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pods constructed off-site can be lowered onto footings and
completed in a week. For larger studios, components are
pre-fabricated off-site in around four weeks and then take
another four weeks to be assembled and completed on site.
Project builders are also responding to the legislation
changes. Summit Home Improvements has launched a new
arm of the business, Granny Flat Innovations, and APG Homes
has developed a ‘mypod’ range, which is only available with
a new APG home.
Summit sales and marketing manager Angelo Tomassone says
the market was always very limited but since the reforms were
talked about and people realised the potential of their backyard,
there’s been a dramatic rise in inquiries.
Whether customers choose from one of Summit’s four designs
or have something custom-designed to specifically suit their
backyard and requirements, it’s an eight- to 10-week process
from the time the concrete slab is poured.
Although traditional building methods can be used if
customers choose, Summit’s preference is to use the innovative
MasterWall, which is an external lightweight, fibreglass
reinforced, insulating wall-cladding system. It looks just like
a rendered wall but is extremely thermally efficient. Effectively,
Summit is building small, thermally efficient dwellings that
look just like houses.
WA has the largest average house size in the world (247sqm).
While most project builders are still geared up to build large,
more people are starting to think about what it costs to heat
and run a large home. They are starting to reject the McMansion
model and think small, smart, sustainable.
“There’s so much scope for us still to have comfortable
living spaces and bring the size down considerably,” says
Nathan. “Miniaturisation is the new elite. It used to be all
about size – big stereos, big amplifiers – but now you’ve got
these tiny devices and people are embracing minimalism and
miniaturisation, and that means they don’t need such big
houses. You can have a clutter-free home.”
“You can make very small spaces work really well and be
very liveable,” adds Robert Andary. “It’s way more challenging,
way more fun to design something small. It sets you apart from
what everyone else is doing and it gets you thinking in
a different way.”
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