Step by Step Approach
The Step by Step approach is designed to build homes in phases (one room at a time) with the aim of eventually achieving the desired housing solution. Based on a family's needs and income Constru Casa offers a certain quantity of services (eg. one room) to impoverished families. Through this approach Constru Casa is able to help families suffering from extreme poverty.
All families are requested to contribute one-third of the construction costs through a series of monthly repayments to foster a sense of ownership. With the Step by Step approach these repayments are much lower than for a three room home constructed in a one-off build. Step-by-Step also encourages families to demonstrate responsibility for their new home. Only once a family shows that they are interested in self-improvement will Constru Casa continue the next phase of construction. Families' specific needs and capabilities are intially assessed together with the partner organization's social worker.
A Complete House
A new constructed (complete) house consists of up to three rooms, built with concrete block, a corrugated iron roof and a concrete floor. Families can choose between different types of houses, varying in size and design, to best suit their needs. Designs are flexible with regards to the position of the rooms, doors and windows, and are earthquake safe. Families are required to provide proof of land ownership. If this is not an option Constru Casa will look for other ways to assist the family.
Constru Casa houses are consider, because of their antiseismic design and other feautures like climate resistance, construction methodology and volunteer friendly, as one of the best for families in extreme poverty conditions to live in, thanks to our 4 year follow up plan and the quality of materials we use.
The total labor and material cost of a basic three room house is Q36,000 (approximately $5,000 USD). Of this amount, 60% is used for construction materials and 40% goes towards labor costs.
|3 room home with bathroom||Q36,000 (approximately $5,000 USD)|
|2 room home with bathroom||Q29,000 (approximately $3,800 USD)|
2 room home
1 room with bathroom
Q25,000 (approximately $3,300 USD)
Q17,500 (approximately $2,300 USD)
|1 room||Q13,000 (approximately $1735 USD)|
Note: All costs are an approximate and dependent on currency exchange rates.
Constru Casa offers different housing solutions to benefit families depending on their needs. Minimal housing is a solution for families that live in extreme poverty in rural and isolated areas. A minimal house consists of a room made of concrete block, a concrete floor and a bathroom with toilet and shower.
For those families that live in extreme poverty or precarious conditions in rural and remote areas Constru Casa offers homes made of wooden or cement fiber boards instead of cement block. These houses consist of one or two rooms and a bathroom with a toilet. This option is aimed at reducing the additional costs of building in remote areas, avoiding high transportation costs for materials and lodging expenses for construction workers. Housing kits enable quick construction and less transportation of materials.
Apart from the possibility of building a full house for a family in need Constru Casa offers other housing improvements, including additional rooms, a kitchen, bathroom or floors.
In locations where drainage is available a standard toilet and shower is provided as part of the Constru Casa home. On locations without drainage Constru Casa assists in submitting an application for drainage connection or in some cases by offering a latrine. Latrines are provided in cooperation with Tecnologia Para la Salud (TPS), a Guatemalan nonprofit, and families are adequately trained in their use. The price of the toilet/latrine is included in the costs of the house; an individual toilet or latrine costs Q4500 (approximately $600 USD).