Cover page Preface Introduction Context Feminism Feminist Research Housing and Feminism Self Build Housing Method Sample Process Analysis Case Studies Marion Pam May Carol Jan K Tashe Findings Personal Background Community Training and Technical Land Policies Institutional Support Shelter and Service Planning and Design Building Materials Conclusions Summary Recommendations Research
For Tashe the only option for finding the funds to buy a site was saving a little each fortnight out of her unemployment benefit, this was also how she funded construction of her house. Home purchase was not an option for Tashe, not only that she had no deposit but she didn't want to be "tied down for life with a huge debt", and also that "there were no houses on the land [the coop] wanted to buy".
Self build proved to be a cheaper option than buying in any respect. As Tashe said, there was "no loan, no labour costs, no mortgage, and no debt." Self build has given Tashe a 100% equity in her home.
It was 1982 when Tashe decided to build her house, but it took another two years before she could start. The total construction time was six months. Tashe said there were not really any timing issues for her. "I wasn't in a hurry , I had no schedule." The process did take longer than she thought "though [she] didn't really have a plan that it would take me X amount of months".
The construction progressed something like this.
Tashe described an average day working on her house like this,
"Got up, lit the campfire and made breakfast, ate, cleaned up... Then walked up the hill with my tools and started work. Sometimes other women would show up and offer to help -sometimes not. Work till lunch, have an hour break...then back to work till dinner time."
Tashe told this interesting story that sums up attitudes she encountered building her house. "When I was a taxi driver in Sydney a lot of people wouldn't know if I was a man or woman. If they thought I was an 18 year old boy they would say 'Good on you mate'. If they thought I was a 25 year old woman they would start to question it and start undermining it and say 'who's going to help you do that', and 'you wont be strong enough' and 'you'll need a lot of help', and 'bet you don't know much about building' and stuff like that. Those three years of taxi driving were an education for me. Before that I don't think I was particularly a feminist, but having people treat me both ways made me so aware of the difference, the different ways they treat me."