First we ran into a girl from this project: http://www.live-to-be.com/
- it is a foundation building a youth center.
She is already living there in a yurt while they are building and has the intention to keep on living in the yurt. As she she told us, you may have a temporary living structure on the land for two years. With some structures, such as a yurt, you can convert it to serves another function then living (workshops etc) so there is no problem keeping it on the land. Since they bought it as a foundation with investors, she couldn't say much about financing.
We also went to talk to the family from this project: https://oosterwold.wordpress.com/kavel/
There is a little structure called Oosterwold Pavilion and the signs hanging on the windows said 'for any information about plots or else call # or ring the bell by the house 30m further'. We walked towards the house as we found the parents and their teenage boy fixing bicycles in the shed. They were happy to answer questions.
They said they help people that can't/won't/aren't able to build themselves with making the #Helofytenfilter
, preparation of the land etc. and then added 'but it looks like you won't need that' and was saying it is easy enough to do by yourself. The main reason they help and advice on self building is to make sure no more of that boring nieuwbouw [New suburbia like housing estates] will be realized. Turns out they were big players in making the municipality understand why it is a bad idea to have developers take over an organic project like #Oosterwold
The man's advice was "gewoon doen"[Just do it].
We asked again about financing of nontraditional houses. He just said that many people are already building from #ShippingContainers
or an #Earthship
so the possibilities are there.
We then met another couple who are building all by themselves. They said they are working with a construction supervisor which is worth gold and is guiding them through every step. They assure us that #self-build
is very doable.
They did say that getting all the permits in check and all the inspections, researches and other official stuff is a long and tiring process (and expensive) - you must have everything round and approved before you can actually buy the land. They chose to build a relatively traditional house to avoid even more process (deviation from the construction decree). But it seems like the process has gotten much faster and easier since they started building. They are already in the process for 2.5 years.
We went to see and talk with the people building with shipping containers in the Zeebodemkolonistenweg. They did not seem to have much problems getting all the permits round within 3/4 of a year. The said that not much differs from the construction decree apart of maybe ceiling heights but that is not a problem and is accepted in Oosterwold. Another thing we learned here - it doesn't matter what kind of structure you build you still need to have foundation with polls hammered deep into the ground (heien), and as the guy from the container house said - the foundations of the house are way heavier the the whole structure on top.
(Important tip was to NEVER work with CBOX, which did a terrible job on the cutting and welding and then disappeared without fixing it.)
- All the building plans and permits have to be approved before you can officially buy the land
- There is a mandatory investment into the soil research, architect, foundation etc. before starting the actual building
- People are very helpful and friendly and willing to share their knowledge and experience
- Lots of interesting things are happening there, it made us feel like new settlers :)