Build

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Fun Platform.”

The question here was ”If you were the new leader of your country and had the chance to transform something that’s currently an annoyance (or worse) into a very fun activity, what would it be? How would you go about the change, and why would you choose that particular thing?”

I think one of many possible answers is that I find the slow response to our housing crisis MORE than annoying and many things could be done about that but the FUN version would be in helping, guiding and to some extent assisting and certainly encouraging people to get involved in building their own homes and helping each other to do so as this has some advantages

  1. the houses would be more expressive of peoples creative selves
  2. the owners would have far more understanding about how the house works when it comes to maintenance
  3. they could look into ways to make living in their home cheaper (re power etc) and this would be ecologically enlightening
  4. The whole exercise would be empowering and many skills would be learned and people would be truly proud of their neighbourhood
  5. If people built their own houses and neighbours were all helping each other to do so (which did use to be the case) a community would be built in the process, as well as the houses

I do not suggest that this should be the only solution to our housing crisis but it would be nice if it was encouraged rather than obstructed as much as it is in the UK now

The Fun Platform

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  1. i would like to add to this a family story ………….
    Straight after WW2 my newly married parents had to live with my mothers parents in cramped conditions for several years but managed to save a deposit to give to a local builder who was building a new row of houses. They chose the plot because of the tree in what would be the back yard. My father then got very much involved in the building work at weekends (because the builder was friendly) and he tarmaced the road way (with a roller, as he had a license for that due to the war) and helped with many tasks involved with building his own home. The builder showed he valued his labour by making a price reduction on the house and by laying the wooden floor boards my father wanted and a few other little extra features that made the house more individual. My father then went on to help some of his neighbours in making a few personal improvements. How friendly the world seems to have been at that time and of course this would not be permitted now due to Health and Safety I imagine. When the government goes on and on about enterprise they should include additional ways in which people can be enterprising in the way my father was.

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