Different people have different requirements and expectations in the kind of house that they would like to live in. This is one of the reasons why there are many different house designs and different house types being built in the world today.
Through the history of mankind, we see man continually improving his type of shelter. In the beginning, man would live in any shelter that was naturally carved out. This included caves and burrows. Due to the need to move around in search of food and pasture for his cattle, man realized the need for building shelters that he could quickly put up rather than depending on the natural shelters that were few and hard to find. Man therefore began building temporary shelters in the form of tents.
As man evolved in his way of live and he started embracing farming and settling in one place, he realized that he could now make better more permanent structures that would provide better shelter from weather, wild animals, and other adversities. This led to the building of wooden and earthen houses.
As time went by, these permanent buildings developed slowly with new advanced shelters being made from better materials. Once a family had a home, they would be tasked with maintaining it and doing all they could to make it as comfortable as possible.
Due to man’s instinct of continuously improving what he has, man has been able to come up with amazing designs and various types of houses.
In modern times, housing needs are different from what they were in the past. Due to the high population of mankind, especially the concentration of people around particular small localities such as towns and cities, man realized the need for a design that could house many people within a small area. The solution for this was to build upwards.
In the modern day world, Singapore is a good example of a nation or a people who have come together and have managed to successfully, and effectively tackle the issue of housing for the increasing numbers of people. Singapore managed to solve this problem through the HDB project. This is a project that was formed to provide standard affordable houses for the numerous population. To do this, the HDB built massive flats around Singapore that could be cheaply bought or rented by the locals.
The HDB flats are characteristically very tall with each flat housing hundreds of families. The flats are well built to provide the occupants with all the standard facilities needed in a residence. Each flat is fitted with lifts to help in ascending and descending the gigantic skyscrapers.
The HDB flats in Singapore were initially built for the middle class and low class. Those who had a high paying job were not allowed to own or rent a HDB flat. Foreigners and immigrants were also not allowed to rent or own a HDB flat. The flats were specifically built for the citizens of Singapore. Foreigners and visitors can however get a permit that would allow them to rent a HDB flat in Singapore.