Monday, August 1, 2011

About Turn?

The Secret Life of Buildings

I've just watched this on C4. Considering this is the channel that brought us Location Location, Grand Designs and other property porn favourites I was surprised by the whole approach of this program. It was flaunting strange ideas such as a house should be a home and not an investment and we are being sold the smallest houses in europe by greedy house builders. I don't imagine this will be repeated on More 4 anytime soon.

Posted by crash bandicoot @ 09:06 PM (1512 views)
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7 thoughts on “About Turn?

  • This programme was very good, in fact it highlights many points I have been trying to make for ages. The Rietveld house turns me on enormously but more telling is the fact that nearly all recent British housing has been dreadful.

    My main hope is that some people will watch this programme and begin to think about what size their house is, how well it works etc, plus realise that yes, they CAN change the windows and yes they CAN build an extension without resort to PVC

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  • The European ideas will never catch on in the UK. Because an English man thinks his home is his castle, is fuxking kidding himself and the rest.

    It’s his cash machine, his pension, his kid’s tuition fee, his life saving, his new BMW every 3 years, his 2 annual overseas holidays, his overdraft and his investment. It’s anything but his home, so stop pretending it’s a home, because it’s not.

    Why an English man would buy the smallest house in Europe? Because, the size is completely irrelevant, as it’s an investment. You don’t buy Apple Inc shares because they are spacious, got an open plan kitchen and smell baked bread. You buy them, because they got profit/dividends and smell dirty firlthy money.

    Buyers, BTL and speculators all demanded and screamed for smallest houses for higher profit return when reselling. Developer merely responded to the demands.

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  • @peter_2008
    “You don’t buy Apple Inc shares because they are spacious, got an open plan kitchen and smell baked bread. You buy them, because they got profit/dividends and smell dirty firlthy money.”

    Small technical point — Apple Inc. don’t pay dividends (which is one reason they’re sitting on so much cash at the moment). Very few US tech companies do. You hang on for the capital growth (just like residential property in this country).

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  • I’m just finishing off a new cellar for my port collection. With a capacity for 5,000 bottles, it’s roughly a quarter the size of an average 3 bed house.

    The final build cost looks likely to come in at between £12 to £13k – OK, I saved myself some fees by doing the drawings, engineering calculations and project management myself. And while the internal finish is spartan by residential standards, the need to build it underground greatly increased costs over a surface structure.

    My point is that the cost of sticking bricks together is tiny compared to the supposed market value of a finished home.

    Why should young people in this country be expected to bust a gut financially, for the privilege of living in a rabbit hutch? There’s plenty of trashed land out there – why not build on it?

    If the under 40’s took the trouble to vote more frequently, this injustice would be much higher on the political agenda..

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  • @peter_2008
    Apple apparently pays no dividends, and sounds like the shares are one serious bubble….

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  • @Uncle Tom
    If the under 40’s took the trouble to vote more frequently, this injustice would be much higher on the political agenda.

    If any of the parties represented us in any way whatsoever, maybe we would find one worth voting for.

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