chapter concludes that there is a wide range of rationales and strategies employed by self-builders in the Almere Homeruskwartier. While some self-builders employ architects, others opt for using catalogue-builders or DIY. Customization and financial motives are both found to be particularly salient. Rather than delimiting creativity and imagination, residents feel the regulatory framework created a sense of possibility and security. Planners must take into account the multi-dimensional nature of the self-built home when developing form-based codes. Further research on self-organized housing provision should refrain from studying self-building practices in isolation, but engage with its relation to structuring institutional and economic logics.

Keywords:   self-build housing, housing choice, housing production, property development, Almere, Homeruskwartier

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