Fly over homes to solve housing challenges

2016-11-24 06:02
=Fly over homes effectively add a second storey to an existing house, but they are totally separate.               Photo: SUPPLIED

=Fly over homes effectively add a second storey to an existing house, but they are totally separate. Photo: SUPPLIED

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“Blue Sky” thinking has led to Port Elizabeth property developer Johann Dreyer and his team at Direct Group Africa identifying the space above suburban homes as prime real estate.

“We know that most municipalities are faced with the challenge of providing services, schools, clinics and other facilities to communities whose homes are stretching farther and farther into the veld.

“Residents also suffer because they are being housed far away from centres of employment,” he says.

One solution is to use modern building materials to build “fly over” homes – which effectively adds a second storey to an existing house, but are totally separate.

The technology is a modular building system consisting of steel-framed expanded polystyrene panels, that has been developed over the past 10 years.

“Most of the legalities around ownership have been sorted out, and we have the support of municipalities,” he says.

The housing package is aimed at families wanting to provide safe and comfortable homes to grown children, parents or grandparents.

Municipalities benefit because they can optimise the use of existing road, sewerage, water and power infrastructure.

The finance package makes provision for R20 000 to pay off any municipal arrears, and includes the upgrading of the existing home.

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