Arimah, Benedict C.
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Department of Geography and Geology
User modification in public housing estates: Some findings from the Nigerian scene
Awotona, A. A.
Housing provision and bottom-up approaches: family case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America
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This chapter investigates the degree and nature of user modifications in a middle class housing estate: the Satellite town housing estate in Lagos, Nigeria. The empirical analysis reveals that 86 per cent of the units in the estate have undergone at least one form of modification or another. The major forms of modification include the construction of a surrounding fence, shops, additional rooms, carports, water closets and extension of kitchen facilities. The major reasons for these modifications are: safety considerations; the need to integrate income generating activities within the unit; increase in household size; and the need to improve the service component of the house. Finally, recommendations are proffered whereby modifications can be carried out without necessarily contravening planning and building regulations.....