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Dual Occupancy, Duplex and Multi Unit Development Solutions

Ownership or Investment, we know how to get the best results from your land.

Dual occupancy homes are a relatively new concept to the Perth West Australian building industry. To realise the benefits, you need to understand the cost savings and returns on rental yield. A dual occupancy residence offers a second liveable area under the main roof. The additional cost to create the second liveable area is vastly cheaper than creating a second standalone home.

A 4 bedroom 2 bathroom Single Occupancy home built on a green title block (“4×2 family home”) typically generates rent of around $460 to $480 per week. A Dual Occupancy home that could be built right next door on a green title lot can achieve $430pw on one side and $300pw on the other offering a total combined rent of $730pw. $480pw v $730pw.

This option certainly provides an attractive alternative to consider.

Duplex is the name most commonly given where two homes are built “side by side” on a lot. Each home has its own street frontage and share a common adjoining wall with each other.

Townhouse or unit development can take many forms. Most usually it’s where two or three or more homes are built behind each other. Only the front property has a street frontage and all garages are accessed with a common or shared driveway. This type of development most usually has a body corporate to look after common property. The exception to this is when the existing home is on a corner and all new homes may then have their own drives and street frontages.

Inner Urban Development Process by 1stHaus

STEP 1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

Yes 1stHaus can assist in site identification. While there is never a guarantee of receiving development approval we can identify those sites most likely to be approved by Council. In addition to our own industry experience and knowledge we usually also refer subject sites to an external qualified planner for a second opinion prior to purchase. It must be stated that not every property can be developed into units, some are located within zones by council that actively discourage development, some have Heritage overlays and or single dwelling covenants that prevent development.

STEP 2. SITE DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY

Once a site is identified as suitable for development you need to assess how many dwellings may fit onto the site as well as how big the dwellings will be, in many cases it’s better to have bigger homes rather than more homes on a site. Councils actively discourage using standard designs used for multiple developments and may refuse a permit to develop if they believe this is happening so each development requires its own design to maximise the development.

STEP 3. SITE ACQUISITION

Yes if given the appropriate authority 1stHaus can assist in the actual negotiation and purchase of selected sites. Where possible conditions will be added to the contracts of sale to allow for access for preliminary planning works to be done before settlement.

STEP 4. 1ST STAGE OF PLANNING

During this stage land and neighborhood surveys and soil tests are completed as well as gathering all of the relevant reports from Authorities such as sewer, water, storm water etc. Initial designs are prepared and where necessary discussed with council pre-submission. Also indicative pricing is prepared.

STEP 5. 2ND STAGE OF PLANNING

Full Town Planning Drawings are completed. All planning reports are completed. And submissions are made to Council for permission to build the dwellings as well as subdivide the site into individual titles.

STEP 6. PLANNING APPLICATION

During this stage it will be necessary to meet with council and negotiate conditions of approval for a planning permit. It may also be necessary to negotiate with neighbours, which may require alterations to designs.

STEP 7. POST PLANNING APPROVAL. (Assume successful Permit Application)

When Councils grant planning approval it is always with conditions which may require some changes to plans, during this stage all of these changes are made and re-submitted for final approvals

STEP 8. CONTRACT PREPARATION

Once all approvals have been gained 1stHaus prepares and presents building contracts including full engineering, energy assessments and obtaining building permits ready to begin construction.

STEP 9. CONSTRUCTION

1stHaus can arrange for the demolition of the existing property on the site and will complete the construction of all new dwellings

STEP 10. HANDOVER

1stHaus presents a completed full turnkey development ready for re-sale, occupation by owner or for lease.

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