YZY Granny flats are made of glued laminated timber (LGL), also called Glulam. LGL timber has many advantages over the solid lumber and can also be more expensive than traditional timber. While smaller timber cabins would not justify the cost of laminated timber, larger buildings are worth considering the benefits of LGL. After all, the inside is what matters most in quality of the building.Continue reading Laminated timber vs Solid timber log homes
Nearing retirement Jim, a father of two young adults was looking for options to get his children into the property market. The family decided to purchase a block of land with an existing house and add a granny flat to double the income by renting two properties.Continue reading Investment property Ibiza built by owner-builder
Retiree Ulrich has sold his house in Newcastle and built a luxury retreat Iceland at the back of his daughter’s family place in Canberra.
Watch the video interview with Ulrich and his son-in-law Richard and the reasons they chose YZY Kit Homes. Also, the builder for Canberra talks about the building side of this project.
“In a lot of ways, this does not feel like a granny flat, the traditional granny flat being cramped, small and contained. It really feels like a very luxurious retreat, that you can live in forever.” – said Ulrich
Why build a granny flat?
“The genesis of this move was when the Federal government decided to allow people to put AU$300,000 back into their superannuation fund if they downsized” – said Ulrich. Downsizing contributions into superannuation were introduced as part of the government’s package of reforms to reduce pressure on housing affordability in Australia.
Ulrich looked around for a number of options to downsize. And after thorough research, building a luxury granny flat on his son-in-law and daughter’s property seemed to be the best option. There was a sufficient space on the block to put a granny flat in a backyard that would suit his needs. And then it was a decision which builder and what sort of granny flat to build. So, together with his son-in-law Richard, Ulrich started looking for a builder who could realize their plans.
Richard came across local builder Murray Fleming in Canberra, who has introduced Richard to the Scandinavian granny flats range made by YZY Kit Homes. Quality materials used in the building, quick construction time and ability to easily alter parts of the design were some of the great aspects of YZY Kit homes.
“This is not just an ordinary kit home. YZY kit homes made the transition and the ability to move different parts of the design without much of a fuss. It was very easy experience.” – said Richard.
Advantages of the Iceland design
One of the granny flat designs called Iceland was the perfect fit for the block. “We chose Iceland because of the large living area and the fact that had a large veranda and the doors open directly from the bedroom onto the veranda which appeals to me for summertime benefits. – said Ulrich. “The living area is really quite well structured. I have a kitchen the entire length of one wall and still have a big enough space to have quite a few visitors. I can have people for dinner and still not feel cramped.”
“Another advantage of Iceland is that the ceiling height is really quite substantial and it means that it feels very spacious, much more spacious than the actual floor plan would suggest. So, that’s another advantage and it means you can have ceiling fans in every room” – said Ulrich.
One of the other advantages of Iceland is it has 2 bedrooms. I could live in one as a bedroom and I could use the other one as an office/computer room. So, I can really spread out a bit and have my gear and my computer without being tucked in a corner somewhere.
The energy efficiency of the Iceland
“Now as the Iceland is built, I’m living in here and it is really comfortable place to live.” – said Ulrich. “The fact that it’s designed in a very cold European country means it is ideally suited for this climate. The double insulation in the roof, very thick timber walls, the double glazing on the windows and doors all mean that when I get up in the morning it’s still quite comfortable in here even I haven’t had any heating on; when I walk outside, it’s freezing.”
Richard recently had upgraded his main house with double glazed uPVC windows in order to try to bring in some more efficiencies. According to Richard, comparing the temperatures of the main house to YZY Kit home’s Iceland, there is a remarkable difference. The Iceland seems to hold the temperature more stable and keeps the comfort level during the night without the need to use the air conditioning.
Sloping block challenges and the solutions
The site where the Iceland would ideally suit the block was excessively sloping. On the lower side of this project, it required the piers/posts to be over 2 m height and they had to be braced. There was a retaining wall through the middle of the proposed building.
This presented quite a few challenges during construction. And we overcame that by using a steel sub-floor system. The design of the sub-floor spans a larger distance and allows to minimize the number of posts. Posts required quite deep holes and quite a lot of concrete. So, the steel sub-floor foundation was the most economical option for this project and also is termite-proof.
The orientation – getting the most out of the new dwelling
Richard decided to reverse the initial floor plan of Iceland to get the most out of the new building. By reversing it, the building took the Northerly aspect on to the veranda and the North Westerly into the kitchen allowing a lot of light into the living area. With the bedrooms to the South, South East. Which made it a better option for summer keeping bedrooms in a cooler aspect of the house.
The time it takes to build the Iceland
“It took us 2 days to build the steel sub-floor and 5 days to install the kit to lockup stage with windows and doors all on and roof secured.” – said Murray Fleming, the builder.
“That short construction time reduces intrusion into their backyards. People can carry on with their normal life prior to construction.” The quick construction pleases the clients because it has less impact on their day-to-day life. That not only keeps the client happy but also the sub-trades can come in and do what they have to do in a shorter time frame.
“Despite we had a challenging building site, we were fortunate that the client had a clear idea of what they wanted. This made it into a relatively easy job at the end of the day because of that. Richard and his father-in-law have a good taste in design and selected the color palette really well. This was something that enhanced the look of the building.
I am very happy with the result. We fulfilled the client’s aims and that is most important.” – said Murray.
If you are looking to build a granny flat in Canberra and surround areas, please contact the builder of this project.
If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.
Our Sicilia Panorama 30 was built and displayed at HIA Home Show in Sydney from Friday to Sunday, 13-15 March 2020. The Home Show was held in the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney located in Darling Harbour. People could come to touch and feel our most popular Sicilia model and meet our builders’ team servicing Sydney and around within a 300 km radius.
Watch Sicilia Panorama 30 building displayed at the show, listen to what people said about it and meet our team building in Sydney-Central Coast-The Hunter.
We asked visitors, what was their initial impression and what they thought after they learned more details about the building. Top 5 benefits stood out people praising the looks of the building, quality of materials, customisable options, speed of installation and the price.
Feedback from Home Show visitors
“I just love all of it – it’s light airy, it has clean lines, really I love everything about it”
“The floor plan is very well laid out, really practical, good value for money, quickly built. I would 100% recommend it for everyday living.”
“Simple to build, certainly at the right price, the right size, not too big not too small, it’ll be perfect for our teenage kids, keep them close but get them out of the house”
“What I liked about it is that it’s inviting, the look of it to me is more like a home”
The looks of the building
Carol Bartlett, our builder’s sales manager, thought that the most often heard reaction from the people entering the building was how spacious and beautiful it feels inside. People thought the range of models to be very modern, not looking like ‘old fashioned granny flats’.
“The great majority of people have a block that is 450-550m² or maybe 700m² that is a standard block. People want something that will fit comfortably on their block. And the fact that they can have a kitchenette and a bathroom in something that is only 30m² was really pleasing to learn.” – said Carol.
Quality of materials
Home show visitors loved the quality of our buildings. People were impressed with energy-efficient German double glazed doors and windows. Many commented that it is rarely seen standard even in Australian homes. Also, naturally insulated solid and LGL timber laminated walls of the building give that comfort, inside air quality and are healthy to live in. It is something you have to experience.
Another big thing that people said they were so happy with that, we can customize the designs to suit what they require. It is not just set designs and set prices. Our clients can pick and choose any component of the project. Whether it is decking, flooring or kitchen and bathroom options, nothing is set in stone. Any design can be painted in the colours to suit the house. This way tieing the new building nicely within the existing property.
Speed of installation
Our team of builders built, fitted and staged Sicilia Panorama 30 display in 3 days. That is the time it takes to build a 1 bedroom unit on an actual site up to the lockup stage.
“And I guess the last and final thing is the price point. I would have to say that 99% of people I’ve spoken to this weekend have all said they cannot believe the price that they are so economical. When I tell them this one is only AU$75,700 most people think that it is the kit price. When I say it includes plumbing and electrical and site costs on the flat block, they cannot believe it. They are very impressed with our price point. So, I think we’ve done a pretty good job, we ticked all the boxes.” – said Carol.
“It has been a wonderfully successful event. We’ve had at least 800 people a day through our new Sicilia Panorama 30 model. We were fortunate for the building to arrive on time from Europe and be able to set it up over a 2 day period. The feedback has been absolutely wonderful and we’re looking forward to many happy prospective customers out of the show. It’s been wonderful to be part of it.” – said Martin Boerner, co-owner of the building company.
Get in touch with our builder’s team if you have a question or would like to schedule a site inspection.
The year 2019 was a prolific one, it saw the construction of new Scandinavian cabins, granny flats and houses spread across Australia. YZY Kit Homes were used in varying ways. The larger units were utilized as homes, independent living spaces specially designed for teenagers, guest houses or bed and breakfasts. The smaller studio-type cabins were utilized as art studios, home offices, music rooms, pool houses and sheds.
Space is the primary driving force for the initiation of construction. Then the client gets in contact with a builder to develop potential ideas. Simultaneously, the builder focuses on the options and restrictions associated with the site. Following a few rounds of discussion, working in unison the best possible outcome is achieved. The results speak for themselves. Here are some of the cabins which came up in 2019.Continue reading Projects Built In 2019
Homeowners Catherine and Alex recently added granny flat Rhodes at the back of their property in Sydney. The growing family needed more space and a new added independent dwelling completely changed their life. Now two older teenagers get to enjoy their new space and privacy; parents have their house back for themselves and the youngest child.
Watch the video interview with Catherine and Alex reasons to choose YZY Kit Homes. Also, the builder for Sydney talks about the benefits of building system YZY Kit Homes are designed with.
“It was a thrill when our Rhodes was finished and the kids could move in. We put our 2 older teenagers in here. It’s just completely changed our world having them in this space.” – said Catherine. “Honestly, we could not love it more. I pinch myself every day when I see it. Thank you [YZY Kit Homes] for creating such an incredible product we are so proud to own.”
“Everyone who comes over is blown away by it, from tradies to friends, everyone is like really impressed with the look, the tradies are impressed with the quality of the build. So we just feel like we made the best investment we’ve ever made.” – said Alex.
Finding a granny flat that suits your property
Catherine came across YZY Kit Homes pretty early on in her research. “I was instantly drawn to Rhodes 2 bedroom design. It just completely complimented the look of our own house. I love that they were made of timber that they were quickly built, sustainable materials, just it really ticked all the boxes.”- said Catherine.
Tying new building with the existing house
When Shayne Price, the builder, initially got to the block, he noticed it was a nice, big, open block which works perfectly. However, Shayne didn’t want to just put a building in a backyard. He aimed to tie the new building in with the existing house.
To achieve this, builders raised Rhodes on the subfloor to be the same level as the main house. And then joined the existing deck from the pool area to the deck on the new dwelling. This way existing house, new granny flat and the entertaining area in between tied everything in together.
“I think it looks absolutely fantastic. I think it looks like it has been here for years like it was part of the original build, so tied in really nicely.”-said Shayne.
There was no challenge we could not overcome
We had to change a few things on the Rhodes model to suit council heights.
So, we changed the pitch of the roof to get it under a building height envelope. We also had to factor in that we are on the main road, we had low power lines for unloading and loading of trucks and we also had narrow access in-and-out of the property.
The time it takes to build the Rhodes
“We [builders team] spent a few days doing the piers and the clients sort of think what’s going on and we’re not far ahead and then within 2 days, we have a whole building in the backyard. That is the beauty of YZY Kit Homes, they are very quick to go up.” – said Shayne. Every component just locks together, there are no nails, no need to seal any gaps. And then we tie the structure to the subfloor with cyclone rods. “We can complete a building to turn-key stage anywhere between 30 and 40 days. And that’s complete from footings to basically giving the key to the client to move in.” – said Shayne.
If you are looking to build a granny flat in Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle and the Hunter area, please contact the builder of this project.
If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.