December 2016

Solar panels – they’re those big silvery things that get installed on your roof, magically transform sunshine into electricity, and save you heaps of money. Right? Well, yes, sort of. But as any homeowner who has spent time looking into it will be able to tell you, it all starts to seem very complicated, very quickly and the potential benefits...

FAST TRACK YOUR DEVELOPMENT APPROVAL Property investment gurus OnProperty recently interviewed us on the new draft medium density design guide and how complying development can help you to fast track your development approval.   DA ASSESSMENT TIMES While council is meant to assess your development application in 40 or 60 days (after which you can request the Land and Environment Court assess the DA) the...

The population of NSW - Sydney in particular - is growing at the rate of knots, and affordable and desirable housing is at a premium. Tell us something we don’t know, right? Enter the Draft Medium Density Design Guide which was developed by the NSW Government as the result of a 2015 discussion paper. The upshot of the discussion paper...

THE INCENTIVE “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” - Aristotle   Its terrible to draw a parallel with Aristotle and a duplex but the reality is that one of the great benefits of a duplex or dual occupancy is that you get the benefits of a house without the price tag. We have worked on several duplexes in the last...

https://sourceable.net/nsw-gets-say-medium-density-design/ As of this week the NSW Department of Planning & Environment are one step closer to implementing a new Medium Density Design Code which will set out the details which proposals for medium density development will need to meet in order to be assessed as complying development and therefore benefit from a fast-track approval. Referred to as the "missing middle" by Rob Stokes,...

  Complying Development: What it is and why you should consider it before setting out on your renovation/building journey.   We’ve all heard the nightmarish stories that go with the development application process. You’ve seen mates grow haggard from the experience of dealing with infuriating and seemingly endless red tape, bewildering council requirements, time-consuming documentation and lodging of forms, inexplicably long delays, and...

There will never be “the new black.” Black is timeless as is its opposite. Proof is in the pudding today with the release of the new iPhone 7 in matt and glossy black. Or as my son likes to refer to it the “Glossy Ibis”. Memory remnants from a recent trip around Australia when said bird made an indelible impression...