[vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='' thickness='1' up='' down='']  Finally it appears we may be one step closer to a development approval process in NSW design to improve housing availability, diversity and perhaps (on the wish list) affordability. [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='' thickness='1' up='' down='']  What does this mean...

For reasons discussed previously on the merits of the duplex the humble granny flat represents an opportunity with many of the same benefits.   Housing supply, housing costs, kids staying at home longer. All things we hear over and over again. So perhaps the granny flat is not so humble after all. It now represents an often easier and cheaper way to add habitable space to your property while at the same time generating income.   These modest self contained dwellings are different from...

Not so long ago the start of a new project would begin with a few hand drawn sketches with the intent of showing a client how their new home may look and feel. If you were the client of someone like Frank Gehry you may have to do a lot of reading between the lines of a very wilful sketch such as the one below. As beautiful as it is on paper you could not be blamed for struggling to...

The following post and video is part 2 (See Part 1 here) of our recent interview with Property investment gurus OnProperty who were keen to give their readers an easy to understand rundown on the design and development process.   Lucky you. Your development application (DA) went through council without a hitch. Not unheard of but I wouldn't say this was the norm either. Now you have your approval it's time to add that extra level of detail so you can get your construction...

We recently spoke with Property investment gurus OnProperty who were keen to give their readers an easy to understand rundown on the design and development approval process. What follows is a 36min interview covering the 7 stages of a typical building project where an architect is commissioned.   STAGE 1 - CHOOSE AN ARCHITECT   Yes, this is not really a stage but it is an important step. (so download our FREE guide on how to go about this) A friend recently told me a...

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 can be lost in a sea of jargon and confusing tables. The processes involved are complex and really interesting but...

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 average assessment time in 2015 was nearly 3 months. The complying development process is one way to avoid this heartache.   I...

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 was that the time had well and truly come for a design guide for medium density housing similar to the...

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 few years. Each has been prompted either by the financial and social benefits of having parents and children living in...

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, the Minister for Planning, building types which will fall within this code will include terrace housing, dual occupancies, semi-detached dwellings, manor...