05 December 2005

Shopping for a house the Australian way

Buying a house in Denmark normally involves going to the place where the house was built. This also being the place where you are going to live if you decide to buy the house.

In Australia you can go shop for it like you would for a used car.

It's very simple all you do is go to a 'used houses yard' and pick yourself a house and a big truck delivers it, in one or two pieces depending on the size.

Of course only wood and weatherboard houses can be moved like this, but it's still fascinating.


zandperl said...

Wow, are all houses done that way? Here in the states, there's a big difference between "mobile homes" and "pre-fab homes," but neither have quite the stature of "normal" homes.

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Thomas Siefert said...

No, far from all houses down under are done that way. It's just that when you are from Denmark, you consider a house to be permant to the location where it was built.
Old style Queens-lander houses lend them selves very well to relocation since they are standing on stilts. They are built this way to let the wind pass under the house and aid in cooling the house that way. They also have two-three meter wide porch to provide shade and also to make it possible to keep the windows open when it's raining.
What happens though is when people need more room in the house, they enclose the porch or the space underneath and make them into extra rooms. Thereby they loose the natural cooling qualities the house possessed.
Then they go shopping for air-conditioners.

Gee, I should make a blog out that.