Low Cost Housing Building Program
The first precondition is that the land cost should be
inexpensive or donated government land.
Next large scale or extensive construction is essential
so that the cost of planning, materials and labor can
be absorbed and spread to keep the final building cost
as low as possible.
Finally, rapid disposal through occupation is a must.
Preferably public housing officials control occupancy.
Terms for Construction of Low Cost Housing
Belarms will build on the following terms:
1. Construction is contracted with government entity.
2. Sites that are provided are not too far apart.
3. Building program is for medium to high density.
Preferably 4 or 5 storey structures.
4. Government funded or Belarms provides funding.
5. Belarms will provide a performance bond.
6. General assumption is project minimum $50 million.
5-storey walkups - quality apartments
Built to an estate configuration so that
landscaping and maintenance can be
provided. Note the solar hot water
heaters between the windows.
4-storey walkups - low cost apartments
This building design permits more
economical reinforced concrete structures.
Basic design is for a stairwell with
2 or 3-bedroom apartments at each level.
Planning Considerations - Low Cost Housing
From the construction perspective it is
essential that zoning issues be resolved
in advance and building permits be issued
Sites should be on solid land with good
drainage as the weight of the structures is
a factor to consider.
As a general rule proximity to public
transport is very important. If the contract
with Belarms is for revolving funding, land
within a kilometre of railway stations
should be reserved for sale to the public.
Land more than a kilometre from a station
will be for rentals (and maybe sales too)
and should have a bus stop nearby.