Finding property to rent, unfortunately, has become quite difficult, especially if you have a more refined taste and are looking for something that’s a little smarter than your average flat. It seems, to me at least, that modern property developers are looking to cram as many flats into as small a piece of land as possible. This is horribly unfortunate, as the bigger, nicer places are probably out of your price range, but the smaller, mass-produced econo-flats, are, well ugly. So where is the middle ground? Where can you find a decent bachelors flat, one that offers the modern bachelor all he needs to live comfortably, and in style? The simplest answer: you’ll have to build one.
Building a Bachelor Flat
Now this may be a scary prospect, but it seems small plots of land are in abundance because very few people have thought about building a small flat on a plot of land, preferring instead to rent a ready-made flat, one found in one of the many complexes or security estates, that are pretty much everywhere. This means that building your own house is pretty much the perfect way to find something that says “you” and something that you could happily see yourself in for many years. If you’re worried about the flat getting too small in the future, should you choose to start a family, don’t worry, there will never be a shortage of bachelors to rent to. And, property is one of the safest investments you’ll ever make. It’s a win, win situation.
Benefits of Building a Bachelors Flat
The most obvious benefit of building instead of buying is, of course, that you’ll be able to build the Batcave you always wanted. It can have a Jacuzzi on the roof, resemble the Colosseum, and have a room dedicated to ping pong, pool and darts. The possibilities are endless. That being said, you will have to work out a budget, one that will allow you to accommodate all your personal tastes. For me, it will be as simple as a massive floor area to play around on, a decent sized kitchen to party in, a rooftop deck and, most importantly, a loft style bedroom that takes up an entire floor. The good news about this, you won’t necessarily need lots of space either, like they did in the old days, you can always build up instead of out. Make it two, three or even four stories high. Make a castle, go on, you deserve it.
If you’re worried about over-extending yourself and excessive costs, don’t worry, there are a few shortcuts that you can take. Firstly, don’t worry about a carpet or tiles, concrete, with a few rugs dotted about the place looks nicer and is easier to clean. If you do want a floor of some kind, you can kick it old school with some cheap wooden flooring. Not the expensive stuff, the homemade kind that can be done by you, for a fraction of the cost. Secondly, the walls, don’t worry about plaster and paint, just leave the bricks as they are. I’m sure you’ve seen some of the lofts in New York, they look awesome, you could have that, minus the view of course. I would recommend that you spend some money on the kitchen, but for things like the bathroom, you’d be amazed how many people toss away perfectly good bathtubs, sinks and even toilets. I mean sure, you’ll have to spend some time making them look clean and pretty, but it will still be a fraction of the cost of buying them brand new.
So if you’re anything like me and you’re looking for a place to live but you can’t abide the gaudy monstrosities that are being thrown up everywhere, perhaps you should have a look at building your own place. You’ll never have to worry about where to find a bachelors flat in Pretoria because you would have built the best bachelor flat imaginable. One that you can call your own and you will never have to waste years of your life looking for property to rent again.