Sicilia Panorama 30 bedroom

Sicilia 1 bedroom on display at HIA Home Show, Sydney

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’.

Sicilia Panorama 30 facade
Sicilia Panorama 30 bedroom
Sicilia Panorama 30 kitchen and living room
Sicilia Panorama 30 bathroom
Sicilia Panorama 30 bedroom and lounge area
Sicilia Panorama 30 front doors

“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.

Customizable options

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.

Building Sicilia Panorama 30 day 1
Building Sicilia Panorama 30 – Day 1
Delivery of Sicilia Panorama 30 pallets
Delivery of pallets

Price point

“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.

Team at Sicilia Panorama 30, HIA Home Show
Big thanks for visiting us at HIA Home Show!

“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.

  • Visitors inside Sicilia at HIA Home Show
  • Visitors at Sicilia Display, HIA Home Show
  • Visitors inside Sicilia at the Home Show

Get in touch with our builder’s team if you have a question or would like to schedule a site inspection.

Front verandah Rhodes Sydney

Independent space for teenage kids, Sydney

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.

Interview with the Homeowners and the builder

“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.

Rhodes: added independent space for teenage kids Sydney
Granny Flat Rhodes
Front verandah Rhodes Sydney
Front verandah
Kitchen and dining Rhodes Sydney
Kitchen and Dining
Bedroom Rhodes Sydney
Bedroom
Bathroom Rhodes Sydney
Bathroom
Living room Rhodes Sydney
Living room

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.

Backyard space before Rhodes was built Sydney
Backyard space before Rhodes was built

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.

Arial view Rhodes Sydney
Arial view of Rhodes
View from the main house verandah
View from the main house verandah
View from pool area
View from the pool area
View from Rhodes verandah
View from Rhodes verandah

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.

Delivery of Rhodes: challenges main road and low power lines
Delivery of Rhodes: main road and low power lines
Narrow access to the backyard
Narrow access to the backyard

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.

Raised sub-floor foundation for Rhodes
A few days building raised sub-floor foundation
Rhodes-completed independent space for teenagers Sydney
Rhodes: completed independent space for teenagers
Right side of Rhodes Sydney
The right side of Rhodes

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.

band playing in music studio

Soundproof Music studio in Armidale

This soundproof music room was recently built in Armidale for an ex-musician Brian ‘Lanky’ Moore. Brian is a drummer and a vocalist, ex-band member of “Constable, Green and Moore”, “Kelsey”, “Shane” and “The Chooks”. Reaching retirement, Brian Moore decided to fulfil a lifetime dream and build a music studio.

Band playing in the music studio
Band playing in the music studio

Initially, Brian was looking to build an extension to his existing house. “Early quotes on a house extension to do this were prohibitive and I conceded it would never happen”- said Brian.

Music studio from outside in Armidale
Music studio from outside in Armidale

One lucky day, driving past a display cabin in Armidale, Brian spotted the Corsica exhibition studio. And then his dream suddenly was reignited.

Music room floor plan
Music room floor plan

“From quote to completion the process was seamless and professional, reasonably priced (about half original quote) and with no DA required, erected within a week!”- said Brian.

“We were guided and advised by Martin and his crew, and I now have my dream studio, and soundproofed, much to our neighbours’ delight” – Brian Moore.

Soundproofing Brian’s music studio

“Brian’s Corsica studio project was designed around its use as a music room in a suburban setting. Our aim was to achieve a level of soundproofing so that high volume music could be played without attracting complaints from close neighbours.” – said Martin Chaseling, the project manager.

To achieve this, the studio was set very low to the ground to minimise sound transmission through the floor. In addition, builders had to use high-density batts in both the floor and ceiling cavities. “The batts used are similar to normal thermal batts but are of a far higher density” – explains Martin.

Music studio owner Brian chose a good quality carpet with soundproofing underfelt as well as heavyweight curtains. Both of these factors also assist in reducing external sound transmission.

“All of the design features of his Corsica music room contribute to allowing Brian and his mates for a full expression of their music without upsetting the neighbours. Mission accomplished!” – said Martin.

Love the music cabin? Contact our builders’ team in Armidale, if you live in New England NSW.

If you need a music room elsewhere, please find your nearest builder for a quote, site visit or a consultation.

Work space Teenage Retreat Bondi Beach

Teenage Retreat in Bondi Beach

Are your kids growing up and require their own space to live in and carry out their lives? That became the issue here in Bondi Beach and family was exploring options to solve this problem. With Bondi Beach being one of the most expensive areas to live in the country, moving out to a bigger house was never an option.

But wait! What if you were able to give teens their place on your existing property? Yes, own backyard was that perfect unused space. And the family of four turned their backyard into an ultimate Teenage Retreat.

Builder’s contact details: click here

Workspace Teenage Retreat Bondi Beach
Teenage Retreat in Bondi Beach

This teenage retreat utilized a backyard cabin Sicilia that is most often being built for that purpose. From the floor plan to the construction, everything was specifically created and designed to ensure that the backyard room will accommodate the teens and their way of life. Sicilia was a perfect choice for this teenage retreat in Bondi, providing them with living space to hang out with friends, study, and carry out any hobbies they might have.

Sicilia Floor plan
Sicilia Floor plan

This Sicilia studio provides room for a single bed or a couch, a work area, a place for practising playing the piano. Teenage retreat with a fitted-in bathroom the entire cabin is lying on a 20 square metre area.

Piano and lounge Teenage area Retreat Bondi Beach
Piano and lounge area

Down the track, when the kids become young adults and decide to fly away, there are many other uses for the cabin to be repurposed. The family will be able to make it their own retreat, a hobby room or a room for guests.

Short on Space? Contact your nearest builder for a quote or consultation.

Teenage Retreat in Bondi Beach before paints
Teenage Retreat before paints and landscape
Teenage Retreat in Bondi Beach painted and landscaped
Teenage Retreat painted and landscaped
Log house earthquake testing in Japan

Solid timber home takes earthquake resistant test

Japan Log House Association performed a test simulating an earthquake magnitude 7.3 in Richter scale, proving that solid timber homes are incredibly durable.

Forming a rigid structure and being both flexible and stout, YZY Kit Homes can withstand earthquakes and cyclones.

Our homes are an excellent choice for seismic areas due to their flexible and robust structure. The factory has extensive experience in designing and delivering homes to seismic regions such as Japan and Italy. Because of the way buildings are designed YZY Kit Homes have the superb earthquake resistance.

Construction of the structure consists of tongue & groove milled solid timber logs interlocking with crossing walls in the corners and in one or more points with crossing internal walls. Buildings have a robust angular
bisector joint at the corners that keeps the structure solid in extreme weather events.